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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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804 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 20
Gots: 76 | FT: 5
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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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

02-07-2013 08:12:55 | More by beernads
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-24-2013 02:43:06 | More by MarkyMOD
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Billolick

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-27-2013 01:58:16 | More by zestar
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-25-2014 00:56:01 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-27-2013 02:38:31 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
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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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-18-2012 00:38:16 | More by duceswild
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-03-2014 02:46:02 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-02-2014 14:12:33 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

07-04-2014 22:42:56 | More by Gonzoillini
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-19-2014 22:03:51 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-17-2014 20:41:49 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-16-2013 04:05:23 | More by LXIXME
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-24-2013 18:18:07 | More by sendbeer
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-25-2014 00:15:07 | More by dmorgan310
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -7%
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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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-20-2012 19:23:17 | More by THECPJ
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-28-2013 23:37:38 | More by Zaphog
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev -18.9%

07-08-2014 15:05:10 | More by harpus
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

06-11-2011 18:40:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-25-2013 01:44:29 | More by ShanePB
Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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