Florida Cracker
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #134
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,738
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
1,786
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  50
Gots
  425
SCORE
84
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Notes: The Cracker Cowboys of Florida were colonial-era settlers, often of Scots-Irish descent, who arrived in Florida when Spain traded their territory of La Florida to the English. The term Cracker in Florida usage relates to the whip these "cow hunters" used to herd cattle in Florida's Palmetto Prairies. Called Quaqueros by the Spanish, these hardy and hard working Cracker Cowboys helped to shape the history of Florida, the nation’s oldest cattle raising state. We brew Florida Cracker White Ale with unmalted wheat, orange peel and coriander and then ferment it with a Belgian yeast strain to give it a spicy and dry finish. Perfect for a warm day on the Palmetto Prairie.

18 IBU
Reviews: 318 | Ratings: 1,786 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A refreshing witbier that displays a beautiful slightly hazy straw color with a slight white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Never really liked the smell of wheat beers, honestly kind of gives me a headache, but the taste is a different story. Notes of orange, tropical fruit are initially present, finishing with a biscuit like taste. A crisp and smooth flowing beer that would be excellent to quench your thirst on a warm day.

Monday at 01:51 AM
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - belgian yeast, orange peel, coriander, fruity esters (banana, clove, pepper), hint of lemon, spicy earthy and floral hops, biscuity malts.

Taste - belgian yeast, orange peel, and coriander upfront. The fruity esters (banana, clove, pepper). and lemon come through next. The spicy earthy and floral hops and biscuity malts finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp with all ingredients lingering.

Overall - A well crafted witbier that delivers on both flavour and drinkability. A nice patio brew. A nice find here in Cowtown!

Mar 14, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having an affinity for wit style beers, it takes a lot for me to regard something as 'good' as BA has collectively listed. For me, I'll use the original Hoegaarden as a comparison based on experience, alongside my love for Blue Moon. Cigar City's offering is beautiful

A lemon haze coloured appearance, unsure what the hue code is, but the large 3 finger head and nice lacing left atop after the beer settles makes this for an overall attractive outward appearance. A nice blend of wheat and spice notes radiate from the glass. And with the first taste I am getting something a bit 'off-balanced'. This is a very spice forward beer. In fact I think there is a bit too much coriander in this one. The water balance is slightly soft, but along with the wheat there is a bit of a forced candy spice aspect i'd find in a golden ale before i'd assume it to be in a wit. All that aside, perhaps this is a much bolder take than what I am originally used to? Not too sure that fits this beer either.

Considering Allagash white is considered the best, Hoegaarden is the original, Pierre Celis and the Celis brewery in Texas made an americanized version that sold well, and Kieth Villa's Bluemoon was a highly successful Americanised wit... I am unsure where this one falls into line. There is no mistaking this as a high quality beer, but a bit to candy spiced to be highly ranked.

Mar 13, 2021
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thebrood1987 from California

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks very refreshing and smells like a crisp Belgian wit. Crisp up front with a sweet and smooth taste finishing with the classic belgian yeast. Detecting some orange notes that help balance the yeast taste. My favorite part of this beer though is the sweet malty taste and drinkability. Definitely refreshing!

Mar 11, 2021
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Dfeinman1 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you’re looking for a daily drinker by the pool in the hot florida sun, then look no further. This beer combines the great CCB taste with a beer light enough to drink in the heat.

Mar 03, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a somewhat hazy golden appearance with more than a finger's worth of head and good retention and lacing.

Aroma: coriander, orange peel, yeast, spices, lemon, hay, banana, and some pepper.

Tastes exactly as what the aroma would suggest, with the coriander, yeast, and citrus playing strongest. Body is medium-light.

Jan 23, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow appearance with a fast fading average size head and little lacing. Muted aroma as a limited amount of wheat pops up along side a little lemon zest. Taste starts out grainy and on a mild tart note. Develops more spicy characteristics as it evolves. Dry, medium length nicely carbonated finish.

Jan 07, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned October 3rd.

Pours a mostly clear pale gold with a 2 finger head of foam that is very slow to shrink.

The nose is big coriander and orange peel. Spicy fruity.

The taste is of coriander, orange peel, cloves, tastes the part of the style as much as it smells it.

Light side of medium bodied.

I reckon that it's a well crafted American example of the style.

Nov 20, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, orange, spice.

Taste is bready, yeasty, orange, spices, namely clove.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, yeasty finish.

A pretty decent Belgian style ale.

Oct 05, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw yellow. About you'd expect of a Belgian Wit.

S: Florida Cracker indeed... Cracker on the nose with coriander and orange peel. A bit of something else I can't identify.

T: The unidentifiable is probably the yeast. Interesting. Never had anything quite like it. Everything else blends together and is exceptionally well balanced, save for the yeast which gives it mystery and complexity.

F: Light, crisp, and refreshing.

O: I would pick this one first over many other beers. Not all, but most.

Aug 29, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This beer pours a slightly pale hazy yellow with a good amount of white fuzzy head on top.

S: Lemon, hay, coriander, orange peel.

T: Follows the nose closely. Additionally there's bubblegum, watermelon, yeastiness, and wheat.

M: Good light carb, light bodied, easy drinking.

O: Very easy-drinking beer. Nice flavor -- not heavy and not unnoticeable. Good spice and lemon/yeast flavors.

Aug 18, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz pull-tab can:

Soft. Wheat-driven with subtle coriander. I taste no orange peel unless I look for it, and even then it's just dried bitter orange peel and it's faint at that. Spicy prickly yeast is in there too, imbuing the beer with a vitaminy freshness.

I normally expect more citrus fruit (lemon and orange specifically), white pepper, clove, and spice from an American take on a traditional Belgian style witbier, and the wheat ought to be fresher and deeper in flavour, but this is a well balanced take on the style. I can't say it holds a candle to something like Allagash White, and truth be told I might prefer Blue Moon three days out of seven, but it's competent.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Aug 07, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

got this in a mixed cigar city 12 pack
the color was a nice pale yellow
this guy had a very nice head
upon pouring you can smell the lemon and orange which i loved
taste was smooth citrus and light
great beer for the summer

Aug 01, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a pale yellowish color and is close to opaque. A foamy white head forms but doesn't last long. On the nose, it smells like weak orange juice. There is a bit of hop characteristic as well, mostly dank and grassy in nature. Taste wise, the orange flavors open up more and the coriander comes through as well. The malt gives a good sweetness without being cloying. The feel is pleasantly carbonated with a decent body. Overall, it is a refreshing orangey beer.

Jul 31, 2020
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: July 26, 2020... OCCASION: the O's take the first series of the COVID-shortened year, and yes, it is hot out!... GLASSWARE: Konig-Pilsner weizen... pours five fingers' worth of froth that sizzles and sustains itself atop a cloudy cascade of bubbles framed in a light, golden yellow body... its lacing is arcing coral that hangs like clouds... big banana and clove, with salted cracker and light tobacco making this a Cigar City-like experience... crisp, refreshing and soft at the back end... somewhat creamy at its start and mouthfeel... its ABV is carried appropriately... its profile centers on--what else?--banana and clove, at a moderate clip, without any outstanding weight or worth... perfect for a 90-plus degree day like this, but it loses its tobacco and cracker in its taste, instead tending towards a citric hop quality not wholly unwelcome--think coriander and tangerine... overall, is "safe" a positive word? it satisfies, so it meets the style's goal...

Jul 27, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pale straw color, hazy but translucent. Small white head. Pretty good retention.

The aroma immediately pops of coriander and lemon; very fragrant and floral, perhaps a bit of lilac and white clover.

The palate offers lemon pulp, coriander, white cracker, hay, white clover, and a hint of white pepper and clove. It's crisp, clean, and dry.

A great witbier! One of the best!

Jul 26, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice witbier! Lots of spice and yeasty character injected into a soft, wheat base that gives the brew a semi-full but still refreshing feel and flavor.

Jul 19, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Florida Cracker pours a hazy bright yellow color, with a very small, long lasting head. Rich sweet aroma, lots of yeast, and sweet candy notes. Flavor is very rich, very full, lots yeast, lots of candy notes. Big full body, almost thick. Overall, very rich Witbier, lots of flavors, thick body.

Jul 07, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale with greenish hues and a bubbly white head.

Clove, coriander, orange, nutty yeast, backed by sour earthy undertones.

Orange, spice = coriander, earthy mustiness.

Jun 23, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is nice summer brew. Partly cloudy and the color of lemonade it has some head and lacing. Better than Blue Moon and Shock Top, it is fruity, crisp and spicy.

Jun 19, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a pale lemonade yellow with a medium white head and no lacing.

S:. Notes of lemon, banana, pepper and coriander, smells nice and inviting.

T:. Lemon, banana, coroander, pepper, wheat, this is a nice with Bier.

F:. Light and smooth, easy drinking.

O:. This is a very enjoyable wit Bier.

Jun 14, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 4/2/2020 (6 weeks ago) poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV 15 IBU. The beer pours hazy dirty orange amber in color with off white head. The head recedes to a single layer of bubbles and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild Belgian yeast, wheat and coriander. The taste is semisweet clovey, bubblegum with mild banana and some spice from the coriander & orange peel. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, good.

May 26, 2020
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Winzlow from Florida

1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of my favorite brewers (local) and one of the worst beers ever...in my opinion.
Yuck! I was bribed to get this beer: it was included in a mixed 12-pack and I just had to have the Space Pope IPA...just HAD to...so I had no choice. The Jai Lai and the Space Pope in the 12-pack more than made up for this abomination...now on to Florida Man IIPA from the new mixed 12er - these included Florida Cracker cans will be going to one of those guys holding a sign that reads " Not gonna lie - I just want a beer - pleaze help"!

May 23, 2020
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Guaro from Italy

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow veiled with white compact foam with a fine texture.
Scent of white bread, white flowers, citrus fruits, coriander, light herbaceous. The drink reflects the olfactory bouquet with a slight acidulous and spicy note. Dry finish with orange peel as protagonist. Slim body and lively carbonation.

May 22, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass.

L: Hazy and pale golden. No head retention or lacing at all.
S: Sweet and earthy citrus from orange peel.
T: Banana and tropical fruits with a slightly sour finish. The alcohol is well hidden.
F: Surprisingly light bodied and easier drinking, but also warming and boozy. Lighter carbonation

A good example of the style. High quality brew

May 08, 2020
Florida Cracker from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1786 ratings