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Positive Contact - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 73
Gots: 130 | 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 GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

GeoffreyM, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lpotter, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750 poured into a wine glass.

A: Dark gold with a thick two-finger white head. The head reduces to half within a minute and leaves spotty lacing.

S: Lots of apple and cilantro with a spicy smoky edge.

T: Creamy apple with citrus from the cilantro meets the smokey spice from the cayenne in the finish.

M: Medium and creamy

O: A very interesting beer. The apple and citrus is complimented well by the spice of the pepper. I was surprised at how creamy the beer is; I was expecting crisp. It reminds me of the heavier cider (without alcohol) I buy in the fall. The flavors are subtle rather than aggressive, which is not always the case for Dogfish Head beers. I would recommend trying this beer.

ianjsullivan, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jaidenjb, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of FBGordon
4.75/5  rDev +24%

FBGordon, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +11%

hockeyfighter19, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very spicy aroma, with hints of malt and yeast as well.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, cilantro, etc.), apples, yeast, and a bit of malt. An incredibly vibrant flavor that takes the typical witbier style and extrapolates something interesting from it.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: One of the more interesting versions of a witbier I've tried recently. Very drinkable.

avalon07, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of cld253
4.25/5  rDev +11%

cld253, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

thegerm87, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Positive Contact opens with an aroma that bears a distinct apple cider note, but not overly so, the sweet apple blended nicely with fresh wheat, banana, coriander, pepper, lemon, and an almost sarsaparilla earthiness. The fruit notes here are predominant, but underpinned nicely by earthy, spicy tones. Some touches of brown bread, caramel, and brown sugar add further sugary textures, these being darker and a nice counter to the bright banana, apple, and lemon. As a whole, the nose is very interesting, smelling much like a Belgian cut with apple cider, with a few funky earthy notes thrown in for good measure. My only qualm is that one of these funky earthy notes bears, at least to my nose, a strong resemblance to dry dirt, and doesn’t mix well with the other fragrances.

On the tongue, the beer opens with strong banana, clove, coriander, and pepper notes, bearing much resemblance in this respect to a Belgian. The differences are made more apparent by the presence of a spicy cayenne pepper burn on the soft tissues (the flavor itself hardly noticeable, however), and a good apple cider undercurrent. It’s important to note that the apple cider blends extremely well, and in fact might not be recognized as apple cider were it not printed on the label; it could be easily mistaken for malt-based apple fruit esters. Some brown bread notes lie just below, joined by brown sugar. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, with a slight increase in the cayenne pepper burn, and lingers for a good while. Very late in the aftertaste, however, a stale apple cider flavor coats the tongue and soft palate, leaving--at least on this reviewer’s tongue--a slightly waxy feel. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, and represents the masterful blending of strange ingredients typical of Dogfish Head’s brews. The results is a nicely balanced beverage that bears only slight reminders of the 9% ABV, and includes an excellent series of fruit and spice flavors. The tail end of the aftertaste is strange and, in some ways, unpleasant, marking one of the beer’s few weaknesses. Still, this is worth trying.

jondeelee, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Morey, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DWolf, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a basic, 12oz. mug, Positive Contact has a rich straw color that pours with little to no head retention and no lacing.

S: The abundance of apples that were used to make this brew comes out with full force immediately when poured and even more so as you go to take a sip. There is a lingering aroma of spiciness that is difficult to pin down but must be from the cayenne and cilantro.

T: Crisp and refreshing, it is not overwhelming at all by its components. Rather, drinkers are greeted by a combination of sweet yet tart red apple which is quickly rinsed away by a smooth, wheat finish that doesnt linger.

O: I bought DFH Positive Contact as part of the distributed 6-750ml bottle case and i am not at all disappointed with the finished product. As with many DFH beers, it is not overly complex in any way and is a very refreshing summer brew. As a bonus, this one-time production beer has an interesting story behind it and how it was created and makes for a good conversation.

Stinger80OH, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Swim424
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Swim424, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ejimhof, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of syntheticwings
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

syntheticwings, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of dfecteau
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

dfecteau, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of prg1976
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

prg1976, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of slugfresh
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

slugfresh, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of MikeB20
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 750ml bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow with a tall white head. Lacing is good and sticks around through the whole glass.

S: You can smell the apples while you're pouring Positive Contact into the glass. In the glass I'm getting lots of grassy, sugary sweetness along with a distinct Belgian Wit aroma of spice, most notably clove.

T: Very sweet with some tartness, I assume from the apples. A good bit of clove and cinnamon. There's a some heat in the finish. I can tell if it's from the alcohol or the cayenne as it's fairly subtle.

M: Full bodied as it coats the inside of your mouth with a sweet film of beer. Carbonation is medium to low, which I didn't expect given the pour. The finish is a bit dry but still sweet.

O: Pretty good. Fairly refreshing on this hot day but perhaps a little too sweet to love or session for me. I'm a big fan of Belgians and this one, while outside the box, has it's roots in a solid witbier.

MikeB20, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Golden with a nice white head

S-smells like a mix of spicy witbier and an apple cider. The apple smell is fresh. Medium strength

T-comes in with a spicy and slightly bitter taste of pale Belgian wheats. It's a decent taste. Has a touch of booze to it. Has a light matching after-taste. Slightly syrupy.

M-medium creamy with a dry finish.

O-I'm not a huge fan of this here beer. It has just an off quality to it. The flavors really, really don't mesh together well at all. 

AdamBear, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's yesterday.

The beer pours a solid gold with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive enough, with honey, light clove, light coriandor and something of an apple/grape aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this beer, except there's some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish that helps to counter and balance the modest sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a fairly long, spice and bitter finish. The alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly, this beer does not drink like a 9% abv. beer (more like around 6%, or 7% at the most).

Considering everything that went into this beer, I thought the flavor profile a bit simple and one dimensional (though enjoyable). Still a nice beer, but just not worth the price tag and hassle of obtaining (IMHO).

John_M, Jul 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

brotherloco, Jul 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

acurtis, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of zumicroom
4/5  rDev +4.4%

zumicroom, Jul 01, 2012
Positive Contact from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.