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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,675 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 99
Gots: 237 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 08-23-2006)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church.

Pours a light reddish color with a white head. The nose is dominated by red wine with a tad bit of light red fruit and some citrus. The taste is pretty much light red wine, almost just tasting like it has been watered down and carbonated. Feel is a bit sweet. Drinks well enough, but I just didn't get much from this.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a mix of amber and orange hues. It poured with little in the way of a head but has nice lacing patterns. There are noticeable yeast particles floating near the bottom.
S: There are notes of orange peel, grapes and spices in the aroma.
T: The taste is complex and very much the aromas in the nose with more hints of oak and pinot noir grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick on the palate.
D: This is a strong beer that needs to be sipped. It has a unique flavor but I only might consider having this again if I'm in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruddy color (the liquid looks like white zinfandel) with a lovely head that retains incredibly well and thoroughly laces the glass

Smell: The predominate aroma is a combination of grape and orange peel with an undertone of coriander

Taste: Starts with a fruity orange and pinot noir flavor that becomes increasingly spicy, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody flavors come to the fore and combine with the fruit to make an intriguing finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with considerable carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting enough, but I'm not sure I would drink this again

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's simply no end to the alterations that Dogfish Head brewers will place upon traditional styles. To push a Belgian witbier to double its normal strength would have been daring enough for most brewers. But oh-no, how about the induction of pinot noire grapes to amplify the winy character of Belgian ale and then aging the newfound concoction in pinot noire barrels. They've certainly "dogfished" this concoction completely up!

Its first cautious and curious sip comes after a murky orange and peach-stained pour. Layering in with a viscous nestle, the aromas and early taste is of candied fruit, perhaps more of orange and perfume than of grape or wine, all upon a lightly toasted and doughy base.

With the weighty beer pressing deeply into the palate, a notion of orange marmalade wafts over the tongue, carrying with it the orange peels, piths and pulp; along with a lemony, apricot, apple and unmistakable grape tone. Somewhat vegetal with verbena, chive and fresh-cut grass, its bracing acidity ushers in a quick finish.

With the simple syrup sweetness lifting, its pinot character thrives in the late palate, highlighted by vinous alcohol with its own peppery warmth. But closing with a semi-sweet weight, the ale remains much more of a sipping beer than a drinkable one. Mild bitterness and rosy spice gives this high gravity wheat beer a hearty prickle on the tongue as it exits.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing notes. Aroma consists of coriander with some notes of wheat and light acidic touch. Taste is a very good mix between some wheat with great notes of coriander and some sweet malt. Great mix between spices and Belgian style malt. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol. The only negative things that I have too say is that this beer might be slightly too sweet but apart from that great beer from Dogfish.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a hazy crimson and orange body.

S: light on the nose with orange, strawberry, corriander and a touch of lemon. Good retention and nice lacing.

T: loaded with corriander and peppery zest. Orange is late in the finish. Nice yeast character with well balanced tartness and sweetness.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice beer. Not very witbier like but I assume that is the base and the corriander washes it out. Almost like an overpowered saison.

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

Blood orange mixed with molten copper. The large, whipped creamy cap is primarily ecru in color, but features a pale rose blush that is almost certainly due to the Pinot noir juice. One doesn't often see this combination of colors in a single beer. The appearance is original, interesting and good. Let's see if the rest of the attributes follow suit.

Of the traditional witbier ingredients, only coriander is noticeable in the nose. Perhaps I'll pick up the orange peel once warming has worked its usual magic (note: I don't). There's also a subtle berry-like grapiness that needed to have been more than subtle to make an impact. It isn't like Dogfish Head to pull its punches... but then I haven't tipped up the glass yet.

Red & White is good beer that doesn't make any serious moves toward being great beer. At least it isn't another boozy, 'too avant garde for its own good' DFH ale. The label description got me ready for something special, with its unquestionably audacious marriage of an Imperial witbier and red grape juice, aged on wine barrels and oak. Unless something changes as the bottom of the bottle nears, the setup is better than the delivery.

First of all, the beer is too sweet. That's the biggest reason why the drinkability score doesn't keep pace with the flavor score. R & W reminds me of a Belgian ale is some undefinable way. Must be the yeast. The flavor profile is reminiscent of sweet red wine mixed with a dash of orange juice and a sprinking of coriander.

I don't get the oakiness at all. In my experience, it's much easier to appreciate woodiness in a dry beer rather than a sweet beer... and this one is tooth-rottingingly sweet. It seems to me that Red & White would work best as a dessert beer, to be shared with an entire tableful of people. Matching it with a blackberry tart would probably be fantastic.

If you like big, syrupy, sticky mouthfeels then DFH has a beer for you. Since I do, I like this one just fine. It works because the number of bubbles is pretty damn close to perfect. A few more would have been okay too. A few less would not have been.

I have mixed feelings about Red & White. On the one hand I applaud Mr. Caglione for thinking outside the box (as always). On the other, the beer is too weighted down by candi sugar to have any hope of being compared with Belgium's best. Sometimes a lighter touch is required.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber with a small head, a little lace that faded into a nice coating with eddys and swirls embedded in the bubbly lace, lingered to the last drop. Smell was sweet, very very sweet. Candy apple, caramle, cherry were all over this and predominated. Slight hop back detected and a tiny bit of alcohol. Did I say sweet!

The taste followed the same route with the huge candy sweetness predominating some other hints of apple, cherries, grapes. Some alcohol, but it is mostly balanced by the rebost flavors. Goes down very smooth, light and crisp. Tingles and warms as it goes. Carbonation is not overally done though. Overall this is a very nice brew, a little too sweet to have more then one or two, but is perfect as a sipper after dinner. the wine notes are subtle and the style i am not sure where they got that from, a sweet, citrusy and floral ale, this works

Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is an orange-amber color with a fairly fluffy off-white head on top.

S: The nose features some coriander, which is one of the few things that might tell you that this is a witbier. Maybe a bit of citrus in there along with plenty of fruity sweetness.

T: A bit of fruit and heavy on the sweetness without much of the base witbier coming through. Again, maybe just a hint of coriander and orange peel.

M: The carbonation is maybe a bit on the heavy side with a fairly full body, especially for the style.

D: Definitely a nice idea from DFH, but another one of their beers that did not quite hit the mark (for me, anyway). The 10% abv doesn't really do much for me either, but at least it's fairly well hidden.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a orange red color with a white fizzy looking head on top. The head fades quickly and doesn't lace the glass too much. The smell of this beer gives off a slightly sour aroma with a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of fermented grape give this beer a big wine like profile, the flavors are a little on the tart side and leaves you with a dry fruity aftertaste. There is also a good amount of yeasty flavors going on in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the lighter side, it's moderately carbonated and maintains a good drinkability. Overall, It's not my favorite DfH brew but I'm happy to have tried it.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, pinkish body (like six steps off from the color of cranberry juice) with a tall, light pink head.

Smell: A wheat-filled aroma with notes of candyish cherry and orange, as well as a few hints of coriander and a dash of cheap chardonnay.

Taste: The type of syrupy sweet fruit flavors of cherry, orange, and grape that you'd expect from a kids juicebox. The combination of spice, alcohol, oakiness, and a regrettable plasticy taste made for a rather caustic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The Black & Blue doesn't taste like Red & White, but they are going for the same vibe all the way through. Unfortunately, I didn't care for either of them.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice complex brew from dfh, but a night after drinking a deconstruction from odell, any other blended wine barrel beer just isnt going to match up. the appearance is cumin powder dullish yellow in color with some haze and an aroused white head a ciouple inches high. the nose is corriander and orange right off the bat, ive smelled this many times before, but then comes the tannins from the vino, tart and grape musty. the flavor is much less provocative than the aroma, and sall the flavors seem to come together into some sort of mixing the fingerpaints together flavor where nothing distinct but alcohol can be tasted. as it warms, an oaky earthen flavor comes out in the finish, but something still seems to be missing. mouthfeel is solid, perfectly carbonated and right on medium bodied. its smooth for the strength, and could match up well with some farmy cheeses. overall not my favorite dogfish brew, but as always i appreciate its originality.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a high clarity amber with a reddish character. Definitely not pink. Nice webs of lace hang on the inside of the glass. Puffy stratus layers of foam and lace intertwine in the second pour. Served at cellar temperature.

Muted aroma of mildy sweet, overripe fruit.

The oak component is the best thing going for this. Earthy, with a little dry tannin, mixed with caramel and the unobtrusive Pino Noir character. It's a nice blend, it seems like a hard one to balance, but they did it.

Sort of limp yet boozy mouthfeel, it lacks the usual higher carbonation of standard Witbiers. This is a genre-defier, but still, some lightness would be nice. Alcohol becomes apparent, but not overbearing. It's drinkable, probably best shared with a friend or two. Higher alcohol, so possibly a cellar candidate.

Witbier is surely a misclassification, as others have noted...

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2009. I've had this in the fridge for about a week. I'd hoped that it would settle to become clear, but I knew that it really wouldn't. It's a cloudy deep-orange marmalade color with a bit of a crimson cast. The massive head's held up very well, and it's left a magnificent sheet of wide-holed lace about the entire glass. Large tulip, by the way.

The nose is sweetish, fruity, and very slightly tart/funky. There's an edge of wood to it. And some orange. And spice. Candy notes and berry-like fruit seem to dominate.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge, and gently bristling on the tongue with a fine-bubbled, just slightly elevated carbonation. Some alcohol gives it a bit of an edge as well, but it's actually nice in that it helps to cut through the malt.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates, with orange and fruit and spice and oak & alcohol dryness amidst a candyish malt base. I kind of recalled that there was "wine" in here as well from the first time I had it, but that was years ago. I picked up on it instantly, and then checked the label. Yep. Then it kind of disappeared for a bit and I was tasting more of the malty sweetness and berry-like fruit. But then the more interesting flavors came into focus. I pick the grape juice up mostly in the finish, although I think it's also probably what's giving me the berry-like flavors upfront. It's got a bit of alcohol to it. I can taste it and I can feel it. And it's got some hop bitterness as well. Not a lot, but certainly enough to keep it firm.

It's interesting how the flavors change, and how pronounced they can be at times. Sometimes the spice is just a swirl, and other times it's almost all you can taste. Same thing goes for the orange, and the grape, and the alcohol or oak. And that gives it complexity; which then lends to drinkability. It's not a beer you can drink a lot of, but you'll probably enjoy what you've had, and perhaps want another. Very nicely done, and quite unique.

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,675 ratings.