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 ZenAgnostic
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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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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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Photo of Doshkin
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +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 jjveverka
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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 +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 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 jiggahertz
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +13.2%
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 -20.3%
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 -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 hreb
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -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 redfire89
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
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 +12.3%
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 -12%
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 +6%
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 -1.7%
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 +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 yemenmocha
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
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 +8.6%
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 -0.6%
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 -0.6%
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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Redhook Wise Cracker Wit from Redhook Ale Brewery
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