Florida Cracker | Cigar City Brewing

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Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Belgian 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

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Reviews: 267 | Ratings: 1,667
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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Photo of Claude-Irishman
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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Photo of good_to_sea
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy yellow with a big head and good lacing.
Smell: Some bitter hop aroma, lemon, orange.
Taste: Banana, malt, wheat.
Feel: Light and crisp, prickly carbonation.
Overall: This is a really nice, refreshing beer.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy straw colored pour with a loose white head, aroma of grain and coriander, light grainy body and orange peel flavors and a dry finish. A straightforward Belgian White.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking in the southern tip of Lido Beach, Sarasota. Great overall day sipper, especially on beach setting. Smells of orange, spice, coriander. Feel is silky and taste of orange peel and spices. Good libations.

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Photo of jettjon
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can into a pint glass, this one is a hazy yellow color with a very thin cap of white foam which fades quickly. Nose of wheat and lemon zest. Mouth is bready with notes of coriander and lemon/citrus. Mouth is nicely crisp and quenching. Overall, not a bad Belgian-style ale, but nothing outstanding. Would try again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mild whitish-gold hue with a huge head into my glass. Canned 1/18/19. Sweet coriander and orange peel in nose. Refreshing. Crisp, pillowy malt with a pronounced dose of orange peel toward the back. Finishes clean at back of throat. I've never been to Florida but I would bet this would make a refreshing lawnmower beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can dated 01/28/2019. Sampled on February 11, 2019.

It has the classic witbier pour with an unfiltered cloudy looking pale yellow and a soft, lacing leaving white head.

The aroma brings out an immediate sensation of Belgian crackery malts, coriander, orange peel, and a citrus zing. Highly inviting.

Light, effervescent mouthfeel.

Sweet and grainy at first with an eruption of coriander spice and clean, blossom coated finish. Just what I like in the style.

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Photo of BB1313
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 12/27/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color; chunky eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus, wheat, malts and coriander. The flavors basically follow the nose. Some lemon and orange along with some more coriander. Lots of fresh bread and crackers. Some grains. Wheat and malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with moderate to active carbonation. It's not thin. It's fluffy, slightly creamy, sharp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice witbier. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It's more or less what you would expect from the style. It's refreshing and enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a BrewDog snifter.

A: Body is bright yellow and cloudy as a witbier should be. Head is minimal and white.
S: Aroma is very strong of coriander and clove. Nothing much going on here but it's a easy-going fresh beer.
T: Taste starts off with a huge coriander flavour that turns a kinda citric touch that's unknown to me - maybe it's the curacao peel, never tried a curacao before - and then moves on the half bitter half sour finishing touch of a witbier. It's very competent.
M: Body is light as it should be. Carbonation is nominal. Sweetness is low. Bitterness is medium low.
O: Very easy-drinking summer beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, canned on 05/21/18. Pale golden colored body with a little bit of haze. Aroma is spicy Wit yeast, wheat, zesty orange and lemon, peppery coriander. Typical Witbier flavors that mimic the aroma with notes of orange zest, lemon-pepper, spicy yeast & coriander, lemongrass, and lots of wheat malt. Medium body, lively carbonation, zesty finish with a zing of spice. Overall, it's a good representation of the style; no complaints here.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale cloudy straw color. A large foamy head shows good retention by way of a frothy film and lacing.
Aromas somewhat clean at first, then, a light whiff of orange peel and fleeting hint of coriander. A sweetness begins to develop, including wheat malt, vanilla and banana.
The citrus flavors are at the forefront, including orange peel and a lemony middle palate. It is well balanced by the coriander spice and the gummy and somewhat doughy wheat. Little to no bitterness.
Light, crisp, well balanced and very refreshing. There is a good depth of flavor, yet, it is clean at the same time.
Really nice example of a Witbier. I think it deserves higher ratings.

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Florida Cracker from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,667 ratings