Getting tired of this so-called Northwest Spring, who isn't? But the fact is we live here and that means, rain (in Seattle), winds (Portland) and of course the onslaught of irregular high temperatures.
Top things off our psychological stimuli can't help but see sun and think of the outdoors. Sure there are those that don't need a cloud-less sky to inspire them to work outside or take a walk / bike ride in the outdoors but you are unique. Because of this we decided to break the norm and discuss the merits of our Belgian cousin the Wit.
Pronounced Vit this style of beer has been featured on draft at everything from steak houses to sports bars. If you don't know what mean you only have to look for Blue Moon or Hoegarden. But today we aren't discussing the successful pilot project from Coors or a beer that revitalized interest in this uniquely Belgian style. Instead we are talking about Woodinville's latest offering to those aren't quite sure what a Belgian really is.
To celebrate Redhook’s big Three-O, we are stepping out in some new duds that are a nod to our heritage and a toast to our future. We’re not just talking about slappin on a new label, and calling it done. Check out the new bottle…bold, masculine, and most importantly, easier to knock one back. We think we’re looking pretty damn good for our age. Cheers to 30 years!
Wit. “Made with ginger, but still digs Mary Ann.”
Redhook’s twist on the Belgian style ale is the addition of fresh ginger, which adds a refreshing snappiness to this lighter-bodied wheat beer. Redhook Wit is perfect for the 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. ABV: 5.3% / IBU: 8
Belgian white ales are very pale in color and are brewed using unmalted wheat and malted barley and are spiced with coriander and orange peel. Coriander and light orange peel aroma should be perceived as such or as an unidentified spiciness. Phenolic spiciness and yeast flavors may be evident at mild levels. These beers are traditionally bottle conditioned and served cloudy. An unfiltered starch and yeast haze should be part of the appearance. The low to medium body should have some degree of creaminess from wheat starch. The style is further characterized by the use of noble-type hops to achieve low hop bitterness and little to no apparent hop flavor. This beer has no diacetyl and a low to medium fruity-ester level. Mild acidity is appropriate.
Whether on draft (at the Forecaster's Pub) out of the bottle, Redhook Wit appears straw golden with a strong veil of opaque. As the beer settles before that initial sip a three quarter inch white foamy froth forms on top but recedes quickly.
Within the nose one recalls elements of coriander, lemon peel, and a medium presence of ginger.
Gathering that first sip you get strong notes of coriander before finishing with ginger and an almost corner store lemon drop powdered impression. Overall Redhook Wit feels mild on the tongue and there isn't much in the way of astringency.
As suggested by the brewery this beer will be a great garnish with that side of mesquite smoked chicken, some sharp cheese, or even try this with some sorbet.
About the photo’s author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.