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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 | website

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:
190
Ratings:
1,389
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
31.75%
 
 
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312
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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 1,389
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 HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice pale gold look to it. The beer is a bit cloudy but not as other witbiers. The overall look is fairly pleasing to look at.

The smell is pretty good. The smell has what you would expect such as citrus notes from the hops and a nice orange peel to it. However, the vanilla and coriander create a nice sweet cream like smell that is unbeatable.

The taste is absolutely fantastic. In addition to the citrus notes and subtle orange peel, the beer taste has a wonderful vanilla note that is strong enough to be noticed but doesn't overwhelm the palate. Rather, the vanilla and the light coriander notes create a subtly sweet and creamy taste that mixes well with the citrus notes.

The feel is very good and extremely unique for the style. While it's a little heavier than you would expect, it's still light bodied and has a nice biting feel from the carbonation. The real selling point is how silky it feels despite the carbonation. It actually feels a little bit like milk.

Overall, a very unique and interesting witbier. The taste of this witbier is fantastic and unique. My only qualm is that it's difficult to get outside of Florida during the summer season when the style would probably shine. If you see this one, get it, you won't regret that decision.

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Photo of Shaw
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned less than a month ago.

Pours a cloudy straw-colored with a very white head that vanishes.

Aroma of clove and coriander. Nice.

Nice flavor of clove with a hint of banana: the Classic Belgian wit flavor.

Great body. Almost puffy, if that's such a thing.

A very refreshing beer that shows Cigar City can brew more than just high-octane beers.

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Photo of screamking
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into sangria glass.

Pours a light and hazy straw yellow, minimal head goes away quickly. Lots of wheat smell here, crisp and clean. A little bubblegum flavor with some banana. I also Get the coriander in there. Lots of carbonation working here, making it very refreshing and easy to drink. I didn't expect this to be this solid of a Belgian White, one of the better ones I've had in sometime.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A simple 12 ounce can makes the house of the Florida Cracker. On to the beer:

A soapy head sits on top before fading into a lace while underneath, a pee yellow beer is waiting to be consumed. The soft and sweet aroma of this witbier features aromas of orange peel, coriander, and the sweetness of oats, so at this moment this beer is spot on per style. What I wasn't expecting was the spicy flavor of this witbier, and it makes a bold statement and pleasant contrast to the bits of orange and sweet oats. In fact, the spicy character brings an appeitizing dry finish with a linger of fruity and spicy. It also seems to add zing to the carbonation, further adding to the enjoyment.

Just what I needed for a warm afternoon. Smiles all around this BA after I finished the can.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the tasting room. I wonder how long this brew will keep the name 'Florida Cracker' before someone gets up in arms over it.

A - The brew pours a hazy banana-yellow hue, and is capped with a moderate dollop of white froth that deposits a fair amount of lace upon the glass.

S - The nose is fairly dry and somewhat spicy, with suggestions of white pepper and clove, as well as some grassy notes.

T - This is just a nice beer, all-around, and perfect for the summer in Florida. Pale and mineral notes comingle with zesty yeast-imparted notes of pepper and clove. There is some dry lemon zest and some herbal-earthy continental hop towards the finish. It is more spicy and less fruity, on the whole, but it is quite well-balanced and certainly replete with nuance.

M - The feel is nice and refreshing, with soft carbonation; on the light side of medium-bodied.

O - Great summer beer, no doubt.

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Photo of seedyone
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can at home. Feb'16. I'll need to find this again in the summer. Delicious & refreshing.

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Slight haze in the lovely blonde hue. Tight bubbles in a thin head that leave little lacing. Aroma is on the funky side but the summery citrus hits the spot. Slight aftertaste makes me reach for the stein that much quicker but the 5% ABV keeps it in the "it's all good" category.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy straw yellow color. Not much of a head to speak of, and what was there quickly faded to nothing, no lace either.

A: Spicey clove and herbal notes. Small citrus and grass followed by a nice malt backbone. Notes of banana and floral honey.

T: Really nice blend of sweet and spicy. Not spicy in the heat sort of way, more of a peppery note. The summertime floral notes balance well with the grassy hops and sweet malt. Finishes slightly dry and smooth.

M: Light body, slightly under carbonated. A touch slick, but in no way bad.

O: Very good summer brew. I could drink quite a lot of this in the hot summer days here in FLA. I hope this one makes it way back on in the future. Skal.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a fluted beer glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, with very little foam. Some lacing.

The nose is wheaty, and the hints of coriander come through as well. Its a classic wit flavor, with a chalky wheaty lemon taste. Lots of citrus, but balanced expertly. Smooth close. Light carbonation, easy mouthfeel.

Very good.

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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 BierJager89
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with a foamy white head.

S: Funky/fruity Belgian yeast/esters, tripelesque spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg), lots of fresh orange, citrus peel and zest in the nose.

T: Bready malt, especially in the finish. Middle of the mouth has prominent spice, citrus peel and orange.

M: Medium bodied, not smooth.

O: Could have been better, but I still liked it quite a bit, and would recommend it, especially to fans of the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: quarter finger head with a murky straw color.

S: sweet lemon citrus. fairly aromatic.

T: more lemon up front with a spicey/peppery finish

M: crisp, refreshing. Light to medium body but more than I expected. Semi dry finish.

Overall: Very nice beer for the Florida heat. The peppery notes add flavor without taking away from the refreshing nature of the beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. There is "canned on" dating on the bottom of the can, but its undecipherable/smudged to sh%t, oh well, they tried...

Pours super typical, wit beer, clouded and dull light tangerine,off white head, that stays a bit, but leaves minimal lace.

Potent nose of coriander, orange and cloves, nice.

Tasty, zesty, assertive and quite enjoyable Florida, USA take on the classic Belgian style. Cigar city knows what they are doing and its been showing in every can that I've been enjoying of this "Cracker" beer. On the palate the themes established by the sniff carry forward. More orange, more coriander and more cloves. Aggressive and peppery hopped up finish seals the deal.

Gotta love quality beer in a can...Well done Cigar city...

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can (dated June 18, 2013) poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a well hazed, extremely pale straw golden golor with two full fingers of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power. Webs of lacing left on the glass extensively as the head slowly falls to the surface. Very nice.

S - Wheat up front with nice, spicy coriander, citrus, cloves. Very yeasty too. Pretty standard witbier aromas...done well.

T - Yeasty, spicy with cloves and coriander. Lots of wheat flavor, lemony, touch of tartness, mid level hop bitterness. Quite dry.

M - Light body, very high carbonation that foams up a bit in the mouth, bolstering the body of the beer a bit. Dry, well attenuated beer. Good balance between the wheat, spices and hops.

O - Good witbier and very enjoyable. Crisp and refreshing as the style should be. Carbonation should be high in the style, but this perhaps pushes the upper edge...very gassy and foamy beer. Otherwise well done. Would definitely have a few of these in a session without any problem.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can born June 12.

A: Lovely pale, cloudy yellow. Enormous head that dies down right away. Still, looks good.

S: Well, cat pee. But not a hint of the synthetic sweetness of a mediocre wit. A touch of green grape. I don't get any of the orange peel or cilantro this is brewed with.

T: This is great. Much more interesting than the nose due to excellent use of saison yeast. Clean, straight-ahead and delicious saison/wit hybrid.

M: Nice and soft, but mine wasn't as active in the mouth as others have described. Would have liked a spritz uptick.

O: Really liked it. There are very few domestic wits available in New Orleans, none of which I buy with regularity. If (god willing) Cigar City ever gets its trucks here, this immediately becomes a summer regular. Sharing rarified air with the noble Allagash White.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in tale ale glass

A: slightly pale dark yellow; huge burst of carbonation; thick head dissipates quickly
S: pear, yeast; good strong aroma; inviting
T: three waves of taste--begins with sweet pear and seltzer water; moves into a lemon-grass flavor; ends with estery taste; not very boozy; spicing is moderate

Pretty good overall

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white 2 finger head. Decent retention, leaving small islands of microbubbles on the surface, and a ring around the edge. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Strong yeasty sourness with bright citrus tones; lemony. Lesser hints of orange.

Taste - Moderate lemon sourness and yeast funk hit upfront. Very subtle wheat and banana character once the beer warms. Sweet and bright. Touches on orange peel and slight grassy bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively, somewhat bitey carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy. Semi-dry finish. Maybe the best bodied witbier I've come across thus far.

Overall - Great witbier all-around. It doesn't kill me that this beer isn't on shelves in California, but it'd be a welcome addition if it were.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour - Light golden with a white head.

Smell - Yeast, crackers, sweet grass.

Taste - Sweet vanilla, yeast, bread (toast) and some earthy grass.

Feel - Lovely, light carbonation with a thick body for the style (medium body overall) creates a unique smoothness

Overall - Not a typical "Belgian Style" but a very nice twist.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into a HF tulip.

Pour: Mostly clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. Some lacing but not much. Head fizzles relatively quickly

Smell: Big wheat up from and some lemon. A touch of pepper and clove. Lots of dough yeast

Taste: Bready sweetness up front, and some clean lemon peel. A touch of banana, white pepper, and clove. Lots of doughy yeast through the finish.

Mouthfeel: insanely drinkable. Very refreshing. Spices are subdued on the taste which makes this even more drinkable. Only complaint is that it is a touch watery.

Overall: was disappointed to see old Jai Alai on the shelf, but this more than made up for it. A delicious warm weather beer

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Canned 9/11/2014.

Served cold into a goblet, Florida Cracker is a hazy pale yellow color with thin white head.

Aroma is sweet, yeasty, and slightly fruity.

Flavor is sweet but balanced with just enough bitterness to get by. Lemon, coriander, and Belgian wit yeast seem to be the predominant flavor notes.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriately carbonated for the style.

Overall a very good American take on this style.

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

hazy golden yellow. Lots of carbonation rippling up to the surface of this one. A nice three inch head of white foam came up and capped the top of this one, but settled down very slowly, leaving behind copious amounts of side glass lace.

The aroma started out very light. Nice touches of light malts, grains, with a touch of light fruit mixed in. Very floral with a light earthy tone to it and a really nice touch of coriander or orange peel way in the back. The flavor was more of the same, very light, with a very well carbonated and airy feel to it. Started out with a good bit of light grain, and started to mix in some light fruit and touches of orange and lemon as you go. Nice light earthy flavor in the middle, like flower petals, or light heather almost. Clean taste, with a quick finish that really just gets started before it dries out enough that that you are going back in for another one

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Can't knock the look its perfect hazy bright yellow with a 1/2 inch of rocky head. Might be a lot of carbonation since it seems to fizz out rather quickly. Little to no lacing.
S - Smells of coriander spice and orange peel but also a solid bit of wheat which is always a great start. I sip.
T - Bright sharp orange peels almost puckering the tongue like fresh lemon juice. Next I get the spice and the wheaty body brings it home. I really enjoy the sour its a nice take since most don't even taste of peel or are just too sweet.
M - Light to medium easy to quaff back.

Overall the carbonation worked quite well in this and curacao peel was a nice take on the style giving it a sharp sour bite. Worth picking up if tired of the same ho hum Witbier.

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Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes at Cigar City's taproom on 9/9/11 for Firkin Friday.

Draft poured into a CCB pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a medium gold with a 1 finger white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Wheat with coriander and a touch of citrus.

Taste: Sweet wheat up front followed by coriander and orange in the middle before a nice mix of spices and hops at the finish. Aftertaste is orange peel and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. Not a style I'd drink a ton of, but it's good enough to drink a couple.

Overall: Good beer overall. Another solid offering from CCB. Would make a great summer beer. Worth a shot.

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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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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.
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