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Grey Lady - Cisco Brewers Inc.

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173 Reviews
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Reviews: 173
Hads: 660
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 35.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 130 | 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: 173 | Hads: 660
Photo of PSUDREW
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice Golden color, with a little bit of head that doesn't hang around. no lacing to speak of
S: Spicy & citruss. finish off dry and grassy
T: Very lively up front. It actually reminds me of a homebrew made with Mountain Dew (In a good way!) Lemon/citrus mix is there. Almost like lemonade. Finishes with a yeasty/spicy taste
M: light. perfect for summer
D: not supper high, but you can hang your hat on this for a while

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, wheat, and fruit.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus fruits, yeast, and wheat.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very easy to drink witbier. Some nice citrus, lemon smell and taste. Would try again.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass in two parts.

Appearance: Deep yellow in color. Not much much showing through the bottle. Rather fizzy, no head formation.

Aroma: Lots of lemons and lemonade here. Not subtle, but very tart. Not much in terms of coriander or any other traditional wit flavors.

Taste: The lemonade notes dominate the front. Very strong and very tart. The finish is clean, with just a tad of astringency.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and strongly carbonated. Nice and crisp for the summer.

Drinkability: With a low ABV and a crisp mouthfeel, I think is ideally suited for knocking back a couple in the warm heat.

Overall, an interesting, lemony witbier. Not what I would expect, but definitely worth trying out. The lemon character is the stand out feature in my mind.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Got this bottle from jdiddy in the recent Heavy Metal BIF, paired with King Diamond's "Welcome Home". It pours a hazy golden straw capped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, wheat, coriander, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, cardamom, coriander, light wheat, orange peel, and a tiny stab of hoppy bitters. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and crisp, refreshing feel. Overall, a tasty, understated wit, a very nice summer quaff. Get some!

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a very cloudy, straw, dull yellow. Pours with a one-inch eggshell head.

S: Citrus (orange and lemon) really dominate the smell. Some coriander and other spices play behind the citrus flavors.

T: Interesting. This is like a sour beer, but without the sour. Lots of orange and lemon citrus flavors with just a faint taste of wheat. Kind of like a light hefe with orange juice added or something. Barely a beer.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. It drank fairly easily.

D: Interesting. I drank this "beer" following a run, so the light and refreshing nature of the beer kind of hit the spot. But at the same time, it missed on several levels. So this wasn't bad and I would drink it again, but not really my favorite either.

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Photo of selecter70
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sadly the bottle, as in many cases, does not live up to the draught. A hazy pale yellow pour with white 1/4" inch head but sticky lace. The aroma lends to its witbier nature, with yeast. lemon and pepper. The flavor likewise offers this up in a bright, bubbly but not too thin or light-bodied way. Clean and a bit creamy, this is a lovely summer beer, and not an IPA as my buddy thought (since it was called an ale!).

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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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Photo of gfreed
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pine-Sol color... er, i mean, somewhat dark lemonadish in color with a loose and fluffy head that was rather difficult to generate. Oranges dominate the aroma, followed by lemons and some pepper, plus some floor polish-- the lemon kind, of course. Nice stream of bubbles in the glass, too. A real battle in the taste between the oranges and the lemons. The oranges come out on top, but not in a good way. Very little evidence of yeast or any real beer flavor: this is mostly a citrus cooler. And the beer is surprisingly flat given the bubbles. It tastes more like an orange rickey than beer-- just add ice, a swimming pool, a cheap novel and a humid afternoon. Blahblah. Pass.

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Photo of brianjay
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The local paper labeled this as one of the landmark new England beers. Alright, let's see if this should represent my proud, beer-swilling homeland:

I poured this into a large, opened mouth glass to give it the proper Belgian Witbier-style presentation it deserves. The body was a hazy gold, looking to be full of carbonation from the bubbles inside. The head was also bubbly, airy and white.
Promising smell of citrus notes. The taste came off as overwhelmingly tart with a slight lemon-pepper peaking out. The texture was grainy and oily as it slipped over the tongue.

It looked lively and bright, but it ended up tasting quite stale and leaving a strange aftertaste. Maybe there is something wrong with this particular bottle. All and all, a little disappointed if this is suppose to represent New England beers.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dav05Gua for sharing
Appears slightly hazy, pale yellow with an off white head.
Smells of citrus, light hops and light sweet malt.
Taste is wheat, coriander, citrus.
Light in body with above average carbonation.
A decent attempt but not really fulfilling a good witbier.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with little head and no lacing. Smells flowery even more than the citrus and juniper berry. Taste is very flavorful and a tad spicy. More floral notes. Definitely had the delicate characteristics of a Belgian beer. Mouthfeel is carbed and light. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jdrury245
4.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours cloudy, light blond/yellow color, light bubbly head.

S - Clean and citrus/lemon/orange. I can smell the coriander which gives it that citrus note.

T - Has a hefe fizziness. Clean lemon flavor with hints of sweet malts progressively after the citrus taste.

M - Thin and fizzy yet milky or silky.

D - Great session beer. I am not a fan of wheat beers and this one impressed me. Great well balanced beach beer : ).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Split a bomber of this with a friend, the pour was a hazy gold with only the smallest amount of head. Closer to the wit then the belgian.

S - The smell of this beer is a strange mixture of belgian yeast and the light cinnamon spice from a witbier. It's not really pleasant, but it certainly is different.

T - The taste is actually quite good, the beer hits the tongue as a witbier and ends with the spice of the belgian yeast. It's a strange mix and not as good as most Belgian IPA's but I'll give points for inventiveness.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, clean for a witbier which makes this something that could be an easy session beer with the low abv.

An interesting concept that isn't quite my style, but a very interesting new interpretation of a wit.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cisco Brewers 8/5 Logan Airport
This beer pours a cloudy light straw color, no head and barely any lacing to speak of. Nose is clean crisp whiffs of yeast and wheat with an ample amount of banana and clove. Taste starts smooth wheat, grains and spices (clove and corriander) fill the middle, and the finish is flavors of banana and apple. Light bodied, high carbonation, crisp feel with a nice clean finish. This is a highly sessionable summertime beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed yellow with a thin bubbly head.

The smell is of herbal/earthy spicing with some coriander/pepper and a hint of orange peel.

The taste is sweet, slightly fruity, turning malty and bready with a slight tart character. It finishes peppery and dry with a slight metallic tinge.

Light-bodied, a bit watery with some sips. Crisp, but could be creamier.

There is some balance, going from sweet-ish to dry-ish. It could be tastier and creamier, but hits general outline of the style. Pouring the last of it made it murky, but didn't improve it. A decent interpretation of the style overall.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat clear (yeast is very compact and clingy on the bottom of the bottle) light golden color with a small head that fades to a slight collar very quickly. This beer is very dark for a wit and also surprised by the lack of foam and subsequent retention.

The smell is much better, lots of coriander, sweet malts and a dull kiwi-esque fruitiness. Yeasty esters are very noticeable once you get the yeast suspended in the beer.

Taste is very different than most wits, I almost get a cinnamon-sugar type flavor here. For some reason it works really well, it tastes delicious. Body is light, and the finish is pretty clean with a lingering coriander spice note. It was very easy to polish off this bomber before I even finished the review, I guess that makes it highly drinkable!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 6/1/2009 (bottle 53degF):

Pours a very clear, very pale yellow colored body, looks like a cider. Small wispy head, white in color, very quickly diminishing. Effervescent aroma once swirled, some citrus and light fruit, like pear. Some funkiness too. Some funky taste, drying. Malty sweet, with a pretty clean finish. Not very flavorful. Waiting to warm. Funky fruity flavors, not my thing.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
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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Photo of hwwty4
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on my last trip to Boston and trekked it back home. Instantly put into my kegerator. I poured a 22oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a dull, murky, gold with just a hint of a off white head that leaves absolutely no lacing and has very crappy head retention. This actually is one of the ugliest beers I've head the pleasure of pouring. The aroma is rather weak. Hints of lemon zest, cardamon, bready yeasts, and just a bit of ripe fruits. The flavor follows suit pretty closely. Ripe apples and pears, cardamon, biscuits, and just a slight tang used from the wheat malt. The mouthfeel is light with a bright carbonation and a bready dryness. I'm rather disappointed that I lugged this back from Boston in my pack instead of buying another bottle of DFH Squall to bring back home.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden color with a short 1/4" head that falls slowly to a thick spotty surface foam.

Smell: wheat, coriander and clove are easy to detect.

Taste: grainy wheat base with a lot of clove, some coriander, and a mellow bitterness. Some pear sweetness and soft citrus shows up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and a bit grainy late. Aftertaste is short but heavy on the clove.

Drinkability: so-so witbier in my opinion, as it needs a bit more pop fromn some citrus and less clove.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wit has an appropriate light, hazy color, but there's not a hint of a head at all, not even a film of white across the top. The nose is appropriately witty--a perfumy combination strong on the citrus orange peel, a little weaker on the coriander, but pleasant. Excellent flavor as well: coriander in abundance, lending a very nice spiciness, together with a very tart bitter orange flavor; secondary flavors include an underlying sweetness and a honey-vanilla fruitiness. It could use some additional carbonation for the mouthfeel, but otherwise it's moderately spritzy.

Tasty wit!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color, quite a bit of yeast in bottom of bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight yeasty nose. Flavor is slight lemon and yeast with some honey at finish. Good on a hot day like today (91). $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with no head and no visible carbonation. Wondering about the age of this bottle.

Dynamite scents. Dug deep in this and got lemon zest, uncooked yeasty pizza dough, a mint-leaf like element, and the scent of raw honey. Nutty as it seems, it is all there.

Decent yeast-like flavors, with some white bread sweetness, some lemon tartness, a hint of bitter green leaf that finishes a bit dry and a little metallic. It's ok.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a dud, as this one was rather flat. Thinner style and swishy in the mouth. Overall, I had no trouble downing this, and was ok with flavors presented, but the structure of the beer was off. There are better ones out there.

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