Red & White | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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 KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the champgne style big bottle into a mere pint glass, hardly worthy of this well crafted brew.

Pours an odd pinkish brown, if thats even possible, with immense white foam which desperately clings to the glass for dear life.

Grape juice smell, with some malt masking what otherwise might be mistaken for wine. The bottle says corriander, and knowing that ahead of time, definitely can pick up that spice.

Complex taste with notable alcohol burn. Peppery kick. Light bitter close, some orange notes. Loads of sediment.

Initially more drinkable than I expected, but fatugue (and the 10 ABV) set in and made this a more difficult finish. A hearty brew, one to share not take on yourself.

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Photo of beergod1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pinkish red color with a medium white head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aroma on this beer is not very strong but it is sweet and pleasant! You'll have no idea that this beer is 10% ABV, just a little warmth on the finish! The complexities of the flavor in this thing are awesome. It starts off kinda sweet and creamy but in the end becomes a little dry and lingers for quite some time! I do recommend getting this if you can! Now I need to find the Black n Blue.

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

From notes taken on 6/6/10

A - Pours a clear amber with a chunky white head and nice lacing.

S - Obviously smells like red wine grapes with coriander, a bit of wood, and a subtle amount of funkiness.

T - Again, red grapes dominate with a bit of wheat, oak and more spices (coriander and pepper). Very unique flavor.

M - Medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation is low.

D - While this does get a bit cloying after a while, DFH should be commended for making a beer so unique and delicious. If you have any wine drinker you are trying to convert to beer, give this one a try!

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Photo of Xul
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours translucent amber, capped by two finger of rocky eggshell-colored head. Retention is good as it's very slow to recede, leaving light lacing down the glass.

S: Orange and spices - coriander is dominant but there's also some pepper - up front, followed lightly toasted wheat and caramel sweetness. Some vinous notes and faint oak are in the background.

T: Oranges and berries up front along with an overly sweet pinot character. Spices come in on the mid-palate but are subdued compared to the nose. Light wheat and caramel come in but recede quickly, leaving a fruity and lightly oaked finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit too syrupy.

D: The ABV is well hidden, but it's too sweet and a bit too heavy. Pairing it with a salty cheese helps cut the sweetness a bit, but the beer in and of itself seemed to miss the mark a bit.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber in combination with orange and a mild tint of redness to it, very light amber colored head, pours very nicley into a sniffer glass or wine glass.

S - Right off the bat a light scent of white wine (probably the pinot noir from the barrels) There is a orange zest aroma and mild hint of some spice, the alcohol smell is there but it is not overwhelming for a 10% abv brew.

T - Pinot noir taste hits the palate first, nice orange and lemon zest flavors with a mild amount of earthy/oak tasting notes left on the palate.

M - Suprisingly not to heavily bodies, good fizzy carbination, which help carry the aroma and blend the flavors, the wine and citrus aroma and tasting notes make this quite refreshing and pleasant to drink.

D - A stanning ovation for Dogfish, another great crafted brew, This will not be the last bottle that I drink. Great beer to share with someone else that appreciates good craftmanship of the beer making world. This is a brew for the ages.

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Photo of claspada
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep coppery-brown color with medium, off-white head and some lacing, hints of amber if held up to the light.

Strong bready malt aroma, with hints of coriander and orange, and substantial but not overpowering oak.

Some maltiness up front, very earthy and woody, without any real discernible hop profile. Slightly sweet and grapy. Alcohol definitely comes through at the finish.

Good carbonation, slightly astringent. A bit sweet but well-balanced.

A very interesting beer, quite unique. I appreciate the effort but I really do not like the oak character on a witbier; it somehow clashes with the spices/yeast.

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Photo of Hex92
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin beer. Not much of a head on it. Smells very hoppy. I'm not a big hop fan, but it tasted very good. Balanced well with the malt I guess. I expected not to like it as much as it warmed since I figured the hops would get stronger, but it stayed balanced right up till the end.

So in a nutshell. Doesn't look great or smell great, but tastes pretty darn good. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.23/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: amber orange-hued body with nice fluffy haed. retained some, and had some stichy head bubbles all the way up the glass. nice

Smell: toasty amber malts, and some red wine grape aroma. Lots of spices. popurri like. great visual and smell


Taste: some users describe this as too sweet. we'll I taste no sweetness, In fact it needs more grapy fruity flavor. It's syrupy, dry, and fairly tasteless with some sublte spice. like a watered down red wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium-syrupy body.

Drinkability: very disappointed. I've heard great things from friends and took the recommedation after putting this beer of for years. The worst DFH beer I have had by far .

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Photo of StephenRich
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware NY has, since 1995, been brewing off centered beers for off centered people. Or at least so says their slogan; but I can't argue with that. Their IPA range along is astonishing. There are three beers in this set: a 60 minute IPA, 90 minute IPA and a 120 minute IPA - each referring to the amount of time that they allowed dry hops to steep in the beer during maturation. And this is just the beginning; they have a whole range of historically inspired beers which they have created with the help of a Bio-Archeological Professor! But right now we'll stay focused and discuss the Red and White - one of my favorites.

The Red and White is a big, Belgian-Style Wit beer brewed with coriander and orange peel. This is so far pretty ordinary - but here's the kicker, it's fermented with Pinot Noir Juice! After fermentation part of the batch is aged in Oregon Pinot Noir Barrels, and the other is aged in oak staves. After maturation the beer is blended together to create a 10% limited edition beer available in 750ml wine like bottles. If you are lucky enough to find a bottle that dates back to 2007, buy it! Then send it to me! This beer ages beautifully and builds with a rich warm character that is difficult to find in any other beverage.

Pour the Red and White carefully, into a tall glass preferably, and watch the storm develop in the bottom of the glass. The beer is creamy orange and completely opaque and rumbles to the top forming a full pillowy head rich in aroma and flavor. Instantly you can smell esters, pinot grapes, oak, orange, spice, light hops and lavender.

The feel of this beer is the first thing I noticed when drinking it - and its classic Wit; very effervescent, light, tickling and very quenching - but still, holds a creamy texture. This all helps excite the flavors of the beer on your palate. The coriander, wheat, orange peel and hops start first racing across your tongue. But soon, grapes in a wine like warmth fill your cheeks and invade your whole palate with a clean and somehow light rush of flavor. It's a touch tart, sweet, lightly malty, but still wheaty and oh yes - still a Belgian style Wit beer.

It's definitely much heavier than the usual 6% you may see, but this also has a lot more to offer in terms of complexity and excitement.

We drank this alone, and it made a great after dinner aperitif, but I'm excited to pair this with food in the future! I'm thinking cedar planked salmon with a grape reduction sauce. Mmmm.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a rust orange color with a slight cloudiness. The head is a light tan with about 1 finger. The aroma is just mediocre in my opinion, a little bit of orange and spice along with some oak. The flavor is interesting. Orange with bitterness but balanced with some sweetness. Boozy finish. Medium mouthfeel. Just an ok beer in my opinion, nothing to great or bad.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in 750ml bottle for a Hockessin, DE liquor store. I had be searching for it for a little while, and was rather happy to discover it there. Poured into my DFH "Signature" glass they just released (great vessel for the brews). Split between 3 people.

A: Pours a light amber, redish color. Little bits of yeast or other particles were present in the glass. Little head, but had lacing that lasted the whole drink on the glass.

S: You can definitely smell the spices (coriander as others have mentioned) and the orange notes.

T: I know this is a beer, but almost drinks like a wine with the booziness (10% alcohol). Flavor is good with the fruity and spicy notes, but don't see myself having more than a glass of this.

M: Other than some particles, good mouthfeel.

D: One glass was delicious, but that would be it for me. On to a more hoppy IPA after I finished this one off.

All and all, a good try for any fan of the DFH line of beers. They never seem to disappoint.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Red with a full off-white head. Can see through the glass.

S: Very telling of the taste. Stronger than a normal Wit.

T: Very alcohol-y finish, almost like a wine. Makes for a below average drink-ability if you're looking for a beer instead of a wine.

MF: Strong and thick, you can feel the carbonation.

D: Below Average. Probably couldn't drink a full 22oz bottle.

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Photo of craytonic
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 10% Witbier.

Appearance: ruby-blood red orange-amber pour, no real head or lacing to speak of.
Smell: Orange and Caramel, candy and berries
Taste: A bit too boozy, closer to an old ale, it seems to have picked up a lot from the wine barrels and oak, but I am unsure that it was a positive contribution. Too sweet. Tastes a bit like some odd frat concoction for the ladies.
Mouthfeel: Not sure how you make such a huge beer but with a watery mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Probably should be served like a port, split among many. I wouldn't get it again. Too sweet.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super cloudy orangish red with a huge off white head. Lots of sheet like lacing.

Smells like an orangey wine. But kind of in a good way.

Ooh. Not bad but really unique. Very boozey. Orangey and sweet not a hop to be tasted. Bread like yeast flavor.

Creamy and spritzy with a dry finish.

Probably could only stomach one of these sweet buffers.

This is a new one. Quite different. Not bad.

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Photo of generallee
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pint 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description of the beers ingredients and wood ageing. The abv is listed at 10% and there is no freshness or born on date.

Appearance: It has a deep and hazy orange amber colored body with little bits of yeast floating around in it. There is an off white head on top which fades quickly making some slick lacing at the top of the glass before it goes.

Smell: The aroma is strong, fruity, estery and yeasty. I get notes of white grapes, hints of oak, wine like alcohol and hints of something medicinal/phenolic.

Taste/Palate: This has a big body for a Witt and tons of interesting complexity. It has a sweet alcoholic warmth from start to finish which slows down drinkability and reminds you that this is a big beer. Up front I get the fruity notes, the yeast, the spice and some oak. Notes of white grape and citrus orange peel stand out with lighter notes of pineapple, sliced almond and sweet grain all moving in and out with each sip. The finish has some herbal hop notes and bitterness moving in but it remains somewhat sweet and boozy.

Notes: In my opinion this is an outstanding Witbier with all the complexity and character that I love.

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

Transferred from the bottle into my DFH pint glass

A- Appears a light amber color. Less a half finger of white head. Looks thick and hearty

S- Hints of coriander among the orange peel. Smells like a typical wit, though more alcohol can be detected than one might expect

T- Strong on the orange flavor with tones of coriander. Got a little bit of the wine flavor, but it finished a with a strong alcohol taste

MF- On par with most other DFH brews, rather thick like a syrup. I've grown enjoy the trademark style

D- Pretty tasty, but definitely not what one might hope for from a wit on a nice summer night. A bit heavy on the alcohol flavor, but overall very tasty. Maybe I'll store some away for the fall

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

Pours from a bottle with a red/brown color. It has a thin white head, when served in a snifter or wine glass. It has a wheaty smell and reminds me of weiss beer. The taste, however, seems to be a cross between a citrus flavor and a alcohol-ie Belgian beer. It has a sweetness at the end of a sip. It is smooth, but you do get a good alcoholic buzz off of it. Not sure I'd drink this often.

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Photo of tronester
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells of aged grapes, oak and hot ethanol. Taste is oranges, oak and wine up front, with a tart acidic middle, and a spicy woody finish. Taste of alcohol is present. Mouthfeel is rich, medium carbonation. Drinkability is ok, it gets a bit cloying after awhile, and the alcohol taste gets too strong. Seeing as how expensive this was I probably won't get it again.

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

1 pint 9.6floz bottle purchased from Beverage Mart on NY 66.

USE: 888 / 8 DOGIFSH

Pours a creamy burnt orange into my Czechvar tulip glass. Smells pleasantly sour, with some citrus and spice. Nice, thick head that raced away quickly. No substantial lacing.

This is a really complex brew, so much so that my amateur palate might not really be able to discern everything going on. I can definitely sense the orange and the oak. It's so complex and heavy that you can really only enjoy it a sip at a time -- which is probably a good thing.

This is a big beer -- but aside from the label you'd never know.

This is my first foray into Dogfish's 'premium'? line -- looking forward to trying some of the others.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured this into a tulip. I know its nothing like a traditional wit, its much bigger and had much different subtleties so I think this glass was what this beer needs. The beer doesnt look anything like a wit. There really is nothing white about the appearance. The beer is a semi-clear orange-red. There is some weird little floaties in suspension. The head even has a little pinkish hue to it but remains predominately white. It throws rings of lace as it dies.

S- Big, powerful nose. Lots of wine, berries and oak. Orange spice also is there and lends a nice citrus edge that adds to the fruity bouquet. Big wafts of wine soaked oak bring in the earth that fits well with the hint of coriander.

T- While this is good, it falls down a little bit here. The taste, unfortunately is my least favorite part of this beer. Lots of acidity builds up from the red wine and orange. Lots of fruitiness. Alcohol is too strong and clashes with the delicate berries and orange. The oak barrels bring earthy vanilla to the end.

M- Sharp carbonation with an odd slick body.

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

Pours a lightish red with orangish hue. Thin white head with small carbonation present. Upon first pour, some heavy sediment is present in suspension. Aroma of grapes and orange peel strongly present. The corriander is there but I'm fighting for much else. I don't get the oak staves. At 10% ABV, it's a little on the sweet tasting side but it finishes dry. The Pinot noir juice is quite evident on first taste as with the orange peel and likely the corriander. Mouthfeel is nice. It seems like a complex beer that gently compliments one another. Not sure how drinkable this one is with the rarity nature of the release and 10 ABV, but I'll be looking for this one again.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- pours a very dark amber, almost red, with a half finger white head. Minimal lacing, but it was to be expected with the lack of a head

S- coriander, orange peel, and some dark grapes. Smells a lot like a wit...with some infusion of wine in there, which is essentially what this is. Interesting

T- tastes like...well, obviously I'm getting the orange peel...thats a preeminent taste...a little coriander...and then the grapes. The grape/wine flavor meshes pretty well with the flavors of the wit. The bad news? I'm tasting the alcohol too. Thats from the wine, I'd assume. That alcohol really kills the flavor, unfortunately.

M- a little syrupy, as most of the DFH big brews can be. If this is being classified as a wit, the feel is terrible. If you're going to classify it as something else, maybe not so much. But rating to style...yeah. Not good.

D- I dunno. I wouldn't want to drink one of these like I would a typical wit...but its not a bad beer. Just not at all what the style calls for.

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Photo of mjurney
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Appearance]: Bright ruby red color, lots of sediment (from the yeast). Lots of fine bubbles. Head looks very creamy, lacing looks awesome on the glass.
[Smell]: Very tart aroma, orange peel, cloves, hint of peppery.
[Taste]: Flavor is very complex for Wit style. Tarty up front, spices (cloves and cinnamon), orange peel, chardonay grapes, sweet bready. Mild peppery in the mid-plate, some hint of doughy from the yeast. Dry lemony in the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Body is pretty thick for Wit style, but it's a very nice mouthfeel, carbonation feels pretty good in the mouth. Nice alcoholic warmth in the back of my throat and chest. Finish is very smooth with nice dry aftertaste.
[Drinkability]: Very drinkable. This is more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a Wit.

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

25.6 ounce bottle poured into a large DFH snifter. This is a very cloudy orange/red color with around an inch of head. Smells of oranges, cherries, peaches, and honey. Taste has a strong orange component with some other spiciness: maybe nutmeg and cloves. Oak is prevalent as well. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy... fairly heavy. Alcohol is present but not overbearing.

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Photo of scottyb88
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a medium brown with an orange/red hue; hazy; two finger head with a slight redness; lots of yeast and other particles floating around

S-a spicy earthiness from the red wine; some brown sugar sweetness with orange spiciness

T-leans more towards belgian dark ales than the witbiers in the taste; dark fruit and light brown sugar; dark honey mixed with walnut and pecan; the red wine and oakiness comes through as it warms, but wasn't overly apparent at the initial pour

M-medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation; it became noticeably drier as the beer warmed; the lingering aftertaste was very pleasant which mixed some orange, brown sugar, and dark malt flavors

D-its limited release and kind of expensive so it's not a sessionable or go-to beer, but it is still quite tasty; i'm glad i split the beer with a friend instead of drinking the bottle by myself

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Red & White from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,826 ratings.
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