Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Smells like a wit or weizen but doesnít taste or look like one. A real hybrid. Not exactly what I love in beer, but a quality beer all the same. This was very easy to drink and definitely different. It also hid the alcohole incredibly well. Iím glad I tried this one.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark orangey, reddish amber with a huge white head that lasted for a while and left escellent lacing. It also had nice cargonation to watch. The aroma was moderate to heavy yeast, wine and wheat. The initial flavor was moderately sweet while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and sour with a short duration. It had a medium body that was dry up front and watery, but not watered down, if that makes any sense. It had fizzy carbonation.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear red in color with an off white/pinkish head. Aroma, yeast, some wheat and grapes. Flavor, some wheat and light malts up front, some grape notes, a sweetness, and also a bit of acidity. I really liked it. A refreshing beer, with a nice twist to it.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy orange ruby with a pale lavender head. Aroma is funky, musty, sour, grass. Flavor is bitter initially, funky, musty, meaty, but has an awful chemical taste like cheap whiskey. I was pretty disappointed.
drpimento (2103) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This just came into Bodega Brew Pub downtown La Crosse today in 750 bottles. Totatally unexpected color of red with brown notes. big foamy head.. Nose is exactly what youíd expect from a product description like this. Really good although so much boozier than wits. Lots of head and lace.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours red with white head. I love witbiers but this wasnít a witbier in any way. I hate red wine and thatís all I could taste a dry red wine with itís nasty irony bite and disgusting aftertaste. Some coriander and citrus peel and no malts because they were completely driven into the ground by putting this beer in a wine barrel, horrible idea, this may have been a good beer before it hit a barrel, I would never drink this again.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I like witbier -a lot. Iím fine with lots of coriander, really. Citrus peel? Delicious. You can tell the witbier base here easily. But the fruit! Itís too sweet, and far too prevalent; itís totally off-putting and artificial and I like Pinot! I was so ready to like this, yet I poured most of it out. Aroma has nice a nice mixture of elements, including woodiness.
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is another spectacular Dogfish Head brew. While my olfactory might be a bit off ití aroma is like sweetened celerary and vegetables mixed with orange peels and some othe citrus. The taste is also a bit vegetable. I mean that in a very good way....because I normally hate veggies.. The in mouth feel is smooth, crisp, clear, and sweet, not to mention mid-high-thickness. No syrupy flavours here; yet I do hint at the orange peels and ?possibly? other slight citruses.. The finish is crisp and smooth and goes down without problems...none. A slight pallette coating but so thin it dissolves fast and begs for another sip. For 10%ABV This and "Burton Baton" of Dogfish Head get a perfect 5. Also FYI The store was only alowing one per person...and they know who we are....because they only got 6 fifths of it....dang. Itís also a bit bubbly but not overly done.....perfect!!!! The one reason why I didnít give it a fullon 5 is because of the vegetable flavour. The Appearance is a bright orange/red/yellow; sunset colors (of the sun itself and transparent to translucent). With a medium light head that is white and bubbly. A beer to impress your finest guests with....if you can find a way around the 1 per person per bottle thing. But for what it is....up that one pallate flavour mark making this a perfect beer! Thanks Dogfish Head for Brewing for such a treat! And if I hear this is an experiment....please make more! Overall grade : highly satisfied. Style points (if I were allowed to give them would be a 10).
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pinkish amber with ruby/violet highlights and a thin pink lasting head. Aroma is sweet tangy grapejuice, light on the oak and vanilla, with hints of perfume, flowers, and sugary sweetness. Fruity flavor dried out by the wood, with oaky and grapeskin tannins, grapejuice flavor (not concord- but red wine grapes), a bit salty, earthy, and a touch of DMS- sea-salt spray quality. Notes of orange peel spice and belgian yeasty phenoilcs from the wit characteristics come through a bit in the end as it warms. Mouthfeel is nice, and appears to be bottle conditioned? Definitely unfiltered as there is a certain sediment in the bottle. At first, on tap at EBF, I didnt like this. Then out of a bottle it seemed very nice even fresh (1 month in the bottle) This might also be nice with some age on it.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amberish red, creamy pinkish head. Nose held nice tones of juicy spiced orange peel, and black pepper, with light oaky vinous and earthy notes. Similar flavors with citrus and spice balancing out the winey, earthy, and wood notes. Pulls out a bit of hoppy bitterness in the end. Full bodied, medium carbonation, spicy finish. I really like this experiment. Would love to see this in 4 packs one day...
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gleaming amber body and a fluffy pinkish head. The aroma is sweet, yeasty, and leans towards resembling saltwater toffee. The flavor, especially as the beer warms, brings out a cotton candy sweetness, cherry juice, brulee plums and pears, mentions of citrus, more of the spicy upfront notes of coriander, some tartness on the finish, not really oak but definitely a vinous wine like character. The beer does seem very refined upfront, but there is a raw and rustic finish that is rather unforgettable. The high abv burn and yeast characteristics are very much in the DFH tradition.
A nice beer overall, my fiancť likes it more than I do, itís a bit too sweet for my tasteÖ Iíll let a few bottles sit for a couple years and revisit one every year upon Red & Whiteís anniversary and observe how the beer has changed.