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Lava Lake Wit | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Lava Lake WitLava Lake Wit

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 175
Photo of woodychandler
2.14/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was another beer from blargimus that got set aside and glossed over between a backlog of bottles and the onslaught of the school year. I do not take full responsibility for the delay in review, however, as one of the major tenets of The CANQuest (TM) is that no beer is to be reviewed without an approved picture in place. The accompanying pic is mine, but the lead-time for approval is much longer than it used to be and so I set the CAN aside. All is now well.

From the CAN: "A beer brewed with spices"; "Get Crazy"; "This Ale is our take on a classic Belgian Wit. To make this wit unique, we add un-malted wheat, rolled oats, two varieties of classic European hops, chamomile, curacao orange peel, coriander, grains of paradise, and a rare yeast strain from the Old Country. This is a brew that [CAN] be enjoyed both on the slopes or on the beach."; "Located in Edwards, CO in the heart of the beautiful Vail Valley"; "Preserving Rivers Where We Live [-] 1% of all proceeds from sales go toward Eagle River Watershed Council."

The Crack and inverted Glug went off without a hitch, producing a foamy finger of bone white head with reasonable retention. Color was a hazy lemon-yellow which left me curious as to whether I might have left any lees in the CAN. I had agitated it as best I could before the Crack and left some liquid in the CAN to CANtinue to agitate, but that is what I got. Nose had a flowery, perfume-y smell, like they might have overdone it with all of the ingredients of which they were so proud. It was tough to distinguish what one adjunct had produced as opposed to another. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery and the taste had a flowery, perfume-y spiciness that I just could not get behind. I think that it may have been the chamomile that I really disliked. Finish was semi-dry and slightly spicy, but it just had the mish-mash quality of a witch's brew - throw in everything and see what results. I was not pleased by the result, but I will also say that Wits are not really my style of choice, either. I will leave it to you as to whether you want to give this a try.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JimKal
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a dark gold with a thin head that dissipates quickly despite quite a bit of carbonation.

S: Not a lot of aroma but definite spice notes.

T: This one is growing on me. the camomile gives this a different taste than other wits.(After some reflection, it has stopped growing on me and has receded. I just tried it again and couldn't finish it. I think is like 21st Amendments Hell or High Watermelon. You just have to like that taste associated with beer. I do like camomile in tea but it has stopped working for me with beer.)

M: With the carbonation a the spices this has a nice mouthful. Medium but very good for a wit.

O: Wits are not my favorite style but I do like this one. (Well actually, as it turns out, I don't like it and won't be repeating it.)

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
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 BucannonXC5
3.78/5  rDev +17%
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 86sportster883
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
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 WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The LavaLake Wit has a interesting twang to it. The beer poures an clear yellow with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The smell includes a lemon zest with hints of grass. The taste has an acidic flare to it with lemon and blood orange seemingly dominating the taste. The mouthfeel is average....lighter in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is not a good wit and I would not go seeking to have this beer again....It should also be known that I'm not a huge Wit fan.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
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 blakelive784
2.19/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz can served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent straw golden color. No yeast visible. It's got a soapy white, one finger head. You'd be hard pressed to differentiate this from a BMC based on appearance alone. Far from appealing.

S - Very, very light floras and citrus notes. Honey and (maybe?) soap. Light spice. Very mild but not unpleasant. Better than I'd thought it'd be.

T - The light floral notes I found on the aroma taste nearly identical to soap. Straight soap.It's hard to find any other notes beyond it. Lemon and bland base malt. Simple and poorly executed. Doesn't even fit the style. Watery. Where's the spice? Where's the yeast?

M - Watery and flat.

D - Why would you even put this on the market? This is the first beer I've had from Crazy Mountain and I'm not impressed.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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 KickbacksSteve
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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 zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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 kylehay2004
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head really with some lacing on a relatively bright golden clear body.

S: mild lemon and orange peel citrus, musty grains and pale malts. a little medicinal

T: very light with pale malts, light lemon sweetness, grains finishing with an almost 7up or champagne sweetness.

M: light body and relatively light caerbonation, definitly under carbonated

Overall: drinkable but the flavor isnt that impressive, its undercarbonated and not at all memorable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Musty, sour malt with a touch of sweet coriander in the background.

T - Dry, grainy malt up front with a hint of honey in the middle. Finishes with a. Strong herbal note of coriander and a bit of chamomile.

M - A moderately light body, fairly low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but way too light and with a kind of over the top coriander presence in the aroma. However, I do like the touch of chamomile in the finish and I think if it had a thicker body and proper carbonation it might be a pretty decent example of the style.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a Logsdon chalice.

Appearance - Bright yellow hazy body. Big white fluffy head. Well-retained. Wispy on the surface when it settles.

Smell - Lots of spice. Coriander is the only one I can really distinguish. Lots of wheat, too.

Taste - Something like cinnamon right at the start. Strange. Grainy wheat flavor midrange and a spicy bite at the end. No real depth. Mostly spice.

Mouthfeel - It's light and crispy. Easy drinking, if low in flavor. Funny aftertaste, though.

Overall - No better than any other wit out there. Way over spiced, but it does make the nose interesting.

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Photo of nach0king
2.01/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not to my taste at all. Didn't finish it.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Quite dark and rich for a wit but it had a hint of cloudiness that actually ended up looking appetising.

S: Sweet toffee, burnt condensed milk - really too sweet for a wit. Some weird, industrial/herbal smells, like discount shampoo.

T: Similar to the smell but not as sweet. Some appealing tang at the start but fades out to a mealy-apple aftertaste.

M: Anonymous.

Will not be drinking this again and I'm not likely to seek out others by this brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An interesting twist on the Witbier.

Pours a light golden, some amber tints. Low white head, but my glass wasn't to type.

Aroma is a unique one for a wit. Spicy-yes. Zesty-yes. It has a nice hint of floral spice. the grain of paradise and chamomile blend oddly, but not badly. Provides a hint of sweetness, but not really. Beer finishes dry and is easy drinking. A sharp grain bite got me about halfway through. Didn't seem all that light at that moment, but it vanished
Some tweaks here and there can make this an excellent summer beer. As it is, it's pretty doggone quenching.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden, lightweight beer. Modest foam but pleasant enough carbonation on the tongue. Peculiar herbal smell.

I was baffled with the taste. But I still have bad memories of a Rogue chamomile beer and sure enough, that's the surprise taste. The brewers didn't totally overdo the chamomile, so if you like the flavor at all, it won't bother you. To me, it seems like a way to spoil a rather delicate wheat flavor.

Attractive, well-made beer with quite a tanginess. Faint bitter touch but no flavor of hops. Medicinal aftertaste. From a six-pack bought at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Schmittymack
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
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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