Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 1,188
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 226 | FT: 12
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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 M-A-C
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm an avid fan of Belgian style wheat beer as well as German wheat beer.
Although I found it a bit of a challenge to remove the cans from the plastic carrier,
Florida Cracker Belgian style ale is probably the best US made wheat beer that I've had to date! (256 characters)

Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
5/5  rDev +31.6%
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 (215 characters)

Photo of tharper178
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz can into my Chicago Bears Tervis Tumbler (I used to think this glass was good luck until my Bears lost to the Lions today).

A- Hazy gold-orange. Hard pour, nice white head that dissipated within minutes, almost no lacing.

S- Orange, coriander, apricot, a little funk

T- Apricot, georgia peach, orange, coriander, complex and delicious.

M- Very crisp, very easy to drink and light - I live in South Florida and am drinking this outside. Slightly carbonated - which is exactly what I'm after today. Long dry finish.

O- I'm amazed this beer's not rated higher. Cigar City is high high quality. This is an exceptional, every day drinker, outdoor drinker, just amazing beer. Sessionable. Inexpensive. I definitely recommend it! (733 characters)

Photo of basscram
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance almost clear and is golden colored with full first segment finger head. Has that clean unmalted wheat smell. smells of fresh orange peel too.

taste on the tip of the tongue is the corianderish taste, lots of carbonation happening too. orange coming through as well. Like a fresh thick skinned orange fresh from harvest. any hops that are in this brew I cannot recognize. Drinkability is over the top. quaffing can happen with this brew. mouthfeel is lots of carbonation but not too much to avert gulping. very light mouthfeel.

I would definitely enjoy this beer again and would push this on lighter beer drinkers who are searching for blue moon/shocktop type beers. It's a beer that pushes those two beers out of the water for sure. Does this style beer much justice. (782 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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! (338 characters)

Photo of NoleDoc
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from can to glass on 3/21/13, originally canned on january 17, 2013. So fresh! I was excited to try it as I've heard it was a damn good beer. Nice bright yellow color. Very refreshing mouthful. You totally taste the crackers in the beer. Another cool thing... Watch out for the messages on the bottom of the cans. (322 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 6/1/2015. Canned on 5/14/2015.

I've had this before and it's one of my favorite wits.

A = very hazy straw-yellow color, opaque, lively carbonation. produces a rocky 2 finger head which lingers for a while, thick lacing on the glass. bubbles can be seen racing to the top in streams. very attractive witbier.

S = heavy on the citrus, cloves and a wheaty twang. get some fresh hay and light breadiness as well.

T = orange peel and lemon zest, wit spices are very prominent, especially the coriander. some hay, bready crackery malts, a bit of powdery yeast. the saison strain works very well, creating a crisp, tart, dry finish

F = creamy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation that gives the beer body without being prickly and harsh. light and refreshing.

O = one of my favorite beers, and an excellent beer for summer. tasty, approachable, and thirst quenching. (898 characters)

Photo of chris1919
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap I love everything about this beer. I especially enjoyed the mouthfeel and the way it just settles over your tongue and slowly enlivens various taste buds.
Despite the can-craze this beer (not unlike Avery's White Rascal) is about a full point lower. Obviously everything is better on tap but I just don't think I'm buying into this can thing. Maybe others are different but I still feel like there's a hint of metal in the taste no matter what they tell me. Even with that I still love this brew. (504 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (170 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can that was muled in a car from Florida back to Maryland and it spent a whole week in the trunk in the Florida heat of June. With that said this was a very tasty beer and seemed like an authentic Belgian. I thought it came across more as a hybrid of a Saison / Belgian Blonde ale and not your typical witbier. Perhaps the 100 degree heat changed it. Whether it did or not, its a very solid Belgian beer and feels like 7% and not 5.5%. (435 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one before but a good friend had his wife bring me another up from Florida so I am doing the full review. Outstanding appearance with a billowing head. Murky but not overly so. Great smell, rocking the belgian. The flavor is outstanding, not as good as the top in the class but very good, tasty, extremely enjoyable. A beer I hope to revisit many times. (362 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (775 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at Cigar City.

A: Mildly cloudy, light mustard yellow, with about a half finger or so head that stayed at least a bubble formation throughout the session.

S: Straight up orange peel and coriander. Pretty intense!

T: I got a smooth, honey-infused taste (along with the other ingredients I mentioned on the nose), with a very tropical flair from the fruit.

M: Mild lacing, and very organic fruit sweetness that wasn't cloying in any way. My wife said it best: "It was like biting into a Florida orange." Minimal lacing.

O: Awesome stuff, and if I lived in Tampa, I'd pick up growlers of this stuff all the time. (636 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky light amber with two fingers of white foam, settles leaving wispy rings of lace along the way. Smell: spicy and slightly citric with light fruit esters, lightly toasted. Taste: pale sweetness, wheat cracker, a little sweet caramel, quite spicy, lemon, notes of clove and greenish banana. Light-medium bodied, active carbonation, spicy and mineral finish. More than your usual wit; amped up all around, except for the abv. From growler filled 5/21. (461 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of a good friend from the Tampa area.

Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger white head. Aroma of citrus and wheat.

Really crisp wheat flavor enforced by lime and orange notes. A touch of funkiness keeps things interesting and from it tasting like most other witbiers. Not that *that* would be a bad thing; I think a well-made witbier is nothing to snark at these days. Slight tang and mineral note in the finish. The orange peel and bread notes from the wheat really work seamlessly together, though.

Carbonation is spot on. Coupled with the overall cleanliness and full but refreshing aspects of this witbier, the mouthfeel is flawless. So smooth and tantalizing. Perfect for hot weather or an everyday sipper. Delicious. CCB shows they can make not only some super-bad ass high gravity stuff, but the softer and easy-drinking selections as well. (862 characters)

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Florida Cracker boasts an excellent quickening to succeed a rollicking first foam; it then retains this effervescence quite well. As the mist settles, a resplendent white-gold hue asserts itself, barely turbid and beaming of burnished flax. From this arises a bright nose, full of orange-flower, coriander, a bit of lime-zest, and even a touch of clove, perhaps. The spicy portent, however, is washed a way in the mouth by a juicy, highly drinkable complex of flavors, with dry, sunny wheat, orangey tartness, and delicate alpha-acid biters pervading.

This is a very refreshing, balanced wheat beer, with a much-appreciated soft-touch on the spices notes; a bubbly, scaled-back body that separates it from and renders it more high-summer (read: hot & humid) sessionable than many wits; and a very clean finish that quenches the thirsty palate without any thickening or excessive bread to benumb its restorative qualities. (926 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass, produced a 1 inch white foamy head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring over a hazy straw-gold body and eventually looks flat as can be. Neither much lacing nor retention, especially for a witbier.

Smells of wheat malt, orange, coriander, and vanilla.

Taste is similar, bready malt with some toffee sweetness, orange peel, coriander, and vanilla.

Body is medium and carbonation is moderate, providing a fizzy orange-soda sort of mouthfeel. The dryness of coriander is noticeable on the tongue, but it is not cloying like many witbiers can be. The orange lends a fresh crisp acidity, sort of like Orangina.

I like this witbier. While it has poor head retention for the style, the flavor is far more intense and satisfying than many witbiers, and I want to follow one taste with another. I could drink several glasses of this low ABV beer, no problem. After reading the description of the beer on the can, I understood that the saison yeast is a big reason why I like this beer. I had this beer on draft at GABF this year and liked it quite a lot, and it is tasting nice out of the can as well. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a two finger head into my bruery tulip with intense lacing. Aroma of hops, spices(especially coriander) and orange. Taste follows the nose, lightly sweet but not overdone, bitterness of hops balances. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too carbonated but not crazy. I love this beer, it's the best representation of the style to me. (362 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned less than a month ago.

Pours a cloudy straw-colored with a very white head that vanishes.

Aroma of clove and coriander. Nice.

Nice flavor of clove with a hint of banana: the Classic Belgian wit flavor.

Great body. Almost puffy, if that's such a thing.

A very refreshing beer that shows Cigar City can brew more than just high-octane beers. (357 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into sangria glass.

Pours a light and hazy straw yellow, minimal head goes away quickly. Lots of wheat smell here, crisp and clean. A little bubblegum flavor with some banana. I also Get the coriander in there. Lots of carbonation working here, making it very refreshing and easy to drink. I didn't expect this to be this solid of a Belgian White, one of the better ones I've had in sometime. (410 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room. I wonder how long this brew will keep the name 'Florida Cracker' before someone gets up in arms over it.

A - The brew pours a hazy banana-yellow hue, and is capped with a moderate dollop of white froth that deposits a fair amount of lace upon the glass.

S - The nose is fairly dry and somewhat spicy, with suggestions of white pepper and clove, as well as some grassy notes.

T - This is just a nice beer, all-around, and perfect for the summer in Florida. Pale and mineral notes comingle with zesty yeast-imparted notes of pepper and clove. There is some dry lemon zest and some herbal-earthy continental hop towards the finish. It is more spicy and less fruity, on the whole, but it is quite well-balanced and certainly replete with nuance.

M - The feel is nice and refreshing, with soft carbonation; on the light side of medium-bodied.

O - Great summer beer, no doubt. (903 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy straw yellow color. Not much of a head to speak of, and what was there quickly faded to nothing, no lace either.

A: Spicey clove and herbal notes. Small citrus and grass followed by a nice malt backbone. Notes of banana and floral honey.

T: Really nice blend of sweet and spicy. Not spicy in the heat sort of way, more of a peppery note. The summertime floral notes balance well with the grassy hops and sweet malt. Finishes slightly dry and smooth.

M: Light body, slightly under carbonated. A touch slick, but in no way bad.

O: Very good summer brew. I could drink quite a lot of this in the hot summer days here in FLA. I hope this one makes it way back on in the future. Skal. (721 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Funky/fruity Belgian yeast/esters, tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg), lots of fresh orange, citrus peel and zest in the nose.

T: Bready malt, especially in the finish. Middle of the mouth has prominent spice, citrus peel and orange.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: Could have been better, but I still liked it quite a bit, and would recommend it, especially to fans of the style. (441 characters)

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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