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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

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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

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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 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 The_Dude_31
4.69/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Spiegelau American Wheat glass. Canned 10/02/15. I must have done something right in a former life because I can't believe I live so close to a brewery that has some of the best brews in America. This one is right up there with the Hotter than Helles and Jai Lai IPA as top examples of their styles. The taste, color, and feel are excellent, the hint of orange mixed with coriander is a cool Florida twist on this classic style.

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Photo of NickandToni
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I expect everything from Cigar City to be at the very top. Cracker just seemed to me another quality Wit. Easy drinking, fun & yeasty, low carbonation. Just not a highlight in the genre.

Worth a taste.

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Photo of classixIII
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From week of September 13, 2015

Hazy yellow, light head that left pretty quick. Great bready smell that carries through in taste with some citrus and spice. On the lighter side with good carbonation. Good Beer, had to bring some home.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip.
A- Unfiltered bready, lightly toasted yellow
S- Definite coriander and wheat with a hint of citrus
T- Same as the smell but with a slight tartness that I was not expecting.
M- On the lighter side but consistent with the style. Medium Carb.
D- I would definitely by this again if it was in my distro and Belgian Wits are not my favorite style. I enjoyed this.

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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 brewskifan55
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tasting glass at the Emerald Coast Beer Fest, Pensacola, FL.

A: A hazy golden with an off-white half finger head that didn't linger. Light lacing.

S: Coriander, wheat and some citrus elements.

T: A nice surprise. It all comes together with coriander at the forefront, a hit of Belgian yeast and a wheat, orange peel combo. A bit of vanilla, too.

M: Low to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: I would've liked more carbonation, but the overall drinkability, especially for summer, is awesome. Well done, CCB.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

hazy golden straw, thin white head that actually hangs around. nose; yeast funk, and not much else that i can discern. taste; immediately light lemon-lime tart, followed with sourdough, fresh tangerine, and coriander spiciness. lemon hangs around on the aftertaste. nice carbonation and mouthfeel. very odd nose, but everything else is nice and brightly saison-y with little to no farmhouse funk buildup after a few. for a style that is typically underwhelming to me, this one is stays drinkable and engaging with its light citrus high notes.

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Photo of CASK1
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Didn't realize until recently that this was a Belgian wit, a style I like, especially in summer. Poured from a can to a pilsner glass.

L - Hazy yellow as expected. Thin loose head falls quickly. I like a thick, moussy head on a wheat beer.

S - Complex, but somewhat weak. Hints of bread wheat, low coriander and spice notes. No hops.

T - Similar to aroma. Very likable, but not a "wow" beer. Soft bready malt, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Lightly tart, which helps make this very drinkable. Spices are nice, but a bit in the background.

F - Moderately light body, moderate carbonation. Lightly tart, which is pleasant. Would like higher carbonation for this style.

O - Solid example, but there are better ones out there.

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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 M_C_Hampton
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, straw colored with a large white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: orange, coriander, citrus, yeasty

T: orange, clove, coriander, banana, citrus, lemon

M: light and refreshing

O: flavors are true to the style, body is light

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Photo of Zach136
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours cloudy light straw with a rock white head.

Aroma: Faint notes of sweet orange peel and yeast esters.

Flavor: Very light citrus and grain notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, full texture.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/14/2015 enjoyed 8/3/2015 in a Mad Tree tulip/snifter.

Look - One finger thick bubbled white head. Pale yellow body. Not see through. Head and lacing dissipate.

Smell - Sourish. Bread. Salt. Belgian yeast and wheat, not too much else to say.

Taste - Very, very mild sour fruit. Strong salt/pepper and bread. Orange. Lemon.

Feel - There is a carbonation bomb. Tongue tingle.

Overall - I like this beer. Wheat/Belgians brought me in to the craft beer game. I don't prefer them now for the feel but this is not bad.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pils glass

A: pours a hazy amber with a beautiful head that sticks around till the very end.

S: pleasant hefe-like yeastyness with a grainy back. some fruity esters noted. Certain level of very, very light toasty/biscuit notes also present.

T-Bright citrus mixed with enjoyable bread/yeast flavors pop at first. Light hints of sweet dried fruits and subtle malts also present. Slight black pepper hits at the end. After taste is mild but enjoyable, leaving a slight maliness on the tongue.

M-loved the body on this beer. A perfect head that recedes all the way down and medium to heavy carbonation keeps it refreshing and really accents some of the bright citrus flavors.

O: A good, straightforward beer from a brewery I already love. I could see why they named this beer the "Florida Cracker". If I was pushing head of cattle around central Florida in the blistering sun I would have wanted to have one of these with lunch too.

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

Golden pour, medium head
The belgian yeast/wheat aroma was the main smell for me
The vanilla may have killed any of the citrus or spice for me on this beer
Very drinkable and sessionable for me

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Photo of TH28
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Canned 5/6/15. Appearance: Light golden, hazy, moderate white foam cap. Aroma: Bready malt, orange zest, with some light apple and pear esters. Taste: Light bready malt with a punch of orange zest and citrus, finishing with a bit of coriander spice. Apple and pear yeast flavor emerges in the back end. Mouthfeel: Moderate body, hint of creaminess, strong carbonation. Finish: Orange peel and coriander spice linger on the tongue, with strong retronasal apple and pear yeast esters. Overall: Top notch witbier. Appearance and aroma are par for the course, but flavor has a burst of citrus and orange peel, with nice fruity yeast esters on the back side

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with a hazy disposition that little light will manage to seep through. There's a fingernail of dark white around the rim and little elsewhere. Aroma is of coriander, pale wheat and orange peel. The flavor is very well balanced with pale wheat in the forefront. The orange peel and coriander are used judiciously. The mouth is light,crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Florida Cracker boasts an excellent quickening to succeed a rollicking first foam; it then retains this effervescence quite well. As the mist settles, a resplendent white-gold hue asserts itself, barely turbid and beaming of burnished flax. From this arises a bright nose, full of orange-flower, coriander, a bit of lime-zest, and even a touch of clove, perhaps. The spicy portent, however, is washed a way in the mouth by a juicy, highly drinkable complex of flavors, with dry, sunny wheat, orangey tartness, and delicate alpha-acid biters pervading.

This is a very refreshing, balanced wheat beer, with a much-appreciated soft-touch on the spices notes; a bubbly, scaled-back body that separates it from and renders it more high-summer (read: hot & humid) sessionable than many wits; and a very clean finish that quenches the thirsty palate without any thickening or excessive bread to benumb its restorative qualities.

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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 Keene
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold from the can with two fingers of white foam rising to the top that leaves lovely lacing on the glass. Its tangy, lemony and sweet grainy aroma also includes ample Saison character from the yeast. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with a fairly strong coriander flavor and citrusy acidity. Full-bodied. Some sweetness and a pronounced orange note arrive midway through the sip. Florida Cracker's lemony-orange qualities take over somewhat and last well into the finish, accompanied by a flavor that's reminiscent of fresh-baked French country bread. A solid showing that could used a bit more subtlety.

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Photo of jkrich
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: faintly hazy, light golden hue with a billowing and foamy white-head that slowing dissipates leaving some thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma of light fruits and a faint whiff of champagne.

It has been very warm and humid here in the Florida panhandle and this Wit ale is the perfect thirst quencher. The ale begins with a very nice mellow, fruit flavor (mild orange) and a solid malt backbone. Often, I have found some the Wit ale flavors off-putting but not this one. The coriander is not really noticeable which is a good thing, at least for me. The body is a little thin on the palate, but there is a lingering sweetness that coats the tongue.

Overall, a simple but refreshing warm-weather ale.

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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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Photo of TheHammer
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained exceptionally well and produced some minor lacing. The body has some clouding but not so much that you can't see the abundant cabrbonation.

Smell: There is a strong backbone of wheat malt with a very mild citrus note. It's a nice smell, but even with ample warming, it's not as strong as I'd like him.

Taste: Starts with a healty wheat, hit of wheat malt that turns to a sweet citrus taste. Very mild, very easy, very refreshing, really the perfect beer for hot florida weather.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with excellent transistioning, the carbonation is nice and foamy but the aftertaste is notably absent apart from a brief dry bready snap.

Drinability: Easy on the system, exceptionally light and very refreshing. Light bodied, and really an excellent summer drinker.

Final Thoughts: I finally got to visit Florida and knew I had to try Cigar City. This one was one of a couple beers I managed to snag whlile here. This is an awesome great hot weather beer. All in all an excellent Wit. Thumbs Up

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into shaker pint. Hazy yellow liquid with a modest one-finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is lemon and orange peel, dusty wheat, and coriander. Taste is similar with citrus sweetness and some spicy bite. Light body, thin texture, moderate carbonation, abrupt drying finish.

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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