Thursday, December 24, 2015

Cigar City Florida Cracker

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20Chad9976 (1524) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Witbier is definitely one of the most underappreciated styles in the beer world. There’s a lot to like about them: fruity smell and taste, thirst-quenching and easy-drinking. That describes Cigar City Florida Cracker to a tee. In fact, this beer is so good I’d say it’s one of the best examples of the style I’ve ever had. That it’s available in six-packs of cans and is a year-round offering is pretty amazing. 


I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass. It was canned on 10/15/15 and a six-pack cost $8.99 ($1.50 per can or $0.13 per ounce).

Appearance: Looks like a glass of tepid orange juice. Pale orange body that’s extremely cloudy; some sediment visible some of the time. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which evaporates quickly and completely.

Smell: Strong orange and coriander aroma. Slightly floral. Overall very clean and extremely inviting.

Taste: Orange is probably the predominant flavor, though there’s a nice coriander spice that really comes through on the second half. Body has a light wheat character, though it probably could be dialed up a little. The back end has a slightly dry bitterness that complements the orangepeel and coriander perfectly. Though the palette here is admittedly simple and repetitive, it’s as equally tasty on the last sip as the first.

Drinkability: Now that I live in Florida, this is exactly the kind of beer I want to have on hand at all times. The mouthfeel is – not surprisingly – light and crisp, to match the drinker-friendly taste. It’s refreshing every time it crosses the tongue; which is preferable for a warm climate brew. I am a bit surprised that Cigar City Florida Cracker is 5.5% ABV, since it feels like something lighter. This could be sessioned quite easily, I just wish the same flavor was present in an even lighter brew.

RATING: 9/10