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Grey Lady | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jamie2dope on 01-09-2008

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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 676
Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer!

A shocking colorless appearance (obviously a tint of gold), with present but rapidly diminishing head and no lacing. Kinda looks like they forgot something.

Smells a ton like lemon juice, and a tad bit like earth. Not at all unpleasant, though it does knock you back.

Tastes not unlike carbonated lemon water. Which is odd for beer, but again, not unpleasant.

I could say the exact same thing about the mouthfeel.

Earns points for the novelty. A fun one to try, but primarily for the novelty points.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My sister brought me a bottle of this back from Boston. Always good to try something that's not available here.

A: Pours a slightly hazed white grape juice color with a thin white head.

S: Lemon and lime upfront with a touch of skunk. Some faint biscuity malt, grass and a touch of coriander as it warms.

T: Pretty mild taste with a touch of citrus zest. Lemongrass, faint lemon juice, a faint wheat tartness, mild green apple and some grassy hops. A mild biscuit malt backbone holds it up. Mouthfeel is definitely a bit watered down but has some tight carbonation that makes this drinkable like crazy.

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at philly bar and restaurant

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head resting on top. Spotty lacing left on the glass while drinking.

Soft scents of peppery spice and coriander. Light citrusy sweetness with orange peel and a thin malt presence.

Snap of soft hops and spice with cracked pepper and coriander. Touches of juicy citrus with pithy orange. Soft cracker/biscuit malts with a thin sweetness. Fairly thin and crisp in the finish.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little watery and transparent on the tongue. This isn't bad, but there's definitely more flavorful and expressive examples of the style out there.

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Photo of speter
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a pale cloudy gold with almost no head. No head means no lace.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast, and a hefty nose of spice: clove, cinnamon, pepper and cardamom come to mind.

T: Spiced dish water. The spices predominate, but the beer is functionally flat right out of the bottle, which kills any pleasure I might have obtained from this.

M: Very watery and flat as a pancake.

O: I am disappointed beyond belief, considering the premium pricing for this. The nose was nice, though. Maybe they ought to go into candle making instead of beer brewing.

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

Got it on tap at the brewery on Nantucket, where it was served in a plastic cup.

A: Hazy yellowish body with a small white head.

S: Faint nose - yeasty spice with a touch of lemony bitterness.

T: Like a very light wheat ale: light wheat up front with some citrus at the back end. Finishes clean, as there's really not a lot of flavor here.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest.

O: Only OK.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of ckgreene
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice and cloudy presentation with a quickly disappearing white head with nice lingering lace. Light nose with a bit of citrus and a light spice character. This beer carries the familiar light and refreshing flavor and mouthfeel but is a little lacking on the expected complexity of a true wit.

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

Poured on tap in Seekonk MA into a wheat ale glass. From notes, consume 10-8-2012.

A very light gold and lemon body, opaque. Thin rising carbonation and managing a white collar throughout drinking. Very nice body color and appearance with the carbonation giving some nice hues throughout the body.

Nose is actually mild corriander (woah I rarely smell that on witbiers), a real nice wheat chewy malt sense, and a nice sense of spritzy character.

Palate hits with a nice lightweight body, but still manages classic malt wheat density. Spritzy carbonation comes with a candy like finish, and a nice minty refreshing action. There's an interesting mint like aftertaste to this.

Overall pretty solid witbier, I am just not drawn to it, but I do like it and could have this again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, lemon-yellow color with a dense, foamy, white head. The nose is heavy of citrus and coriander, with some herbal highlights. Smooth, spicey palate with a lemony backbone. Coriander on the palate after you finish, with a slick finish overall. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Khyber Pass Pub on 8/4/12, served in a tulip.

Pour: Pours a hazy lemon yellow in color. Two fingers white fluffy head.

Smell: Light citrus, some spice, and a wheaty maltiness.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty well. Not much in terms of the spicy clove and Belgian aspects typically found in a wit.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light with a medium amount of carbonation. Goes down quickly

Overall: Enjoyable, but forgettable.

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

12 oz.

Pours a light golden yellow, hazy, with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like sweet lemonade and coriander.

Tastes of sweetish lemon and lemongrass with some white grape, coriander, wheat malt and light tart green apple. All the flavors are very light and subtle.

Medium to light body with light soft carbonation over the tongue.

Strangely drinkable. The flavor is odd, different from other wits I've had. Very easily sessionable and thirst quenching in warm weather. Falls short in the flavor; not the profile but the potency. It feels a little watered down. Otherwise, quite good.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright light/lemon yellow in color. The beer pours with a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat and lemon/citrus.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more intense. Moderate flavors of lemon/citrus along with some lighter notes of wheat.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and very refreshing. This is a sessionable beer and a really good one for a hot summer day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a cloudy pale gold body. nice lacing.

S: peppery zest, clove, pale malts and lemon custard sweetness. earthy hops.

T: this one is very very bland with very mild wheat and pale malts.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. refreshing.

Overall: This one is almost tasteless. It is refreshing but there is almost nothing to say about the flavor.

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

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

S - A lightly spicy aroma of coriander and black pepper with some bready malt.

T - Slightly tart wheat up front with some lemony notes. Coriander and pepper in the middle with a finish of bready malt, light bitterness and lingering zesty lemon notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty standard wit, which is to say that it is lightly spicy, drinkable, and little else. Not great, but if you want something mild and inoffensive it would work.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, color was a dull opaque pastel yellow, with a skim of lasting foam on the surface. Spotty halo of lace dots the glass.

Citrusy lemon orange zest blend, noticeable coriander in the aroma. Light and fresh impression. Taste is similar, citrusy and dry, crisp and lightly tart, dry wheaty aftertaste. Feel is slightly watery, but it's zesty and quenching. Overall enjoyable, and something i'd seek out again in sixer form. Seems tailor made for warm spring and summer afternoons.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Right when I opened and poured this, it jumped out as a summer beer. The color is a yellowish summer looking tint. And the smell has a lemony citrus smell that really is similar to other summer beers.

The carbonation was very present, and it had good retention.

The taste (as many others have said) is very unique. The citrus and herbal taste is not something that you get with a lot beers.
A correander taste was definetly noticable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent enough aroma of coriander, citrus, and some malt.

T: Tasted of coriander, oranges, malt, and a little wheat. The real problem is that this is a somewhat unbalanced flavor. Not bad, but just kind of unfocused.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that's not bad, but doesn't quite rise above the fray.

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Photo of socon67
4.19/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of grannaniwa
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, pale pale yellow to the eye. Aroma is very lemony and sharp -- almost to the point of smelling like Mr. Clean. A layer of spices underpinning the aroma, maybe including cloves.

Thin mouthfeel. Very dry finish slips away quickly. The lemon flavor shoots up into your nose as you sip. Prickly, fine carbonation. Puckery overall, and wholly dominated by the lemons for me. Best part is the mid-palate, right before the sour aftertaste, where some yeasty flavors come through.

Reading other reviews makes me realize I associate the beer's tea-like flavors with the Kombucha my wife buys.

Overall: B-

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Photo of pshorey
4.84/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the strangest beer ever, but I like to think of it as "unique"! Even though I usually drink Barley Wines, Quadrupels and Imperial Stouts, this lighter beer is one of my favorites because it also has so much flavor. It tastes like tea (white or yellow) with lemon and a touch of honey. Doesnt taste like a beer at all, light, pale yellow grey color. Has undertones of coriander, malt, hay and caramel. Earthyness and freshness similar to French Verveine tea. It has very little body, but enough maltyness, fruityness and texture to make it interesting on the palate.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high white head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of lemon citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat. Spices are not very noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily. There’s nothing really special about the taste, but it would make for a nice easy drinking beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found on cask at The Cask Republic in New Haven, CT this special treat was actually a uniquely dry hopped edition featuring Centennial hops over the usual Grey Lady, and the results were quite nice. A cloudy amber color with big white bubbles on top and no lace. The nose detects a polite wheat and toffee combo covered in fruit nougat and mild citrus hop. The flavor is a bit odder with a musty, more herbal hop with orange tea and grassy edges. The hops work nicely to redefine this tried and true Blonde. It definitely grows on you as the must fades and more lemony ideas emerge. It’s medium-light bodied with typical vague carbonation. In the end it is a hit. Well done!

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Photo of pappas
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - straw yellow hazy body with a frothy white head three fingers thick on top. very good lacing and retention on this.

S - coriander, orange peel and belgian yeast dominate the nose.

T - the belgian yeast is very pronounced with orange peel and coriander fighting for attention in the back. finishes with a earthy malt taste thats rather lacking in my opinion.

M - medium bodied with lots of carbonation some twang on the back and side of the tongue from the hops and orange peel respectively.

O - its a pretty good beer. good ideas in there but its just not quite executed well enough.

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.