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Average: 3.91 | pDev: 13.04%

Reviews: 710 | Ratings: 1,842

Ranked #23 Belgian Witbier and #11,000 overall.

ABV: 10.00% | Availability: Rotating

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Notes: 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
Very Good
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Reviews by VaterRoss:
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3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's simply no end to the alterations that Dogfish Head brewers will place upon traditional styles. To push a Belgian witbier to double its normal strength would have been daring enough for most brewers. But oh-no, how about the induction of pinot noire grapes to amplify the winy character of Belgian ale and then aging the newfound concoction in pinot noire barrels. They've certainly "dogfished" this concoction completely up!

Its first cautious and curious sip comes after a murky orange and peach-stained pour. Layering in with a viscous nestle, the aromas and early taste is of candied fruit, perhaps more of orange and perfume than of grape or wine, all upon a lightly toasted and doughy base.

With the weighty beer pressing deeply into the palate, a notion of orange marmalade wafts over the tongue, carrying with it the orange peels, piths and pulp; along with a lemony, apricot, apple and unmistakable grape tone. Somewhat vegetal with verbena, chive and fresh-cut grass, its bracing acidity ushers in a quick finish.

With the simple syrup sweetness lifting, its pinot character thrives in the late palate, highlighted by vinous alcohol with its own peppery warmth. But closing with a semi-sweet weight, the ale remains much more of a sipping beer than a drinkable one. Mild bitterness and rosy spice gives this high gravity wheat beer a hearty prickle on the tongue as it exits.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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 cjgiant
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/27/16:
Pours a rusty burnt orange, light obscured by floaties of some sort. The off-white (seemingly orange tinged huge head throws a few large blotches of lacing, but is mainly there to keep me company as a thick cap after it settles.

Smell is a bit musty, and shows the wheat (with little banana), the coriander, and a light floral ester note at its base. There's an almost farmhouse note to it, but not quite as woody or funky (the oak helps a little on the former).

The flavor follows the nose in that the base is a nicely spice Belgian wit beer. The grape is noticeable with a quite musty and barely tart note. This taste really grabs the bulk of the attention - with the wit beer peeking out up front (wiith the orange) and near the end (more banana), but mainly giving the other note a vehicle. A small nod to the barrel aging closes out the taste. LAte int he taste, there's a little cherry note coming out, oddly.

This pour of this beer was nice, tickling with the carbonation and medium full of flavor. The body was also a little more than medium - alcohol barely noticeable.

I didn't notice the floaties until later - although some look like they could be coriander - being darker. I doubt it, but still. Otherwise, the look could go at least a notch higher. The mustiness is a tad heavy, but I feel it makes this nicely unique. I feel it's well put together for what it is trying to do.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 couple inches high. the nose is coriander 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.

edit: had a really old bottle of this dated 2012 last night and its drinking amazingly well. some nice honey sweetness to it, less booze than i remember it having, even when it warms up, and a wonderful wine complexion with the citrus in here, different and refined and delicious, despite quite a lot of sediment having coagulated in here. i didnt expect this to be as awesome as it is now this old. raising up a few scores here, its better with some age on it, it impressed us all!

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Photo of benito
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dogfish Head has crossed into the demilitarized zone between beer and wine with this one--a beautiful, forward-thinking brew that stakes out new territory in the world of drinks.

From a nine-month old bottle.

Amber in color with hints of cranberry and a long-lasting, lacing head that eventually reduces to a thin, fizzy ring. Grapefruit and grapes mix in the bouquet and are checked by a slight, peppery and phenolic scent. The initial taste is of sweet, stewed fruit--berries, specifically--and it gives way to a more robust, creamy middle and a slightly spicy finish. The orange peel and alcohol are all hidden beneath the velvety cloak of grape juice flavors.

After nearly 750 mL, the sweetness does get to be a bit cloying, so my one criticism is that this could be a slightly tarter beer, but if beer and wine are on a collision course for some future hybrid, this is a great place to start that project.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of BigJim5021
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange with a head that actually has some pinkishness (help me out here, Funk & Wagnalls) to it. The head doesn't stick around for long, and I'm not getting much lacing. The yeast floating around combined with the color of the beer makes for pretty picture.

The smell is kinda fruity and reminds me of a Beligian-style brew. Imagine that, being that it's a wit at heart.

The flavor is where things get quite interesting. I detect the coriander and whatnot on the wit side of things, but I can definitely pick up some pinot noir character. As a person that can't stand wine, I'm pleased to say that the combination flat-out works. This beer is pretty damned tasty. And at 10%, the alcohol isn't too assertive either. It's just right.

Mouthfeel is a bit slick, but it's certainly a touch more than medium-bodied. Dry on the finish, too. And that's always a plus to me.

I wasn't sure if I could go as high as I did on drinkability, given that we're looking at 10%, but for the amount of alcohol that's in it, this stuff is very easy to put back. I'm not saying that I'm planning on slugging down another 750 ml bottle any time soon -- and at $11.99, who could blame me? -- but I definitely dig this beer.

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Photo of descobar
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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 mattboyer182
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DIPADude01
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of kbrown
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber bought at Anderson's.

Appearance- Thick white creamy head at pour settling to a handsome retained top. Strawberry colored with constant effervescence.

Smell- Strawberry, resin, raisin.

Taste- Banana, bread, ends with the pinot grape balanced (dry and only a little sweet) flavor. Aftertaste is mellow and works well.

Mouthfeel- Moderately sharp on the tongue from the wine influence. Mostly balanced throughout.

Overall- Inferior flavor to the 61 that came out a few months back, but still drinkable and gives you a lot to sort through.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/27/16.

A - Pours a copper bronze color with lots of floaties and thick, creamy, bubbly/soapy lacing.

S - Sweet toasted caramel malt with grapeskin aroma.

T - Toasted sweet caramel, coriander, oak, some alcohol, red grapeskin, and some chardonnay characteristics.

M - Full bodied and silky, sticky on the lips.

O - Decent but not memorable.

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Photo of charlzm
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 05/06/08.

Beer is a hazy yet lovely burnished metal hue. Not much carbonation, but nice lacing nonetheless.

Heavy yeasty notes in the nose.

The palate is complex and hard to describe at first sip. Classic witbier flavors are present (orange, coriander, light sweet maltiness, wheat), and there is a restrained vinous background compliments of the use of pinot noir.

Not an everyday drinker, but delicious as a flavor adventure.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, bottled 7/9/13, poured into a pint glass
A:Slightly hazy, light orange, two-finger head
S: Some fruit, a bit of oak, some coriander/clove
T: Largely matches the nose, just lacks as much complexity as I'd like and does taste a bit boozy
M: Medium-bodied, again the alcohol shows through
O: Tasty overall but I think it could show more complexity with a lower abv

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Photo of roodie
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my La Fin Du Monde tulip

A: pours an amber/honey mixture, clear, with ample pinkish head that retains. minimal lacing is left behind however.

S: orange zest and some spiciness lead the way, followed by the wheatiness/yeasty scent I always recognize in witbiers

T: As above, but the subtle grape flavor, tart/sour/tannic shows up. Very enjoyable when juxtaposed with the Wit.

M: standard for a witbier, very refreshing, bit chalky, but refreshing.

O: great beer, would seek it out again. A plus is that my wife loved it!

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Photo of DavidST
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet, this is last years version, bottle 1/26/11. I can smell the grapes and fruit from several feed away. This pours a slightly hazy golden orangish color with a short lived white head. The smells is of grapes, oranges, belgian yeast esters, funk, coriander. The fell is medium with decent carbonation. The taste is good but different first is bitterish overipe oranges, grapes and slight pino noirish taste, alchohol, malts. Overall pretty good.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When the waitress described this, I though Ah, just another crazy experiment from DFH, which is far from my favorite brewery. So I tried it - a small pour in a white wine glass. And I must say, Crazy this may be, but it is pretty damned good.

Pours a light pinkish, with a small, fizzy head, like a carbonated blush wine. Smells and tastes fresh and slightly citusy, with the wit character, but with a faint hint of the red wine. The net effect is like a fizzy, pleasant rose champagne. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing.

Worth a try - wish I'd had it on a hot day.

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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. At first a two finger white head forms. The foam quickly recedes, and little lace is left behind.
S: Some funky and sour barnyard aromas at first that is really enjoyable. Orange, lemon, and banana fruits come out as well as some light spicy coriander. A vinegary almost oaky wine character comes out toward the end. This does not smell like any wit I have ever had.
T: Not as complex as the nose, though very good none the less. Orange, banana, and other citrus fruits with spicy coriander. A light sour and funkiness lingers on.
M/D: A medium body and well carbonated. Very creamy. Easy and smooth to drink. The alcohol is not very noticeable. Something I am having no problems sipping on.

This is like no other Witbier I have tried. It definitely has the fruitiness and spice of a Witbier. Though there is a great barnyard/sourness going on that I love, and really distinguishes this from any other beer of this style.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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