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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has an aroma that shows off actual wheat malts very well. Coriander is also there, in a subdued manner - and so is orange peel, in an even more subdued manner. This is a delicate style that requires subtlety and nuance (instead of complexity) to hit the realm of greatness...and I'll say it has that light, deft balance just by going from the nose. Just like the nose suggested, this brings those three notes everyone expects from a witbier. Orange peel is a bit bolder compared to the nose, but there's still a nice finishing coriander flavor. Along side general wheat flavors, I'm also tasting some rudimentary saison characteristics like black pepper and sesame seed after a while. Still, the flavors are balanced very well, which is important for this style. My only real niggle is that it feels slightly bulky for a wit - sure, it's dry, but it also has a bit too much presence on the palate. Still, it's well carbonated and refreshing. I expected just another witbier, instead I got a nicely balanced, vaguely saison-esque brew that's every bit as easygoing as it should be.

3.67/5: This cracker is almost perfectly tailored for Florida weather

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Photo of matcris
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Murky lemon-yellow. 1 finger of foamy off white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves a ring on top of the beer. Can't see the carbonation. Nice lacing left.
AROMA: Sweet and a little sour. Yeasty-bready wheat, orange, coriander as advertised.
TASTE: Nice and bready, lots of coriander on the finish. Bitterness is low. Slight pleasant sourness to this beer, but mild. A non descript fruitiness to it, maybe apricot and a little orange.
FEEL: Nice medium carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing beer but not too light in body. A little slick at first dries up in the finish just a little bit.
OVERALL: Quite a nice Belgian style white ale. Would be great on a hot day and still gives you some nice flavor.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep straw producing 2 fingers of white, shortlived, mostly tight head that leaves only a few motes of lace. Aroma has a sour & yet creamy sherbet like sweetness, bready wheat, some coriander with hints lemon & orange, faint pepper & a faint note of sulfur in the background. Taste is spicy & faintly sour, white bread & thin peach pie, strong to coriander, some orange & other citrus with much less of the creamy sweetness of the nose, finishing slightly acidic & peppery & remaining so into the aftertaste where I believe I can still pick up a faint hint of sulfur. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy bodied, creamy but slightly sick on the tongue with a high carbonation level that delivers a very active bite.

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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 ImportBeerHunter33
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy in color. The beer has a nice nose of orange and coriander. A fantastic drink by the pool or outside. Cigar City did fantastic job with this beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours cloudy, gold, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is coriander, lemon, and orange--slight hay at the end. Slightly above average witbier. One I am glad I tried, but will most likely not pick up again.

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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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Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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