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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bomber. Pours a clear, light orange with a tall frothy white head. Aroma is of grainy malty with orange peel. Taste is light crisp at first with the bitter orange peal most apparent. The grainy wheat shows up next with a very pleasant light maltiness. The sweetness is not sugary at all, but maintains a "yellow grapefruit" pleasantness. The beer finishes with an outstanding hoppiness, bordering on metallic. Carbonation is medium. Texture is water. Body is medium. The progression of tastes across each mouthful leads to a craving for another sip. There is a trend on these sites to rank "big" beers higher than offerings that are lighter. Obviously, this should not be. The beer establishes a unique profile, bringing together the light sweetness of a kolsch, the smoothness of a wit, and the hoppiness of an pale ale. It is interesting and tasty. Good job CCB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pari6819 (55) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Wonderful hoppiness to this beer. It makes it transcend some of the trappings of blandness and lack of dimension that I find sometimes will hit lesser wheat beers. The presence of Curacao in this adds gorgeous bright citrusy flavors. I think this is a fantastic drinking beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2012
Draft @ CCB - orange, lots of it. Plenty of bitterness that borders on pithy astringency, yet works well with the tart and doughy wheat. Very easy to drink and has a full flavor even though it has a light mouthfeel.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours hazy pale golden with a huge frothy offwhite head that slowly dissipates while leaving lots of trace on the glass. Smell is tiny sweet, tiny sour and slightly perfumelike with crackers, orange peal, cloves, mango, pineapple, lemon juice, lemon zest, plums, green grapes, white pepper and very subtle hints of dry soil, hay and barnyard. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and tiny sour with grapefruit juice, lemon zest, orange zest, pineapple, mango, cloves, fresh grass, dry soil, pine, grape zest, peppery dry wood, plum zest, pineapple, passion fruit and crackers. Mouthfeel is crisp, extremely carbonated, champagne-like and light bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with grass, pine, orange peal, lemon peal, dry soil, plums, grapes, pineapple and mango. Very fresh, refreshing and good. A very pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
(Bottle) Pours cloudy yellow orange with a big white head. The aroma holds fresh bright citrus, light tropical, nettles, mild perfume, touch of flowers, mild clove-like phenols, white bread and wheat. The flavour is light sweet to dry, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of citrus, perfume, wheat, nettles, bread and a touch of phenols. The mouthfeel clean and soft with a medium carbonation. Citric and bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
I thought this was a very nice and light ale with crackery wheat like malts a refreshing citric hops. Easy drinking, fine carbonation, excellent Florida beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks to Lee for the bottle. Pours a golden pour with a big white head. Big noble hop, orange citrus aroma. Taste is smooth clean wheat malt with lots of noble hops, citrus. Really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2012
shared 750ml bottle. pours a hazy orange with a 1+ finger white head. citrus nose with light wheat. med body - nice carbonation - citrus body with some earthy bitterness. soft throughout. sweet / citrus / bready finish with lingering citrus bitterness.

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