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 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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Photo of jiggahertz
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy, straw yellow with about a finger of bubbly, jumping head.

S: Orange, corriander, spice and wheat on the nose.

T: Wheaty up front, but then thins out a little too much, finish is bland. There is some nice spice in there, but I wish there was something more.

M: Thin, watery, ok level of carbonation.

O: Not a bad wit, was just hoping for more from redhook.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours amoight orangish yellowy color with a smallmwhite head that recedes fairly quickly. The smell is citrusy win notes of coriander. The flavor follows through with a good citrus flavor and coriander followed by a nice smooth finish bthe mouthfeelmis fairly light decent carbonation and pretty smooth. The beer is overall very good

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Photo of stephens101
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow orange with a fleeting, thick white head and a few slight ridges of residual lace. Big coriander and lemon citrus with a sweet malt base and prominent grass and hay notes. Thin body and tastes of malt, more coriander and some meringue. Almost watery at times. Airy. Needs more umph! Taste more banal than bad, and that creates its own set of issues.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
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 hreb
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in pint glass, cold. Bottled on June 15. Beer pours pale yellow with a medium thick white head. Beer is slightly hazy and full of big soda-like bubbles.

Aroma is sweet and of ginger and orange. Flavor is similar: big on ginger, coriander maybe coming in second. A little bit of sugar sweetness on the tip of the tongue towards the end, but also a cloying taste from the spices used. Still, more dry (yeast is present) than sweet overall.

Drinkable, but more of a gimmicky ginger-weiss than a Belgian Wit.

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Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
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 redfire89
2.3/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Very hazy orange color
S- Citrusy, with a hint of ginger aroma
T-Very bland I taste a little orange and ginger
M- Really watery and thin with a lot of carbonation
O- I'm disappointed I've had much better witbiers like Blue Moon, Hoegaarden, even Shock Top. This isn't flavorful like a witbier should be.

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Photo of kjyost
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 27/11 in some crazy looking bottle. Poured into a tulip with yeast swirled in.

A: Cloudy with a smaller than expected head that went away too quickly. The body of the beer was also a little more to the copper than to the straw yellow end of the spectrum.
S: Coriander, cloves and definitely the ginger they advertise on the bottle. I like the twist.
T: A spicy wit, that is certain wins lingering heat with ginger hanging on to the palate. I like the ginger, but it made the beer entirely too one dimensional.
M: Thickness that I expect from a wit is lacking, and the carbonation seems low.
O: I can see how this would be hit or miss based on the ginger dominating the game. I enjoyed it though...

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that sinks quick.

S - A good dose of wheat, sweet bananas, lemon, very light spice.

T - Lemon and orange citrus, fruity-reminds me of mild fruit cocktail syrup, light coriander on the edges, thick wheat malt underneath. Ginger comes out as it warms and lingers through to the finish.

M - Medium bodied but full creamy feel with prickly carbonation.

The ginger is a nice touch but starts to get weird towards the bottom of the glass. It's nice choice for some variety though.

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Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Portsmouth Brewery. This one poured a cloudy golden color. There was a bit of a white head that lingers awhile and leaves some lacing. Milder but nice aroma Bit of wheat, coriander and other spices. The taste is nice. Medium wheat body, some coriander, citrus. A decent example of the style.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a ring with no lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is light aromas of wheat and citrus. Smells sweet and malty...nothing special.

T: The taste is mostly wheat and a slight citrus flavor. There is an aftertaste on the finish that I can't quite place but it is actually very interesting and tasty. Maybe it's the ginger?

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. This is actually the best quality of the beer.

O: I would drink this on occasion but it's not the best Witbier I've ever had. The citrus flavors and aromas are very weak for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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 yemenmocha
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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 witster18
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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...

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Photo of rowew
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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 NStLincoln
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.


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