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Lava Lake Wit - Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 155
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 18.93%
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 155
Photo of 86sportster883
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful nose on this hazy pale straw Wit. Reminiscent of chamomile tea with wheat and sweet fruit. The taste however was somewhat disappointing. I'm not a real big fan of Wits, but when done right they are quite refreshing. This Wit has an odd spiciness that, combined with the spritzy carbonation, just didn't do it for me. (326 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
2.19/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz can served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color. No yeast visible. It's got a soapy white, one finger head. You'd be hard pressed to differentiate this from a BMC based on appearance alone. Far from appealing.

S - Very, very light floras and citrus notes. Honey and (maybe?) soap. Light spice. Very mild but not unpleasant. Better than I'd thought it'd be.

T - The light floral notes I found on the aroma taste nearly identical to soap. Straight soap.It's hard to find any other notes beyond it. Lemon and bland base malt. Simple and poorly executed. Doesn't even fit the style. Watery. Where's the spice? Where's the yeast?

M - Watery and flat.

D - Why would you even put this on the market? This is the first beer I've had from Crazy Mountain and I'm not impressed. (824 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a golden straw body with a very light haze. Not as unfiltered as I would expect from a wit. Aroma includes some clove and some banana-ish, bubblegummy sweetness. Taste is slightly sweet with some clove notes and maybe even some hefe notes. Not the most perfect interpretation of a wit but pretty tasty and I'm sure agreeable to most. (418 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +5%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light hazy straw colored with a very thin white head. A few occasional bubbles rose from the bottom dancing around the haze. Aroma was slightly wheaty, with a bit of lemon hiding in there. Flavor had a bit of fruit, maybe orange peel? with a little bit of a bitter spice kick at the end. Coated nicely, with just a bit of carbonation. Overall flavor was kinda funky, couldn't place it however, not necessarily bad, just a bit funky. (480 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (983 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of nach0king
2.01/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not to my taste at all. Didn't finish it.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Quite dark and rich for a wit but it had a hint of cloudiness that actually ended up looking appetising.

S: Sweet toffee, burnt condensed milk - really too sweet for a wit. Some weird, industrial/herbal smells, like discount shampoo.

T: Similar to the smell but not as sweet. Some appealing tang at the start but fades out to a mealy-apple aftertaste.

M: Anonymous.

Will not be drinking this again and I'm not likely to seek out others by this brewery. (529 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
3.61/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a clear light golden color with a bit of floral aroma on the nose. Taste was wheat, some orange, a little grainy, and no hop bitterness. For a style that's normally not one of my favorites, this is a pretty nice light/summer brew. (288 characters)

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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.