Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,175
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 36
Gots: 214 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a weird color, somewhere in limbo between straw and yellow with a pretty hefty haze, giving a grungy, unfiltered look and feel. The skull-white head grows and then bellies up almost instantly - completely vanished within 20 seconds of the pours. Being so volatile, a quick swirl can bring it back, but only for a very brief moment. Aroma is packed with some nice spices; clove, coriander, and other warming spices. Some moderate bubblegum on the very tail end thanks to the Belgian yeast. Not really picking up much of a hop flavor - maybe some lightly floral notes deep down in there, but it's stretch.

Pretty light on the palate with a thin-medium body, densely packed with carbonation; crispy and snappy on the tongue. Orange peel and lemon zest come out in the flavor right away - the lemon more so as it warms up. More clove, coriander, and perfume-like spices jump on the palate while a very light hop profile makes its way in. Slighty wet and floral, they are almost too far in the background to matter, though. I'm picking up a moderate funky flavor and aroma near the latter half of the beer now - corky, musky, cellar-like, wet wood. Is this a characteristic of the yeast strain? It was actually quite pleasant, not overpowering or off-putting at all - a nice little addition. Very "wet" on the palate despite the high carbonation. At times, it seemed a bit watered down and not packed with as much flavor as it should've had - but at 5% ABV, you've gotta give them some leeway.

Listed as a witbier, but it drank more like a spin-off of a toned down Belgian style. Not a bad crack at the style, especially when you consider the relatively low ABV, but nothing comes close to the real thing. I could imaging this one going down well on a warm beach somewhere.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it poured a slightly hazy, pale gold color with no head. The nose is very muted, with floral (juniper?) smells, and very light spicing. The beer is light and smooth, with flavors of slight sour citrus and a smooth, bready spicing. Light in mouth, this beer has an aftertaste that is mostly coriander spicing. The finish is minimal and quick, making an easy drinker.

Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on December 3, 2013

A hazy light golden beer with an enthusiastic head. The soapy white foam quickly fades with little head retention.

A soft wheat malt sweetness and a medium-low Belgian yeast aroma that is mostly spicy with a light fruit character. There is a light citrus peel aroma along with a moderate earthy hops aroma.

The soft malt sweetness and moderate bitterness are up front quickly followed by a medium citrus flavor that is comes from mostly the zesty peel character and backed by some of the yeast character. The yeast also brings some spice while the moderate hops have an earthy and spicy character. There is a fair amount of coriander flavor in there but it's nicely balanced and comes through strong in the finish. The balance is slightly towards the bitter and the finish is off dry.

This is a light bodied beer with strong carbonation.

A Belgian White with the flavors turned up to eleven making for a refreshing and flavorful beer.

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. There is "canned on" dating on the bottom of the can, but its undecipherable/smudged to sh%t, oh well, they tried...

Pours super typical, wit beer, clouded and dull light tangerine,off white head, that stays a bit, but leaves minimal lace.

Potent nose of coriander, orange and cloves, nice.

Tasty, zesty, assertive and quite enjoyable Florida, USA take on the classic Belgian style. Cigar city knows what they are doing and its been showing in every can that I've been enjoying of this "Cracker" beer. On the palate the themes established by the sniff carry forward. More orange, more coriander and more cloves. Aggressive and peppery hopped up finish seals the deal.

Gotta love quality beer in a can...Well done Cigar city...

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Cloves, hints of banana, hops, wheat and some citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of grassy notes, cloves, and hops.

Overall: Great brew! Beginning to really like what Cigar City has to offer for beers!

Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into white wine glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with rapidly rising and even more rapidly falling head. Looks too still for a Wit.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander, spices, wheat, and a touch of banana.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with just the right amount of orange peel and coriander. The yeast is well integrated as well, with clove, banana and spicy notes. Cracked black and white pepper. The orange peel really lingers.

Feel: Very light with moderate carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Nice feel, but overall the beer could be slightly more effervescent and crisp.

Overall: This is a very safe Witbier, as it simply falls the rulebook, but the execution is fantastic. Improve the appearance and finish, and this would be world class.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a hazy disposition that little light will manage to seep through. There's a fingernail of dark white around the rim and little elsewhere. Aroma is of coriander, pale wheat and orange peel. The flavor is very well balanced with pale wheat in the forefront. The orange peel and coriander are used judiciously. The mouth is light,crisp, and refreshing.

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured hazy golden straw with lots of visible carbonation and a towering, durable white head.

Aroma: Malty-musty-yeasty with ripe banana and traces of lemon and coriander.

Taste: Much better than the aroma (my usual response to witbiers), with more lemon and less banana and yeast. There are hints of bread dough, flowers and orange peel. Tart.

Feel: above average amount of carbonation; medium body; close to creamy for style; tart; less dry than expected.

Overall: worth trying, particularly if you like this style. Refreshing.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

Pale yellow with a heavy cloudiness in a body that ends up being translucent, this beers starts off as advertised. There is a certain golden brightness shining through, particularly in the light but to a degree without it. Carbonation bubbles softly and slowly until the glass is empty, and it helps to keep up a well-formed pure white head that compacts itself to a full finger and develops densely, with lots of rocky cragginess and strength to keep up very well. Lacing is also strong, patching consistent well down the glass.
Along with lots of citrus in the nose, I do get some dry malts but not quite as dry as I expect. Lots of zest in particular, especially that of orange, give way to floral notes and a lightly musty earthiness. The yeast is strong and gets stronger, imparting a sort of "wheatiness" and getting spicier even as the coriander shows up.
The flavor brings it together, and this is a good attempt at a tough, overlooked style. Lemon and orange play off each other rather than vying for dominance, zest and slight pith offsetting a creamier sweetness (the vanilla note advertised, I presume). Wheat, not entirely crackery and dry but a little doughier as well, ease the gentle spices but also give a foundation for them to rest on. It's got a slight acidity, definitely tasted at the end, but the way it comes out with the earth and must makes it all that much easier on the palate.
The acidity does hurt the mouthfeel. The body's too light (appropriate, but not enough to hold up to the cutting feel) and carbonation too brisk and brief. It ends too soon, so that the finish is flat, although it does last to that point. The finish isn't as clean as it could be, either. The feel is where it falls short of great Belgians, though it's a very good beer in its totality.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canning date smeared on the bottom.

A: Pours a clear very light pale yellow with a white head on top. The head is fairly quick to dissipate, leaving a ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Lots of coriander in this aroma that blends with a citrus aroma from what must be the curacao peel. Yeastiness in the background.

T: The flavor is substantial in this brew with a range of spices, fruitiness and Belgian yeast. The coriander and yeast combination is fairly strong but the flavor isnt dominated by them. Floral aftertaste from the hops.

M: Light body with a sizable dose of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp finish that works great on a summer day.

Overall real drinkable beer with a load of flavor. While it may not be my style this one can be appreciated for being finely crafted. A much better alternative to any of the macro wheat beers.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, leaving small islands of microbubbles on the surface, and a ring around the edge. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Strong yeasty sourness with bright citrus tones; lemony. Lesser hints of orange.

Taste - Moderate lemon sourness and yeast funk hit upfront. Very subtle wheat and banana character once the beer warms. Sweet and bright. Touches on orange peel and slight grassy bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively, somewhat bitey carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Semi-dry finish. Maybe the best bodied witbier I've come across thus far.

Overall - Great witbier all-around. It doesn't kill me that this beer isn't on shelves in California, but it'd be a welcome addition if it were.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 whodatmango
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
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 Roguer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, ultra-thick pure white head. No lacing and medium retention, but it's an ultra-hot day. Pale straw colored, and hazy, with visible particles in suspension. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat, almost rye-like. Barest hint of banana or clove. I like the subtlety, but the dry wheat smell is fairly middling.

T - Banana, sour fruit, spice, and a healthy dose of wheat. A bit of sugary Belgian yeast that strengthens as the beer warms. This is a very tasty beer.

M - Medium-light, with a dry finish. Extremely drinkable in any fashion.

O - This is a wheat beer 100% worth trying. I put it up there with some of the better imports, although it's a notch below the best.

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw colored pour. White foam on top lingers. Hazy and some clingy lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, lemongrass, and a light hoppy scent.

T - Light flavors of grain and a tartness of lemon and lime. Refreshing witboer that is nice on those hot floridian nights.

M - Easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. Light feel with a bit of a grainy grit to it.

O - Not exciting, but a solid enough witbier to be enjoyed. Some stronger lemon flavor would help this.

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at Triboro Beverage. Another great beer from Cigar City. This beer tastes like it's straight out of Belgium. It's a lot closer to Hoegaarden than Allagash White. The Allagash has a lot of spice and fruit, but Cigar City has a slightly sweet candied wheat with mild vanilla. Basically is a more bready beer, but undeniably a wit. Give it a shot.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz on tap, straw yellow clear like a light lager but damn is the look misleading! Candy sweet funky yeast and pale malt steal the nose, wow! This is a great smelling brew! Taste follows the nose - orange peel, clove, light maltiness, candy sweet yeast funk, light citric hop bite at the end. Carbonation is beautiful & so is this brew!

Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
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 Doppelbockulus
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy yellow, extremely yellow. Very light, totally white head.

Smell is very clean and full of wheat and yeast.

This is the most low key Cigar City beer I have ever had, and I like it. Very much a classic white wheat ale. Hops are just a whisper. Tastes like some bitter orange peel with slight lemony tartness. Light bitterness in the finish.

Feels wet and dusty. Light tingle.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thumb of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Pears, grainy notes, orange peels

T: Pears, white pepper, white grapes, & a little orange peel up front. More pear as this warms, a little bit of Golden Delicious Apple as well, ever so faint phenolic notes. Finishes with pears & a little bit of coriander, plus dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Fairly clean tasting Wit, works in the heat, but not terribly interesting

Photo of zimm421
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a SA Perfect Pint glass. There's very aggressive carbonation, which results in a thick, fluffy white head. The head has good staying power, and has good staying power. Coloring is opaque straw.

Nose is peppery, with heavy yeast, and maltiness. Smells very sweet. The taste follows in a similar direction, with pepper, yeast, lemon, and nice light malt. Nothing here is overly impressive, but is just what you would expect from a White Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with very active carbonation. Goes down so easily. Overall, a good beer, but nothing that blows me away. Very refreshing, and enjoyable.

Photo of HalfFull
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass, this Cracker shows a hazed golden with a thin nearly white cap of foam. Light retention surrenders to a surface cap and leave light lace. Offers a steady boil of carbonation.

Nose of coriander and a light yeast presence, along with a tangy wheat note and a background of orange fruit. Warming brings out a firmer yeast presence.

Flavor follows with citrus a bit more notable up front, an effervescent coriander and wheat in the middle and a muddled lemony orange finish. Moderate feel and finish yields a more spicy than fruity delivery. Interestingly, I had this on tap a few days ago and it had a fuller more fruity/less spicy feel and aroma, along with better head retention. Not sure which I would prefer again. Alas it's a bit clear for the style yet offers plenty of reason to linger including light banana notes. Drinks easily and is well balanced yet not stellar with regard to nuance, but a good quaff nonetheless.

Note: Canned on 10/24/13 and 'Drink Fresh' emblazoned on the can. Drink fresh indeed, just a couple weeks old.

Photo of JackTheSipper
4.71/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

best damn white ale in fl

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a fluted beer glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, with very little foam. Some lacing.

The nose is wheaty, and the hints of coriander come through as well. Its a classic wit flavor, with a chalky wheaty lemon taste. Lots of citrus, but balanced expertly. Smooth close. Light carbonation, easy mouthfeel.

Very good.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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