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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 Bergenboy1981
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was ok, but not really anything superb.

The beer poured well, with a decent lacey head.

The color was a bit darker and a little cloudy with no sediment in it.

The taste was a little heavy on the spiceyness but was balanced out fairly well by adding a slice of lemon to it.

The design on the bottle was interesting, and got a smile from the Hunter Thompson quote printed on it.

This beer definately would not be my first or second choice if I had a good variety of whites to choose from, but its not bad either and if it was available in a store where I could not purchase other whites...Id buy it again.

Bergenboy1981, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of biggmike
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow color with a nice white head that stayed for a while. Aroma is citrusy with a bit of spice. Flavor is tangy citrus with a bit of spice to it as well. Mouthfeel and carbonation both seem about right. Low alcohol and easy drinkability of this one make it very sessionable.

biggmike, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces alot down the glass as it takes some time to settle.
S: Smells of strong citris and some coriander at the end of the nose.
T: The citris is upfront followed by more coriander than the nose let on. Not much else in the taste except pale wheat malts.
M: Very light, crisp, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable and this could be a new session beer.

erosier, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not as cloudy as it should be. Medium sized head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Herbal aroma of spices and phenolics from fermentaiton very nice.

Taste: Very clean. Balanced bitterness. Nice spice complement.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for style. Very nice.

Drinkability: I could throw back a few of these things on a hot summer day.

Squelch, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow color that produces a nice head that leaves no lacing along the glass...The beer is less hazy than other wits

S: Cloves, citrus, corriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon among other fruity notes

T: A little citrus "bite" presents itself, followed by a tangy lemon and orange peel note. The spices are less apparent, but still noticeable

MF: Very carbonated, light in body

D: Solid drinkability

scottyshades, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky yellowish orange with a quickly fading white head. Smels of sour grapes, some spice and coriander. Tastes tart and lemony up front with some light fruits and coriander. Light mouth-feel, and a bit chalky. This is a smooth drinker that lacks a bit in the taste department.

stephens101, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of mangledorf
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having poured this cloudy white and yellow beer, I tasted the strong cloves over the citrus, which came later and stayed longer in my mouth and on my tongue. This was a beer full of tastes fruity and spicy each coming at an appropriate time.

It looks great in a clear glass. A small(er) head over a handsome body, with smells hinting at its inevitable tastes.

Because it's such an experience my mouth feel score fell short. There's a lot going on.

Also, not necessarily the most drinkable of Flying Dog's options, but joins good company of my favorites from this brewery.

mangledorf, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of nem2006
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very cloudy, pale yellow with a thick, white head that retains extremely well. Nice lacing.

The nose is citrus, lemony with some floral notes as well.

It is medium bodied and sits nicely on the tongue. Has almost a creamy texture to it. There is not much on the front end of the beer, but the crispness from the yeast hits about halfway followed by the lemon and finally a subtle hoppy bitterness.

A very smooth beer. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Nicely balanced.

nem2006, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome Steadman art on the bottle with a layer of yeast. Pours out an almost opaque pale golden with some visible yeast floaties. Thick white head that leaves after a minute.

Smell is heavy on coriander and yeast. A little citrus too.

Coriander, yeast, wheat, spiced orange and a some anise on the palate. Very tasty. Medium mouthfeel and little less carbonated than I prefer.

Very good. Not a style that I'm accustomed too but will be exploring more thanks to this yummy brew.

RodBurg, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of danielocean03
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle, appearance is a pale and cloudy straw-yellow with a thin finger of white fizzy head that slowly dissipated into a moderate ring of lace. Aroma is spicy and sweet with earthy undertones, notes of clove and banana. Taste is malty, spicy and alive with citrus notes, has a "wheaty" flavor that falls in and out with the malt and the faintest touch of floral hop notes. Finish is light and dry, a little musty. Mouthfeel is rough given the active carbonation against a light to medium bodied brew. Drinkability is great, aside from the aroma this is the high point for me in this brew given it's low abv% and appreciable characteristics. Makes for a great session Wit, would recommend.

danielocean03, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very cloudy pale pale yellow. About a finger of head sticks around for a bit before falling to a thin cap. Lacing is great, maybe the best on any wit I've had.

S - Coriander delivers the initial aromatics, but there's an obvious balance with the orange peel and a musty yeast character. The sweet/sour wheat malt sneaks in as well.

T - The coriander is the first flavor to hit, and remains in the forefront throughout. At first it's backed by a very clear orange note that segues beautifully into the citrusy, slightly sweet, and slightly sour wheat malt. Amazing transition. As the sourness mellows, the yeasty character chimes in late palate with a pleasant mustiness that isn't over the top like some wits. Aftertaste is mildly bitter, with, I daresay, a bit of a floral component from some hops.

M - Superb! Lower carbonation than most, and thicker. Both aspects make this beer fantastic.

D - This is a damn good witbier. While it perhaps steers away from it's Belgian ancestors with lest of a yeast character and more pronounced spiciness, it is a beautiful harmony of ingredients. I personally love coriander and I'm glad to have it shine without being overpowering.

I've wanted to try this for a while for several reasons. I like witbiers, I like Flying Dog, and I'm wanting to get at least one bottle of everything I can for Steadman's art. They didn't have this in singles, but I just had to have at least one so I bought a six pack for the above reasons. Though I was worried I'd regret it, I will have no problem downing these guys. Great stuff.

PatrickJR, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass from bottle.

A: Nice witbier appearance. Murky light golden hue. Finger of head that dissipated.

S: Good smelling but overly strong either. Definite hints of coriander and other spices.

T & M: Very crisp and light tasting which I enjoyed. The spice is apparent but does not stand out. Finish has some tartness to it. Citrus flavors are definitely apparent. My tongue is left slightly tingling. Body is just slightly weak but man is this a refreshing beer. Well done.

D: Definitely drinkable, one of the better witbiers I've had and will definitely be looking for it again.

elniko, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx. 45 degrees

Nice golden yellow with only moderate amount of haziness. Minimal head, retention and lacing.

Citrus, yeasty smells along with coriander and something else. Is that anise or licorice? Sure smells like it. (Big negative, for me.)

Taste is good, but I can't get past the anise flavor. Totally hurts this beers rating, from my standpoint.

If you don't mind licorice flavor, this beer is way easy to drink. It's not even that it's an overpowering flavor, just that it's there.

coldmeat23, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the FDog sampler pack (we get this instead of the Porter here in Texas because of the asinine beer laws). Poured from a 12oz bottle (no date but a code on label) into a wiezen glass. It was a classic pale yellow straw wit color. Hazy and tons of carb. Good lacing. It had a 2 1/2 finger white head that stuck around the whole time.

Had the classic wit aroma as well. Really spicy with corriander and bitter orange peel. The taste has a little more bit than the average wit. Almost farmhouse spice. When I grab most wits, I'm looking for something tasty with a smooth finish instead of a bite so this one wouldn't be an everyday wit. But when I want a little more this one would be perfect. Not sure we get it except in the sampler pack which sucks. Overall, a really good wit and I highly recommend.

TexIndy, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of kuykendall
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance= A lemony yellow, with little to no head.

Smell= very light citrus.

Taste=There is almost no hint of spices or wheat in this beer. I usually like this category pretty well, but this beer doesn't seem to stand out, it's not bad, it just doesn't stand out in my mind. There is some citrus after taste left on the tongue, but that's about it.

Mouth feel= Very thin on the tongue with some carbonation.

Drink ability= It's a very drinkable, and I might want to try it again some time, but its not going to be my first choice.

kuykendall, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy pale yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Minimal head, but has specks of yellow floating on top.

A spicy Belgian (tripel) style initial aroma, followed by a grounded wheaty base with hints of orange and lemon. Complex and balanced.

The initial spicy Belgian taste is of cloves and cinnamon. Some hefe-y banana. A nice wit flavor covered up by some banana/clove. Just a hint of mild bubblegum. A tad too cloying for a wit. And I detect some pineapple.

A thick and milky feel, with lots of body. Much thicker than a regular wit. Definitely more like a hefe than a wit. A tad misleading but a hearty, drinkable brew. Not very summery though, I must admit.

williamherbert, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a murky light gold with a big, frothy white head. great lacing. smells great! citrus, bananas, lemons, coriander, all the great true hefe scents. the taste is delicious! same taste as the smell but also sweet malts, slight yeast, medium bodied, smoothe carbo. Deelish!

stumac, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow body with a slight, quickly disappearing white head. Some yeasties in there.

Smells of mostly coriander, but also a strange musty smell.

Taste is dominated by coriander and some wheat. A little musty also. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Average drinkability. Not one of my favorite witbiers.

Hojaminbag, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of pwsoldier
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Yeast swirled and poured with the beer.

A - Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a decent white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing.

S - Smells like a typical wit. Orange and lemon mixed with spice.

T - Plenty of citrus flavor. A bit bitter up front, but it balances itself out nicely in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish, not much of an aftertaste. Goes down smoothly enough.

D - A very exceptional wit. Nothing to write home about, but enjoyable and refreshing nonetheless.

pwsoldier, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of marcpal
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Found myself not liking many of their brews, but thats changed as of late.

A: Hazy cloudly yellow color with a sparkling bright white thin head. Active carbonation.

N: Orange rind and lemon with some earthiness. Close semblance to a hoegaarden and the spices come through nicely.

T: A tad sweet upfront with moderate coriander, spice and citrus. Not as much as the smell though.

M: Very thin, a bit too much. Bubbles and spice clear the palate.

D: Light drinker- refreshing. Pairs well with spicy seafood with the zip. Worth a go but just left wanting some more spice.

Im still hit and miss with this brewery but its worth a try.

marcpal, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving traces of lace. Pale, cloudy amber color. A ton of yeast left in bottom of bottle. Light carbonation and bodied. Orange peel nose. Flavor is as advertised - orange peel, coriander plus yeast. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of therica
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm only an occasional fan of Witbier, I tend to see it more as a mood-beer for me. But I've spent enough time in Belgium to know a good one. This one rivals some Belgian versions and is the closest to a true one, by far, of any US-made Belgian-style beer of any variety. But as I found after saving one bottle for about a year, the quality quickly diminishes to an annoying ginger-ale and not even desireable as such. So, unlike with some Belgian's, this one does not improve with age, unfortunately. My review is based on fresh bottles and not on the aged one (except where noted).

Beavis and Butthead still haunt me every time I pull out a bottle of this -- "heh... they've got a Woody."

A= Nice typically Belgian-Witbier appearance, cloudy, light lemonade hue, little head, some hangs on the rim of the fluid as it's consumed but doesn't lace.

S= Great inviting bountiful smell, loads of musty Belgian yeasts and malt with some citrus. Some ginger-ale scent if the bottle has aged.

T= Taste is a rich mix of malt, lemon, hints of orange, very light hops bite but evidence of florals. Slightly more carbonation than I would prefer but probably fairly traditional. But after the bottle ages it's basically like ginger ale, so drink a fresh bottle.

M= Mouth feels clean, light memories of the taste.

D= Very drinkable if you're up for a good Witbier.

therica, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy yellow body. Smell was "sharp" for a wit, kind of caught me off guard a bit. Same deal in the taste. The grapefruit bitterness was a tad high for me, especially for a wit. Wondering if it was too peppery? I'm going to give it another go if I see it, as this is one of my favorite styles from a usually very good brewery. But for now, a bit of a letdown.

ibashmuck, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite a vigorous pour, not much of a head formed or lasted on this beer, though it does have a nice cloudy yellow gold color. The nose, though, is excellent, very perfumy, with plenty of curacao aroma, spicy coriander, and light wheat. The taste matches the aroma well, with a lot of peppery, spicy coriander backed with a citrus tartness. I think it could use a little more sweetness, as it gets a little harsh near the finish. Still, all the right flavors for a wit are present.

allengarvin, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a medium, white head. Unfiltered. Smells like raw wheat, and citrus peel. Very aromatic. I love the way this beer smells. Taste is light, refreshing, with a strong wheat flavor, slightly tart, with a hint of citrus and Belgian ale yeast. A slight amount of bitterness from the hops rounds things out. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, carbonation very high. Highly drinkable though, a great summer beer.

tronester, Jul 27, 2008
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