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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 SuperSpy
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very small white head that dies immediately. Big chunks of yeast floaties but otherwise this is pretty clear for something unfiltered. Doesn't really look all that appetizing. The aroma doesn't change things for me too much. The smell is yeasty and has a sourdough quality to it.

The first sip offers a change of pace with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a flavor that hints of wheat, orange peel and some peppery spice.

Incredibly let down by the look and aroma. Sisappointed in the flavor as well. Not a terrible beer but I would pass this up for the many superior versions of the style.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a little head which dissipates within four seconds. Light lacing around the glass that slides back to the white ring almost immediately. Light smell of hops but nothing to write home about. IBU on bottle 18, but drinks more around a 10. Color is a 4 on the SRM chart. Very clean transparency with very small carbonation bubbles. Does have a pleasing aftertaste of hops that clings to the back of my upper palette and through my nose. Not a beer for which I would spend much money, but I would not turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a fairly short, white head over a nicely cloudy, light yellow/white body.

Faint peppery, lemon, and wheat aromas - had to really pull them out.

Crisp on the palate, with a light peppery flavor. Tap water. Aluminum twang. Not enough sweetness.

Crisp mouthfeel - thin, and not nearly smooth enough to be a good representation of the style.

This one is fine on the drinkability meter - nothing offensive, and pretty darn refreshing. Just didn't have all the elements of a good Witbier.

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

Flying Dog Woody Creek White
12 oz brown bottle
Jet Ink 015FX11 on the side label
Served in an Ommegang Witte glass

Pours a mustard yellow with a deep haze. Decent head at first that quickly transforms to a thin lacing around the glassware. Was hoping for some more head retention.

Pleasant whiffs of cereal grains, oranges and lemons.

Husky grain flavors that are really dry and refreshing with a nice citrus blend of lemons and oranges mixed with a significant coriander presence.

My initial reaction is that this is an easy drinking brew. I think Flying Dog does a great job at recreating this Belgian style of beer. Perfect for a hot August day like today.

Photo of mjw2808
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowish that has a small white head that doesnt stay long. Some lacing. The aroma is strong of yeast, lemon, and spices, as is the taste. Light mouthfeel and a beer that is a pleasure to drink. Not a huge flying dog fan but this is an all around solid witbier.

Photo of BeerNinja007
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Code 308FY10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Pale lemon yellow brew with a bunch of haze and yeasty particles. Small head settles to virtually nothing but leaves a nice meniscus of foam along the glass. Leaves a little lace.

S: Burnt popcorn, especially the hulls, front and center. Touch of diacetyl. Not much else except a little yeast, pretty odd.

T: Same popcorn taste but it is muted. Also a little lime soda and warm spices. A little yeasty funk here also.

M/D: Crisp and dry, carbonation is a little fizzy. Finish is astringent. Pretty disappointing, not up to par with other Flying Dog brews I've had.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

So, this basically sucks. It's Flying Dog's Summer ale and apparently it was made for people who don't like beer. Pours a pale yet hazy yellow, kind of like sunshine in the state of Maryland where this is brewed. Very little head, but what there is is persistent, leaving no lace however. Smell is refreshing but faint. Obvious hints of coriander to give it that Beglian "spiciness". It fails, however. Flavor is super-thin - almost lemonade like. It's clean and tangy, like a white should be, but it immediately finishes off, almost water-like, and has no length to the finish at all. This is what I'd imagine a hard lemonade would taste like, but without the good parts of the lemonade. Very poor effort all in all. However, at $8.99 a sixer, you can spare the change on occasion if you have friends who aren't beer drinkers.

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

I am always a Flying Dog fanboy, but perhaps I have been over exposed to wheat beers this weekend. As such, this is a quality brew. Perhaps not quite yeasty enough.

It's clean and crisp, with an uncluttered taste. I just noticed a bit of sediment in the bottom that I hadn't poured out so I dumped that in my glass. It did not make things a bit more yeasty. But all in all this is true to the style.

I would buy this again, as everything from Flying Dog seems to be safe for a repeat, but I am a little disappointed. I like a more German wheat beer taste, or something more powerful than this non-offensive light beer.

Photo of dstc
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast and pleasant citrus. Smells alright.

Has the typical Belgian White taste. Citrus and mild hops with a nice yeast taste. Drying and biting on the tongue in the finish. Has bit of a weird flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with the ending bite.

Very easy drinking Belgian clone.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this after seeing TIME's "5 Beers to Try This Summer" video, where it was recommended. I found this (along with two other beers from the same feature) in a store that sold mixed sixers, so picked them all up.

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy blonde color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast, with coriander spiciness and hints of citrus.

Taste: Begins sort of spicy on the tongue, finishing with a wide range of flavors- wheat, yeast, oranges, and more coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a good summer beer, but also flavorful. I found the other beers I've had from flying dog rather disappointing, but this one is probably the best I've had from them.

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Citrusy aromas dominate the nose, which also has some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, flavors of orange stand out in the taste but are not overpowering. There are also notes of spices and wheat and a very slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat tart on the palate; the wheat adds a bit of texture.
D: The beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable on a hot summer day.

Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight bananna, coriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, bready, with some bananna/coriander notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew on a hot day.

Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy, hazy medium golden color, capped off with a decent white head. Aromas of coriander, Belgian spices, spicy yeast and wheat. Mildly tart on the palate, with a little citrus, spicy yeast and wheat. Pretty good balance, creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Nice for the hot summer ahead.

Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with some orange tint.

A rustic, almost musty yeast/malt combination flavor predominates and actually puts this closer to a true Belgian example. Spice is nicely placed in the background with just a hint of citrus coming through from the coriander and orange. Fairly dry on the finish, which is accentuated further by heavy carbonation.

A nice example of the style, but it's just another in the long line of spring/summer Wit seasonals.

Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is mild, citrus and spice, less flavorful than other witbier's. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a quality beer.

Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy dark straw with active carbonation. A fluffy white cap slowly falls to a 1/4" pillow of foam. Leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a distinct sourdough presence. Coriander and orange are at work, but very mild.

T: Light and mild. Sourdough biscuits is the theme. The lemony bitterness is mild and aided by a coriander spice. Finishes very tart and dry, with lingering biscuit flavors.

M: The light body is slightly grainy and has lots of soft carbonation.

D: This is a perfect summer beer. It's light, goes down easy and has nice complexity to boot. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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

ST: 12 oz poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy orange lemon with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for a bit before fading into nothing.

S: Coriander, lemon, bread.

T: Lemon, orange, coriander, spice, some bread.

M: Fluffy and then finishes light.

D: Nice drinkability, not to heavy, good summer drinker.

Overall: A solid showing from Flying Dog. Nice aroma that matches enhances the citrus taste. The spice is present, but not overwhelming.

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

Pours a very cloudy orangish gold color. Nice tight white head.

Nice aroma of citrus and spice. I like this one already. Taste is very much orange/lemon and some coriander spice. Peppery notes also present. Some nice tangy wheat malt forms a solid backing. This is just how I like my witbier.

Light bodied and so easy to drink. A great offering from Flying Dog.

Photo of Duhast500
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a cloudy yellow/orange with a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.

The smell is lemony with some orange flavor and a nice spicy yeast flavor as well.

The taste is wheat upfront with some nice citrus flavors, little orange and lemon. Some banana flavor is present ever so slightly.

The feel of this beer is light to medium with a easy drinking body to it. It goes down well and is low in ABV so does not kick harder than expected. A nice session beer.

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a pale, light gold with a slight haze and a frothy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle head. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of coriander, orange peel, and tart wheat...mightily refreshing!
Taste is of the aromas with a classic Belgian flavor, along with some ripe fruit esters punching on through with a dash of white pepper being found.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, zesty, and carbonated nicely with a spiced bit of yeasty dryness pulling through in the finish.

Photo of Deuane
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy, light golden yellow with a thin white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.

S-Light spicy yeast with a touch of clove and pepper initially, followed by a subtle citrus zing of lemon zest.

T-Lemon zest with yeast spiciness and an underlying grainy malt base. I do not find this to be overly flavourful.

M-Light bodied with a sharp crispness and good lingering spiciness.

D-OK, but seems to be lacking something to me. It has the flavour profile that it should but there simply seems to be something missing. This is certainly not a go to Wit for me.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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...

Photo of lawman834
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden and cloudy with a very thick foamy head that hangs around all the way to the end. Smells of lemon and grass with a little bit of vegetable. Tastes about the same, grassy with hints of lemon, some spices, vanilla and a little caramel. Nicely balanced. Lighter and crisper than I thought it might be. Blue Moon was the only other Wit that I have had and I didn't care for it at all, so this one was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of zdk9
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice looking cloudy beer with a muted golden hue that turns my Duvel into a frosted lightbulb. There's a finger of angel white head that leaves some large pocadots of lacing.

S- Yeasty, grassy, slightly citrusy and slightly musty.

T- A more complex taste than smell. More interaction between the yeast and the lemon and the pale straw malt flavors. A little bit of spiciness tracks around my tongue but doesn't take a firm hold. Fairly sweet.

M- Light, but the sugar sticks to my tongue more than I'd like.

D- A good beer. The first one out of the mixed pack I got was clearly bad but the rest have been quite good. I can definitely see drinking this all summer long.

Photo of DoppleJock
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10 oz. bottle poured into 50 cl Hoegaarden octagonal glass.

A: Poured a cloudy lemon with an off-white foamy head. Good carbonation and lacing.

S: A blend of citrus, coriander, and yeast.

T: Smells more complex than it tastes. Mild citrus and yeast. Some spice, but was hoping for more.

M: Refreshing. Doesn't leave too much of an aftertaste.

D: A good beer for the warmer months. Nice alternative to a Hoegaarden.

Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
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