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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Red & WhiteRed & White

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Ratings: 1,668
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 96
Gots: 233 | FT: 4
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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 shanem
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: caramel brown/reddish slightly hazy color with small light head

S: belgian yeasty smell with fruit

T: thought it was a good complex flavor with some malt and oakiness, the pinot comes through well but not overpowering giving some fruit notes. no real bitterness

M: had some carbonation, but clean finish was nice

D: a good sipper, 10% hidden pretty well, but still was clearly a higher abv brew, would definitely enjoy again

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

Appearance: Poured into a goblet. Poured a orange/yellow hazy color. Head was large and disappeared very quick. Left no lacing.

Smell: Very fruity. Orange and bannana nodes are stong. A woody smell lingers but I really couldn't determine what it was since it was so faint.

Taste: BITTER! Once the bitterness settles that nice wood flavor settles in, finishes very nicely with the pinot noir flavors.

Mouth Feel: Very well balenced, thick carbonation. No aftertaste

Drinkability:Being that it comes in a 750ml, probably best to share this unique thing with others. Not really my style though, and would probably not buy again

With that said, I am glad I bought this one. Definitely gave me something different, if given the chance try it!

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

Thought I'd like this interesting beer more...

Pours a pretty burnt orange with not much head, but constant light lacing and a ring of foam sticks around. Nose at first was overwhelming, could not figure out what was going on. As it mellowed, the balance came with breadiness and a bit of winey mustiness. Taste is also wine-ish, it's like you accidentally dropped some wine into your witbier. At first it was almost salty, but thankfully that subsided. Now it tastes like a poor light red wine with malts.

Altogether an interesting beer but I was expecting more.

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

Really a refreshing beer, if the ABV was a little lower, it would be a lot more appealing.
Appearance is cloudy pale brown with a bit of red. Smell is tasty, like a typical wheat, but a little wine-y as expected. Sweet taste like a good wheat beer, taste of banana and the pinot noir go well together. A little less carbonation would make it smoother, and a little less taste of the alcohol would make it a lot more drinkable as noted.

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

A- orange amber and yellow color. Small head that fades to nothing.

S- sweetness, tart and Belgian yeast.

T- Along with smell.... tart and Belgian yeast. Simular to a Belgiun Pale Ale.

M- Thick bodied, sticks to the palate.

D- Easy drinking.. fairly complex.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber color, creamy head, some carbonation, very nice and detailed lacing with tiny bubble tapestries
s: orange and coriander are obvious with spice hints evident
t: orange and coriander make their presence known immediately, with a minor mix of bananas and vanilla; slight maltiness gives way to light pinot-like complexity and a nice finish
m: creamy body, moderate carbonation
d: as a fan of both fine beer and pinot noir, a pretty decent combo make a fine beer

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazy light orange color. Two fingers of creamy head with good retention, though not much lacing at all.

4.5 S: Tons of esters going on here. Peach/apricot, tangerine, and orange peel. A tad bit of funk going along with it. Wonderful.

4.5 T: This is certainly damn good. Ester soup rather than witbier. I feel like my tongue is being dragged through the fruit isle at market. Peach/apricot dominate, then mandarine orange, regular orange, tangerine and white grape. Good balance with just a bit of bittering hops. Alcohol is apparent, but blends very well with the beer as a whole.

4.5 M: Medium body. Crisp carbonation, but very creamy. Excellent.

5.0 D: Really tasty and goes down extremely well. Awesome brew.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy copper color with a white heading that disapated quickly. Globs of lacing throughout.

Smell is banana and other fruits,I smell the woodiness to it as some have mentioned, kind of funky.

Taste is well not banana but spice and corriander but very subtle nothing overdone. A nice sweetness to it as well. A heavy booziness cover's most of it up but it is a tasty beverage but a bit to heavy for a session brew.

Mouth is medium bodied-good carbonation.

Drinkability is good nothing spectacular but could have another one.

Photo of deanhead
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a cognac snifter at the Tap room in Brattleboro.
Looked amber with nice carbonation that settled to a few bubbles clinging to the sides fot eh glass.

Candy like and distinctly phenolic aroma.

Taste is phenolic and candy-like. Warming on the palate yet hot with alcohol.. Musty and earthy with undertones of blood and iron. Slight plastic like taste.

Finishes dry and slightly winy at the end. Mouthfeel is very distinct, light to medium bodied with an aspect of wine to it, can't quite find the word to describe it, other then winy.

Drinkability. I had a tough time finishing this one. It's tatsy but very unique in it's flavor profile. It's worth a try once, but I'm not so sure I'll be drinking this one again.

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

A - Poured into a wine glass, decent slightly yellow head that spotted around the glass. A slightly hazed but vibrant golden red.

S - Although this was made with red grapes, it has a white grape smell to me... orange/lemon - both fresh and sour smelling at the same time.

T - Sweet and fruity like a wine with a citrus infusion that leaves a slight bitterness on your tongue. Coriander and mild spiciness.

M - Crisp and well carbonated with a drying finish.

D - It definitely covers the ABV well.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if DFH decided to call this a witbier or not, but I think it misses the mark for the style.

Dull ruby pour, some gold in it to brighten it up. A nice foamy head developed quickly, but then receded just as hastily, leaving me wondering if this is normal. Kinda filmy.
Some dark fruits are present in the nose, as well as well pine...someone suggested oak. I don't get oak, maybe ash. It smells like a light red wine, but is a bit musky.
Meh, taste is dull as well. Some dark cherries and hints of orange dance around, but don't land very hard. Hints of clove, and then a slight surge of wood. Not sure which. Pine, perhaps green oak....
Not a drinkable beer for me. For a wit this leaves me in want of spice, lemon, lightness, richness. Will not buy again....may drink it again if offered for free.

Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks mimi for sharing the bottle

A - Poured an orange color, with a 1 finger white head. Dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

S - Lactobacillus. This beer may very well have been infected. Also had odors of toffee, caramel, grass and bitterness.

T - All of the above, but less lacto and increased red/dark fruit esters.

M - Full bodied and well balanced. Just wow.

D - Just excellent. No idea that it had a 10% alc level as I thought the beer was closer to a supplication or ommegeddon.

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

750ml poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark orange with a hue of red and violet. 2 inch foamy head that shrinks down quickly.

N - Coriander and orange peel forefront. The oak is really nice on this. A touch of ripe fruit comes through as well.

T - You taste the belgian up front, then the oakiness hits, and then it ends with a great finish where the pinot noir really comes through.

M - Acidic, very long finish.

D - Very drinkable, Im happy that this one's in a 750. Really enjoying it while watching theTigs.

Photo of goatgoat
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blood-orange amber with lots of suspended particles. A white frothy head falls quickly to a thin ring. No lace. Not particularly appealing, but lighter than I expected.

Aroma is a good blend of belgian wit and a fruity pinot, overlaid with oak. The light fruity sweetness blends well with the woody character and slightly astringent wine notes. Wit spices are very subdued.

Taste follows aroma but so much for subdued spices... they come into their own, stealing the scene in the initial sip. But then the other flavors step up and blend it all together. The light fruitiness gives way to a gentle tartness and a bitterness that builds to a moderate strength in the finish.

Medium body with a nice smooth carbonation. The high alcohol limits my inclination to drink too much though.

A lot of what DFH does goes over my head, honestly. But this is an very well done combination that is a pleasure to drink. Belgian Wit? I try to rate to category, but this would miss the mark in ways that aren't fair to it. Perhaps DFH (and other highly experimental breweries) should have their own category.

Photo of aubuc1
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy, chunky orange with a thin, steady clingy white head.

Smell is yeasty and fruity. Smells like Unibroue.

Bold, smooth taste. Definite taste of pinot noir with mellow orange. Excellent taste.

Mouthfeel is good for what it is.

Alcohol is undetectable at first, then maybe some warming.

this is a great beer. A slam dunk for the master experimentor at Dogfish Head.

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

Via 750ml bottle on 3/28/09.

A - Poured a clear, effervescent reddish amber body with a thin off-white head that transformed into a patchy film and yielded sparse lacing.

S - Woody notes and oak tannins dominate the aroma, but do so with a spicy flair, suggesting clove and coriander as well as hints of citrus rind and licorice.

T - Red & White boasts the complexities of a fine wine with dry, woody notes and oaky tannins. While the hop bitterness is pretty non-existent, there is plenty going on with this brew. I picked up on hints of licorice, clove, spices and citrus fruit.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finish is dry and spicy on the palate with a mild astringency.

D - Nice complex brew, and another DFH offering that expands the boundaries of what beer should be. While I think I prefer their Black & Blue, I definitely appreciate what Sam & Co. have done here.

Photo of Shumista
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm always excited to try DFH's unique offerings, so I was pretty excited when I found this at Whole Foods.

A- Red and White pours light reddish gold, with a small amount of head. Pours pretty thick for a wit.
S- Smells like a wit with everything the label promises. Spices, orange, grapes, a little bit of oak. The alcohol is noticeable in the smell as well.
T- Unfortunately this is where this beer goes downhill for me. After the first sip the first thing I thought was "boozy and cloying". As I moved through the beer, the alcohol was noticeable much more in some sips than others, but when it was noticeable it was boozy and unpleasant as opposed to warming in my opinion. Red and White is sweet to the point of being cloying for me. Usually I don't have a problem with sweet beers but this one was over the top. The wine like flavor from the grapes was interesting, and the hints of oak were nice as well, but these aspects that work well take a backseat and are overshadowed by the sweet booziness.
M- Syrupy, coating the inside of the mouth and throat. Very noticeable 10% abv.
D- I split the bottle two ways with a friend. Honestly, I could have split it 6 or 7 ways and still have had enough of this beer.

Overall this one misses the mark with me, but I am left with no lower of an opinion of DFH because of it. I love the unique beers that they offer and the fact that they are constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to styles. With so many "off centered ales" in their lineup, of course there are going to be a few that I don't like. In my mind they make up for it though every time they blow me away with something unique and different that I haven't tried before. So, overall even though I didn't like it I am glad I tried Red and White, and I won't hesitate to continue buying from DFH.

Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a ton of suspended yeast.Aroma is raisins and dark fruit.Taste is dark fruit and alcohol warmth.I bought a 25 oz bottle in a rush for 16.50.When I logged on and saw it labeled as a witbier I thought great 16.50 for the crappiest beer style on earth.Thankfully though it actually has the qualities of a strong belgian ale.THis is a good flavorful beer with a kick,and would recommend to try!!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

<2009 vintage. cellar-temperature. pop the cap and into a sniffer> Nose is lightly hoppy/funky - probably more funky than hoppy. Actually yes, it smells rather like the inside of a medicine bottle. It has a sweet smell, maybe like oak. Notes of pepper. Smells pretty good.

Pours a deep reddish butterscotch color, moderate clarity, mild head. Looks good.

Very smooth and quite viscous. Flavor-wise it's kind of one-dimensionally medicinal - dull and lifeless. <a few more sips> There's a little malt - slightly sweet with toasty warm nut and roasted sugar - and still an overbearing sterile vibe. Some vinous notes deep, especially in the aftertaste. Alcohol heat comes near the finish, and begins to work with the medicinalness on numbing the tongue.

Maybe that sterile flavor I get is the grape juice, but I don't really see how. It does kind of remind me of a cheap cabernet, if I imagine it with less alcohol. Yes, come to think of it, it has the kind of super-dry mouth-numbing/coating characteristics of a dry red wine.

I don't like it. Nothing about it is appealing in the way I enjoy good beers or good wine. It's raw, harsh, considerably unpleasant, and (most importantly) boring. I couldn't get the waves of flavor some describe, it's just the same watered-down cheap red wine flavor, sip after unpleasant sip. Some odd-tasting beers are unpleasant and interesting, but this is hard to drink and uninspired.

In summary: "It's just the same watered-down cheap red wine flavor, sip after unpleasant sip."

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.

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

Red & White
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Style: Witbier
ABV: 10.00 %
live review 3/23/09 @ home
champagne bottle>pint glass

"...malt beverage brewed with pinot noir, coriander, orange peel, and aged in oak barrels/staves..."

A 4.0 blood orange in color, excellent head and retention, nice lace through entire beer, noticeable chunky sediment
S 4.0 complex aroma - coriander, orange/dark citrus, mild wine/pinot, clove and yeast notes.
T 4.0 complex in taste, tart and clovey on palate, coriander is present, along with some pinot as a tart adjunct. Almost some tart raspberry notes.
MF 4.0 medium+ in body, medium in carbonation
D 4.0 this is a very unique and potent witbier. it's always cool to see what the DFH team has come up with. This is a unique find for sure. It's educational and interesting, it would be nice as a sipper with the right food pairing, but it is not a session witbier.

Photo of TheMistler
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with big, expanding Belgian head, the color of vanilla, topping a very dark gold / brown brew. Some sediment in suspension. Uber thick cap leaves some decently nice lacing.

Whiffs of a boozy wit, with freshly threshed wheat and a twinge of orange peel. Belgian characteristics, dusty yeast more than dough, although that is detectable as well. I think I'm detecting a hint of cherry, rather than grape.

Banana and other wheat and wit flavors, but with a boatload of complexity and other notes thrown mixed in. Wood - oak, of course - notes from the barrel aging. A splash of grape juice gives way to a very lip-smackingly dry end (it is definitely aided by an alcohol kick and spice), along the lines of exceptionally dry champagne. A dusting of yeast coats the palate.

Fairly thick, with a quite chewy feel. Carbonation is towards the low end, but is appropriate and does provide a slight tingly kick to keep the beer from becoming too syrupy. Quite nice, overall.

Photo of Blaketj80
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at 50 degrees. Smells of dry white wine with a hint of grapes and oak. Pours reddish amber with lacing and thin white head. Has excellent body and amazing palate. Not a huge wheat fan, but it's complexity makes you forget because it takes your taste buds on a ride. Has a much maltier profile than the smell makes you think. Tastes of orange, vanilla, and as smooth as the day is long.

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

On tap last night at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio into a clean, clear snifter. Review from notes

A Minimal one cm head dissipated into a ring around the top. Great lacing after repeated sips. Yellow brown body, possibly on the light side (the "white" I suppose).

S Malt sweetness, maybe a touch of port wine.

T Like a good Belgian sweet malt and yeast with some port wine taste. Inviting, rewarding, very good.

M Full with big ABV and Carbonation.

D Good for high ABV. Interesting to have on tap.

Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-apricot with heavy yeasty sediment. Head is slight and quickly becomes a thin sheen.

Aroma is caramel malt with powdery yeasty spices. Generous citrus fruit - orange, apricot, and mango. Hints of earthy hop.

Taste is initially bready caramel malt and very fruity, as mentioned in the nose. Hops are earthy and herbal in nature. Plenty of yeasty spices in the finish - notably nutmeg, ginger, and corriander.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Very soft and smooth.

A very tasty treat. A must try. This is a complex, powerful brew.

Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,668 ratings.