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Grey Lady | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
ciscobrewers.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,703
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
724
pDev:
17.33%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
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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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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 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 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 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 smithj4
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 724 ratings
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