Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

702 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 32
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly large white head that dissipates quickly on a cloudy dull golden body. Aroma of corriander, Belgian yeast, orange peel and powder sugar. Flavor is pretty mild and a bit watery with more corriander, yeast and hint of lemon and orange citrus. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. The look and aroma make this one promising but it was a little too watery and under flavored even for the style. But, not terrible.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Citrusy aromas dominate the nose, which also has some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, flavors of orange stand out in the taste but are not overpowering. There are also notes of spices and wheat and a very slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat tart on the palate; the wheat adds a bit of texture.
D: The beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable on a hot summer day.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a pouffy head that fails the retention test though it leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Floral lemony aroma with a bit of yeast funk, coriander and pepper

Taste: Starts out with a lemony zest that builds in black pepper spiciness by mid-palate; coriander flavors slip in there as well; after the swallow, the tart flavors build and join with the floral character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Light and refreshing; a good effort at this style

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good example, and rare quality, found in American attempts at a Witbier. The beer hits a home run. Very flavorful, but lightly textued, with pepery character, mild hops, and an estery spiciness that finishes very powdery and clean. But there are a few characteristics that keep it from becomming a Hoegaarten. The beer opens with a bright yellow / golden color that falls just short of 'bright', however with ideal head retention and creamy carbonation. Aromas are a characterful blend of wheat malt, clean esters, light citrus fruits, and a fresh peppery qualtity. The scent of Saison begins to make it's way into the beer after warming, with a mild must and earthy scent. Although characterful, may muddle the aromas a bit. Flavors are equally as satisfying as aromas. A bit higher hop rate separates this beer from Belgian counterparts. Picks up on more of a lime / pineapple flavor, rather than the predominant orange flavors that are typical of the style. The body may be a touch high, but does not hurt the drinkability or quality of the brew. Finishes quite clean and powdery-clean, with a solid dryness. Lightly hopped and warming late. Very good beer; it picks up on some earthy, musty characteristics that help the beer as much as it hurts. About as good as an American Wit gets.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a light foamy head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by loads of ginger notes with some orange peel also discernable. Taste is a mix between some ginger some coriander and some orange peel. Body is way too thin for the style with some average carbonation. A bit more wheat would have benefited and this would have been a great beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Witbier pours out as a hazy yellow color the head a a bit foamy. The smell of the beer has a light floral wheat aroma with some spice in there too. The taste wasn't the most flavorful wit out there. I found that flavors in this brew fell short of my expectations here. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a decent carbonation. I would try this one again and see if I feel differently about it.

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

Blurry maize beneath a decent looking head of aged ivory. With one quick swirl and a small second pour, I was able to get all 12 ounces into the glass, murking things up even further. Although WCW doesn't go gonzo when it comes to lace, it's still more than acceptable in the looks department.

Orange peel and spicy coriander are definitely present in the nose, it's just that they don't add up to anything out of the ordinary. Actually, the aroma is better than ordinary, but it isn't better than slightly better than ordinary.

I like what Flying Dog has done with Woody Creek White. The balance among the three main flavors (wheat, orange peel and coriander) is spot-on and the heft is just about perfect for a quenching summer seasonal. How can anyone drink pale wheat ales when witbiers and hefeweizens are so much more delicious?

The grain bill consists of Belgian pilsner malt, white wheat (malted, unmalted and flaked), and flaked oats. Good choices, all. The underlying flavor is of fresh cereal grains with a minimum of huskiness. The fruit and spice, while it could be more prominent, adds color and shading to those solid outlines. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, until the increasingly bitter finish puts an exclamation point on the mouthful.

I like the overall size of the beer, but the mouthfeel could be more creamy. The bubbles tend to sit and sizzle on the tongue (just a little) rather than providing the expansiveness that almost all quality beer possesses.

I thought I had an outside chance to win the 'name our summer seasonal' contest that Flying Dog ran this past year. Thinking they'd want to continue the dog theme, I suggested names such as 'Tail Wagger', 'Leash Ripper' and 'White Hydrant', among others. I like Woody Creek White though. Both as a name and as a beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass results in a large foamy white head and a nice and well rounded color to it. really very well put together with a light haze and good lacing stuck to the glass. aroma is light with hints of coriander, light pepper, hints of pear and light grains, needed a little more puncch but what was picked up was nicely done. flavor was more of the same, lemon, coriander, pepper, light grains, touches of apple and pear and banana. really nicely done.

overall a very solid little beer. i could see myself drinking this without any issue at all.

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 womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head with a smear of brownish yeast from the bottom of the bottle in the middle of the foam. Good retention and a hazy yellow-orange body.

S - A strong whiff of spicy wheat and lots of coriander, backed by subtle cardamom and a hint of grassy hops.

T - Lots of wheat flavor up front along with some hay and flowery hops. The spice character is mild but present in the finish.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice and flavorful Witbier that loses some of its drinkability due to the unfortunately low carbonation. The spice character is balanced and quite nice, especially in the aroma. If this had been properly carbonated it might have been one of the best examples of the style that I have had.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a lot of reason to go into detail for this beer as it's simply a basic Belgian-style witbier, except that it's clear. There's a good deal of coriander flavor to it, and it's pretty dry. I prefer it to the sweeter or fuller versions of the style (Blue Moon), but it just doesn't have the depth of character of the best ones (Hoegaarden, of course). Still, it's nicely done, and pretty drinkable, and I wouldn't turn one down.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have seen a lot of these Flying Dog labels, but what the hell is going on in this one?

Pours a fully fogged in straw with brown tones. Nice off white head that really shows off a pretty firm pour. Wow to the nose. Total wheat funk-a-delic. Citrusis there, but not overpoweringly so. Flavor is bloody smooth. Just a nice balanced ride of mild citrus over a fairly full, but smooth, body of wit. It gets a 4.5 for being even-keeled, and not for being some insane ride of flavor. And also for the fact that this is an American producer putting out something so well done. Feel is as expected. A bit thinner on the liquid with a nice smooth carbonation. Overall the theme for this ride is "smooth". That basically describes most of the aspects of this beer; easily drinkable, and totally sessionable. As I have this, I just imagine sitting on a porch somewhere, cooling myself down as the summer heat tries to ruin my day.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle coding of 275A07 whatever that means

Pours a hazed lemon/gold color with 2.5 fingers of fluffed up cream-colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Lemons & coriander in ample supply

T: Lemons, wheat tartness & lemongrass up front. Coriander, white pepper & some grapefruit follows as this warms a touch. Finishes tart, lemony, with a little bit of cloves & a little dry

MF: Medium bodied & juicy with low carbonation

Drinks really easy, not one of my favorite styles, but they nailed this. I certainally liked this better than NB's organic wit, which I had twice on draft

Photo of Rifugium
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at the Farmhouse, Emmaus, PA

Golden-yellow in color, hazy, with a small layer of white head. Bready aroma, spicy, with obvious citrus notes. Taste was bready and yeasty, with lemon and orange peel, peppery spice, some banana esters coming through. Pretty typical of the style all over. Light-medium body, and fairly drinkable, though not always what I'm in the mood for.

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 feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow, lovely milky white head.

Classic wit nose....strong coriander, big floral & spice aroma, there's orange, too, but it's under the spice. Exquisite.

Zing on the tongue at first, then soft and smooth. Easy drinking, but lacking some character. Refreshing, sweet, medium to light in body, with an unsatisfying finish.

Fair witbier,...fairly average.

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

Decent little wit bier with a super dry finish.

Beer is yellow and haze with a wispy soft white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing. Carbonation moderate, looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly grainy, sweet, spicy, citrus, bright. Smells good.

Beer is thin and super super dry. This is the driest beer I've ever drank. It's a little grainy, corriander and some orange peel on the midpalate, super dry finish. Decent wit.

Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with bitter orange peel and coriander. The Belgian yeast adds a wonderful fruity character. The taste is good. It has a crisp pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a lemony zest and a coriander spice. It's highly refreshing, which I'm sure is the point. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good wit. It's got a great aroma and taste. It's light, fruity, spicey, and highly drinkable. Great job guys.

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.

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.