Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 1,193
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 228 | 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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Reviews: 155 | Hads: 1,193
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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 (479 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.96/5.00 (2,322 characters)

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (297 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
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%. (435 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of da_beers
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one before but a good friend had his wife bring me another up from Florida so I am doing the full review. Outstanding appearance with a billowing head. Murky but not overly so. Great smell, rocking the belgian. The flavor is outstanding, not as good as the top in the class but very good, tasty, extremely enjoyable. A beer I hope to revisit many times. (362 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Cloves, hints of banana, hops, wheat and some citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Taste of grassy notes, cloves, and hops.

Overall: Great brew! Beginning to really like what Cigar City has to offer for beers! (374 characters)

Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a dogfish spiegelau glass. Canned on 2/20/14

Looks a clouded pale golden honey. Smells of coriander, orange, spice and heavy wheat. Not a huge witbier guy but this smells yummy. Taste is sweet and very smooth, lots of balance with the citrus and spice. CCB has done it again! (292 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date: 4/2/14
Location: Half a Time Poughkeepsie
Glassware: Tulip
Appearance: Pale yellow in color. Hazy with low carbonation. Pours with a large head
Aromatics: There is a large amount of wheat with the biscuity smell from the Belgian yeast. Orange and coriander.
Flavor: There is a lot of fruit at the start oranges lemons and even a little lime. The middle hits with coriander and the end is biscuity. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth but all the flavors are a little watered down and dull.
Finish: The beer finishes a little spicy but not much else. (551 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on December 3, 2013

A hazy light golden beer with an enthusiastic head. The soapy white foam quickly fades with little head retention.

A soft wheat malt sweetness and a medium-low Belgian yeast aroma that is mostly spicy with a light fruit character. There is a light citrus peel aroma along with a moderate earthy hops aroma.

The soft malt sweetness and moderate bitterness are up front quickly followed by a medium citrus flavor that is comes from mostly the zesty peel character and backed by some of the yeast character. The yeast also brings some spice while the moderate hops have an earthy and spicy character. There is a fair amount of coriander flavor in there but it's nicely balanced and comes through strong in the finish. The balance is slightly towards the bitter and the finish is off dry.

This is a light bodied beer with strong carbonation.

A Belgian White with the flavors turned up to eleven making for a refreshing and flavorful beer. (967 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canning date smeared on the bottom.

A: Pours a clear very light pale yellow with a white head on top. The head is fairly quick to dissipate, leaving a ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Lots of coriander in this aroma that blends with a citrus aroma from what must be the curacao peel. Yeastiness in the background.

T: The flavor is substantial in this brew with a range of spices, fruitiness and Belgian yeast. The coriander and yeast combination is fairly strong but the flavor isnt dominated by them. Floral aftertaste from the hops.

M: Light body with a sizable dose of carbonation. Refreshing and crisp finish that works great on a summer day.

Overall real drinkable beer with a load of flavor. While it may not be my style this one can be appreciated for being finely crafted. A much better alternative to any of the macro wheat beers. (882 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a glass from the can, it has a hazy orange color body with a thick fuzzy head on it. The smell has a lemon and spice aroma coming off of the beer. The taste is of citrus first and let it sit on your tongue and the coriander comes out. The mouthfeel is good and overall is a nice beer. (296 characters)

Photo of zimm421
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a SA Perfect Pint glass. There's very aggressive carbonation, which results in a thick, fluffy white head. The head has good staying power, and has good staying power. Coloring is opaque straw.

Nose is peppery, with heavy yeast, and maltiness. Smells very sweet. The taste follows in a similar direction, with pepper, yeast, lemon, and nice light malt. Nothing here is overly impressive, but is just what you would expect from a White Belgian.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with very active carbonation. Goes down so easily. Overall, a good beer, but nothing that blows me away. Very refreshing, and enjoyable. (632 characters)

Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.