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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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

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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,275
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 35
Gots: 260 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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: 171 | Hads: 1,275
Photo of Ponderdingdong
1.91/5  rDev -49.5%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It seems as though Cigar City has really embraced CANning of their beers, and just in time to be a part of The CANQuest's (TM) rapid approach to review # 1,000! I scored this at Monde Market in Philly this past weekend and I am now on the lookout for Hotter Than Helles in a CAN.

From the CAN: "White Ale Brewed with Curacao Peel and Coriander"; "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "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 whips these 'cow hunters' used to herd cattle in Florida's Palmetto Prairies. Called Quaqueros 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 unmalted 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 Prarie."

The admonition to "pour gently" does not sit well with The CANQuest (TM), whose perfection of the inverted Glug has been an ongoing venture. I promised the ex-Old Lady, however, that if a CAN specifically forbade this sort of treatment, then I would abide by the brewer/brewery's wishes. The Crack! unveiled a brimful CAN and so a very gentle Glug ensued. It saddened me to do business that way, especially since I only got a sheen of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated to wisps as a result. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow (SRM = 4 to 5). Nose was kind of light in terms of both orange peel and coriander. My first draught gave me a fizzy, highly carbonated mouthfeel and the taste remained muted for the style. Yes, I was getting the citrus and spice flavors, but nowhere near what I am used to from other beers in the style. Finish was semi-dry and really kind of bland overall. A swing and a miss from a usually stellar brewery.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Canned 06MAR13

Had this before at a wedding in FL. It was nice there. Pours a near excellent clarity golden with a solid central dome of bone white foam, unimpressive for the style. Smells of flowers, grass, some light lemon, a little bit of sweet dough and seeds of paradise. Flavor is nice and sweet with yeast overtures and some bits of coriander. Pretty one dimensional flavor, but refreshing nonetheless. Thin bodied for the style with hi carb and a wet finish. Meh.

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Photo of steviewonder16
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a slightly cloudy yellow color, like you would expect from a Belgian style. The taste is quite citrus - lemon - and a subtle hint of the coriander. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

If you like the lightness of a Belgian style and heavy citrus, you'll probably enjoy this beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a huge two-finger-plus head and plenty of effervescence. The head dissipates pretty quickly yet some amount retains for a good long time simply because there is so much of it. The nose is soapy. The flavor profile includes wheat upfront and something funny that is hard to place and not terribly pleasant. The finish is dry.

Unimpressive, to say the least.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%

Yeah, really not overly impressed here. There was a lot of vanilla in both the nose and taste. The aftertaste was a nice bit of wheat and slight hops to finish, that was the good part. There was something a little too sweet that I can't place my finger on. This was good, easy drinking, extremely smooth. Just not blown away by any means. But it did taste like a wheat beer and a sessionable one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter (canned on 6/12/13)

I was in FL on vacation, so I picked up all the CCB beers I could find, regardless of style.

A: Nice hazy/cloudy grayish blonde that deposited a bunch of bubbles on the sides of the glass when I poured it. Lots of bubble can be seen popping up on the surface.

S: A bit of sour funk, with a hint of tartness.

T: It is hard to distinguish a lot of flavors with all of the strong carbonation that just swirls around your palate and is very distracting. Lots of wheaty flavors that are very slightly tart and funky, quite yeasty.

M: Extremely carbonated and crisp. Lots of little bubble pinpricks are felt.

O: I don't think I am a fan of this style. The carbonation is a bit strong for me and not a big fan of the flavors.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden slighty cloudy yellow. thin white head

S-good and spicy taste of fresh wheats and bananas. faint scent but decent

T-comes in with an aged taste of tobacco leaves, spices, wheats, and a lot of bananas. this taste lasts awhile along with some alcohol bite which is odd considering the ABV. not a clean beer.

M-medium and creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-i always expect a lot from CCB so this beer lets me down. its fairly harsh for a witbier. it actually reminds me of the harshness of many wits from Belgium. this style should the kind you want to drink large amounts of all night long, but this just isn't the case here.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coriander, lemon, and orange--slight hay at the end. Slightly above average witbier. One I am glad I tried, but will most likely not pick up again.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at CCB

A-Pours a semi hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that has good retention that leaves decent amounts of lace.

S-Citrus and wheat are all that I am picking up. Its ok, nothing that really rocks my world.

T-Follows the nose with wheat and citrus hops leading the way with a touch of some kind of spice that I can't put my finger on. Once again, its ok, but doesn't rock my world.

M-Light bodied and crisp with a dry finish.

O-This one was ok, but nothing I'd seek out again. Wish I could give this one a 3.25 overall, but I can't...so I'll give it a 3.5.

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Photo of Huffs
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass, nice full head developed, white, with descent retention and lacing. Appearance was a light haze with a golden wheat color. Aroma had notes of citrus and yeast. Taste had strong noted of yeast and bread. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry and slightly sour aftertaste.

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Photo of zimm421
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Canned 4/4/14.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, yeast, and slight citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with very earthy aromas and flavors.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of KornWallace
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4/2/14
Location: Half a Time Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pale yellow in color. Hazy with low carbonation. Pours with a large head
Aromatics: There is a large amount of wheat with the biscuity smell from the Belgian yeast. Orange and coriander.
Flavor: There is a lot of fruit at the start oranges lemons and even a little lime. The middle hits with coriander and the end is biscuity. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth but all the flavors are a little watered down and dull.
Finish: The beer finishes a little spicy but not much else.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a faint, straw yellow color without much of a head on it, and the one that is there quickly fades away

S - nose is orange, coriander, and some spicy hops

T - sweet lemony citrus upfront moves on to a bit of grassy pepper spiciness. The softer orange/coriander comes into play. A nice grassy spiciness also comes into the mix to help finish off the flavor profile.

M - highly carbonated burn a little as it goes down

D - overall, this is a nice white ale. Good flavors all around and nice complexity for the style. As with any CCB beer, its definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of swtchuck
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - golden in color, turbid/cloudy, tightly packed thick white head, spritzy. S - Banana, mild citrus and floral tones. T - Sweet maltiness, orange peel, prickly spice, decent balance. M - Med body lightens w/ high carb and spice. O - Very drinkable US weisse beer with tropical citrus tones fitting for Florida.

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Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok, but not one of my fav whites. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish off-white head that vanishes quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy yellow. Aroma is yeast, citrus peel, spice, malt. Flavor's like nose, tang in front along with some bitter, then the other qualities. As it warms more citrus peel comes out. The combination of tang and bettering agents yields a reaction on the back of the tongue that isn't that pleasant; other than that body/carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and while not bad, Ike hooegardens much more.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned December 28, 2012. Served at around 40F. Thanks to Mark for this gift.

Pours lightly hazy gold with a two finger white head that recedes to a light cap and doesn’t leave much lacing behind.

Aroma is pink bubblegum, banana, coriander/spice, some lemon and citrus, wheat/grainy, Belgian yeast. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon citrus, some sweet fruity malt, spice/coriander, Belgian yeast, minimal alcohol, moderate sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good Wit, although admittedly not a style I normally seek out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When the fine brewers of the Sunshine State set out to make a bright and zesty ale- they look to Belgium for influence. It turns out that the beer is grainy, sweet, musty and spicy. So much better than actually tasting like Florida Crackers -ewww.

Light and hazy goldenrod hues tread on straw-like hihglights while shedding a heavy stream of carbonation from down below. What starts out with partial zesty and partial frothy head character seems to dissolve right before the eyes as the beer quickly falls flat with sparse specks of lace. Too bad- I was wanting so much more from the beer's head character.

Its aromas open with a grainy-sweet bit that's husky, musty and a bit on the sweaty side. But once the spices open up its soft coriander and orange peel shines. Pile on the acidic and doughy tones of wheat and yeast-producing winy tones gives the beer its playful fruitiness that the nose deserves.

Then to taste, the ale opens up with a sweet and earthly bit that's part-husky and part-malty. As they come together in a light and bready kind of way, its spices enter stage left- the same citrusy coriander and dried orange peels work in tandem to create a strong orange-like taste to complement its acidic lemon and apple tones. Yet as the tangy ale finishes, its earthen straw-like taste links up with mild minerally taste for an aura of saltwater taffy.

Light in body, the beer's zesty carbonation explodes the malt off the palate like "Pop Rocks", that is until the carbonation quickly dissipates. Then the beer flatly lays on the tongue and gives a tacky coat late. Its late minty warmth and vanilla creaminess offers slight reprieve from its grainy finish.

Florida Cracker is the Witbier that you drink when the more authentic Belgian varieties aren't around. Feel free to take it down, but don't let you classy mainstay know about it!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy limocello yellow with puffy craggy white froth.
Light herbs, lemon zest and clean wheat on the nose - mild.
Cream crackers, waxy yeast, coriander hum and citrus tartness to end.
Carambola finish and herbal linger.
Light to medium, clingy, soft.

Too sweet, some rough edges, flat and a bit heavy - could definitely use more fizz. Basically, exactly what you're not looking for in a hot weather beer. Mediocre at best.

Starting to wonder just how good a brewery CCB really is...

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.