Redhook Wise Cracker Wit | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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.


Added by Jason on 05-11-2011

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Photo of hdf561
2.84/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into English pub glass, look is a cloudy gold with no lacing and minimal head that lasts no time, smell can immediately smell the spices ginger and sugary notes, taste is strong and sweet very overpowering with ginger and a lingering after taste and dry mouth feel.

Good beer but not something I feel I can drink a lot of, good for a night when having just a few. Not super heavy just a powerful taste recommend to all.

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Photo of Munich1bier
2.2/5  rDev -37%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours cloudy straw under a 2” off-white persistent and clingy foam collar. S: Spice, traces of citrus, white bread. T: Light bread, citrus, traces of ginger, no discernable hops. F: Medium to medium low body, medium high carbonation. O: Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of MelM012
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First beer I tried from Red Hook on their brewery tour; not only was it a great tour but the beer was awesome. Wise cracker whit is as great as the name!

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Photo of Foyle
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
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 a0lbudman
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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Photo of alphagnome
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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 tone77
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
2.67/5  rDev -23.5%
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 fields336
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Natainos
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of carolinahophead
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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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