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: 1,191
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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Reviews: 155 | Hads: 1,191
Photo of hmf05
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow with tons and tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is very average and resembles most wits and hefes I've come across. In the nose I get a lot of banana, spicy cloves, and a tinge of orange. A very "yeasty" smelling brew. Taste follows the nose exactly. Nothing else really jumps out at me. Carbonation is high, but not too high and the mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall, this is a tasty wit, but nothing new or original. To me, this brew falls in the hefe category more so than a traditional wit. I say this because that signature banana smell/taste in hefes is the predominant taste in this beer. Definitely worthy of a try, but nothing life-changing like other CC offerings. Get it if it's available in your area, but I do not recommend trading for it. (829 characters)

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 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 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 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 oline73
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap while I was in Key West. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a finger of white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a very mild grain note. There are very mild fruit and spice notes.
Rather mild.

Taste: This is a very light beer. Somewhat muddled spice notes with a hint of citrus fruit. Lots of light grain with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is light and summer, but not very interesting. I might have another depending on the situation. (639 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden beer with a bit of a white head and some lace on the sides.

S - A wheat smelling witbeer with some citrus and a bit of coriander.

T - Light, crisp flavor with a little bit of yeast and a fairly crisp finish. Some orange and a touch of spice.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Solid witbier, nothing mind blowing, but easy enough to drink. (368 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just kind of meh. This bear definitely tasted Belgian and Wheat-esque, but it just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because I did drink it directly out of the can. I think it would have tasted better on draft in the appropriate glassware. (240 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 JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a big white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has a touch of coriander and citrus peel on a wheat malt backbone.

Slight sweet on the front from wheat and toasty edges, citrus on the finish with a lemony and orange zest and spicy coriander.

Nice balance, nice crisp body, and easy to drink. (346 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; canning date of December 6, 2012 printed in black ink under the kick-up of the can (“DRINK LOCAL CANNED ON 06 DEC 2012”).

Appearance (3.0): Kind of a pale, yellow-orange colored body topped with a finger of bone-white head that fizzles pretty quickly; very minimal lacing or retention (read: almost none of either one). Perfectly hazy body, which now that I think about it looks almost exactly like passionfruit juice.

Smell (4.0): Nice coriander and sweet orange notes mixing with a very pale, grainy malt character, like very fresh bread and water crackers. There’s a bit of white pepper underneath, but overall the nose is dominated by crackery, dry malt and classic wit spiciness.

Taste (3.5): Following the nose, the flavor is dominated by coriander spice notes, very pale, dry biscuit / oyster cracker kind of malt, and some sweet orange essence underneath. There’s a decent balance between that sweetness and the dry, pale malt character, but it’s not as spicy as it warms up. Some floral hops in the finish. No alcohol detected and not much in the way of a distinct yeast character—just some light straw and breadiness. It’s decent, but nothing about it really jumps out.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The carbonation lends a coarse tingling all over the mouth, but it doesn’t last all that long; the body is about medium-weight, maybe a bit lighter, and finishes pretty dry. It’s good, nothing crazy.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent wit; it’s not amazing, but it’s great that Cigar City is offering a decent wit in cans for about $8/ sixer. It’s not the best domestic wit I’ve had, but it’s a decent value. I’m guessing this will accrue quite a bit of popularity—tasty enough, juicy, and easy-drinking, at a reasonable price. And it offers more character than some other widely-available, comparably-priced alternatives. But, don’t expect a life-changer. (1,954 characters)

Photo of olimpia84
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at CCB, poured into a pint glass.

A: looked exactly like pineapple juice with a particular and intriguing yellow color. Small head that managed to stay on for a while. Little to no lacing.

S: a bit mute on the nose, some sweet scents along with citrus aromas.

T: followed the nose with emphasis on the citrus (lots of orange), some lemon and strong wheat presence.

M: medium body, very refreshing.

O: an excellent choice for hot summer days, this is a very refreshing and good tasting beer. (512 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 facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -5%
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. (1,600 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw colored pour. White foam on top lingers. Hazy and some clingy lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, lemongrass, and a light hoppy scent.

T - Light flavors of grain and a tartness of lemon and lime. Refreshing witboer that is nice on those hot floridian nights.

M - Easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. Light feel with a bit of a grainy grit to it.

O - Not exciting, but a solid enough witbier to be enjoyed. Some stronger lemon flavor would help this. (471 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 hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not the biggest fan of belgians, nor witbeirs. I received this as an extra in a trade. This was a pretty good beer though. It was refreshing and belgiany, although the yeast profile was not over bearing. If I were to drink more belgians, I would go to this one again. (275 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 Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with great vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, orange peel, and some yeasty notes.

Taste: Same as above. Bready and vanilla as notes come out strong with everything else lightly there.

Mouthfeel: Tart, chewy, some spice, medium bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid witbier out of a can. Yes, a can. Perfect for this hot Orlando weather. (577 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 zeledonia
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Florida. Tasted 29 October 2013.

Pours golden, 100% clear. One finger of almost-white head that fizzes and fades, leaving little lacing. Disappearing fizzy head like a sour. Nice moderate stream of bubbles rising up.

Smell is nice. Clean, a bit full and sweet, with a potent light spice presence. A little rounded for a wit, a little heavier and fuller than I'd expect, and not as crisp or refreshing. But nice.

Taste is more crisp than the smell, less grainy-sweet, with a touch of bitter and spice in the back. It's a little more like a wit, but a little less depth.

Feel is a little on the flat side. That carbonation is fizzy, which helps a bit. It's buoyant, too, more than I'd like it to be. Not bad, not great.

It's an okay wit. It's like Florida, a little warmer and wetter than I'd like it to be. Could be more refreshing in a number of ways, and any of those would improve it. (926 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a weird color, somewhere in limbo between straw and yellow with a pretty hefty haze, giving a grungy, unfiltered look and feel. The skull-white head grows and then bellies up almost instantly - completely vanished within 20 seconds of the pours. Being so volatile, a quick swirl can bring it back, but only for a very brief moment. Aroma is packed with some nice spices; clove, coriander, and other warming spices. Some moderate bubblegum on the very tail end thanks to the Belgian yeast. Not really picking up much of a hop flavor - maybe some lightly floral notes deep down in there, but it's stretch.

Pretty light on the palate with a thin-medium body, densely packed with carbonation; crispy and snappy on the tongue. Orange peel and lemon zest come out in the flavor right away - the lemon more so as it warms up. More clove, coriander, and perfume-like spices jump on the palate while a very light hop profile makes its way in. Slighty wet and floral, they are almost too far in the background to matter, though. I'm picking up a moderate funky flavor and aroma near the latter half of the beer now - corky, musky, cellar-like, wet wood. Is this a characteristic of the yeast strain? It was actually quite pleasant, not overpowering or off-putting at all - a nice little addition. Very "wet" on the palate despite the high carbonation. At times, it seemed a bit watered down and not packed with as much flavor as it should've had - but at 5% ABV, you've gotta give them some leeway.

Listed as a witbier, but it drank more like a spin-off of a toned down Belgian style. Not a bad crack at the style, especially when you consider the relatively low ABV, but nothing comes close to the real thing. I could imaging this one going down well on a warm beach somewhere. (1,776 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-This pours a hazy straw with a small white head that leaves no lacing.

S-The nose is of hay and some grassiness.

T-Lots of citrus and esters to the tongue, with some grain and cracker in the mid-palate, finishing grassy.

M-The palate is perfect for summer, with light carbonation which make it very easy drinking.

O-Overall this beer is perfect for summer. No real thrills. (419 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)

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