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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 31
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow, with a mountain of fine, white foam initially. Despite this, I get no hint of lace here. Maybe the bottle's a little older (no visible date).

Nose is spices, orange, and some wheat grains. Not bad.

Taste is crisp and sharp, with a spicy citrus vibe being most prominent. A light and easily-sessioned brew for fans of Blue Moon or Leffe. Very good.

Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of dstanmyer
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a bottle on a sun drenched 4th of July BBQ. Drank this beverage in a tasting with Ommegang Witte and Blue Moon. This beer was very close to Ommegang, exhibiting freshness and impressive quality. Yellow in appearance, Flying Dog succeeds again with this microbrew effort. Typical for a witbier though definitely as fresh as they come with citrus, banana, spices and other predictable flavors coming forth. Well done Flying Dog!

Photo of JayS2629
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin white head that fades fast into a thin film. Leaves thin, soapy rings of lace.

Aroma is full of herbs and spices. Sweet malty aroma with somr fruity notes. Light citrus of orange zest, coriander, and lemon with some banana tones and clove notes.

A little overly spiced. Nice mix of citrus and clove with some banana notes. Light, zesty, and bright with some sweet malty and wheat balancing things out.

A little out of balance and overly spiced, but overall an easy, light, refreshing beer.

Photo of KajII
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium yellow with a large (3-4 finger) white rocky head that had decent retention and produced some good lacing.

The aroma was of straw like malts and a moldy yeast with hints of citrus (orange peel), wheat and some clove.

The taste was lightly acidic with a nice dose of wheat and a note of citrus in the beginning then became very yeasty with a bit of spiciness at the end. The flavor stuck around for an average amount of time after the swallow allowing for the spices and wheat to be fully appreciated by the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was just a bit heavier than light in body and was watery at first then mildly dry at the finish in texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable Witbier with a nice strong residual wheat flavor.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, vintage A11.

This pours a hazy light yellow / straw color with a nice very large white foamy head. The smell is of herbs and spices, clove and coriander with a malty wheat. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, there are the spices, the clove and coriander along with a sweet malty flavor.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with amazing white head that stays through out the whole glass.

The smell is very strong of lots of herbs.

The taste is a little one sided here leaning towards the spices used. I tend to like my Wits with a little more orange and malt backbone to balance.

Over all a good beer but not the best in the style. It is possibly the best looking Wit I have ever had though.

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles and some sediment floating around. Solid two finger white head with a light amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet pale malts, wheat, Belgian yeast, banana, orange peel, lemon, and some coriander spice. Spices and fruit are fairly subdued with the wheat and grains standing out.

Taste: Starts out with a mixture of wheat and pale malts with some Belgian yeast. A fruity mix of orange, lemon, and banana follows. Coriander is really present in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and somewhat tangy.

Overall: A fairly good version of a wheat beer. Could of been a little more assertive with the flavors but whats there is pretty good. Very good use of coriander.

Photo of Tballz420
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Woody Creek White pours out a yellow color, with a very large white pillowy head. Lot's of lacing It is pretty cloudy, but if you hold it up to the light you can tell how active the carbonation is. The nose has coriander, and a bit of citrus, but is mainly comprised of wheat notes. The taste starts off with wheat grains, has some lemon zest, a bit of orange peel, some spicy coriander, maybe a bit of pepper spice as well. The Belgian yeast adds some fruit tones, and there is just a hint of floral hops. It is a light bodied beer that is pretty active on the tongue from the carbonation.

Overall though, Woody Creek White just comes up a little short. It seems like the brewers at Flying Dog were on the right track, but they just didn't follow through all the way, and the resulting beer is a little thin.

Photo of CHickman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a 1 finger white head that left good lacing sticking to the glass.

Smells of clove, banana, malt, lemon, yeast, light caramel, orange peel, coriander, grains and wheat; the yeast funk and citrus notes dominate the nose, which is on par with this style.

Tastes of lemon, yeast, orange peel, coriander, sweet malt, cinnamon, caramel, grains, light clove, hay, grass and the metallic funk at the end from the yeast; very light, crisp and tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with light carbonation, a medium body and a semi dry finish that's funky.

Overall it was pretty mellow and smooth, a good wit beer that's light, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light yellow/orange color w/ a nice two finger white head. Decent carbonation, and good lacing. Very cloudy looking, w/o any streaks when held to the light.

S- Corriander, yeast, malt, spices, orange... Nice, but I'd like a little stronger nose to score higher.

T- I really like this, especially considering the style. I could drink this all day and not get sick of the taste. It's very pleasant, refreshing, and follows the nose pretty closely.

M- Fairly full bodied considering the style. Nice bite on the aftertaste, which lingers quite a bit. Not bad, but not up to the nose and taste.

O- Another solid brew by Flying Dog. I'd definitely pick this up to take to a summer party, or to offer craft and non-craft drinkers. It's not a standout, but recommended.

Photo of nickthetick
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy/cloudy light lemonade yellow into an American shaker glass with a finger of white dense head that leaves some soft thin lacing.

S: coriander, clove, orange peel, bready yeast and fruity.

T: bananas and cloves, light pear flavor and green apple is first up on the tongue and the beer is not done yet. The more tart fruit flavors linger as the bread and lemon comes in. There is a lemon grass taste left behind on the tongue with a subtle pine note.

MF: medium body, crisp, very effervescent and refreshing.

O: great seasonal that I haven't in the past paid attention to as much as I will now. Once you have had a chance to enjoy this on a warm day relaxing instead of out of the bottle while grilling/eating/swimming you can gain a new appreciation for it.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a Wit beer to me! Cloudy very pale yellow body with a crisp white head that is cloudy and maintained by it's carbonation levels.

S: On the nose I get more orange peel than coriander, even though both are present. I wish they were more pronounced though, the smells are somewhat subtle.

T: Tastes opposite of what the aromas give off. I taste a lot of coriander and little orange peel. There is that distinct wheat beer taste as well, and even some banana and bubblegum.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. It's surprisingly smooth to drink.

D: This beer drinks quite nicely and is very quenching on this 90 degree day.

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


Cloudy yellow appearance. Solid white head with some good lacing

Taste is excellent for a wit. Bananas and spice dominate the smell and taste. Very wheaty as well. Low abv makes this perfect drinking beer.

Overall an excellent wit, and I'm glad I got a 6 pack stocked in my fridge.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  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.

Photo of ILessThan3Brett
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of bamojr
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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 goblue3509
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of scootny
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of Trevor33
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.