Grey Lady | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Grey LadyGrey Lady

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

Pale yellow pour with a lot of fizz like a soda pop that quickly disapates. Lightly lemony aroma. Wonderful fruity lemony malty taste. A little lemon a little cloves and nutmeg? Smooth and refreshing, particulary on a hot day. My favorite from Cisco Brewers.

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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 dasenebler
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a fresh bomber, this Wit poured a cloudy straw orange, with a modest, frothy head.

Aroma was quite nice and pungent. Full of citrus and spice: lemon, orange, clove and coriander.

The flavor is good, but a bit over spiced for this beer's light body and puny malt presence. There's a lot of clove and cardamom, perhaps too much so, plus a hint of cinnamon. Not overly sweet, which I appreciated. Chalky yeastiness. Mouthfeel was thin and a bit watery, but at least this is a light, easy drinking beer that is also flavorful. Not bad, but not worth the price Cisco commands for its beers.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber courtesy of afausser - many thanks! Split, with my portion consumed from a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dull goldenrod, hazed with suspended yeast, and filled with tons of pinpoint carbonation, emerging from the haze and rising surprisingly slowly (at least, considering the mouthfeel - see below) towards what was initially one finger of tarnished ivory that fades pretty quickly in to a thin ring of lace. A pretty solid looking wit.

Aroma: Strong spice, with suggestions of nutmeg, allspice, and cardamom melding with dry honey malts, suggesting graham crackers, but with a wheat twist, I suppose. A little overly spiced, with only a twinge of neutral citrus.

Taste: Dry, with strong spicy overtones, mostly coriander and cardamom. The malt backbone is pretty quenching, which is nice - sort of a soft, dry, rustic wheaty notes - and intermingles with a few light citrus notes, almost entirely lemon, with a slight twinge of tartness and acidity. It's not outstanding - the spices are a little too intense, relatively, and it would be nice to have a few more flashes of citrus - but it's solid.

Mouthfeel: Bright and crisp, with tons of prickly, light effervescence in a well-attenuated body. The end result is a marginally spritzy beer, assertive, and one that works decently well with the flavor profile.

Drinkability: A solid wit, and an interesting one - spices abound here, probably a little too intensely, but not in an unenjoyable way. This one's quite drinkable too - low in alcohol (4.5%), dry, spritzy and bright, and inviting. A few recipe tweaks would make this a true world class wit.

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

16oz pour at Draft in Boston, served in a standard pint glass

A - hazy beer, very light gold in color. one finger of loose sudsy white foam sits atop for at least half of the drink before fadding to a thin film and ring.

S - very fruity...sweet candied oranges and lemon peel, Froot Loops come to ming. finished by some zesty wheat and grains.

T - starts off with juicy oranges spiked with lemon zest...a light amount of spice kicks in the second half, along with somewhat bland grains, wheat.

M - dull, almost lifeless watery body. low amount of carbonation.

D - i keep drinking these yet i dont know why, not my style. this one though was very uninspired and plain.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a light, delicious, and not very deep beer.

Pours a hazy yellow with a lively white head. The aroma is phenolic and fruity, with apricot and ginger. The flavor is like a gingersnap - light, crisp, gingery and a little fruity, with some cinnamon. The mouthfeel is very light. Refreshing and summery.

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

A: Pours a nice Golden color, with a little bit of head that doesn't hang around. no lacing to speak of
S: Spicy & citruss. finish off dry and grassy
T: Very lively up front. It actually reminds me of a homebrew made with Mountain Dew (In a good way!) Lemon/citrus mix is there. Almost like lemonade. Finishes with a yeasty/spicy taste
M: light. perfect for summer
D: not supper high, but you can hang your hat on this for a while

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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 Gosox8787
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass in two parts.

Appearance: Deep yellow in color. Not much much showing through the bottle. Rather fizzy, no head formation.

Aroma: Lots of lemons and lemonade here. Not subtle, but very tart. Not much in terms of coriander or any other traditional wit flavors.

Taste: The lemonade notes dominate the front. Very strong and very tart. The finish is clean, with just a tad of astringency.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and strongly carbonated. Nice and crisp for the summer.

Drinkability: With a low ABV and a crisp mouthfeel, I think is ideally suited for knocking back a couple in the warm heat.

Overall, an interesting, lemony witbier. Not what I would expect, but definitely worth trying out. The lemon character is the stand out feature in my mind.

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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 oregonskibum
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Color is a very cloudy, straw, dull yellow. Pours with a one-inch eggshell head.

S: Citrus (orange and lemon) really dominate the smell. Some coriander and other spices play behind the citrus flavors.

T: Interesting. This is like a sour beer, but without the sour. Lots of orange and lemon citrus flavors with just a faint taste of wheat. Kind of like a light hefe with orange juice added or something. Barely a beer.

M: Medium body, high carbonation. It drank fairly easily.

D: Interesting. I drank this "beer" following a run, so the light and refreshing nature of the beer kind of hit the spot. But at the same time, it missed on several levels. So this wasn't bad and I would drink it again, but not really my favorite either.

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Photo of selecter70
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sadly the bottle, as in many cases, does not live up to the draught. A hazy pale yellow pour with white 1/4" inch head but sticky lace. The aroma lends to its witbier nature, with yeast. lemon and pepper. The flavor likewise offers this up in a bright, bubbly but not too thin or light-bodied way. Clean and a bit creamy, this is a lovely summer beer, and not an IPA as my buddy thought (since it was called an ale!).

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy pale gold color with a small white head. A pleasant citrus aroma, some fresh hay. Lemon taste, a bit of malt, then the beer just flattened out. Really blah mouthfeel, very bland. Not a very good wit. I won't be tryin this again.

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Photo of gfreed
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pine-Sol color... er, i mean, somewhat dark lemonadish in color with a loose and fluffy head that was rather difficult to generate. Oranges dominate the aroma, followed by lemons and some pepper, plus some floor polish-- the lemon kind, of course. Nice stream of bubbles in the glass, too. A real battle in the taste between the oranges and the lemons. The oranges come out on top, but not in a good way. Very little evidence of yeast or any real beer flavor: this is mostly a citrus cooler. And the beer is surprisingly flat given the bubbles. It tastes more like an orange rickey than beer-- just add ice, a swimming pool, a cheap novel and a humid afternoon. Blahblah. Pass.

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Photo of brianjay
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The local paper labeled this as one of the landmark new England beers. Alright, let's see if this should represent my proud, beer-swilling homeland:

I poured this into a large, opened mouth glass to give it the proper Belgian Witbier-style presentation it deserves. The body was a hazy gold, looking to be full of carbonation from the bubbles inside. The head was also bubbly, airy and white.
Promising smell of citrus notes. The taste came off as overwhelmingly tart with a slight lemon-pepper peaking out. The texture was grainy and oily as it slipped over the tongue.

It looked lively and bright, but it ended up tasting quite stale and leaving a strange aftertaste. Maybe there is something wrong with this particular bottle. All and all, a little disappointed if this is suppose to represent New England beers.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dav05Gua for sharing
Appears slightly hazy, pale yellow with an off white head.
Smells of citrus, light hops and light sweet malt.
Taste is wheat, coriander, citrus.
Light in body with above average carbonation.
A decent attempt but not really fulfilling a good witbier.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with little head and no lacing. Smells flowery even more than the citrus and juniper berry. Taste is very flavorful and a tad spicy. More floral notes. Definitely had the delicate characteristics of a Belgian beer. Mouthfeel is carbed and light. Very enjoyable brew.

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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 KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One of my favorite bottle labels around - classic and informative.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with immense white foam. Very fizzy, as opposed to creamy and thick. Quick working and short lived.

Smells tarty wheat. More citrus, less hefe.

Taste opens wheaty/chalky, but progresses to a citrus bent. Aftertaste reverts to the wit. Some lemon in there. Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Holds flavor well throughout. Very drinkable, solid brew.

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Photo of mwa423
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Split a bomber of this with a friend, the pour was a hazy gold with only the smallest amount of head. Closer to the wit then the belgian.

S - The smell of this beer is a strange mixture of belgian yeast and the light cinnamon spice from a witbier. It's not really pleasant, but it certainly is different.

T - The taste is actually quite good, the beer hits the tongue as a witbier and ends with the spice of the belgian yeast. It's a strange mix and not as good as most Belgian IPA's but I'll give points for inventiveness.

M/D - Mouthfeel is good, clean for a witbier which makes this something that could be an easy session beer with the low abv.

An interesting concept that isn't quite my style, but a very interesting new interpretation of a wit.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cisco Brewers 8/5 Logan Airport
This beer pours a cloudy light straw color, no head and barely any lacing to speak of. Nose is clean crisp whiffs of yeast and wheat with an ample amount of banana and clove. Taste starts smooth wheat, grains and spices (clove and corriander) fill the middle, and the finish is flavors of banana and apple. Light bodied, high carbonation, crisp feel with a nice clean finish. This is a highly sessionable summertime beer.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat clear (yeast is very compact and clingy on the bottom of the bottle) light golden color with a small head that fades to a slight collar very quickly. This beer is very dark for a wit and also surprised by the lack of foam and subsequent retention.

The smell is much better, lots of coriander, sweet malts and a dull kiwi-esque fruitiness. Yeasty esters are very noticeable once you get the yeast suspended in the beer.

Taste is very different than most wits, I almost get a cinnamon-sugar type flavor here. For some reason it works really well, it tastes delicious. Body is light, and the finish is pretty clean with a lingering coriander spice note. It was very easy to polish off this bomber before I even finished the review, I guess that makes it highly drinkable!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 6/1/2009 (bottle 53degF):

Pours a very clear, very pale yellow colored body, looks like a cider. Small wispy head, white in color, very quickly diminishing. Effervescent aroma once swirled, some citrus and light fruit, like pear. Some funkiness too. Some funky taste, drying. Malty sweet, with a pretty clean finish. Not very flavorful. Waiting to warm. Funky fruity flavors, not my thing.

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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, piƱa 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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Grey Lady from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.52 out of 5 based on 704 ratings.
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