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.


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Photo of RJLarse
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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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 cyclonece09
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
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 vkv822
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 24, 2012 (picked it up in a six-pack for $6.99 at Kiel’s in San Diego on Aug. 24, 2012). Poured a hazy, straw, grapefruit with light white head that dissipated almost immediately. Weak retention on top and sides.

Smelled corn, honey, lemon, skunk, apple, sour, orange and orange peel. Pretty flavorful.

Tasted similar to the nose, more of a saison feel. Got apple, orange, orange peel, sour and honey.

Light body. Thin texture. Above average-to-heavy carbonation. Abrupt finish. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

A surprisingly decent beer. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting that much, but I liked this beer. Great for the summer, too.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap during brewery tour at the Portsmouth location.

Appearance: Golden and slightly cloudy. Decent head and head retention.

Smell: Citrus and wheat, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and light bodied. Taste of citrus and ginger with a bittersweet taste in the backround.

Overall: Good brew, I enjoyed this one and bought myself a bottle after the tour was over.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.07/5  rDev -12%
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 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 1234Jack
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. Pleasant. Subtle smell.

Crisp (maybe just barely too much so) carbonation.

A good, pure look with the golden cloudiness. This may be the best part of the beer. Gotta love their stubby bottles and variety of inner-bottlecap messages. Today I got one with just a black image of Washington State.

No real head on this one, but lacing is nice and humble.

The coriander/citrus is noticeable and to be expected, but not overpowering.

They say ginger, but I didn't notice it.

Glad Red Hook makes a wit - my girlfriend doesn't seem to like too many of Red Hook's beers, but I love 'em. Not to mention the prices I can get on this local craft maker. The wit allows me to sneak it into the fridge because she's a fan of Blue Moon, Shock Top etc. ;)

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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 ZAP
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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 is drinkable...lacks most of the expected wit beer 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 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 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 N3rdM3t4l
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
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 secondtooth
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
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 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 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 Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy orange/gold color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the inside edge of the glass. Decanted lightly. Laced in broken rings.

S: Orange, ginger and coriander. Sweet wheat malt. Lemon and citrus peel.

T: Coriander and orange are up front with definite citrussy foundation. Bready wheat. No real hop character so the coriander and lemon expand in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing; relatively clean.

D: Sweet wit with some nice spices; not necessarily of yeast origin. Could be a little better balanced in the finish for better drinkability.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden orange color with an average sized, foamy, sticky, slightly thick, full, white head. Decent retention leaving a faint lacing.

S - Sweet and spicy aromas duke it out. Sweet doughy wheat interplays with ginger, coriander, and orange/lemon zest.

T - Like the nose suggested there is a mixing of sweet and spice. Sweet doughy wheat and banana provide a spring board for the spices. Ginger is on the forefront with coriander and citrus zest following closely. Maybe a hint of clove. The ginger has a slight sweetness to it too.

M - Light body with above average carbonation. Has a zesty, spritzy feel accented by the spice. Slight drying finish.

D - Nice balance of sweet and spice although the spice is a little strong to down these easily. I like the ginger aspect though, especially with it taking on a slight sweetness with the banana flavors.

Notes: An interesting wit with the spices. Ginger ended up being a very nice addition for me. It was a little too spiced to be very quaffable, but it was a nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of iabeerbaron
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Pintofbrown
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this Wit into a pint glass.

Appearance- This, no surprise, has a cloudy and golden-yellow body with some bubble streams racing toward the cap. Speaking of the cap, where is it? I only had a slight film on the pour and it disappeared almost immediately. Not even a ring of film around the glass here...

Smell- Very interesting having that ginger note included. Otherwise there are hints of banana, and maybe even coriander, but not really well defined. Mainly it is that sugary ginger and banana that lingers the most. Not bad.

Taste- This is where the Wit style flavors kind of pop out at you, unlike on the nose. There is a great deal of coriander and some wheat back bone that leads off. Ginger finally comes through when the drink has almost finished. There is a little sweet banana lingering in the finish. It is much sweeter than I expected.

Mouth feel- Not the best feel in the world for this Wit. The beer seems a little astringent, and it may be due to the carbonation. There is no lift on this one, it just sludges over the tongue, and feels light bodied doing it.

Overall- It really was an interesting wit, and I liked the idea to incorporate ginger a lot. However, the nose was not that impressive, and the taste seemed really disjointed. Maybe less of the sweet and more spice? And the mouth feel was average at best. The carbonation was not handled well.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium orangey golden – adequately cloudy and hazy. Cream-white head pops right up to medium size with large bubbles and then collapses blazingly fast. No lace.

S: Sweet ginger. Some coriander – both herbal and lemon. Doughy wheat with a hint of malt sweetness. Hint of citrus peel. No hops.

T: Coriander first and quite flavorful & nicely herbal with hardly any of the lemony aspect. Ginger stays quite sweet – sort of like candied ginger but softer. The hint of orange peel is more forward than in the nose. Doughy wheat – a simple solid base. No real hops or yeast notes. Coriander develops a spicy edge as you consume, but lemon also grows.

M: Medium body with soft almost low carbonation. A fair bit of sugary sweetness sticks around. Coriander tries to take the end drying, but cannot quite do it.

D: A sweeter wit with an interesting ginger and coriander character. Sweetness gets to be a bit much and hurts drinkability. Feels just a bit dis-jointed and lacking in balance. Probably better with food.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look Pours a murky yellow orange color with no head no retention and no lacing

Smell: Notes of peach and ginger

Taste: Subtle notes of ginger, straw and citrus

Mouthfeel: Light body and medium to high carbonation

Overall: It's ok it again is a decent beer from Redhook who like to make run of the mill beers it seems

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Photo of woosterbill
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 05/11 into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly hard pour still only produces a finger of short-lived white foam atop the hazy pale orange body. What head there is disappears quickly and leaves no lace. Pretty disappointing.

S: Ginger, candy sweetness, and wheat malt. Pretty generic aside from the ginger, and that doesn't really go all that well with the malt. No better than average.

T: A bit better here, as the ginger provides a really nice counterpoint to the sweetness that just didn't make sense in the aroma. The subtle spiciness of the ginger really lends some welcome complexity to a beer that would be pretty boring otherwise. Overall it's both interesting and inoffensive. Not bad at all.

M: Fairly light body with moderate, lively carbonation. Solid.

O: Not a great Wit by any means, but well worth the $5/sixer price in the closeout bin. Quite drinkable, and with a fun gingery twist.


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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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