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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,714
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 111
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: 1,714 | Reviews: 693
Photo of charlzm
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of justinmartz
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Goliath
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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!!

Photo of rodcom
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I love a lot of the dogfish beers, but not this one which I simply like. It is a sweet beer and reminded me of wine. Not sure what is the best thing to pair it with - is it for desert or is it for a winter night???

Worth a try, but not going back for another bottle anytime soon.

Photo of hdofu
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer. It reminds me of an abbey ale and also Magic hat's circus boy, only much more intense. Very fruity. Has a citrus smell, a blood orange color. Taste is complicated tasting of citrus, pepper and raspberry. The feel on the tongue is smooth and oily. For a 10 ABV, this beer is extreme but perfectly appropriate in place of a wine. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of david131
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A small but very creamy white head sits atop the brew with many streams of rising carbonation keeping it alive. The liquid is beautiful, a very luminescent red/orange hue.

S- Belgiany, fruity, a little hint of wine. Not all that aromatic, but what is there is good.

T- Fruity, with coriander and orange. Very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness. The beer seemed to improve a great deal as it neared room temperature.

M- Super creamy and smooth. The carbonation level is perfect. A nice clean and crisp aftertaste.

D- A very enjoyable beer; I can't say I've ever had anything like it. It really picks up steam the more of it you drink.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the midst of a major beer run I decided to pick this up as I was leaving the beer aisle. I never noticed it before or heard of it but as of this writing there are 194 reviews. Go figure. I have thoroughly enjoyed a similarly themed beer and thought I'd see how this compared. I prefer the other as it's dryer and I think a touch more complex but this was a solid brew! I'd happily try it again and or serve it to friends that enjoy wine to help expand their horizons.

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

a: This was a clear reddish copper color with golden highlights. It poured with a big foamy white head that stuck around for a while with great lace.

s: This smells strongly of Belgian yeast, lots of bananas and cloves. Plenty of fruit aromas as well, apples, cherries, and, of course, grapes. Some peppery, perfumed hops and alcoholic heat round things off.

t: Hmmm... I remember liking this more last year. Wit beer flavors start things off. Crisp, sweet bananas and cloves are soon over taken by almost overwhelmingly dry pepper and other spices. The grape flavors come at the finish and are also quite dry. There is a spice in here that comes on way too strong. The label mentions coriander, perhaps that's it. The alcohol comes on a bit too strong as well. Stil, this is a unique offering and well worth trying.

m: This was well-carbonated and crisp overall. As much as I like dry beers though, this was just too much.

d: Overall, I like this one quite a bit. These big bottles are absolutely meant for sharing. One small glass is plenty for me.

Photo of Beaver13
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a very hazy copper orange with a thin and fine white head that quickly recedes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very wit-like with funky yeast and some bright fruitiness, bananas, cloves and a little vinous wine.

The flavor is earthy yeast, some grapes and citric fruit, quite a bit of vinous alcohol and a fairly grassy and almost tarry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, this "imperial wit" is not bad, but it is not well balanced and a bit of a mess.

Photo of FleeVT
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown bomber with brewed on date poured into a mug.

A: Pours a beautiful amber/rose with a thick head of tiny bubbles. Only a slight haze to this one; I expected a bit more from a witbier. A light amount of sediment makes its way into the glass, as well.

S: Lots of malt on the nose of this Dogfish offering, with a bit of a sharp pointed aroma that could only be the pinot noir advertised on the label. A mild amount of alcohol mixed with the traditional coriander and citrus of the style.

T/M: Stronger carbonation hits the tongue first leaving the palate tingling. Malty sweetness follows in the front with an ever so slight bitterness to the back that suggest the wine tannins. Coriander is present in modest amounts throughout the tasting. This is a complex beer with an exotic richness that you can almost chew on. A strong finish that warms the gullet with it's higher ABV making for a great finale.

D: This is a great beer for special occasions or when in the mood for something out of the ordinary. I find Dogfish Head to produce two kinds of beers: exceptional beers and keeping within the style, and over the top beers that reach too far from the target. Typically the over-the-top brews involve fruits. This one breaks the stereotypes as it is a bit left of Witbier with it's high ABV, but it ain't over the top either. A great non-traditional that I'll definitely revisit.

Photo of ojiikun
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite excited to finally have gotten my hands on a fifth of this. Popped a little cooler than usual since I'm sure this will take at least an hour to finish. Poured into my favourite pinot glass quite without incident.

Body is a slightly hazy and insanely orange in colour. Oddly chromatic with yellow edges and a reddish core. Very even streams of champagne-like bubbles come up to form a small galaxy of lace rather than true head, but only after hanging as if suspended in time just near the top.

Smell is vinous, spicy, and malty as sin. One of the best candi-malt characters I've ever sniffed from an American brew. Bubblegum. A bit of oak, but only just. Corriander, but not in isolation - blended with some orange just like the old Forbidden Fruit. A little grapefruit. White pepper. Booze is clear, but lays low.

Taste is sweet at first and dry to finish. Vinous and vinous, orange rind really comes out. A bit bitter on the tail end, juuush suggesting hops. A little more subdued than I expected from the nose. The 1/10th alcohol managed to pick up some quite nice vanillin notes from the oak. Hints of peach skin.

Mouthfeel is just downright creamy. A little on the sticky side, but not for too long. Booze is enough to tingle the lips and warm the throat. Carbonation is really, really well balanced. Only loses a point from perfection for the slight coating of the inner lip and a slight loss of carbonation after the hour it takes to get thru a beast like this.

Nothing traditional about this, but full of surprises. The boys from Milton, DE have done it again at being wacky but not forgetting to be GOOD.

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Red and White pours a hazy, burnt orange in color with a tight, firm beige head.

The aroma is quite spicy with hints of dried fruits and oak vanillin.

The flavor is very rich. Starting with a rush of sweet wheat malt, accompanied by a tartness that I believe is from the orange peel and Pinot Noir. I taste hints of bitter orange, cherries and grapes. This beer finishes with a desert like quality and flavors of vanilla and mild oak.

This has a slightly full bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild and prickly.

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

Paid 12.99 for this one. Poured into a pilsner glass then switched to a pint glass . Good choice. Very little head looks reddish brown. It smelled of wine barrels and bananas. The taste was up front oak'y with a a belgium, hefewizen yeast fading to banana. The coriander adds some spiciness and the orange peels give it some sweetness. the pinot noir grapes give it the bitterness, still searching for hops... Went down smooth with a alcohol bitterness.
Dogfish head brewery is the bomb diggity, but they didn't do it for me on this one, I love Oak and pinot noir but the yeast they used ruined it for me. On to the next strange and innovative brew they make. Peace'

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is musty, herbal, coriander and orange peel.

The taste is of coriander and orange peel with plenty of caramel maltiness. Some fruit juice - I'm no wine expert, but not catching the pinot noire, which I hear is fruity - don't know about that ... not too vinuous to me. It has a woody, spicy finish. Some alcohol appears in the dry finish.

Medium-to-full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

An interesting brew. Different than expected (not as wine-like). Unique - well-worth checking out.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: An appealing orange color that cannot really be called amber. The head looked light and fluffy, and it was cloudy like a white beer.

S: White beer spiciness plus pinot nior notes that were not overpowering.

T: WOW! This is a strange beer, but alltogether nice. Like the smell, the taste is of white beer spices, yeast, and then followed by the taste of pinot nior. This really is like drinking beer then wine.

MF: Very airy. The MF on this one makes it seem like you are drinking more beer, which is nice since this one was not cheap. Airyness opens up the spicy flavors and the pinot notes.

D: For such a bent beer, this is very drinkable, and I would recommend it highly if this review sounds like your kind of thing. I want to try it next with some goat cheese or something of the like.

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body is a dark honey brown that has an attractive glow. Head is three fingers of rocky off white foam. Only dots of lace is left. Nose is of distinct coriander, orange rind, and boozy sour spiceyness. Enters the mouth creamy smooth with a dry spice wraped sweetness. Zesty citrus is almost juicey. A honey syrupy feel is noticeable on the mouth. The hint of pinot grapes peaks out its head twords the end of the palate. Overall this is a relaxing, nicely complex brew that is worth sipping and contemplating. Dark fruit notes hide the alchol well. But it does warm the belly. Very enjoyable and hard to classify which makes it fun.

Photo of cookin420
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into wineglasses.

Cloudy and orange-red in color. Did my best to decant but there is no way around the sediment so I swirled and poured. Most likely how it should be done I suppose. Good sized head.

Not much hop character, mostly grape, very good grapes. None of the oak in the nose, really. Pear and vanilla. I detect a sour yeast and I believe it will work well with this brew.

I taste huge grape flavors. Spices and floral hops, the vanilla is there as well. Very flavorsome and specific attributes that were no doubt tweaked many, many times marry to make a well balenced brew from way out in left field. I drank this with pork tenderloin and sweet potato risotto. Out of this world.

Not wine-like at all as someone suggested, but I wouldn't call it heavy either. Medium carbonation. slippery feel at first but turns dry at the finish.

Very pleasant to drink.

Photo of bboven
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color of this is like a pink grapefruit blended with orange. Big head that leaves lots of lacing and a slightly hazy body.

Smells of grapes, a little sourness and a touch of darker fruit.

The flavor is very different from the aroma. There is a definite wine tinge along with a great beery bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smoothly carbonated and drying.

I wish I had bought another bottle or two. I split this four ways and two of the girls were wine folks. Even they loved it. A great crossover and a successful experiment.

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

Aroma is strong and malty with an overtone of fruit, something like apple or pear. It pours a lovely orange-brown-amber with a thick and fine-bubbled head. Flavor is malty and well-rounded with some hop bitterness and a pronounced fruity overtone, rather like a good cider. Crisp and refreshing, this is another winner from Dogfish Head.

Photo of shroompod
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange , small head, almost no lacing.

Smell is faintly fruity, oranges and coriander , a little alcohol coming through.

Taste is sweet and malty with the booze & spices apparent on finish.

Mouthfeel is medium & thick. Carbonation is medium to low.

Overall a strange sipper, not within style guidelines (no doubt Dogfish wasn't trying). Worth a drink.

Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle for my birthday. Odd color, but that goes with the name; amber with a pink head. Interestingly enough smell and taste kind of go with what you'd expect...tastes like a wheat beer mixed with some wine. Light alcohol presence. Breadiness as well. Feel is good, fairly thick with good carbonation. I'd like to try this one again, but the price tag might make that unlikely.

Photo of kurtissellen
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.6 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass producing two fingers worth of head. Big citrus smell jumps out at you I'm assuming it's the oranges as the label says but couldn't pick it on my own. Nice hazy golden orange color with sediment present on the second pour. Bit of a sour taste to it mixed with spices and didn't notice the alcohol that much. Interesting beer as are most of Dogfish brews. I would like to try this one again.

Photo of BucBasil
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Needless to say this beer was really interesting looking. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The color was far from looking like your typical wit - instead looking dark, ruby colored and menacing. Head got to about 2 and a half fingers and is offwhite to slightly pink!

Aroma is typical of witbiers - wheaty and light, but this has a nice fruity character that the grape adds underneath that rounds out the aroma.

The taste is crazy. Introduces itself to the tongue with your typical witbier taste, but then takes a sharp left turn and twists your palate through a rollercoaster of complexity. The aged character of the beer really rounds out some of the tangy sharpness that witbiers are usually charaterized by, and the pinot noir adds a certain depth to the flavor that I can't really put my finger on... just that it makes for a great experience.

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