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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 jjayjaye
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear bright ruby amber color with a full finger off white head that fades slowly. A trace of foam kept alive by visible effervescence. Small amount of lacing observed.

The smell is sweet and fruity, some spice and yeast.

Full bodied mouth feel with a tingle from hops and a smoothing sensation from the carbonation. Nicely balanced sweet and spicy character, especially at the end.

Creamy orange peel and coriander flavor. Nice complexity.

A bit of warmth on the way down from the 10% ABV, but not ridiculous IMO. Really glad that i had the opportunity to try this one. I might buy it again if the price was right.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, 10% ABV. Again, thanks to mcallister for offering up this one to end our Sunday afternoon session. Reddish amber in color, with a thick pinkish looking head. What a great fluffy looking head, that rose above the glass and stayed for an eternity. Great head retention and lace.

Soft aroma of fruit, spices, and corriander.

A bit tart, fruity, and full of corriander. Not overwhelming, but could be toned down a bit. Lots of sweetness, without being too much. You can certainly get the feel of the witbier, with a lot of other great fruity flavor, and slightly winey in the end.

Lighter body, and well carbonated. Almost spritzy. Alcohol is very well hidden, only a hint of warming. Very nice. Is is really possible for a beer that is 10% to be refreshing? In this case, yes!

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Photo of wcudwight
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an almost dark ruby red. Interesting color for a witbier. Thin 1/4" head that fell rather quickly. A sheet of lace clings to the sides of the glass.
Interesting aroma. Has the classic witbier smell of orange peel, but with an added Hickory Smoked BBQ aroma.
DFH always amazes me with thier creativity and in that aspect this beer doesn't disappoint. Some of the DFH offerings I absolutely love, some I'll never try again; but I'll always be seeking out DFH's newest offering b/c I know it'll be something I've never tasted before. This particular offering falls somewhere in the middle in the DFH love/hate spectrum.
Flavor wise DFH takes the traditional witbier and runs with it. Typical witbier flavors of orange peel, Belgian yeast, and spice. But, with the added red wine flavors. Heavy grape flavors and some sweetness. I find it very interesting that the bitterness in this beer seems to come from the alcohol and the grape like flavors and it's devoid of traditional hop flavors.
The mouthfeel is good. It's a big beer and the alcohol burns a bit and adds a sharp bite, but it's still very smooth.
This is one of those beers that I'm glad I tried and enjoyed the bottle, but I don't know if I'll try this one again.
Thanks to jasonm and the Florida Gators for the beer.

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Photo of Onibubba
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour into the trusty Duvel yields about a 2 inch foamy white head that settles to about a half inch. A nice light clear garnet color. Darker than, say, an Epemere Cassis. A good swirl brings up winey notes and cherries. Some oak, some yeast. not getting much of the orange or corriander.

First thoughts after a few swigs: Too boozey. Wow, the alcohol is not very well hidden. Nice mouthfeel. A moderate carbonation that tingles. Orange peel is more appearant in the taste and the wine comes out nicely. There is definately a Witte presence in the taste. The bad news is that all of this is overshadowed by too much alcohol.

An ok beer, but one that could have been much much better with a bit of restraint. I could totally see this as a slightly higher abv witte - 7% maybe. It just needs to be toned down so that the flavors have a chance to stand out more. Sadly, this makes it a bit of a dissappointment for me. I had such high hopes for this beer. My second bottle is going in the back of the closet. Let's see what a little age does for this.

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red color with a tall head that falls fast and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity with citrus overtones. The flavor has all the corriander and orange peel you could want, but there is another spice in there that I can't put my finger on. I'm thinking Caraway or Cumin. Lost of malty sweetness in the flavor to go with the spices and the citrus flavors. Very odd and very interesting. Also very tasty. The alcohol comes through in the flavor but doesn't overpower it in any way. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of mcallister
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn good looking beer. Pale scarlet with a highly retentive head that leaves a thickly cascading lace down the sides of my Celebrator glass.

An odd beer indeed. Alcohol is present in the chest. Corriander is big in the mouth yet much more integrated. Orange peel meshes impeccably with the corriander. On mid palate buried deep in the back is the notes from the pinot. Black cherry, leather, cigar box, and a floral ripe finish.

Considering the alcohol very drinkable and desirable.

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Photo of Duster72
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an iced tea red-amber color with a half finger head. Aroma is cherry, oak, and wine. Taste is grapes, sweet malts, wheats, and dark fruits. Reminiscent of a barleywine, but not exactly. Sweeter than anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium body with minimal carbonation. Relatively drinkable, nice with italian food. A little on the expensive side, but nice.

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Photo of sleazo
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish head. Red white. Very interesting. Ruddy copper brown. No head. No lace. Smell is of tart cherries. A little musty. The taste is sour cherries. Puckeringly sour. Damn tasty. Some alcohol heat. Slightly peppery. Mouthfeel is hard to describe. Bubbly and tongue coating at the same time. A very enjoyable beer. Well worth drinking again. Definitely not a wit.

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

This poured a nice thick white head. It has a solid copper hue to it. Wow, malt aroma comes through really thick accompanied by blueberry, blackberry and cherry aromas. Aromas and flavor collide hand in hand, very smooth and the hops balance very well with the fruity flavor. Easy drinking beer. This is a great accomplishment with wine and beer flavors. Awesome summer beer. Tastes almost like a lambic, minus the sour.

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

Dull pomegranet amber with a thin white head that quickly fades into a thin, but lasting ring.

Aroma is unique and hard to put into words; a Belgian malt and yeast profile with dry red grape and oaky must with light minerality and hints of citrus and spice. Alcohol is prominant.

Flavor is equally as intriguing, dry wheat and Belgian pale malt notes with dry oak and grape must. The Witte character is hard to pin down, I think i can taste the subtle nuances of orange peel and spice, but maybe it's just cuz i know they're in there. Certain characteristics of the Pinot noir clash with the bitter hop finish, and the alcohol is HOT. It tastes better with food, the Pinot Noir nuances are more obvious and certain aspects of the Wittebier base come through as it warms. I honestly think this will improve dramatically with a little cellar time. I was expecting something akin to Allagash Interlude based on the ingredient and brewing profile, but this is certainly it's own unique creation. As usual, DFH has managed to twist and manipulate styles to create something utterly new and different...hats off to imaginative/artisitic brewing!

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

750ml bottle from Florian's in Auburn. Murky red-orange body with a thin off-white head. Aroma is fruity - grapefruit, orange, grape, along with caramel in the background. Citrus and grape dominate the flavor too, with just a hint of caramel malt. No real spice taste, though a hint of alcohol is also present. Fairly well-ballanced and drinkable. A tasty, pleasant brew, with s nice complexity that doesn't hurt the drinkability. Great beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big 750 ml bottle sporting a nicely-designed label.

Pours a lovely deep auburn copper with lighter edges. Tall, thick cushion of rose-tinted off-white head literally climbs up the glass. A beautiful looking beer.

Nose of candy sugar, sweet fruits (apples, pears, grapes), lightly tart funk aroma in there as well. Vinous, woodsy quality throughout. Nice.

Vinous grape notes, acidic and tangy, up front. Cedar notes segue to fruitier, sweeter, wheatier middle. Sugary cherries, pears, and bananas blend together nicely. Tannin astringency and herbal hop bitterness come through in the finish, along with warming fruity malt, wheat twang, and yeasty goodness. The finish is a little drier, almost chalky. Full-bodied, with a lively, bottle-conditioned feel.

Very nice creation here! Hats off to DFH!

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

Pours out a very clear reddish amber with lots of white suds with a red tint about two fingers worth.
Cherry and oak. This is a wonderful smell here. slight malt and yeast that burns the nose. The cherry and alcohol are the stars here.
Taste is all alcohol and cherry. Just like a cherry from a glass of a hard alcohol. Never had this flavor but had hints of it in other brews.
Dogfish Head have outdone themselves with this cherry sweet beer.
It would be fun to drink the whole bottle as quickly as possible. But with the 10% abv it might make driving diffucult. Or at least the passing of the DUI exam.

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Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, with bottle on dating etched onto it. Pours a nice looking ruby amber, semi cloudy, supporting a very light cherry head, tiny bubbles, silky and sticky on the sides of the glass. Nice, deep earthy, cherry/fruity nose. Complex creation, notes of more cherry, oak, some smoke, vanilla. Big, flavorful brew, serious brew from DFH.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep dark mahogony with a large tan foamy head. The color is really spectacular,making this a must see beer. The smell is lighter than expected with brandy/like wine aroma,wheat,dark fruit,and a "bisquity" aroma. The taste has a biting bitter hop flavor with some grape/brandy,yeast,alcohol,citrus ,and cherries. The taste isn't bad,but more subdued than I expected. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing very well and hides the alcohol well. For a high gravity beer, this goes down pretty easy. Another winner from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is made up largely of grape and some tart citrusy notes as well as some malt and spice. The taste has hints of the pinot noir with some spicy peppery flavors and some malt. There is also some slightly tart fruity citrus flavors running around the taste as well. In both the aroma and taste, you can definitely detect some of it's Belgian characteristics. Overall, I found this to be an extremely enjoyable brew that is highly recommended. I think I am going to have to go buy a couple more bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish red and very clear, some white head.
Drinking it out of a St. Bernadus glass.
No real defining smell. Just a little yeasty and sweet.

If I had to guess what style this was by the taste, it tastes like a belgian fruit beer (not lindemann's overly sweet fruit, not a sour fruit beer, but like a trippel with a real fruity edge and a little spice).

I guess the beer it reminds me most of is de Regeenboog/'t Smisje Speciale which was also a Belgian with pumpkin in it.
I loved that, and I really like this.

The 10% ABV is deceptive. You can't tell. Infinitely drinkable.

This would be a great and refreshing summer beer (although perhaps also a bit dangerous). But I doubt there will be any left by then!

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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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Photo of Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a mostly clear and plentifully carbonated copper penny amber. Two fingers of soft and surprisingly white head settle deliberately. Hooks of lacing barb the inside of the glass.

The aroma lays down a blanket of toasty sweetness, sugary and bright, with plum and raisin in play. Apple esters presage coriander, clove, and a citrus pinch. And underlying grapey-grape mustiness accompanies an ambitious swirl of alcohol that totes an earthy woodiness.

Upon carefully and sanely sipping, a sugary grain sweetness dries promptly to a crisp spicy front of coriander and tart citrus. Savory grape, dark and grounded, establishes as a stately fruity presence. The alcohol is sharp but not obnoxious, nicking instead of slicing. A deep, vinous woodiness opens to residual and general malt sweetness. The finish is a lingering peppery bitterness. It's off-beat, eccentric, and totally enjoyable.

North of medium bodied, it coats with a sticky, slick manner and the spicy glow is a comfy fade.

This is extreme beer done right, warping guidelines and stretching perceptions. It's too big and chewy to be a fast-drinking screaming mimi, but it goes down warm with a bold ABV that grants a grin to go along with lifted eyebrows. So keep on keepin' on, shark boys.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the prettiest beers I've ever seen: it's got a ruby, winey hue with some orange notes laid over a base of amber. Slight pink, delicate head that sticks. On the nose, lots of coriander (especially as the beer warms) and some citrus notes; what you'd expect of a big witbier. However, there's a berry fruit note in the background, and as the beer warms a nice oak note (more buttery than toasted, but not too buttery) comes out. Some present alcohol in the nose.

Tastewise, fabulous complexity. Smooth oak and berry notes, vibrantly acidic citrus (from the wit aspect of the beer, not so much from hops), with some sweetness in the mid-palate (oak? residual pinot noir sugar?). Spicing is pronounced, as is the oak aspect, but none of these elements trip over each other. Instead, they mesh together superlatively. The mouthfeel is just as complex as the nose and the taste, with some hoppy roughness, witbier acidity and oak smoothness playing together brilliantly. The one detraction is some raw alcohol that doesn't add anything positive. Very drinkable; lots of flavor hooks and enough smoothness to make drinking this easier than it should be. A potato chip of a beer: impossible to have just one sip.

The more of this I drink, the more I like it. DFH is very hit or miss IMO, especially with its special release oddities, but they hit it out of the park on this one.

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Photo of jmalex
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I soon as I heard of this beer's existence, I knew I had to find it. So in celebration of baseball's opening day, I knew I had to crack this one open.

APPEARANCE: Poured into a 22 oz weizen glass. The color of this is amazing. An odd rainbow of deep ruby red to pale amber. A huge frothy white head sits atop and holds strong. Lacing is excellent. A picture perfect beer.

SMELL: Aroma is not very strong but has so many smells. In no particular order: wheat, berries, wine, spicy hops, yeast, you name it. Nice, but very mild.

TASTE: Starts with a heavy alcoholy wine bite with a nice wheat beer backing it. Oak lurks in the background. The finish is very dry but a nice sweetness from the wheat quickly joins it. The wit portion of this would make a nice beer on it's own, but the barrel-aging adds a whole new dimension to this that makes it great. My only complaint is that this tastes like a 10% beer and then some.

MOUTHFEEL: Surprisingly thick bodied and very creamy. The alcohol gives it quite a bite, but the creaminess of the wheat provides nice counterbalance.

DRINKABILITY: Again, suffers from the alcohol. But even though this is a massive bottle of beer, I know I'll be able to take of it this afternoon. How can I not with a beer this good.

Dogfish Head delivers again. If you can get your hands on this, by all means give it a try. It's such an innovative and unique beer. I'm really happy I got to try this.

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Photo of GimpyCane
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: reddish with an orange hue. Foamy pink head that mostly diminished. Also murky.

smell: Coriander and peppery with a slight mold scent to it. Also got a strong scent of sulfur (fruit ester) sort of like white wine.

taste and mouthfeel: Medium body, watery, lively carbonated that started off moderately sweet and also ended sweet.

Personally, I did not like this brew but my wife really enjoy it alot and purchased more. I do have to take into account that this a Dogfish Head brew which is an extreme experience everytime. With that said I will be fair.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very gorgeous ruby color (almost brown) with a one and a half finger head, which even has a reddish tint to it. Nice retention and very nice lacing.

Smell: Very intriguing. It has a predominantly malty smell. But, there's a heavy layer of fruit aromas, which cover a broad spectrum. There's grapefruit, orange, cranberry, rasberry, and some strawberry. Very sweet smell overall.

Taste: Again, this really is interesting. The taste is very sweet due to the strong berry flavors. It has a good malt presence. There's also a caramel or toffee flavor in there. I'm actually tasting a decent bit of hops as it seems pretty bitter on the tail end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's a bit thick and syrupy. At 10% abv, it is big, and it definitely packs a sweet punch. Overall, it's worth a try. One of the more interesting beers I've tried in a while. A little too sweet for it to be a favorite. But, certainly novel and unique. Try it.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Bottled on 2/9/07. Poured into a wiezen glass.
The color is interesting. Hazy yellow on the edges and light red toward the middle.

The head is two fingers thick, fluffy and long lasting. Patches of lace are left as it recedes.

Aroma is bready, citrusy, vanilla, with some cherries and spice.

Flavor is citrusy and wheaty, light cherry, maybe some raspberry.

Body is creamy, full, and lush.

Finish is long with citrus and spice.

I spent over an hour and a half with this bottle and I enjoyed it thoroughly

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Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tumber. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy crimson ruby color. Head is over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a very nice film layer and ring lining the inside of my glass five minutes or so after being poured. Very nice lacing! Aromas of citrus and spice dominate along with some malt. Also raspberry and fruits such as grape and plum. Very strong smell indeed. Excellent aroma! Tastewise this certainly reminded me of some wines and oak barrelled ales and stouts I have had in the past. Sweet and fruity yet also bitter flavors upfront are certainly present followed by some solid malt along with what I can only descibe as the indistinguishable oak barrell flavor that gives this beer a bit of an extra bite not present in most beers regardless of style. The taste is certainly unlike any other witbier I have had before. Characteristics of a typical witbier are present along with other characteristics that remind me of a good red wine or even a barley wine. I think this might mellow out from some aging, even though this style is not recommended from extensive aging. However, this beer may fair better with aging than the typical witbier due to its high ABV. Has a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Not really taht easy to drink, but I think that this is how this beer was meant to be. If you want to try a witbier that is truly unlike any other witbier you have ever had before then this is definetly worth a try!


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