Florida Cracker
Cigar City Brewing

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #135
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,837
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
1,774
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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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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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
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Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker straw or lighter golden and somewhat hazy with a decent white head, this brew looks good. Yeasty banana scent dominates the nose with a touch of sweetness...head thinning now. Good flavor with some initial banana/coriander then a switch to a wheat flavored finish. Good feel with prickly carbonation. Pretty decent I’d say.

May 08, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours light gold and hazy. Good carbonation and lacing, but the head is limited and lacking on the retention front

Banana esters fairly strong on the nose, with ample coriander spice. Faint sour wheat and grape acidity is present and inviting.

The banana/gum esters are less apparent on the palate, with orange and lemon sweet and sourness on the tip of the tongue, then yeasty bready notes in midstream that marry coriander. Pale sour tangy wheat finish.

Medium light bodied. A touch heavier than expected, especially as the brew warms.

Overall, a solid offbeat wit, but not one I'm determined to try again.

May 02, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: coriander with a hint of orange;

T: coriander; a bit of orange at the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: good, but I would have liked a little more orange peel;

Apr 28, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is somewhat hazy, pale gold. A quiick, puffy, one inch, white head turns to lace as it leaves a light webbing on a PBGC Tulip Pub glass.

Coriander is prominent in the aroma, along with floral notes. It is equally sweet and earthy, with light lemon and lime. Some pear is followed by peppercorn as it warms. Ground wheat also seems to be present.

The flavor follows the nose, with a strong sense of overripe honeydew melons. Lots of subtle flavors come out in the short, mild finish. Some warmth favors this beer in a similar way that a good Saison warms.

There is a hint of alcohol and light carbonation. The body is medium to light, with the texture of soft cashmere.

This is a super relaxed beer. The more I sipped it, the more I enjoyed it. One can imagine a warm summer afternoon with friends in the park.

Apr 19, 2020
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured in to a nonic glass, canned on 10/15/19, old as hell.

Look- Hazy golden straw color. Modest bright white head with good retention, light lacing. Light carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Orange, banana, coriander, grainy malt, some mineral notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. The banana and coriander are most prevalent, with some soft orange citrus playing backup. All are a bit toned down compared to the aroma.

Feel- Medium/light bodied, sweeter side and fairly crisp. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- An ok Belgian Wit, not in the same league as some of the real deal offerings but it's not bad.

Mar 29, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

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

-hazy yellow can pour with a fine foam cap and hefe yeast aroma and a bit of banana and clove. The flavor includes a light lemon notes and has a smooth, but thin mouthfeel. -tasty and simple

Mar 20, 2020
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basaywhat from Illinois

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

12 oz can. Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thick white head. Aroma of coriander. Taste has coriander with orange peel and nutmeg notes. Palate has lingering spice notes. Just ok.

Jan 24, 2020
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