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Lava Lake Wit | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Schmittymack on 09-06-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
178
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
34.88%
 
 
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3
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Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had a few of these Crazy Mountain beers - this was the first that inspired me to actually write a review. Big fan of the execution on these non-traditional adjuncts.

Appearance: hazy yellow, moderate white head/lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Pie crust with mild cherry and orange notes. Really interesting nose and i'm a big fan. More of the same on the palate with a tough of bitter orange peel and more spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, easy to drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, with a quick/small white head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some citrus, nutmeg, cinnamon. The taste is malty, yeasty, citrusy, with some nutmeg/cinnamon. Medium body. Overall, a tasty brew, different take on the style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Hotel glass (half pint, half snifter)
From: Wilbur’s Total Beverage in Fort Collins, Colo.
Price: Part of a variety 6-pack for $9.99
Purchased: May 2, 2013
Consumed: May 2, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a golden clear color with one finger of gray head that dissipated 75 percent within minutes. Very bubbly underneath. Minimal lacing on the sides. Average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled apple, grapes, green tea. I try for more sniffs, but it keeps coming back to apple. Can get some orange rind and tangerine as well. Fruity and refreshing. Also cinnamon and other spices.

Tasted like a mix of apple and green tea. Cinnamon comes in there as well. Reminded me a bit of Apple Jacks cereal. Also lemon grass.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, watery, clean and refreshing finish.

Nice beer for the summer. I may have rated this a bit low.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

A murky yellow body underneath a white head -- then the head recedes to almost nothing. A few spots and one line of watery lacing remain momentarily. Not the best looking beer.

In the nose, chamomile and coriander really come to the front, while orange peel is tucked away in the back. It almost has a minty notion about it, this aroma.

Upon drinking, that minty, spicy notion sits on the taste buds softly. Chamomile in the beginning, grains of paradise later. The tangy orange peel comes into play in the finish, making this a great warm weather drink.

It feels light and carbonated.

Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated. It has some unique flavors that go a long way.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

I'm not sure it was supposed to be a sour beer? It sure is a good one though. It's tart and floral and really very delicious. My favorite from this kind of lackluster mix pack. If I got it again, what would it taste like?

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Photo of Mumbler
3.69/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 10oz goblet with a steady pour
And not a lot of head to show for it. The smell
Is very subtle of chamomile and orange zest. I was
Expecting a little bit more with smell but the taste
Makes up for it in the end. Extremely refreshing and drinkable.
This beer would really come in handy on a hot summers
Day. Lots of orange up front with a slight taste of herbs at the finish.
Overall a good beer in the Wit category.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, oats, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with very solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. No watery feeling at all in the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Ow dear it seems to be filtered not a good sign, still its somewhat hazy bright orange yellow with a 1/2 inch of head that settles very quickly to a thick ring. Very sticky.
S - Smell is less than I expected some orange peel and coriander. Yeast does smell rather sharp and fruity though.
T - Very balanced sharp lemon taste with some orange peel and coriander spice. No hard water taste is nice and has a crisp finish.
M - Light to medium not watery or hard water tasting.

Overall I don't think I will be getting this again it's a weak taste on the style borderline light beer but it does have some flavor. Worth trying for the $1.79 single.

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Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can. Thanks Joe D for the sample

Enjoyed in a tulip, it pours hazed and muddy, with an almost greenish olive oil tint. Large off white head, that stays nicely. Then leaves thick cling and strands of lacing.

Lemons and assorted light citrus on the nose.

Flavorful wit, more oranges, wheat and moderate yeast on the palate.

Hops on the back dry things out nicely. Maybe a bit thin mouthfeel wise

Nothing amazing, but this is a decent tasting, worth trying wit. Suprised by some of the low ratings people have been giving this one

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle with a strange fox-like lady-lizard on the label, this is an incredibly light brew. Hazy and pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is is wit-like, with some spice and a hint of yeast. The taste is moderately dry, with a wheat twang and a firm bitterness that holds the beer together. It's an interesting brew, but not exceptional.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled yesterday on 10/25/15. Comes in a 12-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .25L "KAISER" gold-rimmed glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-amber in color with about a 1-finger white foamy/creamy head. Normal lacing which was spotty that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of grains, floral hops and some spice. Bit more going on with the taste as there are some hints of yeast, biscuit and pale malts also. Pretty smooth for the most part with the floral hops near the finish. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, it was a decent brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of wheat, slight floral hops, hint of sweet malt, earthiness, hint of spice, and slight citrus. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of floral hops, slight earthiness, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of spice. Overall, weak appearance, average aroma and body, but a good feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weisse-vase, the beer is an unfiltered, pale, yellow coloring with a filmy white surface coating. Aromas of bread and grain in the backbone, with citrus sweet highlights and some interesting herbs and spices. Flavors are very well blended, with a smooth, tangy overall character. Roasted bread and grain backbone is highlighted by tangy sweet citrus and a calming smoothness of chamomile. There are some subtle clove and all-spice highlights as well, but everything really marries smoothly. The body has a nice, smooth mid-full feel, which allows the spice blend to linger through a decent aftertaste, transitioning to a slow, smooth finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost a finger of head on a hazy, light straw colored body.
The aroma had a little honey and grain. Faint overall though.
The taste was pleasant if light. The mildest bitter lemon note and a little spice.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not bad.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a cloudy yellow orange that brings a small head of foam. Some lacing.

The smell is kind of weird. I do get some coriander with a hint of cloves, but it has a strange fruity aroma that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste also has the strange taste. .could be lime. It is somewhat distracting and overwhelms the "normal" flavours one expects from a Wit.

Fairly light in body, lively carbonation.

Thanks Jacob for the chance to try it!

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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.24 out of 5 based on 178 ratings.
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