Grey Lady
Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #552
Ranked #44,210
3.55 | pDev: 17.18%
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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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Photo of akaizer
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. The initial pour had a rapidly rising head and a decent bit of carbonation and a nearly perfectly clear opacity. The process of letting the head settle (and watching it fold back into the beer itself) was interesting and made the clear opacity transition into a something hazy and opaque with a pale yellow coloration. The carbonation and head more-or-less disappeared once the process completed.

The scent comes across as pretty clean, something akin to a weak earl grey tea with a bit of banana and some yeasty notes coming on strong as the temperature warmed. Taste is similarly crisp and a bit spicy with a bit of sharpness from the carbonation -- especially if one lets it linger. Feel is a bit thin. Enjoyable overall, especially after getting back from a longer walk.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This one pours a fairly hazy golden color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells overly clovey and fruity, kind of overwhelming. It just smells way too yeasty.

I know witbier is a primarily yeast-driven style, but this is too sweet and clovey - it doesn't feel clean. There's not much of the crisp snap I expect out of this style. It's just too perfumey.

This is creamy, and surprisingly "thick," with a higher level of carbonation.

I didn't really love this - there are multiple examples of the style that are better than this.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light gold color, head disappears quickly, fruity smell with cloves and spice, zesty taste with barely any bitterness almost taste like a cider, the feel for me seemed a little watery

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a hazy light amber with a modest head that slowly diminishes over time. In the nose, the first impression is of spice, with some yeast and malt. In the mouth, the spcies come through, with a malt backbone.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into modern beer glass. Dated 9/6/18.
Look is semi-cloudy yellow. Nose is yeasty and little spice. Taste follows nose and is what I would expect from this style. Feel is fairly light. Overall a version of this style and easy drink.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 4/6/2018. Poured from 12 oz. can into pint glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with an almost non-existent head. The nose features wheat cracker, clove, coriander, banana, and lemon. The taste includes wheat cracker, banana and Belgian spicing. The flavors are rather subdued. The feel is thin and effervescent and super easy to drink at 4.5% ABV. While admittedly this isn't fresh, it's not a distinguished Witbier. Its best attribute is its smell.

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Photo of kpuc1997
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At the time of writing I'm a relatively young beer drinker. Lovely taste and relatively low expense make it a recommendation for those new to the game

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Photo of Beginner2
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant wit that I would like to try again.... when it was warmer. Had on a dreary, foggy day in the 4th week of September. And didn't have it with food, which is how I prefer drinking a wit and its primary test.
But this should be said, it passes the secondary test: A nice Belgian yeast clearly is at work here; giving both aromas and tastes we associate with the style. I found it a bit thin; but that is excusable if it makes the food taste better (back to the primary test.)

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden yellow color with a soft one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds leaving barely any lacing. Light carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell had a nice sweet to spicy arrangement of peppercorn, slightly floral and a fresh cut grassiness wrapping it up nicely. The taste had a sweet bready with a light Belgian candied yeastiness arranging itself tightly with the sweet floral and grassy qualities. As it warms, sweet lemon runs in to blend nicely. A quick lemon aftertaste runs in to the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. Definitely a Summer pounder as the carbonation is fairly subdued. Overall, I say this was a light version of a witbier, flavorful but nothing remotely overbearing.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (4.0%) and there is a clear born date (10/16/2016). The beer is a transparent pale yellow/gold color. It has 1/2 a finger of creamy and clingy head.

S: [2.75] Belgian yeast in your face! Banana, clove.

T: [3.50] Different than the nose. Still Belgian yeast, but more subdued. Lemon, honey, orange zest, sweetness from the malts.

M: [3.50] On the thin side but not bad for 4.0%. The carbonation is low so overall it feels smooth.

O: [3.50] I really dislike the nose. But the flavor is different. Something in the added spice range is really pleasant. This would make a nice winter/Xmas brew.

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Photo of Kevc24
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Witbeir glass.

Look: Pale yellow with slight transparency two finger head dissipated over 2 minutes

Smell: outdoorsy smell, floral, rose, pine, fog.

Taste: little bitterness with interesting flavors of rose, pine

Feel: Crisp, good carbonation,

Overall: not my favorite Witbeir but a different one to try.

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Photo of Holderness
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L -- very hazy orange. Light head
S -- pond water, orange peel, lemon, coriander, sulfur, mild
T -- cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, toffee. Low bitterness
F -- Thin. Not much to report here
O -- the spices are a nice touch, but overall not the greatest wit

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this Wit at the Cisco Brew Pub at Boston Logan Airport last night. It is not a top notch and I found it a bit bland but refreshing.

(L) It had a hazy yellow hue and a very thin head.

(A) A modest but pleasant aroma, a bit citrusy and a bit floral.

(T) Wheat, citrus, barely noticeable hop spice.

(F) Light with significant carbonation, easy drinking, and refreshing.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


A: Perfumy, lightly spicy, faint citrus, coriander that finishes with a light malt sweetness.

A: Straw colored, totally clear, with a thin white head that settles into a fine film above the glass.

T: Lightly floral, with some spice, citrus, and coriander. The beer has a light sweet, honey character with a grainy finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation; drinks a little thin with no creaminess or tartness.

O: Alright; definitely drinkable, though the aroma and flavor is perfumy, floral, and lacks much citrus. The beer also drinks a bit thin and could use more body.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A lighter Witbier with milder spices and phenols and fruits and estery notes, but at the same time, a little watery and less substantial than I'd like to enjoy.

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Photo of Terrappyn
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on a recommendation from a co-worker. I really wasn't sure what to expect at first sip. I'm not one for a floral aroma when it comes to beers but this one was a taste I knew but couldn't place right away. When poured properly it formed a nice tight head which I enjoyed especially on a lighter beer. As I was sipping along I finally realized what the taste was. It was rose water. I'll certainly be looking for a 6-pack of this for the fridge.

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Photo of paulivanovich
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like a sophisticated older lady with grey hair. It IS grey in color. Very subtle smell/taste/texture. Don't drink with spicy thai food as I once made the mistake. It does take the heat off, but you do not get to enjoy the beer. Very subtle but pleasant, maybe with crackers and cheese, or vegetables, or just by itself.

Very strange beer, but if you like tea and broth (soup) you will love the uniqueness of this one. Slightly smokey even. Light like a rice beer. Definitely not the traditional wheaty heavy satisfying feeling after drinking. Great with vegetarian potsticker dumplings. Not with a burger and fries. That being said, it is still strangely satisfying, in the same way that regular beer is, and I keep coming back for more.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I liked this despite the lukewarm reviews. Nice Wit beer on a hot afternoon in Nantucket. Although everything tastes better here as everyone is wearing red shorts and collared shirts ......the only thing not obnoxious on this island is the beer

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Photo of IIPAHOP
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great tasting Ale. Very light in color and a light taste and feel. You can definitely taste the mild spice. Very smooth going down. Have only tried one other ...Whales Tale Pale Ale. I would by again.

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Photo of jp32
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with some stray chunky sediments floating around. Fizzy at first, but that seems to dissipate quickly. Cloves with some fruity esters make up its aroma profile.

The taste is mild, with a clove-like something noticed. A little bit of lemon zest in the finish. Reminds of a hefeweizen, yet even more crisp and refreshing. Somewhat thin-bodied, but that was to be expected. Very nice prickly carbonation. Highly drinkable, especially on a summer day.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with white head. Bread, citrus, and some spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Finishes with lingering yeasty notes.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The spice! *squinting Kyle Maclachlan face*

This beer is so neat, a real collision between present, pungent spice flavors, and a clean drinking belgian body. The first one was alright, but once I'd adjusted my expectations, has become a real favorite; hard to find local belgian styles, too, and this a good one. A beer out of time, but I recommend it.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
2.17/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Wow what a strange one this is. Very herbal almost overpowering. Nothing like I have ever tasted in a beer and I have had 100's. Almost like a crazy herbal, ginger mix that you just cannot get past. If you want something very strange maybe, but i just cant see this one.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw like the sun trying to burn its way through an early morning fog. The head is surprisingly thin for a wit. Smell: Perfumey and spicy, citrus, white bread, traces of banana and wheat. Taste: Spicy, ginger, orange, wheat, hint of banana. Mouthfeel: Medium body and slightly above medium carbonation.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into pilsner glass

A - cloudy golden yellow body under three fingers of white foam; tons of visible carbonation

S - citrus, spices, floral, herbal

T - citrus, spices (coriander predominates), wheat bread

M - light body, medium/high carbonation

O - Impressive nose, decent taste, interesting wit. Taste and feel both seem rather light--seems like a good summer brew.

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 755 ratings