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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

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 BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with largely apparent red hue.
Grapes and coriander along with a slight alcohol presence
Very interesting, there is the standard powerful witbier taste, along with a special quality the grape must bring to it. There is slight carbonation, light mouthfeel and it is crisp and refreshing, yet the alcohol presence lets you know it’s there.
I’m not the biggest fan of Belgian beers, but this one was interesting. It was complex and easy to drink for a 10 % ABV beer. I recommend this to fans of the beer type for sure and I think I need to look into this beer again in the future.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A golden/copper slightly hazy, finger of head which quickly dissipated.
Smells of berries, white wine, caramel, honey.. Lots of sweet fruity notes
The base of this has lots of Belgian notes.. Honey, bready, Belgian candi sugar. A nice sweetness of berries, raspberries mainly.
Medium in body with higher carbonation, very drinkable.
A really wonderful beer. This bottles been in my cellar for a year and has developed wonderfully. I had this on tap a while back and it was just as much of a great experience.

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Photo of ADZA
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forwards to this one but at the same time I probably would not of purchased if I known the style but anyways it pours a hazy orange hue with an off white two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is suprisingly subdued but I do get aromas of oak,booze,blue cheese and strong coriander,the feel is full bodied with light carbonation and has strong tastes of your typical witbier character with orange peels,coriander and sweet wheat and finished with a mix of toffee sweetness and red wine dryness and overall another beer I'm glad I've tried but it doesn't really set my palette on fire so I won't be buying again cheers.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The body of this beer is Crystal clear with a reddish tint and slight orange glare. The head was bubbly and collared quickly.

The nose was interesting as I really caught and aromatic mahogany wood scent. There was a bit of wine, cork, clove and yeast to wrap this up in a neat package.

The flavor was all Witbier with a spicy, clove, yeast and floral taste. There was an oakey, woody barrel flavor as well but the Hefeweizen like flavors were more prevalent.

The feel started out very smooth but then a carbonation bite hit at the end of the swallow.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dogfish Head Red and White

Appearance: golden amber, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: alcohol, hops, yeast and malts.

Taste: nice malts, a little yeast, some spice, orange citrus, and a wine character.

Mouthfeel: medium and very smooth.

This is a great brew. It is very smooth and complex. The alcohol is present in the aroma, but are not present in the taste. I loved the refined feeling.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the vintage bottle 2008 at Dogfish head Pub Gaithersburg MD into a snifter glass.

Murky brown and orange body, with virtually no carbonation at all. At times a super thin collar makes an appearance.

The nose is pretty amazing. Musty grape, and sour peaches seem to be bursting everywhere. Acidic slightly with some vinegar like tones as well. Real fascinating, not so much oaky wood sensing smell.

Palate hits with a tart orange citrus notes. Lots of chewy wheat depth in this and a thick bodied coating for mouthfeel. Chewy fruit bursts all over in the palate with oranges and peaches and finishes quite cleanly. Some warmth but hardly any boozy rush or hot qualities.

This is a real nice brew that I overlook from Dogfish, I need to make a note to have this around more often for consumption.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Hudson Street Stackhouse (from notes).

A: Dark dirty blonde.

S: Very light. Almost no smells. Zesty (?)

T: Malty body but weird. Eh.

M: Smooth and frothy.

O: Their Black and Blue is much better. It is actually quite similar to the Kvasir.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left lacing on the glass. It is a hazy pale orange with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, orange, coriander, oak, bready, and a little booze.

Taste: Delicious. A little pinot noir oakiness, but the traditional witbier characteristics stand out. Very tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, spices, medium bodied, smooth, boozy, medium carbonation and very delicious.

Overall: Solid witbier. I haven't had it in a while, but it is very delicious. I'll make sure I have it more often.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a pinkish tint and golden hues. Soft head of creamy off white foam tinged with pink that didn't last and fell to some wet lace and nice legs.

Nose is ripe fruit. Orange, apricot, pear, and grape. Some candy sugar, candied orange peel and coriander. Some grape presence that is more like a light berry scent overall and a mellow richness. There is a light tartness on the nose as well as some wheat right in the middle. Yeast presence is faint. Touch of wood and earth. Whiff of alcohol on the nose.

Taste is ripe fruit and a touch of coriander. it's juicy and a nice little tartness. The grape on the palate adds heaviness. It's mellow and weighs down the body of the beer. The wheat can't stand up to the pinot barrel aging. It's not that the oak is too strong. It's the syrupy feel plus the mellow red vinous quality of the grape. The malt has a touch of bread but not enough. There is a little bit of hop spice and with the ample carbonation this keeps the body from becoming too flat. Finished dry and tart with a warming alcohol. The tartness keeps it moving on the palate and offsets the additional alcohol dryness.

This was a nice beer but not anything too out of the ordinary. As it drank I began to appreciate it more.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour a hazy orange with some sticky white head. Sediment can be seen settling. Smell is very fruit-filled, lots of grapes, apple, strawberries, and citrus. Some yeast, but not overbearing. Delicious beer; all the same fruit flavors come though with some honey sweetness. Tastes like a fruity wit. While the grapes are evident, the specific varietal would be hard to pick out from taste alone. Feel is very good; moderate carbonation and it is slightly creamy. Good beer, another nice trip off the beaten path from DFH.

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Photo of kbrown
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pretty good clarity with an orange glow, faint haze. a nice tall puffy and sticky orange tinged head. Smells like a giant wit beer, lots of coriander and citrus peel on the nose, good deal of earthy belgian yeast.

Medium bodied with lots of bright wit like carbonation. Super effervescent but the body stays consistent throughout. Sweet orange fruitiness up front with some other tropical fruitiness. The sweetness is immediately offset by tart vinous character and a touch of wood. Long red wine like finish, drying oak, touch of alcohol and mildly tannic. Incredibly complex with a wide array of flavors that all all layered very well.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red & White, served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Mucky amber with cloudiness. Shows off red-orange colors, along with light brown. The head is awesome. Inches gathered off of the pour, and a lot of it sticks to the glass walls. Of course, it's very dark for a witbier.

Despite the color, despite 10%; this baby still smells a lot like a traditional witbier. Some spice notes are evident (coriander, the most prominent), along with some red wine notes; but, there's a smattering of pale wheat and instances of citrus. There are mild red currant and orange notes mixed in with the nose, but the alcohol is a mere subsidiary to it all. Not bad, really.

Vivid and spicy. The pinot grape counters with some mild tartness, but it's gushing with coriander and white pepper. Sure, the beer smooths itself out over malty stretches and a wakey-wakey booziness levels out the playing field; but, there is a piquancy to the opening. The middle speaks all about the added grape varietals and eludes to some barrel work. A woodiness sneaks and peaks before the alcohol glazes over. Tastes very floral, and I can't say for sure what is contributing to that. Feels way to full--too filling. Weighty, but not without carbonation. It's merely medium, or a shade below, and sits too still to matter for a sticky beer such as this to deliver. Mouthfeel questionable, as is the usage of pinot grapes to save this one.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... 10% witbiers can go away forever. Forever. In my best Yoda voice, "no purpose does this serve".

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Photo of Oakenator
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an amber brown color with a decent head. Head disappates almost nothing and leaves some lacing.

S: Wheat, citrus, hint of berries.

T: Complex taste - really nice weaving of the citrus wheat flavors and a subtle berry flavor. Strong but well masked.

M: Full, heavy beer yet has some ability to be light.

O: Great brew.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from my beer journal dated 3/6/12

Appearance: 25.6oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a nice, translucent, orange-brown with a finger-thick head that leaves a healthy rim. Moderate amounts of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy clove and yeast are first and foremost followed by strong bubblegum and bananas.

Taste: Strong and bitter clove mixed in with sweet malts and a slight bitter hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light, silky touch.

Overall: If there was one single word to describe this beer it would be elegant followed by finesse. It doesn't have the greatest flavours in the world but I can taste the level of craftmanship that has gone into this brew.

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Photo of Jonada
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottled 7/9/13. Served in a DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours an amber color with 3 fingers of an off white/eggshell colored head. Nice lacing and retention. Body is hazy with relatively high visible carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, spicy belgian yeast, honey, grape, clove.

Taste: Sweet, slightly tart orange/citrus, classic witbier flavors of wheat, yeast, and some slight clove along with grape juice and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. A sipper, but not overwhelmingly boozy.

Overall: This is a tasty beer, but like some Dogfish beers, I'm not really sure the ABV needs to be this high. I think turning it down a notch would actually beneficial to this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy gold with a thin white head

S-strong scent of dark honey and syrupy malts. Smells strong, nothing like any witbier I've ever had.

T-comes in with a strong flavor as it smells, but it's quite nice and smooth actually with a slight hint of white Belgian wheats, but you got to look for them. The spices are strong in the after-taste with a nice wheat flavor actually. Not too much heat, but it's noticeable

M-thick body. Creamy medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-shouldn't be enjoyed as a witbier but rather as a higher gravity dogfish concoction. It's not a stand out in any other style and it's probably not something you'll ever crave, but as the very occasional beer to wind down with, one could do worse i suppose.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 bottle into a snifter glass.

A: A lighter orange color with some slight reddish hints to it. A nice two finger white fluffy head.

S: Huge coriander and Belgian yeast smells with some darker fruit and some sweetness.

T: Belgian yeast and coriander are strong on the flavor initially. From there I get the pinot flavor with darker fruit and malt sweetness. I am not getting a bunch of orange directly, but some citrus fruits come through the sweetness. No oak flavors but the alcohol pokes through at the end.

M: Sort of yeasty sweet with alcohol. That's about it.

O: Anther DFH beer that I really don't get. It was "OK", but nothing more than that. By the end of the beer I had enough.

I love a lot of DFH beers, but this is not one of them. I've recently had 2 of their beers I won't seek out again, this is one of them.

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

Appearance: Completely opaque orange hue with a very thin bubbly off-white head.

Aroma: Orange, bread, some spice, a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Big warmth from the alcohol throughout. Some nice syrupy orange flavor as well as the spicy notes you expect from the style. Not sure I taste the barrel aging element here. Even though the palate is mostly alcohol dominated it is still a nice balance of flavor underneath. Peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body, almost like syrup at times. Average drinkability with a wet feel.

Final Thoughts: I'd say I'm happy with this one but not my favorite DFH. Great for the style though. Would I drink it again? Can't say I'd pass it up.

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Photo of LeRose
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can see where this is a love/hate. Not much going on in the aroma for me, maybe a whiff of grape. Attractive orange color with thick head on pour. The apparent ;lack of aroma lead to a surprise in the taste - wasn't expecting much. Somewhat sweet, a little thick on the mouth feel. Can taste the wine notes/grapes for sure, but some nice citrusy notes to balance it off. Sweet but not heavily so - some warmth from the alcohol. Thought this was well-balanced overall. It was a great change of pace and would probably go great with a cheese/meat plate or as a meal accompaniment. Kind of thoughtful tasting if that makes any sense - tasted it and went "hmmm" or said "interesting" several times during consumption.

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Photo of Philousa
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque pumpkin orange with a dense white head. I get lots of spices in the nose up front. Allspice, orange peel, peppercorn, sweet fruit juice, and a bit of thyme or other light spices. No real hops, but it could have contributed to the light spice aroma. Malt seems light. Orange flavor with allspice is the dominant flavor. I also get lemon, some of the citrus acidity some of the wine is evident in the muscat grape flavor, oak is also present, but only slightly. The orange peel mixes with an herbal, flowery, nectar hop flavor. Definitely used noble hops. Feel is very balanced, hats off for doing that with a 10% ABV. Finish is dry.

This is a very drinkable beer with many facets. Although I may not like all the facets presented, it's still a pretty good beer.

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

When i poured this beer, it has a nice honey colored body with a nice 2 finger head that hangs out for a couple of minutes until it lays down to a thin lace. The smell has some belgium yeast and a wine/grapes smell to it. The taste has wine/grape taste up front, also i get a little spice of coriander and some citrus closer to the back of the tonuge. Some dark fruits are present also.. It defently has a very complex taste on your taste buds. The mouth feel is good,very nice carobonation and is a little heavy but not to heavy though and overall i'm not a big fan of wne flavored beers, but this one is really good and i think it is at least worth trying once.

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Photo of duracell
4.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Beautiful gold/honey color with a surprinsingly clear body for a Witbier. Large off-white rocky head with a decent lacing and a good retention. 4/5

S - Very spicy aroma. Definitely close to a Witbier (clove, coriander, orange) but with a wooden wine smell as a backbone. 4.5/5

T - Taste is so complex! Close to the aromas but with a strong maltiness and some bready yeast. Tannins are present from the pinot juice giving it a red wine character. 5/5

M - Definitely one of the smoothest beers I have ever tried. Full body, medium bitterness. Semi-sweet finish with a dash of alcohol that lingers, making you have another sip straight away. 5/5

O - An epic beer! Very smooth, well balanced and very complex complex flavors which linger forever. One of the brews which sent me over the moon, the time of a drink... Highly recommended!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter. The pour is a hazy apricot orange with a slight hint of red. The head is very fine and 2 fingers high and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The nose is faint, but I do get notes reminiscent of a Belgian wit. I get some orange and coriander and a slight, woody, almost grassy kind of aroma.

The beer has a medium body and a very firm mouthfeel. Carbonation is not too high, but the flavor still seems quite intense. The beer gives very strong, syrupy, over-ripe orange and pineapple flavors on the front of the palate. At mid-palate, some wood, cherry, and oak flavors start to creep in along with a bit of alcohol. The alcohol is definitely noticeable here and it does not help the composition at all. Moreover, the dark fruit notes that are contributed by the pinot noir juice clash quite badly with the over-ripe citrus notes. I don't find the flavor to be pleasing at all. The strong syrupy fruit notes, subtle woody flavor, and presence of alcohol make me think of cough medicine.

I really wanted to like this beer. The description of it sounded like a brilliant and delicious concoction. I like witbiers and I like red wine. It seems natural I would enjoy a beverage that tries to combine the best of both. Unfortunately, I do not. I will say that I believe this beer has an intense and complex flavor profile and tastes exactly the way the brewer wants it to taste. I am sure it will please a lot of people. I am disappointed that I am not one of them.

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