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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,036 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,036
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 81
Gots: 149 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: THECPJ on 12-28-2011

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
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Photo of Lob
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Light gold in color and mostly clear. Half of a finger's worth of white head that settles to foam. Good visible carbonation.

S: Pilsner malt, belgian yeast, underlying generic fruity sweetness.

T: There's a lot going on here. The taste follows the nose well – light malt flavor up front, banana & Belgian yeast fruity profile in the middle, then the apple cider flavor takes over at the end. Finishes with a moderately sweet cider flavor. There's also a weird flat flavor at the end - maybe it's the cilantro? Not sure. I really don't get any particular cayenne spiciness here at all, but maybe some nondescript spiciness as it warms.

M: Light mouthfeel, nice carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is noticeable, but I would say minimal given the higher ABV.

O: This isn't half–bad, but don't know that I'd necessarily do another.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of breweries make good beer worth trying, but unlike most breweries, I don't buy every one of their new releases like I do DFH. In a world where just about every beer tastes like a couple dozen others, DFH brings something fresh nearly every time and nearly every time, it's pretty damn good.

4.0 A: Faintly hazed dark yellow color. Not quite two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Apples and cilantro stick out right off the first whiff. Cayenne is right underneath. I'm not sure exactly what farro is or what it smells or tastes like, so no comment there. Otherwise, this is quite funky, like a saison, with a hefty spicy peppery yeastiness and some clove underneath. Funk is of the woodzy, grassy variety with apple orchard (duh) being most prevalent. Really pleasant and super complex. Well done.

4.0 T: The taste is like the nose, but is lacking the power. Apple cider and cilantro are out in front again. The cayenne plays a bigger role this time and even offers a bit of heat. The taste trades in much of its funk for an herbalness, which seems to work about as well. Again pepper and clove from the yeast. Neutral wheat and a light apple orchard and wet grass funk. The alcohol is so well hidden in this that I almost completely forgot to mention it, despite its healthy 9%.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Could be a touch creamier, but it's super smooth and easy to drink.

4.0 D: Another winner from DFH, though like most of their offerings, this is too expensive to justify another purchase. Definitely worth a try though.

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Twitcho
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright gold with a fluffy white head into my glass. Hard to believe that it's an witbier due to the ingredients used.

Spicy, spritzy with strong apple overtones in the nose. I'm not digging the other ingredients in the nose.

There's certainly more diversity in the mouth with apple cider, cilantro and that touch of cayenne. Interesting flavor dynamics.

Mouthfeel is unlike a witbier as it's very tart and crisp. I'm not sure what they were aiming for here.

An interesting and original beer from Dogfish Head. Personally, fruit/vegetable beer would be a better style because this doesn't quite work as a witbier.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle opened on 7.28.12.
Bottled 2012A

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a huge cream-colored head.

S - Belgium yeast, fruity and some spices.

T - Sweet Belgian yeast and spices. Some citrus tartness.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light to medium body.

O - Yeasty and spicy. Hard to pickup any specific flavors.

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of fbc24
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of nrbw23
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very slightly hazy gold color with a nice white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing. This beer has the slightest bit of haze and a ton of bubbles coming to the top.

S- A ton of spice going on here, a bit of pear and tart apples. A good amount of yeast coming out too.

T- Follows the nose well. Quite a bit of spice, tartness from the apples and yeast.

M- Light in body and a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, pretty unique brew. Nothing terrible but not outstanding either.

Photo of BagOfBricks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ckollias
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large Chimay snifter glass.

A: Pours a golden clear hue with a great big white fluffy head that lingers forever before ending in a wispy lace.

S: Sweet Belgian alcoholic aroma.

T: Strong Belgian sweet flavor with an alcoholic burn. Lots of complex spices and flavors here.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and heavy carbonation.

O: A nice sipping beer @ 9 % alcohol by volume. Very tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, found a lone bottle of this at the local Whole Foods,

A: Pours a clear goldenrod with a small white head, good retention and lace.

S: Cider apples with a lot of Bosc pear, yeasty with a hint of white pepper.

T: As with the nose, this beer has a lot of apple and pear upfront. Great finish when the cayenne really makes an appearance; it was a nice end to the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy and soft carbonation.

O: A nice beer, I wish the cider had more effect aka New Glarus Apple Ale. But this is certainly a nice beer. The cost is a problem, but I did enjoy this effort.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Boulvard's in Johnstown, PA in a tulip glass. Pours a cloudy amber color, fruity nose to it. It is essentially a high powered Heffe. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. Actually don't get too much of a cider taste at all, but just a well balanced tasty brew with an assortment of fruity flavors and hops. Surprisingly smooth, finishes clean... was pleasantly surprised at how good this beer was... try it out if you can.

Photo of oldp0rt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

consumed on 6/29, while I was "on Hiatus." picked up locally. enjoyed from my DFH signature glass.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a finger plus of white creamy head that dissolved leaving a thin film on the surface, but never fully exited the glass. as the head vanished, it left pretty thick lacing on the glass. visible carbonation could be seen racing from the etching on the bottom of the glass, but sadly no DFH logo in the head on this one.

s - very nice witbier. soft and subtle. balanced orange peel. subtle spicing and the apple cider seems evident. some clove and vanilla. some pear. really smooth and creamy smelling.

t - the flavor is really quite nice. one of, if not the best witbier i've ever tried. the booze is extremely well hidden. big creaminess with soft spicing, balanced orange peels, somewhat apple juice like and like the nose, soft clove and vanilla and even some sage-like flavors. even a bit chive-like.

m - the feel is phenomenal. SUPER creamy and rich.

o - overall, i was pretty blown away by this beer. i didn't have high expectations since the reviews of the first batch were relatively lackluster and even some of the reviews for the newer batch aren't the greatest...that and you have another gimick beer...but all that gimicks isn't bad. DFH hasn't had the best track record with me with all the gimicks. some have blown me away (like Bitches Brew), but others left me feeding my drain (like Faithful), but Positive Contact is a winner. i am, however, thankful that I didn't need to buy a full box set for a taste of this one, but wouldn't be devestated had i done just that. really top of the line witbier - which is a style i don't always love.


Photo of yeti123
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of czfreeman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy orange murky golden tone.One major distinction I see immediately from other normal witbier is that it has an immensely rich foamy head that lingers for quite a while.
Aromatics are very woody upfront, a huge note of sour apple cider.Coriander, cayenne, cilantro,banana, sweet yet spicy.Very complex, layers continue to reveal yeasty must, earthy,apples continue to come more upfront at times, and play a background role as well.
Flavor is standout delicious.Rich, sweet, yet peppery, cider spiced apples, cayenne, herbal notes from the yeast and the spices added. Tart, light on the finish. Digging deeper reveals drying cider, warmness and great carbonation to boot.
This beer tastes like its no stronger than 5.5%, a true feat in my book.I have seen good reviews and bad of this brew and I have to say I cannot fault it.
It's innovative, experimental, and a redefinition of a spiced Wit, yet remains somewhat familiar with it's cider qualities and is a great drink.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange/yellow mild bubbly body,
trace white head, mighty fine lacing

S: wheat, yeast, and apple

T: grassy cilantro, wheat, belgian yeast,
cider, kiss of spicy cayenne

M: med body, smooth, fine bubbly mouth

O: Well done, Sam! Big fan of Dogfish
and there passion to push the beer boundaries.
Would recommend and get again!


Photo of fishguyac
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, coriander, clove, and other Belgian yeast flavors, cayenne, cilantro, apple cider, and some citrus smells.

T - Starts off with some wheat, lemon zest, coriander, other Belgian yeast flavors, cilantro, and a touch of cayenne. Through the middle, the apple cider flavors come through with some grains. The finish is a mix of Belgian yeast spices, wheat and grains, apple cider, and a bit of citrus.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, sweet, and cidery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Surprisingly well balanced and the combination of witbier and cider works nicely.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy head nice lacing, semi hazy golden color.

Nose nice Belgian golden malts light herbal spices, hint of booze, hint of apple cider

Taste golden Belgian malts, hint of herbs and spices, light esters, light cider, coriander, just a hint of cilantro only when I want to find it, some warming booze. Finish is fairly bitter mostly herbs, a hint of cayenne comes through, light herbs and esters little sweet sticky.

Mouth is med to fuller bod decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting flavors but a bit too much going on. The hint of cayenne at the back is a nice touch, but with so much else going on none of it really seems to go together perfectly either.

Photo of thespaceman
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DFH signature class:

Appearance: Pours a very nice medium gold in color. Hazy with tons of bubbles flowing up the glass. Thick white head rises up and slowly dissapates leaving behind thin lines of lacing. Good head retention.

Smell: Very spicy when it hits the nostrils. I get hints of pepper, and some alcohol ester as well. Has almost a belgian like yeast aroma to it, most likely from the yeast strain used in this one. I get a bit of the cilantro in the nose here as well, very earthy smelling. Nice!

Taste: The cider properties appear evident up front here, this is almost like a cross hybrid of a beer and cider and done perfectly. Spice notes up front are subtle, hints of pepper blend nicely with the cider here. Sweetness is very minimal and that's why this beer impresses me! DFH is known for having a very sweet beer especially when the ABV hits around 8.00% but this beer contradicts that! Finish rounds out with some more spice (tasting the cayenne now) and a nice hint of alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Light on the palate, bitterness is minimal. This one rolls around the tongue nicely without breaking up and getting watery.

Drinkability: One of the stand out beers in DFH's portfolio. The best of the music inspired series since "Bitches Brew". This beer is really enjoyable because of how at one minute you taste those fruity, cider properties.. then all of a sudden you get that peppery, yeasty beer quality to bring you back down to the ground. Outside of the box is a understatement for this beer, and I also liked that Sam toned down the sweetness on this to make it more drinkable without too much alcohol burn in the finish. Excellent beer all around!

Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.