Grey Lady | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

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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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 paulivanovich
4.7/5  rDev +33.5%
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 senorton
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cisco Brewers are on the island of Nantucket (a/k/a The Grey Lady), off the coast of Massachusetts.

Looks to me like Cisco has been doing a graphic overhaul recently. I bought this 22 oz bottle from amongst a batch of recent bottlings of a several of their brews. I've found that my experience with Cisco has been up and down, and i believe that the key is freshness. I've enjoyed nearly all of their offerings so long as the bottle hasn't been sitting around the store for too long.

The label identifies the Grey Lady as a Wit (Belgian white ale).

Pours a hazy gold with an aggressive frothy head of fine bubbles. (Two fingers +.) The carbonation remains quite lively even after the pour settles for a while. The head is nice and clingy most of the way down.

The aroma off the head has a spicy, yeasty character which "smells Belgian" to me. Very appealing. (Sorry this isn't more precise.) The texture on the tongue is full and soft--really great.

The flavour is grassy, wheaty and has a lot of citrus--it's downright lemony! There's a nice tart pucker and dryness on the finish which lingers a long while.

I'm really enjoying this--my first bottle was one of those "wow" beer experiences that, well, as a beer lover i'm always seeking. Bravo.

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Photo of jdrury245
4.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours cloudy, light blond/yellow color, light bubbly head.

S - Clean and citrus/lemon/orange. I can smell the coriander which gives it that citrus note.

T - Has a hefe fizziness. Clean lemon flavor with hints of sweet malts progressively after the citrus taste.

M - Thin and fizzy yet milky or silky.

D - Great session beer. I am not a fan of wheat beers and this one impressed me. Great well balanced beach beer : ).

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Photo of corey0212
4.62/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-colored beer, extremely lively carbonation, and a typically-Cisco massive & creamy head. Smell is all lemony/orange and's fantastic. Tastes just like it smells, heavier on the lemon. This is amazing beer. Super-refreshing, this would be a perfect beer to pair with some seafood. This might turn into my go-to beer for the season.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.55/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at durgin Park in Bosto, Massachusetts. In fact I cleaned out their stock by nights end;0

Very hazy banana in color. Two finger head with fairly good retention. minor lacing

very spicy aroma with notes of lemon and pepper.

Exceptional citrus taste, slightly sweet, slightly bitter with minimal aftertaste. Not at all overpowering and excellent drinkability.

Hoping I will be able to find this back home.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.44/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy orange with a nice crown of foam. The best smelling witbier I've ever experienced - coconut, piña colada, pineapple, orange marmalade, ripe almost green banana, candy orange slices with raw sugar, lemon zest, and a bit of spice from the cardamon. Tart fruity esters with light cracker crust reminiscent of lemon meringue pie with a thinner than expected mouthfeel. I shared this amongst friends and wish I had more. Seek this out.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Pale straw in color with zero-head and very little lacing during the tasting. Scents of lemon zest, orange peel and spices (clove, corriander, etc.). Taste similar to nose, but grassy character becomes pronounced, as well as belgian yeast. I have to say that I generally like witbiers, but some of the flavor characters tend to be a little over the top for me during the latter half of the tasting. This was not the case with Grey Lady; very flavorful, but also somewhat subdued. Pleasantly effervescent mouthfeel and slightly tart (lemony) finish. Drinkability was superb. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Rainintheface
4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber picked up at Curtis Liquors and poured into my SA glass.

A: Hazy straw with a 2+ finger foamy white head. incredible retention. Leaves sheets all the way down the glass. High carvbonation.

S: grassy, earthy, spices and lemon zest.

T: The malt that the nose misses is found. Spices which I can't quite determine, but nicely spiced nonetheless. Lemon. Fruits.

M: Light, crisp with plentiful carbonation. Dry finish. Awesome

D: Very high. As the label says..Quenching! I am sure to pick this up again.

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Photo of mynie
4.34/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a nice little session wit this is!

Pours pale and hazy. Smells aggressively spicy. Only with the usual witbier nodes of pepper and corriander, you get some mellower, greener nodes of cardamom, lemongrass, and orange zest.

Tastes like the aforementioned yeast and spice profile but with some long, lingering bitter nodes on the back end to keep things nice and balanced. It starts off like some kind of potpourri tea that's like a grab-bag of strange old candies, and it ends tasting like a nice crisp witbier.

This is fruity and light and so most BA people aren't gonna hype it. But it's really quite exquisitely brewed.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle or label. It was an opaque straw color with some carbonation and quick sliding lacing. This one has about half a year on it so that may be impacted a bit by that. It had a small fizzy white head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was subdued but excellent. It had a great malt base with coriander and spices and orange peel. A lot of wits try to bowl you over with the spiciness but this one keeps it mellow. Another reviewer called it refinement and I'd agree. I do like the really spicy ones but I also find the subtle ones with great aroma to be just as great. The taste followed the aroma. Great base flavor but subtle. Instead of a smooth start followed but a spice hit and then fading back out this one has a consistent, excellent flavor from start to finish. Hard to explain but I rather enjoyed it. Sometimes you just want a great beer that doesn't try to go to extremes to get your attention. Mouthfeel is smooth with good carb and body.

Overall, an excellent wit that kept getting better as it warmed. Try this one a tad warmer than normal for a wit. My sample is half a year old so can't wait to try a fresh one later this year (I knew it was older when I traded for it. Was dying to try it even off season. Johnnnniee is amazing trader and would never send old beer to you. I requested it) to see how it varies. Highly recommend. Would be in heavy rotation if available here.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new release from Cisco as far as I can tell. There is a cool label, with a mermaid on the cover. Goes for about eight bucks a bomber. Pour is golden, with nice white heading. Taste is of lemon, wheat, and other tropical fruits. Definitely one of the most drinkable and well executed Wits I have encountered in a while.

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Photo of albern
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a thoroughly enjoyable beer with enough novelty to make it a particularly interesting witbier. The beer pours a hazy yellow with lots of carbonation and a fairly frothy white head that does lace. The smell is floral, yeasty, with a touch of spice and fruitiness, like clove and pineapple and lemon. The taste is very interesting. It has all of the spicy, floral and citrus tastes of a classic wit, but there are some interesting added spices here. My guess is a touch of cardoman. The carbonation improves the overall mouthfeel, which is usually fairly watery for a witbier. There is a bit of a pepperish bite in the finish, which makes the experience even more enjoyable and lively. This is an excellent beer from a brewery that is fast becoming the best regional micro in New England. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Brad007
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New arrival at Winooski Beverage Warehouse

Color: Pours a cloudy golden-white color with an ample head and lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy upfront with a hint of coriander and/or clove on the nose. Bready.

Taste: Smooth and spicy. Very bready. Decent hints of coriander mostly. Floral like jasmine.

Mouthfeel: Very light and floral. Leaves almost no trace on the tongue. Very smooth.

Drinkability: If you're looking for something light, this is a great beer for that. The mouthfeel is very light, it's almost as if you didn't drink beer at all.

It definitely nails the drinkability and mouthfeel components.Taste, aroma and appearance are good but all three could use a bit of improvement (appearance could be a tad lighter, aroma more fuller and taste could emphasize more spice/orange peel).

I like it. Good first impression for a brewery that just barely started sending beer to VT.

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Photo of asteroidgalaxy
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the other day and I was quite impressed. At first there isn't very much flavor but it ends on a very nice spicy note. I would say peppery. The alcohol flavor is well masked by the spices. I was expecting it to be extremely spicy but to my pleasant surprise it was not overwhelming.

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Photo of billzav
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This witbier is a honey golden color, with appreciable notes of Belgian yeast and citrus fruit complimented by spices such as coriander and ginger. There’s a trace of grassy hops on the back end, and Grey Lady is a refreshing, well balanced ale from start to finish. At 4.5% ABV, it’s a nice session beer for Summer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/30/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of banana, wheat, spice and Belgian yeast with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and spice. The malt character is thin and the hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to drink for a long time, if you're in the mood for a good, lighter Belgian beer.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wit has an appropriate light, hazy color, but there's not a hint of a head at all, not even a film of white across the top. The nose is appropriately witty--a perfumy combination strong on the citrus orange peel, a little weaker on the coriander, but pleasant. Excellent flavor as well: coriander in abundance, lending a very nice spiciness, together with a very tart bitter orange flavor; secondary flavors include an underlying sweetness and a honey-vanilla fruitiness. It could use some additional carbonation for the mouthfeel, but otherwise it's moderately spritzy.

Tasty wit!

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with corey0212, Thanks Corey!

22oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - hazy, golden yellow color with a big white head that eventually fell to a ring with bubbles of carbonation rising all the way through.

S - lemon peel and wheat.

T - sweetness of malt, lemon twang and spices, good tasting brew.

F - light and crisp.

D - easy drinking and palate pleasing.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle this one poured a pale yellow color with a chalk white head one finger thick. Displayed very nice retention and lacing. Soft nose of citrus and nutmeg with maybe, coriander? Complex flavors. Lemon zest, sweetened grapefruit like candy, generic tropical fruit in the middle followed by the dry nutmeg finish. The strong nutmeg on the generic fruit adds a pumpkin pie like quality. Medium carbonation could be smoother. But a great tasting beer and worth trying!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bit thanks goes out to the cool ass trader who sent me all these New England beauties. I was especially excited to try this one as I heard it was a must have. Twenty Two ounce bomber was served cold, right out of the fridge, and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 10/08/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich light amber in color with a good amount of cloudiness to it as well. A nice sized head of around two inches in height rose up immediatly but then settled down to about a half an inch and stayed that way until the very end. Some light side glass lacing on this one as well.

The aroma was full of grain and slight spices. Some small fruit notes, pears mainly, with a touch of apple. But this hay like spice kept everything going. This carried over very well into the flavor, which I have to admit is one of the best I have ever run across in the style. Rich notes of grass and hay opened it up, and melded seemlessly into a pear driven fruity yeast body. Very intresting and quite complex, but then the smack of the spice hit you and it was all over. Really intense here as the almost pepper like notes bounced all over the tongue and really just put on a great show. Smooth as silk, the letdown in the finish was that it was just a tad thin and flat and that really seemed to just let it fade away all too quickly.

Overall though I have to say I was quite impressed with this one. Easily one of the best I have had in the style as far as flavor, just needs a little work on the body and it is there. Still, very solid and something I would love to try again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Got this bottle from jdiddy in the recent Heavy Metal BIF, paired with King Diamond's "Welcome Home". It pours a hazy golden straw capped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, wheat, coriander, and lemon zest. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, cardamom, coriander, light wheat, orange peel, and a tiny stab of hoppy bitters. The body is a very light medium, with a moderate carbonation and crisp, refreshing feel. Overall, a tasty, understated wit, a very nice summer quaff. Get some!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is a DrDogBeer refugee that found itself in my fridge.

A - I shook up the bottle a bit to allow the yeast to actually get in the first pour. Pours a beautiful hazy golden yellow, with ample carbonation and a huge soapy, white head. Into a Blanche De Chambly glass. Lacing aplenty.

S - This is probably the best smelling Wit I've ever had the pleasure of consuming. Huge citric character, with a nice spicy coriander backend. Lemons, oranges, granny smith apple, tropical fruits. Wheaty. Belgian yeasty esters. Complete. Y'know, the more I drink this, the more I smell flea collar/flea repellent. Go ahead, call me weird.

T - Wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander/clove, slight orange notes, finishes dry on some sips and sweet on others. Quite good, but nothing hugely standout. I'm a fan, though, and if this was available here I'd be all over it.

M - It's pretty light and with medium carbonation, it manages to stay refreshing... yet I wish it had a little more body like St. Bernardus' wit.

D - It tends to get a little sweet, but otherwise it's a standout among the easy drinkers.

Notes: Witbiers got me into the wide world of beer. I'll ALWAYS have an appreciation for them. While I may be jaded by a lot of the bigger brews now, I can always find something about the subtle tastes and extreme drinkability of this style.

Grey Lady takes what I love about Wits and runs with it. The nose is phenomenal and the drinkability is killer. In a world of mediocre American Wits, this one is a top-notch Belgian contender.

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Photo of u2carew
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Gold in color and mostly clear. Big bubble lacing on the drink down.
S) Quite aromatic with citrus fruit and earthy grains.
T) Wheaty. Sweet lemon. Pleasant all around taste.
M) Fizzy. Light body. Chalky and dry in the finish.
O) A great, refreshing beer. Session-able.

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