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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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 beernads
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml into a matching Cigar City snifter. Thanks I believe are owed to sendsilk for hooking me up with this brew. It appears a mildly hazed color of golden yellow with a rich 2 fingers of white froth that slowly fades leaving patches of webby lace sticking all over the glass. Rising bubbles of carbonation maintain pretty solid retention atop with a large bubble formation around the edges.

Initially the aroma is a bit like bready grain somewhat reminiscent of pilsner with a mild footy aspect with a hint of must. As it warms up in my glass, a bright citrus element comes forward like tangerine/oranges. Minorly floral and almost perfume-like at times. A little bit of sulfur comes out as it is swirled and it has a bit of a carbonic to metallic quality about it.

The taste initially includes a bit of wheat grainy quality mixing with that previously described pilsner quality. Then the flavor of bitter orange zest comes into play with almost an oily feel and a hint of lemon like coriander. There is a mild musty aspect to this almost like cardboard that mixes in with the bitter zesty aspects of this brew. As the brew rests inside the mouth, there is a bit of carbonic to mineral quality which seems a bit out of place.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an ample amount of lively carbonation. It is light and refreshing and an interesting twist on the style. The orange peel inclusion is really felt in this and brings with it, its own layering of oily bitterness and fruited quality that was enjoyable. The carbonic and mineral elements prevented me from really getting into this brew and enjoying it more. Regardless, it was a nice experience and something I am glad to have tried. Thanks again Matt.

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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 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 Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 bsuedekum
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of tbeckett
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the taps at Cigar City in Tampa. From notes.

A - Sem-hazy golden pour with a little sediment. One finger soapy white head. Good lace drapes and a film of retention.

S - Light aroma. Citrus and light sweet fruits.

T - Citrus, wheaty. Quite light again. Lemon. Sweet light fruits.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body, clean spicy/citrussy finish.

O/D - Decent hoppy wheat here. Nothing new, but well executed and quite solid.

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 Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Florida9
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paul for this one.

A - Pours a hazy golden/orange color, white head, thin cap, spotty lace.

S - Citrus, hay, grass, and toasted bread. All very subtle and delicate, yet complex and interesting.

T - Citrus, hay, bready notes, spice. A little better then the nose with some other things going on here besides the light citrus and grass. Finish is light citrus and spice.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing, clean finish.

O - A nice enjoyable Wheat-hybrid beer that went down easily and good enough for a second pour. I would definitely have this one again, if offered up. Goes good with summer!

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9%

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 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy golden color. Forms a two-finger white head.

S: Grainy aroma, with a bit of yeast smell; but overall the nose is pretty weak.

T: Nice flavor for a wheat, easy drinking and well-balanced but no outstanding flavors. As it warms there seems to me to be a bit of spiciness (cinnamon, clove?) and bitter citrus. Maybe I just don't know what curaçao tastes like.

M: Nice even mouthfeel, decent weight to it. Good amount of carbonation. Alcohol non-existent.

O: Good, but honestly nothing outstanding. Wouldn't refuse another if offered but I won't actively seek it out again.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrives clear and bright, a nice amber color with an off-white headsotting on top. Head looks artificial somehow. Dissipation is fairly quick but some lace remains.
Smell is malt, citrus, cardboard and hops.
Taste is malty, hoppier than expected and grapefruit.
Medium bodied with a mild effervescence. Slight drying aspect after the swallow. Reminiscent of a pale ale. A good brew but missing the sweetness I expected.

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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Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
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