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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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at Triboro Beverage. Another great beer from Cigar City. This beer tastes like it's straight out of Belgium. It's a lot closer to Hoegaarden than Allagash White. The Allagash has a lot of spice and fruit, but Cigar City has a slightly sweet candied wheat with mild vanilla. Basically is a more bready beer, but undeniably a wit. Give it a shot.

Serving type: can

12-23-2013 02:42:21 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 21:27:58 | More by woodychandler
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white, short lived head. Smells of wheat and coriander. In the taste, dry coriander, citrus zest, orange peel and dusty wheat. Little hop character, mostly spice and wheat. Medium bodied, crisp feel with a light dry yeast. Overall, a nice little wit with a good bit of spice.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 18:04:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 22:03:51 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with little to no head. Nice lemony aroma with just a touch of coriander. Lemon oil, rather than juice is the impression it gives. Lots more lemon in the taste, and again, just a touch of coriander. A bit light in body, even a little seltzer-like, even for the style. Not bad, but could use some more snap and depth.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 04:05:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 18:40:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2014 00:34:35 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden /whiteish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, wheat, citrus. Taste is clean and refreshing, lemons, spices, wheat, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 02:56:12 | More by tone77
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 01:32:35 | More by drpimento
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 02:50:05 | More by chinchill
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes. There are also some particles floating around in it.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, coriander

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with some lemons. There is also some coriander and some yeasty notes. It ends with a grainy lemony aftertaste.

Overall - A decent well rounded beer but nothing ground breaking by any means. The one thing I really like about it the fruity notes taste natural and not too artificial. A beer worth trying.

Serving type: can

01-17-2013 03:45:14 | More by spinrsx
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden beer with a bit of a white head and some lace on the sides.

S - A wheat smelling witbeer with some citrus and a bit of coriander.

T - Light, crisp flavor with a little bit of yeast and a fairly crisp finish. Some orange and a touch of spice.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Solid witbier, nothing mind blowing, but easy enough to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 04:17:20 | More by AgentZero
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Brenden

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

One of 6 samples at the tasting room 1/29/14

Pale yellow with a heavy cloudiness in a body that ends up being translucent, this beers starts off as advertised. There is a certain golden brightness shining through, particularly in the light but to a degree without it. Carbonation bubbles softly and slowly until the glass is empty, and it helps to keep up a well-formed pure white head that compacts itself to a full finger and develops densely, with lots of rocky cragginess and strength to keep up very well. Lacing is also strong, patching consistent well down the glass.
Along with lots of citrus in the nose, I do get some dry malts but not quite as dry as I expect. Lots of zest in particular, especially that of orange, give way to floral notes and a lightly musty earthiness. The yeast is strong and gets stronger, imparting a sort of "wheatiness" and getting spicier even as the coriander shows up.
The flavor brings it together, and this is a good attempt at a tough, overlooked style. Lemon and orange play off each other rather than vying for dominance, zest and slight pith offsetting a creamier sweetness (the vanilla note advertised, I presume). Wheat, not entirely crackery and dry but a little doughier as well, ease the gentle spices but also give a foundation for them to rest on. It's got a slight acidity, definitely tasted at the end, but the way it comes out with the earth and must makes it all that much easier on the palate.
The acidity does hurt the mouthfeel. The body's too light (appropriate, but not enough to hold up to the cutting feel) and carbonation too brisk and brief. It ends too soon, so that the finish is flat, although it does last to that point. The finish isn't as clean as it could be, either. The feel is where it falls short of great Belgians, though it's a very good beer in its totality.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 20:58:56 | More by Brenden
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy cloudy straw hue with a good two finger white head that fades to leave thin clouds and a thin halo. Not too bad.

S - Nice wit notes....coriander, wheat, lemons, light malt sweetness and faint orange. Very pleasant.

T - Solid wit, lots of wheat, solid coriander, light on the banana. Citrus becomes awfully faint too. Finish is lightly sour too.

M - Mouthfeel is fizzy and on the thinner side. Little syrupy too.

O - Overall, not a bad white ale in a pinch. That said there are much better wits out there that are readily available. Still, another unique beer.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 23:02:11 | More by rudzud
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a Chrismtas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Light golden colour with a cloudy body. Two fingers of white head on top and good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Sweet spice, yeast, some candy, wheaty, lemon, zesty.

T - Sweet spice, bready, candy, lemon, wheat, mild yeast, orange. Interesting spice and candied fruit flavours. Pleasant.

M - Strong carbonation, drying finish, medium body.

O/D - A good take on a style that doesn't typically impress me too much. Not exactly the most itneresting beer from CC, but very accessible and well crafted. A good transition beer from macros, but also probably just taking space away from better beers in their tanks. All that aside, it's a good Belgian Wit.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 18:15:16 | More by tbeckett
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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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