Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White AleFlorida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale
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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:
192
Ratings:
1,396
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
31.48%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
315
For Trade:
14
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Photo of elgiacomo
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned December 28, 2012. Served at around 40F. Thanks to Mark for this gift.

Pours lightly hazy gold with a two finger white head that recedes to a light cap and doesn’t leave much lacing behind.

Aroma is pink bubblegum, banana, coriander/spice, some lemon and citrus, wheat/grainy, Belgian yeast. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is lemon citrus, some sweet fruity malt, spice/coriander, Belgian yeast, minimal alcohol, moderate sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat sticky, good to sharp carbonation.

Pretty good Wit, although admittedly not a style I normally seek out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When the fine brewers of the Sunshine State set out to make a bright and zesty ale- they look to Belgium for influence. It turns out that the beer is grainy, sweet, musty and spicy. So much better than actually tasting like Florida Crackers -ewww.

Light and hazy goldenrod hues tread on straw-like hihglights while shedding a heavy stream of carbonation from down below. What starts out with partial zesty and partial frothy head character seems to dissolve right before the eyes as the beer quickly falls flat with sparse specks of lace. Too bad- I was wanting so much more from the beer's head character.

Its aromas open with a grainy-sweet bit that's husky, musty and a bit on the sweaty side. But once the spices open up its soft coriander and orange peel shines. Pile on the acidic and doughy tones of wheat and yeast-producing winy tones gives the beer its playful fruitiness that the nose deserves.

Then to taste, the ale opens up with a sweet and earthly bit that's part-husky and part-malty. As they come together in a light and bready kind of way, its spices enter stage left- the same citrusy coriander and dried orange peels work in tandem to create a strong orange-like taste to complement its acidic lemon and apple tones. Yet as the tangy ale finishes, its earthen straw-like taste links up with mild minerally taste for an aura of saltwater taffy.

Light in body, the beer's zesty carbonation explodes the malt off the palate like "Pop Rocks", that is until the carbonation quickly dissipates. Then the beer flatly lays on the tongue and gives a tacky coat late. Its late minty warmth and vanilla creaminess offers slight reprieve from its grainy finish.

Florida Cracker is the Witbier that you drink when the more authentic Belgian varieties aren't around. Feel free to take it down, but don't let you classy mainstay know about it!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy limocello yellow with puffy craggy white froth.
Light herbs, lemon zest and clean wheat on the nose - mild.
Cream crackers, waxy yeast, coriander hum and citrus tartness to end.
Carambola finish and herbal linger.
Light to medium, clingy, soft.

Too sweet, some rough edges, flat and a bit heavy - could definitely use more fizz. Basically, exactly what you're not looking for in a hot weather beer. Mediocre at best.

Starting to wonder just how good a brewery CCB really is...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a white, short lived head. Smells of wheat and coriander. In the taste, dry coriander, citrus zest, orange peel and dusty wheat. Little hop character, mostly spice and wheat. Medium bodied, crisp feel with a light dry yeast. Overall, a nice little wit with a good bit of spice.

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Photo of hmf05
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, hazy yellow with tons and tons of bubbles sticking to the glass. The head dissipated rather quickly. Aroma is very average and resembles most wits and hefes I've come across. In the nose I get a lot of banana, spicy cloves, and a tinge of orange. A very "yeasty" smelling brew. Taste follows the nose exactly. Nothing else really jumps out at me. Carbonation is high, but not too high and the mouthfeel is light to medium. Overall, this is a tasty wit, but nothing new or original. To me, this brew falls in the hefe category more so than a traditional wit. I say this because that signature banana smell/taste in hefes is the predominant taste in this beer. Definitely worthy of a try, but nothing life-changing like other CC offerings. Get it if it's available in your area, but I do not recommend trading for it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit baseline for cigar city, who obviously makes some of the most outlandish and delicious ales on the market. this is a coriander heavy white ale, loosely belgian, and not as good as i expected it to be, although still quite tasty and certainly refreshing. the nose on it is rather floral from the yeast and the hops, cool complexion. the taste is just dumbed down a bit to me though, lacking the dramatic engagement i usually get from cigar city beers. that said, it is a clean finishing well carbonated very summery white ale, and in hot muggy florida weather, i see it as an excellent choice for refreshment. lost in a crowd of awesome craft beers i think, but a decent example of the style. wishing for more of a belgian yeast profile in the taste, and maybe a little more dryness in the feel, but overall a solid brew.

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Photo of Mdez
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this several times on a trip to Florida. Was pretty good for a basic white, but I stopped getting them once I found the Cigar City Jai Alais for a buck more per 6-pack. The crackers were ok, but couldn't compare to the Jai Alais; from now on, I'll get them when I'm in Florida.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of spices, barnyard yeast, wheat malt and crackers. Body is medium and crisp. Spices, citrus fruit, bready malt, funky yeast fill the mouth. Finish is long, semi-dry. Interesting brew, kind of Saison meets Wit.

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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 da_beers
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a light yellow with a slight haze. Quickly dissipating white head of two fingers. Low visible carbonation coming up.

S - zesty and summery. Coriander and a little citrus in there, lemony. Nice nose.

T - kind of soapy to be honest. Light citrus. Almost saison like. Champagne yeast perhaps? Malt profile is nice, not over the top but adds appropriate sweetness.

M - light body, drinkable summer beer. Smooth going down. Good carb levels.

O - decent. Good Belgian style white. Not a homerun.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap while I was in Key West. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There is a finger of white head that leaves a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a very mild grain note. There are very mild fruit and spice notes.
Rather mild.

Taste: This is a very light beer. Somewhat muddled spice notes with a hint of citrus fruit. Lots of light grain with a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with foamy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This one is light and summer, but not very interesting. I might have another depending on the situation.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium golden beer with a bit of a white head and some lace on the sides.

S - A wheat smelling witbeer with some citrus and a bit of coriander.

T - Light, crisp flavor with a little bit of yeast and a fairly crisp finish. Some orange and a touch of spice.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation.

O - Solid witbier, nothing mind blowing, but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just kind of meh. This bear definitely tasted Belgian and Wheat-esque, but it just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because I did drink it directly out of the can. I think it would have tasted better on draft in the appropriate glassware.

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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 SteveB24
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

appearance; color is hazy straw, pours a finger of sticky, white head that settles into a ring of lacing.

smell; belgian yeast, citrus peel, and corriander.

taste; wheat flavor is intensified by belgian yeast. coriander and orange peel linger on the tongue, along with floral and vanilla notes.

mouthfeel; light/ medium body. medium carbonation.

overall; a filling, more complex take on wheat beers, i can see the appeal but i am not sure if i would ever buy it again.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a big white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma has a touch of coriander and citrus peel on a wheat malt backbone.

Slight sweet on the front from wheat and toasty edges, citrus on the finish with a lemony and orange zest and spicy coriander.

Nice balance, nice crisp body, and easy to drink.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 12oz can to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; canning date of December 6, 2012 printed in black ink under the kick-up of the can (“DRINK LOCAL CANNED ON 06 DEC 2012”).

Appearance (3.0): Kind of a pale, yellow-orange colored body topped with a finger of bone-white head that fizzles pretty quickly; very minimal lacing or retention (read: almost none of either one). Perfectly hazy body, which now that I think about it looks almost exactly like passionfruit juice.

Smell (4.0): Nice coriander and sweet orange notes mixing with a very pale, grainy malt character, like very fresh bread and water crackers. There’s a bit of white pepper underneath, but overall the nose is dominated by crackery, dry malt and classic wit spiciness.

Taste (3.5): Following the nose, the flavor is dominated by coriander spice notes, very pale, dry biscuit / oyster cracker kind of malt, and some sweet orange essence underneath. There’s a decent balance between that sweetness and the dry, pale malt character, but it’s not as spicy as it warms up. Some floral hops in the finish. No alcohol detected and not much in the way of a distinct yeast character—just some light straw and breadiness. It’s decent, but nothing about it really jumps out.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The carbonation lends a coarse tingling all over the mouth, but it doesn’t last all that long; the body is about medium-weight, maybe a bit lighter, and finishes pretty dry. It’s good, nothing crazy.

Overall (3.5): This is a decent wit; it’s not amazing, but it’s great that Cigar City is offering a decent wit in cans for about $8/ sixer. It’s not the best domestic wit I’ve had, but it’s a decent value. I’m guessing this will accrue quite a bit of popularity—tasty enough, juicy, and easy-drinking, at a reasonable price. And it offers more character than some other widely-available, comparably-priced alternatives. But, don’t expect a life-changer.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at CCB, poured into a pint glass.

A: looked exactly like pineapple juice with a particular and intriguing yellow color. Small head that managed to stay on for a while. Little to no lacing.

S: a bit mute on the nose, some sweet scents along with citrus aromas.

T: followed the nose with emphasis on the citrus (lots of orange), some lemon and strong wheat presence.

M: medium body, very refreshing.

O: an excellent choice for hot summer days, this is a very refreshing and good tasting beer.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from one of the local cigar lounges.

A: A somewhat cloudy straw gold with decent head and retention.

S: Wheat, spice and a little citrus.

T: Decent complexity. Refreshing.

M: Crisp with nice bite.

O: Not to bad. Nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer offers wheaty flavors, lively carbonation, not much of the coriander and orange peel as expect in for the style. The finish is water and the beer ends up slightly bland.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudy lemon-yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, great retention and spotty lacing left behind. smells of black pepper, lemongrass, hint of celery, very bready/yeasty. a slightly funky, peppery belgian style wheat beer.. the majority of the flavor lies within the yeast. a medium (on the lighter side) body beer with high carbonation. very tasty.. i guess this would be a good step into craft beer for people that like hoeegarden or whatever the hell that beer is called.. not my favorite style, but definitely tasty.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a straw yellow with a rocky soap bubble head that collapses into a fizzy, thick scrim. The beer’s body is cloudy but clean and free of particles with a lazy and slow stream of bubbles treading towards the top of the glass. On the nose the beer smells of sweet orange peel, cuaraco with lemon sweet bread notes and a touch of bitter grass. There is also a bready sweet note that stands apart from the lemon and reminds me of a sweet cracker, which goes nicely with the beer’s name. On the tongue the beers tastes of bready sugars and citric lemon acid. The flavor begins as sweet lemon bread, opening into grassy hops and orange peel flavors with a touch of coriander spice. The finish suggests slight green vegetal apple flavor with notes of lemon and grass, then dips into a creamy cracker flavor briefly as the beer warms, but quickly washes away, this flavor really has to be searched for though and is not abundantly clear to the palate. The aftertaste is very light and clean. From the can, the beer smells nearly the same, and tastes a little sweeter due to the concentration of flavors in the tiny can opening. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a slight wateriness. The carbonation is a little sharp on the tongue, and the mouth is left slightly sticky with nice amounts of saliva from the acid in the beer. Overall, this is a nice sessionable wit with some interesting flavors. I don’t really get the cracker flavor, but I can see what the brewers were reaching for with this beer. It’s tasty, sessionable, and worth a try. A nice middle of the road wit.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy straw colored pour. White foam on top lingers. Hazy and some clingy lacing.

S - Smells of fresh grain, lemongrass, and a light hoppy scent.

T - Light flavors of grain and a tartness of lemon and lime. Refreshing witboer that is nice on those hot floridian nights.

M - Easy drinking, thirst quenching beer. Light feel with a bit of a grainy grit to it.

O - Not exciting, but a solid enough witbier to be enjoyed. Some stronger lemon flavor would help this.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a Chrismtas present from Florida. From notes.

A - Light golden colour with a cloudy body. Two fingers of white head on top and good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Sweet spice, yeast, some candy, wheaty, lemon, zesty.

T - Sweet spice, bready, candy, lemon, wheat, mild yeast, orange. Interesting spice and candied fruit flavours. Pleasant.

M - Strong carbonation, drying finish, medium body.

O/D - A good take on a style that doesn't typically impress me too much. Not exactly the most itneresting beer from CC, but very accessible and well crafted. A good transition beer from macros, but also probably just taking space away from better beers in their tanks. All that aside, it's a good Belgian Wit.

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Photo of hardysf
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not the biggest fan of belgians, nor witbeirs. I received this as an extra in a trade. This was a pretty good beer though. It was refreshing and belgiany, although the yeast profile was not over bearing. If I were to drink more belgians, I would go to this one again.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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