Red & White | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,823
Reviews:
705
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.08%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
291
For Trade:
7
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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a orange red color with a white fizzy looking head on top. The head fades quickly and doesn't lace the glass too much. The smell of this beer gives off a slightly sour aroma with a subtle sweetness as well. The taste of fermented grape give this beer a big wine like profile, the flavors are a little on the tart side and leaves you with a dry fruity aftertaste. There is also a good amount of yeasty flavors going on in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer is on the lighter side, it's moderately carbonated and maintains a good drinkability. Overall, It's not my favorite DfH brew but I'm happy to have tried it.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer has a mix of amber and orange hues. It poured with little in the way of a head but has nice lacing patterns. There are noticeable yeast particles floating near the bottom.
S: There are notes of orange peel, grapes and spices in the aroma.
T: The taste is complex and very much the aromas in the nose with more hints of oak and pinot noir grapes.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat thick on the palate.
D: This is a strong beer that needs to be sipped. It has a unique flavor but I only might consider having this again if I'm in the mood for something out of the ordinary.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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 brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruddy color (the liquid looks like white zinfandel) with a lovely head that retains incredibly well and thoroughly laces the glass

Smell: The predominate aroma is a combination of grape and orange peel with an undertone of coriander

Taste: Starts with a fruity orange and pinot noir flavor that becomes increasingly spicy, mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody flavors come to the fore and combine with the fruit to make an intriguing finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with considerable carbonation

Drinkability: Interesting enough, but I'm not sure I would drink this again

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing notes. Aroma consists of coriander with some notes of wheat and light acidic touch. Taste is a very good mix between some wheat with great notes of coriander and some sweet malt. Great mix between spices and Belgian style malt. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol. The only negative things that I have too say is that this beer might be slightly too sweet but apart from that great beer from Dogfish.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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