Lava Lake Wit
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #705
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3.23 | pDev: 18.58%
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 195
Photo of dcscientist
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of D1noB
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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)

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled yesterday on 10/25/15. Comes in a 12-ounce can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .25L "KAISER" gold-rimmed glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-amber in color with about a 1-finger white foamy/creamy head. Normal lacing which was spotty that stuck to the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of grains, floral hops and some spice. Bit more going on with the taste as there are some hints of yeast, biscuit and pale malts also. Pretty smooth for the most part with the floral hops near the finish. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Overall, it was a decent brew.

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Photo of Zach136
4.21/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had a few of these Crazy Mountain beers - this was the first that inspired me to actually write a review. Big fan of the execution on these non-traditional adjuncts.

Appearance: hazy yellow, moderate white head/lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Pie crust with mild cherry and orange notes. Really interesting nose and i'm a big fan. More of the same on the palate with a tough of bitter orange peel and more spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied, easy to drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a can of Crazy Mountain's Lava Lake Wit a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at Boyne Country Provisions. I was in the mood for a Witbier and I thought I would take a chance on this one so lets see how it goes. No visible canning date. Poured from a 12oz can into a imperial pint glass.

A_ The can looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a nice a yellow color that took on more of a brighter yellow color when held to the light with a fingers and half worth of bubbly white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with some grainy. biscuit and pale malt aromas being the first to show up and it's followed by the spices with chamomile seeming to show up the most. Towards the end comes some citrus like aromas with a little bit of lemon zest coming through. This beer had a decent aroma, but it wasn't as true to style as I would like.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with those same malts that I got in the aroma being the first to show up and it's followed by a slight doughy yeast and wheat flavor. Up next comes the spices which imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chamomile still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the same lemon zest aspects that I got in the aroma with pretty much no bitterness with a citrusy aftertaste that was just a little watery. It's a decent tasting beer, but it still isn't as true to style as I would like.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, a little crisp, slightly refreshing, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was an Ok beer and I thought it wasn't a great example of the style because it seemed to not stay true to the style, but it didn't taste bad, it just tasted more like a Saison than a Witbier. This beer had decent drinkability, i could drink a couple, but it might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is that it wasn't too true to style. I might buy this beer again if I'm in the mood for it and I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't get it if I was looking for a good and true to style Witbier. All in all I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it either, it kind of fell right in the middle. It's now my least favorite beer from this brewery and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy golden amber. World class head volume, retention and normal lacing.

Light nose of coriander, orange and chamomile over a weak biscuit. As it warms, it becomes much sweeter and has hints of clove.

Light medium body with a texture that approaches creamy. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

This is a uniquely flavored wit that is intense, slightly complex and somewhat balanced. It begins with a blend of flavors from the nose that separate very little. It has a general tart flavor that flows to clove and coriander in the middle. The middle has a very subtle bitterness that slowly becomes phenolic. The finish is a lingering phenolic that slowly becomes medicinal.

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Photo of pat61
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a can poured into a shaker glass. Appearance: Hazy straw, 2” foam cap dissipates to ¼” film Smell: has a very spicey nose that approaches perfumey. The orange peel is very strong as is the coriander and the grains of paradise. There is some chamomile in there contributing to the perfumey quality.Taste: This beer has a lot added into it for as light as it is. Along with all the spice it’s almost like an orange lemon juice was added. Mouthfeel: Overall: This is a fun beer that borders on a shandy – all the additions overwhelm the beer base. For balance it could use some hops or tartness.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a cloudy yellow orange that brings a small head of foam. Some lacing.

The smell is kind of weird. I do get some coriander with a hint of cloves, but it has a strange fruity aroma that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste also has the strange taste. .could be lime. It is somewhat distracting and overwhelms the "normal" flavours one expects from a Wit.

Fairly light in body, lively carbonation.

Thanks Jacob for the chance to try it!

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Where I live, I can only dream of a white Christmas. But in the world of beer, dreams of a white Christmas are a reality. Enter the witbier style, and while it's still a few days before Christmas, it's close enough for me. Here's my white Christmas, brought to me by Crazy Mountain. On to the beer:

Not much life in the appearance, as the beer is a paler yellow color with some tiny bubbles running through the body, and a short lived head which drops to barely a lace. I hope it get better. A few whiffs of the aroma, and I repeat to my myself, I hope it gets better. It smells okay, with faded orange peel, flowers, scented soap. Please get well.

The name Lava Lake conjured images of a lake that was formed as a result of lava millions of years ago. As a beer, it's a watery witbier with little inspiration. The chamomile adds a uniqueness per style, though that's the highlight. It feels watery, tastes watered down, and while it does have a refreshing aspect, I'd much rather conform to Hoegaarden or even Blue Moon.

Crazy Mountain has made a witbier that did not interest me, which itself is crazy. Thank goodness that alcohol is a by-product provided.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an IPA glass.

A murky yellow body underneath a white head -- then the head recedes to almost nothing. A few spots and one line of watery lacing remain momentarily. Not the best looking beer.

In the nose, chamomile and coriander really come to the front, while orange peel is tucked away in the back. It almost has a minty notion about it, this aroma.

Upon drinking, that minty, spicy notion sits on the taste buds softly. Chamomile in the beginning, grains of paradise later. The tangy orange peel comes into play in the finish, making this a great warm weather drink.

It feels light and carbonated.

Overall, I enjoyed this much more than I anticipated. It has some unique flavors that go a long way.

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Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

I'm not sure it was supposed to be a sour beer? It sure is a good one though. It's tart and floral and really very delicious. My favorite from this kind of lackluster mix pack. If I got it again, what would it taste like?

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Photo of AndrewSpankology
1/5  rDev -69%

I have never rated a beer on this site before, but after tasting this horrible concoction at a cafe in Edwards I was inspired to write this review.

This beer sucks. It should not be called a beer. It should be sold as an alcoholic version of Celestial Seasonings tea. It should be used to clean out your toilet after a nasty bout of diarrhea.

This was the first beer that I have ever opened that I was unable to finish, except for the time that I attempted to drink a keg of Milwaukee's Best.

Please, for the sake of humanity, stop brewing this beer.

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Photo of Robloc303
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured like a very light lager, see through yellow. Lots of floral notes on the nose with a hint of honey. citrus, and Chamomile. The Chamomile is the most potent, but the other flavors mixed create a sweet tea flavor. Some spice on the finish... The absolute most interesting wit I have ever tried.... Not really too sure how to describe it besides unique. It is honestly not really a wit beer, but more like a Chamomile flavored domestic.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no can dating. Pours hazy bright gold color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, oats, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, chamomile, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, oats, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant flavors with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with very solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. No watery feeling at all in the flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.89/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy straw color with very little head, that fades quickly.
S: Odd aroma--very sweet citrus. Not orange-peel citrus but lemony. Never had a wit that smelled like this.
T: Ugh, not a good flavor. Unpleasantly sweet, with no detectable coriander, with a fruity lemon taste like in the aroma.
M: VERY watery. Almost no carbonation.

One of the worst wits I've ever had. To let you know how bad: I would rather be drinking a Blue Moon than this!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 7/6/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, lemon and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong lemony citrus flavor followed by some wheat and light malt breadiness. There’s a touch of spice and a very faint hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth but watery, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling not filling at all, mild kick, not the best representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.72/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

On tap at Crazy Mountain Brewing in Edwards, CO. This was by fat the worst beer I tasted at the brewery and possibly one of the worst I've ever tasted. Also odd that their description was "wild fermentation", not sure if that means brett or open fermentation or what. Color was pretty much spot on for a wit, looked like a hazy yellow. Aroma was bad, smelled nothing like a wit, just gross. Flavor was terrible, offensive, I could not take more than two sips and I can;t even describe what I was tasting, rotten flowers? It was like no wit I have ever had nor that I wish to taste again. I am surprised at how many of Crazy Mountain's beers I have had that are just awful.

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Photo of smcolw
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

For a wheat beer, it is stunning how little head is present. Settles quickly to only rim bubbles. The little lace there slides down the glass quickly, leaving nothing. The brew is straw in color with no cloudiness. Frankly, it's disappointing.

Sweet, like Kool-ade. No wheat smell. I do smell some "apple", which I'm not sure where that comes from. Disappointing, again.

Cider sourness is the strong flavor I identify. This is not a Wit from my perspective. The body is decent with an appropriate, if elevated, carbonation level. If this were a cider, I might be fooled. For a Wit, this is a clear miss.

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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 195 ratings