Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 703
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Hi-Time Wines in Costa Mesa

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Color was almost white like its name, but a very tame golden color

Head was only about 1/4 inch thick, but it was silky and stuck arounf for a half an hour until I got to the last sip of the beer

Taste was nice with a lot of herbs and white spices, a lot of wheat with very little hops, and a banana hint, beer got tastier as it warmed, could really start seeing the spice

Could drink a lot of these, very light in color and feel (516 characters)

Photo of benito
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a pint of this when it was first released at the brewery last spring, but this is the first time I've had it in the bottle.

Woody Creek White, Flying Dog's 'new' summer seasonal, pours as near white as one might imagine possible for a beer, which makes for an impressive look that is countered (and unfortunately not enhanced) by a fizzy, quick-to-dissipate head. There are typical coriander aromas and some phenols. It has a quick, well-balanced, and sweet flavor with a moderate malt backbone.

What holds this brew back is its thinness of flavor and lack of length. Across the tongue, this really just disappears, and the initial spice and malt flavors turn watery. This is not my favorite Colorado wit nor my favorite Flying Dog brew. Take a pass unless you're a wit fanatic. (786 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of BadRockBeer
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 oz. brown crown top bottle, with date

Appearance: Hazy, light straw in color. Bright white fluffy head that fades into a tight lace.

Smell: Earthy, musty, coriander is quite pronounced. I also get a favorable hit of black pepper. Mild clove.

Taste: The flavor is quite light, orange peel immediately attacks the palette. Followed by a nice light maltiness. Hops are mild but fairly balanced as hallertau’s usually are. I am also sensing the mild presence of black pepper still. Finishes nicely with a coriander and lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, High carbonation.

Drinkability: Great. I think this is the equivalent of the beer geeks Bud Light! Light in body but not in flavor. Also a great example of the style. (767 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oddly clear straw with flecks suspended throughout and only visible carbonation clinging to side of the glass.

Citrus, wheat, pepper and coriander to the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with wheat being most predominant.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable and enjoyable despite the rather odd appearance. (347 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of very different experiences with the appearance of this beer. The first couple I had were awkwardly clear with an eerie pale color and large flakes of sediment/yeast. Not so good. But after I left the sixer for a few days and the sediment settled, it agitated really well before and after pouring and a couple swirls which made the perfect cloudy pale appearance a wit should. FYI.

Solid body of pale golden straw in color, half centimeter white cap head that lasted well throughout the beer. The aroma had a lot of wheaty zest and coriander, some pepper and lemony zest as well. The taste was quite wheaty and bready up front with the unfiltered aspect of the beer showing up. Coriander worked well as a good compliment to the taste, balancing well with the other flavors. Lemony zest kept the mouthfeel tangy, even some orange shows up, and a peppery aftertaste.

Overall: I generally think American made wits flavors are a bit rigid and don't meld as well as their Belgian counterparts, but this one is much further along than most American versions in that respect. Good appearance, a good balance of flavors, and quite refreshing. One of my favorites from Flying Dog so far. (1,201 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this beer certainly has it in the looks department. Exceptionally pale cloudy yellow colored beer with a billowy snow-white head. An extremely powerful head forming beer it almost over flowed the top of the glass. Looks exactly like. What the beer style is supposed to look like.

The smell is sweet and strongly spicy and floral scented. Reasonably strong coriander and spice scent but it doesn't obliterate the other scents. Citrus and floral scents are in this too making this better than average.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a nice citrus and wheat malt bread dough flavor too. A little spicy and a little sweet with all the expected Witbier flavors all there, but is there a flaw? Nothing off here, pretty much a by the book example of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite an excellent Witbier, if it has a flaw it is maybe a little bright tasting from not be shipped over on a ship. Highly recommended one of the best Flying Dog Beers. (966 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whew...big head on this one. Billowing white cloud goes to about 3 fingers+, semi-chunky and nice endurance. Bubbles race from the bottom to settle up top. The richness of the amber/golden color seems to be sucked up by the haze. This leaves a very pale, but cloudy, yellow body.
Aroma contains many of the wit characteristics; corrainder, some citrus, yeast spices and malt. Things are a bit tame here, but nicely blended. Seems like a watery lemonade, but the yeast and hops liven it up. Very easy drinking, albeit a bit thin for my taste. Nice summer brew. (560 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a light hazy straw with a small white foamy head.

Smell. Mostly coriander. Seems to be on the lighter side, with just a little citrus note to cut the spices.

Taste. Again, coriander is the dominant factor. It seems to be too dominant for my taste...not to say it is a coriander bomb, but i did not get much other flavors to compliment or off set the spiced flavor, as the rest of the beer seemed light and delicate. aftertaste is a touch citrusy.

Mouthfeel. light and refreshing. small but numerous carbonation tingles the tongue nicely.

Overall, a very normal wit. Not as full as a hoegarten, but tastes better crafted than a blue moon. I am not a fan of the style, but i would say this is a good example of one. (733 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins

Pours from 12oz bottle starting off clear but then becomes very cloudy. It was like 2 seperate layers of beer until the clouds took over. ;^) It's got a very nice head of foam and lacing and colourwise, it's more of a pale straw gold.

The smell is very fruity with a lot of lemon and lime permeating my nose buds.

The taste has good lemon flavour with some spice and wheat and there's also some earthiness. It's pretty noticeable and good until just before the finish when it drops off some leaving it on the watery side. Still, this isn't a bad brew and it's a welcome drink for the hot summer day here in Casper. (684 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 shadow1961
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery's Woody Creek White (a Belgian-style wit) pours
a lofty cream colored head over a cloudy yellow brew. There is a lot
of suspended particulates- very authentic. Also true to the style is the
very typical clove yeast esters and wheat nose.

It's in the flavor where there's a bit of a departure from style:

The flavor is sweet-ish light malts up front with a surprisingly aggressive
coriander, orange, and even peppery notes in the finish. There is a certain
graininess in the after-taste as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing.
Anyone who's ever had a problem with a perception of blandness in wheat beer
will certainly have nothing to complain about here. This is one wit that pushes
back pretty hard. (753 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy lemonade while with a more than respectable head, leaves summer clouds and sticky lace on the inside edge of the glass. Nose is zesty, lemony, and sweet. Flavor is super refreshing, with a sweet powdery texture punctuated at the finish by lemon. Mouthfeel is clean as hell, and absolutely refreshing. Drinkability is very high on this very hot August day in Southern California. (385 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Witte tumbler glass. Picture perfect witbier. Pale straw yellow with a chunky frothy head. Moderately cloudy after swirling the last little bit around to kick up some sludge. It smells like coriander, bitter orange peel, cardboard, yeast, and pale malt. It is light and refreshing with a mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Slight clove with a hint of lemon. Crispy from the carbonation and light hopping. Overall a great beer to serve cold on a swamp ass of a day as this in Rochester, NY. (502 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a big two-plus finger pure white foamy head that has decent retention, eventually fading to a foam ring at the edge, and it leaves a little spotty lacing. Body is a cloudy straw gold.

Smell - the slight citrusy aroma of wheat, and coriander. Simple, straightforward, but mouthwatering.

Taste - like the smell. The wheat and malt coming across the tongue with the taste of saltine crackers and a slight citrus twang, with coriander washing in under those.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very effervescent.

Drinkability - this is a very good witbier, and so it's perfectly sessionable, at least in the heat of summer. (659 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not authentic, but a pretty nice wit beer. It doesn't have the subtle flavors of a Hoegaarden, but there's a nice spice pepper flavor to start, followed by smooth wheat with a bit of cream. I guess it was a just a touch rough around the edges, but still satisfying on a hot summer day. (285 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.48/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, Flying dog makes a traditional Wit. Not something I would expect from them. 275A07. Pours a two finger creamy white head over a cloudy/murky dull sun-bleached straw. FYI, I swirled the sediment and dumped it in. Smells orange and coriander. Wet malty with a saaz hoppy zing.

Tastes noble hoppy flavor with some zing and mild bitter. Oranges with mild coriander. Yeasty and doughy. Coriander is drying, but overall malt wet wins out. Finish balanced between malt and a woody dryness. Orange peel keeps fruity character in play and the unexpected hop contribution adds complexity. A quite well done Wit and a drinkable summer quencher. Md-light body with med-heavy carbonation. (683 characters)

Photo of dustylong
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with decent head, but little retention, and some lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). Cloudy. Initial aroma is a "sweet wheat" scent, with some fruitiness. Good carbonation. Hints of lemon and orange in the taste, along with a strong wheat malt taste. Grainy. Has a good amount of carbonation, and a good mouthfeel overall. Light. Overall, definitely a beer to check out (as are most Flying Dog brews). (442 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden glass,

A: Hazy yellow, with a thick white head, which lasts for the whole glass - cool, excellent lacing.

S: Typical wit - Coriander and orange peel, with a definite wheat character.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, coriander seems to be the dominant taste in this one.

M: Smooth, crisp, and light, good for a wit.

D: Excellent drinkability, very refreshing, a very good and well-made wit by Flying Dog. (462 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Label states it is made with coriander and bitter orange peel. There is some sort of code, but I can't make it out. Hazy yellow color, with some sediment floating about. Thin white head disappeared immediately.

Hints of citrus, and coriander in the nose. A bit husky and grainy too.

A bit of tartness, but seems tame. Not enough to be quenching in the summer heat. Spices really drop off from the aroma. A bit of orange zest seems to come out after a while.

A bit thin. Not bad. (505 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/12/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottling date or best by date on the bottom of the label. Poured into my 12oz Paulaner weiss glass.

Appearance- Looks like a classic ringer for a wit. Lemonade colored pour with a bit of clouded yeast. 1/2 inch head on the pour with nice patches of lace left behind.

Smell- Light pepper spicyness with a pinch of corriander and lemon rind. Not a real outgoing scent.

Taste- Decent powdered sugar flavor after it warms a tad. A trace of corriander with a nice white pepper taste. Rounds out pretty nice.

Mouthfeel- Nice effervescent carbonation level, with a light sugary mouth coating.

Drinkability- Overall a nice american made wit. Would probably pick up again in the future. (785 characters)

Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
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