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: 155
Hads: 1,192
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 227 | 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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (429 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,838 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of Mdez
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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! (1,853 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a Chrismtas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Light golden colour with a cloudy body. Two fingers of white head on top and good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Sweet spice, yeast, some candy, wheaty, lemon, zesty.

T - Sweet spice, bready, candy, lemon, wheat, mild yeast, orange. Interesting spice and candied fruit flavours. Pleasant.

M - Strong carbonation, drying finish, medium body.

O/D - A good take on a style that doesn't typically impress me too much. Not exactly the most itneresting beer from CC, but very accessible and well crafted. A good transition beer from macros, but also probably just taking space away from better beers in their tanks. All that aside, it's a good Belgian Wit. (726 characters)

Photo of steviewonder16
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a slightly cloudy yellow color, like you would expect from a Belgian style. The taste is quite citrus - lemon - and a subtle hint of the coriander. Maybe a little to much carbonation.

If you like the lightness of a Belgian style and heavy citrus, you'll probably enjoy this beer. (296 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemons are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: The taste is quite lemony and has notes of wheat along with hints of coriander spices, the latter of which are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate (the wheat adds a little bite) and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is very lemony, so it would make for a good selection if you want a witbier with lemon citrus, not the customary orange peel. (773 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color. The head is smallish but fluffy white.
The aroma is spicy with coriander and orange peel.
The taste is quite assertive. There are some bold flavors of peppers and spice in there as well as some citrusy hops. It is also sweet tasting.
Moderate on the palate with some low carbonation.
Cracker is a pretty good beer and quite bold. (355 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It seems as though Cigar City has really embraced CANning of their beers, and just in time to be a part of The CANQuest's (TM) rapid approach to review # 1,000! I scored this at Monde Market in Philly this past weekend and I am now on the lookout for Hotter Than Helles in a CAN.

From the CAN: "White Ale Brewed with Curacao Peel and Coriander"; "Drink fresh! Do not age! Pour gently into a glass."; "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 whips these 'cow hunters' used to herd cattle in Florida's Palmetto Prairies. Called Quaqueros 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 unmalted 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 Prarie."

The admonition to "pour gently" does not sit well with The CANQuest (TM), whose perfection of the inverted Glug has been an ongoing venture. I promised the ex-Old Lady, however, that if a CAN specifically forbade this sort of treatment, then I would abide by the brewer/brewery's wishes. The Crack! unveiled a brimful CAN and so a very gentle Glug ensued. It saddened me to do business that way, especially since I only got a sheen of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated to wisps as a result. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow (SRM = 4 to 5). Nose was kind of light in terms of both orange peel and coriander. My first draught gave me a fizzy, highly carbonated mouthfeel and the taste remained muted for the style. Yes, I was getting the citrus and spice flavors, but nowhere near what I am used to from other beers in the style. Finish was semi-dry and really kind of bland overall. A swing and a miss from a usually stellar brewery. (2,026 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass, nice full head developed, white, with descent retention and lacing. Appearance was a light haze with a golden wheat color. Aroma had notes of citrus and yeast. Taste had strong noted of yeast and bread. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry and slightly sour aftertaste. (290 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a canning date of OCT 31, 2013 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Apperance - Hits all the checkmarks that one would expect for a witbier: sunny golden yellow hue with noticeable haziness bordering on cloudy drifting through the liquid along with lazy trails of carbonation bubbles journeying to the surface to replenish an effervescent stark white head of about two and a half fingers thick. Retention is moderate, with the foam starting to fade after a couple minutes, leaving faint lacing, but not much in the way of rings as I drink it down.

Starts with some pleasant tartness--but light, nothing even close to sour--initially with undertones of sourdough and toasted wheat. From there, the aroma grows into notes of coriander and spice, lemon zest and orange peel. Overall, the smell is ethereal and light, as it should be for the style, even though I prefer a bit more spiciness to my wits.

Taste - The sourdough and wheat are still the primary flavors in this beer, with the spice and citrus simply providing a nice complement to the wheat base. I didn't get them in the aroma, but the taste does have some hints of soft vanilla and chamomile along with the coriander.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall, a very tasty take on the witbier. It's a bit lighter and more apologetic than my favorite versions of the style, but one that I would love to have on a hot summer day, when too much witbier spice might come across as suffocating. (1,555 characters)

Photo of swtchuck
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - golden in color, turbid/cloudy, tightly packed thick white head, spritzy. S - Banana, mild citrus and floral tones. T - Sweet maltiness, orange peel, prickly spice, decent balance. M - Med body lightens w/ high carb and spice. O - Very drinkable US weisse beer with tropical citrus tones fitting for Florida. (313 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. There is "canned on" dating on the bottom of the can, but its undecipherable/smudged to sh%t, oh well, they tried...

Pours super typical, wit beer, clouded and dull light tangerine,off white head, that stays a bit, but leaves minimal lace.

Potent nose of coriander, orange and cloves, nice.

Tasty, zesty, assertive and quite enjoyable Florida, USA take on the classic Belgian style. Cigar city knows what they are doing and its been showing in every can that I've been enjoying of this "Cracker" beer. On the palate the themes established by the sniff carry forward. More orange, more coriander and more cloves. Aggressive and peppery hopped up finish seals the deal.

Gotta love quality beer in a can...Well done Cigar city... (745 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at Triboro Beverage. Another great beer from Cigar City. This beer tastes like it's straight out of Belgium. It's a lot closer to Hoegaarden than Allagash White. The Allagash has a lot of spice and fruit, but Cigar City has a slightly sweet candied wheat with mild vanilla. Basically is a more bready beer, but undeniably a wit. Give it a shot. (363 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of spices, barnyard yeast, wheat malt and crackers. Body is medium and crisp. Spices, citrus fruit, bready malt, funky yeast fill the mouth. Finish is long, semi-dry. Interesting brew, kind of Saison meets Wit. (286 characters)

Photo of Das_Reh
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from 6/1/2015. Canned on 5/14/2015.

I've had this before and it's one of my favorite wits.

A = very hazy straw-yellow color, opaque, lively carbonation. produces a rocky 2 finger head which lingers for a while, thick lacing on the glass. bubbles can be seen racing to the top in streams. very attractive witbier.

S = heavy on the citrus, cloves and a wheaty twang. get some fresh hay and light breadiness as well.

T = orange peel and lemon zest, wit spices are very prominent, especially the coriander. some hay, bready crackery malts, a bit of powdery yeast. the saison strain works very well, creating a crisp, tart, dry finish

F = creamy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation that gives the beer body without being prickly and harsh. light and refreshing.

O = one of my favorite beers, and an excellent beer for summer. tasty, approachable, and thirst quenching. (898 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's ok, but not one of my fav whites. Poured at a good temperature with a smallish off-white head that vanishes quickly and no lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy yellow. Aroma is yeast, citrus peel, spice, malt. Flavor's like nose, tang in front along with some bitter, then the other qualities. As it warms more citrus peel comes out. The combination of tang and bettering agents yields a reaction on the back of the tongue that isn't that pleasant; other than that body/carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and while not bad, Ike hooegardens much more. (572 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned less than a month ago.

Pours a cloudy straw-colored with a very white head that vanishes.

Aroma of clove and coriander. Nice.

Nice flavor of clove with a hint of banana: the Classic Belgian wit flavor.

Great body. Almost puffy, if that's such a thing.

A very refreshing beer that shows Cigar City can brew more than just high-octane beers. (357 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw color with little to no head. Nice lemony aroma with just a touch of coriander. Lemon oil, rather than juice is the impression it gives. Lots more lemon in the taste, and again, just a touch of coriander. A bit light in body, even a little seltzer-like, even for the style. Not bad, but could use some more snap and depth. (341 characters)

Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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