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Cigar City Criterium Ale 2012

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Wheat Ale
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
2012 version of the Cigar City Criterium Ale - note: this beer is a different recipe every year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber @ CCB Day. Pours cloudy golden with a good beigish head leaving lace. Aroma is yeasty citric wheaty a bit funky and grassy. Flavor is bitter peppery yeasty funky dry bitter and yet a bit fruity sweet. Finishes bitter dry funky. Interesting, different, quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. My pour is a golden orange color, slightly hazy, with a gentle white froth that leaves a bit of lace down the glass. The wheat and grains in the aroma are cut by the bitter curacao and mellowed with a bit of fruity orange zest. There is definitely a bitterness here that I do not usually get out of wheat beers. It starts out with a basic wheat flavor, with the usual associated sweetness enhanced by a nice orangey zest. The bitterness that comes in has a grassy character to it, and there is a pithy citrus rind flavor at the end. The curacao peel definitely adds a bit of flavor in an interesting way, and it also adds some oiliness to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is mellow and smooth. Overall this is a nice beer, one that I could consume in quantity if handed to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
750 ml bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! Pours a hazy gold with a small, rocky cream-colored head that leaves some lace in the glass. Aroma of grassy and floral notes, straw, cereal, and dried herbs. The flavor is light, with grass, minerals, grains, crackers, and wet straw. Light-bodied, with modest carbonation and a crisp, light mouthfeel. Seems to achieve what it was shooting for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to kiefdog. Poured light gold with a white head. Aroma was Orange, lemon, and sour milk. Flavor was grapefruit, pine, lemon, and Orange. Body was light and fizzy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours cloudy gold with white soapy head. Aroma of hoppy pine and lemon peel. Flavor is much the same. Mouthfeel is light, soft body with high carbonation. Overall, decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Big thanks to both dcschiller and markwise for this one. The 750.mL bottle pours deep gold with dirty white head of foam. The aroma offers up spicy hop notes, orange peel aromatic blooms and some sweet clean malts in the background. The taste is similar with crisp fresh notes of spicy hops and citrus hops sweetened nicely by some smooth sweet maltiness. In the background is a mild sensation of sort of herbally grassy earthiness adding additional depth to the experience. Damn tasty easy drinking hot weather beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of markwise. Thanks Mark! JetsonFest II. Clear golden orange appearance with an off white head. Orange peel, somewhat bitter herbal hoppy, grainy wheat malty aroma. Somewhat citrusy, fairly bitter, herbal/earthy, grainy wheat malty, grassy flavor. Ehhhh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of lemon, spice some lemongrass, touch of orange, slight biscuit and grain. Taste is lemongrass, biscuit, some slight cracker, touch of spicy notes, touch of bread, toffee, finishing fairly bitter. Nicely done, but not a wheat ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 25, 2012
From Markwise! Pours a clear golden-orange color with a white head. Aroma is big on orange and wheat. Sweet with some bitterness, also some orange and chocolate? Thin bodied with a dry, bitter finish. Not bad, but didn’t love the overly bitter nature of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours unclear dark golden amber with a bubbly champagne appearance and bright white head with decent lacing. The aroma brings light yeast notes, almost funk at first and then some sweetness from the wheat style. The flavor starts out sweet almost like candi sugar which then lingers on the tongue for a bit and settles easily on a lighter than normal body for the wheat ale.

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