Grey Lady - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 18.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jamie2dope on 01-09-2008

The name "Grey Lady" comes from the nickname for the often-foggy island on which it is brewed. This hazy, Belgian-style Wit emits a complex nose with sophisticated notes.
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
2.82/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on draft at Vineyard Grille in Logan airport

A: 3: Very cloudy light yellow; no head, inert; traces of lacing
S: 3.5: strong lemon, yeast aroma
T: 2.5: watery and thin flavored; yeast is strong, but not much in the way of hops; malt is quite light
M: a bit dead in the mouth

Not their best.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly, The Grey Lady does have a kind of grey pallor to it ('pallor' used not so much out of artistic license, but more out of commonly misuse). It's golden, but with a dull cast. And the bright white head that rises readily above it makes a nice contrast. The head holds fairly well for the style, and it leaves some minor spots of lace in its wake.

More importantly, Cisco's Grey Lady offers something that many American versions of the witbier style don't - refinement! The nose expresses wheat malt with a hint of coriander. It's far from overly spicy, and it's certainly not tart and fruity, or even chalky with citrus rind or yeast. Rather, there's just a pleasant edge to awaken the nose in an otherwise basic beer. The body is light to medium, as it should be; and the pinpoint carbonation is delicate but effervescent enough to bristle the tongue. The flavor follows suit with the aroma, but there is a bit more fruitiness to it (mainly orange, with some minor lemon). Once again, however, it's kept to a minimum, and it acts as a part of the beer rather than its main focus. It's delicate and refreshing, with just enough residual fruit and spice left in the aftertaste to remind you that you're drinking something just a little bit more interesting than the standard fare. Worth trying. And based on personal experience, a great summer quencher!!!

Photo of illpass78
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip that I'm told is more like a pokal.

Appearance: Pours a semi-foggy yellow with a two-finger bone white head. Lots of bubbles. Some lacing on way down. Nice looking beer.

Aroma: Citrus, coriander, spices, lemon, wheat are all present.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, but is slightly more subdued than I'd expected. It's kind of light and easy on the palate. Citrus and coriander come forward as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light. Summery. I'd like a wee bit more body from a witbier, but not a deal breaker.

Overall: Nice little number from Cisco. Yet another beer I'd hand to Blue Moon Guy and be like, "Guy, try this instead."

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wheaty, spicy, thanks.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy pale gold color with a small white head. A pleasant citrus aroma, some fresh hay. Lemon taste, a bit of malt, then the beer just flattened out. Really blah mouthfeel, very bland. Not a very good wit. I won't be tryin this again.

Photo of iliasbeshimov
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Simple, pleasant. But nothing great.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mini growler pour from the good ole boys at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- This one pours a clouded yellowy/pineapple juice shade of tastyness. White head stuck around for quite a bit and then went to a moderate collar, low sheeting and respectable bits of lacing.

S- Lemon and more lemon in the nose

T- I love a nice citrus infused and crisp Wit and this one does nit disappoint. Loads of more citrus, mostly lemon, and some gooey pineapple notes as well. Yeasty, citric, wheaty. Refreshing and quite enjoyable stuff.

M- Yeah it feels good in my mouth

D- Nice wit, clean, crisp and well worth a try

Photo of Homebrew35
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy two finger white head. This dissipates to a thin ring of lacing only, kind of disappointing. Smells of a big belgian, La fin du monde esque. Clove, banana, more ripe fruit, pears. Tastes pepery, light crystal sweetness, some banana, clove, cinnamon maybe. Thin thin bodied, medium carbing. A touch of lingering hop bitterness. Overall this is descent, very easy drinking and refreshing. Nice smell and good taste but the body hurts this quite a bit. I will pick this up again on a hot hot summer day and drink ice cold. $1.89 a single.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw like the sun trying to burn its way through an early morning fog. The head is surprisingly thin for a wit. Smell: Perfumey and spicy, citrus, white bread, traces of banana and wheat. Taste: Spicy, ginger, orange, wheat, hint of banana. Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A northeast witbier eh? Hazy clouded bright yellow sunshine golden with a bright white head flowing thick. Leaves behind fine even lacing down the sides of my pint glass. First smell I can tell there's citrus peel and coriander but the yeast notes override the spice with nutty/bready notes from their house yeast. Let me try my first swig from these guys. Like a spiced citrus coriander smoothie, what's going on is there cream and chammomile in this. It tastes like I added heavy cream to herbal tea. Wow the flavor is wilded one of the heaviest citrus/spice/creamy texture wits I've ever come across it lands in the WTF segment of my palate. When you burp have people stand back it hits with citrus fury and coriander cantor from your nares and stomach. What's up with beer labels and ugly mermaids, I've seen a couple this year, think Coronado and maybe one other. Overall it's like a coriander/cream based/citrus peel smoothies as you get thru each sip each one becomes more enjoyable but as a whole from the years of drinking different witbiers this is still a WTF experience?

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bukowski’s in Boston.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of wheat twang and lemon peel. Also present are faint amounts of musty hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malts up front are joined quickly by good amounts of lemon peel. Midway through the sip slight wheat twang and hints of breadiness come into play before earthy and slightly musty hops carry through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer and one that’s easy to drink in the warmer months. Worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grey Lady is a clouded pale gold color or, more accurately, sort of dusty near-medium yellow. The off-white head is sparse, peaking at just under half a finger of big-bubbled froth and leaving spotty lacing while leaving a layer atop the beer for the duration.
The spiciness is prominent in the smell, sort of an allspice and cardamom before a light hint of sweetness coming from the yeast kicks in to add a touch of banana and something like pear. The earthiness expected is there, and some lemon under dry wheat.
The flavor is likewise spiced, though a distinctive note of something like bergamot makes itself known, and I wonder if that's intentional. Otherwise it's very floral and perfumy, while the wheat sets the foundation and a lemony twang comes out front. more Belgian character would do this beer some good, but it's far from bad.
It's got a little more spritz than crispness, but it does have a nice running dryness with a spicy bite on the tongue, and it's fairly smooth as well.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly to small bits of foam on the top.

S: I get the smallest hint of citrus and wheat, but mostly its smells quite bad. It sort of smells like a dirty sock. It does not make me want to take a sip whatsoever.

T: Better than I though based on the smell. A bit of the citrus comes through, but overall there just isn't much. I am just glad the sock smell is not prevalent on the flavor profile.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just not good. Not going to finish this one, and don't normally pour beers out. I doubt it is too old since I got it in MA, but its possible.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber > stella glass

Wicked fizzy and noisy from the carbonation. slightly hazy, yellow-gold with a jazzy, bubbly head...totally white and thin.

the aroma is of tart banana's and lemmon zest in the yeast. slightly soapy that does not pop out in the aroma. Dry wheat and citrus.

this is a very crispy wheat and citrus zest upfront, more citrus than wheat or herbs. Very clean and bold, not complex, the yeast is only slightly complex with just not enough wheatie effects or dry finish for my taste. the very light jazzy feel never really mellows.

The yeast could be more flavorful but it's a good one for summer!

Photo of Stigs
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz pour at Draft in Boston, served in a standard pint glass

A - hazy beer, very light gold in color. one finger of loose sudsy white foam sits atop for at least half of the drink before fadding to a thin film and ring.

S - very fruity...sweet candied oranges and lemon peel, Froot Loops come to ming. finished by some zesty wheat and grains.

T - starts off with juicy oranges spiked with lemon zest...a light amount of spice kicks in the second half, along with somewhat bland grains, wheat.

M - dull, almost lifeless watery body. low amount of carbonation.

D - i keep drinking these yet i dont know why, not my style. this one though was very uninspired and plain.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a short, bubbly, white head that fades quickly; lots of carbonation bubbles

S - lemon, straw, mildly tart

T - lemon lime soda, banana, straw, bubblegum, faint coriander

M - very crisp, carbonation bubbles all over my palate, too carbonated, light bodied

This isn't a bad beer, but it has its imperfections. The yeast seems to be the best part. It's fruity and offers a bubblegum note. The spices are absent save for the mild coriander. There are better Witbiers out there, but this was good once.

Photo of socon67
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellow and pale, with visible carbonation and some white foam. Smells of lemongrass, honey, and earthy spices including cinnamon nutmeg, and corriander.

Taste is noticeably spicy, with a slight lemon tartness. This is a very sessionable beer that is light bodied but has plenty of complex flavors. I will keep an eye out for this. A fun spring\summer beer from Cisco.

Photo of tempest
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Abe's. This beer is oddly tart, and based off the huge head, I wonder if there might be a slight infection. Aside from the too-sharp lemon character, there's a distinct wheat dough aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel is of here, but this has the makings of a nice wit.

Photo of pappas
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is a small liquor shop down the street I grabbed a 22oz bottle of Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers (Nantucket) from tonight and thought I'd post my first review.

The beer poured nicely into my glass with a goldenrod color, a little haze, and a thin head. The appearance reminded me of a late summer afternoon in a field of wildflowers.

The beer smelled sweet and slightly floral.

The taste was citrusy, crisp, and refreshing. It was a light bodied ale that I wouldn't mind drinking in the Spring and Summer.

The beer was very smooth, with a crisp fruity (citrus) aftertaste. The carbonation was light and aided in the beer's crispness.

I really enjoyed this beer. I am attempting to expand my beer palate and not just stick to one style. I will definitely look out for more beer by this brewery.

Photo of jmerloni
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Quite a pale hazy yellow with just a little head that doesn't retain very well. I give this a 4 only because it's a color I've never quite seen before in a beer. It is very light, but it still looks credible. Hazy and unfiltered.

S - Yeasty, orange, vanilla notes, light spices like sage maybe or coriander.

T - Bready citrusness with a little bit of lemon peel. Lightly spiced, hardly recognizable really. Pretty good flavor.

M - Pretty light and very buoyant and airy. Air pockets fill the mouth with every sip which has a lot to do with the high carbonation. Could be less carbonated, but I think it's what Cisco's going for. Very dry.

D - Very drinkable. I could drink these all night. Very sessionable and pretty consistently pleasant. This is the first beer I've tried from Cisco, who I've heard great things about, and I am excited to try more soon.

Photo of wolvercote
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Superb. Great tasting witbier. Firmly in the rotation

Photo of BMWiens
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a bit cloudy, with no head on my pint from the bartender.

Faint aroma, a bit spicy and wheaty.

Taste has obvious coriander - not too much, but quite obvious. Leads to an earthy taste, a bit spicy, but not too much. Citrus also shows up with the strong wheat flavor.

Not a bad beer for the summer.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One of my favorite bottle labels around - classic and informative.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with immense white foam. Very fizzy, as opposed to creamy and thick. Quick working and short lived.

Smells tarty wheat. More citrus, less hefe.

Taste opens wheaty/chalky, but progresses to a citrus bent. Aftertaste reverts to the wit. Some lemon in there. Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Holds flavor well throughout. Very drinkable, solid brew.

Photo of dfclav
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a golden straw yellow with a little over a finger head and active carbonation that doesn't do much for keeping the head. Looking like an AAL more than a wit.

S - nope, it's thankfully a wit. Smells strongly of lemon and clove with a touch of coriander thrown in there. 

T - pretty mild, but notes of lemon and peach more noticed then anything else. No real hop twang or bite but herbal hops play a pretty big role. 

M - feel pretty spot on for a wit. Light, refreshing, and well carbed. Fairly weak finish though.

O - it's decent for what it is. If you want a wit i'd recommend you try it. Plenty of better beers but I wouldn't turn it down if I was offered it again.

Photo of brandoneast
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with a nice crown of foam. The best smelling witbier I've ever experienced - coconut, piña colada, pineapple, orange marmalade, ripe almost green banana, candy orange slices with raw sugar, lemon zest, and a bit of spice from the cardamon. Tart fruity esters with light cracker crust reminiscent of lemon meringue pie with a thinner than expected mouthfeel. I shared this amongst friends and wish I had more. Seek this out.

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.