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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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679 Ratings
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Ratings: 679
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007)
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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

spinrsx, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of wahhmaster
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color. Has a large, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to a large cap which leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells of spices with a bit of citrus. A subtle graininess is present as well.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes spicy and citrusy with a considerable graininess. Fairly yeasty as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Well-carbonated.

Overall: A better-than-average witbier and one of Flying Dog's better beers. To me, Flying Dog's regular lineup is nothing short of terrible. However, their seasonals and stand-alone beers (Raging Bitch comes to mind here) have been impressive. This is one is definitely worth a shot if you can find it and is a decent summer seasonal.

wahhmaster, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

AgentMunky, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of ILessThan3Brett
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stange. Straw-colored. Citrus/malt nose. Light head slowly recedes to ring.

I'd rank this one somewhere higher than Hoegaarden and lower than Allagash White. This has a very promising smell, but the taste doesn't quite follow through with the kind of complexity and balance that the best Belgian whites deliver. Carbonation possibly slightly excessive. Predominant tastes are light citrus/malt and corn, and the corn lingers a bit on the palate. This is a passingly good representative of the style, but it's not special enough for me to seek it out again.

ILessThan3Brett, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, hazy yellow color with a large white foamy white head. Sediment is present in the bottom of the glass and a little on the head where the last remnants of the bottle were poured in. The smell is of a classic witbier, with faint aromas of wheat and coriander coming to mind first. Its a light and floral smell that is pleasant but not overly present.

Lemon zest and a slight summery tartness compliment a solid wheat flavor. The tartness is a little hidden, but so important to the whole character of this beer. That tartness makes it unique, finishing dry and clean and oh-so-refreshing. The wheat malt of this one is subtle and in the background, allowing the lemon flavor to flourish. I'm pretty impressed with the complexity of this beer on top of optimum refreshment. Flying dog does some things superbly well, like this beer.

chodinheaven, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of bamojr
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I have to start off by saying that I don't really dig wit beers and this isn't really an exception. But that being said, I will give it a fair shot for what it is.
Pours cloudy golden color with thin white head.
Coriander like crazy in the nose almost to the point where I coughed. The taste is very sappy with tons of coriander. The flavor reminds me of the smell of a hot summer day.

bamojr, Jun 15, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

goblue3509, May 31, 2011
Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A better brew than I expected. While cloudy enough to present "Double Shine" it lacked the transparency that gives the elegance I usually associate with this one in the glass. Yeast was dark and chunky. No lace. Aromas of wheat malt, dry cereal grains and faint lemons. An appealing yeast fruitiness. Taste is light, very dry and refreshingly clean. Wheat malt is the unabashed signature with a yeast that is an excellent counter to the malt. It brings a clean dry sourness while adding a light lemon note that develops the wheat twang. Bitterness is low but the dryness fills in the gap nicely. Light refreshing feel along with the dry finish makes this a perfect thirst quencher, lawn and grill companion. Goes down quickly and easily so drinkability is no problem. A really nice American brewing of a difficult style. Thanks Flying Dog!

scootny, May 27, 2011
Photo of Trevor33
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - off yellow, super cloudy with yeasts

S - Hay, Peach, banana, coriander, anise, sourdough (yeasts).

T - taste is typical wit profile. Sweet yeasts up front with surprising amount of hops. Finish is wheaty and has whispers of black pepper, orange zest. Very well crafted, displays a perfect progression of flavors in my mind.

M - zippy in the mouth, Mucho bubbly but I like it. Light with High drinkability

Trevor33, May 27, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

S: Bitter orange with coriander floralness, some grassiness, touch of dough.

L: Hazy pale yellow with a carbonated white head with ok retention and good lacing.

T: Bitter orange with a soft tartness, maybe from the hops? Medium low citrus bitterness leads to a grainy dryness with some bitter orange rind and a touch of spice.

M: Medium light body with medium high carbonation.

Ok effort, there is a nice subtle tartness from the wheat and orange perhaps. More wheat centric and fairly clean compared to other wits.

bum732, May 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

womencantsail, May 14, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice glowing yellow appearance, murky with 2 finger head.

Smell - straw, citrus notes. Very true smell to a Belgian Witbier.

Taste - Lemon, orange notes with a very smooth refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant

Overall- I'm not a huge fan of Witbiers/Wheats/Hefes but I have to say that for this style Flying Dog made a very nice one. Unique compared to other beers in their lineup so don't judge this beer based on other FD's.

bubseymour, May 14, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Look: hazy, pale yellow body with a two finger head that retains very well and leaves behind layers of thick, creamy lacing. Good looking witbier.

Smell: big orange peel and coriander aromas with a bit of wheat, pale malt and some subtle Belgian esters. Good.

Taste: talk about a flavorful witbier. This turns the volume up to 11 on the familiar witbier tastes. Very big orange peel and coriander tastes along with the wheat. There's a little tanginess in the finish. Very nice tasting witbier.

Feel: crisp, a little tangy, medium to light in body, and spot on for the style. Its also easy drinking and makes for a good session.

Overall: I am surprised this does not get more love. Of the witbiers I've had, I think this is my favorite only behind Allagash White and its a lot cheaper. Its very flavorful, so if you like your witbier flavors strong, go for this one. It does this without overdoing it. One of the better Flying Dog beers and I wholeheartedly recommend. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, May 02, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Brenden, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of WVRadar
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three quarter inch fizzy white head, hazy pale gold body. Head quickly dissipates with very little lacing. Refreshing citrus aroma. Initial bitter taste with a hint of toasted bread. A little more hops in the finish than expected. Light, oily mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation. Very tasty, I could drink a few of these.

WVRadar, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a fluffy 2-finger pure white head that diminishes after a couple minutes. The body is a hazy pale straw color. Light lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout consumption.

Spicy wheat with notes of earthy spice in the nose.

Light wheat and slight lemon with a popcorn finish. Unfortunately, the flavor here is rather weak and not as bold as I would have preferred.

The body is average for the style and the carbonation is moderate. It is easily drinkable but also easily forgettable.

This beer was very straight-forward in nearly all aspects and really did not stand out to me at all. The mouthfeel helps this beer's drinkability but the lack of complexity and the weakness of the flavor doesn't really help my disinterest in this beer.

output01x, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy orange body. Not much of a head, little lacing.

S: Sugary sweet and phenolic.

T: Mostly a weird maltiness almost reminiscent of sweet corn. Also a hint of tartness.

M: Light enough for the style.

D: Eh. Not a bad wit, but not a standout either.

BarrelO, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

thagr81us, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After pouring the beer I noticed things floating around, im assuming their yeast. There isnt much aroma here. They say they use orange peel and coriander but im not picking up any. Smells like bananas and tastes like bananas, with a hint of wheat and oats. The mouthfeel is right for a Belgian Wit, but the drinkability isnt great. It doesnt taste terrible, but there are a lot of things missing from what I have had with Belgian Wits. Unless this is true to style from Belgium.

arboristfish, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Woody Creek White is a Belgian-style wheat that is good, better than the Blue Moons and Shock Tops, but it is lacking the aromatics and flavor that the best examples have. There is a little clove and banana, but not much else. The wheat flavor and acidity is missing. The pale straw color and the head were promising, but the smell and taste were pleasant but nothing made my tongue call out for more.

Soonami, Nov 01, 2010
Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
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