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 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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Photo of ordybill
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A nice straw colored beer with a small white head. Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. Has a great citrus flavor that goes well with the Belgian white style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a very foamy 2-3 finger white head that was full of popping bubbles and faded in about a minute, leaving minimal spotty lacing. I was hoping it would be cloudier looking, but this did pour from a can so that had to be a factor.

Smells of lemon, Pine-Sol, wheat, toasted grains, coriander, cracker and husk; decent smelling at best, this is an aroma for a hot summer night since it's more quaffable than one to inhale and ponder - it's pretty basic.

Tastes of lemon, dry citrus hops, orange peel, pine cone, wheat, toasted grains, spices like pepper and coriander, dry salty cracker, mild funk and husk; the citrus and spices are much stronger than in the nose, followed by a kiss of caramel and then earthy and yeast notes that trail off dry and clean. There are more spices with possibly clove in the mix, and they blend nice with the hops, malt and yeast.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery, with a light body, mild fizzy carbonation, and a clean finish that has a blend of spices and malt or yeast. Overall a good summer session brew, but not one meant for a snowy night in January.

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Photo of Ponderdingdong
1.91/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Love cigar city but this one I'm not a fan of. A bit bitter but light, a little too much wheat. Should remember to check the cans dates too from some sellers that stock them too long.

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Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 2 weeks ago.
Hazy orange color with a thick head with short retention.
Aroma of coriander, Saison yeast, curacao, and a slightly tart scent.
Flavor of Saison yeast, mild curacao, spices, bread dough, a touch of sourness, oranges and green wine.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Flavorful and refreshing with a funky and curacao touch. A mix of a Saison and a Witbier. It has its own character and flexible enough for summer or even slow drinking.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first ever chance to sample a Cigar City brew and would you know it - they ran out of their mother%&#king Stouts! I was disappointed by this fact (dear reader you know me as somewhat of a Stout aficionado). My bitter tears would soon be soaked by the dry and tasty Florida Cracker.

Poured from tap into 100ml sample cup at the Sip & Savour event in Sydney.

A: Cloudy pale straw body with a thin white lace on top. This really could have come from the Sixpoint Meatball Wheat Ale tap and I would have been none the wiser. 8/10.

S: Ok, it’s not Meatball then: Bold orange peel forward notes lead to a light toasted biscuit base with a hint of clove and earthy hops in the finish. It’s Hoegaarden and then some... it’s never a bad thing to be compared to the original Witbier if you are a Witbier. 8/10.

T: Yes, that big orange peel character shouts “Floriiiida!” before continuing to a mid-palate dry bread base, then following this are clove/coriander notes and a long dry Saison-like finish. It’s even more-moreish than Sixpoint’s Meatball (sorry Sixpoint!). 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation. This is the low point of the brew, could have used a more creamy texture, nonetheless it is still decent. 6/10.

D: This is the boldest Witbier I've had in a long time, the orange is prominent but well balanced with the clove/coriander notes and the long dry finish really makes it a constant sipper... in fact the sampler was gone before I finished my notes! Still it is bitter consolation for me as I was really, really, really looking forward to trying one of their famous/much lauded Stouts. 8/10.

Food match: Those pulled pork sandwiches I salivated over at the event... mmm, pulled pork.

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Photo of TheFunkyBuddhaAdvocate
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible unrated beer! This beer is perfect for being in the Florida sun in any outdoor activity. Incredibly drinkable as in you may find yourself having more.. way more than you anticipated like the entire 6 pack

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

October 25, 2014

Draft, Shaker Pint

A – A good inch of fine white foam on top of a straw-colored, slightly hazy, bubbly beer. Bright and inviting.

S – Orange peel, Caribbean spices, tangy yeast. Some untoasted white bread. Plenty of lemon-lime and tropical hop notes.

T – Very citrusy, lemon-lime quite prominent, with orange and white pepper notes. Mild malty sweetness balanced with a hop bite.

M – Very bright, bubbly, with a Brut champagne-like finish. Barely sweet and barely bitter. Great for washing away mild food flavors.

O – I had this beer for the first time paired with raw oysters and spicy horseradish cocktail sauce, and it was an incredible match. Perfect for mild seafood, sushi, etc. Probably my favorite Cigar City regular offering.

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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 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 ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12pz can poured into a wit glass.

A: Dull golden and cloudy. Fine-bubbled white head sputters out after a while.

S: Wheat,my rackety malt, musty and lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Whiffs of peppery coriander and faint orange peel.

T: Crackery malt and some doughy wheat. Dry. Dusty yeast. Mild peppery coriander. Sort of a brief lemon/lime character. Oily orange peel is a constant throughout. Dusty, yeasty finish is dry and abrupt.

M: Light bodied with some creamy, wheaty froth. Very crisp and biting in the carbonation department.

O: It's easy to imagine how quenching and refreshing this would be on a brutally hot and humid day. The overall crisp and dry qualities make it very easy to get to the bottom of this can. A solid pairing with feta cheese.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%

Yeah, really not overly impressed here. There was a lot of vanilla in both the nose and taste. The aftertaste was a nice bit of wheat and slight hops to finish, that was the good part. There was something a little too sweet that I can't place my finger on. This was good, easy drinking, extremely smooth. Just not blown away by any means. But it did taste like a wheat beer and a sessionable one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger puffy head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with great vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, orange peel, and some yeasty notes.

Taste: Same as above. Bready and vanilla as notes come out strong with everything else lightly there.

Mouthfeel: Tart, chewy, some spice, medium bodied, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid witbier out of a can. Yes, a can. Perfect for this hot Orlando weather.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale straw/light lemon color. About a finger of fizzy head. Some lacing present. Looks citrusy and refreshing.

S: Mostly cracker, hay, and grass. Faint lemon. No hint of orange. Spicy wheat, herbal coriander, and yeast.

M: Medium-light body with a light cream feel, a bit frothy in effect leading to a tart finish. Good carbonation level without a lot of effervescence.

T: Graham cracker, wheat malt, dry toast and grass. Tart and slightly orange finish. Not very sweet. Sides more on the spicier and herbal side of the equation. Sulfuric pear finish. Not complex, straightforward, and one witbier I don't mind revisiting.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a sample at SN Beer Camp Philly

A-This pours a hazy straw with a small white head that leaves no lacing.

S-The nose is of hay and some grassiness.

T-Lots of citrus and esters to the tongue, with some grain and cracker in the mid-palate, finishing grassy.

M-The palate is perfect for summer, with light carbonation which make it very easy drinking.

O-Overall this beer is perfect for summer. No real thrills.

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Photo of 57md
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a huge two-finger-plus head and plenty of effervescence. The head dissipates pretty quickly yet some amount retains for a good long time simply because there is so much of it. The nose is soapy. The flavor profile includes wheat upfront and something funny that is hard to place and not terribly pleasant. The finish is dry.

Unimpressive, to say the least.

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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 russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a thumb of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Pears, grainy notes, orange peels

T: Pears, white pepper, white grapes, & a little orange peel up front. More pear as this warms, a little bit of Golden Delicious Apple as well, ever so faint phenolic notes. Finishes with pears & a little bit of coriander, plus dryness

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation

Fairly clean tasting Wit, works in the heat, but not terribly interesting

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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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