Frost Proof
Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Ranked #131
Ranked #23,202
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
May 12, 2023
Jul 22, 2021
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Notes: Citrus, spice, and effervescence each share a place in the sunshine inside this Belgian-Style White Ale brewed with orange peel, coriander, and wheat. Inspired by the finest witbiers of Belgium, Frost Proof Belgian-Style White Ale boasts a slightly higher alcohol strength than many beers in the style, lending a more expressive fruit character and assertive flavor profile. From the Palmetto Prairie and beyond, this beer offers the perfect accompaniment to food, friendship, and the outdoors.
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Rated: 3.68 by PvtSnowball from Florida

May 12, 2023
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Apr 20, 2023
Rated: 4.11 by Corburk from Pennsylvania

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.58 by smithj4 from New York

Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 4.05 by bushwack from Alabama

Jan 11, 2023
Rated: 3.59 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Nov 21, 2022
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can with a 6 August 2022 canning date stamped on the bottom along with "Made in NC".

Appearance. Served in a Belgian snifter where the golden body was topped by a moderate size white head that has good retention. Limited clarity.

Not a favorite style but I appreciated the complex aroma and flavor that was not overly dominated by notes of bananas or clove.
Nov 20, 2022
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Rated by Turbotomeek

4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Great beer, definitely replaces the blue moon. Surprisingly fresh taste
Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Oct 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Captain69 from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
most of their beers i've tried were good this style is not up to the others you have it listed as a wit - but it is more like a belgium ale - and not a very good one
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz can into a pint glass at fridge temperature.
Goldish yellow, fine dense foam.
Smells of aromatic spice, bready.
Taste hangs. Leans into Belgian wit, but keeps a Florida thang alive. Yep. Corriander. Orange zest.
Feel is festive; beach, dinner table. Thin. Refreshing.
Overall - an upgrade of Blue Moon., no orange slice required.
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by AD17 from New Jersey

Aug 30, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Rainintheface from Florida

Aug 19, 2022
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Reviewed by scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a 355ml can into a tumbler. A thin white head on a cloudy peach. The head diminishes to a thin layer that sticks around.
Coriander and orange in the nose.
On tasting the spice and orange is again evident.
Light body and medium carbonation.
A serviceable Witbier. ABV is well hidden.
Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 3 by Mattias from Sweden

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz can from a four pack purchased at the LCBO; dated 03/02/22 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy, effervescent golden yellow colour, topped with nearly an inch of soapy, foamy white head that dissipates within five minutes or so. A frothy collar and filmy cap live on, with a tight ring of even lace left clinging to the glass - looks good to me. Zesty orange peel on the nose, alongside hints of wheaty malt, coriander, bubble gum and peppery spice. Fits the style to a T.

Same goes for the flavour profile - that is to say, there's nothing unusual or unique going on here, but it's still a solid, above average witbier. Moderately spicy & yeasty, with coriander, pepper and orange zest layered atop a grainy, wheaty, crackery-sweet malt backbone. Hints of bubble gum and bitter citrus oil on the back end, which remains spicy and wheaty into a somewhat yeasty aftertaste. Light in body, with assertive carbonation that lends a prickly bite to this strong ale's smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable, but not as refreshing as a lighter wit.

Final Grade: 3.88, a B+. Frost Proof is a little on the strong side for a witbier, but I still found it to be an agreeable take on the style. A bit more flavourful than their Florida Cracker - a little more malt forward and spicy, though I suppose I'd need to compare the two side by side to know for sure. Unlikely to happen here in Ontario, where Cigar City products pop up infrequently at best. Give this a try if you enjoy spicy Belgian-style beers.
Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 2.75 by BeerDreadz from Florida

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A very average Witbier. Surprising from Cigar City - a great brewer!!!! Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this beer featured almost no head or lacing. Nice hazy gold/orange tinged color. Moderate aroma of orange and coriander. Taste somewhat better with fairly prominent orange peel, coriander, black pepper, yeast and a little wheat bitterness. Mouthfeel benefited from the spicing and was overall crisp and refreshing. A mediocre take on this beer style!!!!
Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This Brewer has become legendary over the last few years for it's very high quality, mostly in the IPA variety ...... This is a nice attempt at a Belgian style White and I enjoyed it
Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

Jun 28, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours hazy gold with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: The aroma is doughy up front coriander and other spices. There is a very low level of citrus in the background.

Taste: It has a fruity taste up front with coriander and other spices. There are doughy elements with low levels of orange and citrus.

Feel: It has a medium body with a lightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall, this is an easy drinking summer time beer.
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is gold and fairly transparent, head is bright white and presents 1 finger thick, then dissipates to solid top, spotty lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is belgian witbier styling with some lighter sweetness, light honey notes, yeast is ester and light phenol, lighter wheat character, some sweet malt.

Taste is similar with a sweeter riff on the witbier base - some light honey, easter, phenol, light banana, clove, wheat, malt, toast.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, lower bitterness, lingering sweet and tart/spicy witbier character.

Overall a sweeter witbier with a lighter spicy/yeast profile. I like the idea and think it could be dryer or spicier in the yeast profile.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Samnem from Georgia

Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tasted from a 12 oz can bought in Florida.

L - Golden color with some orange. Appropriately hazy for the style. The beers in my six pack all had no head at all, which is a big turn-ff for me on this style. My memory of fresh wits in Belgium is that they featured a thick, rocky, sticky head.

S - Grainy aromas of wheat and crackers, with blacked pepper and spices at a lower level. Good blend of aromas for the style.

T - Flavors are equal parts zesty orange and cracked grain from malt and wheat. At a lower level the pepper and spice from the aroma show through.

F - Light to medium body with sharp, spritzy carbonation. Low to moderate hops bitterness with the spices seeming to contribute some additional bitterness. Alcohol presence is low to none.

O - This is a good witbier, with nice aromas, flavors and mouthfeel. The only flaw for me was the total lack of a head.
Jun 11, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Hazy yellow, thick, dense white head of fine bubbles, excellent retention, thick rings of lace
Aromas of orange zest, herbs, green bananas, a hint of clove and pepper, boiling pasta
Very fruity, orange, some slight herbs, a hint of spice, very wheaty, a smidge of tartness
Fluffy, light bodied, well carbonated
This is a dang good wit
May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Carpet of cotton over slightly hazy gold; Fanta orange, slight herb + lots of floral soap on the nose; wheat cracker, bubblegum, orange peel, hints of vanilla, mild clove, light spice; round, creamy, medium, low carb.

4 4 3.75 3.5 3.75

This is one of those beers that has me asking: would this make more sense in hot weather.
Definitely goes for the orange above the herbs, to where it’s coming across sweet. Neither coriander nor hops nor carb really cuts it.
And in bumping up the ABV to a rather unsessionable 6%, it now also sits pretty heavy.
Would that quench in an OJ kind of way in the sun? I can’t say.
But really not what I’m looking for in a wit.

As NeroFiddled points out, with Florida Cracker already in the CCB range, what’s the purpose of this beer?
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Hazy orange on the pour with big fluffy head and ample lace. Aroma is bready and orange. Taste follows the nose, orange peel, coriander, and wheat. Creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. A very good brew in this style and another solid addition to Cigar City line-up.
Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by tazzman from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
tasted very similar to Florida Cracker - could be the same beer with a more P C name. As a Fla. Cracker myself the name does not have racial connotations.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I'm liking how wits, a two or maybe three season ale, have been pushing now into winter. It seems I've seen several winter wits in the last 15 months. And why not? The wit is a good table beer; more than quenching on a warm day.

Frost Proof starts average in the Looks department. But, Smells are full-on orange and coriander and, if I push my imagination, even some holiday aromas. Tastes are balanced throughout. Refreshing and close-to-soft in the mouth despite good bubbles. I am not having this first can with food, but I bought a 6-pack and I will and report back.

I've only had three different brews from Cigar City. But, they have grown well beyond the micro-review stage; particularly since their 2016 get-together in CANarchy also led by Oskar Blues. While the two CANarchy chiefs and their several other warriors all seem slightly different, they also seem to have a recipe for success... or at least an alternative to expand distribution; so there is less temptation to sell out to Macros and private equity. And for that, I give Cigar City very good Overall Hugs.

5/29/22 I had a second can with leftovers... and Frost is less of a complement to food than it could be; and certainly less compared to the Belgian masters. I like Cigar City and CANarchy and want to encourage them to brew more in the Belgian tradition. But I've got many more wits to try; so, I'm giving away the remainder of my 6 Frost pack to nephews as presents. (Uncle Bob is their favorite uncle.) Counted @ UnTappd.
Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Strid from Sweden

2.66/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Pours good, has the cloudy wheat beer look, smells juicy. But the taste is not very good. Taste of smoke, like an old whiskey casket with some orange in the back-end. Odd taste. Interesting, but not very good.

If you want an odd tasting beer which has a smokey flavor then this might be for you. For the general Wheat bier lover though, I'd say... pass.
A better beer then in the same taste profile is Grim by Oppigårds from Sweden. Better balanced and more refreshing.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 2.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 18, 2022
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Rated by dkoehler42 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This witbier is a hazy orange with a white head. The aroma is typical of the type, but I would have liked more flavor.
Feb 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 3.48 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 9/15/21; drank 2/10/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull yellow/orange appearance.

An even pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; frothy lace.

Wheat, coriander, orange citrus & mild clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Soft wheat, coriander & orange peel flavors up front; dry clove notes on the finish.

A solid witbier.
Feb 11, 2022
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 62 ratings