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

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Added by Schmittymack on 09-06-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
18.32%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jodio
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of D1noB
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very flowery and maybe citrus ginger baby after taste.

Taste Rating in Words: You look over and see those two people at the party that just shouldn't be near each other they are both a little toasty and next thing you know you're watching a sloppy mess.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of breardon1776
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of minterro
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taologic
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CO-Bloom
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really want to like these guys - they grew like crazy, which is a great small business story - have a pretty cool setup in Edwards and a really nice staff at the brewery - but I have been vastly disappointed by 95% of all their beer. This is possible the worst of the lot that I have had...

L- look is fine, I agitated the last 5th of the can and got a nice cloudy, light-orange.
S- Smells like lemon hand soap with faint yeast spices.
T- unfortunately lemon zest soapiness shows up here. And I also get chamomile coming through, which I find off-putting. I barely get any of the Belgian yeast as the additives are franking gross and distracting, at least in this execution. It truly taste like a soapy, lemon tea to me - not good.
F- doesn't have the creamy body I want from a yeasty, fruity wheat beer (Odell Easy Street for reference) - a little watery with strange lingering aftertastes.
O- I think this it the worst beer I have had so far this year. Not a huge fan of the style, but I can certainly appreciate them. I would grab a blue moon before this - while a BM tastes sugary and "fake" at least its flavor profile is overall pleasant - cannot say the same for this. I am not sure this will be finished (not worth the calories or alcohol intake IMO)

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Photo of Botulizard
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexFields
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramerican
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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 habaceeba
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Watersox
4.52/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pour starts clear gold but clouds up when some small chunks from the bottom of the can pop out, leaving some streaks at the bottom of the glass. Minimal to no head.

Aromas of cinnamon, clove and graham cracker. It actually smells like rice pudding, with the exception of a little light tangerine.

Belgian yeast phenols surface in flavor, but they are pushed far into the background by the added spices. The wit attributes of orange and lemon are present, but also faint. Cinnamon and rice make this an oddball.

Tangy, fizzy and crisp in texture, which would make it refreshing, if it weren't so heavy on the spices. As it is, it feels kind of indulgent, and nearing Christmas beer territory.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
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 outoffocus
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +30.7%
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 needMIbeer
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sara24
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A too sweet and salty mix: tasted like a salty Vietnamese soda pop.

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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
3.22 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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