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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Florida Cracker Belgian-style White AleFlorida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 05-19-2011)
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M-A-C

Florida

5/5  rDev +34.8%
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!

Serving type: can

08-20-2013 22:05:00 | More by M-A-C
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tharper178

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
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!

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 23:23:14 | More by tharper178
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basscram

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-03-2013 05:57:45 | More by basscram
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NoleDoc

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 03:26:51 | More by NoleDoc
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hoptualBrew

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 23:11:16 | More by hoptualBrew
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chris1919

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 02:00:20 | More by chris1919
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babaracas

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2011 01:57:42 | More by babaracas
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 21:48:07 | More by Chaney
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Zraly

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 21:23:55 | More by Zraly
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Beerenauslese

California

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-08-2012 04:27:03 | More by Beerenauslese
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2011 03:08:46 | More by jcartamdg
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Shaw

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 04:15:13 | More by Shaw
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screamking

Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 01:26:41 | More by screamking
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Gtreid

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2011 20:45:34 | More by Gtreid
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 03:31:53 | More by ktrillionaire
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BierJager89

California

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 00:45:06 | More by BierJager89
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with a murky straw color.

S: sweet lemon citrus. fairly aromatic.

T: more lemon up front with a spicey/peppery finish

M: crisp, refreshing. Light to medium body but more than I expected. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Very nice beer for the Florida heat. The peppery notes add flavor without taking away from the refreshing nature of the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 00:32:14 | More by kylehay2004
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 21:20:56 | More by KTCamm
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can born June 12.

A: Lovely pale, cloudy yellow. Enormous head that dies down right away. Still, looks good.

S: Well, cat pee. But not a hint of the synthetic sweetness of a mediocre wit. A touch of green grape. I don't get any of the orange peel or cilantro this is brewed with.

T: This is great. Much more interesting than the nose due to excellent use of saison yeast. Clean, straight-ahead and delicious saison/wit hybrid.

M: Nice and soft, but mine wasn't as active in the mouth as others have described. Would have liked a spritz uptick.

O: Really liked it. There are very few domestic wits available in New Orleans, none of which I buy with regularity. If (god willing) Cigar City ever gets its trucks here, this immediately becomes a summer regular. Sharing rarified air with the noble Allagash White.

Serving type: can

07-24-2013 13:36:11 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (dated June 18, 2013) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed, extremely pale straw golden golor with two full fingers of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power. Webs of lacing left on the glass extensively as the head slowly falls to the surface. Very nice.

S - Wheat up front with nice, spicy coriander, citrus, cloves. Very yeasty too. Pretty standard witbier aromas...done well.

T - Yeasty, spicy with cloves and coriander. Lots of wheat flavor, lemony, touch of tartness, mid level hop bitterness. Quite dry.

M - Light body, very high carbonation that foams up a bit in the mouth, bolstering the body of the beer a bit. Dry, well attenuated beer. Good balance between the wheat, spices and hops.

O - Good witbier and very enjoyable. Crisp and refreshing as the style should be. Carbonation should be high in the style, but this perhaps pushes the upper edge...very gassy and foamy beer. Otherwise well done. Would definitely have a few of these in a session without any problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:53:59 | More by portia99
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 18:31:48 | More by Billolick
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tale ale glass

A: slightly pale dark yellow; huge burst of carbonation; thick head dissipates quickly
S: pear, yeast; good strong aroma; inviting
T: three waves of taste--begins with sweet pear and seltzer water; moves into a lemon-grass flavor; ends with estery taste; not very boozy; spicing is moderate

Pretty good overall

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 20:09:53 | More by Arithmeticus
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Some lacing but not much. Head fizzles relatively quickly

Smell: Big wheat up from and some lemon. A touch of pepper and clove. Lots of dough yeast

Taste: Bready sweetness up front, and some clean lemon peel. A touch of banana, white pepper, and clove. Lots of doughy yeast through the finish.

Mouthfeel: insanely drinkable. Very refreshing. Spices are subdued on the taste which makes this even more drinkable. Only complaint is that it is a touch watery.

Overall: was disappointed to see old Jai Alai on the shelf, but this more than made up for it. A delicious warm weather beer

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 22:28:05 | More by cfrances33
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TheSixthRing

California

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 06:07:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy golden yellow. Lots of carbonation rippling up to the surface of this one. A nice three inch head of white foam came up and capped the top of this one, but settled down very slowly, leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma started out very light. Nice touches of light malts, grains, with a touch of light fruit mixed in. Very floral with a light earthy tone to it and a really nice touch of coriander or orange peel way in the back. The flavor was more of the same, very light, with a very well carbonated and airy feel to it. Started out with a good bit of light grain, and started to mix in some light fruit and touches of orange and lemon as you go. Nice light earthy flavor in the middle, like flower petals, or light heather almost. Clean taste, with a quick finish that really just gets started before it dries out enough that that you are going back in for another one

Serving type: growler

07-03-2011 21:02:13 | More by mikesgroove
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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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