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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White AleFlorida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ktrillionaire on 05-19-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
1,420
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
31.48%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
318
For Trade:
15
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Reviews: 195 | Ratings: 1,420
Photo of iridius
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good, but would prefer that it taste strIngersoll, same taste just more intense. But since I can get it anywhere almost it's definitely welcome in my fridge.

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Photo of strohme2
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden with orange highlights, short lasting white head with small amounts of lacing. Orange, banana and clove-typical for this style of beer on the nose. Citrus; lemon peel and manadarin orange, clove, faint bubblegum. Mouthfeel is a bit lacking, expecting that lighter, fluffiness feel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Florida Cracker has a thick, spongy, white head, a hazy, yellow-gold appearance, some bubbles, and pretty substantial lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of very low level coriander spice, with white wheat bread. Taste is similarly dull & flaccid, with maybe, perhaps, a hint of citrus rind. There is the spice or white pepper thing, though. Tap water is picked up. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Cigar City's Florida Cracker finishes medium wet and dull.

RJT

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single can copped at Quinn's in Marco Island. Pours a hazy, golden hue with moderate frothing. Strong lemon zest aroma detectable on the nose and tongue with hints of sweet citrus, coriander, and orange peel. Thirst quenching and recommended.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy golden straw with two finger white bubbly head.
S: Wheat, coriander, very mild hay probably from the wheat, very faint orange aromatic.
T: Follows the nose. Strong coriander upfront with grainy wheat. Mild citrus but almost lemony. Faint spicy and earthy finish.
M: Prickly carbonation. Light bodied. Goes down way to easy. Finished the beer before the review.
o: A pretty good representation of the style and definitely a summer bbq beer.

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Photo of Shade1951
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer. Looks nice, bright, and cloudy. Smells lemony. Taste isn't bland, though for my taste buds, a bit too sour. Feels a bit watery. A beer I wouldn't turn down, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz stamped 5/5/16 can into a tulip
A: Hazy pale yellow with a one-finger head
S: Wheat & coriander
T: Matches the nose; one-dimensional
M: Light-bodied, a bit spicy
O: Tasty overall, true to the style just lacks complexity

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good rendering of the witbier style. Heavy on the coriander just like I like it. Clean finish. Feels good on the way down. Thumbs up. Now about the name...is it a cracker because of the wheat or because it is a "white" beer. If they are going to call this beer cracker, they better use the equivalent term for their schwarzbier.

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Photo of Steve7795
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy witbier with a satisfying amount of coriander which lets you know that this beer is different than the reset. Had hesitations about the amount of coriander as it is not my favorite spice but this was much better than expected and was very easy to drink in the hot florida summer night.

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Photo of dtumminelliob
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do not enjoy white ale's, nor Belgian-style yeast, but I liked this beer a lot. That might actually be why my rating here is a bit higher than the expectation. The flavor here was enough for me to get over the sourness of the Belgian yeast, which I don't enjoy. That might explain why others might not always love it as much.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.75 A: Hazy medium yellow color. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average and just a lone wisp of lacing is left.

3.75 S: Big coriander spiciness with light notes of pepper and clove underneath. Mild yeastiness, spicy hops, hay, and neutral sweet maltiness.

4.5 T: So much coriander and I love it. I don't think a beer can be brewed with too much coriander. Otherwise, mild pepper and clove. Earthy hay, neutral malts, and just a touch of lemony fruits.

4.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy yet crisp and refreshing. Really nice here.

4.5 D: Great witbier. Powerful coriander makes this a tasty summer treat.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can bottom says "CANNED MAR/10/16 15:28 CHEERS"

And cheers to you. Color: apricot and cloudy with a white head, perhaps a bit of tint in the suds. Fairly fine carbonation, moderately durable foam. Smell: cereal, with some dry tropical grasses. Taste: It's balanced, but not very big. It's pleasant enough, with some expected yeasty and fruity flavors, but it's a bit watery on the backside. Also a bit of pepper on the top. The flavor blend is nice, but it would be better if it were stronger, more forceful. Mouthfeel minimal. My first beer from this brewery, and I'd be glad to try another.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
1.74/5  rDev -54%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

About the color of a lager, slightly hazy, thin lacy white head. Virtually no smell. Taste is relatively bland with just the slightest Belgian twang.. Not entirely my cup of tea, but I could drink if nothing else were available.

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Photo of FBarber
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a thick creamy white head.

It has that funky belgian smell that is so good with some notes of sweet and spice and then that wheat-y finish. Very nice. Taste is a nice wheat flavor with some spice and coriander notes. Subtle citrus undertones give it some real complexity and depth. Its pretty carbonated which makes this beer "pop" when you drink it. Very light mouthfeel and very smooth.

Overall I wasn't expecting much, but this beer was really good - nice balancing of the complexity of the style while still making a very drinkable beer especially in hot florida weather. .

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my second review of a CC beer. Tough to come by back home, but seem to be one of the better FL breweries. Color pours a hazy straw yellow, good look. Flavor is bread, orange, and just a taste of coriander...similar aroma. Mouthfeel was a touch intense for a white, but youll find worse. All-in-all its worth your time.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours gold with a solid head. nice looking light ale.

smell is sweet, some funk to it. coriander, zest, clove and the like.

taste is nice and mild. has balanced sweetness and spice to it. not bad at all.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours like a witbier should. Phenols, coriander, wheat, spices. I find these descriptors both in flavor and aroma. Body has a creamy aspect to it. It maintains a light weight on the tongue. Far from memorable, yet I was not unhappy with the sample.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

6-Pk of 12 ounce Cans - $9.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Florida Cracker, I tried to be closer to you, but you just kept pushing me away.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another offering from Cigar City and another great beer from the Mecca of craft brewers in F-L-A.

I really enjoyed this beer across the board - it was probably one of the most solid beers I have had in quite some time. Great Belgian cloudiness from the can, a good mixture of slight hints of citrus and wheat, and a mouthfeel that wasn't too carbonated if watery at the same time. Although not sessionable, I can easily go through four of these (which can make it sort of dangerous - it's a good thing I'm home to enjoy them...) :) Good job, Cigar City...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has an aroma that shows off actual wheat malts very well. Coriander is also there, in a subdued manner - and so is orange peel, in an even more subdued manner. This is a delicate style that requires subtlety and nuance (instead of complexity) to hit the realm of greatness...and I'll say it has that light, deft balance just by going from the nose. Just like the nose suggested, this brings those three notes everyone expects from a witbier. Orange peel is a bit bolder compared to the nose, but there's still a nice finishing coriander flavor. Along side general wheat flavors, I'm also tasting some rudimentary saison characteristics like black pepper and sesame seed after a while. Still, the flavors are balanced very well, which is important for this style. My only real niggle is that it feels slightly bulky for a wit - sure, it's dry, but it also has a bit too much presence on the palate. Still, it's well carbonated and refreshing. I expected just another witbier, instead I got a nicely balanced, vaguely saison-esque brew that's every bit as easygoing as it should be.

3.67/5: This cracker is almost perfectly tailored for Florida weather

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Photo of MACrist
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Murky lemon-yellow. 1 finger of foamy off white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring on top of the beer. Can't see the carbonation. Nice lacing left.
AROMA: Sweet and a little sour. Yeasty-bready wheat, orange, coriander as advertised.
TASTE: Nice and bready, lots of coriander on the finish. Bitterness is low. Slight pleasant sourness to this beer, but mild. A non descript fruitiness to it, maybe apricot and a little orange.
FEEL: Nice medium carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing beer but not too light in body. A little slick at first dries up in the finish just a little bit.
OVERALL: Quite a nice Belgian style white ale. Would be great on a hot day and still gives you some nice flavor.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep straw producing 2 fingers of white, shortlived, mostly tight head that leaves only a few motes of lace. Aroma has a sour & yet creamy sherbet like sweetness, bready wheat, some coriander with hints lemon & orange, faint pepper & a faint note of sulfur in the background. Taste is spicy & faintly sour, white bread & thin peach pie, strong to coriander, some orange & other citrus with much less of the creamy sweetness of the nose, finishing slightly acidic & peppery & remaining so into the aftertaste where I believe I can still pick up a faint hint of sulfur. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy bodied, creamy but slightly sick on the tongue with a high carbonation level that delivers a very active bite.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can manufactured 10/27/15, poured into Belgian ale glass

L: Pale amber, a bit cloudy. Pour results in 2 finger head, poor retention, no lacing or ring.

S: A bit of orange and coriander, light malt up front.

T: Orange, lemon, coriander, wheat malt. Honey sweetness on finish, but not too much. Just as it should be.

F: Light bodied, light to medium carbonation, good balance, slightly dry finish.

Nicely done in a style I am growing to like.

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Photo of ImportBeerHunter33
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy in color. The beer has a nice nose of orange and coriander. A fantastic drink by the pool or outside. Cigar City did fantastic job with this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coriander, lemon, and orange--slight hay at the end. Slightly above average witbier. One I am glad I tried, but will most likely not pick up again.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,420 ratings.
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