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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: 635
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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cosmicevan

New York

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

canned in early january, thanks to dimenhetfield for the can. enjoyed from my humidor series tulip.

a - brew poured a pale yellow with constant champagne like carbonation and a big fizzy head. the head fizzed away quickly and left a thin skin of fizzy bubbles that were gone quick, but almost immediately replaced by the next bubble racing from the bottom. the visual carbonation is intense...almost as if there is an alka seltzer tablet in there.

s - surprisingly has a fizzy smell. some orange, lots of wheat, some vanilla. corriander and even some white wine characteristics.

t - banana corriander, decidedly wheat beer.

m - fairly fizzy. overly so.

o - overall...cracker please. not my favorite beer and not my favorite wit, but definitely not a bad wit. actually a pretty good wit.

Serving type: can

03-13-2013 03:31:44 | More by cosmicevan
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StJamesGate

New York

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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...

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 01:19:10 | More by StJamesGate
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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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harrymel

Washington

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 05:08:45 | More by harrymel
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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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Dope

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Very cloudy golden pour. Big soda-like fizzy white head that fades away almost immediately. Zero lacing.

S: Very mild and sweet wheaty aroma. Some spices. Coriander? Mellow.

T: Mild sweet orange up front. Definitely sweet grains. Wheaty, but I swear there's corn in there too. Again with the spice, must be coriander. Light citrus on the back end.

M: Smooth, medium bodied.

O: Nice mild, easy drinking witbier. Sweet citrus flavors, some spices and some wheat. Pretty standard but still way better than something like a blue moon. Easy drinking. Nice summer beer.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 00:44:34 | More by Dope
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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

12oz can, 12/16/13 canning date

A: Pours a hazy bright yellow color. Bright white fluffy head. Nice carbonation. Leaves some sticky lacing sheeting.

S: Getting big citrus notes on the nose, mostly orange peel from that Curacao I assume. Definitely getting that Belgian yeast strain that is common in these brews. Coriander. It smells very dry, crisp and refreshing.

T: Up front, that nice pithy citrus peel. It’s almost bright on the flavor profile. Then you get that dry Belgian yeast and coriander in the mid-palate. Finish is dry and clean. Very refreshing and a perfect summer beer. Not normally a style I like, but this is good stuff.

M: This is a light-medium body here.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 14:28:51 | More by inlimbo77
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Orange, lemon, some grass, nice wheat and even vanilla.

T-Nice balance of orange and lemon. With corriander and grass. Mild wheat and no bitterness.

M-Medium to light in body, nicely carbonated and smooth.

O-A solid witbier, very sessionable and approachable.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 19:03:10 | More by rlee1390
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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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HalfFull

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass, this Cracker shows a hazed golden with a thin nearly white cap of foam. Light retention surrenders to a surface cap and leave light lace. Offers a steady boil of carbonation.

Nose of coriander and a light yeast presence, along with a tangy wheat note and a background of orange fruit. Warming brings out a firmer yeast presence.

Flavor follows with citrus a bit more notable up front, an effervescent coriander and wheat in the middle and a muddled lemony orange finish. Moderate feel and finish yields a more spicy than fruity delivery. Interestingly, I had this on tap a few days ago and it had a fuller more fruity/less spicy feel and aroma, along with better head retention. Not sure which I would prefer again. Alas it's a bit clear for the style yet offers plenty of reason to linger including light banana notes. Drinks easily and is well balanced yet not stellar with regard to nuance, but a good quaff nonetheless.

Note: Canned on 10/24/13 and 'Drink Fresh' emblazoned on the can. Drink fresh indeed, just a couple weeks old.

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 04:38:04 | More by HalfFull
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from the can clear and golden with decent sized head. Aroma of yeast, spice, and a bit of pear-banana. Light mouthfeel, but lower carbonation than expected. Sweet with spicy banana bread and bubble gum. A strange taste on the finish (though i seem to get this with most whites, so maybe it’s my taste buds). Probably one of my faves for the style, but not a huge fan of this style. Nice and sweet. Not bad. Also loving the CCB can designs.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 11:54:09 | More by BMMillsy
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very lightly hazy golden yellow with a white head of foam on top. Head dissipates very quickly and leaves no lace.
Smell is malty with notes of citrus and floral and wheat.
Taste is malt, hops, citrus, vanilla and spices. Alcohol present but just warming after the swallow.
Medium body and effervescence with a slightly drying aspect. Nice lingering aftertaste though. I like this brew. Probably the lightest one of CCB's I've had to date but just as good as the reputation would lead you to believe.

Serving type: growler

06-26-2011 02:21:37 | More by PorterLambic
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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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bsp77

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into white wine glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with rapidly rising and even more rapidly falling head. Looks too still for a Wit.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander, spices, wheat, and a touch of banana.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with just the right amount of orange peel and coriander. The yeast is well integrated as well, with clove, banana and spicy notes. Cracked black and white pepper. The orange peel really lingers.

Feel: Very light with moderate carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Nice feel, but overall the beer could be slightly more effervescent and crisp.

Overall: This is a very safe Witbier, as it simply falls the rulebook, but the execution is fantastic. Improve the appearance and finish, and this would be world class.

Serving type: can

03-18-2013 18:25:45 | More by bsp77
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birchstick

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 23:44:37 | More by birchstick
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CampusCrew

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 16:37:22 | More by CampusCrew
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy straw color. The head is smallish but fluffy white.
The aroma is spicy with coriander and orange peel.
The taste is quite assertive. There are some bold flavors of peppers and spice in there as well as some citrusy hops. It is also sweet tasting.
Moderate on the palate with some low carbonation.
Cracker is a pretty good beer and quite bold.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 16:20:21 | More by micromaniac129
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at yard house in palm beach gardens fl. Pours a super hazy golden wheat color with a finger of head. Very mild aroma of hefe fruity meets flowers. Very delicate flavor...vanilla and citrus with a hint of spice. Really super smooth and refreshing. Great light session hefe as they can get overwhelming but this is great. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 21:01:15 | More by DrinkSlurm
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barczar

Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy lemon straw with a billowing white head that slowly dissipates.

Lemon, coriander,a touch of clove, and what form the aroma. Lemon dominates. There's an earthy, lightly funny character.

Lemon dominates the flavor, as well, with orange and orange pith taking over mid palate and carrying into the finish. Slightly sweet, bready malt forms the backbone, becoming crackery in the finish. Coriander and banana weave throughout.

Body is moderate, with fairly spritzy carbonation.

More character than expected. Yeast esters are nice and somewhat complex, considering some examples I've recently had. Citrus definitely dominates.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 14:28:39 | More by barczar
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy lemon-yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, great retention and spotty lacing left behind. smells of black pepper, lemongrass, hint of celery, very bready/yeasty. a slightly funky, peppery belgian style wheat beer.. the majority of the flavor lies within the yeast. a medium (on the lighter side) body beer with high carbonation. very tasty.. i guess this would be a good step into craft beer for people that like hoeegarden or whatever the hell that beer is called.. not my favorite style, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: can

04-05-2013 01:48:11 | More by facundoCNB
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 01:14:34 | More by AdamBear
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a big white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has a touch of coriander and citrus peel on a wheat malt backbone.

Slight sweet on the front from wheat and toasty edges, citrus on the finish with a lemony and orange zest and spicy coriander.

Nice balance, nice crisp body, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 04:12:38 | More by JayS2629
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a weird color, somewhere in limbo between straw and yellow with a pretty hefty haze, giving a grungy, unfiltered look and feel. The skull-white head grows and then bellies up almost instantly - completely vanished within 20 seconds of the pours. Being so volatile, a quick swirl can bring it back, but only for a very brief moment. Aroma is packed with some nice spices; clove, coriander, and other warming spices. Some moderate bubblegum on the very tail end thanks to the Belgian yeast. Not really picking up much of a hop flavor - maybe some lightly floral notes deep down in there, but it's stretch.

Pretty light on the palate with a thin-medium body, densely packed with carbonation; crispy and snappy on the tongue. Orange peel and lemon zest come out in the flavor right away - the lemon more so as it warms up. More clove, coriander, and perfume-like spices jump on the palate while a very light hop profile makes its way in. Slighty wet and floral, they are almost too far in the background to matter, though. I'm picking up a moderate funky flavor and aroma near the latter half of the beer now - corky, musky, cellar-like, wet wood. Is this a characteristic of the yeast strain? It was actually quite pleasant, not overpowering or off-putting at all - a nice little addition. Very "wet" on the palate despite the high carbonation. At times, it seemed a bit watered down and not packed with as much flavor as it should've had - but at 5% ABV, you've gotta give them some leeway.

Listed as a witbier, but it drank more like a spin-off of a toned down Belgian style. Not a bad crack at the style, especially when you consider the relatively low ABV, but nothing comes close to the real thing. I could imaging this one going down well on a warm beach somewhere.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 04:23:35 | More by tectactoe
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-02-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a 1-finger head that fades fast to almost nothing leaving little lace.

S - Sweet Belgian yeast, straw, citrus, pale malt, spice. Pleasant.

T - Lemon, wheat, light yeast, light pepper, touch of sour.

M - High carbonation and light-medium body. Very effervescent; too much so.

O - Simple but satisfying. Refreshing.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 18:46:54 | More by Tucquan
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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

This poured a handsomely built head that was full of fizzy carbonation that was bright white in hue. The color was cloudy golden pear and had a nice brightness.

The aromas were airy and bubbly with touches of coriander, clove, banana and a champagne like smell.

The flavor tended towards ginger ale at first then some light bready malts, clove and then a pronounced yeast presence.

The feel was very full, bubbly and expansive but it finished very smooth and light.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 23:23:08 | More by KYGunner
Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.