Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,740
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 08-23-2006

A big, Belgian-style witbier brewed with coriander and orange peel and fermented with pinot noir juice. After fermentation, a fraction of the batch is aged in one of our 10,000-gallon oak tanks.

35 IBU
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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Available at Capone's in Norristown.

A bit vinous a bit cider like and certainly a unique style bender. I really dig this beer. certainly well done.

Appearance: Pours a light almost red hue with a mostly clear body and a fizzy head.

Smell: fruity white grape with a Pinot aroma; a touch of wood and a hint of vanilla and spice.

Taste: caramel vanilla malty and of coarse a beautiful balance of grape and oak with a noticeable alcohol presence that plays a role in the warm flavor. The hint of berry gives it a sherry like suggestion that is part of what makes it great. This is no ordinary Witbier. In fact it is even a stretch to call it as much.

Mouthfeel: Smooth an sweet and slightly tart with a champagne like finish.

Drinkability: This maybe the most refreshing and drinkable 10% beer I have had this summer. If it weren’t for the $16 price tag I would be drinking plenty more of it.

Hope this is helpful.

More User Reviews:
Photo of imperialstout27
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy orangish red with a barely off-white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Almost looks like some kind of weird fruit juice. Maintains a white collar as you drink, making your glass actually look red and white.

S: Quite aromatic. Interesting notes of red fruits over traditional wit aromas. Definite coriander backed up by citrus rind. Belgian yeast. Also, there's a definite increased level of malt sweetness detectable on the nose - letting you know this is not a standard witbier. The alcohol is hidden well - I would have suspected it to be slightly higher than a normal wit, maybe 6-7%, but not 10%.

T: Quite sweet and malty as it opens on the palate. There's an herbal character from big coriander notes. The fruit undertones are fascinating. The pinot character is very present, but not at all overpowering. The oak is a light note in the background for me. There's a lightly tart and acidic character, which, together with the alcohol, lends a vinous quality to this beer, although it is not boozy. The citric rind note comes to the fore on the finish, contributing to a fruity, herbal, lightly tart aftertaste.

M: There's a round and relatively thick maltiness that can be perceived adjacent to an alcohol thinness that tries to wriggle free. This is definitely an imperial wit. Carbonation is pleasant and moderate.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer considering it's a 10% imperial, and begins to warm you after a while. Would I want a whole 750 to myself - no. But it's a nice beer to share with a friend.

Overall, a very unique, tasty, and interesting brew that I would buy again and would love to share with more people, as an eye-opener if nothing else. It's beers like this that display the versatilty of beer as a beverage and an art, as well as the ingenuity of experimental brewers.

Photo of weatherdog
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL, served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a hazy orange with just a hint of pink tinge. It came with a creamy of white head that lasted for a few minutes.

The nose was very fruity; orange, peach, a subtle wine character with the classic witbeer wheat and yeast notes.

The flavor is very complex with distinct influences from the witbeer and from the pinot noir grapes. The front end is where a ramped up witbeer hits you; orange and coriander with a spicy yeast, it then transitions into a what seems like the most mild blush wine. Some light red wine note with a little wood. Those two distinct arms of the beer are married in a way that let each one shine but not overpower each over. A really unique flavor that I'm not in love with but an appreciate the innovation from DFH.

The mouthfeel was somewhat full with the silkyness that a beer with a lot of wheat has. Carbonation was on the high side which I thought was complimentary. I found myself taking nice small sips from this beer in order to appreciate the complexity and there wasn't any hint of the ABV

Photo of blackearth
4.87/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Poured into a wine glass, this beer showed off body that was orange with a reddish tint and a nice white head. Aroma is of oak, vanilla and pinot grapes. It has a soft, very wine-like mouthfeel. The wheat flavors really shine through and are accented by the grape wine tartness. No signs of the 10% alcohol. Excellent drinkability. I need to get some more of this.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with awesome label artwork. Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with hints of orange and a healthy inch of eggshell spritzy foam on top. Lots of small particulate in suspension. Aromas begin with a nice mellow spiciness, especially coriander along with a woody, rustic quality to it. The vinous grape scents are quite nice with hints of dark fruits like black cherry and raspberry. A light yeasty, farmhouse quality about it as well. Quite complex and very nice.

First sip brings a nice sweet malt upfront accentuated by coriander spiciness and woody, earthy oak tones. The grape flavor moves in midway through bringing hints of dark fruits with it. An earthy, yeasty aspect hits on the way down. Smooth with a full complex flavor. An interesting mix of pinot flavors and witbier flavors that ends up being very enjoyable. Finishes with a touch of orange and raspberry and a lingering dry oaky aftertaste. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road with a nice creaminess brought on by fast moving carbonation across the palate. Goes down smooth and the abv in this one is hardly even noticeable. A tasty brew and a great amped up experimentation of a witbier. I prefer this to the Black & Blue and wish I would have bought more than one bottle. I picked this up for $11.99 and I would say it's worth the coin. One of the best new DFH brews I've had in awhile.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml capped bottle, bottled on 2/12/07. Poured into a pint glass, it's a very pretty beer. Nice red color, medium white head, well-carbonated. Pretty good lacing. Aroma a little nondescript. Mostly sweet, a little alcohol. Aah, but the taste. Strong wine taste, sweet fruit, malt. Reminiscent of a Belgian. Very smooth and delightful. One to try.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a decent amount of head. Smell is pretty much as advertised. Grapes, wine, nice amount of coriander and some presence of orange peel. Also some alcohol present in the smell. Taste is slight tartness up front, followed immediately by an intense sweetness. Wine characteristics (tart dry fruit, some tannins) come through once the sweetness subsides. Some subtle bitterness on the finish. Interesting, but it doesn't seem to come together, and the sweetness is a bit overpowering. I'm glad I tried this, but I probably wouldn't have it again

Photo of marvin213
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's bronze like an amulet. The heady froth exudes more elixir than beer. Just translucent, it's red to light but brown to shade--perfect bronze. The head is creamy, and as it slowly settles, it sheds on the sides like snakeskin.

Aroma's a relative turn-off, as coriander overtakes any pinot noir influence. Hops and a concentrate-vibe don't exactly appear au natural. I'm squishing my diaphragm as I dig for mo' pinot but, to the nose, no goes. It's sitting in a snifter, and I'm trying to identify the problem. The glass is clean, so I can't fault that...only odd notion is that the brew's freshness has allowed insufficient time for ingredients to mesh into each other and out of the surface...?

Taste is solid, and with it the pinot is present. My suspicion about the smell (lack thereof) is seemingly validated as I shuffle this liquid around my palate and do detect the intricacies: coriander and orange peel, hop nuggets, oak barrels, and wine impart influence. Like a fine wine, I imagine that time does dandy for a beer like this. I'm sure bigger-batch keg servings would also enhance effects. It's unique yet simple--they type of juxtaposition Dogfish Head brewmasters have mastered. There's nothing more than what it says it is, but it's quite good...and noone else does it. The mouthfeel, again akin to most other DFH productions, is strong and is sweet. Well-carbonated, the odd infusions swirl together. Knowing what time could do--or how a taste from the barrels at Rehoboth Beach might be--are factors that detract from my fresh-sip satisfaction. Another novel DFH beer, yet another for which I'd be better served to stow away. It's good, though I'm impatient.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a very hazy copper orange with a thin and fine white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very wit-like with funky yeast and some bright fruitiness, bananas, cloves and a little vinous wine.

The flavor is earthy yeast, some grapes and citric fruit, quite a bit of vinous alcohol and a fairly grassy and almost tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, this "imperial wit" is not bad, but it is not well balanced and a bit of a mess.

Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description of the beers ingredients and wood ageing. The abv is listed at 10% and there is no freshness or born on date.

Appearance: It has a deep and hazy orange amber colored body with little bits of yeast floating around in it. There is an off white head on top which fades quickly making some slick lacing at the top of the glass before it goes.

Smell: The aroma is strong, fruity, estery and yeasty. I get notes of white grapes, hints of oak, wine like alcohol and hints of something medicinal/phenolic.

Taste/Palate: This has a big body for a Witt and tons of interesting complexity. It has a sweet alcoholic warmth from start to finish which slows down drinkability and reminds you that this is a big beer. Up front I get the fruity notes, the yeast, the spice and some oak. Notes of white grape and citrus orange peel stand out with lighter notes of pineapple, sliced almond and sweet grain all moving in and out with each sip. The finish has some herbal hop notes and bitterness moving in but it remains somewhat sweet and boozy.

Notes: In my opinion this is an outstanding Witbier with all the complexity and character that I love.

Photo of Duster72
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea red-amber color with a half finger head. Aroma is cherry, oak, and wine. Taste is grapes, sweet malts, wheats, and dark fruits. Reminiscent of a barleywine, but not exactly. Sweeter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium body with minimal carbonation. Relatively drinkable, nice with italian food. A little on the expensive side, but nice.

Photo of merlin48
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a goblet a mostly clear pinkish purple body with a two finger pink head. Retention is good with plenty of patchy lacing.

Aroma has lots of grapes and berries, overwhelming the hints of oak and bready malt. Alcohol presence is easily noted.

Mouthfeel has medium body and carbonation.

Taste is weird, like beer mixed with grape juice. Coriander and orange peel are present but understated. Bitter and phenolic. Really didn't notice anything to suggest any wheat. Flavor did improve as it reached room temperature, the booziness retreating somewhat. Still, couldn't finish it.

Maybe some age might help. My least favorite DFH product.

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with bottle on dating etched onto it. Pours a nice looking ruby amber, semi cloudy, supporting a very light cherry head, tiny bubbles, silky and sticky on the sides of the glass. Nice, deep earthy, cherry/fruity nose. Complex creation, notes of more cherry, oak, some smoke, vanilla. Big, flavorful brew, serious brew from DFH.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a red color with a white head. The aroma is red wine, orange peel, wheat and some coriander. You can really pick out each individual ingredient in the aroma.

The flavor is dominated by orange peel and red wine. I also get some oaked notes, coriander and alcohol. The orange peel and red wine aspects mix very well, something I didn't necessarily expect. Even though you can taste some alcohol in the beer, it is very easy drinking and well hidden for a 10 percent ABV beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mattster
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 750ml bottle, poured into Nonic glass. Date on bottle obscured.

Pours a nice low head of 1/2" atop a hazy brownish red brew.

Initial smell was of yeast, but as it breathes, scent becomes more of light fruit.

Taste is definitely of Burgundy rouge with slight oaky hints. Alcohol is a bit hot, but mellows out alright. with slight burn on back palate and throat. Nothing I'd want to try every day, but def a good brew to break the monotony of the MegaHop brews I've been drinking lately.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange, small head that lasted the entire glass. Smells of oak and orange, and other citrus that I can't place. Starts out tasting like a typical wit beer, or even a hefe, but the pinot noir and some oak comes out through the finish and makes it very nice. Alcohol is very noticeable. I'm not huge on wit biers, but I'd like to get this again, if my state still carried it (ahhem dogfish head, please come back to us!!!)

Photo of magictrokini
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear copper with a reddish hue. Bubbly, short-lived head with good lacing. Vinuous nose from the pinot noir, lots of orange peel and corriander. Reminiscent of sangria with more spice. Lively mouthfeel, sharp at times, crisp finish. Taste is very different from what I expected in a wit. Lots of corriander, orange peel, cherries, grapes, and the ever-present pinot noir. Pleasant oaked flavor. Again, this was more along the lines of a sangria in terms of the fruit/wine flavor. Borderline frutiness in terms of this shifting into a wine spritzer. Drinkablility was difficult to gauge. The taste was very nice, but the accumulation tilted into the "This is too much sweetness" category after the first glass.

Photo of wgkealey
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is excellent. I'm surprised that a few people have given it Cs and Ds. It pours a beautiful color, definitely looks like what it is: a wheat beer aged in pinot nior barrels. A bit of yeast from the bottle conditioning. It has a pleasant, subtle smell.

The taste is just great. It's perfectly balanced, not too sweet, and carries the ABV incredibly well. It has an excellent mouthfeel, a full bodied taste, with some complexities of the flavors and a lasting, pleasant after taste. It's a drinkable beer, and also would be a great aging canidate.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of the prettiest beers I've ever had. The color is like an apricot or something, it's very cool looking. It's got a little bit of head with some light lacing. The aroma is is very fruity and somewhat yeasty, you can tell it's been bottle conditioned. It reminds me of the aroma of some of Unibroues lighter beers.

The taste is also very unique, you can taste the orange and coriander as well as the Pinot Noir notes which reminds me of a wine but it still seems like a beer. You can taste the alcohol a bit, I wish it was toned down slightly but it is still far from overpowering. This is a very good sipper to share with a friend.

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boasts many of the same aromas as a typical Belgian-style Wit, being heavy on the orange and coriander, with a nice undercurrent of toasted grains. There is, however, a faint wine scent that floats about, adding very subtle fermented grape tinges.

On the tongue, the first tastes to come across are also the Belgian oranges and corianders, with hints of apricot. However, they are almost immediately joined by a well-balanced, distinct wine flavor, the added Pinot Noir juice and the aging in wine barrels giving the brew a lovely additional spicy fruitiness. All of this still rests atop a layer of lightly-toasted grains, which add a Grape Nuts cereal quality to the mix. The aftertaste is almost exclusively wine for me, the Belgian fruitiness trailing off into a dry rush of grapes and cherries.

Overall, I think this a marvelous brew, as it does marry perfectly the best of wine and beer. I admit that I could see how the wine-heavy aftertaste would prove a hindrance to some, but I think the combination is superb.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown in color with a murky complexion. A fingernail of white foam covers the majority of the top of the beer. Brussels lacing. Complex aroma of coriander and Pinot Noir. The front of the palate is strong with the Pinot Noir notes and is quickly followed by bitter notes of orange and a balanced amount of coriander. The mouth is highly carbonated with a champaign texture. The strong alcohol is well hidden.
Appearance: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16%

bottled 04-17-14, nose: light fruits, grapes, a light old fruit funk, orange, vanilla oak notes, Hazy amber under a 2” very finely bubbled and persistent foam cap, lacy and rouses easily after it drops. Very creamy smooth medium to medium full body supported by fine soft carbonation. The palate begins exceptionally creamy, with fruit – especially grapes with light orange, then a shot of caramelly malt over light bread followed by a moderate hop accent and a hint of alcohol so moderate that it’s hard to believe that this is 10% abv. The caramel-toffee flavors from the malt provide an intriguing balance to the light wine and oak flavors. White wine, light oak, alcohol, rich malt and a light hop accent linger in the aftertaste.

Photo of MattyG85
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which slowly fades into a creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very fruity and fairly sweet Belgian style wheat forward aroma with lots of fruit esters. Belgian yeast along with hints of clove, coriander, funk, and pepper. Hints of bubblegum and candied sugar. Lots of fruit esters with hints of Pinot noir grape juice, orange peel, banana, lemon, apple, and mango. Hints of oak come through from the barrel. Bready malt with hints of wheat, caramel, grains, and straw. A very good and complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy, yeasty, and sweet Belgian style taste with big notes of grape and other fruits. Belgian yeast with some notes of coriander, clove, pepper, and funk. Sweet presence of candied sugar and some notes of bubblegum. Big wine like taste from the Pinot noir grapes. Other fruit esters include notes of banana, orange peel, apple, mango, and lemon. Also some barrel notes of oak and vanilla. Bready background with notes of wheat, grains, caramel, and straw. A very good fruity taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, creamy, and fairly chewy with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is mild.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style wheat beer. Huge fruit taste from the added grapes and a nice hint of oak. Its almost like an imperial Hefeweizen with the big bubblegum taste.

Photo of kpantz
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: After this one, I feel much the same way I felt after the Black and Blue: drunk (rimshot). Just kidding. I think the flavors are really nice, but, like B&B, they're just kinda "there" and don't beat you over the head. Kinda nice for a change. A good experiment. I look forward to more of these.

Got the last one at the Blue Dog in Lansdale. :)

Appearance: Moderately clear reddish amber with a fizzy head that quickly reduces to a film that is constantly supplied by the streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy sweet, even a hint of apricot or peach in there.

Taste: Orange and coriander is definitely present and the pinot noir makes its presence known right behind them. This is about as un-beer as beer gets, even for Dogfish. It's damn tasty, that's for sure. Slight warming from the alcohol, but you definitely don't sense all 10%. The one comment I have here is that, like the black and blue, the flavors here aren't as in your face as you'd expect from DFH.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little sticky. Carbonation is very subtle - I see it more than I feel it.

Drinkability: Pretty light body and not-too-overwhelming flavor profile make this a nice spring sipper. I wouldn't go back for another, however.

Photo of OStrungT
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orangish red color, with a thin white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

Te aroma of this beer is very subtle. It is kind of hard to pull distinct aromas. I get some tart fruit aroma, with maybe some citrus. A slight grainy aroma mixes in.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Thaty has a slight bubblegum like Wit flavor. The alcohol is present in the flavor. It has a sweet malty flaovr as well.

This beer is full bodied, and sweet. The alcohol warms on the way down.

This beer wouldnt make a great session beer. It is too sweet, and the alcohol content is pretty high.

Overall: Thanks to inlimbo77 for giving me a chance to try this one. I am not as impressed as I thought I would be. I was expecting it to be more tart. It was decent though.

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,740 ratings.