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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,247
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 34
Gots: 248 | FT: 14
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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: 166 | Hads: 1,247
Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first ever chance to sample a Cigar City brew and would you know it - they ran out of their mother%&#king Stouts! I was disappointed by this fact (dear reader you know me as somewhat of a Stout aficionado). My bitter tears would soon be soaked by the dry and tasty Florida Cracker.

Poured from tap into 100ml sample cup at the Sip & Savour event in Sydney.

A: Cloudy pale straw body with a thin white lace on top. This really could have come from the Sixpoint Meatball Wheat Ale tap and I would have been none the wiser. 8/10.

S: Ok, it’s not Meatball then: Bold orange peel forward notes lead to a light toasted biscuit base with a hint of clove and earthy hops in the finish. It’s Hoegaarden and then some... it’s never a bad thing to be compared to the original Witbier if you are a Witbier. 8/10.

T: Yes, that big orange peel character shouts “Floriiiida!” before continuing to a mid-palate dry bread base, then following this are clove/coriander notes and a long dry Saison-like finish. It’s even more-moreish than Sixpoint’s Meatball (sorry Sixpoint!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. This is the low point of the brew, could have used a more creamy texture, nonetheless it is still decent. 6/10.

D: This is the boldest Witbier I've had in a long time, the orange is prominent but well balanced with the clove/coriander notes and the long dry finish really makes it a constant sipper... in fact the sampler was gone before I finished my notes! Still it is bitter consolation for me as I was really, really, really looking forward to trying one of their famous/much lauded Stouts. 8/10.

Food match: Those pulled pork sandwiches I salivated over at the event... mmm, pulled pork.

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Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible unrated beer! This beer is perfect for being in the Florida sun in any outdoor activity. Incredibly drinkable as in you may find yourself having more.. way more than you anticipated like the entire 6 pack

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 25, 2014

Draft, Shaker Pint

A – A good inch of fine white foam on top of a straw-colored, slightly hazy, bubbly beer. Bright and inviting.

S – Orange peel, Caribbean spices, tangy yeast. Some untoasted white bread. Plenty of lemon-lime and tropical hop notes.

T – Very citrusy, lemon-lime quite prominent, with orange and white pepper notes. Mild malty sweetness balanced with a hop bite.

M – Very bright, bubbly, with a Brut champagne-like finish. Barely sweet and barely bitter. Great for washing away mild food flavors.

O – I had this beer for the first time paired with raw oysters and spicy horseradish cocktail sauce, and it was an incredible match. Perfect for mild seafood, sushi, etc. Probably my favorite Cigar City regular offering.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Canned 9/11/2014.

Served cold into a goblet, Florida Cracker is a hazy pale yellow color with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, and slightly fruity.

Flavor is sweet but balanced with just enough bitterness to get by. Lemon, coriander, and Belgian wit yeast seem to be the predominant flavor notes.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated for the style.

Overall a very good American take on this style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple 12 ounce can makes the house of the Florida Cracker. On to the beer:

A soapy head sits on top before fading into a lace while underneath, a pee yellow beer is waiting to be consumed. The soft and sweet aroma of this witbier features aromas of orange peel, coriander, and the sweetness of oats, so at this moment this beer is spot on per style. What I wasn't expecting was the spicy flavor of this witbier, and it makes a bold statement and pleasant contrast to the bits of orange and sweet oats. In fact, the spicy character brings an appeitizing dry finish with a linger of fruity and spicy. It also seems to add zing to the carbonation, further adding to the enjoyment.

Just what I needed for a warm afternoon. Smiles all around this BA after I finished the can.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12pz can poured into a wit glass.

A: Dull golden and cloudy. Fine-bubbled white head sputters out after a while.

S: Wheat,my rackety malt, musty and lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Whiffs of peppery coriander and faint orange peel.

T: Crackery malt and some doughy wheat. Dry. Dusty yeast. Mild peppery coriander. Sort of a brief lemon/lime character. Oily orange peel is a constant throughout. Dusty, yeasty finish is dry and abrupt.

M: Light bodied with some creamy, wheaty froth. Very crisp and biting in the carbonation department.

O: It's easy to imagine how quenching and refreshing this would be on a brutally hot and humid day. The overall crisp and dry qualities make it very easy to get to the bottom of this can. A solid pairing with feta cheese.

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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 Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with great vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, orange peel, and some yeasty notes.

Taste: Same as above. Bready and vanilla as notes come out strong with everything else lightly there.

Mouthfeel: Tart, chewy, some spice, medium bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid witbier out of a can. Yes, a can. Perfect for this hot Orlando weather.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale straw/light lemon color. About a finger of fizzy head. Some lacing present. Looks citrusy and refreshing.

S: Mostly cracker, hay, and grass. Faint lemon. No hint of orange. Spicy wheat, herbal coriander, and yeast.

M: Medium-light body with a light cream feel, a bit frothy in effect leading to a tart finish. Good carbonation level without a lot of effervescence.

T: Graham cracker, wheat malt, dry toast and grass. Tart and slightly orange finish. Not very sweet. Sides more on the spicier and herbal side of the equation. Sulfuric pear finish. Not complex, straightforward, and one witbier I don't mind revisiting.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-This pours a hazy straw with a small white head that leaves no lacing.

S-The nose is of hay and some grassiness.

T-Lots of citrus and esters to the tongue, with some grain and cracker in the mid-palate, finishing grassy.

M-The palate is perfect for summer, with light carbonation which make it very easy drinking.

O-Overall this beer is perfect for summer. No real thrills.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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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 Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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 whip these "cow hunters" used to herd cattle in Floridas Palmetto Prairies, Called Quágueros 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 unmated 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 Prairie." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Witbier. Florida Cracker is one of Cigar City's year round releases, available in 12 oz. canned 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a tulip glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy crisp ecru-white head over a very clear golden straw body. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious. Retention is slightly above average, lacing is light and speckled. 4.25

(Smell) Floral nose with hints of slightly bitter orange peel, peppery coriander and slight notes of a perky yeast. Potency is medium/high. 3.75

(Taste) Fluffy wheat creates a solid malt base, following through into a perky spiced finish with a touch of coriander and lingering orange peel for a touch of balance. Cleanliness is top-notch, this drink has a very nice arrangement of flavors, with nothing going overboard. The yeast profile works very well for this beer, perhaps making it a touch cleaner and perkier than other Witbiers that I have had. Very tasty, refreshing enjoyable. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is fluffy, chewy, clean. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a lightly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is just right. Alcohol presence is very light, off characters are minimal. Very clean, highly drinkable. 4

(Overall) A fantastic Witbier that would make a very tasty ale in the dead heat of the summer months. Very clean, flavorful and balanced all calls for a highly drinkable beer. Comes close to matching some of the world's most prolific Witbier recipes. Recommended. 4

Cigar City Brewing's
Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint at the brass tap. Pours ultra pale straw that's cloudy and hazy. Head is made of large bubbles and deflates fairly quick to a thin sheen of foam across the beer. No lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet bread with notes if lemon citrus.very clean and straight forward. Taste mirrors the aroma, sweetness is crisp with citrus mixing in a bit. Coriander shows on the pallet and the finish is clean. After taste of unbaked bread. The mouth feel is refreshing and just fizzy enough to excite the taste buds. A wonderful summer option.

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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 a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-straw color with a white head
S- Banana , spice, some wheat and a tart lemon aroma
T-banana and a tart lemon taste that goes to a slightly bitter hops aftertaste that stays with you
M-well carbonated and light bodied
O- outstanding beer for the style, the beer was interesting and well balanced

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can that was muled in a car from Florida back to Maryland and it spent a whole week in the trunk in the Florida heat of June. With that said this was a very tasty beer and seemed like an authentic Belgian. I thought it came across more as a hybrid of a Saison / Belgian Blonde ale and not your typical witbier. Perhaps the 100 degree heat changed it. Whether it did or not, its a very solid Belgian beer and feels like 7% and not 5.5%.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice head that takes its time dissipating leaving some nice lacing in a clear plastic cup (it's all I had while on vacation by the pool).

Smell is really nice, Banana and Clove. Smells of some of the good hefes from Germany that I've had.

Taste is really good as well. I get the clove, banana, and wheat malts. Really awesome taste.

Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated. I can see where all that awesome head came from.

Overall, this is a really good beer. Reminds me a lot of a good German hefe that I had not too long ago. I am on vacation and this beer is not available locally. Guess I need to stock up before I head home.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

appearance; color is hazy straw, pours a finger of sticky, white head that settles into a ring of lacing.

smell; belgian yeast, citrus peel, and corriander.

taste; wheat flavor is intensified by belgian yeast. coriander and orange peel linger on the tongue, along with floral and vanilla notes.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body. medium carbonation.

overall; a filling, more complex take on wheat beers, i can see the appeal but i am not sure if i would ever buy it again.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz pour on tap at Hot and Soul in Ft. Lauderdale. Poured into a unlabeled pint glass 5/21/2014.

A- Slightly hazy straw yellow body, one finger white head, some retention and a bit of lacing. Looks the part of a wit, though it seems to have more of a pilsner character.

S- Wheaty, biscuity pale malt sweetness, a little bit of spices- coriander, citrus peel. Smells good, nothing special though.

F- Executed fairly well- biscuity pale malt sweetness mixed in with coriander and citrus. Some citrus peel character, a slight bitterness that I can't place, but not very bitter at all. Enough wheat character, not exactly a hefeweizen but definitely can tell this is a wit.

M- Lighter in body, refreshing, very easy to drink yet not watery at all. Refreshing and no off-flavours at all. Everything is quite agreeable here.

O- Solid white ale, nothing special but certainly a good choice for a warm summer evening.

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Photo of da_beers
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light yellow with a slight haze. Quickly dissipating white head of two fingers. Low visible carbonation coming up.

S - zesty and summery. Coriander and a little citrus in there, lemony. Nice nose.

T - kind of soapy to be honest. Light citrus. Almost saison like. Champagne yeast perhaps? Malt profile is nice, not over the top but adds appropriate sweetness.

M - light body, drinkable summer beer. Smooth going down. Good carb levels.

O - decent. Good Belgian style white. Not a homerun.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: A somewhat cloudy straw gold with decent head and retention.

S: Wheat, spice and a little citrus.

T: Decent complexity. Refreshing.

M: Crisp with nice bite.

O: Not to bad. Nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out straw yellow in color and is not a brew you can see through. Nice one finger white head with little retention and no lacing that I see.

Smell is of like nice Belgian yeast like a wit although it is a little different. There seems to be a little sweetness from the grains and the yeast. Really no hops here.

Taste is great and almost like a Belgian wit although a little bit sweeter. My first few cans were not my favorite but I learned to love this beer and traded for lots more. The yeast is not really like a Belgian wit or a hefe but it is pretty close.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin as expected from this style of beer.

Overall this is one of my favorite beers that they can. I really like this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.