Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

322 Reviews
THE BROS
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very good

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 703
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-straw color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super-fast to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a yeasty smell mixed with a spicy smell of coriander and clove. A decent wheaty base is there as well, along with some lemongrass and a little bit of an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter wheat bread flavor as well as having a rather heavy yeasty and spicy flavor of coriander and clove. Along with these flavors comes some tastes of a citrus orange and some light banana. As the taste moves on further, the orange fades while the banana increases a bit. A little bit of lemon come to the tongue along with some hay and a grassy taste. In the end with the dawdling of the orange sweetness, the advent of the grass and hay, and the good level of yeast and spice, one is left with a rather balanced witbier flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. For the lighter abv. and the yeasty and wheaty flavor of the brew, the feel is rather decent and makes for a rather refreshing beer.

Overall – A rather decent and refreshingly balanced wit. Rather well done and an easy drinker at only 4.8 %. (1,415 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Pale, almost straw yellow. A little cloudy. Big white fluffy head with good retention. Small amount of dotty lacing.

S - Some wheat aroma, little bit of citrus

T - Wheat and Citrus flavours. More Citrus coming from the American Hops used I presume. Great tasting. Some Belgian yeast flavours.

M - Quite a high carbonation level, with a sharp, crisp finish. (364 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06/27/12 Very well balanced taste with a reasonable body. May prove a wee bit heavy, texture-wise, for the long haul, but if you want a kick starter for a non-school night you could do worse than to start here. I'll be back! (225 characters)

Photo of mthomp081
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%

White foamy head, some lacing around the top of the glass. Hazy, pale yellow in color. Very light aroma of coriander and the orange peel. Taste is somewhat underwhelming compared to the smell of the coriander and oranges. Crisp, light on the palette. Really nice in the summer as it is very drinkable. High carbonation, nice mouth feel. Dry and grainy, Finishes nicely with a tad of bitterness. (402 characters)

Photo of Acks
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow with a golden hue. Medium sized head with little retention that left a nice layer of lacing.

S: Citrus and wheat.

T: A lot of citrus flavor, can really taste the orange here. Refreshing and sweet.

M: Decent amount of carbonation. Bitter yet smooth.

O: I like this one, but I think there's slightly too much citrus. I wouldn't recommend adding any additional slices of orange or lemon. Still a great beer. (426 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BBD 232/14. Pours a pale yellow with a very slight haze. Massive head with excellent lacing and retention. Very nice Belgian nose of coriander, orange and yeast with a slight pepper note. Light medium body with a smooth texture that has some creamy feel to it as well. Slightly above normal carbonation that yields a nice effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is complex and well balanced. The flavors of the nose are all present, with coriander and orange being most prevalent. The finish is crisp with just a touch of pepper underlying the coriander. While not as flavor intensive as Allagash White, this one is still outstanding. (642 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of crisp audibly fizzy snow white colored uniform frothiness... Modest at best retention gives way to a fairly thick lacing of much the same characteristics... The color is a moderately hazed pale lemony yellow straw... Mostly still with just a few stray carbonation bubbles here and there... Some additional carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... There is also some suspended sediment throughout...

S - Fresh cracked wheat... Light Belgian yeast notes... Orange zest... Lemon zest... White pepper... Perhaps just a slight hint of sage... Somewhat subdued, but the aromas work well together...

T - All components alluded to by the nose are present on the palate... However, these component become somewhat muddled and do not compliment one another as they do in terms of aroma...

M - Medium bodied... Crisp carbonation... Much denser than I expected... A slightly soapy finish...

D - Not a bad Witbier by any means, but not one of my first (or second) options either... The best adjective I can come up with overall is pedestrian... Average at best in most categories... The mouthfeel distracts a bit as its slightly off putting... However, this one will serve it's purpose on a hot summer's day... (1,262 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale, moderately clear beer. The head is enormous and brilliantly white. I expected a little more haze in the brew. The smell is typical of the style. Sweet and fruity, with lots of citrus and light herb scents. The smell is a little malty, notably sweet, and it has a slightly spice and earth flavor. Almost no bitterness of hop presence in the taste. Very light in body. It's a refreshing and nice summer brew, but is overall fairly average for the style. (472 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says 232A14.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- The usual notes of coriander, lemongrass, orange peel and...ooh, what's this? I swear there's some cinnamon in this which is different for a witbier but welcome. And it's like Big Red cinnamon too, not pumpkin pie cinnamon.

T- Flavor isn't quite as interesting as the aroma as there's the usual yeast, wheat and mild banana notes. Fruity, easy to drink.

M- Slightly tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Sessionable and flavorful but it doesn't stand out in the sea of witbiers on the market. (802 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swirled in the bottle yeast and darkened my beer to an flat ochre color with tons of turbidity. The head clumped to a mass of two fingers and dried out like meringue topping. Looks great.

Coriander is moderate, and the yeast really pushes lemon filling out over the pie crust of golden wheat. But, I really like that they used a bitter orange peel to scale back any aromatic sweetness. Offers more zestiness than anything that this low hop profile can emit.

Great soft wheat flavors that create a base for a spicy witbier. Eggy body transfers energy perfectly in the mouth. A solid peppery bite upfront with the flavors of coriander in the finish. Middle is jammed with witte yeast elegance, orange peel, lemon, and slight grassiness. Really, on-point, especially in the mouthfeel. (783 characters)

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served cold poured in a pilsner.

A- Golden hazy hue with minimal head. Not as hazy as most whites.

S- Orange and corriander are dominant.

T- Taste reflects the aroma, however flavor seems somewhat watered down.

M- Not as full bodied as most whites. Finishes clean.

O- Decent belgian white. I was somewhat disappointed because I was expecting more from Flying Dog. (368 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date printed on the label. Another beer from Flying Dog's regular line-up that I have yet to try. Been wanting to have this for a while now; acquired a single bottle at the local Binny's. Expectations are decently high.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow-orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside and lots of fine sediment twirling in the glass. Two to three fingers of big fluffy towering white froth. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of grass, clean wheat, crisp grain, some pilsner malt smell, some must, & orange and lemon zest.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp wheat, grain, lemongrass, orange zest, lemon zest, floral coriander, and just the right amount of clove presence. A harmonious balance of citrus fruit and floral aspects.

M - Feel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean, with a slightly grassy, sticky finish.

Overall, an easy drinking witbier from Flying Dog. Crisp, floral, citric, and refreshing with a low 4.80% abv. Definitely a sessionable beer, one I could see pairing well with some summer / autumnal barbeque. Recommended.

Flying Dog Woody Creek Belgian Style White ---4/5. (1,222 characters)

Photo of Beerwolf666
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of My Favorite American Made Witbiers,Flying Dog Brewery Makes some Great Beers,and "Woody Creek" is simply an Outstanding Witbier IMHO~
Poured into a Sam adams Pint Glass~Right away you know this is a wheat beer,Cloudy and Hazy with a nice frothy,Fluffy head that forms instantly,[about an Inch] and last quite some time for a wheat Beer,a straw color with the slightest touch of an almost orange Hue,a Very Pretty Beer Indeed.
This Beer smells Amazing! you really get that Orange right up front,and a Nice wheaty Aroma mixed with Assorted Citrus Scents..Very Nice!
as GR8 as this beer Looks and Smells,it Taste even Better,The first time I tasted this Beer,I said WOW so loud that it freaked my dog out,and he ran under the bed;)
Very Tasty Beer,Smooth and super drinkable,Crisp and clean to the max,of course you get some of that Orange and just a Hint of sweetness up front,but not too sweet,and a nice peppery finish with a touch of Mild Hops and very lively Carbonation you can feel as it glides right down..Smoooth!
This Beer goes Gr8 with Fruit,Oranges,Pineapple,Melon and such,awesome with white Grapes! perhaps not the best choice for burgers,dogs,wings and other pub Grub,I pretty much Love this Beer as an "Apertif"~ In other words,a Fantastic beer to have Before a meal,a few days ago I was having a BBQ with some friends,and we had many Ice cold Woody Creeks before Dinner,[Steaks grilled with Onions & Peppers]and then switched to Dead Guy Ale to enjoy with the steaks~Perfect!
Cheers & Peace2All. (1,516 characters)

Photo of argock
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 1173 on the bottom of the bottle, presumed April 27, 2013 bottling date. SIngle purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Barely hazy honey gold, it doesn't really look like a witbier as there is no haze. There is a short-lived nearly white 1/2-1 finger of head with a scraggly line of lace.

S: The aromas are nice with good estery floral and yeast aromas and soft pilsner grain.

T: The flavor is also solid with nice yeasty esters, light floral touch, orange is more prominent in the flavor and the coriander note adds a little spicy bitterness, a nice counterpoint in an overall solid beer.

M: Way too fizzy and carbonated for the style, it hurts the thicker, creamy feel that the wheat and oats usually give this style. Body is appropriately light.

O: There are a couple of things to fix (mainly feel with a decrease in carbonation) but overall this was a lot better than I expected and a solid beer in the aroma and flavor departments. Good but not quite great job by FD. (1,063 characters)

Photo of guityler83
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: it poured a relitivly clear straw yellow color untill the yeast sediment in the bottle fell into the glass then it became hazy and there were chunks... of sediment floating around. A very small bright white head that fell quickly.

S: Correander and bananna, orange peel and star anise.

T: A sweet start with a bready malt flavor and the same correander orange peel vibe from the aroma. Detectable bitterness but still on the sweet side.

M: thin body and light carbonation

O: The sediment turned me off right away. To be honest it had a decent flavor but I had to dump this one.. maybe next time. (603 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden with a decent amount of white foamy head. Leaves a little sticky lacing on the glass as it recedes fairly quickly. Maintains a thin white cap of foam throughout.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty and faintly spicy. A little wheaty as well.

Taste: Very good. I like Belgian witbiers, and this is a very good interpretation of one. A good balance of wheat, malt, spices and just a hint of hops.

Mouth feel: A little watery with light carbonation, like a good Belgian witbier.

Overall: I love Belgian Witbiers in the summer, and this is a good one. I drank up my six-pack fairly quickly and would definitely buy it again. Nicely done. (739 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. freshness code seems to indicate best by Sept 30th 2013.

Looked nice, golden yellow, very faint haze, bright white head which quickly thinned out. Did leave decent lacing though.

Smell was bubblegum and yeast.

Must admit to being a bit parched, so took 2 or 3 large gulps. Very pleasant and refreshing. Some carbonation tingling. Supped more slowly after that, and to be honest, the feeling wasn't as pleasant. It was just...well...ok. Had that belgian yeasty taste to it.

Mouth was not unpleasant, but not paricularly memorable either. Rather thin.

Chugged the last few mouthfuls, and got that refreshed feeling again. Maybe this is one of those beers that is best slammed by the six pack on a hot day after working outdoors. Doubt it would give much pleasure at all if the outside temp was below 70f (858 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Murky golden wheat color. Around one finger of frothy white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Great smelling beer. All of what I want in a wit is here - lots of coriander, orange peel, citrusy orange, peppery spiciness, and neutral wheat. Good proportions on everything.

3.75 T: Tastes pretty good too. Coriander, pepper, orange peel, wheat, citrus. The orange peel is a little more bitter than expected, but it works well enough. Really tasty.

3.25 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. A little more carbonation than I'd prefer. Slightly creamy, but could be more so.

3.75 D: Seems like most breweries who make a witbier make it well and this is no exception. (715 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into 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 contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a decent malt character for the style. Then some flavors of spices and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (824 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Medium yellow, with some haze and sediment. A smallish head which dissipated rather quickly to a small ring. Decent amount of bubble action.

S - Wheat, banana. Not much else. Nice smelling beer.

T - Lot's of wheat. Hints of banana, and a touch of orange. Tasted like a Belgian Pale Ale in a way. Not a lot going on taste-wise but it was nice, crisp tasting beer. Tasted better when cold

F - Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Not much dryness in the aftertaste, another plus.

O - Not a bad witbier. I find a lot of witbiers to be way too light, but not this one. Not a ton going on flavorwise, but it still tasted pretty good. Won't rush out to buy again, but it's a solid, crisp, and refreeshing beer. (753 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-golden, slightly hazy with a stable white head

S-strong scent of Belgian white spices and tangerine peel. It's a good scent.

T-comes in as it smells but maybe with more spice than tangerine. It has an odd plastic like bitterness to it. Definitely has an strong off-flavor to it. Also slightly watery.

M-strong carbonation with gives quickly.

O-it looked good and smelled good. It tasted bad and felt bad. Tastes adjunct or amateur or something. Just a large amount of off flavor. Not an easy drinker. Won't get again. (523 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Could not find the bottle on date. A healthy pour into a fluted glass. Made sure to keep the sediment in the bottle.

Corriander and bitter orange peel are not overdone with this one. So don't worry about that. Beer tastes very true to style. The appearance pulls this beer down.

A - Pourred a light straw color, slightly cloudy, with a half-finger white head, which quickly dissapated.

S - Minor notes of citrus and corriander, but predominantely a sort of adjunct beer aroma.

T - A clean refreshing beer. Slight citrus upfront, corriander in the finish. Some bitterness with sweetness. Medium-dry finish.

MF - A refreshing, light bodies beer. Carbonation very evident on the tongue. (689 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Lots of sediment floating around the glass before settling to the bottom.

Smell - Classic witbier aroma; wheat, touch of milkiness and fruity ester, and moderate coriander.

Taste - Follows the nose. Wheat flavor and a ghostly milk-like character, backed by a healthy dose of coriander spice. Mild, but firm lemon bite. Finishes with spice and that lemon kick.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively carbonation. Bites the tongue. Watery around the edges. Crisp finish.

Overall - One of the better wits I can remember having. Not quite on the level of Allagash White, but it's a force all it's own. Will have to try again at some point down the road... maybe for a witbier side by side competition? (841 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/20/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is much the same with muted fruity, citrus 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 still tastes fine even being almost 6 months past the best before date. (660 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddled straw color, filled with a suspended haze of a slightly darker shade that just hangs in limbo. Foamy and cloudy white head forms and reduces to a content quarter-inch and leaves a bit of lacing at the top. Aroma is a backlog of wheat, toppled over by some spice and fruity zest. Coriander, mild clove, orange peel, lemon zest. The wheat is mild but certainly a nice canvas for the rest of the aromas to work on. Overall pretty mild, borderline weak, but then again this is not intended to be a "big" beer, so it works well, given what it's trying to achieve.

The flavor is a little more watery and empty than the aroma would make it seem, but that's not to say it's completely without flavor; just a bit... muted. Dry grains, wheats, kind of musky, possible from the hops? Light lemon zest hits the tongue up front but is quickly overtaken by the grains, wheat, and malt. Some coriander is detectable in the finish, though the clove - not so much. The Belgian yeast doesn't go unnoticed, but it's not quite the star of the show as it is in many authentic Belgian beers. Middle of the sip contains a mild astringent, metallic flavor, but it quickly subsides and doesn't get in the way too much. Finish is mild bread, grains, and wheat; slightly watery with a dry finish. Thin body, highly carbonated.

At 4.8% ABV, you could drink these suckers all day and be fine. Seems like a good one to drink on a really hot summer day. Other than that, there isn't much to it. Not bad, but nothing too special, either. (1,524 characters)

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.