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 clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, seethru red/cranberry red with a small white head that dies quickly. Smells like a little bit of a wit mixed with some oakiness and berries - like a cheap red wine. Doesn't taste cheap though as there is a pleasant blend of some grape and figs and oak from red wine, yet maintains a mild sweet and fluffiness along w/ some spices to perk it up from the wit. Goes down very smooth and a nice crisp finish. ABV hidden well; a definite sipper and another great brew from DFH.

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Photo of bonkers
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I split a bomber with a friend, equal amounts poured into large wine glasses. The brew is a bit cloudy, and has reddish highlights. The white head is a bit small and does not stick around long. The aroma is interesting-red wine with spices. The flavor is complex. The dominant feature is the red wine. The orange and corriander play a nice complement on this one. The beer is well balanced. The only thing I was disappointed about is IMO the brew is overcarbonated. The body is medium and it is a great sipper. The beer far exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of bwd110
2.28/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

750ml bottle poured into SA pint glass

A: Pours a cloudy, reddish orange. Fairly dark, lots of good floaties - but overly dark for the style. Average head and retention.

S: Odd. The standard orange, coriander, and lemon notes are present, but the Pinot Noir messes with all that. Grapes, lemon and orange do not mesh too well here.

T: Very heavy on the vinous side, and light on witbier characteristics. Again, I feel the Pinot influence makes this one a mess of clashing flavors. This beer is trying to be too much, losing the satisfy qualities of a crisp Wit. Sadly, this ended as a drain pour .Attempt a great complexity and sometimes you have cherries vying with grapes, lemon and apricots for attention losing out to acidity.

M: Way too full bodied and chewy for the style. Kind of hits the stomach like a rock.

D: ABV is too high here as well.

I think DFH has strayed too far from style here. If you're expecting a wit, move on.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly hazy orangey-red hue with a thick, fine-bubbled off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Has a mildly yeasty cherry infused cheese nose to go with the traditional coriander and orange peel. Raspberries and grapes make their way into the aroma as well as a bit of oak.

Taste is...well...pretty far out there, man. Double wit comes to mind, as does a grand cru. Alcohol definitely makes it's presence felt as well as a woody, smoky flavor. Wine-like grape juice in it adds even more complexity with a bit of noble hop additions. I like it, it all works together well. Only complaints I have is that it is a tad undercarbonated and DFH could bump up the specialty malts to lower the heavy alcohol presence. Overall a great beer that I was hesitant to spend $14 on, but glad I did and may even consider buying again soon.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a light orange with minamal head and very little lacing.

strong fruit and pinot notes most noticable are apricot.

good bready mouthfeel with a small bitter finish.

good beer not my favorite style. did enjoy and glad i tried it.

the last glass from the 22oz bomber was alittle more bitter and not as enjoyable as the first.

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

A very cloudy orange amber with good head and lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell is caramel malt and wheat with an orangey citrus edge. There is a grapey banana and Belgian yeast ester mixed in for good measure.

Taste is heavy malt wit. The OG must be quite high. There is enough wheat malt to lighten the backbone and give it some twang. There is a grape tinged woodiness and Belgian spiciness traditionally found in a witbier. Orange floats in as well a curacao. The alcohol is superbly integrated and just peeks out along the sides of my tongue and in the finish adding a touch of sweet heat. A dry almost weizenbock like lingering yeasty bread on the palate. Creamy soft carbonation and a velvety feel help to mask the thickness of this well crafted take on wit.

Drinkability is deceptively good for a beer of this abv. A sipper for sure but you will be sipping frequently and with a smile on your face as you give in seductive aspects of this one.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish-amber body with a thin skim. Nice lacing.

S: Wheat and bread. Some caramel like malt. Not much else.

T: Caramel malt accentuated by wheat and baked bread. Slightly tart. The flavor feels disorganized and sporadic.

M: Smooth with good carbonation and a clean finish.

D: This brew suffers from an identity crisis. There is a lot going on in the taste (not in a good way) and seems simple in the aroma department (also, not in a good way). Interesting concept, but like other DFH brews falls short of the mark for me.

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Photo of m1ked
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my new spot, Bierkraft....awesome.

A- Pours a translucent brassy coppery light brown. A thin white bubbly head that quickly disappears to a scant foam. Looks like a cloudy ginger ale.

S- Off the bat.... sweet belgiany sugar. A little hay-ish, sloght banana. Nothing that blows my hair back.

T- That belgiany sugary sweetness is my first wave, subtle banana with some orange and a slight touch of wood. Even with the knowledge of pinot, I can honestly say after searching for it I don't pick up "pinot"...but I a. sure it is contributing to the overall complex flavors that blend well.

M- I do love the creamy soft mouthfeel of the brew. Carb is soft, but the beer is full.

D- This beer perplexes me... I would never had guessed this was a wit....more like a dubbel...i guess that's the pinot/oak flavors. But I would never had guessed this had anything to do with any wine grapes whatsoever. With that being said, I enjoyed this very much.... with an orange-soy-cilantro marinated pork sandwich.

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

A: caramel brown/reddish slightly hazy color with small light head

S: belgian yeasty smell with fruit

T: thought it was a good complex flavor with some malt and oakiness, the pinot comes through well but not overpowering giving some fruit notes. no real bitterness

M: had some carbonation, but clean finish was nice

D: a good sipper, 10% hidden pretty well, but still was clearly a higher abv brew, would definitely enjoy again

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Photo of jstassi
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a goblet. Poured a orange/yellow hazy color. Head was large and disappeared very quick. Left no lacing.

Smell: Very fruity. Orange and bannana nodes are stong. A woody smell lingers but I really couldn't determine what it was since it was so faint.

Taste: BITTER! Once the bitterness settles that nice wood flavor settles in, finishes very nicely with the pinot noir flavors.

Mouth Feel: Very well balenced, thick carbonation. No aftertaste

Drinkability:Being that it comes in a 750ml, probably best to share this unique thing with others. Not really my style though, and would probably not buy again

With that said, I am glad I bought this one. Definitely gave me something different, if given the chance try it!

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

Thought I'd like this interesting beer more...

Pours a pretty burnt orange with not much head, but constant light lacing and a ring of foam sticks around. Nose at first was overwhelming, could not figure out what was going on. As it mellowed, the balance came with breadiness and a bit of winey mustiness. Taste is also wine-ish, it's like you accidentally dropped some wine into your witbier. At first it was almost salty, but thankfully that subsided. Now it tastes like a poor light red wine with malts.

Altogether an interesting beer but I was expecting more.

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Photo of dborginis
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a refreshing beer, if the ABV was a little lower, it would be a lot more appealing.
Appearance is cloudy pale brown with a bit of red. Smell is tasty, like a typical wheat, but a little wine-y as expected. Sweet taste like a good wheat beer, taste of banana and the pinot noir go well together. A little less carbonation would make it smoother, and a little less taste of the alcohol would make it a lot more drinkable as noted.

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

A- orange amber and yellow color. Small head that fades to nothing.

S- sweetness, tart and Belgian yeast.

T- Along with smell.... tart and Belgian yeast. Simular to a Belgiun Pale Ale.

M- Thick bodied, sticks to the palate.

D- Easy drinking.. fairly complex.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: amber color, creamy head, some carbonation, very nice and detailed lacing with tiny bubble tapestries
s: orange and coriander are obvious with spice hints evident
t: orange and coriander make their presence known immediately, with a minor mix of bananas and vanilla; slight maltiness gives way to light pinot-like complexity and a nice finish
m: creamy body, moderate carbonation
d: as a fan of both fine beer and pinot noir, a pretty decent combo make a fine beer

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Hazy light orange color. Two fingers of creamy head with good retention, though not much lacing at all.

4.5 S: Tons of esters going on here. Peach/apricot, tangerine, and orange peel. A tad bit of funk going along with it. Wonderful.

4.5 T: This is certainly damn good. Ester soup rather than witbier. I feel like my tongue is being dragged through the fruit isle at market. Peach/apricot dominate, then mandarine orange, regular orange, tangerine and white grape. Good balance with just a bit of bittering hops. Alcohol is apparent, but blends very well with the beer as a whole.

4.5 M: Medium body. Crisp carbonation, but very creamy. Excellent.

5.0 D: Really tasty and goes down extremely well. Awesome brew.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hulmeville Inn. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy copper color with a white heading that disapated quickly. Globs of lacing throughout.

Smell is banana and other fruits,I smell the woodiness to it as some have mentioned, kind of funky.

Taste is well not banana but spice and corriander but very subtle nothing overdone. A nice sweetness to it as well. A heavy booziness cover's most of it up but it is a tasty beverage but a bit to heavy for a session brew.

Mouth is medium bodied-good carbonation.

Drinkability is good nothing spectacular but could have another one.

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Photo of deanhead
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a cognac snifter at the Tap room in Brattleboro.
Looked amber with nice carbonation that settled to a few bubbles clinging to the sides fot eh glass.

Candy like and distinctly phenolic aroma.

Taste is phenolic and candy-like. Warming on the palate yet hot with alcohol.. Musty and earthy with undertones of blood and iron. Slight plastic like taste.

Finishes dry and slightly winy at the end. Mouthfeel is very distinct, light to medium bodied with an aspect of wine to it, can't quite find the word to describe it, other then winy.

Drinkability. I had a tough time finishing this one. It's tatsy but very unique in it's flavor profile. It's worth a try once, but I'm not so sure I'll be drinking this one again.

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

A - Poured into a wine glass, decent slightly yellow head that spotted around the glass. A slightly hazed but vibrant golden red.

S - Although this was made with red grapes, it has a white grape smell to me... orange/lemon - both fresh and sour smelling at the same time.

T - Sweet and fruity like a wine with a citrus infusion that leaves a slight bitterness on your tongue. Coriander and mild spiciness.

M - Crisp and well carbonated with a drying finish.

D - It definitely covers the ABV well.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if DFH decided to call this a witbier or not, but I think it misses the mark for the style.

Dull ruby pour, some gold in it to brighten it up. A nice foamy head developed quickly, but then receded just as hastily, leaving me wondering if this is normal. Kinda filmy.
Some dark fruits are present in the nose, as well as well pine...someone suggested oak. I don't get oak, maybe ash. It smells like a light red wine, but is a bit musky.
Meh, taste is dull as well. Some dark cherries and hints of orange dance around, but don't land very hard. Hints of clove, and then a slight surge of wood. Not sure which. Pine, perhaps green oak....
Not a drinkable beer for me. For a wit this leaves me in want of spice, lemon, lightness, richness. Will not buy again....may drink it again if offered for free.

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Photo of MisterClean
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks mimi for sharing the bottle

A - Poured an orange color, with a 1 finger white head. Dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

S - Lactobacillus. This beer may very well have been infected. Also had odors of toffee, caramel, grass and bitterness.

T - All of the above, but less lacto and increased red/dark fruit esters.

M - Full bodied and well balanced. Just wow.

D - Just excellent. No idea that it had a 10% alc level as I thought the beer was closer to a supplication or ommegeddon.

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

750ml poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a dark orange with a hue of red and violet. 2 inch foamy head that shrinks down quickly.

N - Coriander and orange peel forefront. The oak is really nice on this. A touch of ripe fruit comes through as well.

T - You taste the belgian up front, then the oakiness hits, and then it ends with a great finish where the pinot noir really comes through.

M - Acidic, very long finish.

D - Very drinkable, Im happy that this one's in a 750. Really enjoying it while watching theTigs.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blood-orange amber with lots of suspended particles. A white frothy head falls quickly to a thin ring. No lace. Not particularly appealing, but lighter than I expected.

Aroma is a good blend of belgian wit and a fruity pinot, overlaid with oak. The light fruity sweetness blends well with the woody character and slightly astringent wine notes. Wit spices are very subdued.

Taste follows aroma but so much for subdued spices... they come into their own, stealing the scene in the initial sip. But then the other flavors step up and blend it all together. The light fruitiness gives way to a gentle tartness and a bitterness that builds to a moderate strength in the finish.

Medium body with a nice smooth carbonation. The high alcohol limits my inclination to drink too much though.

A lot of what DFH does goes over my head, honestly. But this is an very well done combination that is a pleasure to drink. Belgian Wit? I try to rate to category, but this would miss the mark in ways that aren't fair to it. Perhaps DFH (and other highly experimental breweries) should have their own category.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a hazy, chunky orange with a thin, steady clingy white head.

Smell is yeasty and fruity. Smells like Unibroue.

Bold, smooth taste. Definite taste of pinot noir with mellow orange. Excellent taste.

Mouthfeel is good for what it is.

Alcohol is undetectable at first, then maybe some warming.

this is a great beer. A slam dunk for the master experimentor at Dogfish Head.

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

Via 750ml bottle on 3/28/09.

A - Poured a clear, effervescent reddish amber body with a thin off-white head that transformed into a patchy film and yielded sparse lacing.

S - Woody notes and oak tannins dominate the aroma, but do so with a spicy flair, suggesting clove and coriander as well as hints of citrus rind and licorice.

T - Red & White boasts the complexities of a fine wine with dry, woody notes and oaky tannins. While the hop bitterness is pretty non-existent, there is plenty going on with this brew. I picked up on hints of licorice, clove, spices and citrus fruit.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Finish is dry and spicy on the palate with a mild astringency.

D - Nice complex brew, and another DFH offering that expands the boundaries of what beer should be. While I think I prefer their Black & Blue, I definitely appreciate what Sam & Co. have done here.

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Photo of Shumista
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm always excited to try DFH's unique offerings, so I was pretty excited when I found this at Whole Foods.

A- Red and White pours light reddish gold, with a small amount of head. Pours pretty thick for a wit.
S- Smells like a wit with everything the label promises. Spices, orange, grapes, a little bit of oak. The alcohol is noticeable in the smell as well.
T- Unfortunately this is where this beer goes downhill for me. After the first sip the first thing I thought was "boozy and cloying". As I moved through the beer, the alcohol was noticeable much more in some sips than others, but when it was noticeable it was boozy and unpleasant as opposed to warming in my opinion. Red and White is sweet to the point of being cloying for me. Usually I don't have a problem with sweet beers but this one was over the top. The wine like flavor from the grapes was interesting, and the hints of oak were nice as well, but these aspects that work well take a backseat and are overshadowed by the sweet booziness.
M- Syrupy, coating the inside of the mouth and throat. Very noticeable 10% abv.
D- I split the bottle two ways with a friend. Honestly, I could have split it 6 or 7 ways and still have had enough of this beer.

Overall this one misses the mark with me, but I am left with no lower of an opinion of DFH because of it. I love the unique beers that they offer and the fact that they are constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to styles. With so many "off centered ales" in their lineup, of course there are going to be a few that I don't like. In my mind they make up for it though every time they blow me away with something unique and different that I haven't tried before. So, overall even though I didn't like it I am glad I tried Red and White, and I won't hesitate to continue buying from DFH.

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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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