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Red & White - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 96
Gots: 235 | 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 sirpsycho
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle. Interesting beer. Poured a nice color red. Slight pink head. Flavor was a classic Witbier with just a touch of Pinot, not overbearing, but you notice it there in the background. The alcohol is almost impossible to detect. Easy to drink and a nice twist / change for a Wit. Putting one in the cellar for a future tasting.

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

750ml bottle purchased for $12.99 on 9-24-7 at Cedar Hills New Seasons.
Bottled on 2-12-7.

Poured at 50 degrees with a reddish copper hue and a sizable foamy head that retreats quickly. Free form lacing clings to the wine glass like dried windex on a south facing window being cleaned on a summer day. The aroma is unique. Vinous with a definite hint of coriander. Can't identify much else other than alcohol and yeast. First sip somewhat reminds me of the Horny Devil, but obviously with the addition of red wine character. Very interesting. The alcohol is up front, as is the coriander. The mouthfeel is soft and massaging on the tongue. The minimal bite from the carbonation doesn't really show up until you swallow. The aftertaste is vinous. Overall, this is a good beer and I'm glad I tried it. I might pick up another bottle for cellaring purposes if I see it again.

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

Bottle. Poured a cloudy reddish-brown color with a small white head. Slight lacing. Aroma is a combo of a red wine and an amber ale, perhaps. Flavor is maltier and not as sour as the aroma led to believe it would be. Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol presence to it, but it doesn't taste like it was 10% to me. Nice. Thanks timmyk77 for the taste.

Photo of jorjoria
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a wine glass at aprox. 50F. Beer is reddish peach in color with very light carbonation.
Aroma is wine like with hints af fruit, coriander, yeast/bread, and oak.
Taste is similar to a desert wine with notes of date, apricot, and raisin. There are also strong notes of coriander and other flavors typically found in Whit beers (citrus/yeasty/ect.). I also get some apple notes. On top of all of those flavors there is the oak. It is slightly sweet especially when compared to a wine although it is by no means cloying. But given the flavor profile I think I would enjoy the beer more is it was a little drier.
Mouth feel gets a little heavy as beer warms. The carbonation does help the relative heaviness/sweetness of the beer.
Over all a very complex beer. Perhaps too complex?

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

750ml bottle

Crystal clear, red/gold color. Medium to large, creamy, light tan head with a touch of pink. Legs, but no lacing.

Winelike - chardonay. Sweet, maybe some raisins. Coriander and some orange.

Sweet more than bitter, cotton candy like, maybe some honey. Belgianesque. Orange.

Medium + body, with a heavy to viscous body. Medium to high carbonation. Refreshing.

Very different. I like it, despite my devotion to the hop. I bet this would go great with Turkey Day. Looks a bit like Mad Elf. Incredibly complex.

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

Bought this and a bottle of the Black and Blue at the Dogfish Head brewery in DE. It poured a hazy ruby color with a pink foamy head and mild carbonation.
Sweet and bitter fruits dominate the smell, with raspberry cherry maybe some grape and hints of vanilla. Very complex and reminiscent of a lambic.
The sweet fruit taste dominates with grape, cherry and some vanilla. The taste is bittersweet but overall the focus here is fruit moreso than wheat.
The mouthfeel is almost more interesting than the taste; bubbly bitter carbonation washes over the palate while sweet tastes face into a more bittersweet aftertaste.
Overall very drinkable, complex and refreshing.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red & White pours a hazy deep red cranberry (almost purple) color into the glass. On top a small off white and pinkish hued fizzy foam forms. The head quickly dissolves to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind a few clumps of lace on the glass.

The aroma is musty and fruity. Notes of oak and vanilla give the scent an earthy tone, while some grape, cherry and cranberry aromas contribute to its fruitiness. Blended in the aroma is a dry alcohol that waters the eyes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft and smooth with a mild carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins sweet with some oak and vanilla. In the middle tart fruit flavors of grape and cherry move in to balance out the sweetness. At the end the beer finishes sweet with some yeast and alcohol mixed in.

For 10% abv this beer is quite drinkable. The complex flavor is interesting and not found in many beers.

Photo of DrJay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looked pretty good off the pour - slightly hazed with a burnt orange, nearly red, colour. A solid head of fine, off-white foam fell to a solid ring with with lingering bubbles on the surface. Some lacing, but little stickage. Aroma was appealing as well, with fruity grape notes and a hint of oak melding well with the malt. Fairly mellow, little evident alcohol, mild vanilla, and a bit crackery. The flavour was quite fruity, mostly grape/vinous in character with some (straw)berry sweetness. Bitterness was low, leaving it on the sweet side, but made somewhat of an impression towards the end. The wood makes its appearance at the mid-point - you definitely get the oakiness - but it tastes a little out of place at first, with a bit of a harsh quality that fortunately disappeared after a few sips. The finish was quite warm, full of berries and oak that lingered ligthly on the palate. Slightly sticky texture with fine, creamy carbonation. Overall, a very interesting beer. The alcohol was hidden well and the balance was pretty good for a big experimental beer. Definitely not an everyday drink, but it seems like it might work well with certain sweet, fruity desserts, even for those who aren't beer enthusiasts.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled on 2/9/07. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a red amber color with a half inch off-white/light pink head. It smells like cherries, cranberries, coriander and a bit of red wine. The aroma is on the weak side. It tastes the same as it smells, however there's also oak and vanilla in the taste, along with a bit of earth and spicyness. Mouthfeel is light but has a good bit of carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's smooth and a little slick. I think it's a decent beer, but it's not something I would want to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Red & White
750ml, 10 % abv,

Shiiff! There goes the cap...whiff, ...and pour, this time into a Rodenbach glass.
Slightly hazed, bright crimson hue, thinnish layer of pink toned foam holds tight on top.

Aroma: there's the orange and coriander, very nice, should remind one of a witbier, right? But there's this business of Pinot Noir and oak barrells getting messy with the stuff, too... imparts of cool, rosy sweetness, fine and mellow.

Taste: somewhat acidic, big carbonation, sparkling and smooth. Citric and cherry flavors, soon obliterated by carbonation, and turning dry. That's good, sometimes, but there's a paucity of flavor and complexity here.

Just dawned on me where the name comes from...red wine meets white ale...(maybe I should have kept this secret, so you wouldn't know how slow I am?) ...interesting...but...while this is an admirable project, and I think it is a fine beer for what it's trying to accomplish...for $12, I kind of want more.

Thinking on that, though, I muse on how much bottles of wine retail for, and how there really isn't anything like this in the wine world, and it's wonderful as it is...not my style, but would make a fantastic match for dining. Would be a big hit with wine lovers. Man, actually, the more I think on it, the more I want to retract my caveats ...witbier meets pinot noir? Genius!

And now the alcohol is creeping up on me...and I like that. Sparkling, acidic character is appreciated, dryness is admired...floods the mouth, tingles the tastebuds...give me a nice duck dinner to match it with. You bring the ducks.

Despite my initial reservations, I know wish I had about 6 more bottles, at least, to crack out at various occasions and amuse and delight one and all. Again, I am impressed by DFH, their many innovations, and continual creativity.

Medium bodied, and easy to drink, despite the higher abv.

Yum. Once again, my initial reservations are wrong, and I'm happy about it.

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

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this 750ml w/ me.
Poured into a picnic tumbler chilled
A - A hazed garnet with a thin cream head. The color is reminiscent of rooibos tea - a tinge of brown and a shade of plum w/ a head about the thickness of a finger or less.

S - Fruity, vinous, tinges of dried fruit. Cranberry or currant type earthiness. Tart like baked cherry crisp.

M - Thick and full of body. Tart fruit feel followed by a spice and malt texture. Nice effervescent creaminess in the finish.

T - Sweetness and juice taste comes in on a wave of carbonation potent and slightly woody. A flavor of wine that comes across w/ a big beer taste simultaneously and finishes on the beer side. Spices join the thrall of a huge flavored brew. Plenty of fusels and warmth in the last sips.

D - A big ale, but flavorful and unique, it's hard not to keep imbibing this. I found so much flavor layer by layer it was multidimensional and intense for a Wit that is twice the strength it goes down pretty easily. I would certainly want to enjoy this with friends again. I think it would probably go well w/ a glazed pork loin.

2nd taste 2/26/08 cellared for 382 days, decanted into a tumbler cool.

A - A rosy copperish w/ a faint hazy glow and a loose tan head w/ light lace.

S - Boozy, fruity and hints of vinous scents w/ slight yeasty odors

M - Spicy, creamy w/ mild effervescence and warming alcohol. This seems to be smoother than 1 year ago.

T - Sweet dry and toasty w/ vanilla w/ dark berry and sweet candy sugar w/ a spiced fruity citrus essence w/ nice grainy flavors. The flavors seemed to have melded slightly.

D - Very nice, was lighter w/ less alcohol in the flavor upfront and easier on the taste buds too. The flavors of the fruit are still fresh and the overall drink ability was better IMO. a-4 s-4 m - 3.5 t - 4 d - 4.5

Photo of mdm46410
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. This ale poured an amber red color with a foamy, pink head that slowly faded away. Some light lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was made up of orange, vinous vapors, and also some bready yeast esthers. The flavor was light citrus, coriander, caramel malt, wine, along with some light warming alchol showing up at the finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. This was another interesting brew from Dogfish Head. It started out like a witbier, but the strength of the alcohol and the vinous qualities made it unique.

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

The beer pours a red color with a pinkish white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat scent that is warm, yet refreshing. It has a crisp wheat presence, but is sweet and malty. The taste is decent. It has a silky smooth fruit flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet with some lingering pinot noir notes. It warms slightly. This is a sipper beer. The taste is quite complex. I'm not sure I like it, but it's different to say the least. These guys put just about everything in their beers. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer/hybrid, whatever. It's a slow drinker, but I have to give big ups for the effort on this one.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle with a "bottled on" date of 02/12/07. It leaves a one finger light lavender and pink head that eventually recedes to surface skim, and leaves some decent lacing in places. Body is a clear purple-red with purple highlights, sort of like cranberry juice.

Smell - hint of wheat malt with oak and vanilla, and a hint of red wine, and some spicy and medicinal alcohol.

Taste - a little fruit juice, some wine, both over wheat malt, finishes with oak. Hint of vanilla and bourbon on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, slightly sticky-sweet, mostly smooth.

Drinkability - this is pretty good ale, but its taste is really more of a sipper than a session beer, the kind of thing that would go best with a meal or with dessert, and the high abv would rule out sessionability in any case.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a high clarity amber with a reddish character. Definitely not pink. Nice webs of lace hang on the inside of the glass. Puffy stratus layers of foam and lace intertwine in the second pour. Served at cellar temperature.

Muted aroma of mildy sweet, overripe fruit.

The oak component is the best thing going for this. Earthy, with a little dry tannin, mixed with caramel and the unobtrusive Pino Noir character. It's a nice blend, it seems like a hard one to balance, but they did it.

Sort of limp yet boozy mouthfeel, it lacks the usual higher carbonation of standard Witbiers. This is a genre-defier, but still, some lightness would be nice. Alcohol becomes apparent, but not overbearing. It's drinkable, probably best shared with a friend or two. Higher alcohol, so possibly a cellar candidate.

Witbier is surely a misclassification, as others have noted...

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

Available at Capone's in Norristown.

A bit vinous a bit cider like and certainly a unique style bender. I really dig this beer. certainly well done.

Appearance: Pours a light almost red hue with a mostly clear body and a fizzy head.

Smell: fruity white grape with a Pinot aroma; a touch of wood and a hint of vanilla and spice.

Taste: caramel vanilla malty and of coarse a beautiful balance of grape and oak with a noticeable alcohol presence that plays a role in the warm flavor. The hint of berry gives it a sherry like suggestion that is part of what makes it great. This is no ordinary Witbier. In fact it is even a stretch to call it as much.

Mouthfeel: Smooth an sweet and slightly tart with a champagne like finish.

Drinkability: This maybe the most refreshing and drinkable 10% beer I have had this summer. If it weren’t for the $16 price tag I would be drinking plenty more of it.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Sampled through "I Want That" BIF 2 and mikesgroove.

In the glass this is a clear reddish brown colored beer with a reddish white head. This is a bright reddish tint it is reddish violet actually.

The scent is sweet and malty with a clear scent of ethanol. Lots of toffee and candy aromas along with vanilla, oak and grapes.
Decent spices mostly coriander, cinnamon and black pepper.

The taste begins spicy first and then sweet with cookie and vanilla flavors. Quite unexpectedly spicy I can't say what beyond the coriander and oak. Cinnamon and black pepper are strong. Vanilla is strong here and I didn’t expect that but it makes lots of sense with this being aged in Oak. Wine flavors are not real discernible because Pinot noir is kind of spicy too.

The mouthfeel is good.

Even though this is a real kick in the head alcohol wise this is surprisingly drinkable. An interesting experiment in mixing wine and beer that creates a new question. Why not combine the best of both in to a new beverage class? Most unique and most recommended.

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

1 pt 9.6 fl oz champagne bottle; served in a pilsener glass.
Bottled on 02.09.2007.

Hazed, lighty cherry with oak tones. Creamy, tame raspberry-tinted white head Thin trails of scattered lacing.

Light banana with shawrper, sour fruity esters: grape, cherry, raspberry. Semi-sweet, Belgian-candied sweetness. Faint spices with an underlying mustiness.

Sharply acidic tartness: raspberry and cherry, with a unique pinot, vinous flavor. The alcohol presence is slick and wine-like. Notes of oak, and semi-sweet vanilla and candied sugar. A bit of mild corriander with a light, yeasty mustiness.

Light in body; active, yet almost creamy at times. Slick, and rather wine-like on the palate.

A unique concoction; not surprising, coming from DFH. At times you can taste the Wit, but I don't think I would've guessed it at first. Regardless of the style, this offering is tasty and drinks well under the listed 10% abv.

Photo of drotski
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a red-amber color. Head looks pure white at first glance, but then you notice a pink hue. Head decided to say hi, and check out early Very little lacing.

Smell is weaker than expected, but fuity, with notes of wine (for obvious reasons).

Taste is great, smooth, and crisp. Great summer ale. Very fruity, and definitely on the sweeter side.

Perfect carbonation, makes this a very drinkable beer. Its hard to put this one down!

Photo of Grundle20
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a red tinted copper in color. There's a decent white head with a little touch of purple or pink in the bubbles. There's very little lacing and retention to note.

The scent has an underlying bready sweetness but it is predominantly tart in nature. Overall the scent is a little weak and doesn't really put much out there.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I don't know that this beer tastes like a witbier despite similar ingredients. The grapes are apparent initially but slowly give way to a slow burning alcohol sensation at the back of my throat, almost like if ethyl alcohol could be put in to some sort of syrup format. There's a grain like crispness to the beer (wheat?) that makes it sit light on my palate. The beer finishes a little tart but clean for the most part and there's touches of booze and grape juice in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty cool beer, but it falls somewhere in between a lambic and a witbier to me so it kind of loses the drinkability of either style in its pure form. Not bad, especially for a unique brew, but it's not quite my cup of tea entirely.

Bottom Line:
A really cool beer and kudos to DFH for conceiving the beer. It's kind of strange but I still think it's pretty good overall, a must try for the adventurous.

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

750ml bottle purchased from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Bottled 2/9/07.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" rose pink head over the clear red brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of lingering lace. Aroma is spicy and tart, with a hint of fruit. Taste starts with a moderate amount of malt, gets a bit tart in the middle, and then fades into a vanilla and oak close. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, and drinkability is okay, although it does get a bit boozy upon warming.

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

Beautiful rusty crimson color, clouded and covered with a small but thick, soapy head that lasts as a smooth, broken surface. Fruity aroma, appley at first but more berry-like as it warms. Dry, earthy wine notes are apparent. Belgianesque beginning transitioning to a more winey tartness in the middle. Plummy. More and more wine-like as it warms. More-than-medium body with a slightly dry quality and a mild warming sensation.

Interesting in that it doesn't really strike me as witbier-like in too many ways. I think it would be a great beer for wine-people to try.

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.

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.

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.

Red & White from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.