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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,711
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 110
Gots: 253 | 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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Ratings: 1,711 | Reviews: 693
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a while now, wondering how it has aged. Dated 02/12/07.

Pours a reddish/ruby/amber color with a good sized head that fades fast but leaves a thin wispy layer on top.

Has a strong aroma of coriander and orange with a slight whiff of oak to add some complexity

Taste still has a surprising amount of heat considering the age, the fruit and oak meld quite well, a yeast presence is more noticeable.

I think Red & White holds up quite well. I still have a bottle of the Black & Blue around the same age so I'll see which one is the winner.

Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with some reddish hues and has a light, fluffy off-white head that allows for a wispy layer to remain atop the glass. The aroma has belgian yeast, soft malt, sweet tart cherry, vanilla and an overall spiciness. The flavor is sweet malt and cherry upfront and accompanied by belgian yeast, malt, oak, alcohol and spice. It finishes dry and tasty. This is a medium bodied beer with a pleasant amount of carbonation. Honestly, Its better than expected with nice Belgian characteristics and the cherry and barrel characters are soft but noticeable. Complex and thirst quenching.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A capped 750ml bottle shared with psycohops. Poured into a pair of shaker glasses. The ale appears a light crimson amber color with about an inch of dense off white foam. Nose and flavor consist of spicy yeast, citrus such as orange, grapes, dark cherries, berries, peppery and dry, oak, wine tannins. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation. 2007 vintage.

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

Thanks to GbVDave for this one. 750ml bottle. Served in the new style Boulevard Chalice. Poured a reddish gold with a thin white head. Grainy aroma with a little Belgian spice. Full bodied with lots of Belgian yeast spice in the flavor. Malt sweetness. Nice oaky finish. I don't get a much wine character. It only seemed evident in the red tint. Very tasty and drinkable Belgian style ale though.

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 blaje
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice whit/pinkish creamy head. reddish/orange in colour. Pours hazy with large flaky yeast deposit.

Nose: Orange, orange zest, tangerine, coriander (too much?). No woody nose as expected after reading the label.

Mouth: Sweet and creamy. Alcohol is well present but not aggressive. sweetness from pinot noir concentrate malt is greatly represented.

Drinkability: Would have to say that it is so-so. Drinking this 750ml alone needs some time. Very loading. Very interesting beer for a panel tasting. Another challenging product from DFH.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Walked down into zenos. The place was packed, which was starting to become typical for thursday nights. I walked up with a couple of pals to the bar, and stood behind a huge line of folks anxious to get their grubby mits on the latest tripple hopped BMC product. Within a minutes span, I was kindly handed a glass of this on the house by my good friend behind the bar, Dave. Dave you are the f#^king man!

The appearance is a pale amber with orange tones that streak through the body. A decent sized hazy white head floats nicely on top, and the beer laces well.

The scent is the weakest part of this beer. It is very subdued. What I am getting is some sweet and bready notes, in addition to raisins and a lot of other spices.

The taste is filled with raisins, plum, and a wide assortment of very sharp tastes. Bready tastes and texture. Tons of white grapes. Slight cherry accents. Very dry, similar feel to that of a dry white wine. Typical DFH, good beer and very adventurous.

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

Looking through the glass, the Red & White is cloudy to say the least; it is loaded with particulate, which (IMO) detracts slightly from an otherwise attractive appearance. The beer has a small, sweet smell with a variety of spice notes (that I can't very well distinguish). The taste is quite delicious; a strong sweet presence that appears to come largely from the high alcohol content of this beer. However, the alcohol has no bite and the beer itself has a very smooth taste that finishes a bit syrupy, again mostly due to the alcohol. Overall, one of the most delicious beers I've had recently.

Photo of apbarwood
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy dark dark orange or copper. Thick creamy head that's pretty consistent throughout.

Smell- Bright fruity aroma of cherry and a hint of raspberry, coriander. Nice but subtle overall.

Taste- Bright red fruit flavors, particularly cherry-like flavors from the pinot noir juice. Sweet but not overly so in my opinion. The bitterness is very slight. The oak influence is very minimal, mostly showing up in a delicate vanilla flavor in the background, but doesn't actually taste of oak which is probably good.

Mouthfeel- Feels fuller in the mouth than it looks in the glass. The pinot seems to dull the impact of the bubbles and give the beer a rounder, softer quality.

Drinkablity- I really enjoyed it and found it quite drinkable. Could work with desert or on it's own. It's interesting at any rate. There was a lot of interesting interplay between the pinot and witbier and the beer was very nuanced as a result. It's definitely something to try and I'll probably have it again someday.

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.

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