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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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322 Reviews
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Reviews: 322
Hads: 704
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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 stephens101
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellowish orange with a quickly fading white head. Smels of sour grapes, some spice and coriander. Tastes tart and lemony up front with some light fruits and coriander. Light mouth-feel, and a bit chalky. This is a smooth drinker that lacks a bit in the taste department.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy pale gold with soso carbonation. The head is small, white and leave some lace.

The smell is light citrus and yeasty. Lemon, orange and light spice.

The taste follows, not bad tasting at all just not anything to rave about either. The brew just has nothing to excite me.

The mouthfeel is ok, thinner body and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok, but I would not get it again, worth a try, at best a good starter Wit.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: hazy yellow.
smell: tart, spicy.
taste: As the nose advertises. A tart, crisp, spicy taste. Not bad.
mouthfeel: tart and carbonated.
drinkability: Enjoyed but wasn't running for the next. If there's any downside to having been exposed to Founders, DFH, Avery etc. it's the appreciation bar is significantly raised.

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Photo of supercolter
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good, with a slight head, hazy yellow in color. Doesn't look filtered. Smell is a bit weak, some orange peel and banana. Not sure that the banana belongs here. Taste is pretty similar, put with some peppery flavor added in and coriander. Mouthfeel is decent, light to medium in body and light carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

No matter what the haters may say, I do enjoy me some Ralph Steadman labels. The beer behind this label pours a lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises lightly musty wheat, light coriander, and a twist of lemon. The taste comprises coriander, light wheat, lemon zest, cardamom, and a pinch of nutmeg. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little wit, but nothing close to anything to write home about.

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Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium yellow with a large (3-4 finger) white rocky head that had decent retention and produced some good lacing.

The aroma was of straw like malts and a moldy yeast with hints of citrus (orange peel), wheat and some clove.

The taste was lightly acidic with a nice dose of wheat and a note of citrus in the beginning then became very yeasty with a bit of spiciness at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average amount of time after the swallow allowing for the spices and wheat to be fully appreciated by the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a bit heavier than light in body and was watery at first then mildly dry at the finish in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable Witbier with a nice strong residual wheat flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with sediment at the bottom with a half finger white head that subsides to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt and fermented bananas. The flavor is of sweet malt, wheat, and subtle fruit. It has a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a decent brew. Not awe-inspiring by any means, but decent. Aroma is little worse off than the flavor. Just something about the fermented banana smell puts me off. Just glad that it doesn't show up in the flavor.

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Photo of marcpal
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Found myself not liking many of their brews, but thats changed as of late.

A: Hazy cloudly yellow color with a sparkling bright white thin head. Active carbonation.

N: Orange rind and lemon with some earthiness. Close semblance to a hoegaarden and the spices come through nicely.

T: A tad sweet upfront with moderate coriander, spice and citrus. Not as much as the smell though.

M: Very thin, a bit too much. Bubbles and spice clear the palate.

D: Light drinker- refreshing. Pairs well with spicy seafood with the zip. Worth a go but just left wanting some more spice.

Im still hit and miss with this brewery but its worth a try.

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really light goldish yellow looks more like lemonade. Very small white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S- Typical for a witbier. Spices, corainder, and some citrus.

T- Follows the nose here. Oranges, lemons and corainder. Maybe a little too much on the spice side.

M- Light to medium in body and nice amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #193
Served On: 07/19/2012
Glassware: Wheat Glass
Labeled ABV: 4.8%
Date/ Code: 2012 Release

Had this beer just before leaving for vacation a few days ago. Just now getting around to posting the review.

Look: Poured a cloudy yellow. Head was a 1/2-finger of white foam. Lacing formed nicely on the glass. Carbonation bubbles were minimal.

Smell: A typical Witbier aroma. Peppery coriander, clove, some faint banana. Nothing special was in the nose.

Taste: Again, very typical to the style. The coriander hit first with hints of sweet banana making up the middle. The finish was a long lasting mango or kiwi that faded into a clean aftertaste.

This was a textbook Witbier in my opinion. I would say that DFH Namaste is probably a good comparison here. I've had others that were very similar, but the level of quality is probably what sets this beer apart from the others.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is of a Bud light, a bit too clear for the style, I like mine hazy.

Nose of spicy hops, good front but does it over power the malt from the wheat?

Very lemony taste, lingers afterwards, nice try for the style, not perfect, but a decent try. Not sure if the spces are what they say they are, but decent.

A bit light, an easy drinker for sure, summer beer but others are better, including 312.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy straw color with an one to one and a half finger stark white tight head. The color has some visable yeast. The smell is of lemons, corriander, anise, and some yeasty sweetness to it. A nice subtle inviting aroma. The taste has a lemon and wheat taste up front with some yeasty sweetness to it and the end and the backend. There is a very slight hop presence at the end to balance out the beer. The taste is average, not the best but not the worst. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean and very carbonated. Overall you could drink a couple of these, there is nothing there to push you away, but not even flavor to have you begging for more.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colour, with a large foamy white head, and very active fine carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy wheat, and spice, with lots of banana, and orange, there is some coriander, and a pungent yeast.

Taste: Lots of wheat up front, and yeast. There is also ripe banana, and a heap of spice.

Mouthfeel: Very lively in the palete, with a medium body, and a slightly watery texture.

Drinkability: A nice example of a wheat beer. Very refreshing, and easy drinking.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that fades down to a thin layer.

S: Quite a lot of lemon notes to go along with the intense coriander aroma and a bit of white pepper. A moderate tartness, sweet bread, and some bitterness that I would attribute to the orange peel.

T: A bit on the sweeter side with a more pronounced wheat and bread flavor. Notes of banana, orange peel, white pepper, and plenty of coriander. Just a small hint of lemon zest.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not exactly a traditional witbier, but it has enough good flavors to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with amazing white head that stays through out the whole glass.

The smell is very strong of lots of herbs.

The taste is a little one sided here leaning towards the spices used. I tend to like my Wits with a little more orange and malt backbone to balance.

Over all a good beer but not the best in the style. It is possibly the best looking Wit I have ever had though.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy, straw color, with a tall, foamy white head that holds excellent retention. Nice aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander, faint nuttiness. The orange rind is more noticeable in the flavor, with wheat, coriander, yeast, and a bit nutty as well. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Overall, nice Belgian Wit.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams lager pint glass, the Woody Creek is a nice cloudy blonde color with a light one-finger head of white that fades quickly. Perhaps my pour was too enthusiastic, though, as I see a lot of yeast bits floating around in there. Wasn't careful enough, I guess. The nose is a light lemony scent. Sort of a soapy, lemon candy aroma. Light and refreshing smell. The taste is light and lemon-soapy. Tangy, with a faint buttered popcorn flavor, but also with a chewy biscuit taste to it. Not bad, but certainly not a great example of the style. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, but crisp and refreshing.

A totally drinkable beer, although not the best example of a witbier out there. This is thinner and not as malty as some. But the 4.8% ABV makes it an easy drinker. I won't revisit, but fans of the style should at least give it a try.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle, appearance is a pale and cloudy straw-yellow with a thin finger of white fizzy head that slowly dissipated into a moderate ring of lace. Aroma is spicy and sweet with earthy undertones, notes of clove and banana. Taste is malty, spicy and alive with citrus notes, has a "wheaty" flavor that falls in and out with the malt and the faintest touch of floral hop notes. Finish is light and dry, a little musty. Mouthfeel is rough given the active carbonation against a light to medium bodied brew. Drinkability is great, aside from the aroma this is the high point for me in this brew given it's low abv% and appreciable characteristics. Makes for a great session Wit, would recommend.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin layer of soft, white, dense head that has good retention. The nose is lemony and has notes of coriander and faint spice. The flavor is mildly citrusy with notes of lemon and faint orange zest and finishes with soft peppery, coriander notes. The mouthfeel is light and soft, overly crisp with some heavy carbonation, but smooth nonetheless.

This beer is to style, it's enjoyable, and light. This is one you can drink for a while at any time. Honestly, though, unless I was looking for this style I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle -> pint
no date

Pours a hazed pale yellow with a small wispy white head that is gone in a flash. No lace. Carbonation is intense and constant.

Nose: Yeasty, faint spice

Thin crisp body. Some pale malts, yeasty banana tones. Some spicy pepper and bitterness on the finish lingers awhile.

Not the best wit ever but a respectable brew.

--Whoops already reviewed this beer, but I.m keeping this review, its been 4 years...

12oz bottle -> flute
Coded 318 A11 on the label, which according to the website means the beer will be out of date on the 318th day of 2011, and is batch A. I.m far too lazy to figure out what day that is but its no where near today, this one is FRESH.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a wispy one inch head that deposits droopy rings of lace. The viewable carbonation is random and scarce.

Nose: Yeasty funk, some coriander

Thin a crisp, dances in the mouth. The malts are heavy on a sweet wheat with is thin and easily balanced with a spicy bitterness that seems to be more orange peel and coriander than hop inspired. Good balance of wheat and spices. Tangy yeast goodness on the finish.

Well, its been a rainy spring here in da 'burgh and this once makes me dream of warm summer days on terr.

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