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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 34
Gots: 188 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 05-19-2011

Pours cloudy straw in color with moderate notes of orange peel, coriander and hints of vanilla. Flavor has upfront citrus with coriander notes that lead into lemon/lime like notes and finishes with citrus and flowers.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 1,111 | Reviews: 157
Photo of whodatmango
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect beer for the beach. Very light but still flavorful

Photo of TheHammer
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained exceptionally well and produced some minor lacing. The body has some clouding but not so much that you can't see the abundant cabrbonation.

Smell: There is a strong backbone of wheat malt with a very mild citrus note. It's a nice smell, but even with ample warming, it's not as strong as I'd like him.

Taste: Starts with a healty wheat, hit of wheat malt that turns to a sweet citrus taste. Very mild, very easy, very refreshing, really the perfect beer for hot florida weather.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with excellent transistioning, the carbonation is nice and foamy but the aftertaste is notably absent apart from a brief dry bready snap.

Drinability: Easy on the system, exceptionally light and very refreshing. Light bodied, and really an excellent summer drinker.

Final Thoughts: I finally got to visit Florida and knew I had to try Cigar City. This one was one of a couple beers I managed to snag whlile here. This is an awesome great hot weather beer. All in all an excellent Wit. Thumbs Up

Photo of Snydani
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty for a Belgian beer. A good
Light day drinks my beverage. Beach beer

Photo of Tpain518
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

not good at all. nope

Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into shaker pint. Hazy yellow liquid with a modest one-finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is lemon and orange peel, dusty wheat, and coriander. Taste is similar with citrus sweetness and some spicy bite. Light body, thin texture, moderate carbonation, abrupt drying finish.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty descent beer for what it is

Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice straw colored beer with a small white head. Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. Has a great citrus flavor that goes well with the Belgian white style.

Photo of JackTheSipper
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

best damn white ale in fl

Photo of CHickman
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a very foamy 2-3 finger white head that was full of popping bubbles and faded in about a minute, leaving minimal spotty lacing. I was hoping it would be cloudier looking, but this did pour from a can so that had to be a factor.

Smells of lemon, Pine-Sol, wheat, toasted grains, coriander, cracker and husk; decent smelling at best, this is an aroma for a hot summer night since it's more quaffable than one to inhale and ponder - it's pretty basic.

Tastes of lemon, dry citrus hops, orange peel, pine cone, wheat, toasted grains, spices like pepper and coriander, dry salty cracker, mild funk and husk; the citrus and spices are much stronger than in the nose, followed by a kiss of caramel and then earthy and yeast notes that trail off dry and clean. There are more spices with possibly clove in the mix, and they blend nice with the hops, malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery, with a light body, mild fizzy carbonation, and a clean finish that has a blend of spices and malt or yeast. Overall a good summer session brew, but not one meant for a snowy night in January.

Photo of moeam3192
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Personal favorite. Nice smooth flavor

Photo of dsnyder61
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good white beer from cigar city

Photo of Ponderdingdong
1.91/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Love cigar city but this one I'm not a fan of. A bit bitter but light, a little too much wheat. Should remember to check the cans dates too from some sellers that stock them too long.

Photo of Kraj30
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a great white.. White/Weisse beers are so underrated

Photo of MNishCT77
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can purchased in mid-6/14 in the greater Miami area, FL; dated "3/20/14," poured into my Weyerbacher tulip glass, drank over 30 minutes

Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2 weeks ago.
Hazy orange color with a thick head with short retention.
Aroma of coriander, Saison yeast, curacao, and a slightly tart scent.
Flavor of Saison yeast, mild curacao, spices, bread dough, a touch of sourness, oranges and green wine.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Flavorful and refreshing with a funky and curacao touch. A mix of a Saison and a Witbier. It has its own character and flexible enough for summer or even slow drinking.

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sort of like a Blue Moon Belian White slightly less sweet. It is what it is. Maybe on a boat under the hot FL sun. ??? Meh.

Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first ever chance to sample a Cigar City brew and would you know it - they ran out of their mother%&#king Stouts! I was disappointed by this fact (dear reader you know me as somewhat of a Stout aficionado). My bitter tears would soon be soaked by the dry and tasty Florida Cracker.

Poured from tap into 100ml sample cup at the Sip & Savour event in Sydney.

A: Cloudy pale straw body with a thin white lace on top. This really could have come from the Sixpoint Meatball Wheat Ale tap and I would have been none the wiser. 8/10.

S: Ok, it’s not Meatball then: Bold orange peel forward notes lead to a light toasted biscuit base with a hint of clove and earthy hops in the finish. It’s Hoegaarden and then some... it’s never a bad thing to be compared to the original Witbier if you are a Witbier. 8/10.

T: Yes, that big orange peel character shouts “Floriiiida!” before continuing to a mid-palate dry bread base, then following this are clove/coriander notes and a long dry Saison-like finish. It’s even more-moreish than Sixpoint’s Meatball (sorry Sixpoint!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. This is the low point of the brew, could have used a more creamy texture, nonetheless it is still decent. 6/10.

D: This is the boldest Witbier I've had in a long time, the orange is prominent but well balanced with the clove/coriander notes and the long dry finish really makes it a constant sipper... in fact the sampler was gone before I finished my notes! Still it is bitter consolation for me as I was really, really, really looking forward to trying one of their famous/much lauded Stouts. 8/10.

Food match: Those pulled pork sandwiches I salivated over at the event... mmm, pulled pork.

Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible unrated beer! This beer is perfect for being in the Florida sun in any outdoor activity. Incredibly drinkable as in you may find yourself having more.. way more than you anticipated like the entire 6 pack

Photo of worussell3
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Great Summer beer.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 25, 2014

Draft, Shaker Pint

A – A good inch of fine white foam on top of a straw-colored, slightly hazy, bubbly beer. Bright and inviting.

S – Orange peel, Caribbean spices, tangy yeast. Some untoasted white bread. Plenty of lemon-lime and tropical hop notes.

T – Very citrusy, lemon-lime quite prominent, with orange and white pepper notes. Mild malty sweetness balanced with a hop bite.

M – Very bright, bubbly, with a Brut champagne-like finish. Barely sweet and barely bitter. Great for washing away mild food flavors.

O – I had this beer for the first time paired with raw oysters and spicy horseradish cocktail sauce, and it was an incredible match. Perfect for mild seafood, sushi, etc. Probably my favorite Cigar City regular offering.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +9%

Canned 9/11/2014.

Served cold into a goblet, Florida Cracker is a hazy pale yellow color with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, and slightly fruity.

Flavor is sweet but balanced with just enough bitterness to get by. Lemon, coriander, and Belgian wit yeast seem to be the predominant flavor notes.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated for the style.

Overall a very good American take on this style.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple 12 ounce can makes the house of the Florida Cracker. On to the beer:

A soapy head sits on top before fading into a lace while underneath, a pee yellow beer is waiting to be consumed. The soft and sweet aroma of this witbier features aromas of orange peel, coriander, and the sweetness of oats, so at this moment this beer is spot on per style. What I wasn't expecting was the spicy flavor of this witbier, and it makes a bold statement and pleasant contrast to the bits of orange and sweet oats. In fact, the spicy character brings an appeitizing dry finish with a linger of fruity and spicy. It also seems to add zing to the carbonation, further adding to the enjoyment.

Just what I needed for a warm afternoon. Smiles all around this BA after I finished the can.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12pz can poured into a wit glass.

A: Dull golden and cloudy. Fine-bubbled white head sputters out after a while.

S: Wheat,my rackety malt, musty and lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Whiffs of peppery coriander and faint orange peel.

T: Crackery malt and some doughy wheat. Dry. Dusty yeast. Mild peppery coriander. Sort of a brief lemon/lime character. Oily orange peel is a constant throughout. Dusty, yeasty finish is dry and abrupt.

M: Light bodied with some creamy, wheaty froth. Very crisp and biting in the carbonation department.

O: It's easy to imagine how quenching and refreshing this would be on a brutally hot and humid day. The overall crisp and dry qualities make it very easy to get to the bottom of this can. A solid pairing with feta cheese.

Photo of cambabeer
3.12/5  rDev -15%

Yeah, really not overly impressed here. There was a lot of vanilla in both the nose and taste. The aftertaste was a nice bit of wheat and slight hops to finish, that was the good part. There was something a little too sweet that I can't place my finger on. This was good, easy drinking, extremely smooth. Just not blown away by any means. But it did taste like a wheat beer and a sessionable one.

Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with great vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, orange peel, and some yeasty notes.

Taste: Same as above. Bready and vanilla as notes come out strong with everything else lightly there.

Mouthfeel: Tart, chewy, some spice, medium bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid witbier out of a can. Yes, a can. Perfect for this hot Orlando weather.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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