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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a cloudy pale gold body. nice lacing.

S: peppery zest, clove, pale malts and lemon custard sweetness. earthy hops.

T: this one is very very bland with very mild wheat and pale malts.

M: light body and moderate to high carbonation. refreshing.

Overall: This one is almost tasteless. It is refreshing but there is almost nothing to say about the flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very mild with some malt, spice, and slight citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with lemon zest, spice, and tea flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has some interesting flavors and a fairly subdued aroma until the beer warms up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is hopelessly underrated. that, or the recipe has changed a lot over time, because this is a wonderful belgian wit, funky as heck, almost saison, even a touch of brett almost in the yeast profile, which makes the beer. but lemongrass and lemon verbena radiate in the nose and the taste too. faint copper hue to this pale yellow brew, head is short lived, but my pint glass might be a little greasy. the flavor is great, bright wheat malt base, and a fantastic herbal character, both hoppy and grassy and botanical like. its super carbonated, huge bubbles explode on the tongue, and the finish is about as dry as you can get. im not sure what more people were looking for in this, maybe body? its really light, so easy down as to be easier to drink than water on a hot day. the low abv makes this okay though, or at least it does for me. the infinite session beer, flavorful and dynamic, expressive and well crafted. cisco has always impressed me. everything i taste from them reaffirms my admiration for them, this is very unique as wits go and positively delicious.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger-high white head that died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of lemon citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat. Spices are not very noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down very easily. There’s nothing really special about the taste, but it would make for a nice easy drinking beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With the farmhouse taste of Belgium looming, Cisco's Grey Lady gives a sense of Earl Grey tea and peppermint through its tangy citrus, bready wheat and its vibrant bouquet.

Its heady pour floats a cottony thick blanket of stark-white foam that settles to a veil across the glass then holding firm through the session. Its delicate hazy body beneath is bright straw with a scattering of golden light. Lacing spottily, I expected this Belgian wheat beer to have more togetherness.

Its herbal tea and lemon character is a match made in beer heaven. Even as a spicy waft of seemingly allspice carries into the nose, a soft pillow of musty wheat, fresh-baking bread and husk gives a mellow and rustic scent in support. A slight cola-nut sweetness rounds out the scent as the first sip draws close.

With a delicate savory taste of bread crust, cashew and toasted wheat, the light flavor of cola with lemon expires on the tongue- just ahead of peppery spice, mint, coriander, clove and citrus. Its herbal tea-like finish is mildly earhty, slightly woodish (sassafras), and playfully acidic in finish.

Its light body is zesty and creamy early, but as its bready texture trails, it takes with it the more sprite character, leaving the acidity and peppery warmth to contend wit a flat cola texture. Charging in with late spice- the peppermint cooling/warming sensation teases the aftertaste.

There some uniqueness to Grey Lady- Its a more savory taste with exotic spice combinations to give the beer an identity. However, I wish that it remained breadier and creamier later in the session before falling apart.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, color was a dull opaque pastel yellow, with a skim of lasting foam on the surface. Spotty halo of lace dots the glass.

Citrusy lemon orange zest blend, noticeable coriander in the aroma. Light and fresh impression. Taste is similar, citrusy and dry, crisp and lightly tart, dry wheaty aftertaste. Feel is slightly watery, but it's zesty and quenching. Overall enjoyable, and something i'd seek out again in sixer form. Seems tailor made for warm spring and summer afternoons.

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S - A lightly spicy aroma of coriander and black pepper with some bready malt.

T - Slightly tart wheat up front with some lemony notes. Coriander and pepper in the middle with a finish of bready malt, light bitterness and lingering zesty lemon notes.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - This is a pretty standard wit, which is to say that it is lightly spicy, drinkable, and little else. Not great, but if you want something mild and inoffensive it would work.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interestingly, The Grey Lady does have a kind of grey pallor to it ('pallor' used not so much out of artistic license, but more out of commonly misuse). It's golden, but with a dull cast. And the bright white head that rises readily above it makes a nice contrast. The head holds fairly well for the style, and it leaves some minor spots of lace in its wake.

More importantly, Cisco's Grey Lady offers something that many American versions of the witbier style don't - refinement! The nose expresses wheat malt with a hint of coriander. It's far from overly spicy, and it's certainly not tart and fruity, or even chalky with citrus rind or yeast. Rather, there's just a pleasant edge to awaken the nose in an otherwise basic beer. The body is light to medium, as it should be; and the pinpoint carbonation is delicate but effervescent enough to bristle the tongue. The flavor follows suit with the aroma, but there is a bit more fruitiness to it (mainly orange, with some minor lemon). Once again, however, it's kept to a minimum, and it acts as a part of the beer rather than its main focus. It's delicate and refreshing, with just enough residual fruit and spice left in the aftertaste to remind you that you're drinking something just a little bit more interesting than the standard fare. Worth trying. And based on personal experience, a great summer quencher!!!

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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 dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy bright light/lemon yellow in color. The beer pours with a finger tall white head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat and lemon/citrus.

T: The taste is similar to the smell but a little more intense. Moderate flavors of lemon/citrus along with some lighter notes of wheat.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink, very enjoyable, and very refreshing. This is a sessionable beer and a really good one for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body and, even with a heavy pour, I still can't get a head going.

Smell: Spicy nose smelling of clove, coriander, and orange peel layed across some Belgian maltiness.

Taste: Seemingly Belgian malts with a sugary sweetness followed by a big kick of spices, including clove, ginger, coriander, citrus peel, and star anise. Spicy hops are accentuated by the high degree of carbonation present. A touch of honey on the finish with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Not altogether bad. Let's just leave it at that, huh?

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.09/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a small head that dissipates quickly to small bits of foam on the top.

S: I get the smallest hint of citrus and wheat, but mostly its smells quite bad. It sort of smells like a dirty sock. It does not make me want to take a sip whatsoever.

T: Better than I though based on the smell. A bit of the citrus comes through, but overall there just isn't much. I am just glad the sock smell is not prevalent on the flavor profile.

M/D: Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation. Just not good. Not going to finish this one, and don't normally pour beers out. I doubt it is too old since I got it in MA, but its possible.

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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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color. Good initial head with some staying power. Mild ring lace on the glass.

Good wheat nose, mild alcohol, low malt and no hop.

Prickly body of very high carbonation and relatively low body. This doesn't have the wheat bite I am expecting from the smell. Low level of sourness, too. Still, it is quite drinkable.

I was not as impressed as some others have found this. It is a solid witbier flavor but otherwise is a rather neutral offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of citrus, wheat, and fruit.

t - Tastes of lemon, citrus fruits, yeast, and wheat.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A very easy to drink witbier. Some nice citrus, lemon smell and taste. Would 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 woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

What an effin' find for The CANQuest (TM) at Breukelen Bier Merchants this past Saturday! I had been up to NYC for the day on an MWR trip and Alex Hall recommended them as a possible Racer X source. No luck, but loads of new CANs, including this one. Guess where I will be going on a regular basis henceforth?

From the CAN: "The name Grey Lady comes from the often-foggy island on which it is brewed. This hazy, Belgian-style Wit emits a complex, earthy nose with sophisticated notes."

The loud Crack evinced yet another brimful CAN, this one to the point that I got a bit of a spritz. The Lady is a squirter, apparently, which does not bother me, plus she is also spicy and inviting, so I feel like a good time is upcoming. We began with an inverted Glug to measure her tolerance and I found out that she does not necessarily like being turned upside-down unexpectedly, but that she deals with it nicely. The massive three-plus fingers of dense, bone-white head looked like meringue atop a lemon pie! I was so envious because as a teenage baker, I could never get my meringue right. Man, this stuf looked like marshmallow Fluf as it began to slowly fall! Before initiating my final pour, having left about a third still in the CAN, initially, I gave her a good shake to really stir things up. No sense in leaving anything in the CAN that you might want later, right? This really stirred things up, both literally and figuratively. Man, she was as angry as the hornets nest on the day that I dang near put my hand through it while retrieving a frisbee! She was swatting me with her tail and threatening to conk me with the bottle in her left hand. Color was a hazy sunshine-yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with some floaties in evidence. I lifted her towards me and inhaled deeply, taking in her spicy, clove-like perfume. She smelled like my first lover, an older patchouli-wearing hippie following a Grateful Dead concert on City Island in Harrisburg, PA in June 1983, shortly before I left for boot camp. She smiled at my recollection and threw her arms around me, allowing and enabling me to uncouple her seashell bra, which I kept as a souvenir (Don't believe me? See my Facebook picture from Iron Hill's Mahalo, Apollo! release party when I wore it in her honor). Ah, what a Lady! The mouthfeel was on the thin side, and the style usually evinces such, but the spices were just about right, said as I toss my golden locks. I agree with an earlier reviewer that it falls short of Hoegaarden, but if I wanted a Hoegaarden, then I would have purchased one, wouldn't I? That is a non sequitur, but nor have I reviewed the one that he felt was overly spiced. I CAN only tell you what I like and I liked this beer. It probably would not measure up as a Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) beer because it is more suited to warm weather. Really. Have you ever made love in the water? Cold water sucks for that purpose. Fair winds and following seas, my Grey Lady! I'll see you in the summer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A northeast witbier eh? Hazy clouded bright yellow sunshine golden with a bright white head flowing thick. Leaves behind fine even lacing down the sides of my pint glass. First smell I can tell there's citrus peel and coriander but the yeast notes override the spice with nutty/bready notes from their house yeast. Let me try my first swig from these guys. Like a spiced citrus coriander smoothie, what's going on is there cream and chammomile in this. It tastes like I added heavy cream to herbal tea. Wow the flavor is wilded one of the heaviest citrus/spice/creamy texture wits I've ever come across it lands in the WTF segment of my palate. When you burp have people stand back it hits with citrus fury and coriander cantor from your nares and stomach. What's up with beer labels and ugly mermaids, I've seen a couple this year, think Coronado and maybe one other. Overall it's like a coriander/cream based/citrus peel smoothies as you get thru each sip each one becomes more enjoyable but as a whole from the years of drinking different witbiers this is still a WTF experience?

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Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - bright yellow with a short, bubbly, white head that fades quickly; lots of carbonation bubbles

S - lemon, straw, mildly tart

T - lemon lime soda, banana, straw, bubblegum, faint coriander

M - very crisp, carbonation bubbles all over my palate, too carbonated, light bodied

This isn't a bad beer, but it has its imperfections. The yeast seems to be the best part. It's fruity and offers a bubblegum note. The spices are absent save for the mild coriander. There are better Witbiers out there, but this was good once.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap in Seekonk MA into a wheat ale glass. From notes, consume 10-8-2012.

A very light gold and lemon body, opaque. Thin rising carbonation and managing a white collar throughout drinking. Very nice body color and appearance with the carbonation giving some nice hues throughout the body.

Nose is actually mild corriander (woah I rarely smell that on witbiers), a real nice wheat chewy malt sense, and a nice sense of spritzy character.

Palate hits with a nice lightweight body, but still manages classic malt wheat density. Spritzy carbonation comes with a candy like finish, and a nice minty refreshing action. There's an interesting mint like aftertaste to this.

Overall pretty solid witbier, I am just not drawn to it, but I do like it and could have this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle:

Pours hazed yellow with a thin bubbly head.

The smell is of herbal/earthy spicing with some coriander/pepper and a hint of orange peel.

The taste is sweet, slightly fruity, turning malty and bready with a slight tart character. It finishes peppery and dry with a slight metallic tinge.

Light-bodied, a bit watery with some sips. Crisp, but could be creamier.

There is some balance, going from sweet-ish to dry-ish. It could be tastier and creamier, but hits general outline of the style. Pouring the last of it made it murky, but didn't improve it. A decent interpretation of the style overall.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mini growler pour from the good ole boys at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

A- This one pours a clouded yellowy/pineapple juice shade of tastyness. White head stuck around for quite a bit and then went to a moderate collar, low sheeting and respectable bits of lacing.

S- Lemon and more lemon in the nose

T- I love a nice citrus infused and crisp Wit and this one does nit disappoint. Loads of more citrus, mostly lemon, and some gooey pineapple notes as well. Yeasty, citric, wheaty. Refreshing and quite enjoyable stuff.

M- Yeah it feels good in my mouth

D- Nice wit, clean, crisp and well worth a try

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, lemon-yellow color with a dense, foamy, white head. The nose is heavy of citrus and coriander, with some herbal highlights. Smooth, spicey palate with a lemony backbone. Coriander on the palate after you finish, with a slick finish overall. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden color with a short 1/4" head that falls slowly to a thick spotty surface foam.

Smell: wheat, coriander and clove are easy to detect.

Taste: grainy wheat base with a lot of clove, some coriander, and a mellow bitterness. Some pear sweetness and soft citrus shows up late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and a bit grainy late. Aftertaste is short but heavy on the clove.

Drinkability: so-so witbier in my opinion, as it needs a bit more pop fromn some citrus and less clove.

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Photo of tempest
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Abe's. This beer is oddly tart, and based off the huge head, I wonder if there might be a slight infection. Aside from the too-sharp lemon character, there's a distinct wheat dough aroma and flavor. The mouthfeel is of here, but this has the makings of a nice wit.

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.52 out of 5 based on 701 ratings.
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