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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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very good

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 1,219
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 34
Gots: 242 | 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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Reviews: 160 | Hads: 1,219
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)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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... (745 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,038 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (345 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (685 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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. (429 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (902 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Can't knock the look its perfect hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocky head. Might be a lot of carbonation since it seems to fizz out rather quickly. Little to no lacing.
S - Smells of coriander spice and orange peel but also a solid bit of wheat which is always a great start. I sip.
T - Bright sharp orange peels almost puckering the tongue like fresh lemon juice. Next I get the spice and the wheaty body brings it home. I really enjoy the sour its a nice take since most don't even taste of peel or are just too sweet.
M - Light to medium easy to quaff back.

Overall the carbonation worked quite well in this and curacao peel was a nice take on the style giving it a sharp sour bite. Worth picking up if tired of the same ho hum Witbier. (752 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a CCB pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a medium gold with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Wheat with coriander and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Sweet wheat up front followed by coriander and orange in the middle before a nice mix of spices and hops at the finish. Aftertaste is orange peel and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Not a style I'd drink a ton of, but it's good enough to drink a couple.

Overall: Good beer overall. Another solid offering from CCB. Would make a great summer beer. Worth a shot. (678 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-straw color with a white head
S- Banana , spice, some wheat and a tart lemon aroma
T-banana and a tart lemon taste that goes to a slightly bitter hops aftertaste that stays with you
M-well carbonated and light bodied
O- outstanding beer for the style, the beer was interesting and well balanced (297 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice head that takes its time dissipating leaving some nice lacing in a clear plastic cup (it's all I had while on vacation by the pool).

Smell is really nice, Banana and Clove. Smells of some of the good hefes from Germany that I've had.

Taste is really good as well. I get the clove, banana, and wheat malts. Really awesome taste.

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated. I can see where all that awesome head came from.

Overall, this is a really good beer. Reminds me a lot of a good German hefe that I had not too long ago. I am on vacation and this beer is not available locally. Guess I need to stock up before I head home. (664 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have had most of CC's regular beers but I have not tried this yet. not a fan of this style but this was atleast well done. spice and citrus and decent hop presence made this a decent wit. (346 characters)

Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass. Canned on 2/20/14

Looks a clouded pale golden honey. Smells of coriander, orange, spice and heavy wheat. Not a huge witbier guy but this smells yummy. Taste is sweet and very smooth, lots of balance with the citrus and spice. CCB has done it again! (292 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White Ale brewed with curacao peel and coriander. Canned by Cigar City Brewing (not "brewed and canned by…"?), LLC, Tampa, FL. Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass.
Good idea, think I will…

Clouded, pale yellow coloring. Nice white head, slips down to nil.

Aroma: There it is, citrus and spice and wheat. Note perfect witbier nose.

Taste: Smooth, sweet, lightly hoppy, turning dry in the end. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, comforting. Orange and lemon flavors match beautiful with the spice and roll off the tongue with the wheat. Tastes just like a wit should. (584 characters)

Photo of TheSeeker61
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this one aggressively so got a 3 finger head which fell to a half inch quickly then fell to ring. Lots of carbonation in this one. Has a yellowish color. Light lacing.
The coriander dominates the nose with a slight sour finish.
Has a coriander taste with a slight lemon bitter.
The mouthfeel is light.
Overall I enjoyed this offering. Very refreshing in Georgia heat. Not one of my favorite styles but can see this one in the Spring/Summer rotation. (456 characters)

Photo of aubuc1
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated August 12th poured in to a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a white head.

Fruity, chalky, yeasty, wheaty smell.

Taste is citrusy, slightly grassy, nice Belgian wheat. Can taste the orange already.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Overall, this is a very flavorful witbeer. As good as any other in the style. (337 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this can into my tulip glass. There was a ton of fluffy foam from the first pour into my glass; as you would expect from a witbier. The bier itself is a cloudy, golden coloring.

The nose on this one is as you would expect from a witbier. You get the evervescient presence of the belgian style yeast. I definitely smell the orange and coriander.

The flavor is a little more muted than the smell. The Cracker continues with the yeasty presnce as well as the coriander. I don't know what the curacao is supposed to do to this one.

Overall, this is a pretty admirable wit. Domestically, this falls behind the Allagash offering, but it does rise high up for the style produced domestically. (697 characters)

Photo of Docrock
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into nonic pint glass:

A - light honey in color with a pure white head. head retention was average and the lacing was minimal.

S - aroma of pear and lemongrass, minimal hops. There is a faint hint of vanilla and coriander.

T - nice, light, and crisp with a citrus note of lemon or lime.

M - very drinkable and light. carbonation is light and bubbly.

O - a good witbier, could see enjoying this on a muggy summer evening. (448 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Hoegaarden tumbler glass.

Booming wit. Fluffy and sudsy large but in control bleach white head with soapy retention. A body color filled with decent amounts of carbonation, an opaque lemon and green color. Quite impressive and aggressive looking beer, exceptional.

Nose is kind of interesting. Sort of has a faint hop angle, kind of spicy, but missing some of the classic Belgian sweetness and wheat chewy malt sensations. A decent lemony sweetness is noticeable just a touch.

Belgian wit, takes an American turn? Hints of tropical fruit hop on the palate. Very spice clove finish. There is a real creamy palate feel on this, hinting of vanilla and cream like flavors. Palate mixes between prickly carbonation and soft creamy malts. Some hop tangy like spice on this but very subtle but kind of stands out for a witbier.

Overall a real neat and fun wit. (884 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The Cracker Cowboys of Florida were colonial-era settlers, often of Scots-Irish descent, who arrived in Florida when Spain traded their territory of La Florida to the English. The term Cracker in Florida usage relates to the whip these "cow hunters" used to herd cattle in Floridas Palmetto Prairies, Called Quágueros by the Spanish, these hardy and hard working Cracker Cowboys helped to shape the history of Florida, the nation's oldest cattle raising state. We brew Florida Cracker White ale with unmated wheat, orange peel and coriander and then ferment it with a French Saison yeast strain to give it a spicy and dry finish. Perfect for a warm day on the Palmetto Prairie." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier. Florida Cracker is one of Cigar City's year round releases, available in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy crisp ecru-white head over a very clear golden straw body. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is slightly above average, lacing is light and speckled. 4.25

(Smell) Floral nose with hints of slightly bitter orange peel, peppery coriander and slight notes of a perky yeast. Potency is medium/high. 3.75

(Taste) Fluffy wheat creates a solid malt base, following through into a perky spiced finish with a touch of coriander and lingering orange peel for a touch of balance. Cleanliness is top-notch, this drink has a very nice arrangement of flavors, with nothing going overboard. The yeast profile works very well for this beer, perhaps making it a touch cleaner and perkier than other Witbiers that I have had. Very tasty, refreshing enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is fluffy, chewy, clean. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is just right. Alcohol presence is very light, off characters are minimal. Very clean, highly drinkable. 4

(Overall) A fantastic Witbier that would make a very tasty ale in the dead heat of the summer months. Very clean, flavorful and balanced all calls for a highly drinkable beer. Comes close to matching some of the world's most prolific Witbier recipes. Recommended. 4

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Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale
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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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