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Lava Lake Wit | Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
crazymountainbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,592
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
193
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with a good deal of bubbliness. It had a two-finger off-white head of foam that left sudsy sheets of lace.

S - It smelled of coriander, spices, yeastiness and wheat.

T - Lemon, coriander, spice and cracked wheat. There is a touch of yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied wit. Dry finish.

O - This was good. I had never heard of Crazy Mountain so I picked up this can while in MN.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful nose on this hazy pale straw Wit. Reminiscent of chamomile tea with wheat and sweet fruit. The taste however was somewhat disappointing. I'm not a real big fan of Wits, but when done right they are quite refreshing. This Wit has an odd spiciness that, combined with the spritzy carbonation, just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Musty, sour malt with a touch of sweet coriander in the background.

T - Dry, grainy malt up front with a hint of honey in the middle. Finishes with a. Strong herbal note of coriander and a bit of chamomile.

M - A moderately light body, fairly low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, but way too light and with a kind of over the top coriander presence in the aroma. However, I do like the touch of chamomile in the finish and I think if it had a thicker body and proper carbonation it might be a pretty decent example of the style.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a light hazy straw colored with a very thin white head. A few occasional bubbles rose from the bottom dancing around the haze. Aroma was slightly wheaty, with a bit of lemon hiding in there. Flavor had a bit of fruit, maybe orange peel? with a little bit of a bitter spice kick at the end. Coated nicely, with just a bit of carbonation. Overall flavor was kinda funky, couldn't place it however, not necessarily bad, just a bit funky.

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Photo of ArrogantB
1.72/5  rDev -46.3%
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 BryanCarey
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lava Lake Wit pours to a hazy shade of yellow with a mildly pleasing nose of wheat, yeast, bread, citrus, and spice. The white foam doesn’t last very long and leaves no lacing as you consume.

This beer offers a taste that is similar in some ways to other wits, with its wheat, yeast, and other qualities but is different in other ways, with spicy flavors not found in most other beers of this style. Along with the unusual spice blend are flavors of oranges and lemons, but the spice is what I remember most, particularly that of chamomile.

This is a refreshing beer for the hot days of summer, but I have to admit that the spicy flavors present, while certainly different, are not necessarily what I prefer to taste in this style. I still find it okay, however, and I predict most who try it will find it at least palatable, even if not very impressive.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.66/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerbrains
2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -24.7%
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 biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
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 JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of VancouverHops
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can. Sampled on January 26, 2013

The color is a kind of olive oil yellow, cloudy and hazy, with a moderate fizzy white head that settles down.

The aroma goes in many directions with wheat, oats, yeast, lemongrass, citrus, brown sugar, and a little spice.

The body is creamy with a light -medium texture.

The key elements in the taste are the wheat and the citrus with a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Very interesting anyway.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Schmittymack
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a clear light golden color with a bit of floral aroma on the nose. Taste was wheat, some orange, a little grainy, and no hop bitterness. For a style that's normally not one of my favorites, this is a pretty nice light/summer brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a Logsdon chalice.

Appearance - Bright yellow hazy body. Big white fluffy head. Well-retained. Wispy on the surface when it settles.

Smell - Lots of spice. Coriander is the only one I can really distinguish. Lots of wheat, too.

Taste - Something like cinnamon right at the start. Strange. Grainy wheat flavor midrange and a spicy bite at the end. No real depth. Mostly spice.

Mouthfeel - It's light and crispy. Easy drinking, if low in flavor. Funny aftertaste, though.

Overall - No better than any other wit out there. Way over spiced, but it does make the nose interesting.

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Lava Lake Wit from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 193 ratings