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Red & White | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by hopsaplenty on 08-23-2006

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a nice complex brew from dfh, but a night after drinking a deconstruction from odell, any other blended wine barrel beer just isnt going to match up. the appearance is cumin powder dullish yellow in color with some haze and an aroused white head a ciouple inches high. the nose is corriander and orange right off the bat, ive smelled this many times before, but then comes the tannins from the vino, tart and grape musty. the flavor is much less provocative than the aroma, and sall the flavors seem to come together into some sort of mixing the fingerpaints together flavor where nothing distinct but alcohol can be tasted. as it warms, an oaky earthen flavor comes out in the finish, but something still seems to be missing. mouthfeel is solid, perfectly carbonated and right on medium bodied. its smooth for the strength, and could match up well with some farmy cheeses. overall not my favorite dogfish brew, but as always i appreciate its originality.

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Photo of SebD
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian yeast, citrus, coriander, red wine, dark fruit and some oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has Belgian yeast, citrus and coriander, some spiciness, the dark fruit really comes out here (mainly grapes and raisins) from the pinot noir and some woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. I love this beer, I wish it was more accessible!

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a clear peachy orange with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that receded slowly down to a large puddle and collar, and possessed some excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was mildly sweet with a grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast and had notes of citrus (orange), a mild hint of red wine, dark fruit (grapes & plums), oak cask, and a bit of coriander.

The taste started off mildly sweet with a hint of dark fruit and a mild wine presence, and then became moderately yeasty with a light spicy citrus note and a slight alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a nice spicy wine flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was a hair above light in body with a mildly dry texture and a soft carbonation.

Overall an impressive tasting brew, unlike anything I have tasted up to this point. The mild "Pinot Noir Cask" flavor blended remarkably well with the Belgian yeast, thus hiding the high ABV and making it a most enjoyable drinking experience...


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Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2011, poured into a snitfer

A- A clear reddish-orange with a two finger white head.

S- Orange peel, coriander, floral notes, some oak, some wine.

T- Wheat, orange peel, coriander, oak, some floral notes, finish is bitter with earthy notes and oak.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A nice beer that aging has not hurt. Alcohol is well hidden. This is easy to and has good balance and complexity.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy golden color with a slight reddish tinge and a one finger white head. The head faded relatively fast and left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of yeast and a wine like grape aroma. Mixed with these, are smells of a citrus and dark fruit nature. Overall it is quite pleasant.

Taste – A sweet dark fruit flavor meets the tongue. The dark fruits are heaviest of cherry but contain lighter notes of prune as well. These dark fruit flavors are also mixed with a good presence of a grape flavor which combined to give this beer a wine like tasting body. While wine like, as the taste advances beyond the initial taste, yeast flavors as well as a light citrus flavor come to the tongue. Toward the end the alcohol makes its presence known and leaves a satisfying warming taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – For 10 % abv. the body is actually a little on the lighter side (although heavy in comparison to the average brew) and the carbonation level is on the higher side. Both the “lighter” body and higher carbonation are very fitting for the fruit and wine like characteristics of the brew and make it quite easy drinking even at 10 %.

Overall – I am usually not a fan of a beer that has wine like characteristics, but this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like the look of this beer. I would have given it a 5 but for a witbeer, I was expecting a little cloudiness and this had none. That's OK for what I like in the look but it's not the look for the style. The head was thick and settled to a nice thin slick. Attractive lacing too.

I picked up the notes of corriander and orange and some earthiness maybe from the wine. Got more of the alcohol as it warmed.

I liked the lightness and it is refreshing but the flavor is not my favorite. The first taste is good but the imediate after taste is kind of sour and musky but then it does finish clean with no displeasing taste.

The feel is very nice. I liked the feel and taste of the initial head. The carbonation was right on and the balance between a creaminess in mouth that finished dry after the swallow was nice. The lingering feel became a little astringent after awhile for me. A salty snack helped that.

For the most part I enjoyed this beer but the taste is not for me. Good flavor and aroma. Not sure if it was completely true to style but I would try it again and I want to try some more witbeers to compare.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a translucent gold with tremendous foam that dies down & tightly compacts. There’s lacing! And the bubbles leave streaks. Looks amazing in the glass.

I get an estery, almost ‘saison-like’ aroma, reminiscent of white wine with a light grape musk and a hint of coriander. Flavor is light and crisp, reminding me of an effervescent and dry white wine. The alcohol isn’t evident at first but makes more of a presence as it warms, developing into an almost boozy finish. I had no idea it was 10% however, as it hides it well.

A nuanced, delicate, light dessert wine… in beer form. This was delicious.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serve in a Sam Adams signature pint glass.

Appearance: This beer comes off your basic amber with a little heavy on the orange side not to mention the bubbles that keep floating plus it has a pretty large white head that rose to maybe 3/4" off the body.

Smell: Heavy yeast in your nostrils, with a strong feel of butterscotch.

Taste: This is one complex melody of beer, it is hard to pinpoint how you taste buds will react.

Mouth: It is smoother not crazy and definitely doesn't feel like a 10 percent abv level beer.

Overall: I first had it about 2 years ago and was wowed, today still so because of how unique it is it is beer that carries the properties of other to create it's own identity. Salud!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep gold beer with a lasting finger of head that drops ample lacing

S: wine, citrus, wheat, and wood

T: a really juicy taste - don't know it rates for the style, but what a delicious beer: grapes, orange citrus, oak, wine, coriander (I presume); the beer is fairly sweet, but has an air of dryness, too. The wine character of this beer comes through in the full, but the wheaty, citrusy, and spiced flavors meld in perfectly.

M: lush, medium bodied, but again, juicy and full-feeling

O: had this at about 55-60 degrees F, and for me it was on the nose - such a rich beer - way better than I expected, but I've only had two other "witbiers": DFH's Positive Contact and SA's Imperial White. I'd place this beer in-between the two in terms of sweetness and body. It wasn't as heavy and over-the-top as the Imperial White, but it was sweeter and richer than the Positive Contact.

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Photo of czieber
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and head retention are excellent and right for a witbeer. This bottle only aged for about a month and a half, so the fusel alcohols were still present in the smell, over shadowing some of the orange and coriander notes. Taste is sweet, slighly cloying, with fusel alcohols also present. Low frutiness and spice, probably masked by the sweetness. Overall, a good high-alcohol witbeer that should be stored for a few more months to let the fusel alcohols die down.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a DFH snifter for better aroma capture and since this isn't your average witbier. Pours a hazed orange with a slightly pink hue to it with an finger of white head that is slow to fecede to a small mat
S: smells of wheat, corriander, orange peel, and faintly fruity grapes
T: tastes of fruity esters/alcohol, wheat, corriander, a bit of yeast, slight oakiness, orange, and grapes from the pinot noir must. aftertaste is more grapes, corriander, and alcohol
M: creamy with soft carbonation and a medium body
O: pretty tasty and a nice twist. alcohol is a bit apparent but still nice.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic...

A. Pours a clear goldenrod. Big two finger eggshell-white head. Settles to a quarter finger and lingers. Excellent lacing. Shockingly clear for a wit-bier, though.

S. Coriander, orange juice, belgian yeast, candied sugar, cherry and grape juice, and some oak. Smells excellent.

T. Lots of residual sugar, along with the aforementioned orange, coriander, and maybe even some clove. Finish is very woody and slightly drying...the wine notes really come out here. The yeast tempers this a bit, keeping it lighter and smooth. It's sweet, slightly cloying, fruity, and has a nice wine barrel character on it. Excellent.

M. My only nit...it's a little flat. Needs a light step up in carb. Flavors, however, are balanced perfectly. Body is medium.

O. I really enjoy this beer. Coriander and spice are a little on the strong side, but the integration of flavors here is spectacular, and the barrel just adds to the enjoyment. Not a traditional wit by any means, but a really nice treat, crisp, refreshing, and with a very well-hidden ABV.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You definitely get that strong scent that you get in a quality witbier the orange and corriander scent with an oats smell. I also get some grapes in the smell as well.

The taste really has a nice bite from the carbonation reminding you that yes this is still a beer and an herbal hop bite comes into play on the initial sip and aftertaste. I get the orange and corriander with a sherbert taste and creaminess. I also get the grape must taste mixing in with the orange flavors.

The taste is sweet and definitely knocks you back on your first sip. It definitely tastes like an Imperial witbier but with an extra juicyness not found in any witbier I've had. I also get a faint woody oak flavor in there as well. This is a unique beer that really took me for surprise with how much flavor can be packed into one beer. I'm not a huge witbier fan but this still was a big enough and unique enough of a beer to catch my attention to buy a growler fill.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Half finger head on a hazy crimson and orange body.

S: light on the nose with orange, strawberry, corriander and a touch of lemon. Good retention and nice lacing.

T: loaded with corriander and peppery zest. Orange is late in the finish. Nice yeast character with well balanced tartness and sweetness.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation.

Overall: this is a nice beer. Not very witbier like but I assume that is the base and the corriander washes it out. Almost like an overpowered saison.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish head snifter because I can. At the time of this review, this is #19 on the "Top Beers - Witbier" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is reddish with a haze and a big white head of medium and large bubbles, moderate to low retention and moderate carbonation. Looks fine.

Aroma in vinous and sweet, some alcohol, mild spice.

Beer is too heavy, it is thick on the palate and weighs it down. The fruit gives it a little bit of a solventy or candy like flavor. It is a little too much on all front and won't be a repeat for this guy unfortunately. Love you DFH, but not this one.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into weizen glass

Pours a cloudy orange, darker than a wit for sure. Good sized thick and foamy light orange head that hangs out as a small skim of foam for most of the drink. Smell is mostly wit with a slightly dry wheat base but with some definite heavy sweetness lurking behind, maybe some orange in there. Taste is heavy wit with a prominent dark fruit taste that must come from the pinot noir. Surprisingly heavy and boozy for a wheat base, like a fruity weizenbock. Some spiciness in the taste that mostly asserts itself in the mouthfeel. Medium in body (heavy for a wheat) and carb

Overall impression: reminds me of a fruity weizenbock. Interesting beer but a bit sweet and boozy for me. Very much like a carbonated malty wine.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces and condenses to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grape along with orange/grapefruit citrus upfront. Additionally there are lighter aromas of spice (coriander), Belgian yeast, wheat, and just a hint of oak.

T: Starts out with some light grape sweetness along with an almost candied orange peel and some wheat. Next comes stronger grapefruit/orange citrus flavors, spice (coriander), and Belgian yeast. Finally the beer finishes oak and some light hints of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slightly dry in the finish (likely from the introduction of wine).

O: For the most part, the high amount of alcohol is well hidden in this beer - the beer is refreshing and drinkable. While it does taste too strong, I'm thinking that the high ABV does not make this one for session drinking. There is a nice complexity to the flavor.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - maybe 2.5 fingers of offwhite head. Hint of orange. Head sticks around for a while and becomes lumpy. Body is clear and a very orange amber.

S - Immediate white wine. Some orange and grapefruit along with the coriander.

T - Spicy and floral. I guess it is the coriander. Just a little wine in the finish.

M - Very strong carbonation and medium body. A little drying but quite nice for the style.

O - A nice little beer, but nothing really great.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly leaving behind some nice thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark grape, orange and other citrus flavors, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, wheat, and a bit of oak and booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of lightly sweet dark grape with some orange peel and a bit of wheat. Through the middle, some stronger citrus flavors come through with some coriander and Belgian yeast flavor. The finish is a mix of dark grape, orange and other citrus flavors, wheat, oak, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice big witbier with the Pinot Noir grapes and oak adding some nice touch and balancing out the body and the alcohol content.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden orange with a decent white foam head.

Boozy oaky vanilla woody notes in the nose.

Bigger beer up front, which is a distraction from the wittier focus. Booze, wine like (oaken vanilla chardonnay) elements, with some spice and yeast. Far from the traditional wit. Finishes complex, malty, boozy, and a bit spicy. A heavier richer beer for a wit.

Medium bodied, but has some body.

Overall not bad, but more complex than needed for the style. I think the serving size would work better at 12 oz than the bomber. I liked this, but it is one of those brews that drinks a bit more like a cordial than a beer.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.

pours a bright copper/deep orange tone with an off-white head, maybe a finger and a half of which; decent retention, spotty lacing. beautiful looking beer.

the nose is marked by a sweet maltiness, coriander, and pinot. alcohol presence, but a moderate one. flavor profile mostly breaks down around the nose but with some added cherry and orange notes, some tartness to it. alcohol is a player but not overwhelming at all. ii'm not head over heels but it's pretty good; unique.

medium-plus bodied, medium carbonation... drinkability is ok: goes down easy enough but in my opinion its uniqueness wears on you - not something you'd want a lot of in a sitting. that said, i'd welcome a revist as some future point. worth a try.

originally reviewed: 10-25-2010

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Photo of brotherloco
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle. Bottled In 2012. Served in a tulip.

Pours a mostly clear dark gold, some chill haze. Forms 2 fingers of white foam. Tight bubbles settle to a creamy ring. A moderate amount of lacing is left in the glass.

Aroma is fruity, citrus with some peach notes. Vanilla. Peppery spice. Alcohol.

Flavor resembles the nose with fruity and vanilla notes up front with a slightly tart Belgian middle and a slightly sour dry finish. Vinous pinot noir notes add to the fruitiness. Alcohol is present in the flavor throughout, but it never overpowers. Long lingering spicy finish.

Medium bodied with medium-high semi-sharp carbonation. Full flavor and ABV make it a sipper, but dry finish makes you want more.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 poured into a large wine glass. Clear golden orange yellow with a 2 inch white head that shrinks to a finger with nice lacing. Aroma is coriander, orange, lemon, Belgian yeast and spices. Taste is orange peel, sherry, lemon zest, light oak, and a light grHassy hopiness. This beer is complex and tough to nail down. Mouthfeel is sticky and average. This is a great beer and I will look for it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1240th Review on BA
Bottle to Pils

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- A very deep orange with some glowing yellows. Very clear with a GIGANTIC three finger long lasting white head. Huge sticky cling and lace all down the glass.

Smell- Didn't smell like a wit at all. The tannins from the Pinot barrel took over and the orange citrus came through nicely. The ABV was amazingly hidden for such a large beer.

Taste- Deceptively smooth for a large beer. Great use of the style to add a nice oaky flavor with some great sweet tannin flavors and a bit of punchy citrus.

Mouth- A thicker medium body and a medium creamy carbonation. Residual oak and tannin flavors.

Drink- Of the DFH beers I have had, this is up there with select company as the best they do.

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Photo of seand
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a fair amount of bubbly off-white head. Enough clumps retain, especially around the edge of the glass, to leave solid areas of lacing.

S: Light grassy wheat sweetness, with a slight vinous touch.

T: Full malty sweetness, with a witbier mid-palate and long, sweet finish. A boozy touch late in the mid-palate is the only hint that this is 10%.

M: Full body, light to medium prickly carbonation. There's a bit of red wine feeling through the finish, though I'm probably picking it out mainly because I'm looking for it.

Overall, pretty good. Very drinkable for its ABV. It's unique without being overly weird.

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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