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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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806 Ratings
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2014 06:02:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemons are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: The taste is quite lemony and has notes of wheat along with hints of coriander spices, the latter of which are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate (the wheat adds a little bite) and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is very lemony, so it would make for a good selection if you want a witbier with lemon citrus, not the customary orange peel.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 20:31:28 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy goldenstraw color capped by a vague head; not much lacing

Smell: Bready, with citrus and coriander notes

Taste: Bready, with a sharp citrus and coriander aspect arriving quickly; peppery spices build, after the swallow; the finish was lemony

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Overall: A bit too lemony and spicy overall but an interesting take on the style

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 00:58:40 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-25-2013 20:56:10 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
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!

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 05:05:38 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-22-2014 23:32:02 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-22-2013 22:47:26 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-08-2012 23:51:00 | More by Texasfan549
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-03-2013 04:45:17 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-05-2014 23:09:32 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to johnyb for this can!

Hm, the only beer description I've ever seen relate a story of how "cracker" came into historical parlance. Right on. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, cracked wheat, coriander, and light clove. The taste brings in more of the same, along with more zest from the orange and a twinge of lemon zest for good measure. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little wit, something I could easily see drinking plenty of were I down in the Sunshine State's climate.

Serving type: can

12-04-2012 00:10:42 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

01-19-2014 22:54:10 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-20-2013 20:45:50 | More by JAHMUR
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-12-2013 18:39:21 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Florida Cracker! I am...offended! This is probably Donald Sterling's beer of choice.

Looks okay, smells okay, tastes okay. That pretty much sums up this beer: it's okay. Lemon thing going on with a mild bit of bread and yeastyness to it all. Pretty decent. Kind of out there a bit and not exactly well-rounded. But I have certainly had worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 03:44:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 01:38:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-04-2014 04:16:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Serving type: can

07-21-2014 03:07:46 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

03-17-2014 00:16:58 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-29-2014 15:23:10 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit baseline for cigar city, who obviously makes some of the most outlandish and delicious ales on the market. this is a coriander heavy white ale, loosely belgian, and not as good as i expected it to be, although still quite tasty and certainly refreshing. the nose on it is rather floral from the yeast and the hops, cool complexion. the taste is just dumbed down a bit to me though, lacking the dramatic engagement i usually get from cigar city beers. that said, it is a clean finishing well carbonated very summery white ale, and in hot muggy florida weather, i see it as an excellent choice for refreshment. lost in a crowd of awesome craft beers i think, but a decent example of the style. wishing for more of a belgian yeast profile in the taste, and maybe a little more dryness in the feel, but overall a solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2014 15:22:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap while I was in Key West. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a finger of white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a very mild grain note. There are very mild fruit and spice notes.
Rather mild.

Taste: This is a very light beer. Somewhat muddled spice notes with a hint of citrus fruit. Lots of light grain with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is light and summer, but not very interesting. I might have another depending on the situation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 18:05:07 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 6er of this and drank it throughout the week in Holmes Beach, FL. Reviewed on 08/16/13, poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy straw-yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, coriander, wheat, oranges, citrus hops, grains, bready malts, and dough. Lots of spice and citrus hops.

t - Tastes of coriander, pepper, spice, citrus hops, wheat, bready malts, grains, yeast, oranges, dough, and light lemons. Little bit more citrus here than the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a solid Belgian style witbier; a better version of Blue Moon with more spice. Worth checking out, would have it again.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 20:40:14 | More by mdfb79
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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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