Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 37
Gots: 208 | FT: 14
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% 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: 1,145 | Reviews: 163
Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just kind of meh. This bear definitely tasted Belgian and Wheat-esque, but it just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because I did drink it directly out of the can. I think it would have tasted better on draft in the appropriate glassware.

Photo of Keene
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold from the can with two fingers of white foam rising to the top that leaves lovely lacing on the glass. Its tangy, lemony and sweet grainy aroma also includes ample Saison character from the yeast. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a fairly strong coriander flavor and citrusy acidity. Full-bodied. Some sweetness and a pronounced orange note arrive midway through the sip. Florida Cracker's lemony-orange qualities take over somewhat and last well into the finish, accompanied by a flavor that's reminiscent of fresh-baked French country bread. A solid showing that could used a bit more subtlety.

Photo of LittleMurphyDog
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very pale, an okay taste. Beer smells better tha it tastes. Not my favorite Cigar City brew.

Photo of jkrich
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: faintly hazy, light golden hue with a billowing and foamy white-head that slowing dissipates leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of light fruits and a faint whiff of champagne.

It has been very warm and humid here in the Florida panhandle and this Wit ale is the perfect thirst quencher. The ale begins with a very nice mellow, fruit flavor (mild orange) and a solid malt backbone. Often, I have found some the Wit ale flavors off-putting but not this one. The coriander is not really noticeable which is a good thing, at least for me. The body is a little thin on the palate, but there is a lingering sweetness that coats the tongue.

Overall, a simple but refreshing warm-weather ale.

Photo of hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not the biggest fan of belgians, nor witbeirs. I received this as an extra in a trade. This was a pretty good beer though. It was refreshing and belgiany, although the yeast profile was not over bearing. If I were to drink more belgians, I would go to this one again.

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy yellow color

Aroma: Light wheat vanilla aroma

Taste: Peppery orange taste

Overall: Very easy drinking delicious beer

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.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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