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Lava Lake Wit - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 36.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Schmittymack on 09-06-2011

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and a good amount of muddled spice and herbal aromas. Taste is exactly the same with a mild spice bitterness that lingers on the palate with each sip. There is also a yeast and slightly soapy flavor that emerges as the beer warms up. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and fairly thin mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer where it matters but the mouthfeel is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some lacing on a relatively bright golden clear body.

S: mild lemon and orange peel citrus, musty grains and pale malts. a little medicinal

T: very light with pale malts, light lemon sweetness, grains finishing with an almost 7up or champagne sweetness.

M: light body and relatively light caerbonation, definitly under carbonated

Overall: drinkable but the flavor isnt that impressive, its undercarbonated and not at all memorable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i didnt like this one at all at first, but it really grew on me by the time i got through the 6pack. pours a hazy very light straw yellow with an average white foamy head. smells really yeasty, a bit of fruit and corriander. flavor is anything but conventional or true to style. the chamomile really comes to the fore, which is too tea-like for a beer, but its totally different. orange peel leaves a nice bitterness that merges with the hops in the finish. feel isnt bad, light and refreshing summery beer feel, good carbonation and sessionable if its not too herby for you. overall not as good as their amber i dont think, but a really new take on a wit, which i have to say i enjoyed trying.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with a good deal of bubbliness. It had a two-finger off-white head of foam that left sudsy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of coriander, spices, yeastiness and wheat.

T - Lemon, coriander, spice and cracked wheat. There is a touch of yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied wit. Dry finish.

O - This was good. I had never heard of Crazy Mountain so I picked up this can while in MN.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Musty, sour malt with a touch of sweet coriander in the background.

T - Dry, grainy malt up front with a hint of honey in the middle. Finishes with a. Strong herbal note of coriander and a bit of chamomile.

M - A moderately light body, fairly low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but way too light and with a kind of over the top coriander presence in the aroma. However, I do like the touch of chamomile in the finish and I think if it had a thicker body and proper carbonation it might be a pretty decent example of the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this can!

Now, the fish that live in a lake of lava are actual matches for fishermen... Anyway, this stuff pours a partly hazy pale lemondrop topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises apple pie filling (cinnamon and all), light cracked wheat, and a kiss of extra coriander. This is a bit odd to me, but still pretty pleasant. The taste makes a return to a more traditional witbier vein with notes of cracked wheat, coriander, light black pepper, light clove, light banana, and a touch of orange peel. There's still some spikes of mild apple flesh in there, too, but they're downplayed here. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly crisp finish. Overall, despite the spice rack ala mode sort of presentation, this was a pretty nice little wit. I'm not sure it'd be the first I'd reach for (were that a reality), but I certainly wouldn't turn another one down.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, lemon and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong lemony citrus flavor followed by some wheat and light malt breadiness. There’s a touch of spice and a very faint hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but watery, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling not filling at all, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden, lightweight beer. Modest foam but pleasant enough carbonation on the tongue. Peculiar herbal smell.

I was baffled with the taste. But I still have bad memories of a Rogue chamomile beer and sure enough, that's the surprise taste. The brewers didn't totally overdo the chamomile, so if you like the flavor at all, it won't bother you. To me, it seems like a way to spoil a rather delicate wheat flavor.

Attractive, well-made beer with quite a tanginess. Faint bitter touch but no flavor of hops. Medicinal aftertaste. From a six-pack bought at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

For a wheat beer, it is stunning how little head is present. Settles quickly to only rim bubbles. The little lace there slides down the glass quickly, leaving nothing. The brew is straw in color with no cloudiness. Frankly, it's disappointing.

Sweet, like Kool-ade. No wheat smell. I do smell some "apple", which I'm not sure where that comes from. Disappointing, again.

Cider sourness is the strong flavor I identify. This is not a Wit from my perspective. The body is decent with an appropriate, if elevated, carbonation level. If this were a cider, I might be fooled. For a Wit, this is a clear miss.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, oats, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with very solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. No watery feeling at all in the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.14/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was another beer from blargimus that got set aside and glossed over between a backlog of bottles and the onslaught of the school year. I do not take full responsibility for the delay in review, however, as one of the major tenets of The CANQuest (TM) is that no beer is to be reviewed without an approved picture in place. The accompanying pic is mine, but the lead-time for approval is much longer than it used to be and so I set the CAN aside. All is now well.

From the CAN: "A beer brewed with spices"; "Get Crazy"; "This Ale is our take on a classic Belgian Wit. To make this wit unique, we add un-malted wheat, rolled oats, two varieties of classic European hops, chamomile, curacao orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and a rare yeast strain from the Old Country. This is a brew that [CAN] be enjoyed both on the slopes or on the beach."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beautiful Vail Valley"; "Preserving Rivers Where We Live [-] 1% of all proceeds from sales go toward Eagle River Watershed Council."

The Crack and inverted Glug went off without a hitch, producing a foamy finger of bone white head with reasonable retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow which left me curious as to whether I might have left any lees in the CAN. I had agitated it as best I could before the Crack and left some liquid in the CAN to CANtinue to agitate, but that is what I got. Nose had a flowery, perfume-y smell, like they might have overdone it with all of the ingredients of which they were so proud. It was tough to distinguish what one adjunct had produced as opposed to another. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and the taste had a flowery, perfume-y spiciness that I just could not get behind. I think that it may have been the chamomile that I really disliked. Finish was semi-dry and slightly spicy, but it just had the mish-mash quality of a witch's brew - throw in everything and see what results. I was not pleased by the result, but I will also say that Wits are not really my style of choice, either. I will leave it to you as to whether you want to give this a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Thanks Joe D for the sample

Enjoyed in a tulip, it pours hazed and muddy, with an almost greenish olive oil tint. Large off white head, that stays nicely. Then leaves thick cling and strands of lacing.

Lemons and assorted light citrus on the nose.

Flavorful wit, more oranges, wheat and moderate yeast on the palate.

Hops on the back dry things out nicely. Maybe a bit thin mouthfeel wise

Nothing amazing, but this is a decent tasting, worth trying wit. Suprised by some of the low ratings people have been giving this one

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Where I live, I can only dream of a white Christmas. But in the world of beer, dreams of a white Christmas are a reality. Enter the witbier style, and while it's still a few days before Christmas, it's close enough for me. Here's my white Christmas, brought to me by Crazy Mountain. On to the beer:

Not much life in the appearance, as the beer is a paler yellow color with some tiny bubbles running through the body, and a short lived head which drops to barely a lace. I hope it get better. A few whiffs of the aroma, and I repeat to my myself, I hope it gets better. It smells okay, with faded orange peel, flowers, scented soap. Please get well.

The name Lava Lake conjured images of a lake that was formed as a result of lava millions of years ago. As a beer, it's a watery witbier with little inspiration. The chamomile adds a uniqueness per style, though that's the highlight. It feels watery, tastes watered down, and while it does have a refreshing aspect, I'd much rather conform to Hoegaarden or even Blue Moon.

Crazy Mountain has made a witbier that did not interest me, which itself is crazy. Thank goodness that alcohol is a by-product provided.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An interesting twist on the Witbier.

Pours a light golden, some amber tints. Low white head, but my glass wasn't to type.

Aroma is a unique one for a wit. Spicy-yes. Zesty-yes. It has a nice hint of floral spice. the grain of paradise and chamomile blend oddly, but not badly. Provides a hint of sweetness, but not really. Beer finishes dry and is easy drinking. A sharp grain bite got me about halfway through. Didn't seem all that light at that moment, but it vanished
Some tweaks here and there can make this an excellent summer beer. As it is, it's pretty doggone quenching.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a Logsdon chalice.

Appearance - Bright yellow hazy body. Big white fluffy head. Well-retained. Wispy on the surface when it settles.

Smell - Lots of spice. Coriander is the only one I can really distinguish. Lots of wheat, too.

Taste - Something like cinnamon right at the start. Strange. Grainy wheat flavor midrange and a spicy bite at the end. No real depth. Mostly spice.

Mouthfeel - It's light and crispy. Easy drinking, if low in flavor. Funny aftertaste, though.

Overall - No better than any other wit out there. Way over spiced, but it does make the nose interesting.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weisse-vase, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, yellow coloring with a filmy white surface coating. Aromas of bread and grain in the backbone, with citrus sweet highlights and some interesting herbs and spices. Flavors are very well blended, with a smooth, tangy overall character. Roasted bread and grain backbone is highlighted by tangy sweet citrus and a calming smoothness of chamomile. There are some subtle clove and all-spice highlights as well, but everything really marries smoothly. The body has a nice, smooth mid-full feel, which allows the spice blend to linger through a decent aftertaste, transitioning to a slow, smooth finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The LavaLake Wit has a interesting twang to it. The beer poures an clear yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes a lemon zest with hints of grass. The taste has an acidic flare to it with lemon and blood orange seemingly dominating the taste. The mouthfeel is average....lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is not a good wit and I would not go seeking to have this beer again....It should also be known that I'm not a huge Wit fan.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, some citrus. Taste is also sweet, mild, some citrus, a bit of apple, kind of unusual for the style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a cloudy yellow orange that brings a small head of foam. Some lacing.

The smell is kind of weird. I do get some coriander with a hint of cloves, but it has a strange fruity aroma that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste also has the strange taste. .could be lime. It is somewhat distracting and overwhelms the "normal" flavours one expects from a Wit.

Fairly light in body, lively carbonation.

Thanks Jacob for the chance to try it!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on January 26, 2013

The color is a kind of olive oil yellow, cloudy and hazy, with a moderate fizzy white head that settles down.

The aroma goes in many directions with wheat, oats, yeast, lemongrass, citrus, brown sugar, and a little spice.

The body is creamy with a light -medium texture.

The key elements in the taste are the wheat and the citrus with a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Very interesting anyway.

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Photo of pat61
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can poured into a shaker glass. Appearance: Hazy straw, 2” foam cap dissipates to ¼” film Smell: has a very spicey nose that approaches perfumey. The orange peel is very strong as is the coriander and the grains of paradise. There is some chamomile in there contributing to the perfumey quality.Taste: This beer has a lot added into it for as light as it is. Along with all the spice it’s almost like an orange lemon juice was added. Mouthfeel: Overall: This is a fun beer that borders on a shandy – all the additions overwhelm the beer base. For balance it could use some hops or tartness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Ow dear it seems to be filtered not a good sign, still its somewhat hazy bright orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that settles very quickly to a thick ring. Very sticky.
S - Smell is less than I expected some orange peel and coriander. Yeast does smell rather sharp and fruity though.
T - Very balanced sharp lemon taste with some orange peel and coriander spice. No hard water taste is nice and has a crisp finish.
M - Light to medium not watery or hard water tasting.

Overall I don't think I will be getting this again it's a weak taste on the style borderline light beer but it does have some flavor. Worth trying for the $1.79 single.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.72/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

On tap at Crazy Mountain Brewing in Edwards, CO. This was by fat the worst beer I tasted at the brewery and possibly one of the worst I've ever tasted. Also odd that their description was "wild fermentation", not sure if that means brett or open fermentation or what. Color was pretty much spot on for a wit, looked like a hazy yellow. Aroma was bad, smelled nothing like a wit, just gross. Flavor was terrible, offensive, I could not take more than two sips and I can;t even describe what I was tasting, rotten flowers? It was like no wit I have ever had nor that I wish to taste again. I am surprised at how many of Crazy Mountain's beers I have had that are just awful.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Crazy Mountain's Lava Lake Wit a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. I was in the mood for a Witbier and I thought I would take a chance on this one so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A_ The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a nice a yellow color that took on more of a brighter yellow color when held to the light with a fingers and half worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with some grainy. biscuit and pale malt aromas being the first to show up and it's followed by the spices with chamomile seeming to show up the most. Towards the end comes some citrus like aromas with a little bit of lemon zest coming through. This beer had a decent aroma, but it wasn't as true to style as I would like.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with those same malts that I got in the aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by a slight doughy yeast and wheat flavor. Up next comes the spices which imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chamomile still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the same lemon zest aspects that I got in the aroma with pretty much no bitterness with a citrusy aftertaste that was just a little watery. It's a decent tasting beer, but it still isn't as true to style as I would like.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an Ok beer and I thought it wasn't a great example of the style because it seemed to not stay true to the style, but it didn't taste bad, it just tasted more like a Saison than a Witbier. This beer had decent drinkability, i could drink a couple, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that it wasn't too true to style. I might buy this beer again if I'm in the mood for it and I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't get it if I was looking for a good and true to style Witbier. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either, it kind of fell right in the middle. It's now my least favorite beer from this brewery and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost a finger of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma had a little honey and grain. Faint overall though.
The taste was pleasant if light. The mildest bitter lemon note and a little spice.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.