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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Reviews: 156
Hads: 1,194
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 229 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of AlexFields
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From can into St. Bernardus Watou glass.

Appearance is light even for a wit, somewhat hazy but mostly transclucent. Looks as much like a light lager as a wit.

Smells very nice, somewhat tart with lots of citrus and spice.

Taste is very nice too, not quite as nice as the nose. Saison like tartness, very tart for a wit, lots of citrus too--orange peel, lemon, even some lime peel.

Mouthfeel is excellent, lots of carbonation but also very creamy. Just what you want from a witbier!

This is a really good witbier. Very refreshing, great mouthfeel. Definitely more tart and citrusy than the average wit. I would drink plenty of this if I lived in FL.

8.0/10 (662 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 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 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 hmf05
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow with tons and tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is very average and resembles most wits and hefes I've come across. In the nose I get a lot of banana, spicy cloves, and a tinge of orange. A very "yeasty" smelling brew. Taste follows the nose exactly. Nothing else really jumps out at me. Carbonation is high, but not too high and the mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall, this is a tasty wit, but nothing new or original. To me, this brew falls in the hefe category more so than a traditional wit. I say this because that signature banana smell/taste in hefes is the predominant taste in this beer. Definitely worthy of a try, but nothing life-changing like other CC offerings. Get it if it's available in your area, but I do not recommend trading for it. (829 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.42/5  rDev -10%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; canning date of December 6, 2012 printed in black ink under the kick-up of the can (“DRINK LOCAL CANNED ON 06 DEC 2012”).

Appearance (3.0): Kind of a pale, yellow-orange colored body topped with a finger of bone-white head that fizzles pretty quickly; very minimal lacing or retention (read: almost none of either one). Perfectly hazy body, which now that I think about it looks almost exactly like passionfruit juice.

Smell (4.0): Nice coriander and sweet orange notes mixing with a very pale, grainy malt character, like very fresh bread and water crackers. There’s a bit of white pepper underneath, but overall the nose is dominated by crackery, dry malt and classic wit spiciness.

Taste (3.5): Following the nose, the flavor is dominated by coriander spice notes, very pale, dry biscuit / oyster cracker kind of malt, and some sweet orange essence underneath. There’s a decent balance between that sweetness and the dry, pale malt character, but it’s not as spicy as it warms up. Some floral hops in the finish. No alcohol detected and not much in the way of a distinct yeast character—just some light straw and breadiness. It’s decent, but nothing about it really jumps out.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The carbonation lends a coarse tingling all over the mouth, but it doesn’t last all that long; the body is about medium-weight, maybe a bit lighter, and finishes pretty dry. It’s good, nothing crazy.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent wit; it’s not amazing, but it’s great that Cigar City is offering a decent wit in cans for about $8/ sixer. It’s not the best domestic wit I’ve had, but it’s a decent value. I’m guessing this will accrue quite a bit of popularity—tasty enough, juicy, and easy-drinking, at a reasonable price. And it offers more character than some other widely-available, comparably-priced alternatives. But, don’t expect a life-changer. (1,954 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice glass, produced a 1 inch white foamy head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring over a hazy straw-gold body and eventually looks flat as can be. Neither much lacing nor retention, especially for a witbier.

Smells of wheat malt, orange, coriander, and vanilla.

Taste is similar, bready malt with some toffee sweetness, orange peel, coriander, and vanilla.

Body is medium and carbonation is moderate, providing a fizzy orange-soda sort of mouthfeel. The dryness of coriander is noticeable on the tongue, but it is not cloying like many witbiers can be. The orange lends a fresh crisp acidity, sort of like Orangina.

I like this witbier. While it has poor head retention for the style, the flavor is far more intense and satisfying than many witbiers, and I want to follow one taste with another. I could drink several glasses of this low ABV beer, no problem. After reading the description of the beer on the can, I understood that the saison yeast is a big reason why I like this beer. I had this beer on draft at GABF this year and liked it quite a lot, and it is tasting nice out of the can as well. (1,131 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (648 characters)

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 Vec2267
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy pale yellow, nice foam, remains as a thin film throughout

S - quite spicy, lemon/pear, floral

T - light, spice dominates, lemon accents, quite dry

M - light and crisp

O - spot on for the style, exactly what I want in a Wit - nothing spectacular but a nice mellow escape from big beer, simple has its place

O/T - With respect to the name, for those not from Florida, Florida Cracker is a good thing, not a slur. (424 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw colored pour. White foam on top lingers. Hazy and some clingy lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, lemongrass, and a light hoppy scent.

T - Light flavors of grain and a tartness of lemon and lime. Refreshing witboer that is nice on those hot floridian nights.

M - Easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. Light feel with a bit of a grainy grit to it.

O - Not exciting, but a solid enough witbier to be enjoyed. Some stronger lemon flavor would help this. (471 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy yellow, extremely yellow. Very light, totally white head.

Smell is very clean and full of wheat and yeast.

This is the most low key Cigar City beer I have ever had, and I like it. Very much a classic white wheat ale. Hops are just a whisper. Tastes like some bitter orange peel with slight lemony tartness. Light bitterness in the finish.

Feels wet and dusty. Light tingle. (387 characters)

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20 oz on tap, straw yellow clear like a light lager but damn is the look misleading! Candy sweet funky yeast and pale malt steal the nose, wow! This is a great smelling brew! Taste follows the nose - orange peel, clove, light maltiness, candy sweet yeast funk, light citric hop bite at the end. Carbonation is beautiful & so is this brew! (338 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a two finger head into my bruery tulip with intense lacing. Aroma of hops, spices(especially coriander) and orange. Taste follows the nose, lightly sweet but not overdone, bitterness of hops balances. Mouthfeel is good, maybe a little too carbonated but not crazy. I love this beer, it's the best representation of the style to me. (362 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 JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (346 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 AdamBear
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (640 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 olimpia84
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at CCB, poured into a pint glass.

A: looked exactly like pineapple juice with a particular and intriguing yellow color. Small head that managed to stay on for a while. Little to no lacing.

S: a bit mute on the nose, some sweet scents along with citrus aromas.

T: followed the nose with emphasis on the citrus (lots of orange), some lemon and strong wheat presence.

M: medium body, very refreshing.

O: an excellent choice for hot summer days, this is a very refreshing and good tasting beer. (512 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (636 characters)

Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.