Red & White | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Red & WhiteRed & White

Brewed by:
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 petacutlasaurus
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really enjoyed the blue (and white) variety, so I decided to grab the red. I think the blue leaves more of an impression. This is an enjoyable drink, but it's a Dogfish Head I've enjoyed less from the brewery overall. I think there are enough similarities between this and Chateau Jiahu that it may be useful commentary to say I would recommend Jiahu first.

Really honest red wine flavor here. An interesting hybrid, but definitely only grab this if you're looking for something more experimental.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Dogfish Alehouse in Falls Church.

Pours a light reddish color with a white head. The nose is dominated by red wine with a tad bit of light red fruit and some citrus. The taste is pretty much light red wine, almost just tasting like it has been watered down and carbonated. Feel is a bit sweet. Drinks well enough, but I just didn't get much from this.

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Photo of deskim
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: orange/amber, fairly cloudy, moderate head

S: fruity, especially orange and white grape

T: tastes very fruity, sweet like a white wine, pretty malty

M: malty, fairly carbonated

D: a little sweet for my taste, but definitively unique and interesting. glad that I shared the bomber

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Photo of YouSkeete
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange/amber with a light off-white head. Moderate lacing.

S: Orange, hops and wheat are strong in the aroma. Smells spicey, peppery. Roasty-toasty scent in the background, some notes of caramel.

T: Ultimate fruitiness. A balance of oranges and dark fruits are the initial flavor. Very very malty, hops are definitely present. Spices are not weak and not strong at the same time. The middle of the sip tastes like a pinot noir, and the after taste tastes like nothing but a pinot noir. The very finish has a strictly oak-agedness to it.

M: Super malty, on the syrupy side. Moderate carbonation, moderate body.

D: Pretty well balanced: a bit on the sweet side for my personal taste, but delectable all the same. Dogfish Head never disappoints, but they have better beers.

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Photo of Foxxypants
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber, decent head, slight lacing. Looks very appetizing.

S: Smells delicious. Dark fruits, cherry/raising, some oak.

T: Even better than it smells. Strong, very fruity notes. Great balance on the alcohol taste.

M: Feels like a meal. Complex, thick, but smooth.

D: Definitely deserves a special occasion. Great beer, needs to be drank slowly, and I'm okay with that.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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. pretty good; unique. definitely worth a try.

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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: caramelized copper in color, speckled with tons of floating yeasties. A creamy one-finger head of light tan recedes slowly, gripping the sides of the glass in thick rounded arcs as it does.

Smell: raisins, orange peel, white wine, woodsy oak, grass, sweet Belgian candy sugar and a double-shot of vodka in the background. This is potent stuff.

Taste: the beer seems equally heavy in flavor upon first sip. Tons of ethanol is present along with notes of orange peel, a light oakiness, grapes, wheat bread red wine and pineapple. As my mouth becomes accustomed to the alcohol, the fruitier flavors come forward more clearly.

Feel: the alcohol content rages, tongue-numbing and nose-singeing. The body is sugared and syrupy, moving about with a nice creaminess before fizzing up like soda. A bitter tanginess grips the back sides of the tongue.

Drink: far from the delicate wit I thought it would be, Red & White is a hefty brew that begs to be shared with others. Enjoyable, but hard to finish on your own.

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Photo of heebes
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottled in 2010

Pours a deep clear reddish amber. Carbonation sounds like a soda, fizzy head dissipates quickly. The auroma is very strong just from the pour.
The nose is of sweet malts, very strong citrus orange, grapes, some oak liingering.
Deep and complex taste is noticed upon first sip. Begins with a big sweet fruit malt kick which fades and leaves a longer hot finish of the pinot noir. Seems like it'll be a sipper, like a fine wine. Warm moderate mouthfeel, really brings out the finer sweet parts on the palette.
Overall, I'd say drinkability is okay, but clearly one pint is gonna do it. Always cool to try one of the off-centered ale Dogfish Head brew up!

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Photo of BierFan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thin head. Hazy pink/amber body. Looks underwhelming.

Smell: Typical witbier yeast and spice aroma. Some intermingled fruit smells going on from the orange and Pinot noir.

Taste: The orange is the first thing I noticed. Typical witbier flavors. Alcohol is there but it's not too bad right now.

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Photo of MirImage
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22oz bottle into a "Red Wine" glass.

Appearance: A nice white thick head over a light reddish brown base. Great Lacing throughout the glass. Very beautiful to look at.

Smell: Oranges, very dark fruits like fig. A slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: Oranges and Honey with an unfortunate alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Feels very par with most barley-wine type beers. Not too thin, not over the top on carbonation.

Drinkability: Being 11% this is a little too easy drinking. You can smell and taste that is it a little higher than alcohol, but you wouldn't guess that it was this high.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +7.7%
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 -3.9%
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 -5.9%
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 -4.1%
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 -27.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -42.5%
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 +7.5%
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%
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%
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 -11.1%
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 -15.7%
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 +1.3%
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 +10.6%
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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