Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
First off, by the time the finished product reaches consumers this beer no longer resembles a witbier in the slightest. That being said, let’s rate this thang. Pours a mostly clear reddish color with a somewhat nice white head. Lots of lacing. The aroma may hint at citrus in the beginning but quickly gives way to sweet grapes and bits of plum. The flavor is very sweet with a fruit punch element and a slightly winey alcoholic finish. Very drinkable and very unique which is no surprise for a brewery like Dogfish Head. MNovak (32) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2007
Pours sort of a reddish, pinkish, brown with a white head. Smells of cut grasses or damp wood, and malts. Complex flavors of wood, grass, malts and a very slight red wine tartness. Very interesting and tasty. apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
An interesting idea of a witbier, just from the looks of it - it is a clear, dark ruby-red beer, with a slightly pink, big-bubbled head. The aroma is filled with a Belgian/Saison array of spices, and a strong earthiness and grassiness. The flavor is very full and pretty complex even, with some more of that wet-grassiness. The alcohol is not obvious in the taste, but it is pretty evident in the slightly burning sensation I get from this. A little bit too heavy, or syrupy sweet for my taste. I really don’t get any wine-like flavors. It reminds me a tastier version of cough syrup. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 7, 2007
Amber pour with a purple-ish tint and a well-sustained ring of white lace - musty, semi-earthy aroma, with coriander quite apparent, along with citrus rinds (tangelo?), light woodiness, and a background tartness that isn’t quite so easy to associate with pinot - creamy mouthfeel, with dense, heavy flavors of caramel sweetness and candi sugar - the subtle spicy notes, citrus, and musty/tart qualities are all drowned out by this - far in the background, you can detect some really nice pinot qualities, and a subtle woodiness from the barrel, but, again, the strong malt profile overpowers these flavors - this could have been a really nuanced beer, but they made the abv too high, leaving behind lots of residual sugars - at 6 or 7 percent abv, this would have been awesome - the way it is now is...well...somewhat good, but frustrating. 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
Aroma is sour, with lots of pinot and maltiness. Pours a rub-amber, small white head. Flavor is pretty malty, slight tartness, and pinot noir. Pretty good. A little pricey though.
Stine (1801) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Kind of a copperish rose color. Aroma is the barrel. Dead wine, musty wood. Tastes rather full and rich. Heavy malts and dense red grape skins. Caramel cake sweetness. Loud, brash, and resonant – desireable plucky white flavors are drowned entirely. Expecting something sprightly and nuanced, this was quite startling and almost off-putting. This is an exemplar of this brewer; equal parts overkill and skillful presentation. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
750ml bottle. Clear ruby color with a minimal head. Aroma of cherry and raspberry with some acidic vinous grape notes. Berry flavors, perhaps some tangelo in there as well, with a sweetness highlighted by rock candy notes underneath. Some coriander and black pepper notes save this from reaching alcopop/wine cooler territory. Lively palate with fine carbonation. Nice twist on Wit, I’ll give credit for creativity, but still another 750ml wallet buster that doesn’t quite bring me any beer-nirvana feeling with each sip. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 7, 2007
750ml bottle dated 02/09/07. Hazy pinkish amberwith an off white, pink tinged head. Wit-like nose, coriander and orange apparent. Lots of flavors here - orange peel, coriander, red grape and a mild woodiness on top of the usual wit wheatiness. Nice texture, a bit creamy, and just on the light side of full bodied. Only complaint is the finish it a bit hot. A nice brew, will be interesting to see what happens to this with a bit of age. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2007
very dark red pour into a snifter. The aroma is sour cherry and grape juice. I didn’t realize that the syrupy molasses flavors could work with a wit beer and fruit. I didn’t notice the coriander until I burped... I call those "ghost flavors." I love a perfectly crafted sour flav in a fruity beer. DFH rarely dissapoints me. dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2007
Pours a deep orangey red color that is reminiscent of a tawny port. The head is strongly pink and has good retention. The aroma is complex, filled with coriander, cherries, orange peel, and belgian yeast. The flavor is absolutely delicious. Notes of sweet cherries, strong coriander, citrus, and a vinuous dry character. The thing that really seals the deel is the mouthfeel. Almost creamy, with no sign of the 10% alcohol. I would literally drink this all day if I could. Fabulous.