Redhook Wise Cracker Wit - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit

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303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011

Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer. Redhook Wit is perfect for warm summer months of outdoor BBQ-ing, sitting by the pool, or just taking a break by hanging inside enjoying the AC and watching old re-runs of Gilligan’s Island.

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Reviews by witster18:
Photo of witster18
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid wit.

Looks good.. orange haze.. nice frothy little head... retains fairly well...

smells delightful... orange, pepper...lemon

tastes great... nothing out of the box here but really solid from redhook... impressed! Hefe's and wits are so often misrepresented on this side of the pond, but this is a solid offering.

taste is ginger, lemon, orange, and a little peppery coriander... very light and drinkable... a really good summer sessioner... will defo revisit...

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a sample of this beer, and liked it, so I took a growler home. Another lesson that you need more than a sample size to adequately review a beer.
The beer was a hazy orange color with a small white head.
Kind of a fresh, outdoors aroma. A little bit of citrus. A minimalist aroma.
Wheaty taste, a little bit of lemon. Again, a very understated approach.
Just not that much to this beer. Yes, it was refreshing, but that was about it.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Opted to stir in the sediment as per the style, yields an opaque beige orange color with ample white head on top. From the crack of the cap to the pouring the smell of mild ginger hits the nose, further inspection unleashes orangey aromas, chalky yeast and some breadiness. Spicing is there, right at the edge with enough flavor to be known but no so much to become soapy. Dry maltiness is pleasant with a clean breadiness. Light hopping lets the spicing shine, ginger dances on the palate a bit more than most. Dry finish.

While this might not be at the top of its style for me personally it definitely is riding in the top half of the pack. The ginger won me over.

Photo of Billolick
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle with brewed on date info on the label

Pours near clear, dull lighter almond amber. NO head, even with a vigorous pour...hmmm...not a good lace, no film , no nothing.

Slightest nose of some pumpkin sorta spice...meeh, still not very impressed with this one.

Taste consista of wheat malts, more light spice, cinnimon comes to mind. Very marginal wit. Best thing would be to consume on a ver hot day, or put it into a marinade for some chicken or pork. A lot better wit beers out there.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of wheat and orange peel notes, with some ginger thrown in. The flavor is pretty much the same, with some grainy wheat notes being the dominant flavor. Light, watery mouthfeel and soft, medium carbonation. Overall, the beer is fairly flavorless and doesn't have anything that stands out and makes you want to have a second one.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap during brewery tour at the Portsmouth location.

Appearance: Golden and slightly cloudy. Decent head and head retention.

Smell: Citrus and wheat, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and light bodied. Taste of citrus and ginger with a bittersweet taste in the backround.

Overall: Good brew, I enjoyed this one and bought myself a bottle after the tour was over.

Photo of alphagnome
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale gold, mostly transparent except for a bit of chill haze. No head to speak of whatsoever... I even poured hard to get something, but was unsuccessful. Practically no carbonation.. Did I get a bad bottle?

Light and crisp. A little on the sweet side. Ginger and a damp wheat character up front followed by orange peel. Faint coriander and yeast presence. No detectable hops.

Light. Ginger is dominant and dances on your tongue. Simple malts provide a light nut character. Light spicing. Muted and rather boring.

The ginger provides an interesting tingle, but isn't enough to redeem this. Ultra light body. Low levels of carbonation. Finish is semi-dry.

Disappointing. I'll admit that I had high hopes after seeing the scores here.. unfortunately, this did nothing for me. It's light and very easy to drink, but lacks enough substance to recommend.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - hazy yellow with a thin, fizzy, bubbly layer of white head that fades quickly

S - faintly spicy, warm, white grapes

T - faint banana, faint spice

M - fizzy, bubbly, a bit over carbonated, light bodied

This is a rather disappointing Witbier. It doesn't have great flavor and it's over carbonated. It's like and you can put them away but for any true fan of the style they should look elsewhere.

Photo of secondtooth
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This cloudy pale amber ale pours with a minimal head and lace.

The aroma is malty and spicy.

Upon hitting the palate, this one hits sweet and candy-like, with a hint of ginger spicing it up. Nonetheless, I found this one to be overbearingly sweet, and tough to finish.

Photo of hreb
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in pint glass, cold. Bottled on June 15. Beer pours pale yellow with a medium thick white head. Beer is slightly hazy and full of big soda-like bubbles.

Aroma is sweet and of ginger and orange. Flavor is similar: big on ginger, coriander maybe coming in second. A little bit of sugar sweetness on the tip of the tongue towards the end, but also a cloying taste from the spices used. Still, more dry (yeast is present) than sweet overall.

Drinkable, but more of a gimmicky ginger-weiss than a Belgian Wit.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a half finger of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is a dose of ginger with a little dry grain in the background.
The ginger really spices up the witbier nicely here. A little ginger with a mild bitter, rounded out by soft wheat taste.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
I'm not a fan of witbier but I liked this.

Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This stubby pours a turbid peach tea color with minimal pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & citrus, both fade quickly

T: Grassyness, coriander & tangerine up front. Slight wheaty tartness as this warms, along with touch of phenolic twang & some golden delicious apple sweetness. Finishes dry, grassy & with just a touch of lemon

MF: Light bodied, low carbonation, Body thickens up as this warms

Not bad, hits the spot on a warm ( thank God, not hellishly hot ) Oklahoma evening. I never really picked up on the gingeruntil I belched, so maybe I call that a well played subtle addition to this brew...

Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the Redhook brewery in Portsmouth, NH.

Pours golden color and cloudy. White ring around the edge. Some haze. Light wit smell, but not much. Small citrus after taste. No bitter. Quick close, light taste. Very low carbonation. Just ok.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some spices, a bit of citrus. Taste is wheat, spice, some citrus, a bit of ginger, refreshing . Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall would make a fine session beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap on June 23, 2011. It poured a murky, opaque pale yellow with a bubbly white head up top and ongoing carbonation. The aroma has a bit of banana, ginger, and wheat all meshed together with a bit of a citrus zing in there as well. It settled well on the tongue at about medium body. Bitter finale. This is a nice, refreshing summer beer and just as good as any other summer out there these days.

Photo of SickGnar
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium orangey golden – adequately cloudy and hazy. Cream-white head pops right up to medium size with large bubbles and then collapses blazingly fast. No lace.

S: Sweet ginger. Some coriander – both herbal and lemon. Doughy wheat with a hint of malt sweetness. Hint of citrus peel. No hops.

T: Coriander first and quite flavorful & nicely herbal with hardly any of the lemony aspect. Ginger stays quite sweet – sort of like candied ginger but softer. The hint of orange peel is more forward than in the nose. Doughy wheat – a simple solid base. No real hops or yeast notes. Coriander develops a spicy edge as you consume, but lemon also grows.

M: Medium body with soft almost low carbonation. A fair bit of sugary sweetness sticks around. Coriander tries to take the end drying, but cannot quite do it.

D: A sweeter wit with an interesting ginger and coriander character. Sweetness gets to be a bit much and hurts drinkability. Feels just a bit dis-jointed and lacking in balance. Probably better with food.

Photo of TexIndy
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (liking the new shape of the bottle) into a pint glass. Bottled on date of 4/28/11 on bottom of front label. Was a cloudy, palish yellow color with good carb streams. Had a good sized white head that settled into a collar and covering film. Good quick sliding lace with a bit sticking.

The aroma was good with the usual wit elements of yeast, coriander and citrus. It also had the added element of the ginger which added some depth while not overwhelming the rest of the aromas. Good mix on it. The taste follows the aroma closely. Really good wit base with nice added touch of the ginger that makes for a very refreshing drink. Mouthfeel was just a tad watery, even for a wit, but had good carbs levels and good aftertaste.

Overall, a really good wit that stands out from the crowd with the great addition of a touch of ginger. Only issue I see is if the ginger builds up over several and keeps it from being a true session beer. Only picked up the single so time will tell. I really enjoy a good wit especially on these absurdly hot Texas summer days and this hits the spot. Just arrived here in TX market. Rotation - makes the wit rotation as 6 pack. It's labeled as seasonal so not sure how long it's around though. [R;Y;wit6]

Photo of Doshkin
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dull, pale, orange/yellow. i poured gently from the bottle and got zero head, so it's partially my fault.

s - pretty weak, but what's there is good. citrusy and bready.

t - citrusy-orange. nice mild yeasty flavor.

m - medium-light. bubbly up front with the citrus bite and then it's smooth.

o - good little wheat beer. i think i paid $2 for a 12oz bottle which is a ripoff, but i would definitely buy a 6er for $9 or less

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow then came out of over me.good three finger high head of white foam that only very slowly faded away,

nice light fruits, hints of banana and apricot, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg really far in the back, with a touch of a pepper like smell as well. really crisp, clean feeling. The first flavor to come over was the light grain, and a touch of yeast, some banana poking around in there as well, with a sparkling quality to it. Nice touch of bitter grapes toward the finish, giving that little bit of a hoppy touch to dry out the finish and get you ready for another sip. Not a hint of alcohol in here what so ever, as this was really solidly put together.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very hazy, light gold color with a minimal white head and no lacing. I expect a bit more from the head of a wheat beer.

Nose has alot of ginger, which goes well with the coriander and orange peel. Very soft aroma with the spices and wheat tang somewhat muted.

The addition of ginger is a nice change of pace and is subtle, although I wouldnt mind a bit more. Orange accents are lower than most wits and the coriander about average. Body is smooth and creamy, does not have a crisp wheat tang and bubbling carbonation that seems more common than not in a wit. Its a good beer, there are other witbiers I like better...but I will have zero problems finishing my sixer off.

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy peach hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light yeast esters and light spices.

The taste consisted of light earhty esters, a light citrus spice and a muted wheat malt. Residual tartness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a light bodied and seemingly muted rendition.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden orange color with an average sized, foamy, sticky, slightly thick, full, white head. Decent retention leaving a faint lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy aromas duke it out. Sweet doughy wheat interplays with ginger, coriander, and orange/lemon zest.

T - Like the nose suggested there is a mixing of sweet and spice. Sweet doughy wheat and banana provide a spring board for the spices. Ginger is on the forefront with coriander and citrus zest following closely. Maybe a hint of clove. The ginger has a slight sweetness to it too.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Has a zesty, spritzy feel accented by the spice. Slight drying finish.

D - Nice balance of sweet and spice although the spice is a little strong to down these easily. I like the ginger aspect though, especially with it taking on a slight sweetness with the banana flavors.

Notes: An interesting wit with the spices. Ginger ended up being a very nice addition for me. It was a little too spiced to be very quaffable, but it was a nice change of pace beer.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look Pours a murky yellow orange color with no head no retention and no lacing

Smell: Notes of peach and ginger

Taste: Subtle notes of ginger, straw and citrus

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium to high carbonation

Overall: It's ok it again is a decent beer from Redhook who like to make run of the mill beers it seems

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy ligyht yellow brown in color, with a modest, dense white head, a profusion of thick and sticky glass-coating lace, and clouds of fine, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of mild yeast notes, wheat bread, citrus rind, coriander, and ginger.

Taste: Opens with mild yeast notes, slight bitter orange rind, and abundant wheat malt. As the taste progresses, there is a mild wave of herbal hops to complement the malt. These carry gracefully to the close.

Mouth feel: Smooth pleasant, and soft.

Drinkability/notes: Solid and pleasant, although a bit understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Pilsener glass. The bottling date is 04-28-2011.

Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a tall white head.

Smells malty and spicy with a little coriander. Powdery yeast smell with some ginger.

Starts out mildly sweet with a good spice flavor. Mostly ginger flavor with the requisite coriander. Slightly sweet after a while. This is a good witbier but not an outstanding one. Easy on the taste buds I could see drinking this on a hot day.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is an easy on the mouth beer. Could be more flavorful but it makes a great session beer.

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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
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