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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On: May 26, 2011. The packaging for this one is pretty good; I like the bottle, I like the label, though good packaging don't necessarily mean good beer.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale orange body with a scant, white head.

Smell: Not the most effusive nose in town, but it still yields notes of wheat malt, sweet, juicy citrus peels, and, though rather lightly, ginger powder.

Taste: A lightly tangy, lightly sweet taste of malted wheat greets the imbiber on the opening sip. Small zip and zing of citrus zest with the smallest amount possible of added coriander. Light ginger character. Near nil bitterness. Fruity, sweetish on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Fairly decent, I think the choice for a bit of ginger was a good one and look forward to possibly trying this one on draft at some point.

Photo of yemenmocha
2.91/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of bceagles39
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at Burton's Grill in South Windsor CT on August 1, 2011.

Pours a nice, slightly hazy golden color. The thin white head quickly dissipated and left absolutely no lacing. Does not look like a Witbier. Perhaps it is filtered.

It smelled of traditional spices, the ginger addition was barely noticable. Very subtle.

All of the flavors were subtle including the ginger, it bordered on bland. I suppose it was well balanced but there wasn't much to balance out as there was virtually no bitterness of hop character. Does not have that bite that a wheat beer would usually have.

This beer drank like a light-bodied lager. The carbonation is low. It is supremely sessionable. I do not think it is true to the style but it was an enjoyable brew. I would gladly have another but would not seek it out.

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

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer looks like a darker/ murky lemonade with a thin white head that quickly faded. It smells ginger, cinnamon and orange peel with a wheat backbone. The taste is mostly wheat with hints of banana, ginger and clove. The beer is light and spritzy with a lot of carbonation and a dry finish. Refreshing summer beer, it's not going to blow your socks off, but it will be enjoyable.

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 WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a crisp and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a touch of ginger. The witbier yeast provides a crisp fruitiness, but the beer clearly lacks coriander and orange peel. The taste is decent as well. Yes, it's crisp. Yes, it's refreshing. The yeast character is present, but the traditional witbier spiciness is lacking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a nice summer seasonal, but a weak example of the witbier style.

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...

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

Presentation: 12 oz, new style bottles - like the new labels, don't like the bottle shapes. Date is ink jetted on the bottle, orange label. "Made with ginger, but still digs Mary Ann."

Appearance: Poured clear til I shook up a bit of the sediment for the last bit, then clouded to a nice orangish haze, average head.

Smell: A bit of ginger and orange peel, some coriander - spice and citrus.

Taste: Decent amount of ginger flavor, a bit of citrus - the other spices don't come through in the flavor as much. Nice mouthfeel, smooth wheat with a bit of carbonation to it.

Overall impression: Very drinkable, a nice twist on a summer favorite. This would probably pair well with quite a bit of food.

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 NStLincoln
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the look of this beer. White soapy head goes away fast but the body has an awesome hazy translucence about it. A straw golden color completes the picture.

The nose has a bit of barnyard, a bit of rock sugar, some black pepper and a lot of slightly fake lemon/lime smell. That Pledge/7Up thing isn't great, but it's not a deal breaker.

My tongue says lemon/lime on the back end but that might be the ginger that the label advertises. Whichever it is it overpowers the maltiness that I'm getting on the front. More complexity as the beer warms.

Really yummy and refreshing. The citrus is a little awkward for me, but I like it.

Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 12 ounce unique stubby bottle a rather fizzy, hazy lemon yellow sun colour with a short lived egg shell white head. little lace. pale malt aroma...some citrus zest and ginger ale notes along with some spice. flavour is a refreshing combination of a bit of semi sturdy maltiness, a hint of yeast and some citrus and spiciness. hopping minimal and appropriate for the style. orange, lemon, ginger and pepper all contribute a light delicateness to this summer seasonal. creamy mouthfeel....sturdy yet easy going body adds to the enjoyment. drinkability is quite nice on a warm, sunny summer afternoon.

overall i was pleasantly surprised by this wit. it's certainly an american interpretaion of the style, and a nice one at that. the ginger is a subtle twist that seems appropriate. recommended.

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

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Misty bronze colored brew which produced a nice bit of froth. Head lasted a while and even left some washy lacing behind.

S - Coriander up front, with some yeasty and peppery notes.

T - Nice wheat body, with some citrus notes and a bit of spiciness. A little bit of ginger and just enough bite to round out the sweetness come through at the end.

M - Light clean body, good carbonation level, semi-dry finish that leaves an herbal aftertaste.

D - Very enjoyable, glad I picked up a sixer of this. Good rendition of the style. Will hopefully revisit before the season is over.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: sweet, lemon, citrus, spice

taste: citrus, spices, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a refreshing beer but it wasn't over the top and a little to sweet. glad I got to try it.


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

Poured into a Weizen glass, this Wit arrives with a cloudy gold hue and a fluffy eggshell head. The head falls to a patchwork film, while leaving bits of lace.

The drinking experience is mild and light. Orange and ginger do most of the work. A hint of coriander is there as well. Some sourdough bread flavor is working too. The beer finishes with lingering ginger and orange rind flavors. The body is slightly chewy and has a little less carbonation than I like from this style.

Overall, this is a nice summer offering. I'm glad I picked it up.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - pale straw color, murky, with about two finger's worth of almost white-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - Somewhat wheaty, but not very strong. A little bit of the ginger can be noticed, but not much.

Taste and Mouthfeel - interesting taste! I taste a good mix of the ginger and the wheat! Nicely balanced, the two seem to fight over prevalence in the taste. Not a strong aftertaste at all. Texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - a very nice brew, but some subtleties that make it worth trying again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer was a cloudy, opaque, yellow-gold color with thin, white, filmy head. Aromas are watered down, but have banana nut and lemon zest characteristics. The body is extremely smooth and round. The flavors are of banana creme and toasted bread...both high marks in my fat-kid book. The aftertaste is puckering sweet and the finish is sharp and abrupt. Very light, but tough to stomach a lot of. Would actually make a decent dessert beer, which I don't normally associate with this style.

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 DJW
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

new at the TJ's in Redmond, WA. Poured into a New Belgium goblet. 1 inch head, mild lacing, fine carbonation that just keeps coming. Color is a lemon-gold, cloudy as per style. Nose is light citrus, wheat malt and a tad of that belgian yeastiness. Taste is light wheat malt, that yeast again, and the slightest ginger note (might not have been able to pick it out if the brewery hadn't indicated it was brewed with ginger, but with that in mind, you can taste it - but it's very subtle.) Mouthfeel is freaking gorgeous - smooth, medium light body, and highly drinkable.
Overall - I'm so glad I grabbed this one on the way home. I'm drinking it with bacon and eggs at 2AM, but it would have gone just as well with pizza, cheeses, or summer bbq fare.

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 MrHurmateeowish
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a cloudy yellow body with less than an inch of off-white head. Smells fruity with lemon and ginger notes. Banana, lemon, orange, spice, and ginger comprise a balanced flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing. A nice new Summer seasonal.

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 emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as part of a mixed six pack today, not expecting a whole lot. I was however, pleasantly surprised. Poured a cloudy amber color with about a finger of white head. Aromas of wheat, ginger and a little citrus. On the palate, light bodied, with flavors of wheat, citrus and a hint of ginger. Surprisingly pretty good.

Photo of Reidrover
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack from Roths store,Keizer OR. $6.99 Lovely hazy yellow beer, with a great ,rocky,creamy white head. Aroma, slightly spicy a touch of ginger and slight wheatiness. Nice. Taste is very clean..maybe too clean, but after a while nice wheat hints, spice and at the end a nice touch of ginger. Very nicely done carbonation leads to a nice smooth yet spritzy mouthfeel. Overall another simple beer, but will be delightful in the heat of the summer.

Photo of KLAYNE87
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12-pack while visiting the folks in NH. Brewed on April 20th from their facility in Portsmouth. Really excited to see a new Redhook for the summer.

Pours a hazy yellow, not much lacing. Really good example of the style. I pick up light citrus (lemon more so than orange) that doesn't assault the tastebuds. I wish I could have more ginger, but I can't be complaining.

Perfect summer beer no doubt about that. Highly sessionable at only 5.3% ABV. This is certainly going to be one of my go to beers this season.

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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
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