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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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171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 1,275
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 35
Gots: 260 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
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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: 171 | Hads: 1,275
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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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of KornWallace
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy goldenstraw color capped by a vague head; not much lacing

Smell: Bready, with citrus and coriander notes

Taste: Bready, with a sharp citrus and coriander aspect arriving quickly; peppery spices build, after the swallow; the finish was lemony

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but prickly carbonation

Overall: A bit too lemony and spicy overall but an interesting take on the style

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Can't knock the look its perfect hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocky head. Might be a lot of carbonation since it seems to fizz out rather quickly. Little to no lacing.
S - Smells of coriander spice and orange peel but also a solid bit of wheat which is always a great start. I sip.
T - Bright sharp orange peels almost puckering the tongue like fresh lemon juice. Next I get the spice and the wheaty body brings it home. I really enjoy the sour its a nice take since most don't even taste of peel or are just too sweet.
M - Light to medium easy to quaff back.

Overall the carbonation worked quite well in this and curacao peel was a nice take on the style giving it a sharp sour bite. Worth picking up if tired of the same ho hum Witbier.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Mdez
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.