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Grey Lady - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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173 Reviews
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Reviews: 173
Hads: 661
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 35.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 131 | 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 sethmeister:
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy gold with a small offwhite head. No lace.

Scent is lemons, pears, spice

Taste is lemons, wheat grain, a nice mild yeasty sourness. Ripe pears. Cloves, ginger?, allspice, coriander, anise. Hint of orange peel.

Mouth is dry and light with very fine carbonation. Silky but not creamy.

Very refreshing and crisp yet with some complexity as well. Really love the cookie-like character the anise gives it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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!!!

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Photo of illpass78
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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."

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Wheaty, spicy, floral...no thanks.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of iliasbeshimov
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Simple, pleasant. But nothing great.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Pat_McWilliams
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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5/5  rDev +42%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of juicebox
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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?

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.