Florida Cracker
Cigar City Brewing

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From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Witbier
Ranked #140
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,444
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
1,477
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 22, 2022
Added:
May 19, 2011
Wants:
  51
Gots:
  426
SCORE
84
Good
Florida CrackerFlorida Cracker
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
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Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Oct 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.59 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.63 by DrBass from Maryland

Jan 15, 2022
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Reviewed by swampyhead

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Drank this on tap at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida and it has since become one of my favorite beers. The coriander smell and taste come through immediately and give the beer a kind of spice that settles into a taste of herbs and vanilla almost. Great mouthfeel that feels like an actual beer and not too thin or heavy. High enough ABV to get the job done without the inaccessibility of stronger, heavier beers. I've recommended it to many and they have all enjoyed it.
Aug 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by JTuomi from Finland

Jul 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by einman from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
355 ml can at Lompa Friluft, Oslo. ABV is 5.0%. Hazy pale golden colour, moderate white head. Strong aroma and flavour of Belgian saison yeast, curacao orange peel and coriander. Fizzy mouthfeel. A good witbier, but no better than the Belgian originals, so it seems rather superfluous to import it to Europe.
May 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by Taybeh from Minnesota

May 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.72 by Waveoff from Pennsylvania

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a hazy yellow color, funny to think back a decade or two to envision that some ipas would end up looking like witbiers, but I guess like so many things, this is "progress" (air quotes).

Anyways, 2/3" white head on top, above average retention. The aroma is nice, it checks all the requisite boxes for a witbier: spice rack (coriander), yeast and wheat. And hey, why not throw in some orange peel bc we know that brewery in Colorado really hit the mark financially with that little accoutrement.

Taste is good, and this isn't really a style I clamor for. Hits the bit wheat note, coriander in the right proportion, mild hit of citric bitterness, I mean, this really does hit what it was going for here. Its relatively light in body but full in flavor.

I really dug the variety 12 pack that was only $18. Every beer in it was worth $1.50 easily. I really should focus on these brands more than the $5+ a can ones. Anyways, would totally recommend this to wit fans.
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Apr 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.73 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by luisv from Florida

Mar 18, 2021
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Reviewed by thebrood1987 from California

4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Rated by eatsluggs from Oregon

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Nope, not my thing.
Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Dfeinman1 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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
 
Rated: 4 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by TomBanahan from Kentucky

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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
 
Rated: 3.61 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 19, 2020
 
Rated: 3.44 by RV109106 from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2020
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Rated by tp1962 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
White Ale is an acquired taste for me so everything was great except the taste wasn’t for my liking.
Oct 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.68 by jchanley from Illinois

Sep 05, 2020
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Its a decent hefe which is not me.
Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.64 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Aug 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by trdtercel92 from Ohio

Aug 19, 2020
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Reviewed by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

3.71/5  rDev 0%
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
 
Rated: 3.79 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev -17%
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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Reviewed by dapatriot1 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Reviewed by HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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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