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Dogfish Head Konichiwit

Dogfish Head Konichiwit
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Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Witbier
Milton, Delaware USA
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 2   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Konichiwit is a scaled up batch of a beer that was originally brewed solely for our Pangaea dinner and was paired with a sushi dish for the opening course. With that pairing in mind, this Belgian Style Wit Bier was made with ingredients inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun. Traditionally, Wits are around 50% wheat and brewed with orange peel and coriander giving them a zesty spiced character. Instead of the usual spices, we took fresh ginger root and wasabi (yes, REAL fresh wasabi) to give the beer a spicy kick and then instead of Orange Peel we used Japanese Yuzu citrus juice. Yuzu is a native East Asian fruit similar in flavor to grapefruit but with a more piney flavor and aroma. The result is a wonderfully refreshing and drinkable wheat beer with notes of ginger and a slight almost mustard-seed-like funk from the fresh wasabi with a very gentle acidity. This ale is a great pairing with the standard pub salad, hummus platter, spicy calamari, and fish tacos.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap at the brew pub in Rehoboth Beach, served in a tasting glass. Pours cloudy pale straw with a small white head that fades to a patchy white fuzz. On the nose, it is peppery, with funky earthy notes, hops, spice and pale malts. The flavour is balanced, but does not amount to much of anything. The nose carries through and a hint of wasabi emerges in the middle and grows towards the end. The finish is long and subtly spicy. On the palate, it is light in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this one did not work for me; the wasabi adds a distinct spiciness but it is a bit jarring and the whole fails to come together. 2012-06-08

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Brewpub exclusive on draft in Rehoboth. This witbier pours a cloudy golden color with a subtle white head. The head leaves some decent lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is a bit fruity, with some hints of bread, yeast and clove. The body is quite smooth and very drinkable. The flavors feature some banana, clove, spices, earth and bread. I’m not a big fan of witbiers, but this one was pretty decent.

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