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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale - Cigar City Brewing

Florida Cracker Belgian-style White AleFlorida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale

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632 Ratings
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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%


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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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a snifter (canned on 6/12/13)

I was in FL on vacation, so I picked up all the CCB beers I could find, regardless of style.

A: Nice hazy/cloudy grayish blonde that deposited a bunch of bubbles on the sides of the glass when I poured it. Lots of bubble can be seen popping up on the surface.

S: A bit of sour funk, with a hint of tartness.

T: It is hard to distinguish a lot of flavors with all of the strong carbonation that just swirls around your palate and is very distracting. Lots of wheaty flavors that are very slightly tart and funky, quite yeasty.

M: Extremely carbonated and crisp. Lots of little bubble pinpricks are felt.

O: I don't think I am a fan of this style. The carbonation is a bit strong for me and not a big fan of the flavors.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 00:57:27 | More by gillagorilla
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hopsputin

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: pale yellow, hazy. large 3-4 finger white rocky head

s: coriander, pepper spice, quite wheat, lemongrass, pretty yeasty

t: wheat and spice. more spice than i expected. definite lemongrass, pepper spice, with some sweat malt in the background. back end is crisp and slightly floral.

m: light with quite a bit of carbonation

o: definitely spicier than i expected. its good, but not great. a summer drinker for sure, and light enough to have with a meal

Serving type: can

07-05-2013 01:56:46 | More by hopsputin
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Roguer

Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful, ultra-thick pure white head. No lacing and medium retention, but it's an ultra-hot day. Pale straw colored, and hazy, with visible particles in suspension. Good looking beer.

S - Wheat, almost rye-like. Barest hint of banana or clove. I like the subtlety, but the dry wheat smell is fairly middling.

T - Banana, sour fruit, spice, and a healthy dose of wheat. A bit of sugary Belgian yeast that strengthens as the beer warms. This is a very tasty beer.

M - Medium-light, with a dry finish. Extremely drinkable in any fashion.

O - This is a wheat beer 100% worth trying. I put it up there with some of the better imports, although it's a notch below the best.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 16:47:41 | More by Roguer
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RHWeir

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The comparison to Blue Moon is not possible to avoid. Cracker White is a bit lighter and more unique than a Moon. Tried it out of the can and then tried it poured ice cold into a pilsner glass with a slice of organic orange. It's nothing straight out of the can. However, poured over the orange slice and ice cold, it beats a Moon hands down. The color meshes with the orange in the glass. Overall, this is a very, very enjoyable ale here in the Northeast Florida heat and we'll be buying it on a regular basis.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 00:20:59 | More by RHWeir
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TheSeeker61

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured this one aggressively so got a 3 finger head which fell to a half inch quickly then fell to ring. Lots of carbonation in this one. Has a yellowish color. Light lacing.
The coriander dominates the nose with a slight sour finish.
Has a coriander taste with a slight lemon bitter.
The mouthfeel is light.
Overall I enjoyed this offering. Very refreshing in Georgia heat. Not one of my favorite styles but can see this one in the Spring/Summer rotation.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 19:56:57 | More by TheSeeker61
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can into 7venth Sun tulip
Canned on 2/20/13
Thanks to LiquidDegenerate for this

Pour: Hazy straw with lively bubbles rising. There was a fluffy 2 finger head that receded quickly.

Smell: Wheat, touch of orange, lemon, coriander and some vanilla.

Taste: Banana, cracker, doughy, lemon, some orange and some spice (pepper?). Quite sweet on the palate initially and finishes with that yeast quality.

Mouthfeel: This is unbelievably easy to drink and would be a spectacular hot summer drinking beer. It has a light body and prickly carbonation yet at the same time is creamy. Alcohol is undistinguishable.

Overall: Though witbier is not my favorite style this one is surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 22:24:44 | More by sleuthdog
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at yard house in palm beach gardens fl. Pours a super hazy golden wheat color with a finger of head. Very mild aroma of hefe fruity meets flowers. Very delicate flavor...vanilla and citrus with a hint of spice. Really super smooth and refreshing. Great light session hefe as they can get overwhelming but this is great. Nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2013 21:01:15 | More by DrinkSlurm
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d1ckvanswype

Florida

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Remember, kids, if it's in a can, pour 2/3rds into your glass, swirl the can vigorously to stir up the yeast that settles at the bottom THEN pour the rest. You'll be rewarded with a nicely cloudy beer and a large head.

A: Properly poured so it has a pale gold, cloudy look about it, starting with a big billowy head, but it quickly dissipates and leaves very, very little lacing.

S: Bananas, clove, a touch of red apple and spice, a twinge of malt, a tiny hit of black pepper, maybe a hint of a farmhouse funk from the yeast. More fragrant than I expected, but not blowing me away.

T: All of the above, with a clean lemony flavor added, very dry crackery malts and a touch of clove at the end to finish. But it's really rather subtle.

M: Far too zippy for me, I like a Belgian ale that feels more rich and velvety, this seemed too highly carbonated for my tastes.

O: A standard because it's always fresh in Florida, a great beer to get into Belgian styles, but nothing groundbreaking.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 00:20:42 | More by d1ckvanswype
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cigar City Florida Cracker

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) A golden brew with a bit of haze to it. Lots of bubble trails. Nearly two fingers of white foam reached the top of the pint. This settled quickly.

S) Pale malt, yeast, coriander, lemon zest, and a little spice that had me thinking black pepper.

T) Faint wheat, citrus flavors of orange peel and a little lemon too. The yeast gives it a little farmhouse funk. Nice spices as well.

M) Medium to lighter medium. This is well carbonated. Crisp and highly refreshing. Finishes dry with a nice aftertaste.

O) This was pretty darn good. Definitely a great option on a warm day. It's also nice that it's in cans. I'd buy some if it were in Wisconsin, but it's not. Oh well....

Serving type: can

05-05-2013 21:03:50 | More by RoamingGnome
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last.

S-Orange, lemon, some grass, nice wheat and even vanilla.

T-Nice balance of orange and lemon. With corriander and grass. Mild wheat and no bitterness.

M-Medium to light in body, nicely carbonated and smooth.

O-A solid witbier, very sessionable and approachable.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 19:03:10 | More by rlee1390
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TheSixthRing

California

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, leaving small islands of microbubbles on the surface, and a ring around the edge. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Strong yeasty sourness with bright citrus tones; lemony. Lesser hints of orange.

Taste - Moderate lemon sourness and yeast funk hit upfront. Very subtle wheat and banana character once the beer warms. Sweet and bright. Touches on orange peel and slight grassy bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively, somewhat bitey carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Semi-dry finish. Maybe the best bodied witbier I've come across thus far.

Overall - Great witbier all-around. It doesn't kill me that this beer isn't on shelves in California, but it'd be a welcome addition if it were.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 06:07:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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harrymel

Washington

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Canned 06MAR13

Had this before at a wedding in FL. It was nice there. Pours a near excellent clarity golden with a solid central dome of bone white foam, unimpressive for the style. Smells of flowers, grass, some light lemon, a little bit of sweet dough and seeds of paradise. Flavor is nice and sweet with yeast overtures and some bits of coriander. Pretty one dimensional flavor, but refreshing nonetheless. Thin bodied for the style with hi carb and a wet finish. Meh.

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 05:08:45 | More by harrymel
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a straw yellow with a rocky soap bubble head that collapses into a fizzy, thick scrim. The beer’s body is cloudy but clean and free of particles with a lazy and slow stream of bubbles treading towards the top of the glass. On the nose the beer smells of sweet orange peel, cuaraco with lemon sweet bread notes and a touch of bitter grass. There is also a bready sweet note that stands apart from the lemon and reminds me of a sweet cracker, which goes nicely with the beer’s name. On the tongue the beers tastes of bready sugars and citric lemon acid. The flavor begins as sweet lemon bread, opening into grassy hops and orange peel flavors with a touch of coriander spice. The finish suggests slight green vegetal apple flavor with notes of lemon and grass, then dips into a creamy cracker flavor briefly as the beer warms, but quickly washes away, this flavor really has to be searched for though and is not abundantly clear to the palate. The aftertaste is very light and clean. From the can, the beer smells nearly the same, and tastes a little sweeter due to the concentration of flavors in the tiny can opening. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a slight wateriness. The carbonation is a little sharp on the tongue, and the mouth is left slightly sticky with nice amounts of saliva from the acid in the beer. Overall, this is a nice sessionable wit with some interesting flavors. I don’t really get the cracker flavor, but I can see what the brewers were reaching for with this beer. It’s tasty, sessionable, and worth a try. A nice middle of the road wit.

Serving type: can

04-10-2013 02:28:20 | More by Maxwell
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale, slightly hazy golden body with a fizzy bone white head.

S- Oranges, clove, hints of banana, some lemon.

T- Lots of citrus with the Belgian yeast providing a peppery, clove flavor. A hint of herbal flavors come through as well.

M- Medium-high carbonation, somewhat thin, but drinkable.

O- A pretty good wit. Big on the orange/citrus flavor which works nicely with the yeast.

Serving type: can

04-07-2013 00:25:54 | More by stephenjmoore
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy lemon-yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, great retention and spotty lacing left behind. smells of black pepper, lemongrass, hint of celery, very bready/yeasty. a slightly funky, peppery belgian style wheat beer.. the majority of the flavor lies within the yeast. a medium (on the lighter side) body beer with high carbonation. very tasty.. i guess this would be a good step into craft beer for people that like hoeegarden or whatever the hell that beer is called.. not my favorite style, but definitely tasty.

Serving type: can

04-05-2013 01:48:11 | More by facundoCNB
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basscram

Florida

4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance almost clear and is golden colored with full first segment finger head. Has that clean unmalted wheat smell. smells of fresh orange peel too.

taste on the tip of the tongue is the corianderish taste, lots of carbonation happening too. orange coming through as well. Like a fresh thick skinned orange fresh from harvest. any hops that are in this brew I cannot recognize. Drinkability is over the top. quaffing can happen with this brew. mouthfeel is lots of carbonation but not too much to avert gulping. very light mouthfeel.

I would definitely enjoy this beer again and would push this on lighter beer drinkers who are searching for blue moon/shocktop type beers. It's a beer that pushes those two beers out of the water for sure. Does this style beer much justice.

Serving type: can

04-03-2013 05:57:45 | More by basscram
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StJamesGate

New York

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy limocello yellow with puffy craggy white froth.
Light herbs, lemon zest and clean wheat on the nose - mild.
Cream crackers, waxy yeast, coriander hum and citrus tartness to end.
Carambola finish and herbal linger.
Light to medium, clingy, soft.

Too sweet, some rough edges, flat and a bit heavy - could definitely use more fizz. Basically, exactly what you're not looking for in a hot weather beer. Mediocre at best.

Starting to wonder just how good a brewery CCB really is...

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 01:19:10 | More by StJamesGate
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured hazy golden straw with lots of visible carbonation and a towering, durable white head.

Aroma: Malty-musty-yeasty with ripe banana and traces of lemon and coriander.

Taste: Much better than the aroma (my usual response to witbiers), with more lemon and less banana and yeast. There are hints of bread dough, flowers and orange peel. Tart.

Feel: above average amount of carbonation; medium body; close to creamy for style; tart; less dry than expected.

Overall: worth trying, particularly if you like this style. Refreshing.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 02:50:05 | More by chinchill
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NoleDoc

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this from can to glass on 3/21/13, originally canned on january 17, 2013. So fresh! I was excited to try it as I've heard it was a damn good beer. Nice bright yellow color. Very refreshing mouthful. You totally taste the crackers in the beer. Another cool thing... Watch out for the messages on the bottom of the cans.

Serving type: can

03-22-2013 03:26:51 | More by NoleDoc
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured on-tap at the Cigar City Brewing tasting room in Tampa. The beer was served in a pint glass, and it poured a slightly hazy, pale gold color with no head. The nose is very muted, with floral (juniper?) smells, and very light spicing. The beer is light and smooth, with flavors of slight sour citrus and a smooth, bready spicing. Light in mouth, this beer has an aftertaste that is mostly coriander spicing. The finish is minimal and quick, making an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2013 02:14:04 | More by ExtraStout
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into white wine glass.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with rapidly rising and even more rapidly falling head. Looks too still for a Wit.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander, spices, wheat, and a touch of banana.

Taste: Nice wheat backbone with just the right amount of orange peel and coriander. The yeast is well integrated as well, with clove, banana and spicy notes. Cracked black and white pepper. The orange peel really lingers.

Feel: Very light with moderate carbonation. Finish is relatively dry. Nice feel, but overall the beer could be slightly more effervescent and crisp.

Overall: This is a very safe Witbier, as it simply falls the rulebook, but the execution is fantastic. Improve the appearance and finish, and this would be world class.

Serving type: can

03-18-2013 18:25:45 | More by bsp77
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy cloudy straw hue with a good two finger white head that fades to leave thin clouds and a thin halo. Not too bad.

S - Nice wit notes....coriander, wheat, lemons, light malt sweetness and faint orange. Very pleasant.

T - Solid wit, lots of wheat, solid coriander, light on the banana. Citrus becomes awfully faint too. Finish is lightly sour too.

M - Mouthfeel is fizzy and on the thinner side. Little syrupy too.

O - Overall, not a bad white ale in a pinch. That said there are much better wits out there that are readily available. Still, another unique beer.

Serving type: can

03-15-2013 23:02:11 | More by rudzud
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MCain04

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a: yellow and opaque, bright, big fizzy pure white head that sticks around but not much lacing.

s: lemon, wheat, herbs, coriander, some other spices

t: follows the nose with coriander and curaçao peel playing a big role. taste lingers, but tastes a tad sour on the very back end. Perhaps a little stale, as it is on the older side

m: thin bubbly body is a little to champagne-like for me. also a bit sticky on the back end.

o: not a bad white ale, certainly a good beer on a warm spring or summer day, but the mouthfeel brought this one down.

Serving type: can

03-14-2013 22:05:22 | More by MCain04
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cosmicevan

New York

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

canned in early january, thanks to dimenhetfield for the can. enjoyed from my humidor series tulip.

a - brew poured a pale yellow with constant champagne like carbonation and a big fizzy head. the head fizzed away quickly and left a thin skin of fizzy bubbles that were gone quick, but almost immediately replaced by the next bubble racing from the bottom. the visual carbonation is intense...almost as if there is an alka seltzer tablet in there.

s - surprisingly has a fizzy smell. some orange, lots of wheat, some vanilla. corriander and even some white wine characteristics.

t - banana corriander, decidedly wheat beer.

m - fairly fizzy. overly so.

o - overall...cracker please. not my favorite beer and not my favorite wit, but definitely not a bad wit. actually a pretty good wit.

Serving type: can

03-13-2013 03:31:44 | More by cosmicevan
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Some lacing but not much. Head fizzles relatively quickly

Smell: Big wheat up from and some lemon. A touch of pepper and clove. Lots of dough yeast

Taste: Bready sweetness up front, and some clean lemon peel. A touch of banana, white pepper, and clove. Lots of doughy yeast through the finish.

Mouthfeel: insanely drinkable. Very refreshing. Spices are subdued on the taste which makes this even more drinkable. Only complaint is that it is a touch watery.

Overall: was disappointed to see old Jai Alai on the shelf, but this more than made up for it. A delicious warm weather beer

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 22:28:05 | More by cfrances33
Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.