Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

322 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 703
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 52 | 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 spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy/murky light yellow with an average size fizzy white coloured head. Hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemons, coriander, oranges

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste oranges, lemons and coriander. There are also notes of grains and yeast and a bit of a barnyard funk. The beer finishes with a citrusy and grainy aftertaste.

Overall – I found the taste of this beer to be a little subdued. I guess that makes it more drinkable, but I still would have liked a little more flavour punch. That being said, the taste that it does have is pretty good. (758 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden and hazy yellow with slight head and lacing
S - Lemon and slight hops citrus. Mild Belgian yeast.
T - Really balanced. Mostly bready and lemon along with a grassy hops profile.
M - Very carbonated and light. Pretty much expected from the ABV.
D - Well I only seen this a 3 Sons as a seasonal but I may buy this again as forum of a new placement for the "tire dog" in the variety pack yet we all know they are never perfect... (438 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment. Some head, but it didn't last long. Decent lacing.

S: Very sweet aroma with citrus, wheat and spices.

T: A nicely done flavor. Hints of wheat, coriander, citrus - in other words a typical witbier. As it went along, the taste wasn't quite as endearing, but good nonetheless.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation and a kind of slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this isnt't my favorite witbier ever, it did have its own charm about it. Definitely a drinkable beer. A good summer beer. (598 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 4.8% ABV, IUB: 18, 075FX11.

A - Pouring the whole bottle in resulted in a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color. An effervescent white head rises up but lowers somewhat quickly despite high carbonation fueling it. No lace is left over.

S - Dry, earthy, husky straw, wheat, and pale malt with a distinct lemon grass citrus and yeasty clay-like finish gives this beer one of the better Flying Dog aromas.

T - A little overly yeasty, there's a lot of the earthy clay in here. Pale malt and husky straw overshadows the soft wheat and tart lemon citrus finishes it out.

M - Heavily carbonated and light-bodied but still not very refreshing, Woody Creek is a bit tart and dry across the palate for that. Balanced like tart exit though.

D - Another fairly average beer from Flying Dog, the wit doesn't offer up excitement or refreshment leaving it pretty lack-luster. (919 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear translucent golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is wheaty, yeasty and fairly strong with a hint of lemon (though this may have come from the de rigueur lemon slice). Rich, mouth-filling, wheaty flavor is yeasty with a decided undertone of lemon and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy. Flying Dog does it again! (377 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)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold body/slightly orange body with a foamy one-finger head that lasted awhile.
A sharp pepper zest with possibly some corainder and good citric notes, such as lemon and orange mainly, present themselves in the aroma. A medium-bodied beer that presented itself well. Had a smooth, sweet feel, with citric notes, especially orange peel, hitting my tongue first. Then a few sweet malts and wheat kick in and give the beer a slightly creamy and sweetfeel. There is mild punch on the backend with a slight hop twang and good spicing all around, but especially noticeable in the end.
The complexity of this beer compared to some Belgian Wits I've had is not equal, but this is one American wit I pleasantly enjoyed, will recommend and have again for a better sampling and one I think can hold its head up high. (819 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely opaque bright yellow color. Thin head fading to a few bubbles pretty quick.

Typical wit smells here: lemon, wheat, coriander and orange peel.

Mmmmm, this is a good one. Really steps it up a notch in the flavor category. Fresh flavors that are nice and bold. Crisp finish with just a hint of sweetness.

Nothing to complain about on this one. A sure winner. If you enjoy a wit, don't pass this one up. (413 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. A large white head forms, and leaves a good amount of sticky lace behind.
S: Some pale malt sweetness. A grainy and musky aroma. Not the funky barnyard you get from a good Belgian, but old and skunky.
T: Sweet honey with some pale malts. Light fruity flavors of banana and lemon. Some spicy peppery flavor as well.
M/D: A light body with a crisp and clean snap of carbonation. A bit dry. Very easy and smooth to drink. I can see this being a session beer at under 5% ABV.

Not a bad beer. Just kind of bland. A good choice for a summer BBQ or a ball game. Which really is all right by me. (625 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (1,346 characters)

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

This brew is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Minimal lacing is evident. Pleasant aroma of citrus, yeast and coriander. Light, effervescent body with a mildly hoppy and spicy flavor that has touches or orange and tangerine. The finish is zesty hops with a touch of malt thrown in. Very passable overall. (344 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry bananas. In the taste, dry bananas and nice spice hints. A small spice bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana like aftertaste. Nice dry presence and quite easy and enjoyable. (251 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact white head. This beer retains its head far longer than one would expect. Overall, it looks a bit more convincing than most American-brewed witbiers.

S: Coriander, clove, and spice notes are immediately detectable on the nose, with cream, wheat, oatmeal, vanilla, and butter notes becoming more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Opens malty and grainy with notes of orange peel, minerals, cream, vanilla, coriander, clove, oatmeal, wheat, and butter. The spicing is obviously pretty heavy and proves that the initial impressions on the nose were correct. The finish is short, but polished, with creamy notes from the oats and buttery, mildly tart notes from the wheat mingling with the spice flavors. It's a nice effect.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and firm with active carbonation. It's very drinkable and would be welcome at just about any summer gathering.

O: In the end, this is an excellent witbier that can stand toe-to-toe with its Belgian counterparts. It's especially welcome if you enjoy your wits on the spicy side. If not, you may find it to be a little much. (1,102 characters)

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 AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. 18 IBU. Best before label reads "316 A11." Assuming this is using the Day of Year system, it will be best before 12 November 2011.

A: Looks like a white beer. Stark white head (lots of it -- 3.5 fingers) tops an ever-so-pale straw. Clearish with clouds of bubbles. Clinging lace. Good-looking for the style.

S: A sourish wheatiness. Maybe some coriander, but not much.

T: Better than average. Sweetish, with kind carbonation and a lingering fruitiness. Pleasantly, but subtly spicy. The aftertaste is alright. All-around, good.

M: Refreshing and pleasant. Really nice, actually.

O: I like this beer. Recommended; would drink again. I had low expectations, and maybe that helped. REALLY drinkable. (753 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

The appearance is a golden tone with a one finger head.
The smell is vanilla, sugar, a bit of sharp spice as well.
Taste is sweet, refreshing, and very light.
The mouthfeel is crisp with the unique bite that belgian style witbiers always seem to have, very nice.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty witbier and a good style from the Flying Dog Brewery of Denver, CO. (405 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dull yellow with a decent head. Nice, but unexceptional.

Smells of big white pepper, cloves, and lemongrass.

Tastes like a very nice balance between woody, spicy wheatmalt--heavy cloves and white pepper--and a sweat, zingy lemongrass finish.

There's nothing here that's horribly unique or bold or exciting or anything like that--just a solid, slightly above average example of its style. A great summer session beer that goes down as smooth as chocolate milk. (476 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 KarlHungus
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clouddy pale whitish-yellow color. The head is one inch in height, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, and wheat with a hint of orange peel, but is rather faint. The taste is vibrant, but light and short lived. Cirtus, coriander, and lemon are all present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I would rather have a Summit Scandia, or even a Hoegaarden. (466 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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the Ommegang Witte tumbler a moderately hazy, golden lemon yellow body with a small, off-white head. Honey-soaked wheat bread peppered with abundant spices (clove, allspice, nutmeg?) and spicy yeast. Lightly toasted grains and soft, yeasty wheat malt. Light fruits and subtle clove and orange peel citrus notes before a yeasty, snappy, refreshing finish. Medium-bodied, pulpy wheat feel with refreshing carbonation. Nice. (432 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,068 characters)

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