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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 682
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 95
Gots: 227 | 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 tastybeer
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is definitely more interesting than your average beer. Deep orange ruby red color, mostly clear and certainly glowing. Head is very white and softly rosy. Smells crisp and Belgian-like. I think there's a good variety of ingredients but the quantities feel light. Orange berries mixed with flowery fruits and a few different spices. Pleasant and lightly fragrant. Taste is heavier than the aroma by a good amount but is still crisp feeling. Syrupy, fruity and spiced. Belgian-like with a kick. Alcohol isn't in your face but once you sip you can tell there's something hidden in there. Not bad, refreshing and enjoyable. A good way to start an evening of beery delights. Body is medium and syrupy yet silky in texture. Drinkability is very decent but this is a 10% beer.

Good to have.

tastybeer, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this 750 ml as a present for graduation, thanks go to stereosforgeeks!

As always im a big fan of their innovative ideas.

A- poured pink in the wine glasses cloudy and off white foamy head that was pretty big.
S- a spicy wheatiness and he fruity wine notes give his beer the majority of its scents which is interesting, very different and pretty good.
T- definitely notice the wit beer and the wine working together. Its really novel. a mild coriander and spices provide the entrance to the beer, then the fruity wine moves in. The wheat of the wit beer provides a great entrance for the finish. the oak barrel aging provides a great smoothness to this very different beer
M- slightly creamy but otherwise in the middle of the road. has strong carbonation

REally good although im not sure whether i like the black and blue or the red and white better.

Atron67, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with awesome label artwork. Pours into my glass a deep ruby red with hints of orange and a healthy inch of eggshell spritzy foam on top. Lots of small particulate in suspension. Aromas begin with a nice mellow spiciness, especially coriander along with a woody, rustic quality to it. The vinous grape scents are quite nice with hints of dark fruits like black cherry and raspberry. A light yeasty, farmhouse quality about it as well. Quite complex and very nice.

First sip brings a nice sweet malt upfront accentuated by coriander spiciness and woody, earthy oak tones. The grape flavor moves in midway through bringing hints of dark fruits with it. An earthy, yeasty aspect hits on the way down. Smooth with a full complex flavor. An interesting mix of pinot flavors and witbier flavors that ends up being very enjoyable. Finishes with a touch of orange and raspberry and a lingering dry oaky aftertaste. Tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is middle of the road with a nice creaminess brought on by fast moving carbonation across the palate. Goes down smooth and the abv in this one is hardly even noticeable. A tasty brew and a great amped up experimentation of a witbier. I prefer this to the Black & Blue and wish I would have bought more than one bottle. I picked this up for $11.99 and I would say it's worth the coin. One of the best new DFH brews I've had in awhile.

orbitalr0x, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with modest head that fades quickly to a thin cap and leaves slight lacing.

Complex nose giving indications of orange, grape, and hops.

Taste is even more complex. Sweet start leads to a vague awareness of alcohol in the finish. In between there's orange, grape, oak, and spice.

Medium mouthfeel, could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability good for this very different wit.

techdiver, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a reddish copper color with a thick head – quite persistent. The aroma is slightly sour and malty with some spice notes. The taste is malty and spicy. Alcohol is noticeable, but fits rather well. There is a slight fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and it coats the tongue nicely. I’d consider this a very drinkable beer - it doesn’t remind me of other witbiers I’ve had in the past. Due to what appears to be a limited release – I’d get one if available (wish I had bought more).

barefootbrewer, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a reddish copper color with a very large off white head that held exceptionally well and some nice sticky lace to the finish. aromas of strawberry and spice. very smooth and with the complex taste of the pinot noir and coriander and hint of citrus from the orange peel puts this beer over the top.mouthfeel medium carbonation just right. this beer has it all. i like dogfish head brewery i think they brew excellent beers.

billybob, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet red with a bit of haze. The head starts off thick but dissipates fairly quickly, and is also tinted slightly pink.

S: The aroma is a combination of champagne, a rosé wine and raspberry juice.

T: Rich yet refreshing. Cherry and Pinot juice slam into my mouth. Rose, lavender, honeysuckle, with a touch of honey follow. You can tell it was aged in oak by the slight vanilla tinge, however it’s not overpowering by any means. The flavors don’t linger too long, and are followed by a mineral and iron essence.

M: Medium bodied, but not overly complex in flavor.

D: A nice change of pace, but I don’t think I could drink more than one glass of this beer – it may get to be too much after that.

Westsidethreat, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger slight pinkish head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear copper amber color. Slight orange nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is complex, sweet at times, sour at times hints of orange. Slight orange peel finish. Don't buy this for a "Belgian-style Wit", its way more than that. $10.99 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, pinkish body (like six steps off from the color of cranberry juice) with a tall, light pink head.

Smell: A wheat-filled aroma with notes of candyish cherry and orange, as well as a few hints of coriander and a dash of cheap chardonnay.

Taste: The type of syrupy sweet fruit flavors of cherry, orange, and grape that you'd expect from a kids juicebox. The combination of spice, alcohol, oakiness, and a regrettable plasticy taste made for a rather caustic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The Black & Blue doesn't taste like Red & White, but they are going for the same vibe all the way through. Unfortunately, I didn't care for either of them.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color. Nice, off-white head with big bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

Malty, wine aromas of sweet grapes, oak, and earth.

Taste is a little sour, with grape sweetness and malt, oak and a light spice finish. Nicely balanced.

Medium-bodied with a clean, mouth-watering finish. Very drinkable - I had most of the bottle myself.

AaronHomoya, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer pours clear but a bit dense with a reddish glow to the body. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that support a thick creamy white head that has a light hue of red in it.

S- This beer has nice aroma of Wit yeast with dry spice and bread dough to it and a whole milk note. The notes of red wine and soft young cheese rind are interesting and add a nice twist to this beer.

T- This beer has a soft dry red wine note followed by a taste of cream and club soda. The finish is a soft pepper spice with an alcohol bite. There is a light note of white sugar that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel and a creamy texture from the head. There is a nice alcohol zing at the finish that is more like wine that high alcohol beer.

D- This beer has lots of interesting but subtle notes that are hard to put into words. It is interesting now but I would like to try aging to see if that adds more bold flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to this unique treat. Picked up in Hudson, Wisc.
Pours out a rose colour with a fluffy white head. Smells like welch's grape juice-? Taste- really boozy up front- surprising amount of alcohol in the taste. I can sort of pick up the coriander, not much hop to speak of. Wine and booze. Medium carbonation, fairly thick mouthfeel. Can't really tell that this was aged in oak. It actually got better as it warmed, or maybe the booze just got to my head by the time I finished it. A unique and interesting beer and I am glad I tried it, but I don't think I would shell out for it again.

oakbluff, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL capped bottle.

A: The witbier is intensely red, looking like a strong grape juice. The head was not sizeable on pour and never really amounted to much. The head has a pinkish color.

S: The nose is spicy, with some peppery zest and orange sweetness and a very distinctive yeast funkiness. I also smell some sweeter elements that could be the pinot influence.

T: The taste is driven by the wit element but nicely supported by the vinous flavors. Peppery coriander and tart orange peel create a great witbier. Built on that wit body is a fuller, wine-like grape element. That flavor adds a quick kick up front before fading into the background. The pinot element, while not detracting from the beer, doesn't add anything either.

M: The wit presence is nice but there is a strong alcohol burn that emerges at the end, showing the high alcohol.

D: Too strong for a summer beer, this is a good sipper. Its strong body means that one bottle is more than enough.

akorsak, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of Cascadia
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got two bottles at Market of Choice in Eugene, OR. Sweet.

Appearance- Nice ruby color, must be the grape juice coming through. Not much hazy wheat floating around, like you'd expect in a witbier.

Smell- Smells sweet, with a slightly spicy nose. Smells like most stronger DFH beers I've tried, must be their yeast strain.

Taste- Tastes strange, very little wheat flavor for a witbier, but the sweetness from the juice is there. Warming alcohol at the end. I can taste the DFH yeast again too. Not a bad yeast taste, just one that defines DFH for me.

Feel- eh, not bad, sort of slim for a witbier.

Drinkable- hard to see me drinking more than one, specially with the 10% ABV, but I'm glad I tried it. Not the best DFH beer I've had, but a good one. Worth trying to let one age for awhile, glad I bought two botles.

Cascadia, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

fruity looking red amber, with a good sized very light pink head.
the smell is yeasty, lots of breadiness with soft wheat characteristics banana mostly. it's got dried fruit mainly of the grape and berry type, but with some apple and pear thrown in. brief hints of citrus. well hidden alcohol, i don't detect any.
the taste is more clearly wheat-like, but has a lot of those vinous pinot characteristics. banana is prevalent, creamy orange citrus too, the later combo probably being contributed to by the barrel aging. a vaguely aged vanilla quality separate from the creamsicle flavor shows up at the finsh. it looses the berry quality from the aroma but retains the light apple and pear flavors with some additional ripe plum. the vinous quality leans more towards a white than a red with it's dry delicate sour fruit underneath a relatively high amount honey caramel malt and yeasty sweetness. again the booze is well hidden other than slight warming in the throat.
the mouthfeel is full medium with a pleasant creamy quality that the taste might have leant to somewhat... delicate carbonation.
quite drinkable, complex, but not overwhelming and pretty unique. not bad at all. i might buy this again if i saw it.

kmo1030, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Same as the black and blue. Reddish amber with cream colored head that lingers as a layer for a while.

S- Cherry, coriander, mandarin orange, nutmeg, pepper, white grape, malt, honey. Oh, and alcohol.

T- Initially fruity, then some fine, thick malt coming in to balance, and then some grape and fruit, and all the taste that the smell promised.

M- A bit chewy, smooth, then warming and dry. Carbonation is relatively low and the alcohol really takes over in the finish.

D- It's good. Well worth a try, and an experience all its own. but it's very strong... my 1/4 bottle was plenty.

Edited 11/11/2008. Enjoyed it much more the second time. This beer is impressive with what it does as an experiment, and simply how tasty it is. I would recommend trying it if possible.

khiasmus, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of merlin48
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours into a goblet a mostly clear pinkish purple body with a two finger pink head. Retention is good with plenty of patchy lacing.

Aroma has lots of grapes and berries, overwhelming the hints of oak and bready malt. Alcohol presence is easily noted.

Mouthfeel has medium body and carbonation.

Taste is weird, like beer mixed with grape juice. Coriander and orange peel are present but understated. Bitter and phenolic. Really didn't notice anything to suggest any wheat. Flavor did improve as it reached room temperature, the booziness retreating somewhat. Still, couldn't finish it.

Maybe some age might help. My least favorite DFH product.

merlin48, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, the Red & White is a light purple with slight haze and a 1 finger, purpled tinged off-white head that quickly fades to a thick creamy collar and skim, leaving lots of sticky, bubbly lace.

The aroma is moderate, mainly booze, with sweet berry and mild oak.

The taste is very nice, from the first sip to the last is the distinct a belgain yeast spiciness, although saison rather then wit IMHO. The yeast is quickly overwhelmed by lots of hot booze, although its clean and not too fuselly, with a vinous finish that is clean with mild oak. I have to say, as much as I enjoyed the taste of this, it was pretty much just a super strong saison to me. As excited as I was to read of the oak aging and wine blending, they were tangential elements, although they were still positive contributers and not wasted efforts. I just wonder how discernible they'd be in a blind tasting...

The mouthfeel is medium light, with a lush creaminess. This beer is highly attenuated.

The pleasant taste and clean finish made this pretty drinkable, although it was pretty boozy tasting, and would catch up to you if you could afford to drink bottles in succession. Contrasted to, say a similar strength barleywine, it went like down butter.

I had heard that this was much better then the black & blue, and I really can't believe the difference. The last left me bitter and indigent, and was pretty amateur stylee - the price was downright criminal. However, the Red & White is very well done and quite enjoyable. A total Night & Day (TM ;) difference. While they still cost more then almost all the best Belgians out there, which is total bullshit, this one was nevertheless a fine brew. I have to tip my hat to the Delaware boys for this one, although they owe me more then a few buy-backs!

ccrida, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
2.45/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ive got a cellar temp bottle that I pour into a tulip snifter. Splitting the bottle with Stopper.
The beer pours a bright reddish tint with fluffy soft 3 cm head foaming up easily. Aroma is mild with hints of red grape and fruit, I dont really get the coriander anywhere. There is also hints of booze.
The first sip reveals an average body with some fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet and fruity but also lots of booze that is warm and affects the finish with some lingering peppery bitterness. I am not sure what the goal of this beer was, and I dont really find the coriander or orange peel anywhere, as the booze seems to overwhelm most flavors. I am disappointed with this beer and would not buy it again.

sulldaddy, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful purplish red with a purple tinged white head that’s quite well-retained. Sweet, raisiny berry aroma. The palate is rich and complex, yet still fairly smooth, with fruity raisin character, vinous white grape notes, an overall elevated malt sweetness, a touch of orangey brightness, and a great oaky tartness, a woodiness that is especially pronounced and delicious towards the finish.

Complex and very tasty, the sweetness and oak character hide the busty alcohol content very well, lending a high degree of drinkability to a fairly rich brew.


arguemaniac, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a reddish/orange pour, a white head with a trace of pink in there. Looks somewhat creamy/soapy like it might hang around, but breaks up after a few minutes. Lots of lacing though.

Aroma - yeast, first and foremost. Very faint fruitiness in the background. A touch of roasted grain occasionally, but just a trace. Fades to an almost undetectable aroma once the head goes away. Aromas make a comeback after some warming and eventually show off some good interplay between Belgian wit spices and the aging vessels.

Taste - the flavor profile on this one is quite a ride. Initially, the grain and yeast flavors of the witbier style are in charge along with a rather strong metallic note. Fortunately that fades as the palate gets saturated. A warm layer of alcohol makes its presence known. and this beer begins its departure from wit territory. Tart and vinous fruit are everywhere on the palate at the swallow, coming out of nowhere. After that, the oakiness takes over and blends with the abv like a good wine. Finishes warm, dry and vinous. Very interesting flavors and easily the strongest witbier I know of. Once the palate adjusts, the front flavors reduce to a Belgian candi sugar sweetness while the back takes on a winy kind of flavor. It's like having two drinks at once. The beer laughs in the face of categorization. It is plenty un-witbier-like but has *some* of the traits. I find it tasty, as they hoped, and that's the ultimate barometer.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth, it glides over the tongue. Pretty active carbonation.

Drinkability - I find this very drinkable but very pricy at almost $13 a bottle, and the abv is going to get to you before long. I may get one for cellaring though, hmmm...

brewdlyhooked13, May 31, 2007
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous dark raspberry color, quite cloudy with just a thin covering of a sparingly bubbly white head. Aroma is dominated by wheat followed by the said spices, coriander and orange. A slight bit of fruit comes through, but I wouldn't have noticed it unless someone told me. In the mouth it really just comes across as a strong, creamy wit. The pinot is starting to come through but right now it is just so subtle. The oak is there to give a little bit of structure and ground things, but it's not so strong. I pulled it out of the fridge about 40 min ago and it is still to cold so things are a bit dull. The mouthfeel is very full, medium carbonation and quite heavy and slick but not overly sweet. The finish hints at some fruitiness but it's just not in the level I was expecting ( I had Midas Touch in mind). It is an interesting taste just nothing earth shattering.

dreadnatty08, May 28, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a wine glass. Body is a slightly cloudy reddish orange color topped by a small, wispy, stark white head. Fairly sweet aroma imparted from the grapes, along with the subtle nuances of a witbier - orange peel, coriander, and light wheat. Palate is initially sweet, with a faceoff between the competing elements of sweet grapes and tart witbier. Notes of coriander and orange peel emerge mid-palate, before melding into the fairly dry finish. A tad thin-bodied for a beer that contains so much alcohol. Nonetheless, this is a highly interesting beer, and I'm glad DFH undertook this experiment.

ElGordo, May 28, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sure and it's a witbier.

I tried the Red & White and the Black & Blue on the same night hoping to contrast the two. Turns out that the Red & White is quite the better. From the capped 750ml bottle stamped 2/12/07, into a wine goblet. Pours clear ruby red with a tiny amount of carbonation. Two-finger tan head slowly fades leaving a heavy cap and sheet-like lacing. Nose of sweet malt and fruit as well as grapes. Tastes sweetly fruity, with somewhat neutral and balancing malt, and a touch of bittering hops for balance. There’s a warm alcohol presence, not surprising at 10%. Overall, it’s well balanced. Mouth is smooth and well carbonated, though not too bubbly. Drinkability is not bad overall; it’s smooth and tasty, and the taste is not overwhelming as I had feared.

Overall: Not bad; a decent fruit/vegetable style specialty beer, nicely balanced and drinkable. Definitely a niche beer, though, especially at $15; nothing I’d pursue normally. Worth a try.

jettjon, May 28, 2007
Photo of talkingpoints
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I rarely can say a beer has it all, its been a year since I sold my store so I haven't explored as many beers as I would like lately. Being a wine salesman this beer caught my eye. I am not a traditional lover of the dogfish line, used to find them too hoppy but since I'm a wine salesman now can appreciate them much more. My friend John form Northeast WS recommended this one too me. Love the reddish tint the beer has, not too hoppy but rather an elegant hop mixture.

The only flaws I find in this beer are the price and availability. Can taste the pinot noir influence on this beer and it is just right. This is the winelovers beer because it refeshes you with all the flavors you expect in a beer and wine simultaneoulsy. Gotta love this experiment , the alcohol level was just right not like some others which just yell sugar at the higher alcohol level. Will drink this again and again.

talkingpoints, May 26, 2007
Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.