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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.


(Beer added by: Jason on 05-11-2011)
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Photo of a0lbudman


3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy gold color with a white head that cleared fast
S-wheat, ginger, some orange, with a Belgium like smell
T-sweet citrus, some ginger, and I got a strong wheat in the aftertaste with a slight tart flavor at the end
M-light body and low carbonation
O-has flavor and character, was refreshing

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 01:44:10 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of alphagnome


3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 01:21:32 | More by alphagnome
Photo of tone77


3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 08:45:52 | More by tone77
Photo of Scotchboy


3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Semi-hazy straw pour with a head that quickly faded.

S: Citrus and faint ginger, fainter wheat, generic pale maltiness, yeast esters, light spice component is buried and not too prominent.

T: Fruity notes with a wheaty but crackery malt base, hints of spice and grains of paradise. Pleasant, and the fruity citrus and ginger notes work well.

MF: Thinner body drinks well; refreshing. My pour was kinda lame so there was still a lot of carbonation in the body of this one.

O: Not a bad drinker, a refreshing Wit to close out the summer with. The ginger addition is tame but welcome.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 12:49:26 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of smcolw


3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small head and then it dies to ring lace. Lightly cloudy. White-ish gold color. No lace.

Smells subtly of Grains of Paradise or All Spice. Otherwise, it's a simple pale malt base.

Not very wheaty (a good thing to me). Spicy but in a light, refreshing way. A bit of coriander and the above mentioned items predominate. I only noticed the ginger after I read the label. It is there but not easily identified. Spritzy.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 16:56:36 | More by smcolw
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 8/6/13 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light malts, citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. Then some mild lemony sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are a lot of other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 03:46:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass
Bottled on date is missing

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. A little head builds, but then recedes before I can even determine the color. Really looks flat, and just plain unappealing.

S: Smells much better than it looks, with a big ginger aroma, some banana esters, and clove. Decent amount of citrus too. Very nice.

T: Big let down on the taste. Ginger is there, which is nice. But other than that, its just not very good. Theres some wheat, and a non-specific bitterness. Meh.

M/D: Tastes flat. Heavier body, abnormally filing. Drinkability is below average.

O: Really nice aroma, but everything else in this beer is just kinda blah. I recommend a pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:07:55 | More by zac16125
Photo of fields336

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, bottled on july 11

A; straw golden, orange color with a 1/4 inch fluffy white head. not much head retention, it dissipates fairly quickly. opaque, good looking beer aside from the lack of head

S; coriander, white pepper, and candied ginger lead the way. A nice wheat/citrus smell is present, smells very much like a wit

T: nice sweetness, slight honey and herb notes, ginger, and coriander, slight spicey and fruity notes.

M: medium bodied, creamy

O: all around just a good solid american wit. I have always overlooked red hook before but their variety pack has surprised me.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 00:19:43 | More by fields336
Photo of Slatetank


3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at Giant beer garden and eatery in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled in a mason jar.

The color is tarnished golden with appropriate haze and quick dropping white cap with small bead, no lace forms. The smell is very yeasty with some wheat malt esters and slight spice aroma with light pepper note. The feel is very good with nice spice and yeast complimentary textures with moderate cabornation and semi-dry finish with low alcohol impact.

The taste is both sweet and spicy with mild yeast flavor compared to the smell with some light pepper and tropical elements with a fruity element and light nuttiness from the wheat malt. There is a slightly creamy taste with mild ginger which I probably wouldn't even have guessed unless I read it in the description. I enjoyed this wit, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it, it is drinkable and balanced though.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 15:59:16 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a tiny bit of an orange hue. Upon pouring there is a one finger white fizzy head. The head fades rather fast leaving very little lacing and a tiny bit of foam on the top of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is of a wheaty nature with smells of lemon mixed within. There are notes of a ginger and coriander spice as well as some sweeter orange which combine with the aforementioned as well as a little bit of yeast.

Taste – The taste begins with a dry cracker and bready taste with some hints of wheat and citrus (orange and lemon) mixed within. A light yeast taste then comes to the tongue with it bringing some coriander and ginger. Toward the end the spice gets a bit stronger with a banana joining in as well creating a still rather dry and lightly spiced wit flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The moderate carbonation and thinner body make it very drinkable and more refreshing, although a slightly thicker may have been nicer for giving it a bit more flavor.

Overall – The flavor is a little bit lighter in this wit but its not bad for a warm summer day though as it is rather easy drinking and a bit more refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:39:13 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of woodychandler


3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another single gem from the cooler at The Friendly Greek! Man, I love having those guys so close to my place of employment.

From the bottle: "Wheat beer brewed with Ginger, but still digs Mary Ann." Ha! The name puts me in mind of my early days of Navy boot camp, almost thirty years ago now. My bunkmate and I were not terribly respectful of our Company Commanders (CCs) and had already been in one fistfight with one of them. Now, he was standing in front of me, asking some inane question to which I replied in a snide way. He backed up, looked at me and asked, "Chandler, are you cracking wise again?!?" "No, sir! I like my wise intact. If it's cracked, it devalues it, sir!" He then devalued me with a right cross that sent me to the deck. I started to wise up after that.

I agitated the bottle a little but before beginning my pour since, as a Wit, any lees or otherwise should be in suspension. I got a brief finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention, which is to be expected in this humid heat wave. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had both a yeasty mustiness and a big ginger spiciness that cut right into my sinuses. Mouthfeel was big, very carbonated, with a spiciness in the mouth that I might have otherwise attributed to coriander or another spice, but I was digging the ginger, man! Finish was semi-dry and definitely refreshing on this already hot, humid day. Jeez-O, man, it is going to be scorching later.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 15:07:11 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Eeroomnhoj


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure if I can taste the ginger in it or not but it is cold and not real heavy. I do taste something a little different about it but am not positive it's ginger. A previous reviewer claimed he didn't taste the ginger because the beer was old.

Looking inside the bottle I notice it is real real cloudy, not sure if this is correct either. It does claim to be a wheat beer so I can assume a little cloudiness.


I'd like to try a different batch and see what turns up.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:37:31 | More by Eeroomnhoj
Photo of barczar


3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium golden with a foamy quarter inch head that immediately dissipates into a ring of white foam.

Wheat, coriander, orange, and lightly bready malt form the initial aroma. Belgian yeast and lemon add complexity.

Flavor reveals citrus undertones and a nutty malt backbone, finishing slightly dry and peppery. Lemon and orange pith are fairly prominent, but the malt character is somewhat stale. There's a hint of banana that surfaces with ginger in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch light, with high, prickly carbonation that lifts flavor from the palate too quickly.

Fairly easy drinking beer. Carbonation could be dialed down a bit. This beer was fairly old, and the weak ginger notes are likely not so overwhelming because of age.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 22:13:25 | More by barczar
Photo of Natainos

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Wheat yellow in color with almost no head and retention, plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Citrus, Grain and spices.

Taste: Some ginger, citrus peels, a hint of fruits and grains.

Mouthfeel: Citrus aftertaste, refreshing in the mouth. Lots of after tate, very flavorful.

Overall: nice summer beer that packs flavor, despite the look and lack of aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:40:39 | More by Natainos
Photo of TheMarkE


3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with good head and retention and plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Grain, ginger, and other spices.

Taste: Muted ginger, orange peel, and grains.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, foamy, with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: It's ok. A serviceable wit, but rather bland like most of Redhook's offerings. Not even the ginger can help it rise above it's meager flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:58:50 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of carolinahophead

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decided to try this Spring/Summer seasonal offering.
Poured with little wit head with a nice unfiltered light yellow color.
Good aroma ... Ginger spice , a little citrus , and maybe white pepper.
Let's say the taste is on point with a whit beer. Nice carbonation with refreshing taste.
Medium mouthfeel and a pretty good finish.
Overall this is a good beer by Redhook . Great summer beer by the pool or on the patio cooking on the grill.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:56:13 | More by carolinahophead
Photo of TMoney2591


3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

But how does one distinguish the wise crackers from the average, run-of-the-mill saltines? Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly cloudy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, cracked wheat, light cardamom, and a hint of ginger in the background, not causing much of a stir at all. The taste brings in more of the same, though now everything is vague, muddled, nearly bland, but there's still a strong sense of orange-ness. The ginger certainly makes itself known, but only with a twinge of characteristic spicy heat near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a decent wit, but nothing I'd eagerly reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 19:12:00 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Fatehunter


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 01:50:39 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 03:10:38 | More by plaid75
Photo of womencantsail


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rather clear golden yellow color with a finger of white head. Kind of a weak nose. Some cereal and grain sweetness, a bit of bread, a light orange peel aroma, and minimal spice or yeast. The flavor is a bit more spicy. Ginger, coriander, and orange peel dominate. Some sweet bread, a cereal/grain flavor, and a hint of yeast. Just a faint touch of banana on the finish. Very light bodied with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 19:38:10 | More by womencantsail
Photo of RJLarse


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Redhook Wit in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a modest creamy white head.

Smell is a soft fruit aroma, apples, pears and melons.

Tastes like is smells, a fruity flavor with mild if any bitterness. The labels says it is made with ginger, but it is so subtle I am not picking up the spice.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a nice light easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 22:26:18 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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 sign....so 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 14:02:56 | More by Billolick
Photo of cyclonece09


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a hazy orange with a small head that dissapears very quickly. Smells of wheat and very little hint of hops, very inviting. Tastes of lots of wheat and not much else, but not overly surprising. Light bodied beer is very crisp, but has a tad too much carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:38:16 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of jsprain1


3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice hazy apricot color. But the head, did that disappoint. One finger white fizzy than falls dead flat.
S- Smell is a bit fruit forward with peach and pear and hint of wheat.
T- Nice peach flavor from beginning to end. A bit one note, as the wheat and spice stay very subdued.
M- Carbonation is minimal. All in all comes across a bit watery.
O- This was not that great of a wit for me. It's a bit one note and doesn't have the right body or carb.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:16:28 | More by jsprain1
Photo of vkv822


3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Lightly hazy golden yellow with a fizzy, short lived white head.

Nose and palate are both fairly subdued, as I have come to expect from Redhook, but consists of wheat, with some very faint ginger.

Medium, average body, with fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, fairly one dimensional, which I've come to expect from Redhook, as I mentioned above, but the light ginger hints were very complimentary/appropriate to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 09:31:44 | More by vkv822
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