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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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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 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 AdamBear
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy gold with a thin white head

S-hoppy corn and wheats and grass. smells awesome. not strong though. some citrus.

T-comes in with a great and crisp taste of grains and wheat. very pronounced tasting. its a taste that really fills the mouth. its really tastes like good fresh bread. the after-taste has subtle spice and citrus. its a really good wheat beer.

M-great crisp medium carbonation with a great crisp finish

O-this is an amazingly drinkable beer. its very enjoyable. so much flavor from such a small abv!..CCB is good at that. man, put this in cans, give me a boat, and i'll be happy! this is awesome.

Photo of CJS
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of piconaut
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of chickenflea
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from CCB tasting room. Pours a clear, light orange with a tall frothy white head. Aroma is of grainy malty with orange peel. Taste is light crisp at first with the bitter orange peal most apparent. The grainy wheat shows up next with a very pleasant light maltiness. The sweetness is not sugary at all, but maintains a "yellow grapefruit" pleasantness. The beer finishes with an outstanding hoppiness, bordering on metallic. Carbonation is medium. Texture is water. Body is medium. The progression of tastes across each mouthful leads to a craving for another sip.

There is a trend on these sites to rank "big" beers higher than offerings that are lighter. Obviously, this should not be. The beer establishes a unique profile, bringing together the light sweetness of a kolsch, the smoothness of a wit, and the hoppiness of an pale ale. It is interesting and tasty. Good job CCB.

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 lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mgobrew10
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Poured out of a bomber into a pint glass.

A – Poured out a bright golden color with some cloudiness. Nice fluffy finger of stark white head that left solid lacing down the glass.

S – Pick up an immediate citrus aroma with light bittering hops. Wheat as well.

T – Definitely pick up the wheat right off. Followed by a nice mellow bitter flavor. Not overpowering. Hops come through with touches of lemon and orange. Maybe just a tiny trace sweetness that balances the bitterness well.

M – Medium bodied and well carbonated. Crisp and clean on the palate.

O – Very nice wheat ale here. Has what I thought was a solid balance between the wheat ale flavors and a vey tame say IPA with bitterness. Remarkably easy drinker. It is well worth a try and a great lawnmower brew.

Photo of uturn
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml capped bottle poured into a Franziskaner weizen glass.
Tasted on: February 18, 2013

Notes: Wheat Ale Brewed With Bitter Curacao Peel. Bottled on January 30, 2012. So please note and take into account that I am drinking and reviewing this beer which is now past its prime

A: This beer poured a clear golden color with a large 3 finger billowing head and left an nice thick lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was very light with hints of bready yeast and orange zest.

T: The taste started off with a light sweet wheat bready taste then quickly bites you with some bitterness from the hops and orange zest. This beer had a medium long finish which was moderately strong leaning towards the dry bitter side.

M: The body was crisp with a light to medium body with a moderate level of lively carbonation.

O: Overall the drinkability was good, but I wish I drank this brew 9 months ago.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
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