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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

978 Ratings

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 77
Gots: 133 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Positive Contact is the second batch of the Imperial Belgian-Style Wheat beer that Sam and Ben brewed a couple months back. For this batch, we stepped up the spice and cider additions. Instead of 200 lbs of apples, Ben pressed 300 lbs of organic Fuji apples for a total addition of 25 gallons of fresh pressed cider, which was added to the whirlpool in order to really bring out the cider character. The amount of cilantro was nearly quadrupled with 4 lbs total, which was pureed with a portion of the cider and then added after the boil was done. The cayenne was doubled, but added directly before the beer was transferred from the kettle to the fermenter in an effort to minimize the burn while increasing the flavor and aroma contributed. A different type of wit yeast was used and then fermented slightly cooler to keep the yeast character minimal and act as a supporting role to the main players the cider and spices. Lastly, this batch was boiled for less time than the original batch, leaving the beer with a lighter straw color than the amberish hue of batch #1.

Overall, Positive Contact is characterized by its bright spritzy cider character and autumnal herbal quality derived from the cilantro, cayenne, and yeast.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: THECPJ on 12-28-2011)
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Photo of themind
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Well this is the new prince of Dogfish beers in my opinion, Wow! the drinkability is amazing and the aroma and taste are fantastic! really this beer is put together right.

I dont like the fact that you have to buy a case to try it but after you try it your glad you bought a case!

Bottom Line-You gotta try this its special!

themind, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with almost a finger of fluffy white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet and malty. I'm picking up the Belgian spice from the yeast and some apples. There is almost a white wine not here as well.

Taste: The wit yeast contributes heavily. Lots of Belgian yeast spice. I'm getting the malt as well as the apples. The white wine doesn't show up a whole lot here. I'm getting some spice from the cayenne in the finish, but I don't get a whole lot from the cilantro.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a fairly weird beer. I'm not sure that it needed the spice in the finish. I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't pick up another bottle.

oline73, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of NanomiaCara
4.25/5  rDev +11%

NanomiaCara, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Beer21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beer21, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chugs13, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of cwxc818
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cwxc818, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Brown120, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mendvicdog, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bilco, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of ridgeline23
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ridgeline23, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of zaphodchak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fluffy white head, amber color body with slight haze.

Smell drips with Belgian yeast and banana-like esters, very much like a hefeweizen or a sweet tripel.

The spicing here works really well to keep it from being too sweet. Not particularly appley, but a bid of dryish cider. The cayenne in particular you can kinda feel on the finish. Cilantro is not really forward, but kinda lends a bit of extra vegetal quality to it.

The spice gives a little tingle, otherwise kinda standard.

Kinda straddles the definition between wit and tripel at 9%, and it's good. Nothing about it is bizarre, but it's well balanced, considering the ingredients.

zaphodchak, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

scottyshades, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of getinked
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

getinked, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of marct
3/5  rDev -21.7%

marct, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of the beer is a medium to light gold, with a finger high
bubbly head. It dissipates fast leaving little lacing.
The smell is apple, yeast and cider.
The taste is just as announced on the label. Very drinkable beer with good carbonation. For originality of brewing, I give it a 4.5 overall.

Hopfenpeter, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of luvND
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter, really thick creamy head with lacing down the glass.

Smell is fruity, yeast, banana. Cant get much apple or cayenne.

Taste is very reminiscent of the PJ 20 brew. Very wheaty up front, faint apple, really subtle cayenne, herbal, cloves. Finishes slightly medicinal but clean. Alcohol is well concealed. As it warms, I get the apple a little more.

Agree w others that mouthfeel is slick and creamy, much less effervescent than expected.

Overall: A nice, albeit expensive, summer brew. Refreshing and clean. Dangerously hides alcohol amount. Wish the cayenne and apple were a little more prominent.

luvND, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Maseitz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Maseitz, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

AlexChillton, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkyMOD, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

JohnLynch, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of jsanford
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to The CPJ

Pours a hazy dark gold with a creamy white head that settles to a think cap and some sudsy bubbles. Smells like...a Witbier. Maybe a bit of apple cider and cilantro, but mainly just a banana-forward Wit yeast. Bland. Taste is similarly dominated by a Wit yeast, lots of banana and clove, a touch of apple, and grassy herbs. Not getting any of the cayenne. Tastes like Namaste with some apple. Smooth mouthfeel, fairly creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a pretty bland, uninspired beer that tastes like any other Dogfish beer.

jsanford, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head, very visible carbonation coming up from the center of the glass.
smells of apple, yeast.. a bit like a cider/brett saison.
the taste is very fruity.. a bit tart/sour.. a bit spicy in the finish. apples, pepper, bready yeast flavor. best tasting wheat beer i've ever had.
medium body, very creamy, nicely carbonated. refreshingly crisp with a sweet yet dry finish.
overall a great beer. the style says itbier but it honestly drinks more like a saison. either way, it's delicious and a very nice summer ale.

facundoCNB, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of let8it8grow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

let8it8grow, Jul 10, 2012
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.