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Red & WhiteRed & White

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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 jwilcox767
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden copper color. Thick foamy off-white head.

S: Red wine and oak, but very very subtle... Yeast and alcohol. Not very 'grapey'.

T: Very fruity.... and a nice mixture of yeast and red wine barrel character. Grape must and oak... a bit herbal and mild sweetness. Alcoholic and warming...

M: Well carbonated. Finish is sticky and long lasting.

O: A very tasty beer, but not something I'd immediately identify as a barrel aged witbier because it doesn't taste anything like a witbier. Very subtle wine and barrel character... boozy... and definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Overall this beer is ok. Taste ok, look ok, you get the picture. The buzz is why rating is not in the 2 range. After drinking only one bomber , I got that great relax buzz with a warm feel from head to toe. Very nice.

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Photo of descobar
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2013 750 ml bottle
Smell: mostly fruity aroma with stale green apples (oxidation shows up here), vinousy notes, and lots of spices included the expected coriander.
Look: pour a pale/medium amber with a thin off-white head that has decent retention. mostly clear as it warms but there is some visible sediment. no lacing observed.
Taste: a lot of caramelly sweetness, vinousy overtones and oak. earthy hop flavors are minimal but bitterness is significant to mostly balance.
Feel: rich, creamy almost chewy texture, medium body, almost on the full side. carbonation is light and lacking a bit (shows age here as well). a mild astringency is present. Finishes sweetish, vinousy with a long lasting astringency and hints of alcohol.
Overall: didn’t know what to expect here as far as cellaring. its an aged, blended 10% abv beer. it was never a favorite of mine when fresh but its held out pretty well.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber-copper with a soft off-white ring.

Smell is both Belgian yeast of clove and esters, and red wine oak with a little grape.

Taste is far more Belgian, with wheat, banana and pear, then some grape cough syrup. Red wine comes in on the back end. It's quite a unique combination and actually I think it's a genius stroke, as it really works well together. The wine and grape somehow smooths out the yeast, and the yeast somehow rounds out the wine.

Soft and frothy.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy orange amber with a nice fingernail length head. It receded and left a frothy cap that retained beautifully and a sudsy lace that stuck to the glass like a soapy bath.
The aroma had typical elements of a witbier. Most prominent were the orange peel and coriarender characteristics. This was punctuated with the smell of fresh wheat, caramel, and the added twist of wine grapes.
As with the aroma, the citrus quality of orange peel and spiciness of coriander were present, as is typical of the style. However, this one had a fuller, more chewy body that was sweeter and had the consistency of caramel. The Pinot noir grapes add a unique flavor.
I do not in general drink so many witbiers, however, I really liked this one even if it is not conventional for the style. However, one shouldn't expect anything else from DFH. Another great job.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. The moscato grapes it's brewed with add a nice flavor that's reminiscent of wine (as it should be), but it still tastes more like a beer. It's a solid effort from a great brewery.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Deep orange/light red color and slightly hazy with a small white head. I definitely get a decent amount of orange citrus in the aroma, followed by grape. There's complexity that's hard to put my finger on, but it can likely be attributed to the oak tanks.

Flavor brings fruit initially and then hits you with a bit of spice at the end. It gives the impression of sweetness at first due to its fruitiness but actually finishes pretty dry. Medium bodied and goes down very easy. 10% ABV? I would have guessed closer to 7%.

A unique and well done offering from Dogfish Head. One of my wife's favorite beers, who is a lover of Pinot Noir and a fan of Belgian witbier as well. A bottle or two of this always ends up in our fridge throughout the year.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours orange with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacin. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is full and smooth. Wheat malt, yeast, ripe fruit, alcohol and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

L: Pours a cloudy dark golden copper color. Thick foamy off-white head with great lacing.

S: Red wine and oak... yeast and alcohol. Grapes and fruit.

T/F: Very fruity.... and a nice mixture of yeast and red wine barrel character. Grape must and oak... a bit herbal and mild sweetness. Alcoholic and warming... well carbonated. Finish is sticky and

O: A very tasty beer that somewhat defies characterization. Doesn't taste anything like a witbier. Lots of wine and barrel character... boozy... and definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy reddish orange in color, with a large, somewhat coarse tan head, with good retention. Thick, chunky lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Powerful aroma of oak, dark grapes, coriander, orange rind, and vinous alcohol.

Taste: Opens with rather dry grape and dark fruit flavors, plums, raisins and dark cherries. Coriander is present from start to finish, while distinct, seems almost an afterthought in a melange of complex flavors. Sweet , vinous alcohol with a lingering warmth appears soon after, but is free of any hot or solvent notes. Oak flavors also offer a well-balanced presence, carrying throughout the taste. Dark caramel is an undercurrent of the taste throughout, and while a distinct presence, is almost overshadowed by the alcohol and fruit. Late in the taste, moderate herbal hops appear to draw the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, soft and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A simply outstanding example that is far "outside the box". Red & White would be an elegant accompaniment to a fine meal or as an aperitif. Cheers.

Presentation: Packaged in a one liter Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a pry-off crown, and served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage shared by Mike yesterday, thnaks a ton man. A 7 year old imperial witbier should be very interesting indeed.

This pours a kind of murky-ish amber color, with a very small head, and not a lot of lacing.

Smells like overripe cherries and raspberries, even though it's definitely not brewed with those, with some pinot noir, and oak.

After 7 years, any semblance of this one being a witbier have disapperead- no spices or typical spicy yeast flavors, just a ton of fruitiness, the berries I mentioned, as well as a strong level of pinot noir juice. There's a really strong amount of oak here. It definitely tastes like old, wet oak, as it has a bit of buttery, creamy flavor to it that's interesting but not exactly wanted.

This is medium bodied, with a slick and creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

An interesting experiment to try this super old beer, but I don't think the age has helped it.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Enormous off-white head sits firmly atop a clear body of amber. Lots of floaty particles I'm praying are supposed to be there.

Smell: The aroma is tart and pungent, almost overripe. Candied orange peels and coriander mix it up with bright red raspberries. As the beer warms, a lovely caramel apple scent breaks through.

The taste is surprisingly light at first, but opens up as the beer warms. In the beginning It's mostly orchard fruit--golden pears and soft red apples. As the palette becomes more accustomed to the taste, some interesting "sub-flavors" flavors come through: dates, condensed milk, and hazelnut fit into the mix quite well. There are also some tasty Hefeweizen qualities, like bubblegum and banana but breath, which are accented by sharp, lively spices like white pepper.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation. Smooth, with no warming whatsoever in spite of the 10% ABV.

Overall: An innnnteresting beer...Like the Pinot Noir included in the recipe, it needs some time to breathe before it reveals its full self. It's a bit odd, but too light tasting to be super bizarre. I can't make up my mind about whether I like it or not, but it's not something I'd want to try again.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750 ml corked bottle in a DFH snifter. This most excellent wit pours a beautifully hazy reddish orange with a fantastic head of long lasting foam that leaves GREAT lacing. Nose of grapes, strawberries, and subtle oak with some light grain notes. Flavors follow the nose with a medium strong grape note tot he front, some strawberry and grains to the middle, and a tart background that holds a semi strong oak flavor reminding one this is unique hybrid. Mouth feel features some subtle warming in the back that marries well with the oak, good carbonation, and a semi dry finish. Unique and interesting. Not your common brew and not for everyone, but I still enjoyed the experience.


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

A: Hazy, reddish, brown, decent, 1 inch head, some lacing

S: I get the Pinot noir juice it mentions. Reminds me of 61. I also get some wheat malts and spices.

T: Sweet, witbier taste, booziness from 10% abv, wine, dry, sourness

M: Medium feel, dry, very dry

O: Dogfish does a good job of incorporating the experience of drinking wine in a beer. This is the second beer that I have really enjoyed from them that does a good job of melding the two flavors.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 750 ml. bottle. Bottled on 04/17/14. I sampled it on May 12, 2015 so it is over a year old and I bought it that way. Some stores don't update their inventory but that's OK when it comes to a beer like this.

The pour is mainly orange-amber underneath a modest off-white head. Clinging lacing.

The aroma is an array of characters with toasted pale malts, yeast, orange peel, coriander, and maybe some red grapes. No booze for 10%.

The body is medium to better then medium. Smooth and chewy.

Toasty taste with all of those other characteristics mentioned in the aroma. A slightly bitter finale. I did not pick up the booze in the aroma or taste but my head sure felt it later.

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Photo of khargro2
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased from Liquor Barn Hamburg

Pours golden tan with a reddish hue. Thick creamy head that lasts for several minutes.
Through the head of the beer, the nose is musty almost like cheap grape juice or communion wine. I didn't realize this was a witbier at the time, but it makes sense now because of the fruity undertones (orange, lemon & blueberry?). First sip, ok - this beer is very complex. The mustiness is consistent throughout. It's not so bad in the beginning, but I continued to drink the beer it got old quick. The mouthfeel is dry and oaky and still musty. I would hate for this to be the last beer that I drink because of the unsatisfying aftertaste.

Overall, I recognize that this beer is very complex, particularly for the style, but for me it misses the mark. DFH has blended wine characteristics with beer very well in the past, but the end result here just didn't do anything for me. Also, admittingly reflected in the rating is the pricetag. At $15+, I could've done a lot better.

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Photo of hardy008
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a two finger off white head, with very good retention and lacing. The aroma has orange, orange peel, and coriander.

Has a mildly sweet taste with oranges, orange peel, coriander, light oak, and some white grapes. I am not picking up the Pinot Noir juice at all. The alcohol is very well hidden, especially for a 10.00 % abv beer.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. A nice beer which I will seek out again.

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Photo of everyman
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very pretty beer with the red body and blonde bubbly head. I'm happy to have tried it. I wish I had written down the tasting notes at the time. However, looking back on the brew I think what stood out most is its mild sweetness and the unity of all of its components.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am surprised this beer isn't rated higher. I thoroughly enjoyed sipping this beer. A bit of orange zest with a nice sour note from the wine grapes. The oakiness comes through but not in an overpowering way. To me, it lends to the dryness of the beer.

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Photo of dav2080
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I did not know what to expect with this one. Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Nice golden orange color with foamy head that laces nicely.
Smell a hint of orange. Kind of tangy like a Belgium and it does hide its alcohol content well.
It finishes nicely and it is dry.
Would I buy again, probably not. I do like it and glad I tried it. Dogfish Head is an interesting brewery.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark amber, very cloudy color with a thick foamy head (poured into a Tulip). Head retention is excellent. Lacing is very good as well. Has a citrus, caramel aroma. You can detect the high alcohol content as well. Very smooth caramel tasting, ending in a citrus blend. Alcohol content is high at the end but leaves a very mild aftertaste only. Very good beer. Even though it is evident, it hides the alcohol content well.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

APPEARANCE - Cloudy orange with a 3-finger head that dissipates. A little lacing.

AROMA/SCENT - Sweet, piney, herbaceous.

TASTE - Not too hoppy, not too sweet. ABV somewhat hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation for such high ABV.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Pleasant, well-balanced. Quaffable.

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Photo of jopezu
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy, orange copper with a large head that poofs. nose; candied citrus fruit, floral orange peel, white grape, & gentle ethanol. taste; biscuit, grape must, sweet orange reduction, coriander, slight oak, mellow hops, & a gently warming vinous ethanol. high carbonation & medium mouthfeel. 10%abv is well-tamed. labeled a witbier, but dogfish head doesn't do a normal take on it; deeply fruity & sweet, and high octane. an interesting "pinot & marmalade" witbier strong enough to make you like it after a glass or so if you weren't already a fan from the start.

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Photo of Badger6
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip.Bottled April 17, 2014.

A: Hazy deep amber body with generous dense off white head that retains well, reducing to a small cap. Lot's of lacing.

S: Complex. Apricot, grape, orange peel and lemon; spicy notes of coriander, clove, pepper. It keeps going: wheat, honey, caramel, biscuity hints, light earthiness... Let me say, again, complex.

T: Flavor follows the nose, complex and well balanced, with no part of the profile overpowering the others. Fruits and spices immediately in the front, with wheat malt, caramel coming in right after. The flavors are ringed and intertwined with oak and herbal characters with a notable earthy yeast. The light malts and yeast work well together, the finish is not terribly cloying for a beer this strong.

M: Light carbonation with a medium to full body; mouthfeel is smooth, though a bit on the heavy side. Slight booziness in the finish, but not overpowering; notably warm at the finish.

O: As always from DFH, an interesting and bold offering that avoids the mainstream. This imperial witbier is big in lots of ways, and does not disappoint. Hugely complex but well- balanced; smooth sipper for an ABV like this. Highly recommended.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 7/9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon zest, red grape, orange peel, light banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheatm honey, caramel, light biscuit, oak, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial witbier style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,821 ratings.
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