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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2012
Bomber, orange nose, very light body. Hoppy and lightly saisony. Orange finish. Pretty light.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3055) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7807) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Tampa, Fl - Whole Foods - 750 ml capped bottle. Pours a very dark golden with s nice soft white head that leave a bit of lacing. Aroma has some light clove notes, some fresh mowed grass notes.Flavor is very pleasant, some soft spciy notes - saffron comes to mind, a bit of butter, a hint of mint and just a smidgen of citrus. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, Another solid entry from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (5434) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2012
On draft at Cigar City. Pours a typical wheat ale hazy yellow with a big white head. Nose is big hops, wheat, bread, and some citrus with light pepper and citrusy hops. Flavor is similar- hops and plenty in the mild citrus and bread of the wheat ale. Light to medium in body for a style that is usually light in body, and lingering hops in the finish. Nice, refreshing beer.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
This years version pours a dark orange at the bottom of the glass that goes to a lighter version as you go up. Small amount of bright white head is poured. No lacing. Smell is lacking at first, as you let it warm up you get some graininess, wheat, and small amount of orange and grassiness. Nothing huge here. Like with the smell, it took me a while to warm up to this beer. But in the end I wanted more. Small amounts of wheat, grass, bread, and citrus. A nice little hop punch here with bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very crisp. Goes down great. Works well for what it was probably brewed for, a nice refreshing beer after a bike race. I would enjoy this beer again if I had the chance. Great for a summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2810) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - 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

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