crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Pours red with white head. I love witbiers but this wasn’t a witbier in any way. I hate red wine and that’s all I could taste a dry red wine with it’s 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 (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2007
I like witbier -a lot. I’m fine with lots of coriander, really. Citrus peel? Delicious. You can tell the witbier base here easily. But the fruit! It’s too sweet, and far too prevalent; it’s 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
This is another spectacular Dogfish Head brew. While my olfactory might be a bit off it’ 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. It’s also a bit bubbly but not overly done.....perfect!!!! The one reason why I didn’t 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 (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2007
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 (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2007
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
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.
Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2007
A nice beer overall, my fiancé likes it more than I do, it’s a bit too sweet for my taste… I’ll let a few bottles sit for a couple years and revisit one every year upon Red & White’s anniversary and observe how the beer has changed.
Beautiful headless red with a sour vineous aroma and only a hint of sweetness or spice. Taste is heavily alcoholic and dry to the finish with definite winey elements which overshadow the beery aspects of this beverage. $10/750ml elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Thanks to dragonstout. This pours a opaque redish color, with hardly any head. Hints of fruit, i guess from the pinot nior. Has spices, and barley flavors. Very impressed with this beer. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Pours a nice translucent amber.Lots of fruity aroma is spilling out.Lots of spice, coriander and a slight bit of red wine dance on my tongue. Dogfish did a nice job with this one.The description kind of sounds gimmicky but overall it was not overdone, great job. jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2014 750mL Bottle. Poured a reddish color with fine white head. The aroma screams of cherry and perhaps some notes of orange and coriander. At first this does not taste like any witbier I have had, but towards the end of my first glass I can begin to sense how the witbier emerges from this monster (much like the loch ness monster emerges from Scotland lake). The more I drink this beer, the more I can taste the orange and cherry. It has a large taste of red wine as well - which separates this witbier from the any other I have tasted. Like the other reviewers said, you do not taste the alchol - but you certainly do feel it. I finished off a 750mL and I am feeling the 10% as i type this comment. This has been my favorite DFH to date, as well as one of my favorite beers. Reminded me of a belgian witbier version of Troeggs Mad Elf.