Florida Cracker Belgian-Style White Ale (Cigar City Brewing)

Style: Witbier

5.0% ABV

18 IBU’s

OG: 12

SRM: 3

Brewed with: Curaco Peel and Coriander

From: Tampa, FL

Brewer’s Note: “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.”

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The can’s label is a neat old looking map of Florida.  The colors are a little ugly, though the blue highlights work nicely to brighten it up, and the background color is slightly cracker like.  The fonts are a little scratchy, and slightly map like, though not my favorite.  The can is slightly cluttered from all of the things on it, though it keeps a nice level of order.  This can is cool but not quite at the “saving level.”  If I could scrapbook it, though, I would.

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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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3.59/5

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