Redhook Wise Cracker Wit | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Wise Cracker WitRedhook Wise Cracker Wit
312 Ratings
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 BillDon
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of iabeerbaron
3.08/5  rDev -13%
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 deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of SickGnar
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
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 -2%
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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3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
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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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. Dated May 10 11 on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance - Very cloudy, dull pale yellow body. Big white head. tons of sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell - Light. Citrusy. Plain.

Taste - Orange .Lots of orange. Some wheat. Medium bodied.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Almost creamy. Medium bodied. Somewhat refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - A different, robust take on the wit. But not refreshing or balanced enough for a good score.

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3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Doshkin
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - dull, pale, orange/yellow. i poured gently from the bottle and got zero head, so it's partially my fault.

s - pretty weak, but what's there is good. citrusy and bready.

t - citrusy-orange. nice mild yeasty flavor.

m - medium-light. bubbly up front with the citrus bite and then it's smooth.

o - good little wheat beer. i think i paid $2 for a 12oz bottle which is a ripoff, but i would definitely buy a 6er for $9 or less

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3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

redhook wit

a 3.5-4 moderately cloudy piss color, 1-finger head leaves a stubborn ring, spotty lacing at first then nothing.

s 3-3.5 not much for a nose, but nothing off-putting. a little ginger in there.

t 3-3.5 this reminds me of something from a brewpub. sweet for the style, not due to excess malt but just underattenuation. a little tangy, pleasant in a somewhat bland way. gives you the usual initial impression you could drink gallons if you wanted, but that sugar is surely going to have other ideas by the end of the glass.

m 3.5 smooth, rounded, tending more to soft and flat than prickly.

d 3.5 an easy drinker that needs to be dried out to be a really good sessioner. prototypical 3.5 beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: good color, strong golden hue with a slight hazy color.

Smell: Weak floral hints with some citrus and ginger

Taste: starts with a malty beginning with quick spice hints that end with a strong gingery flavor

Mouthfeel: crisp at the beginning with a smooth finish that lingers on the soft palate

Overall: this beer is a good example of a witibier by an american craft brewery. balanced and spicy. A good summer beer no matter how hot it is.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 312 ratings
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