Florida Cracker
Cigar City Brewing

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #128
Ranked #34,078
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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Notes: Pours cloudy straw in color with moderate notes of orange peel, coriander and hints of vanilla. Flavor has upfront citrus with coriander notes that lead into lemon/lime like notes and finishes with citrus and flowers.

18 IBU
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Reviews: 277 | Ratings: 1,693
Photo of brewme
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked-up three cans as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about eighteen dollars. My first review for this brewery, which is fairly new to MA. Have had Jai Alai while @ Disney. Decent brew, just not my favorite style.

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Photo of jmc65267
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow caught me off guard. Not in a good way. Might be that I didn’t drink it with an orange slice but this was below what I was hoping for based off this brewery’s other beers. Still a good beer but lower than I was expecting.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. poured a very cloudy yellow with over a half-inch of white head that had decent retention and OK lacing.

In the nose, a light grain base supported some yeast spice, and a light touch of floral hops.

Very similar on the tongue; gentle grain and hops, nice yeast spice.

The body was light, smooth, crisp, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was good, I could see knocking back a few of these during the remaining days of a Fourth Corner summer.

Overall, a nice brew. Not upper tier of the style, but still enjoyable. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold with a flash in the pan, small head. Coriander, cloves, tart wheat malts in the nose. Coriander, bitter orange peel, chewy pale malts and banana in the taste. Moderate carbonation in the full mouthfeel. Crisp wheat malt and spiciness in the shortish finish.

A nice take on a Witbier. Balanced and complex. Worth a try.

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Photo of defunksta
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a citrusy orange-lemon color and very hazy and cloudy like a light American Wheat. A tiny white head that is not really there. SRM of 7. (4.00)

Aroma: Light orange and lemon citrus and coriander aromas. Reminds me of a Blue Moon with a touch more coriander. Pale cracker malt. (3.75)

Flavor: Upfront is strong Belgian spices of coriander as the showman, with clove and banana to support. A light and slightly sweet and tart orange citrusy flavor follows. A pale cracker malt to finish, but finishes light and dry. (3.50)

Feel: Light-bodied as expected for the style. Under-carbonated, but still crisp. Clean on the palate. (3.75)

Overall: A decent Belgian-Wit. I've had better, and I've had worse. It has the raw components, but could use a little more carbonation and flavor if I am being picky. It's much like a better Blue Moon. I'd rate this wit as the middle of the pack for American attempts at the style. (Final Rating: 3.67)

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Photo of peepicheep
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jackson's in Commack, Long Island. Let's dispense with the coriander taste first. I am a fan of coriander in every form, fresh to ground. I did not find it overwhelming. This is not to say this beer didn't need to up the citrus, but I did not find it unbalanced. YMMV.
As for the rest, looks are cloudy pee yellow. Read unappealing. I have to remember to stop blinking. Not only will the Weeping Angels get you, but this is a quick disappearing head beer. Mouthfeel is short of pure silk. Must be a blend. So now we are down to the main attraction. Taste. I actually had to order a second one of these to work this out. The first went to cooling me off from the summer heat (BTW I second any review that recommends this as a summer beer. If the Lititz pool allowed alcoholic beverages, I would pack this in the cooler.), the second I am using to try to work out the flavor profile. I would love a beer tasting class right now. To paraphrase Dante "my iPhone text leaps". I know I like the taste but can not correctly identify the components. This would be an excellent beer for such a class. This is by no means a boring beer. Alas you will need to read the other reviews to understand the various components. In the meantime, I will add this to my recommended beer list.

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Photo of Suds
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce can, this one has a very cloudy, golden-white color. The head is appropriately tall and densely white. Coriander, wheat, and some fruity notes in the taste. The aroma has a bit of orange and a grassy nose. Full in body. Okay.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Floral, lavender? Hay, I want to say horse blanket, something down the musty range, but not that intense. It's not coriander, but there could well be some in there. The smell is pretty intense, and frankly not completely appealing.

Appearance: Very hazy, little yellow for a wit, white head drops down to a thin cover that lasts.

Taste: A little more coriander comes out in the taste which helps. The wheat / grainy base is a little rough but there's enough sweetness to support the spices, but no hop flavors come through.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium light carbonation, feels a little thin, clean finish.

Overall: The nose isn't right, can't put my finger in it (ha) but it just seems over spiced. The taste is fine, if it's good is going to be subjective, I'm going to enjoy it, but I can't see craving it.

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Photo of haines710
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve seen this around but never bought because it’s not really my type. Ended up with three can see as part of Cigar City summer 12 pack and happy to try. It is a decent wheat beer. Light in flavor but definitely good for summer. The smell and test are consistent mostly coriander with very little citrus. A little more zest would help in my opinion.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden with thick white head and minimal lace.

Aroma: Spices, milk wheat sharpness.

Taste: Crisp and lightly refreshing spices, orange zest…a pleasing and enjoyable Belgian-style wheat ale.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just below medium body with plenty of carbonation
Aroma is spice, citrus,citrus peel, yeast, malt
Taste really follows the nose with spice being forward but a decent amount of cracker/grain comes through to make it interesting
This reminds me of weyerbacher mellow monks. Just that,a lighter easier version of their merry monks

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Photo of MNAle
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is pretty true to style Belgian Wit. Banana, coriander, biscuit. Touch of lemon.

Cloudy golden straw with abundant bubbles rising to a tall, thick, white head, leaving rows of good looking lacing as it slowly recedes.

Taste is coriander, lemon, banana. Biscuit wheat malts. Initially some bittering presents, but this recedes to a smooth, mellow middle. Finish is slightly sweet and sticky, but still crisp (if that makes any sense at all).

Mouth feel is medium and smooth.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. Nicely done American interpretation of a Belgian Wit.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty pour of hazy transparent orange, white head, lots of small bubble lacing.

S - Funk and harsh grain notes, pungent and mildly unpleasant.

T - Mostly cracker and bread notes, some spicy hops and lemony brightnrdd in the sour finish.

M - Prickly open of carbonation and acidity, mildly dry finish.

O - A sour wit flavor, muddled, but not unpleasant. Okay.

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Photo of EMH73
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color with a well retained one inch white head that left little spotty lacing. Smell is coriander up front with a bit of citrus and bready malts. Tastes of coriander followed by some orange, orange peel and lemon, bready malts, black pepper, banana, clove and floral notes. Light bodied, well carbonated, very slightly fry finish.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a foamy white head, a perfect picture of a summer beer. The nose is all coriander, with very little discernible citrus aromas.

The coriander is likewise the dominant note on the taste, with evidence of the orange peel confined mostly to my imagination.

The mouthfeel is on point for the style, I just wish I had more participation from the orange peel, because I think that would improve this significantly - it’s still a nice witbier, but a bit more citrus would serve this beer well.

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Photo of pootz
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can...pours a clouded pale yellow with a puffy 2 finger cap....aroma is demure with coriander and citus with biscuit under tones, and light sweetness detected.....round mellow soft mouth feel...taste is staged with dusty biscuit malts and coriander spice in front with a citrus-herbal balance...drys out in the long clean finish....decent white...had this after a Hoegaarden and I enjoyed this more for its round, lush mouth feel.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 20 2019 and served slightly chilled. Gotta admit, I was not expecting to see any Florida craft beer on shelves around here. Cheers to what is hopefully the first of many to come.

Pours a hazy pale yellow colour, giving rise to one finger of soapy, sparkling white head that holds itself together for roughly three minutes. A narrow collar of foam sticks around, along with some scant traces of lace; looks the way it's supposed to, I guess. Orange peel and citrus oils are what stand out to me on the nose, although that spicy coriander note is also quite prominent. Other than that, it's mostly wheaty, bready pale malts, hints of banana and yeastiness.

Tastes fine - nothing unexpected for a wit, or anything all that interesting to say about it. It tastes of bready pale malts and crackery, wheaty grain sweetness, with notes of orange peel developing soon thereafter and continuing on through the sip. The coriander and banana esters become more noticeable towards the back end, which finishes spicy and floral: more coriander and hints of pepper & clove linger briefly into a yeasty, slightly malty-sweet aftertaste that fades gradually. Light in body, with aggressive carbonation levels that briskly prickle the palate, lending a crisp texture to this white ale; quite refreshing, too.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Admittedly, witbiers are not a favoured style of mine, but I'd like to think I've reviewed enough of them to be able to tell a top-notch one from a good-but-unspectacular one, such as Florida Cracker. It's not as if there are any flaws to complain about - this beer is more than fine for what it is, really. It just doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other Belgian-style white ales. I'll pick up another couple of cans while I can, but honestly that's mostly to encourage them to send us more CC (and OB) stuff in the future. Give it a try - I'm sure it'd make decent fodder for the patio, or around the pool/beach, etc.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A Florida Cracker very interesting. And a Belgian style white, lets give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a huge waft of coriander. Pours to a cloudy pale straw with a nice fluffy white head. Taste is up front spice and sweet malt followed with a mild bitterness and a flat bittersweet finish that is a bit sticky. Great body for a white, thick and creamy. This brew has a very deep flavor for a White . A great offering by CC who never disappoints.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can from the LCBO. They have Cigar CIty!? Awesome. Served cold into a pint glass and review is from notes.

Appearance - A finger of white head, good retention, hazy with a pale golden color.

Smell - Lots of wheat, a bit of orange and coriander with just a little kick of lemon.

Taste - Like the nose but a thinner flavor than expected. Lots of crackery and wheaty goodness in behind, but slightly sharp and boozy undercurrent. Fruit and coriander about where you'd expect.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very smooth and good carbonation with a slightly drying finish.

Overall - Pretty solid wit, better than many but less flavorful than some others. Would like a fresher sample (presumably) to see how it compares, given that this is probably a bit elderly given the LCBO's rep on imports.

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Photo of officerbill
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nice thirst-quenching wit beer for a hot summer day. The only real problem is too much coriander and too little citrus. Florida Cracker would be very good off they got this balanced out.

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3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 4-27-19 (opened 6-2-19)
3/4" white head, dense with good retention at 1/2" and all the way down as a solid cap. Hazy, orange gold witbier. Good lacing.
Huge nose of wheat malt, coriander is apparent in the aroma but not so much on the orange peel.
Subtle orange, less subtle coriander and even less subtly wheat -
Soft mouthfeel, easy to drink. Medium length finish. I'd ask for more orange peel if anyone wanted my opinion. More zesty, tangy flavors would be welcome.
Good summer beer, nice to have Cigar City in TX.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Fruity and spicy Belgian yeast up front along with some wheat and coriander. Orange peel and general citrus in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity yeast notes as well as the orange peel, citrus, and spice. Coriander is nicely rounded with the wheat. Finishes with lingering citrus and coriander

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid Belgian-style wheat beer that is very refreshing and easy to drink. Not heavy handed with the coriander either, which is nice. Perfect for summer

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Photo of pubscout
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Florida Cracker from Cigar City is an excellent example of what a Belgian Wit should taste like; moreover it presents as well as any I've had. Beautiful color, nice head which leaves a nice lacing, a wheaty, grassy, earthy aroma that's redolent of oranges. Taste-wise, this beer does not disappoint, as clove, coriander and hints of black pepper appear at various stages on the palate. Its mouthfeel is medium with a crisp snap as it goes in--and as it goes down. This is a perfect Beach/Picnic/Summer Porch beer, and it will pair well with any fresh seafood or salad. And its low ABV (5.5%) means you can have three or four, as your thirst requires. It's not a slamming beer, however. Nice, large sips, savoring as you go, will yield great rewards, especially if you employ retro-olfaction.

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3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque straw yellow with a creamy/foamy head. Smell is reminiscent of fresh cut grass, moist earth, fresh dough. Taste is very delicate with flavors of lemon, coriander,fresh bread. Feels refreshing and crisp with a medium finish. Overall this a fine example of wit bier. Well done

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange yellow color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades rather slowly to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of spice aromas of coriander and clove that is mixed with a whole lot of wheat. There is also a little bit of a yeasty smell as well as some lemon smells that create a slightly sour and wheat bready aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins rather wheaty with some flavors of yeast and spice of coriander and clove mixed with a bit of a lemon taste. As the taste advances some more wheat and spice develop as well as some lighter grassy and hay flavors. With just a hint of orange at the very end, one is left with a wheaty, yeasty, and slightly sour Belgium white ale taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the style the feel is rather nice and makes for a very easy drinking and tasty brew.
Overall – A rather nice, slightly more sour Belgium white ale. Refreshing and robust with a very easy drinking feel and a wonderful flavor.

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Florida Cracker from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1693 ratings