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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

Woody Creek White
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573 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007)
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Photo of rohrbachsfan

New York

1.45/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance: The appearance of this beer was promising. Light cloudy yellow color with a nice full head.

Smell: Things were looking positive until I smelled the beer. It smelled like the produce section of the super market, like cauliflower.

Taste: Ignoring the smell I took a sip and it tasted just like it smelled. I figured maybe I just needed to acclimate to the flavor. But by the third swallow I had to call it quits and down the drain it went.

Mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation based on my three swallows.

Drinkability: This beer just wasn't drinkable in my opinion. A couple of years ago I tried Blue Moon Belgian White and that too went down the drain because I thought the spice flavors were off but I don't recall the vegetal element. I like the banana/clove spice flavors found in Hefeweizens and the flavors of some other Belgian ale styles so I have to think that this was a blown batch, but Beer Advocate's style description does indicate that a Witbier may have "odd ball" spice flavors. I think the printed code on the bottle read 28907F, but it was hard to read.

P.S. - I looked up this beer's description on Flying Dog's website and saw that one of the brewings spices was Coriander (aka Cilantro). I hate Cilantro because to my taste buds it over powers any Mexican dish it touches and is foul tasting. This may be the source of the strong vegetal flavor and smell that I detected.

Update 7-8-2007:
I'm not the only one that disliked this one. Rochesterinsider.com's June 20, 2007 review stated "Thumbs down. The smell's unappealing, and there's a soapy taste."

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 00:43:59 | More by rohrbachsfan
Photo of SolomonGrundy


2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

So, this basically sucks. It's Flying Dog's Summer ale and apparently it was made for people who don't like beer. Pours a pale yet hazy yellow, kind of like sunshine in the state of Maryland where this is brewed. Very little head, but what there is is persistent, leaving no lace however. Smell is refreshing but faint. Obvious hints of coriander to give it that Beglian "spiciness". It fails, however. Flavor is super-thin - almost lemonade like. It's clean and tangy, like a white should be, but it immediately finishes off, almost water-like, and has no length to the finish at all. This is what I'd imagine a hard lemonade would taste like, but without the good parts of the lemonade. Very poor effort all in all. However, at $8.99 a sixer, you can spare the change on occasion if you have friends who aren't beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:28:30 | More by SolomonGrundy
Photo of BeerTrader


2.2/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled a bottle of this during lunch yesterday with a couple other brewers...

I won't bother to rate this beer with flowery descriptive prose, the scores above say it all. For the 3 of us, this was very close to a drain pour... really an awful attempt for a good Wit. I could see where they were going but they just didn't execute and produce adequate quality. Seems they are attempting to market and sell the product on the brand and flashy packaging alone. To do so at premium prices is an insult to the craft beer industry. I would not buy another, and would decline an offering if served at a future social event.

Word to the wise... if you want to try this, just buy 1 12oz bottle to test it... don't waste your $$ on a full 6'er.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 12:35:06 | More by BeerTrader
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New York

2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had two. The first poured flat and I was surprisingly disappointed. This style usually exhibits a nice clean, generous white head. Added a slice of orange to the second, and lo and behold, a nice head and lace that lasted.

Sadly the orange helped the head, but little else. This Witbier was flat, and had a nasty lingering bitterness after each swallow. I typically like everything Flying Dog has to offer, but I'll pass on this one. Their "In Heat Wheat" is a much friendlier Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:03:01 | More by theBubba
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2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very small white head that dies immediately. Big chunks of yeast floaties but otherwise this is pretty clear for something unfiltered. Doesn't really look all that appetizing. The aroma doesn't change things for me too much. The smell is yeasty and has a sourdough quality to it.

The first sip offers a change of pace with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a flavor that hints of wheat, orange peel and some peppery spice.

Incredibly let down by the look and aroma. Sisappointed in the flavor as well. Not a terrible beer but I would pass this up for the many superior versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:13:23 | More by SuperSpy
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New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a pale yellow, with a thin head that quickly dissipated and didn't lace well. The smell was very subtle citrus and spice; not exactly as prominent as one would come to expect from a wit. When the time came to taste it, the smell was dead-on, but dare I say dissolved quickly to an unpleasant, almost popcorn-ish finish. It felt light/medium-bodied on the palate, with decent carbonation. Given the bad finish in the taste department, even though the mouthfeel was good I wasn't reaching for another one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 03:48:22 | More by donniecuffs
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2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with a slight, quickly disappearing white head. Some yeasties in there.

Smells of mostly coriander, but also a strange musty smell.

Taste is dominated by coriander and some wheat. A little musty also. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Average drinkability. Not one of my favorite witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:15:20 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Code 308FY10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Pale lemon yellow brew with a bunch of haze and yeasty particles. Small head settles to virtually nothing but leaves a nice meniscus of foam along the glass. Leaves a little lace.

S: Burnt popcorn, especially the hulls, front and center. Touch of diacetyl. Not much else except a little yeast, pretty odd.

T: Same popcorn taste but it is muted. Also a little lime soda and warm spices. A little yeasty funk here also.

M/D: Crisp and dry, carbonation is a little fizzy. Finish is astringent. Pretty disappointing, not up to par with other Flying Dog brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:43:48 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of bamojr


2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to start off by saying that I don't really dig wit beers and this isn't really an exception. But that being said, I will give it a fair shot for what it is.
Pours cloudy golden color with thin white head.
Coriander like crazy in the nose almost to the point where I coughed. The taste is very sappy with tons of coriander. The flavor reminds me of the smell of a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 23:09:37 | More by bamojr
Photo of gpogo


2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:12:30 | More by gpogo
Photo of Ricochet


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, deep yellow, mildly lively carbonation with a nice lace finish. About standard for a good wit. Smells of orange peel more than anything else but it's balanced with mild clove and even a little banana. Mouth very ale like, bitter finish, trix cerial aftertaste, just seemed a little thin and wasn't as creamy. Not too good on mouth. This is a little too heavy on the orange and leans into a bitter orange taste, and the other flavors, clove primarily are weak. Little alcohol taste means a good masking effect, but the bitter in this beer is really off.

It's okay, but when Blue Moon is more of a subdued taste that I'd rather have, even the better ingredients don't save this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 11:37:17 | More by Ricochet
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2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance= A lemony yellow, with little to no head.

Smell= very light citrus.

Taste=There is almost no hint of spices or wheat in this beer. I usually like this category pretty well, but this beer doesn't seem to stand out, it's not bad, it just doesn't stand out in my mind. There is some citrus after taste left on the tongue, but that's about it.

Mouth feel= Very thin on the tongue with some carbonation.

Drink ability= It's a very drinkable, and I might want to try it again some time, but its not going to be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 22:22:09 | More by kuykendall
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a big cap of white foam. Frothy lacing atypical of a witbier.

Smells blandly and dirtily of wheat, yeast and spice.

A musty wheat and yeast taste is backed up by some spice and orange. I can't say it's bad, but I find the taste very offputting.

Medium body and light carbonation.

Relative to the style, there are so many options that are so much better than this, I don't see any reason to keep this around.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 22:17:22 | More by IMincedTheKing
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2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had most of the Flying Dog brews, and this was probably my least favorite. It didn't have much to offer. The appearance was a lighter gold. Despite an aggressive pour, there was almost no head and no lacing. The beer smelled of oranges and grape fruit and had a few spices. The taste of the beer kinda reminded me of vitamin water. The beer was way to watery, and the citrus taste comes in almost as an after taste. The taste was dominated with oranges, but seemed to have a lemon-lime mix to it. I really didn't feel like having another beer after this one. Honestly, it would probably be best to drink this beer on a warmer day rather than a cold winter night, as I can see this beer being refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:45:40 | More by Jablonski
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North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a shiny golden color and was essentially clear. Foam head that nearly completely dissolved. Quick streams of speedy carbonation rises to the surface. Nose is mild wheat and what I can only describe as Brita-filtered water.

Flavor is a bit weak all around. Wheat is a tad thin and none of the other spice cabinet flavors I associate with the style. Maybe a slight hint of cinnamon or cloves but I really had to dig for that. Thin mouthfeel that is just a tad watery without any wheaty heft to it. Alright enough for a summer day but not particularly a prime example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 23:21:54 | More by MuddyFeet
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2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Woody Creek White

pours a very cloudy pale yellow with a clingy bone head that never quits. leaves a bit of lace.

smells of wheat, coriander, and some faint spice. taste is pretty much the same but with the addition of bananas. it's hard to taste much because this is so thin and all the flavors taste watered down.

mouthfeel thin and well carbonated, not a lot going in with this beer.

it's pretty plain for a wit. probably wouldn't purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 21:05:33 | More by vdread
Photo of AdamBear


2.98/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 23:59:05 | More by AdamBear
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very faint yellow body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Soft wheaty aroma with a bit of citrus and a slew of coriander thrown in.

Taste: A doughy wheat flavor charged with a heavy-handed dose of coriander. Tart citrus notes. Chalky finish with a bit more of that tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit over-spiced for my tastes. There are better witbiers to be found.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 00:24:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured a hazy straw yellow color. Minimal white head that left spotty lacing. Had an aroma of wheat, grain, light spices and citrus. Taste followed the nose completely. Very light and sessionable.

Light-bodied with good carbonation. Not bad, but one-dimensional and pretty boring. Recommended for a one time try...I've certainly had better wheat beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 16:06:06 | More by MsRif
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3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:04:20 | More by guityler83
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a fairly short, white head over a nicely cloudy, light yellow/white body.

Faint peppery, lemon, and wheat aromas - had to really pull them out.

Crisp on the palate, with a light peppery flavor. Tap water. Aluminum twang. Not enough sweetness.

Crisp mouthfeel - thin, and not nearly smooth enough to be a good representation of the style.

This one is fine on the drinkability meter - nothing offensive, and pretty darn refreshing. Just didn't have all the elements of a good Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:37:37 | More by BeerImmediately
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After pouring the beer I noticed things floating around, im assuming their yeast. There isnt much aroma here. They say they use orange peel and coriander but im not picking up any. Smells like bananas and tastes like bananas, with a hint of wheat and oats. The mouthfeel is right for a Belgian Wit, but the drinkability isnt great. It doesnt taste terrible, but there are a lot of things missing from what I have had with Belgian Wits. Unless this is true to style from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:57:09 | More by arboristfish
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours hazy yellow gold with a big pillowy white head that had good retention

smells of banana and light grains

taste just like the nose banana little clove some must semi sweet grains

mouthfeel - light body carbonation to the hilt

overall the beer has decent flavors but its closer to a hefe then a wit

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:06:07 | More by jsh420
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woody Creek White pours out a yellow color, with a very large white pillowy head. Lot's of lacing It is pretty cloudy, but if you hold it up to the light you can tell how active the carbonation is. The nose has coriander, and a bit of citrus, but is mainly comprised of wheat notes. The taste starts off with wheat grains, has some lemon zest, a bit of orange peel, some spicy coriander, maybe a bit of pepper spice as well. The Belgian yeast adds some fruit tones, and there is just a hint of floral hops. It is a light bodied beer that is pretty active on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall though, Woody Creek White just comes up a little short. It seems like the brewers at Flying Dog were on the right track, but they just didn't follow through all the way, and the resulting beer is a little thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:19:53 | More by Tballz420
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of candied banana, coriander, orange peel and black pepper.

The taste is thinner than the aroma. Bitter orange peel with black pepper that comes to nearly dominate the taste buds. A touch of wet cardboard. Suggestions of banana fruitiness. Coriander gets almost lost in the mix. Peppery, dry finish.

Dry - some flavor hangs on - mostly pepper - quite a bit of water.
Quite a bit of carbonation.

Too much black pepper for me, making it not as smooth as it should be. It hits the style in general, but only mediocre at best, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:01:51 | More by jwc215
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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.