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Criterium Ale (2012) - Cigar City Brewing

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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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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.

AdamBear, Mar 13, 2012
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.

Immortale25, Mar 06, 2012
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.

WoodBrew, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

iemailjack, Mar 03, 2012
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.

wilfonzo, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of mgobrew10
4/5  rDev +9%

mgobrew10, Feb 26, 2012
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

Vec2267, Feb 24, 2012
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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 18, 2012
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.

shand, Feb 17, 2012
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Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.