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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 108
Gots: 248 | FT: 6
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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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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange copper with bursts of red. Nice bubbly offwhite rose head with decent retention and lacing.

Orange peel, lemon, coriander. pinot noir: grapes, cherries, esters.

Great pinot noir character. grapes, cherries, orange peel, coriander, woody, earthy. slightly sweet. hints of vanilla. very esterous. Great alcohol warming without the bite.

Smooth, velvety. medium body. good carbonation.

Very drinkable for 10%. Wonderful character from the pinot nior barrels. Pleasant drinking complex flavorful brew. recommended for a try.

Photo of capra12
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 8/7/09 with speedwayjim and steph.

Appearance: Light and cloudy amber.

Smell: Fermented red berries is the most prominent aroma.

Taste: Opens with sweet red berries. In the middle there is a distinct sweet green grape. This finishes rather malty leaving a subtle hop, and sweet & tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and crisp

Drinkability: A bit too malty and sweet for my taste, but I would have another on another night.

Photo of cvfish
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a reddish orange color that produced a white, moderately sized fluffy head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a huge fruity quality to it, some beery, grape, and citrus scents, and a bit of coriander

T - I find the taste of this beer blends well, at first the onslaught of fruity sweetness (berry and grape) is a little overpowering, but the earthiness of the oak steps in before becoming over bearing, a little orange and coriander to finish

M - The mouthfeel on this beer had a medium body, very syrupy, and a decent amount of carbonation

D - What a wonderful beer, I hope none of the ladies get offended here, but this is the beer that I got a lot of ladies into beer with, other than the Duchesse

Photo of coachdonovan
2.26/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2009, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance brings to mind orange marmalade, with a fair amount of bubbles and lots of floaties. Thin head dissipates quickly with some lacing on the glass. Aroma is the standard witbier coriander with a little bit of tartness in the background. First sip does not go well: my initial thought is that I got a bad bottle. Sour apple, angry acidity, the tannins are there too but I don't know why. Simply WAY too many things going on here. The alcohol is well-hidden and I actually found the mouthfeel to be bubbly and highly carbonated.

I don't know what DFH was going for, but this was a drain pour for me.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored into a snifter on 7/9/09

Poured half the bottle - split with a fellow drinker

Bottled in 2008

A - Deep amber/caramel color. Dense hue with a touch of haziness. Head doesn't last more than a minute. There is hardly any lacing.

S - Multiple juicy notes in the nose - orange & coriander stand out. There also some citrus notes that offer a spicy character.

T - A well blended culmination of the listed ingredients. Orange peel & coriander are immediately noticeable. Pinot Noir potency becomes apparent after the orange & coriander are processed. The oak barrel aging seems to add an overall smoothness more than adding a particular flavor.

M - Not much carbonation - very smooth & creamy. There is a bit of juicy slickness. It culminates in a pleasant mouthfeel.

D - Yes, this is good stuff indeed. Complex & very enjoyable, this is another great DFH offering. This beer is great on tap too (tried it a few months ago).

Photo of mwa423
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with a solid couple of fingers of head. The color is reddish brown and very cloudy. There are TONS of floaties from the yeast.

S - Coriander, Orange peel, lots of yeast and plenty of wheat notes. Very pleasant.

T - Strong grape flavor (from wine bottle aging probably), berry flavor, lots of wheat, yeast, coriander, and other spices.

M/D - Very smooth and clean, great beer to drink on any summer day...summer night...heck, anytime.

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

What an incredibly interesting beer!

A- Pours a cloudy rust color with a small white head.

S- An inviting concoction of mulled wine, yeast and touch alcohol co-mingle in the nose.

T- I get sweet candy sugar and coriander up front, followed by some oakiness and some slight citrus notes. Definitely some Belgian wit characteristics throughout- undertones of bananna and wheat. Finishes a little boozy.

M- Medium body, somewhat creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Very drinkable given the ABV. Could drink this stuff all night.

Photo of drtth
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was purchased fresh in Jan 2009 and so has about 6-7 months of bottle age.

Chilled and poured into a standard pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Reddish orange with gold undertones, hazy, ½" thick of white head that recedes soon leaving a ring and layer of foam that persists for most of the beer. Initially sipping leaves a sheet of lacing but eventually this thins out to some sparse patch lacing

Smell: The aroma contains traces of the pinot noir, the oak, and some hints of the spice but I'm finding it hard to separate out any of the orange that is supposed to be in here.

Taste: The taste is sweet and fruity with spicy, organgy and red wine notes in the background. I'm not really picking up any taste of the alcohol (but its warmth is there by the end ☺ ).

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied and the active carbonation is good through out most of the beer but then gets a bit sparse by the end of the beer. The finish is medium length, begins with sweetness then gets dry as it fades through the spice and wine and oak flavors until they just disappear.

Drinkability: This is a one glass a night beer because of the ABV and the sweetness, but it is a good beer to keep around for a special occasion or for serving with some types of food. It seems like it would pair very well with a garden salad topped with a grilled chicken breast, for example.

Photo of BeanBone
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, pumpkin-colored body with plenty of sediment in solution. Up top, two fingers of creamy, off-white head that endures well and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Spices (mostly coriander), orange peel, and some booze (not nearly as much as you'd expect given the double-digit alcohol rating). Unfortunately, it's all just a little on the thin side.

Taste: The same orange peel and spice notes with some new grapey notes added into the mix. All of this is over a sweet, slightly wheat-like malt backbone. With the barrel-aging promised on the label, I was hoping to pick up some good oak notes, but I'm just not finding it. Perhaps that's because this is a sweeter beer. As for the alcohol, it's much more present in the mouth than in the nose and adds a lot of complexity without being too overpowering. The aftertaste is boozy and grapey.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and sticky with moderate carbonation. The alcohol dries it all out in the end and leaves some definite burn.

Drinkability: Very close to sipper territory, especially given the alcohol content.

Verdict: On paper, Red & White is a brilliant idea and would seem to yield something imminently unique and exotic; however, it's just not that special in the glass. This would work well as a beer to share with friends during dessert, just don't be expecting the most complex beer on the planet.

Photo of cpone
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Hazy, deep copper, doesn't let much light through. Some bubbles. Creamy head recedes to a nice coating, leaves nice lacing.

S: Very aromatic and fairly complex. Orange peel, alcohol - get some spices. Grapes are there and to a slightly lesser extent the oak.

T: Mild hops, mostly malts - definitely on the finish. Don't really taste the pinot, but you get that earthy, grape quality and oak. Spicy malt on the backend - you can feel the alcohol go down. A bit of a harsh finish.

M: Feels pretty good. Medium with good carbonation.

D: Not really the most drinkable beer - it's strong and you can feel it. Great with food.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wacky brews like this is why you've got to love DFH. Who else would brew such a beer?
It's another one of their brews that doesn't fit into the mold of a typical beer. They probably don't brew it to make a ton of money. I think they brew it to have fun and be different; push the boundries.

"pushing the boundries" is the new semantics for the now-much-overused "think outside the box." I think whenever the next 'pushing the boundries' business-speak term surfaces, I think it'll be a product of Dogfish Head's inspiration.

This beer: Somewhat murky. Fiery orange-red. A nose of a Sweet Tart. Bitey. Interesting. Smooth. Sweet. Puckering. Intimidating yet inviting. Above all, off-centered.

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

Poured out of 750ml bottle into pint glass.

A- Penny copper in color. Pretty good, thick head that is lacing before I even take a sip. Head is creamy and eggshell white, settling after 3-5 mins.

S- Can smell it from a couple feet away, this beer is aromatic. Closer I smell candied dried fruit, apricots or green apple skin. Very potent and very inviting. The spice, like clove or cinnamon, is there as well, but not as prominent.

T- Sugar is first on the tongue. A spice (coriander) hits the back. Very tasty. Citrusy hops do a good job here, being the most prominent. I detect traces of ginger root, and a tartness is there, too... subtle though. This isn't like most witbiers, but I like it...

M- velvety and drying on different parts of the tongue. Hops do a wonderful job of masking the alcohol, which is barely there outside of a little heat. Good carbonation goes a long way to making this 10% go down smooth.

D- Fairly high, if you like the beer. This is a unique beer, and I can understand how people would be put off if they were looking for a standard witbier. But DFH doesn't do standard. And what they've been able to do with this is pretty darn good. Not my favorite 750ml DFH release (Squall IPA barely edges out Sah'Tea), I still really enjoy this beer.

Compared to your average witbier, this one has a lot more flavor. The malt sweetness and the hop flavors are a lot stronger than your average beer. However, this beer doesn't reach beyond its limits- It stays in check and is a pleasure to drink. I bought 2 750mls, and will keep one on hold for a while to see how it is at a later date. Still, if you like DFH or unusual, flavorful beers, you won't be disappointed.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.6oz bottle at Union Jack Pub And Restaurant (Winchester, VA)

Bottle stamped "bottled in 2009"

Poured a very nice deep dark orange with noticeable particles floating in the beer. The beer produced a huge off white head that was well retained. Nice lacing and a thin cap remained.

Nice aroma, sweet, Belgian sugars and citrus.

The taste is excellent, same as aroma nice and strong, citrus. Very slight pinot flavor.

The beer has a medium feel, smooth, clean, very creamy and very easy to drink given the ABV, no noticeable hints of the alcohol, but the ABV does get to you before you can finish the bottle. Overall a very nice Witbier.

Photo of rfgetz
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Brassy almost golden ginger ale in appearance

S- Belgium citrusy scents with a little hay

T- I can taste the Belgian citrusy hops but where is the pinot?

M- Creamy, soft, perfect carbonation

D- Ehhh... it was a good beer, but my expectations were much higher. I picked up little if no pinot influence.

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

Pours a hazy medium amber color, with a moderate off-white head that retains very well.

Aroma is fruity, with wine quality, following up with some oak, and alcohol in the background.

Flavor seems malty upfront, with some citrus, spices and other fruits mixed in. Has a bit of a bready quality, and has hints of oak towards the finish. Hints of a wine-like taste in the aftertaste. Finishes fairly dry, certainly not sweet. Slight bitterness, but not overly pronounced.

Medium body, but definately has a thick feel. Moderate carbonation. Other than a faint note in the nose, alcohol is hidden well in the aroma and taste, though warming is certainly evident. Very interesting brew that has a lot of flavor complexity to offer. Very easy to drink, and one I'll have again.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into hexagon wit glass. Murky, orangish tea color, white head. Ok, not as pretty as I expected.

Booze, coriander, belgian yeast mustiness as far as the aromas.

Winy right away. Grapey. Spicy, coriander flavors. Quite tasty. Boozey in a good way. Citrus.

Medium bodied, nice fizziness. Maybe a little thiner than I would have expected, still great.

Overall very flavorful, obviously, it's a DFH beer. Paired smartly with rotisserie chicken, eggplant, tomatoes, etc. A great beer to have dinner with. Pair it with savory foods. Cuts through grease nicely and adds spice and citrus flavors.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of those beers that helped turn me towards the craft scene. I thought it needed to be revisited...

1 pt. 9.6 fl. oz. bottle brewed in 2009 poured into an oversized wine glass (thanks again for the bottle spacecowboy)...

Lively and bubbly one finger of white sticky head that seems to sustains itself quite well. Deep orange, almost pink, body with quite a bit of haze to it. Very reminiscent of grapefruit juice at Grandma's house...some sediment was also floating to the top.

A very muted yeast aroma, followed up with some hints of orange and coriandor. Very to style...until the grapes start to present themselves. A very weak vinous aroma presents itself to remind us of the pinot barrels used. Muted yet balanced...

Not as good as I had remembered flavorwise...banana and some bubblegum, mostly dominated by coriandor and cloves. The grapes can be noticed near the finish...a very dry finish.

Nice body with nice carbonation. Good overall mouthfeel.

You can sense the alcohol, or at least I did as I finished the bottle. Not overtly boozy, but I just can't handle that much spice in my beer.

Maybe my pallete has matured, because this seems a bit weak. It's a good take on the style but it seems like it is missing something.

Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a two finger white head forms. The foam quickly recedes, and little lace is left behind.
S: Some funky and sour barnyard aromas at first that is really enjoyable. Orange, lemon, and banana fruits come out as well as some light spicy coriander. A vinegary almost oaky wine character comes out toward the end. This does not smell like any wit I have ever had.
T: Not as complex as the nose, though very good none the less. Orange, banana, and other citrus fruits with spicy coriander. A light sour and funkiness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and well carbonated. Very creamy. Easy and smooth to drink. The alcohol is not very noticeable. Something I am having no problems sipping on.

This is like no other Witbier I have tried. It definitely has the fruitiness and spice of a Witbier. Though there is a great barnyard/sourness going on that I love, and really distinguishes this from any other beer of this style.

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

Thanks to jdmek9 for this one. Enjoyed in a pils glass.

A: At the pour, this brew looks exactly like the beer in the goblet on the label does. Golden and some reddish and orange tones. Small head with a thin layer of retention.
S: White wine, and some serious oaky aromas revealing the two barrels used to make this beer possible. As it settles, the coriander and orange citrus rind really come out. Wheat and spices on the nose. Very complex aromas, and very inviting.
T: Really refreshing wheat up front, like a good wit should have. Alcohol is noticeable as the beer slides down. Sweet malts and citrusy hops, with some earthy notes in there too. More fruit and spices. Fruitiness is white wine-like, with some apple. There is a bunch of coriander and and intense bitterness that lingers.
M: Medium body with low carbonation.
D: This beer is like a wine. I can imagine a wine drinker would enjoy this one. It's refreshing, but also a wonderful beer to sip with dinner.

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

750ml crown capped bottle into 25oz snifter.

An opaque and dull ruby hue sits under a dense two finger stone khaki head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Sweet and sugary dark fruit - a little bit of plum, mixed with a little bit of orange peel. The alcohol adds a little spice to the background.

A little bit of spicy phenols in the background, along with a slightly creamy overtone to complement. More of the dark fruit from the pinot noir. Full bodied. The dark fruit lingers for a bit after each sip, along with the spices. The alcohol is well hidden.

Maybe a good cross-over beer for those who love wine. It certainly shares some characteristics, and also has the qualities of a good witbier. Recommended.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle simply notes 'Bottles in 2009"

(review #600)

Served this in a tulip glass. Good Looking beer. A 2 finger fizzy head forms and then settles to a scant 1/8th inch cap of foam that remains for a bit longer. Alas, this to fades and all traces of any head are gone. No lacing. The beer is a reddish/amber color with a good amount of haze. You can see quite a bit of visible carbonation rising to the top in long singular lines of bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma is light, earthy, sweet. A bit less both than I imagined. Some yeast notes

Very interesting. This is a beer that grows on me the more I drink it. The first time I had it was at the Extreme Beerfest and I really enjoyed it. These events work for the brewers. As a result, I purchased this bottle to enjoy. I can not say that I taste anything specific from the barrel aging, I to really get a depth of flavor that I can only imagine come from this process. The site says to enjoy this between 45-50 degrees, but I enjoy this even warmer. Much more flavor comes through. Somewhat wine like, some real nice spice from the yeast and the additions. Slight warming from the alcohol. As I continue to enjoy I do notice more notes from the wood aging. Slightly acidic. The bitterness towards the end is a bit stronger than I initially gauged. (not a bad thing) Some bread notes develop as well. The orange peel shows up right at the end for me. Very delicate, but it's there.

Very light and delicate in body, yet bold with the warming of the alcohol. Carbonation is very delicate.

A very interesting beer and one that develops as you enjoy. I think this is the kind of beer that you use for a several course dinner and as a beer pairing.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: It's a deep purple-ish orange color with a massive ecru head that's frothy, retains well, and lays down some nice lacing on the glass. A great looking beer.

S: Sweet malt, orange, berry/perfumey fruit aromas (from the pinot noir juice), woody aromas, and alcohol. Bold and complex.

T&M: Well, it's really interesting. Berry fruit up front, orange/coriander flavor, some appreciable wood-flavor, and drying alcohol on the finish. Complex and different, but I'm not sure I'm a huge fan. Body is medium with a dense, tingling carbonation that translates to a smooth feel.

D: Definitely a sipper. It's a little boozy and so complex that you've really got to sip on it to enjoy everything. Definitely a nice effort from DFH, it's just not quite my cup of tea.

Photo of projectflam86
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a murky orange color with a thin white head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Lots of citrus (orange peel and lemon) with a huge whiff of pinot noir and alcohol. There were some musty dark fruit scents as well as coriander and some other spices. A yeast like breadiness is detectable.

T- Where did the pinot noir go? There was certainly a wine-like nose but it failed to show up in the taste. Instead I ended up with a yeasty high alcohol dank flavored beer. Not doing it for me.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation.

D- Not one I would grab again. This is one of those experimental DFH brews that didn't quite hit the mark.

Photo of vrazionale
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads, "Bottled in: 2009"

A - Pours a deep reddish, almost clay-colored brown. Generous light brown head quickly dissipates into blotches across the top of the brew, finally settling as a ring around the glass where it meets the brew.

S - I'm getting a ton of orange and coriander notes when the beer is cold, with a touch of oaky vanilla. The oak and the darker notes of musk, malts, and leather come out as the brew warms up a bit. Pretty remarkable combination of bright and dark smell profiles.

T - Long, lingering, sweet, acidic finish. I don't taste the citrus and spices that I picked up on the nose, but instead I get the acidity of the pinot noir concentrate.

M - The acidity balanced with the malted wheat flavors makes for a particularly interesting mouthfeel. I continue to taste the grapes and the oak flavors on the back of my palate for long after I've swallowed.

D - Drinking this whole bottle will be tough, much the same as it would be difficult to drink an entire bottle of finely-crafted wine. The flavor profile is so big and robust that it's difficult to drink anything but smaller sips than you might usually. This is an esoteric beer, for sure. It begs for food pairings: I'd love to try this brew with a farmhouse cheddar, roasted duck breast, or a grilled steak.

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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasz intrigued to try this one and I'm glad I did. You gotta give the guys at Dogfish Head some props for never being scared to think outside the box! Poured into my Duvel Tulip with minimal head . Smell was a little off for me. Slight barnyard smell that I'm used to with a nice Gueuze. I can detect some wine smells in the backround as well. I wasn't to thrilled until I tasted it. Very nice and tastes very different than the smell. The wit aspect is shining up front followed by the beautiful addition of Pinot Noir grapes. Really awesome IMHO. Mouthfeel was good and drinkability is good for such a high ABV. Not my favorite by any means but definitely worth a try for those who haven't.

Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.