Redhook Wise Cracker Wit | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a crackly white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity with yeasty notes and some cracked wheat.

T - It tasted fruity with some sweet wheat flavors. Nice touch of grains and spiciness from the yeast.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Redhook doesn't get a lot of high praise, but I think they did an excellent job on a style that very few American breweries do well.

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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 mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant Wit in the lighter style. The spices are barely perceptible, a plus in my book, but just a hint of ginger comes through in the aftertaste. Just a little of the Hefeweizen flavors.

Nice appearance in a tall chalice with the cloudy pale amber color and sudsiness. Good mouthfeel with a sprightly but smooth carbonation. Flavors are subtle, but it makes for an ideal quaff. Mellow, light and refreshing. Some sediment in the bottom, but not too much yeasty taste.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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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 russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
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 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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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 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 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 tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Billolick
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let's have a beer. A Redhook beer. A witbier, one that was bottled on May 31, arriving in a 22 ounce bottle at the price of $2.49 (now there's a reasonable price on a bomber!). On to the beer:

It looks like beer. Faded pale golden color, no cloudiness on the first pour. A few bubbles rise through the body. The head never really forms on top, just fizzles away. Boring looking so far. (On the second pour, the body has more of the traditional cloudy look. ½ point bonus for that.) The nose resotres some faith. There's a sweet, creamy oatmeal aroma, and some soft spices to diversify the nose.

One of Redhook Wit's strengths is the lovely oatmeal flavor. Soft, creamy, and sweet. This paints the canvas and allows some ginger to come through. No real citurs to speak of. There's a whisper of bittering hops that come around. The beer is light bodied, has a slap of alcohol felt, and offers semi-selzery carbonation.

Redhook comes out with a good wit. A potential sleeper in the American witbier category, especially given its price.

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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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14%
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 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 flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy silvery-gold appearance with a robust effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam, leaving little lace as it dissipates. Not too bad.

Smell: light, refreshing wheaty aroma with a hint of sourness. The bottle says made with ginger, but the ginger doesn't really come out in the aroma.

Taste: very wheaty taste with a hint of citrus, but not particularly full of character. It's not too bad, but it reminds me a bit too much of an American pale wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big carbonation and a robust, if evanescent, creaminess. Pretty good!

Overall: while it's not bad, I don't think of it as being artfully crafted. It just doesn't rub me the right way.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a light white head, solid retention and lace.

S: Ginger and lemon-lime, very fruity. Some orange.

T: Lemon and ginger, some tropical fruit. Nice overall flavour.

M: Light-bodied, crisp at times, but a soft carbonation overall.

O: A solid wit, the ginger is nice touch. Worth a shot.

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