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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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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 114
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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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 18:15:16 | More by tbeckett
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steviewonder16

South Carolina

3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 21:31:17 | More by steviewonder16
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metter98

New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-19-2014 20:31:28 | More by metter98
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 16:20:21 | More by micromaniac129
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-15-2014 21:27:58 | More by woodychandler
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Huffs

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 02:02:35 | More by Huffs
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 06:00:29 | More by LambicPentameter
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swtchuck

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 00:47:38 | More by swtchuck
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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

Serving type: can

01-03-2014 18:31:48 | More by Billolick
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-23-2013 02:42:21 | More by tempest
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 14:53:13 | More by mikeg67
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-15-2013 01:32:35 | More by drpimento
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Shaw

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2013 04:15:13 | More by Shaw
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

12-05-2013 04:05:27 | More by Georgiabeer
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a handsomely built head that was full of fizzy carbonation that was bright white in hue. The color was cloudy golden pear and had a nice brightness.

The aromas were airy and bubbly with touches of coriander, clove, banana and a champagne like smell.

The flavor tended towards ginger ale at first then some light bready malts, clove and then a pronounced yeast presence.

The feel was very full, bubbly and expansive but it finished very smooth and light.

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 23:23:08 | More by KYGunner
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white, short lived head. Smells of wheat and coriander. In the taste, dry coriander, citrus zest, orange peel and dusty wheat. Little hop character, mostly spice and wheat. Medium bodied, crisp feel with a light dry yeast. Overall, a nice little wit with a good bit of spice.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 18:04:03 | More by Stinkypuss
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mucho thanks to Three Fishes for the multiple cans. Absolutely tremendous lawn mower beer, hazy in color, citrusy in aroma, and goes down like water. I liked this beer immensely. I didn't drink much of it though, because I aggressively tried foisting it on all of the Blue Moon drinkers I know. That's advocacy for ya' baby. Highly recommended, and an off the chain gateway beer.

Serving type: can

11-20-2013 17:55:19 | More by lurpy1
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (dated June 18, 2013) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed, extremely pale straw golden golor with two full fingers of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power. Webs of lacing left on the glass extensively as the head slowly falls to the surface. Very nice.

S - Wheat up front with nice, spicy coriander, citrus, cloves. Very yeasty too. Pretty standard witbier aromas...done well.

T - Yeasty, spicy with cloves and coriander. Lots of wheat flavor, lemony, touch of tartness, mid level hop bitterness. Quite dry.

M - Light body, very high carbonation that foams up a bit in the mouth, bolstering the body of the beer a bit. Dry, well attenuated beer. Good balance between the wheat, spices and hops.

O - Good witbier and very enjoyable. Crisp and refreshing as the style should be. Carbonation should be high in the style, but this perhaps pushes the upper edge...very gassy and foamy beer. Otherwise well done. Would definitely have a few of these in a session without any problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:53:59 | More by portia99
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HalfFull

California

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint glass, this Cracker shows a hazed golden with a thin nearly white cap of foam. Light retention surrenders to a surface cap and leave light lace. Offers a steady boil of carbonation.

Nose of coriander and a light yeast presence, along with a tangy wheat note and a background of orange fruit. Warming brings out a firmer yeast presence.

Flavor follows with citrus a bit more notable up front, an effervescent coriander and wheat in the middle and a muddled lemony orange finish. Moderate feel and finish yields a more spicy than fruity delivery. Interestingly, I had this on tap a few days ago and it had a fuller more fruity/less spicy feel and aroma, along with better head retention. Not sure which I would prefer again. Alas it's a bit clear for the style yet offers plenty of reason to linger including light banana notes. Drinks easily and is well balanced yet not stellar with regard to nuance, but a good quaff nonetheless.

Note: Canned on 10/24/13 and 'Drink Fresh' emblazoned on the can. Drink fresh indeed, just a couple weeks old.

Serving type: can

11-13-2013 04:38:04 | More by HalfFull
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Zraly

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of a good friend from the Tampa area.

Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger white head. Aroma of citrus and wheat.

Really crisp wheat flavor enforced by lime and orange notes. A touch of funkiness keeps things interesting and from it tasting like most other witbiers. Not that *that* would be a bad thing; I think a well-made witbier is nothing to snark at these days. Slight tang and mineral note in the finish. The orange peel and bread notes from the wheat really work seamlessly together, though.

Carbonation is spot on. Coupled with the overall cleanliness and full but refreshing aspects of this witbier, the mouthfeel is flawless. So smooth and tantalizing. Perfect for hot weather or an everyday sipper. Delicious. CCB shows they can make not only some super-bad ass high gravity stuff, but the softer and easy-drinking selections as well.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 21:23:55 | More by Zraly
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-03-2013 14:04:23 | More by zeledonia
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours from the can clear and golden with decent sized head. Aroma of yeast, spice, and a bit of pear-banana. Light mouthfeel, but lower carbonation than expected. Sweet with spicy banana bread and bubble gum. A strange taste on the finish (though i seem to get this with most whites, so maybe it’s my taste buds). Probably one of my faves for the style, but not a huge fan of this style. Nice and sweet. Not bad. Also loving the CCB can designs.

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 11:54:09 | More by BMMillsy
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tharper178

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz can into my Chicago Bears Tervis Tumbler (I used to think this glass was good luck until my Bears lost to the Lions today).

A- Hazy gold-orange. Hard pour, nice white head that dissipated within minutes, almost no lacing.

S- Orange, coriander, apricot, a little funk

T- Apricot, georgia peach, orange, coriander, complex and delicious.

M- Very crisp, very easy to drink and light - I live in South Florida and am drinking this outside. Slightly carbonated - which is exactly what I'm after today. Long dry finish.

O- I'm amazed this beer's not rated higher. Cigar City is high high quality. This is an exceptional, every day drinker, outdoor drinker, just amazing beer. Sessionable. Inexpensive. I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 23:23:14 | More by tharper178
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (from 8/12/13) into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Pours a light and hazy yellow-orange color. A gentle pour results in a big fluffy white head, 2-plus fingers. It tapered slowly to very thin film, minimal lacing.

S- The wheat , orange citrus, and spice come through...gently.

T- A touch of orange, some floral, light pepper. The wheat and saison yeast give it some sourness.

M- Light and crisp, tart. There's some snap from the carbonation. Finish is long and dry.

O- The fact that this beer is not aggressive is a strong point. It makes the most of its understated flavors and aromas by being true to the style and drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 17:27:43 | More by NiceTaps
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aubuc1

Florida

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

Can dated August 12th poured in to a Guinness pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a white head.

Fruity, chalky, yeasty, wheaty smell.

Taste is citrusy, slightly grassy, nice Belgian wheat. Can taste the orange already.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Overall, this is a very flavorful witbeer. As good as any other in the style.

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 19:53:08 | More by aubuc1
Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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