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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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680 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 30
Gots: 44 | 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 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.

tone77, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

Rayek, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

ianjsullivan, May 30, 2010
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

ZimZamZoom, May 27, 2010
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.

Duhast500, May 26, 2010
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.

weeare138, May 24, 2010
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.

Deuane, May 24, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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...

DrDemento456, May 19, 2010
Photo of lawman834
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

lawman834, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of zdk9
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

zdk9, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of DoppleJock
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

DoppleJock, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours clouded smoked straw with a white head that diminishes quickly into a ring. Smell is very pleasant, sweet, with an underlying base of vanilla and fresh citrus. Also some citrus vegetation notes. Taste is highly carbonated, with the coriander doing its part. I'm getting slightly less orange peel. The end is smooth - back to the vanilla malt. Nothing out-of-this-world, but a decent white beer.

sixerofelixir, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of BeerTrader
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled a bottle of this during lunch yesterday with a couple other brewers...

I won't bother to rate this beer with flowery descriptive prose, the scores above say it all. For the 3 of us, this was very close to a drain pour... really an awful attempt for a good Wit. I could see where they were going but they just didn't execute and produce adequate quality. Seems they are attempting to market and sell the product on the brand and flashy packaging alone. To do so at premium prices is an insult to the craft beer industry. I would not buy another, and would decline an offering if served at a future social event.

Word to the wise... if you want to try this, just buy 1 12oz bottle to test it... don't waste your $$ on a full 6'er.

BeerTrader, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of goldbot
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pearly whitish yellow color with thin, pure white, bubbly head. Hazy with a bit of carbonation and no color. In my the color of this beer is beautiful, it's more pearly and white than most beers I've seen before.

Lots of coriander and banana on the nose. This becomes a bit sweet and doughy/wheaty after. Overall though the aroma is kind of weak and underwhelming.

Taste is again a bit underwhelming but not as much so. Wheaty taste with more coriander but not so much banana. A bit of nice tartness. Finishes with lots of spice.

This is actually substantial for such a light beer, and very crisp at the end. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Not as strong flavored as some other wits I've had, but there is certainly nothing offensive here - a very balanced and pleasant beer to drink.

goldbot, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck. Consumed 11/08/09.
A) Pours with a thin, wispy head. Settles quickly. Lacing is thin semi sticky. Upward carbonation. Clear body. Gold in color.
S) Fruity - banana, berries. Light wheat aroma.
T) Light malt up front. Mellow caramel -esque taste that moves to a fruity wheat finish. Though not a high ABV but a slight alcohol effervescence taste lingers in the finish.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Slight dryness.
D) A delicious wit bier. Pour another and I'll tell a friend.

u2carew, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of vdread
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Woody Creek White

pours a very cloudy pale yellow with a clingy bone head that never quits. leaves a bit of lace.

smells of wheat, coriander, and some faint spice. taste is pretty much the same but with the addition of bananas. it's hard to taste much because this is so thin and all the flavors taste watered down.

mouthfeel thin and well carbonated, not a lot going in with this beer.

it's pretty plain for a wit. probably wouldn't purchase again.

vdread, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw colour, with a large foamy white head, and very active fine carbonation.

Aroma: Heavy wheat, and spice, with lots of banana, and orange, there is some coriander, and a pungent yeast.

Taste: Lots of wheat up front, and yeast. There is also ripe banana, and a heap of spice.

Mouthfeel: Very lively in the palete, with a medium body, and a slightly watery texture.

Drinkability: A nice example of a wheat beer. Very refreshing, and easy drinking.

PartyBear, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tend to like Wit beers so I couldn't pass on this despite it's $18.25 Cdn price tag.

Color wise looks very nice. Very hazy/cloudy with a nice pale peach color. Fizzy head, no lacing from my sample.

Aroma is very balanced. Spice from the coriander, grainy and pale malts, some foral citrus.

Spiciness is mostly up front with a fairly good bite from the carbonation and wheat. Slight orange peel and hop in the middle. Finish is quite dry. Gotta agree with others that the soap was left out of the mix.

Honestly, I found the mouthfeel to be watery @ best. Maybe it's from drinking Witkerke a lot lately.

Still a good domestic Wit and quite drink able.

Shadman, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy blonde, though there is a little touch of a darker hue of gold that many others tend not to have. White and frothy head has no trouble forming and sticking around,

S: Spices certainly take a dominate role in the aroma, along with something that comes across as smelling like icing sugar. It comes across as exceptionally sweet, almost like one of those powdered sugar donuts.

T: Lemon citrus zest comes through much more in the flavour, and the sweetness perceived on the nose is not as intense in flavour - fortunately, this is positive. There is a touch of soapiness - one of the quirky perceptions of coriander, I suppose.

M + D: Carbonation has a pleasant shimmer, but is a little on the softer side. This is a bit of a nicer representation of the Belgian styles as compared to many American takes... not so aggressively citrus, which also saves it from tasting too much like a breakfast cereal like Fruit Loops or Fruity Pebbles. Nice balance, easy drinking, and agreeable flavours make for a nicely done brew.

Proteus93, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a lot of reason to go into detail for this beer as it's simply a basic Belgian-style witbier, except that it's clear. There's a good deal of coriander flavor to it, and it's pretty dry. I prefer it to the sweeter or fuller versions of the style (Blue Moon), but it just doesn't have the depth of character of the best ones (Hoegaarden, of course). Still, it's nicely done, and pretty drinkable, and I wouldn't turn one down.

NeroFiddled, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear translucent golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is wheaty, yeasty and fairly strong with a hint of lemon (though this may have come from the de rigueur lemon slice). Rich, mouth-filling, wheaty flavor is yeasty with a decided undertone of lemon and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy. Flying Dog does it again!

Cyberkedi, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a pale yellow, with a thin head that quickly dissipated and didn't lace well. The smell was very subtle citrus and spice; not exactly as prominent as one would come to expect from a wit. When the time came to taste it, the smell was dead-on, but dare I say dissolved quickly to an unpleasant, almost popcorn-ish finish. It felt light/medium-bodied on the palate, with decent carbonation. Given the bad finish in the taste department, even though the mouthfeel was good I wasn't reaching for another one.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yelloe color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: wheat, spice, and lemon zest is easily detectable and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: wheat, clove, pepper, hints of yeast, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness creates a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short and the beer is nicely refreshing.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer which works well on a hot summer day. Worth a try.

Gavage, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of squirrelpirate
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Woody Creek White poured a cloudy straw color with a thick white head that quickly receded and left a little lacing down the glass. The aroma consists of heavy citrus and spicy notes (typical coriandre and orange peel), along with wheat notes and some esters.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. Heavily spiced with lemony and citrusy flavors. Dries out a little at the finish, leaving a sticky peppery taste on the tongue. I really enjoyed the balance, and it was more complex than I expected.

A medium mouthfeel and maybe a touch overcarbonated for my taste, but certainly refreshing.

squirrelpirate, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale white-yellow with a decent white head.
Smells and tastes yeasty with sweet citrus (orange) and spices (coriander and cloves) with a healthy wheat malt.
Fairly light bodied, yet creamy throughout and a little dry and tart on the finish.
I enjoy this brew anytime of the year, it's so drinkable and one of my favorite witbiers.

ThickestHead, Aug 19, 2009
Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.