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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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

BeerMeBrah, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Coldsnack, Mar 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

2dogbrew, Mar 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

lionssoccer13, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ToastySteve, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of CJS
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

CJS, Nov 12, 2012
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.

stakem, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
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.

macrosmatic, Jun 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

bsuedekum, Jun 15, 2012
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.

oline73, May 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

S - Sweet and wheat are the main things I got out of the nose

T - From the taste was more like the nose it was just a really clean beer with grains of wheat in the taste. Just not a lot really going on in this beer.

M - Perfect carbonation, Light in body.

O- Overall, Not impressed by this CCB beer and CCB is one of my favorite breweries. I think the main reason why I wasn't impressed was because they make so many great beers and I don't get them in my area so I have to trade for them and this one was just really boring. I don't need to try this one again.

LiquidBread219, May 17, 2012
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.

warnerry, May 11, 2012
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.

aasher, May 10, 2012
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.

PorterLambic, May 04, 2012
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!

Sean9689, Apr 25, 2012
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.

mntlover, Apr 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Gatordaddy, Apr 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

piconaut, Apr 01, 2012
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.

chickenflea, Mar 25, 2012
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.

GallowsThief, Mar 20, 2012
Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.