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Criterium Ale (2012) - Cigar City Brewing

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Criterium Ale (2012)Criterium Ale (2012)

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Criterium Ale is a beer that we plan to change every year for the Cigar City Brewing Criterium & Street Festival. This year's Criterium Ale is an American wheat ale with bitter curacao peel added.

(Beer added by: shand on 02-17-2012)
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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a golden orange color, slightly hazy, with a gentle white froth that leaves a bit of lace down the glass.

The wheat and grains in the aroma are cut by the bitter curacao and mellowed with a bit of fruity orange zest.

There is definitely a bitterness here that I do not usually get out of wheat beers. It starts out with a basic wheat flavor, with the usual associated sweetness enhanced by a nice orangey zest. The bitterness that comes in has a grassy character to it, and there is a pithy citrus rind flavor at the end.

The curacao peel definitely adds a bit of flavor in an interesting way, and it also adds some oiliness to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is mellow and smooth.

Overall this is a nice beer, one that I could consume in quantity if handed to me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy orange/golden brown with almost three fingers of dense off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Not quite sure what to make of the smell. Smell is somewhat musty with a bit of citrus zest.

T - Taste starts off with a bitter punch, with citrus coming through once the bitterness fades. Taking a small sip really brings out the must and bitterness. A bigger drink reveals some nice fruitiness and wheat with the bitterness just coming in at the end. Not that I want to gulp my way through a 750.

M - Relatively light mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finished quite bit, which I normally like, but it doesn't really work here.

O - This didn't exactly taste skunked, but it didn't necessarily seem to be the intended flavor either. There was definitely some nice flavors in here, but overall this is a bit of a miss for me.

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of MADPolo
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer to stowe away on a cruise boat. It was a perfect beer for a number of reasons...#1 better than the crap the boat serves....#2 went perfect with the warmer weather. The beer pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized head, nice lacing. The aroma is nice, hops and wheat are fully in charge here. The taste is very nice for a pale wheat, yet has a nice hop push, but not overpowering. Small amount of orange peel is present at the finish. The mouthfeel is medium body and good carbonation. A very nice, sessionable ale.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle dated 1/30/2012. Poured into a couple of pint glasses.

Appearance - Hazy golden yellow body with an ample white head. Excellent lacing and great retention. Nice looking beer.

Smell - Grainy wheat and malts. Hoppy, but it's not the main attraction of the beer. Citrusy, although it's tough to distinguish what's from the hops and what's from the curacao addition.

Taste - Similar to the smell, although the hops are more present. Brighter citrus flavor that definitely highlights the orange-ish additions. Bitter in the finish, with a sustained bready feel throughout.

Mouthfeel - A little on the heavy side for what it is. 5%, but it has some body that makes it a touch too big. Well carbonated and session-like.

Overall - As the previous reviewer stated, this would be a great year-round six-pack addition to the CCB lineup. My wife and I both think it's great. Nice to come across a "small" beer that tastes this good.

Photo of wilfonzo
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nicely golden and hazy with a finger of white head and great lacing

S - Sweet and wheaty and an almost pineapple hop aroma, not like an average wheat at all.

T - Clean, wheaty, Pineapple, with a surprising amount of hops, but not overpowering, very well balanced.

M - Perfect carbonation, medium body.

O- Now my favorite wheat, perhaps because it's not like any wheat I have had before and it has that Cigar City flavor that's found in a few other of their beers. Very quaffable and the 750ml wen too fast.

Photo of cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DIPADude01
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of lionssoccer13
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Vec2267
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale yellow with a stiff white head that laces well

S - grain with a sweet fruity component and a subtle spicy note

T - surprisingly bitter with more hops that expected given the nose, nothing over the top, just more than most wheat beers, orange notes, very crisp

M - medium, heavier than most wheat beers

O - a well integrated beer that hits the notes it is aiming for, this is nothing spectacular, a wheat with more punch and flavor than normal, but also not typical of the wheat style

Photo of JohnQVD
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark gold color with a 1/2 inch head that retains a little before dunking down to a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and nearly a full sheet of surface foam. Neat, sticky wisps of lacing.

S- Smells like a lot of other mild CCB offerings I've had. Light malts with an even lighter hop aroma and a hint of sulfur.

T- Full-on usage of wheat malt backed by a slight hop bite and very light alcohol. A bit of a metallic taste and a stale wheat aftertaste.

M- Very light, even with how dark it is for a wheat beer. Medium carbonation.

O- Another quaffable, yet solid offering from Tampa's finest.

Photo of manutdfan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of oline73
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a golden tint. The beer has a finger of fluffy off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Light and crisp. A mild hoppy note along with some citrus fruit. There are some herbal notes mixed in as well.

Taste: This beer is light but very bitter. Light malt, but not much sweetness. The finish is quite bitter, citrus peel hop notes dominate.

Mouthfeel: The body is a bit on the heavy side given the flavor. There is some mild, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: I had this beer with bbq chicken and it was perfect for that . Light overall, it could have been a touch less bitter to let some of the other flavors play. Still a good beer.

Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a nice big fluffy white head that falls very slow and laces well.

Aroma is wheat malts with some citrus notes light orange mingled with some good zesty lemon. Decent earthy/grassy notes underneath from hops and yeast mixture?

Taste is wheat base with a big blast of citrus orange peel and lemon notes. This gives way pretty quick to a nice hoppy finish. Mostly grass like notes but with some mingled earthiness and pepper hints.

Mouthfeel is like you would expect light side with crisp carbonation.

Overall I was surprised most American Pale Wheat Ales are crappy watered down things. This one is favorable with a good hop kick, it would make a refreshing summer brew.

Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint.

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized head, nice lacing. The aroma is nice, hops and wheat are fully in charge here. The taste is very nice for a pale wheat, it's fully intergrated with smooth yeasty and bready tastes along with a refreshing hop kick that's noticeable, but not overpowering. I mean, it's surely hoppy, but doesn't reach the "this is practically an IPA" level that beers like Gumballhead and Little Sumpin' Sumpin' hit. The orange peel also makes itself present during the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thick, but otherwise nice, and the drinkability is very good. A very nice, sessionable ale that'd be great for the six-pack can treatment. Kinda strange in the 750ml format to be honest.

Photo of aasher
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Must. Tick. Cigar City. Non-stop.

This beer pours a light oldies, hazy honey gold in color with a two finger soapy white head. The nose is interesting. It's almost like Hefe yeast and citrus rhine. It's harmless enough. The flavors are very light. It has some pale wheat yeast then an odd, almost stale bitterness and fades into bitter citrus. It actually kind of tastes like a stale IPA because of the citrus character. That's not the greatest endorsement. It really does leave that taste in your mouth. Stale citrusy hops through and through. It drinks light in body but the bitterness is pretty prevalent and the citrus isn't strong enough to mask the unfortunate stale IPA flavor present. This was an odd one, and one of the few Cigar City beers that I haven't liked.

Photo of DaTimBennett
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of sendsilk
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JReites
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.