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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 310
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 26.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Munich1bier
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thought this beer was total panther p..s. Bitter taste that does not leave one' tongue. Not smooth going sown. Did not compliment drinking and talking. Kept focusing on this bitter beer .

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Photo of redfire89
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very hazy orange color
S- Citrusy, with a hint of ginger aroma
T-Very bland I taste a little orange and ginger
M- Really watery and thin with a lot of carbonation
O- I'm disappointed I've had much better witbiers like Blue Moon, Hoegaarden, even Shock Top. This isn't flavorful like a witbier should be.

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Photo of Foyle
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours 1/2 white head that recedes quickly with no lacing. Color is a cloudy gold with sediment/yeast in suspension.
Aroma: mild with some grassiness and yeast. A bit of sweet barley.
Mouthfeel: light and crisp, akin to a soda. Finish is quite dry.
Flavor: strong ginger flavor, some spice (coriander?), a bit of yeasty bread sweetness in the middle and a mild hop bite in the finish.

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Photo of ZAP
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a Redhook hater and actually find their beers solid and affordable for the craft side of things...this is not one of their better efforts though....it is drinkable...lacks most of the expected wit beer characteristics....it does have a hint of ginger as the label suggests....lacks a yeasty component...don't expect much orange flavor from this either....just more of a basic wheat lale with a bit of light ginger spicing...very light though....definitely a macro drinker cross over beer...not for me..slightly below average for the style...

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Photo of zac16125
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow orange with a fleeting, thick white head and a few slight ridges of residual lace. Big coriander and lemon citrus with a sweet malt base and prominent grass and hay notes. Thin body and tastes of malt, more coriander and some meringue. Almost watery at times. Airy. Needs more umph! Taste more banal than bad, and that creates its own set of issues.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: very cloudy almost orange colored gold. One finger of white head fell quickly into a very thin cap and ring. I expect better head retention from a beer with this much wheat in it.

S: Smells clean and slightly spiced. A hint of wheat on the nose and surprisingly light yeast smell. Were I not told it was a belgian witbier I wouldn't have been able to say belgian yeast. No hop presence on the nose.

T: There is the yeast, a little bit of wheat flavor, and a little bit of maltyness, Hops is there but not big. The ginger in the brew is there and quite tasty. Leaves a slight watery aftertaste.

M: lighter side of medium and not much carbonation. It is an alright beer but not great.

O: not a bad beer but it has a lot of room for improvement. gets a C

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours very hazy, almost opaque, off-golden color with white head (almost orangey body). Nose is a bit soapy, and not from my glassware. Soapy nose has some ginger, light citrus, and bready notes. Some candied fruit flavors on palate, ginger noted as well, and a soft wheaty component. Finishes tart and soapy, more ginger.

Ginger really takes over the beer as a whole as it warms.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While the accepted spice additions for Witbiers have been corriander and curacco orange peel, those have been surplanted by ginger in this surprise twist of a summertime refresher.

Pouring a deep golden color with an expected haze, the beer's initial foam stance of fizz and foam struggles for any retention or lace, and then quickly falls to a thin string around the edges. Seeming heavy with a dull visual weight and lack of life in the head department are all somewhat dissapointing.

Ginger aromas make an impact immediately. Ginger ale sodas, a musty grain scent, overall fruity character and sugar cookie dough scent all swirl into a sweeter and perfumy aroma.

A blend of malty sweet and grainy sweet flavors give a decidedly sweet balance to taste. Decorated by ginger spice, orange peel, light lemon, and honey all show glimpses into a varying flavor spread that all seem on the sweeter and unbalanced side. Low on bitterness or hop presence, and the acidity struggles to balance the beer in the presence of such sweetness and eventually make the flavors yearning for more complexity.

The sweet start leads to a sticky and tacky feel that lessens just a touch in the finish as the minty alcohols create a cooler dryish sensation, but the beer leaves the palate feeling much the same as when finishing a soda pop.

Lacking the complexity, depth, and powdery dry finish of classic Witbiers, this one may find satisfaction with those who are just venturing into the world of craft beers, and for those who prefer sweeter beers in general. The ginger character is somewhat a savior that gives just enough intrigue to keep the beer from becomming a train wreck.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a murky golden color with a good fingers worth of head that settled to ring, with little to no lacing.

S: I'm really getting the basic Wit stuff here.... Wheat, orange, coriander, and spice. Smells like a good Wit...

T: Taste follows the smell.... good mix of Wit stuff... Wheat right up front with a nice mix of orange and spices, but it falls off after that. Finish is kind of bland.

M: Very light bodied, borderline thin and a little watered down.

O: Not a bad beer, just not as good as some of the Wit beers I'm been drinking of late. I love Redhook, but this one is not their best effort.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that sinks quick.

S - A good dose of wheat, sweet bananas, lemon, very light spice.

T - Lemon and orange citrus, fruity-reminds me of mild fruit cocktail syrup, light coriander on the edges, thick wheat malt underneath. Ginger comes out as it warms and lingers through to the finish.

M - Medium bodied but full creamy feel with prickly carbonation.

The ginger is a nice touch but starts to get weird towards the bottom of the glass. It's nice choice for some variety though.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glad to see Redhook trying to get its luster back. Newly designed bottles look unique. On to the brew. Murky orange pour with faint aroma of orange peel and corriander. Flavor is not overally sweet, but is lacking a tad. Would like to try it on tap to see if there is a big difference.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
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...

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Photo of Billolick
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on 5/31/12.

Pours a murky orange with a 1/2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same but very mild and slightly watery. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that smells pretty good but the taste is lacking in my opinion.

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Photo of vkv822
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.