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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Red & WhiteRed & White

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 87
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

07/15/08- Purchased at Worden's in Missoula, MT.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not sure of freshness, but pretty sure it's a rather new release...2008 or late '07. Poured into my Troutslayer witbier tulip.

Appearance- True blood orange juice color. Murky and almost rust like. Minute flakes of yeast hoover about. About a 3/4 inch head of thicker white froth. A good thick rim remains the majority of comsumption. Leaves sticky patchwork.

Smell- Strong confectioniers sugar at first sniff. White pepper and a touch of clove. Some corriander as well as a good whiff of alcohol.

Taste- Has a nice combo of wild berries and tangelo. Also you can pick up the nice Pinot barrell flavor. Seems to be a nice part vinous. Very thick and quite sweet. Mild hops and slight grain/wheat flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous with a medium carbonation level and berry-orange aftertaste.

Drinkability- This beer was quite nice. And it's even nicer if you pair it with an appropriate dish. It worked perfect with salmon that was dry rubbed with corriander, cumin, chili powder and brown sugar. Something mildly spicy to cut the sweetness of the beer. Would have again for sure.

GClarkage, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of CoalCellar
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%

For me this beer was a disappointment...perhaps my hopes were too high?

A: This beer has a gorgeous appearance. The beer pours a clear golden color with a spectacular reddish hue and white frothy red/tinged head. The appearance is easily the best part about this beer.

S: The aroma is of wit yeast with a slighty fruity nose of wine.

T: For me, the taste of wit was completely overshadowed with an upleasant wine/alcohol flavor? Too much of a wine blend for me, or perhaps its too young?

M: Standard light mouthfeel

D: Unfortunately, due to the unpleasant taste I had a tough time finishing the bottle. For me, one of the less pleasant experiments from dogfishhead. Perhaps it will improve with age?


CoalCellar, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of paytoplay
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

My score might be generous. It was an outstanding brew, but the Pinot Noir barrels and fruit could not be detected at all. The oil of an orange is noticed, not sour, strong belgian style but superb balance. Really well made. I could see this aging for quit some time, maybe with age the pinot aspect will outlast the other parts to this brew? It would be awesome if it does.

paytoplay, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of becktone
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

From notes 7-4-08

Eye: Hazy tangerine in color and very hazy. Looks like a Wit ought to. Head is large, foamy, and white. Great retention, and nice lacing. Can't ask for more.

Nose: Definitely some Witbier in the nose here. Orange and coriander notes are detectable. Alcohol as well. Some warmth. I'm not getting much from the oak or the Pinot Noir, but then again I don't drink much wine.

Tongue: Now that the beer is in the mouth there is a definite Pinot Noir taste, some acidity to go with it as well. Spicy, and some drying notes as well....oak flavor is in here-gives some of that drying and bittering flavor. Oddball spice flavors are here as in most Wits as well as orange and coriander flavor. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Nice body on this one, full. Carbonation is on the lower side as befits a beer of this high alcohol range. This is an easy one to drink, and I'd definitely buy it again, however, it will probably be a while. One bottle will go a long way. Great beer, and very unique, but if you want a standard Wit this isn't what you're looking for.

becktone, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.5/5  rDev +16%


This beer is much better than I expected! Poured into my Petrus chalice, this looks eerily similar to the label are. Pours a gorgeous looking glowing orange brown with stark white head. Nose is mostly spice and belgian yeast. Flavor abounds in this brew with lots of belgian character. Nice coriander and peel flavor in here and alot of wheaty fruitiness. Excellent level of enjoyable sweetness throughout. Very full bodied taste that leaves little to be desired. Mouthfeel is just about the perfect viscosity here. And drinkability is great for the style with a shocking 10% abv. This goes down almost like a summer slammer, just a little bit sweeter (in a good way) Overall a very extraordinary beer, and a true testament to the originality and ingenuity of sam and the DFH crew. This is one of the more impressive brews I have had from DFH. This is one very underhyped beer IMO. How often do you hear that on this website? Great beer. An ideal "imperial" (I guess) witbier. great.

AKBelgianBeast, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a white wine glass.

A: Poured a nice golden yellow body with a hazy reddish center, giving this brew the appearance of a peach. The carbonation was steady and there was a faior amount of yeast sediment floating below the short-lived fizzy dome of carbonation.

S: Smells of coriander and orange rind, as well as peppery spices and a sweet wheat aroma stomped together with red grapes.

T: The taste is sweet and full at first, lending way to softer, fruity notes of grape and orange peel, and some sweet, sugary spices. This is a puckeringly tasty brew, with a lingering fruity malt smack and a little tartness to boot.

M: Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a rush of carbonation.

D: We had this as a dessert beverage, and I'd recommend it be served that way always. Probably good with a dessert, but the overly sweet fruity nature of it might spoil whatever it is you;re trying to eat. At 10% ABV, don't take it too lightly either, but it's quite drinkable despite that fact.

I liked it, my girlfriend didn't care for it much. That's fine. More for me. I commend DFH for another ingenious combination of a great witbier flavored with a great red wine concentrate like pinot noir. Sam is hellbent on taking the wine industry by storm, and Red & White has been his most blatant onslaught to date. I stand by and salute you, sir!

Gambrinus1184, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Always expect the unusual from Dogfish Head. Poured with a medium sized head that quickly settled itself down while keeping a bit of lacing on the glass. A dull orange color with mild carbonation seen. An almost fruity like yeasty scent.

Leaves a little tingle on the tongue at the first sip. The essence of wine is in the flavor. The taste follows the smell, with hints of spicy fruit and a yeasty essence. Cordiander is clearly there as well, mixed firmly in the taste.

Pleasant and interesting. At 10% ABV, it packs a punch. Quite drinkable, but strong.

Nutleybeer, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of samriggins
3.53/5  rDev -9%

Poured into a tulip. Nice color, a reddish amber. Small head that dissapears quickly. Lots of floaty yeast.

Smells very sweet. Also smells of dry red wine. You can smell the alcohol for sure.

Taste is very sweet and is fairly dry. Taste is all up front on the toung. I don't really get much hop flavor, just a big upfront sweetness, honey and dried fruit, also a little spiciness.

With the sweetness this beer has a pretty thick mouthfeel. The carbonation helps to thin it out though.

This is a nice beer to sip on. I'm glad that I split this with my brother. I don't think I could/would drink a whole 750 on my own. I'm having trouble with this being classified as a Witbier.

samriggins, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of GPHarris
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into a goblet that leaves a nice ring throughout. the body was a bright reddish-amber color.
s - smells very sweet, hints of grapes and other fruits like apples.
t - very fruity and winelike, spicey and oakey with a hint of graininess like bread.
m - very clean.
d - good sipper but it seemed like there was so much going on here that it lacked an identity. plus it almost became too sweet.

GPHarris, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of tiger88
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nice off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. This is a really good-looking beer. It doesn't really have a strong aroma but I do get hints of grapes, a little hoppiness and fresh bread. It tastes pretty good. Very sweet and wine-like. I'm not a big wine fan, especially sweet wine but the mat and wheat make this enough of a beer to enjoy. This is definitely a DFH experiment I can live with. Fairly drinkable as long as you have a friend there with you to help you finish the bottle.

tiger88, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Not a bad beer but definitely not a witbier. More like a Belgian Strong Ale. Pours an hazy raspberry ice tea color. Head is small and white, disappears fast with high alcohol content. Smells like a Belgian Strong Ale - astringent and spicy - much more pronounced than a witbier.

Tastes like a mild Belgian Strong Ale. Spicy, fairly heavy, some sweetness and some astringency as well. There is a hint of red wine and the alcohol presence is mildly noticed.

Mouthfeel is rich and drinkability is ok. I split the bottle and probably would not be that anxious to drink the whole thing myself. This is more of a cold weather beer than a summer refresher.

JayQue, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

I bought this bottle at Rittenhouse Deli in Ardmore, Pa and poured it into a large "pint" glass.
Appearance: A huge light tan head with decent retention toped a dark amber body. Lots of carbonation, and very thin lacing.
Smell: Syruppy, cherry's maybe. Sweet malt.
Taste: Overly syruppy. Very sweet with not enough bitterness to knock it down.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Very high if you are sharing, but it goes lower as the amount you drink by yourself increases.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

bottled on 2/9/07 - been in the cellar for a while now

A - Very red - I guess that fits the name of the beer. Red and white has a very thick looking consistency which includes very little carbonation. Looks almost like wine.

S - The smell is dominated by the alcohol that backs this baby up. Secondary and tertiary notes are yeast and spice respectively. I haven't drank it yet, but it seems out of character for a wit. The smell has the sweetness that almost could be considered wine.

T - It starts off with a very sweet opening flavor that is somewhat reminds me of cherry, that follows through with a very strong and sweet orange peel and coriander flavor. It finishes with more of that sweetness that dominates at the beginning.

M - This is a big beer. It feels thick and smooth as it rolls across the tongue. Has the sugar syrupy feeling that just demonstrates the pile of barley and wheat behind this one.

D - I could only have one of these a night - its so thick and so strong that it would have to be a slow drinker while I enjoy every drink. The unique taste and mouthfeel allows that to happen for me. The more I drink it, the more it shows its propensity for sitting very heavy on the palette.

I am almost depressed that I can't find this one more regularly. Yes, it is not one that I would drink regularly, but on special occasions I would find this one a true joy to drink.

katan, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Franchise
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%

Thie offering from DFH pours a reddish burnt sienna leaving a thick off-white head that clings to the glass but fades into the beer leaving a small trace. The aroma is ripened fruit, pineapple, banana, plums, prunes, brown sugar very typical Belgian witbier aromatics.

The taste starts super fruity, honey, candy, again very fruity but leaving a bit of bitter balance that helps keep it in check apples, pineapple, dark pitted fruit abound finishing syrupy and just a touch of bitter earthy tart woody feel to the finish. Fantastic worth every penny!

Franchise, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of theetruscan
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Orange beer, pours with minimal to moderate head. Minimally carbonated.

All the glory of this beer, the flowers, honey, and wine come through every time you smell it. Drinking it never comes close, though it's nice enough.

Wonderfully complex, fun beer. But, it comes in a 750, and it's syrupy sweet. I find myself getting quite sick of it after maybe 8 ounces. Splitting a bottle two ways is difficult, splitting the bottle three would be perfect.

theetruscan, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.88/5  rDev 0%

2008 750ml bottle, capped

A- Red and White pours a ruby, copper, amber color into a wide mouth Dogfish Head snifter. No lingering head to speak of, not able to see through the brew.

S- Cherries, orange, spice, black pepper, very sweet malts/ toasted wheat. Good complexity to the nose. Belgian yeast and candi sugar are very apparent. Some alcohol and some honey notes as well.

T- As like the nose, very sweet malts/ toasted wheat/ grain and tons of fruit character, a bit of raison with a nice yeasty base. Very winey, notes of oak and pinot noir come through for me. Some hop bitterness as well as alcohol is apparent upon the finish.

M- Medium-Heavy mouth feel, thicker consistency, getting more sticky and syrup-like as the brew warms in the glass. Good amount of carbonation. The sweetness leaves some stickiness on your lips.

D- Another quality brew from Dogfish. I would recommend this to anyone already familiar to Dogfish's and other experimental-type brews, this is no entry level beer. IMO this isn't a "go to" this is more of an occasion beer. As far as over all execution goes this beer is fantastic.

ATPete, May 30, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Picked up a bottle at Abe's in Bethlehem.

Well I wanted an interesting beer and I wasn't disappointed. The beer seemed to have a slight pink tinge to it. The aroma and flavor don't scream barrel-aged, what get more is the strong flavor of orange peel (a bit too much IMO) with corriander, toasty malt and oak with a spicy finish. This beer certainly doesn't drink like it's 10% and aside from going heavy on the orange, I'd say this is one of DFH's better build beers. Worth a try if you like wine and wit beer, or just want something different.

tempest, May 17, 2008
Photo of smitty2717
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance- Neither Red nor White, Orange color effervescent during pour, Pearl white head

Smell- Classic belgian ale smell misleading to the taste.

Mouthfeel- Soft and wet

Taste- Hoppy up front, Bitter then sweet, more going on with this beer than worda can handle. Hint of teh pinot noir juice and a stronger Oak sensation more than anything else

Drinkability- Very nice to have with something spicy. One is enough need somehting after to balance the action of teh taste.

smitty2717, May 15, 2008
Photo of tigerdoc
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours and orange color with tinges of ruby has a nice white rocky head with light head remaining throughout. High carbonation, with little lacing left behind. Primary aroma is floral belgian yeast characters as well as some background fruit notes. Flavor is similar to aroma with high acidity. A very unique beer, primarily a belgian ale with a little bit of a twist. A drinkable beer but one bottle is pretty much the limit for me.

tigerdoc, May 12, 2008
Photo of mattster
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

mattster, May 10, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Consumed 05/06/08.

Beer is a hazy yet lovely burnished metal hue. Not much carbonation, but nice lacing nonetheless.

Heavy yeasty notes in the nose.

The palate is complex and hard to describe at first sip. Classic witbier flavors are present (orange, coriander, light sweet maltiness, wheat), and there is a restrained vinous background compliments of the use of pinot noir.

Not an everyday drinker, but delicious as a flavor adventure.

charlzm, May 08, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.15/5  rDev +7%

Poured from the tap handle into a Chimay goblet/chalice.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy red/gold with a solid cream/bone head of foam rising a finger thick. Lacing glues itself to the sides of the glass with slight legs.

Smell- A solid Belgian nose thick with yeast and wheat. Malts are light and slightly unbalanced. Alcohol is thick and hops are nowhere to be found. Pino Noir is slight yet present. Barrel aging is clear with hints of oak.

Taste- Sweet, creamy, woodsy, this is all mouthfeel but caters to the taste as well. Yeast is thick and upfront. No hints of the witbier style to be found. Pino lingers but primary is wheat and oak, even Pal Santo on the tongue. A bit pulpy.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sweet, lightly warming, yeasty, pulpy, medium full bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- Very nice, even for the swilling needs, at 10% the goblet goes down easy and I may enjoy another.

blakesell, May 06, 2008
Photo of justinmartz
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

I poured the whole 750 mL bottle into a big ol Paulaner mug. There was a dense two-finger head atop a bubbly, bubbly amber-colored brew. At first whiff I smelled hints of apple cider, coriander, clove, and faint alcohol. Before I dared to partake I had to hold the mug up to the light and admire the vigor with which the foam-bound bubbles agitated the sediment. Pretty fucking cool. At first gulp I tasted a malty, effervescent dryness with a slight tang that reminded me of barleywine. As the ale warmed I could taste cloves, bubblegum, and later, a coriander character which lingered on the palate along with some alcohol. I waited for the oak but it never came. A mix between Leffe and Old Stock? A lively brew which I shall turn into poop within me on the morrow.

justinmartz, May 06, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured a cloudy amber/redish color with a half inch of slightly yellowed head. There is poor retention and no real lace.

The aroma is nice. Orange and corriander dominate.

The taste is unique. Orange and corriander take the lead again. However, the pinot noir adds complexity. Alcohol also is prominent in this beer, which is not very enticing. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with typical white ale carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate to low. Alcohol flavor is harsh, but beer flavors are ok. I think I'll stick to their IPA's.

Goliath, May 05, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sampled at May Charleston BA Meeting. Poured samples from a 750ml bottle given to me by BA stopbarking.

A. Red orange brew with ample carbonation and a white lacy head,

S. Smells strongly like a wit! Belgian yeast and fruity high lights. Some alcohol apparent.

T. Funky yeasy and grape/citrus fruit. Very pleasant.

M. High carbonation leads to a dry finish.

D. Lowered due to the abv and unavailability in my area.

This is a strongly flavored and pleasant wit!!

MarkSCCOT, May 05, 2008
Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,584 ratings.