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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: 249 | 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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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.

Photo of timmlimestone
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! This is the beer that it is supposed to be. Very strong, very stern. Very Good.

Appearance - Reddish color with a strong head.

Smell - Strong wine character. I do not like wine, but this was intoxicating.

Taste - Wino Wino Wino Damn that is strong.

Mouthfeel - Very alcoholic and acidic.

Drinkability - This is the beer to age for a long time and enjoy when wine is just not going to do it.

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

My gf really enjoyed this one, as did I.

A - cloudy amber with a white head which subsided somewhat quickly

S - sweet malt, fruit, wheat, some spice

T - very similar to the smell, wheat, spice, fruit, and alcohol are all prevalent, fairly enjoyable aftertaste

M - medium bodied with good carbonation

D - pretty enjoyable as a whole but I don't know that I could do more than 1 glass of it, and I'm glad I split it with my gf. Still, I like it and would consider getting it again (despite the DFH price increase, but I understand that's totally not their fault and desperate times call for desperate measures etc.). Worth a shot for sure.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wit beer? More like Belgian Strong. Poured a mostly cloudy burnt orange with darker yellow hue. A good pour leaving yeasty in the bottle leaves a soft white head with not much lacing or retention.

The nose is complex with sugary notes, Belgian yeasty characteristics and some fruity esters. To start the malt has sweet essence with a candi and bready backing. Some unique yeast qualities enhance the more bready quality. Some fruity nose with apricots, figs and raisins. The raisins really came out as it warmed. Some wine characteristics not feint. Not really any woody aromas as I was expecting.

The taste is just as complex. There is more of a bready quality then what the nose indicated. Some biscuit and wheat notes. The esters come out more fruity flavors. Apricots, fig and raisins continue but more noticeable wine/grape and cherry flavors blend in. Some yeast notes come out as well. Some peppery and a good sweet finish leaving a lot of flavor left over.

The body has a mid feel. A bit sweet for style even for a Strong. Overall a good beer. As I enter this looking at other reviews I wonder why this isn't rated higher. Really nice.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle.

Pours a bright red-orange in color with a slim white head. Aroma of wheat, coriander, yeast, and a hint of grape.

Taste is sweet, with more coriander, wheat, yeast and a stronger pinor noir presence. You can also sense the oak barrel rounding out the edges.

This is interesting -- good, even -- but not something I'd come back to all too often.

Photo of TexIndy
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my DT snifter. The color was an orangish copper. It had a small head that dissipated into a thin, broken collar. No carb or lacing. Some floaters. The aroma was a mixture of typical wit blended with the oaky vanilla smell from the oak barrels. Also could faintly smell the pinot. I tend not to like the oak aged beers and this one followed that trend. I liked the underlying beer but the oak aging was distracting to me. With that said, of the oak aged ones I've had lately this one comes in at the head of the pack. Only recommend if you like oak aged stuff. (One and done)

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

Poured into a pilsner glass; in retrospect, I might have chosen a tulip, as that's as close as I have to the glass on the label.
As poured, the color is a deep orange, though I imagine it would be closer to red in a wider glass. There's some definite particulate in there (on my second glass at any rate), which you would think would settle but instead remains suspended throughout. Yeasty aroma mixed with grape. The taste reminds me of some other orange influenced brews I have had, though the 10% is far less evident than those other higher alcohol varieties. This is probably because the coriander and spiciness are not as foremost, but instead is balanced by a grapey sweetness. Finishes very dry, with just a touch of oak lingering on the palate.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9.6 oz bottle poured into large pilsner glasses.

A = Hazy copper, four finger off white foamy head with excellent retention, heavy lacing on glass.

S = Yeast, uncooked bread dough, fresh wheat, spices.

T = Rich wheat and yeast flavors, some warmth from the alcohol, long bitter almost sour finish.

M = Medium-heavy bodied, foamy mouthfeel, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a hard one for me. This admittedly isn't my favorite style, but I think my problem with this beer is not one of style but that it is a little too high in ABV and so is a little heavier both in body and burn than what I really wanted out of it. That said, this is definitely worth trying.

Photo of soultrain19
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a chalice and served slightly below room temperature. It was a redish color with a light head that dissipated quickly leaving lace patchwork on the glass. It had a very fruity, citrus aroma with hints of coriander and alcohol. The taste was initially sour. It slowly developed some sweetness but the sour notes definitely remained. Lightly carbontated it felt almost creamy. It did go down rather easy for such a high alcohol beer.

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

A: One finger off-white head, dissipated quickly, amber to light orange inside to out, good lacing

S: A bit of sweet caramel, grapefruit, alcohol

T: That caramel is up front, very wine like in middle which I loved, hop bite and big alcohol in back, overall I got an oakish taste and some citrus

M: Tingly, good carbonation, thick - not syrupy, mildly creamy, very wine-like feel, warming alcohol

D: Definitely a sipper, very winelike. I loved what they did with the pinot noir. It certainly does not fit the style, but it is so intriguing. Maybe it was because I drank it on an empty stomach, but the 10% ABV was an ass kicker. Good stuff!

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

2007 release

Attractive deep reddish orange coloring. A few bubbles but no head. The aroma is fruit, coriander and spices. I'm not sure how true this beer is to style but it is interesting and unique (to me). It is smooth....I rather enjoyed this one. No hint of the abv. However, this is meant to be a session beer. I think it is aging well and will continue to enhance.

Photo of PhageLab
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Wit? Haha, j/k. Poured into a tulip.

A - A mysterious murky reddish brown coloration with a small head of froth. Laced very well, but the froth dissipated rather quickly into a ring.

S - Complex aroma of herbs and fruits, perhaps even a bit of alcohol. It's very nice, but I think there is too much clashing here for me to pinpoint.

T - The Abv is instantly apparent, but not overpowering. Sweet citrusy body, yeasty, spicy, tangy, and fairly complex.

M - Full bodied, low carbonation level, pretty dry finish.

D - A truly unique brew I must say. It definitely has characteristics of the traditional wit, but there are some new takes on the style here. Worth checking this one out for sure.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a DFH tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish orange color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity and sour with oranges, wheat, some coriander and alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of orange, coriander spice, and grapes. There are light background flavors of wheat and Belgian yeast. There's a mild alcoholic sting but not it's not too strong for a beer with 10.00% ABV. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is on the thin side as you would expect from this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style while adding a twist to it, this is a pretty good beer but not one that I would want to drink more than one bottle of.

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