Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007

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Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 322
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Cloudy dull yellow body with a white head that dissipated to almost nothing.

A- Light wheat and slight coriander.

T- Floury wheat taste with an overwhelming 'bad homebrew' flavor(slightly buttery). Light citrus, but otherwise a pretty mild flavor overall.

M- Light body and moderate carbonation.

D- Aside from the weird off flavor it wouldn't be bad, just far from exceptional.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woody Creek White by Flying Dog.

A- Has a great wheat beer appearance of thick off yellow hue, with mild head followed by a heavy lacing that hang the whole beer.

S- Massive wheat and yeast hits the nose at first with a small grainy scent. Excellent wheat nose.

T- Taste is good, exactly that. Great all round wheat taste of wholesome wheat flavor. Nice yeasty and bready medium. Finishes with a wonderous but mild bitterness.

M-D- Mostly a light but medium feel with overloads of wheat thickness. The feel rolls over the tongue with smooth carbonated feel. Drinkablity is a refreshing but not to be taken lightly. Great Belgian style Wit Beer.

My Bro approves.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

So the Flying Dog goes Belgian, good timing for them as this style is about to peak in popularity. Brewed to style with coriander and orange peel, the malt shares billing with Belgian Pale malt, oats and unmalted wheat.

Completely cloudy from the yeast, very pale yellow color as well. The lace has no problem sticking around, even after a few big sips. Big and balanced aroma of coriander and orange peel, with a soft graininess and nutty yeast in the back. Thick layers of citrus and coriander hit the palate hard up front; a mild hop bitterness and a toothy graininess help keep everything level. A bit of bitterness from the coriander toward the end, with a harder citric tone. Finishes dry with a nearly clean aftertaste.

After first, we felt the spice registered a bit too high, but after a few sips this one grew on us and there was none of the soapy flavor generally associated with overspiced American-brewed Belgian White Ales. Comparable to its Belgian counterparts, and certainly one of the best of its style in the US.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a pilsner glass. It was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head that reminded me of whipped cream. There was some delicate lacing. The aroma was citrus and grain. It had an orange taste, althought there was a late tang of lemon. Some malt also, and a tiny bit of spiciness. I thought this beer was pretty robust for a wit, and really enjoyed it.

Photo of Beaver13
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is musty, earthy yeast with a little banana and clove.

The flavor is some slightly sweet and fruity malts followed by more musty earthiness. The mouthfeel medium to light and heavily carbonated.

Overall, a decent wit. It's more musty and less spicy than most.

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazed pale blonde body with a small white head that leaves scant lacing. Subtle aroma of wheat, coriander, white pepper, and reen bananas. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Taste is lemony citrus, spicy coriander and pepper, wheat, and a hint of orange. Lemony citrus finish. Nicely done and a pleasant summer sipper.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info.

Pours lighter and hazed tangarine under a near white fluffy head, that stays a bit. Leaves decent light bands of stickage.

Delicate floral nose.

Light, more floral characteristics, some honey and light tea coming through. Respectable take on the style. Easy drinking and summary.

Would go well with a light lunch of salads, cheese and bread on a hot day.

Photo of nem2006
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very cloudy, pale yellow with a thick, white head that retains extremely well. Nice lacing.

The nose is citrus, lemony with some floral notes as well.

It is medium bodied and sits nicely on the tongue. Has almost a creamy texture to it. There is not much on the front end of the beer, but the crispness from the yeast hits about halfway followed by the lemon and finally a subtle hoppy bitterness.

A very smooth beer. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Nicely balanced.

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the coriander with a little bit of orange peel. The flavor is a more balanced mix of orange and coriander - about what you expect in a witbier. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Very cloudy, pale yellow with moderate head. Looks almost slightly gray if held away from the light.

Smell: Strong citrus, coriander and sour wheat malt. Pungent smell overall.

Taste: Spicy coriander upfront with orange rounding out the flavor. "Wheaty" and slightly sour malt. Pepper and some bitter hops at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a moderate body and pretty dry overall. Feels tangy.

Drinkability: Exceedingly refreshing, one of the better made and most balanced of all the American made Wits.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in snifter.

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden color with no head. Very sharp carbonation, a little too much. Very Belgian flavor, with some coriander and other spices to taste. It's a pretty a decent Belgian but it might be better bottle conditioned. I'd look elsewhere for better light belgians.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle out of the fridge pooured into a hefe glass. pours a hazy, cloudy light yellow color with a one finger of creamy pure white head. decent retention and a little bit of lace.

lemon zest, spice, wheat, bubblegum, belgian yeast, a little grain.

decent taste, nothing extremely exciting, but its pretty true to the style. lots of lemon like citrus, wheat, and a little spice, then some nice belgian yeast thats just right.

light light body, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation. feels really good for the style.

good drinkability, light body, good taste, and oh so refreshing make this a great session beer. a very nice summer beer as well.

this is a pretty decent beer. i dont know why, but i wasnt expecting much and this surprised me a little. i would buy this again.

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles and some sediment floating around. Solid two finger white head with a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, wheat, Belgian yeast, banana, orange peel, lemon, and some coriander spice. Spices and fruit are fairly subdued with the wheat and grains standing out.

Taste: Starts out with a mixture of wheat and pale malts with some Belgian yeast. A fruity mix of orange, lemon, and banana follows. Coriander is really present in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat tangy.

Overall: A fairly good version of a wheat beer. Could of been a little more assertive with the flavors but whats there is pretty good. Very good use of coriander.

Photo of Soonami
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Woody Creek White is a Belgian-style wheat that is good, better than the Blue Moons and Shock Tops, but it is lacking the aromatics and flavor that the best examples have. There is a little clove and banana, but not much else. The wheat flavor and acidity is missing. The pale straw color and the head were promising, but the smell and taste were pleasant but nothing made my tongue call out for more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale cloudy golden almost milky with yeast sediment. Awesome chunky bright white clouds of heaven form above the rim of my glass what a great looking creating. Fine lacing forms evenly with each sip, quite artsy. Aromatics offer up citrus and banana smoothie infused bread dough with sharp hints of lemon peel and light anise. Flavor goes a bit overboard on the chalky spiced anise kick but edges out enought with citrus and light banana tones to make up for it. Creamy pale malts with light herbal hops bringing in a chammomile like tea experience. Mouthfeel is light bodied with pretty effervescent head, when I popped the cap it let out some bubbly like carbonation. Drinability is solid especially when it's in the 4s as far as abv goes. Spicy yeast gets better with each sip what a nice brew to sip on this summer.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mac McGee's in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of wheat twang. Also present are hints of light fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light fruits - mostly pears but with hints of bananas and light citrus. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and twangy wheat flavors take over. The wheat carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was far from an exceptional beer but it wasn't all that bad either. I initially had it rated higher thinking it was an American Wheat but as a Wit it doesn't cut it as much. Not worth seeking out but if it pops up it's worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy orange lemon with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for a bit before fading into nothing.

S: Coriander, lemon, bread.

T: Lemon, orange, coriander, spice, some bread.

M: Fluffy and then finishes light.

D: Nice drinkability, not to heavy, good summer drinker.

Overall: A solid showing from Flying Dog. Nice aroma that matches enhances the citrus taste. The spice is present, but not overwhelming.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grapefruit yellow in color and cloudy with a white head that's visible for moments before turning into a spits worth of suds clinging to one side of the glass.

The yeast smell is the first thing to hit my nose. The scents of coriander and orange peel follow and are robed with wheat and grain.

The flavor is quite nice. Gritty wheat with a nice balance of spices. Sweet orange peel mixes with a light haze of ginger and coriander.

Soft and delicate on the mouth despite a crackle of carbonation on your taste buds. The finish is slightly dry and almost to a chalky stage but maintains with a floral after taste. This beer is quite refreshing especially during those hot summer days.

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deeply clouded very pale yellow. The pure white head that forms is just over two fingers tall and retains itself well as a thick, creamy pillow. Lacing isn't plentiful but not light either, and what's left behind is thick and drops some legs behind it. Overall the head size and retention and quality of lacing are outstanding. The quantity of lacing is the only thing keeping this beer from a perfect appearance.
Wheat and the typical dusty Belgian yeast aromas are present with the appropriate additions of orange peel and coriander.
The taste follows suit. This one is clearly in the traditional style. It's a light beer, as it's meant to be, so it isn't a face-kicking beer. A light addition of hops adds a little character to it and lets the beer work. Maybe I got this beer super fresh, maybe Flying Dog changed something, but spices are not remotely heavy and this isn't lacking much. I'll have to try different variations and see the differences, maybe find some more flavorful examples, but this is a good beer.
The bosy is, of course, light, but not thin. Carbonation is moderate and this beer is crisp all the way through but develops a rich, creamy smoothness all the way to the finish. Any claim otherwise is confusing to me.
Well, maybe witbiers just aren't the thing for some BAs, but I can't figure out a B overall.

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber, with lots of puffy white head, that sticks around for a good while, and leaves lots of lace around the glass. It smells predominantly of banana and spicy cloves, with a bit of sweet citrus in there as well. The taste is sweet spicy cloves, white fruit, coriander, and a little yeast. The carbonation is moderate, but the medium-bodied mouthfeel is somewhat cloying, with an offdry finish. This is quite true to style, and refreshing, but it's not something I'd pursue in a session.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle > stella Artois glass

Frosty yellow gold is the color, a bit murkey and unfiltered which is what I wanna see. A 1/2" white head is moderate sized with slow retention and medium stickiness.

The aroma is very subtle but it has a decent white and black pepper effect, earthy and tangy scented yeast with a classic wheat edge, very herbal with lemmon's in a dry hay field.

The malt is actually very smooth and plays a large part in the flavor profile, very clean and crisp, achieving a crisp wheat and hay flavor, ultra smooth going down. It's earthy, peppery yeast gives the most flavor with even some subtle vanilla currents mixed in. The finish is velvety smooth and dry at the top of the mouth.

I'm actually very impressed with this version, even if summer is long gone.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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?

Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.