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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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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
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
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.

tbeckett, Apr 26, 2013
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 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 cyrushire
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cyrushire, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of DIPADude01
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DIPADude01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of manutdfan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

manutdfan, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DaTimBennett, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

bigfnjoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mixed_master7, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jrohrbacher, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Gatordaddy, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Coldsnack
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Coldsnack, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of GuttaMane138
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GuttaMane138, May 25, 2013
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.

uturn, Jul 02, 2013
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
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
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 lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9%

lupercmda, May 28, 2013
Photo of mgobrew10
4/5  rDev +9%

mgobrew10, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Arsenal0328
4/5  rDev +9%

Arsenal0328, May 22, 2013
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
Criterium Ale (2012) from Cigar City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.