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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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323 Reviews
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Reviews: 323
Hads: 705
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 30
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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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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Photo of mentor
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of dustylong
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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).

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and a bit of corriander. The flavor was very common for a witbier. Corriander, yeasty, slightly drying, citrus. Nothing out of the ordinary and nothing wrong. Nicely done witbier. Body was light/medium and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - I didn't disturb the bottom yeast (no swirlies) and poured a clear golden color brew with a champagne like white head that backed down after a while leaving good lacing.

S - citrus and light wheat aroma.

T - very good flavors without the usual yeasty taste of other wit beers I have sampled.

M - light bodied and high-side carbonation.

D - very refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian's. Opaque straw yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Body looks kind of like milk was mixed in, which is a bit odd, even for the style. Smells spicy, citrusy, and yeasty. Tastes orangey, lemony, and spicy. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Not the best example of the style, but a decent drinkable beer.

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Photo of Winter
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After enjoying Flying Dog's In-Heat Wheat last summer I was anxious to try their take on a wit bier. After a serious swirl to loosen the yeast at the bottle and pouring it into the glass, Woody Creek White appears a cloudy pale lemony yellow in color with a thick white head. Zesty lemony and wheat malt nose. Citrus and spices, along with coriander emerge also. The mouthfeel is soft and full-bodied. Wheat malt flavor upfront, with a lemony twang. Coriander and orange peel. There's a feint hop bitterness toward the back. The finish sees the return of the lemony flavors that were apparent upfront, in combination with a touch of lingering vanilla sweetness.

This was a very refreshing and enjoyable wit beer on a scorching hot summer afternoon. Tradition in approach and flavor. Definitely a beer that I'll be visiting again before summer's end.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rich blend of bready and yeasty smells with plenty of corriander and a touch of orange.

Nice breadiness upfront leading into a generous amount of corriander and subtle hint of orange. Corriander lingers beyond the finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Overall, a completely solid witbier. Easy to drink and thirst quenching, and full of flavor.Definitely recommended.

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Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a cloudy straw yellow with a good one inch white head that held well and sheets of lacing down the glass. nose is strong with coriander, clove, pepper, lemongrass. taste, wheat malt, yeast, coiander, pepper, lemongrass, peppery and tangy on the finish. light and smooth mouthfeel and carbonation is good. smell and taste are strong nothing subtle about this beer. great tasting beer from flying dog brewery.

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Photo of peabody
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of white suds and slight lacing.
Smell is belgian with the clove and banana and spices. Yeast is very nice here. great smell on this offering.
Taste is a little watery but with the 4.8% abv that is understandable. The clove is stronger here than the banana which is a little dirty tasting. Still a great little Belgian White.
Mouthfeel is weak here cause nothing is standing out, no oils, no spices.
While you could session this one there are lots of other wit's that are better.

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Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color. Fluffy white head with good retention, and, a nice lace. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of lemon,clove,and spice. Body is light,crisp,and carbonated. Taste is of spiced fruit,and candy. Great from start to finish. I plan on having much more of this beer over the summer!

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Photo of Nesued
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly hazy in appearance. Yellow in color with a lively carbonation that feeds a slight remaining head. Upon pour, a nice head formed that resolved quickly. Very inviting looking wit. ?

Smell - A very big nose on this beer. I was able to smell a lot of earthy yeast, lemongrass, gentle pepper aroma along with a coriander and floral citrus. Very appealing and again a BIG nose on this beer.

Taste - Very gentle flavor. As someone mentioned below, it tasted like it smelled. A lot of clove with some grassy presense as well. A very peppery/zesty taste that threw the balance towards the spicy side after the second or third tasting.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light. Easily moves around the mouth with the carbonation assisting in transportation.

Drinkability - Summer grass-cutting beer. Had I not already picked the Harpoon Raspberry Wheat as my summer beer, this one may have been up there. I very much enjoyed the big nose on this one which was a lot of the appeal.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Wit, spicy, herbal, fruity, delicious. Flying Dog turning it around? Will pedestrian micros flavors give way to fantastic crafts and big beers? I am surprised. I have not had a decent Flying Dog other than Gonzo, and Gonzo and this Wit break the boring Colorado trendy big cutesy micro mold.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 28907FX) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured clean & crisp. Strong spiced nose full of coriander, mild white pepper, orange rind, soft banana, a summer field....very nice. A fat finger's worth of mixed pearl white foam laced thinly, slowly settled to a thin sheeting over a murky, hazed, just kissed with some soft orange, lemonade gold color with a good deal of active, large bubbles rising quickly thru it. Thus far my nose & eyes are happy.

Creamy, soft, smooth, the orange comes across in a pleasing semi-sweet tartness over a subdued spice profile. Its not super crisp & sharp, but rather soft, balanced, rounded on the edges....a nice change of pace. Faint lemon & an excuse of some apple accent the orange & coriander, and under all of it is a somewhat earthy wheat/malt profile that acts as a mild bittering to allow the others to sing & dance...nice.

Semi-dry at the best to start, it grows crisper & drier with a faint cider crunch on the palate, it gets thicker, a wee bit more caramel sweet and leathered before finishing clean with a coating, chewy breadlike aftertaste.

A very nice, soft, rounded Wit. I've had better, crisper, sharper, but this was a nice change of pace. Would pair well with a nice Mandarin Orange salad, any whitefish, lemon and/or orange chicken with a little zing, just about any lite warm weather fare. If you like a little roundness in your wheat beers as opposed to a sharper, crisper edge definitely check it out.

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light-yellow body under a bumpy two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a solid lid, with some lacing. Looks like a Witbier should look.

Spicey clove dominates the aroma, with some wheat, grass, crackers and a buttery-acetyl smell.

Clove dominates the taste as well, with a mild banana note, a hint of bubblegum and that buttery-acetyl taste. Light backnote of metallic and floral hops. I like it.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Good drinkability.

Surprise! I said something good about a Flying Dog beer for a change.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
1.48/5  rDev -60.1%
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."

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.