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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Red & WhiteRed & White

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Ratings: 1,586
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 88
Gots: 202 | 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 Patrick999
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really stoked to try this one. Appearance is rather un-wit-like, with a deep near-red body. Looked nice in the big tall glass I chose.

Smells similar to a few krieks I've had. Sour cherries and a definite oak-tannin wine-y component. I can smell the pinot noir as well. Smells pretty obvious that this is going to be a wine-like beer.

Taste....actually less wine-like and more witbier-like than I expected based on the smell. Pretty spicy - the coriander and orange peel hit hard, riding a heavy wheat presence. This is definitely a wit, no matter how the appearance and smell want to tell me otherwise. Sure enough, though, there's the pinot noir coming through...wow, this is all surprisingly very balanced. I was expecting some degree of unbalance, but the wit and wine are meshing together seamlessly. Impressive. As for the 10% alcohol? Hmm, it's just not as boozy-tasting as some other DFH 10% brews. If I had to blindly guess at the ABV, I'd say it was 7-8%. Sipping more...geez, this is really interesting stuff. One hell of a witbier....strong, with all you'd expect from a wit writ large, but with a whole bunch of characteristics you'd normally associate with a fine red wine. There's a leathery tobacco component in there, as others have noted...dry finish - all this has to come from the oak.

Mouthfeel....what can I say? Pretty high carbonation for a 10% beer, but for whatever reason, this isn't hindering it. Not very sticky or cloying for a 10% beer, either.

Drinkability is pretty high, oddly enough. I sealed the last 1/3 of the 750 for later, but honestly, I don't think I'd have much of a problem finishing it now. The alcohol is starting to hit, but again, it just doesn't feel as boozy as it is. Anytime I feel capable of polishing off a 750 of a 10% brew, I'd say drinkability is pretty damned high.

This is just a hell of a job by DFH. Really unique, but workable and even well-balanced at the same time....who else would have dreamed this up? A near perfect marriage of wine and witbier...who would have thought it? I don't think I would have pegged these to go together as well as they obviously do. I'm glad I bought another bottle of this.

Edit: had my second 750, and my opinion is only strengthened. Pick one up.

Patrick999, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of BobThomas
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a pokal.

Pours deep red, with a sustaining white head that peaks abovethe top of the glass.

The smell isn't that strong. Subtle fruitiness like orange peel and melon. It's definitely bready.

A little bit of fruit in the taste, and a big ol' loaf a bread. A little bit of boozy alcohol, but not too bad, it's pretty well masked. There is some warmth and some good numbing though.

Nice to drink.Definitely one of the more drinkable 10% beers I've had.

BobThomas, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clear reddish-walnut color with a big, creamy head of foam topping it. Spicy vanilla aroma with a few woody notes. Wow, the flavor has a huge amount of bitter orange peel, accompanied by a spicy blast of almost soapy coriander. Sweet but not quite cloying taste with few obvious malt flavors. Hops are moderate but the spices make the bulk of the taste along with highly fruity yeasty esters. The body is full, bordering on heavy.

Witbier is an inappropriate description of the style. I'd call it a strong Belgian ale. A strong, yummy Belgian ale, complex and interesting.

allengarvin, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled March 2007
Pours a brilliantly clear, though opaque unless held up to the light, it is a deep reddish color and is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pink-tinged, pale, perhaps tan, white head. The aroma is interesting; fruity with notes of berries, plus some definite austere, woody-tannic character. Perhaps a touch of leather, touch of dried leaf character that is not quite tobacco, but really the fruity grape aromatics are the dominant notes in the nose.

Quite thick feeling on the tongue, it is almost syrup-like in its thickness. It is perhaps not quite as sweet as the thickness would suggest, but this beer is still quite sweet. The sweetness accentuates berry flavors as well as some hints of strawberry. Grassy malt notes are noticeable in the middle, and linger on into the finish. A touch of sharpness is found towards the end; it seems to be a mix of prickly carbonation and some slight hop bitterness. A touch of earthy spiciness is also in the finish; it is a touch green, perhaps indicative of some American coriander. The finish has some light woody / tannic notes to it.

I had some hopes for this brew, while it is not as unbalanced as some of Dogfish Head's higher alcohol brews. I am quite surprised by the tangelo character here; it is not really evocative of citrus (don't get me wrong, there are some notes here). All in all this brew is a disappointment; it seems to lack a depth of flavor and a finesse that I was hoping for, plus it just doesn't say Wit to me either. At least there are no off flavors here, it is just that this combination of flavors just don't hold my interest.

Gueuzedude, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of jwff
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy, muddled red with a lazy white head that works it's way down. A juicy alcohol dominates the smell with a little yeast and coriander back it up. Thick sugar lets me know what kind of body I'm in for.

Coriander and citrus sit on the tongue while a bitter grape juice coats the mouth. Sugar isn't as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell, but the grape juice is mudding everything up. Tannic bitterness at the end with a Punchy quality yeast bite. Oh yeah some more juice is there too.

Mouthfeel is a little slick with an overly thick body so it rushes into your stomach like water down a slide to create the ultimate stomach ache. Not too drinkable in my mind as you can tell. You can get a quality bottle of Pinot Noir (Hayman & Hill) and a single of wit for cheaper and enjoy them on their own for what they are.

jwff, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.25/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a ruby body with lots of bubbles and an off-pink thin head that leaves some thin lacing. Not very interesting in the nose. I don't pick up anything aside from what I went in thinking this beer would be like: a high abv witbier with some grape juice in it. Tastes highly sugary, medicinal, and with an odd bitterness. Reminds me of, hey, a high abv wit with too much residual sweetness and some Juicy Juice. Littlebit of tannins, but it's faint. Mouthfeel is heavy, slick, oily, and mildly carbonated. Glad I'm splitting this with someone else, but it would be better splitting this with about 10 people.

goochpunch, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of kpantz
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: After this one, I feel much the same way I felt after the Black and Blue: drunk (rimshot). Just kidding. I think the flavors are really nice, but, like B&B, they're just kinda "there" and don't beat you over the head. Kinda nice for a change. A good experiment. I look forward to more of these.

Got the last one at the Blue Dog in Lansdale. :)

Appearance: Moderately clear reddish amber with a fizzy head that quickly reduces to a film that is constantly supplied by the streams of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Citrusy sweet, even a hint of apricot or peach in there.

Taste: Orange and coriander is definitely present and the pinot noir makes its presence known right behind them. This is about as un-beer as beer gets, even for Dogfish. It's damn tasty, that's for sure. Slight warming from the alcohol, but you definitely don't sense all 10%. The one comment I have here is that, like the black and blue, the flavors here aren't as in your face as you'd expect from DFH.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a little sticky. Carbonation is very subtle - I see it more than I feel it.

Drinkability: Pretty light body and not-too-overwhelming flavor profile make this a nice spring sipper. I wouldn't go back for another, however.

kpantz, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a rich red color with a decent off-white head that was slow to diminish and left slight spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma had both the characteristics of a witbier and the fruitiness of a red wine. The taste was one of the most unique things I've ever experienced. This beer had all the characteristics I expect in a witbier with the taste of pinot noir, just as advertised. Even though I don't drink wine very often, pinot noir is one of my favorite styles. The tastes that come through in this beer make this a wonderful experience. This is a very unique beer that is worth every penny, even at $11.99/750ml.

atsprings, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber and copper color, mainly clear, with a small off white head that slowly recedes. Nice sweet wheaty aroma with coriander and orange very evident, also some sweet berry aroma. A hint of tart cherry and a whiff of the alcohol strength also in the aroma. Sweet wheat and coriander, soft and full float across the tongue. A somewhat tart and crsip cherry hits the back of the tongue and balances the sweetness. A nice red wine and berry flavor is less noticeable but also in the mix. A very nice full wheaty mouthfeel is balanced well by a tingling hoppiness and a decent dryness from the hops and oak aging. The beer is well balanced for its strength, the alcohol is evident but not overpowering. A very nice spring time beer, a 750 might be too much for one, but great to share in anticipation of summer.

hoppymeal, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear bright ruby amber color with a full finger off white head that fades slowly. A trace of foam kept alive by visible effervescence. Small amount of lacing observed.

The smell is sweet and fruity, some spice and yeast.

Full bodied mouth feel with a tingle from hops and a smoothing sensation from the carbonation. Nicely balanced sweet and spicy character, especially at the end.

Creamy orange peel and coriander flavor. Nice complexity.

A bit of warmth on the way down from the 10% ABV, but not ridiculous IMO. Really glad that i had the opportunity to try this one. I might buy it again if the price was right.

jjayjaye, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, 10% ABV. Again, thanks to mcallister for offering up this one to end our Sunday afternoon session. Reddish amber in color, with a thick pinkish looking head. What a great fluffy looking head, that rose above the glass and stayed for an eternity. Great head retention and lace.

Soft aroma of fruit, spices, and corriander.

A bit tart, fruity, and full of corriander. Not overwhelming, but could be toned down a bit. Lots of sweetness, without being too much. You can certainly get the feel of the witbier, with a lot of other great fruity flavor, and slightly winey in the end.

Lighter body, and well carbonated. Almost spritzy. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a hint of warming. Very nice. Is is really possible for a beer that is 10% to be refreshing? In this case, yes!

Bierguy5, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an almost dark ruby red. Interesting color for a witbier. Thin 1/4" head that fell rather quickly. A sheet of lace clings to the sides of the glass.
Interesting aroma. Has the classic witbier smell of orange peel, but with an added Hickory Smoked BBQ aroma.
DFH always amazes me with thier creativity and in that aspect this beer doesn't disappoint. Some of the DFH offerings I absolutely love, some I'll never try again; but I'll always be seeking out DFH's newest offering b/c I know it'll be something I've never tasted before. This particular offering falls somewhere in the middle in the DFH love/hate spectrum.
Flavor wise DFH takes the traditional witbier and runs with it. Typical witbier flavors of orange peel, Belgian yeast, and spice. But, with the added red wine flavors. Heavy grape flavors and some sweetness. I find it very interesting that the bitterness in this beer seems to come from the alcohol and the grape like flavors and it's devoid of traditional hop flavors.
The mouthfeel is good. It's a big beer and the alcohol burns a bit and adds a sharp bite, but it's still very smooth.
This is one of those beers that I'm glad I tried and enjoyed the bottle, but I don't know if I'll try this one again.
Thanks to jasonm and the Florida Gators for the beer.

wcudwight, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour into the trusty Duvel yields about a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to about a half inch. A nice light clear garnet color. Darker than, say, an Epemere Cassis. A good swirl brings up winey notes and cherries. Some oak, some yeast. not getting much of the orange or corriander.

First thoughts after a few swigs: Too boozey. Wow, the alcohol is not very well hidden. Nice mouthfeel. A moderate carbonation that tingles. Orange peel is more appearant in the taste and the wine comes out nicely. There is definately a Witte presence in the taste. The bad news is that all of this is overshadowed by too much alcohol.

An ok beer, but one that could have been much much better with a bit of restraint. I could totally see this as a slightly higher abv witte - 7% maybe. It just needs to be toned down so that the flavors have a chance to stand out more. Sadly, this makes it a bit of a dissappointment for me. I had such high hopes for this beer. My second bottle is going in the back of the closet. Let's see what a little age does for this.

Onibubba, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of clvand0
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red color with a tall head that falls fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with citrus overtones. The flavor has all the corriander and orange peel you could want, but there is another spice in there that I can't put my finger on. I'm thinking Caraway or Cumin. Lost of malty sweetness in the flavor to go with the spices and the citrus flavors. Very odd and very interesting. Also very tasty. The alcohol comes through in the flavor but doesn't overpower it in any way. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is pretty good.

clvand0, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good looking beer. Pale scarlet with a highly retentive head that leaves a thickly cascading lace down the sides of my Celebrator glass.

An odd beer indeed. Alcohol is present in the chest. Corriander is big in the mouth yet much more integrated. Orange peel meshes impeccably with the corriander. On mid palate buried deep in the back is the notes from the pinot. Black cherry, leather, cigar box, and a floral ripe finish.

Considering the alcohol very drinkable and desirable.

mcallister, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea red-amber color with a half finger head. Aroma is cherry, oak, and wine. Taste is grapes, sweet malts, wheats, and dark fruits. Reminiscent of a barleywine, but not exactly. Sweeter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium body with minimal carbonation. Relatively drinkable, nice with italian food. A little on the expensive side, but nice.

Duster72, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish head. Red white. Very interesting. Ruddy copper brown. No head. No lace. Smell is of tart cherries. A little musty. The taste is sour cherries. Puckeringly sour. Damn tasty. Some alcohol heat. Slightly peppery. Mouthfeel is hard to describe. Bubbly and tongue coating at the same time. A very enjoyable beer. Well worth drinking again. Definitely not a wit.

sleazo, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of dwarvenspirits
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nice thick white head. It has a solid copper hue to it. Wow, malt aroma comes through really thick accompanied by blueberry, blackberry and cherry aromas. Aromas and flavor collide hand in hand, very smooth and the hops balance very well with the fruity flavor. Easy drinking beer. This is a great accomplishment with wine and beer flavors. Awesome summer beer. Tastes almost like a lambic, minus the sour.

dwarvenspirits, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dull pomegranet amber with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin, but lasting ring.

Aroma is unique and hard to put into words; a Belgian malt and yeast profile with dry red grape and oaky must with light minerality and hints of citrus and spice. Alcohol is prominant.

Flavor is equally as intriguing, dry wheat and Belgian pale malt notes with dry oak and grape must. The Witte character is hard to pin down, I think i can taste the subtle nuances of orange peel and spice, but maybe it's just cuz i know they're in there. Certain characteristics of the Pinot noir clash with the bitter hop finish, and the alcohol is HOT. It tastes better with food, the Pinot Noir nuances are more obvious and certain aspects of the Wittebier base come through as it warms. I honestly think this will improve dramatically with a little cellar time. I was expecting something akin to Allagash Interlude based on the ingredient and brewing profile, but this is certainly it's own unique creation. As usual, DFH has managed to twist and manipulate styles to create something utterly new and different...hats off to imaginative/artisitic brewing!

AlexJ, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Murky red-orange body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fruity - grapefruit, orange, grape, along with caramel in the background. Citrus and grape dominate the flavor too, with just a hint of caramel malt. No real spice taste, though a hint of alcohol is also present. Fairly well-ballanced and drinkable. A tasty, pleasant brew, with s nice complexity that doesn't hurt the drinkability. Great beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big 750 ml bottle sporting a nicely-designed label.

Pours a lovely deep auburn copper with lighter edges. Tall, thick cushion of rose-tinted off-white head literally climbs up the glass. A beautiful looking beer.

Nose of candy sugar, sweet fruits (apples, pears, grapes), lightly tart funk aroma in there as well. Vinous, woodsy quality throughout. Nice.

Vinous grape notes, acidic and tangy, up front. Cedar notes segue to fruitier, sweeter, wheatier middle. Sugary cherries, pears, and bananas blend together nicely. Tannin astringency and herbal hop bitterness come through in the finish, along with warming fruity malt, wheat twang, and yeasty goodness. The finish is a little drier, almost chalky. Full-bodied, with a lively, bottle-conditioned feel.

Very nice creation here! Hats off to DFH!

alexgash, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very clear reddish amber with lots of white suds with a red tint about two fingers worth.
Cherry and oak. This is a wonderful smell here. slight malt and yeast that burns the nose. The cherry and alcohol are the stars here.
Taste is all alcohol and cherry. Just like a cherry from a glass of a hard alcohol. Never had this flavor but had hints of it in other brews.
Dogfish Head have outdone themselves with this cherry sweet beer.
It would be fun to drink the whole bottle as quickly as possible. But with the 10% abv it might make driving diffucult. Or at least the passing of the DUI exam.

peabody, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with bottle on dating etched onto it. Pours a nice looking ruby amber, semi cloudy, supporting a very light cherry head, tiny bubbles, silky and sticky on the sides of the glass. Nice, deep earthy, cherry/fruity nose. Complex creation, notes of more cherry, oak, some smoke, vanilla. Big, flavorful brew, serious brew from DFH.

Billolick, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a large tan foamy head. The color is really spectacular,making this a must see beer. The smell is lighter than expected with brandy/like wine aroma,wheat,dark fruit,and a "bisquity" aroma. The taste has a biting bitter hop flavor with some grape/brandy,yeast,alcohol,citrus ,and cherries. The taste isn't bad,but more subdued than I expected. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing very well and hides the alcohol well. For a high gravity beer, this goes down pretty easy. Another winner from Dogfish Head.

jmz62565, Apr 07, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is made up largely of grape and some tart citrusy notes as well as some malt and spice. The taste has hints of the pinot noir with some spicy peppery flavors and some malt. There is also some slightly tart fruity citrus flavors running around the taste as well. In both the aroma and taste, you can definitely detect some of it's Belgian characteristics. Overall, I found this to be an extremely enjoyable brew that is highly recommended. I think I am going to have to go buy a couple more bottles of this stuff.

cjgator3, Apr 06, 2007
Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,586 ratings.