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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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906 Ratings
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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 100 | FT: 7
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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Photo of Mikecap
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy gold with two fingers of foamy head that fades quickly, some nice splotchy lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, citrus fruit, some earthy undertones. Lemon, orange and coriander round out the aroma.

T: Up front bitter orange peel and some nice Belgian yeasty character. I get some coriander and it finishes with some spiciness.

M: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing - definitely to style. Goes down smooth with a crisp, dry finish.

O: A solid take on a style that is not my favorite but this is definitely another good beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Mikecap, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

KolbMarley, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of rjvanston
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

rjvanston, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Hendrick24
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hendrick24, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of TriageStat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +8.7%

deapokid, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of GratefulEdd
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GratefulEdd, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Brenden, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -18.5%

deonreds, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Freemanclaypowell
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Freemanclaypowell, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Goldndomer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Tucquan, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Mdez
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this several times on a trip to Florida. Was pretty good for a basic white, but I stopped getting them once I found the Cigar City Jai Alais for a buck more per 6-pack. The crackers were ok, but couldn't compare to the Jai Alais; from now on, I'll get them when I'm in Florida.

Mdez, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Funky/fruity Belgian yeast/esters, tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg), lots of fresh orange, citrus peel and zest in the nose.

T: Bready malt, especially in the finish. Middle of the mouth has prominent spice, citrus peel and orange.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: Could have been better, but I still liked it quite a bit, and would recommend it, especially to fans of the style.

BierJager89, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Hophead717
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Hophead717, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

inlimbo77, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of johnyb
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

johnyb, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

hoppymcgee, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Monstro
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Monstro, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

tone77, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of dtomes
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

dtomes, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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!

BEERchitect, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of tim6298
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

tim6298, Jan 29, 2014
Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.