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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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (14698) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Hazy pale golden/yellow beer with a huge white head. Fruity aroma, perfume, citrus, grapefruit, spicy notes, bitter. Fruity flavor, grapefruit, citrus, perfume, lemongrass, hoppy bitter, dry, crisp, wheat notes. Fruity citrus finish with grass and lemon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Criterium Ale
Date: March 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Wrecking Bar
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: hazy gold, fine white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, citrus, orange, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, up front balancing bitterness, fruity, earthy, lingering bitter finish
Overall: quite bitter but I like it
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Copper/gold pour, white head. Aroma is loaded with wheat, crackery notes and nice citrus hops. Flavor is much hoppier than I expected with some wheat/caramel malt notes. Good summer drinker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 24, 2012
Flöska @ KingCecil’s birthday party. Unclear golden. Sweet fruity yeasty alco pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, fruity citrus piney and wheaty, some yeast, some alcohol. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10228) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle… Hazy golden ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Although the aroma is restrained, I’m able to pull some nice citrusy, grassy and Euro-hop notes from my glass. Light to medium-bodied and ultra-fizzy. The well-balanced flavor presents citric hop bitterness, crunchy wheat malt, smooth bread malt and light clove. Finishes crisp, moderately bitter, and then bone-dry. Cleanly brewed. Since the bouquet doesn’t really come into play for me, I could drink this straight from the bottle at the beach... daily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10169) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (10105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a cloudu golden with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, wheat, white wine and orange peel. Flavour of bitter orange peel, citrus, wheat, yeast and slight spice - very dry. More flavourful than your average wheat ale. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gnoff (8937) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle shared @ Timo’s/tkrjukoff’s CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Hazy yellow color, white head. Sweet, grape, yeast scent. Yeast, spicy, apple taste. Very spritzy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Spicy, choriander, orange, dry, hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8759) - 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7831) - 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.

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