Lava Lake Wit
Crazy Mountain Brewery

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From:
Crazy Mountain Brewery
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #327
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
74
Ranked #30,121
Avg:
3.2 | pDev: 18.44%
Ratings:
200
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 16, 2021
Added:
Sep 06, 2011
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  26
SCORE
74
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3.17 by funku2 from Colorado on Aug 16, 2021
 
2.69 by bostoff from Colorado on Mar 04, 2021
 
3.5 by imperialking from Illinois on Jan 21, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by sjdevel from Utah

LOOK - very hazy and only about 1/4" of head on this one - not very active at all - not that interesting
SMELL - nice floral notes - some citrus - some orange juice - some yeast - and quite a bit of spice - some caramel notes
TASTE - nice tang upon first sip - great yeast flavor - some citrus - a lot of spices - some orange
FEEL - medium bodied - very flat and uninteresting
OVERALL - this is decent, but it needs more carbonation - nice yeast and spice but may be too heavy on the spice and a bit too caramelly - pretty good but would go to more traditional Wits that I prefer to this one

Sep 19, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

Presentation: 12 oz. can with no dates. Served in a tulip shaped tumbler.

Appearance: The one finger head stays around for a bit and leaves behind a thin foam ring and some lacing in big patches. It's a slightly hazy antique gold color.

Smell: It's a soft and pleasant aroma of chamomile tea and fresh coriander with a touch of anise.

Taste: A fruity, sweet, tangerine flavor hits the palate first followed by a refreshing floral note and some spices towards the end.

Mouthfeel: It's soft, light and refreshing with medium low carbonation.

Overall A simple and refreshing beer with a very pleasant aroma and flavor.

May 16, 2020
 
3.25 by riceshoes from Utah on Jun 25, 2019
 
2.11 by prhodes98 from Utah on Mar 29, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dcscientist from Colorado

I'm not sure why people don't like this beer. It's not totally a traditional witbier, but it's still pretty good. You definitely get the described chamomile flowery taste that goes along with the usual orange peel and coriander. That may not be for everyone, but I thought it worked fine. Happy to see a witbier that tries to do something a little different.

Feb 27, 2019
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by kimlhurst from Ohio

Hazy light gold color, slight white collar reducing to thin edge only. Slight floral aroma. Spicy beery taste.

Dec 07, 2018
 
3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Nov 20, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Lava Lake pours a hazy golden color, with not much head. Nice dry fruit aroma; lots of spices. Flavor is on the lighter side, but a very nice rich citrus flavor, good spice notes; very refreshing. Good body and feel. Overall, not a typical witbier, lighter, crisper and fruitier.

Sep 30, 2018
 
3.03 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida on Sep 29, 2018
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3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a one finger head of fizzy foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is biggest of clove and coriander smell along with a little bit of yeast and wheat malt. Along with these aromas comes a bit of hay and grass.
Taste – Unfortunately, the taste is rather bland overall. The spice flavors of coriander and clove are by far the most pronounced and are joined by a somewhat moderate wheaty taste. As the taste moves on from those somewhat lighter tastes, some very light flavors of banana, a bit of grass and hay, and hints of citrus and yeast come to the tongue. All said, in the end, one is left with a somewhat bland, spiced, wheat bread taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For the lighter tastes and the moderate abv., the thin body and higher carbonation level are rather good and help one to take the brew down rather easily.
Overall – This beer lacks a lot in the flavor department and overall is rather boring. While most Crazy Mountain brews I rather like, this one is sub-par.

Sep 21, 2018
 
3.5 by Dface from Texas on Aug 31, 2018
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1.66/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by h4ger from Connecticut

This was just god awful nasty.

Jun 13, 2018
 
3.5 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Apr 08, 2018
 
3.69 by flek from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2017
 
2.32 by fastsite from Colorado on Oct 24, 2017
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3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rkarimi from Colorado

8-6

Aug 07, 2017
 
2.96 by Jeremiah87 from Colorado on Jul 20, 2017
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3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

12oz can - another loopy wildlife association, this time a fox, I think?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly chalky white head, which leaves some low-lying streaky lace around the glass as things quickly move on.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, somewhat acrid lemon zest, some indistinct floral notes, subtle black pepper and clove spice, and a bit of earthy yeastiness. The taste is bready and crackery pale malt, a lesser grainy wheatiness, mixed pithy citrus, very gentlemanly yeast, muddled dusty spice, more weird floral tea-like character, and a hint of leafy, weedy, and musty green hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its structurally supportive frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of that strange floral essence maybe taking things down a peg or so here. It finishes trending dry, the crackery malt, spices, and flowers still tickling my tastebuds on the way out.

Overall, this is an interesting version of the style, as the major metrics are all there, with the addition of that oft-mentioned wild flower quotient, one that, while provocative at first, starts to tire by the end of the serving. Yeah, this is a one and done for me.

Jun 13, 2017
 
3.45 by Jodio from Texas on Mar 08, 2017
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2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by D1noB from Oklahoma

Very flowery and maybe citrus ginger baby after taste.

Taste Rating in Words: You look over and see those two people at the party that just shouldn't be near each other they are both a little toasty and next thing you know you're watching a sloppy mess.

Jan 15, 2017
 
3.23 by OKbrew89 from Oklahoma on Dec 03, 2016
 
2.75 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Nov 06, 2016
 
2.97 by breardon1776 from New York on Sep 30, 2016
 
3.3 by minterro from California on Aug 28, 2016
 
3.53 by Taologic from Oregon on Aug 20, 2016
 
3.21 by plaid75 from New York on Aug 12, 2016
 
2.79 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jul 20, 2016
 
3.66 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Jun 22, 2016
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2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by CO-Bloom from Colorado

I really want to like these guys - they grew like crazy, which is a great small business story - have a pretty cool setup in Edwards and a really nice staff at the brewery - but I have been vastly disappointed by 95% of all their beer. This is possible the worst of the lot that I have had...

L- look is fine, I agitated the last 5th of the can and got a nice cloudy, light-orange.
S- Smells like lemon hand soap with faint yeast spices.
T- unfortunately lemon zest soapiness shows up here. And I also get chamomile coming through, which I find off-putting. I barely get any of the Belgian yeast as the additives are franking gross and distracting, at least in this execution. It truly taste like a soapy, lemon tea to me - not good.
F- doesn't have the creamy body I want from a yeasty, fruity wheat beer (Odell Easy Street for reference) - a little watery with strange lingering aftertastes.
O- I think this it the worst beer I have had so far this year. Not a huge fan of the style, but I can certainly appreciate them. I would grab a blue moon before this - while a BM tastes sugary and "fake" at least its flavor profile is overall pleasant - cannot say the same for this. I am not sure this will be finished (not worth the calories or alcohol intake IMO)

Jun 07, 2016
 
3.18 by -Andrew- from Michigan on May 28, 2016
 
3.63 by AlexFields from Tennessee on May 25, 2016
 
3.24 by Cramerican from North Dakota on Mar 29, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of wheat, slight floral hops, hint of sweet malt, earthiness, hint of spice, and slight citrus. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of floral hops, slight earthiness, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of spice. Overall, weak appearance, average aroma and body, but a good feel.

Mar 17, 2016
 
3.5 by habaceeba from Colorado on Feb 29, 2016
 
4.52 by Watersox from North Carolina on Jan 29, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Suds from Missouri

From a 12 ounce bottle with a strange fox-like lady-lizard on the label, this is an incredibly light brew. Hazy and pale yellow with a fizzy white head. The aroma is is wit-like, with some spice and a hint of yeast. The taste is moderately dry, with a wheat twang and a firm bitterness that holds the beer together. It's an interesting brew, but not exceptional.

Jan 16, 2016
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3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

Pour starts clear gold but clouds up when some small chunks from the bottom of the can pop out, leaving some streaks at the bottom of the glass. Minimal to no head.

Aromas of cinnamon, clove and graham cracker. It actually smells like rice pudding, with the exception of a little light tangerine.

Belgian yeast phenols surface in flavor, but they are pushed far into the background by the added spices. The wit attributes of orange and lemon are present, but also faint. Cinnamon and rice make this an oddball.

Tangy, fizzy and crisp in texture, which would make it refreshing, if it weren't so heavy on the spices. As it is, it feels kind of indulgent, and nearing Christmas beer territory.

Dec 24, 2015
Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewery
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 200 ratings