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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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657 Ratings
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 27
Gots: 36 | 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 allengarvin


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

07-27-2008 01:50:37 | More by allengarvin
Photo of tronester


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

07-26-2008 23:48:40 | More by tronester
Photo of Bighuge


4.22/5  rDev +15%

Cloudy dull yellow. Lots of bubbly off white froth sits on top. It leaves plenty of lace as I drink as well. Strong aroma. Almost saison like in its lemon and leather smells. Also some evident corriander spicing. Pretty fragrant, but not overly done in my opinion. Taste is very good. Nice malted wheat base with a strong presence of orange and lemon peel as well. Corriander adds some complexity. Very tasty well done Wit. I'll get more if I see it again.

07-24-2008 02:50:08 | More by Bighuge
Photo of pinotboy007


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Poured in a Duvel tulip, a cloudy yellow with a modest, foamy, white head and no real lacing.

S - Nice lemon citrus.

T/M - Mildly spicy with lemon, citrus, wheat, and some white pepper and a modest hint of coriander. Very nice mouthfeel with a creaminess and carbonation that's nicely interwoven.

D: Very drinkable, especially during these warm summer months. Refreshingly perfect for the deck.

07-13-2008 22:02:06 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

12-ounce bottle poured into a pokal yields a hazy lemonade-colored body with straw highlights capped with a thick two fingers of white foam with nice retention that leaves wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is nice and wheaty with a twist of orange peel and spice.

Taste is softly wheaty and fruity. Lightly toasty and a bit husky, the drink is highlighted by aromatic citrus notes that contribute to an overall mellow crispness. I know that sounds like stock bullshit... "mellow crispness" indeed... but have one, and you'll see what I mean.

Great drinkability, good carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

07-04-2008 07:51:10 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of beeragent


4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a slightly hazy straw, forming a fluffy 1 inch white head with light lacing.

S - Strong corriander and lemon. Very inviting!

T - Wheat malt, corriander, lemon and banana flavor swirled together. Very flavorful and complex!

M - Light and smooth.

D - Nice full flavor, easy mouthfeel, and low alcohol make this witbier a true session ale. I think I could easily down a sixer of this. Definitely one of my favorites from Flying Dog!!!

07-03-2008 22:29:17 | More by beeragent
Photo of nrbw23


3.45/5  rDev -6%

A- Pours a really light goldish yellow looks more like lemonade. Very small white head that leaves almost no lacing.

S- Typical for a witbier. Spices, corainder, and some citrus.

T- Follows the nose here. Oranges, lemons and corainder. Maybe a little too much on the spice side.

M- Light to medium in body and nice amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite of the style.

07-01-2008 20:46:12 | More by nrbw23
Photo of kurtissellen


4.33/5  rDev +18%

First think I noticed was the Interesting artwork on the label. Pretty psychotic looking but pretty neat. I poured this one into an oversized wine glass producing a small beige white head. It had an opaque golden yellow color and swirls of surface bubbles lingered through the entire experience. Smelled of coriander and tasted similar with a little bitter kick at the beginning followed by wheat ending. Flying dog did a nice job on their take of a wit beer, nothing too extreme just what you would expect for a wit.

06-30-2008 16:18:31 | More by kurtissellen
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

A: Poured a very cloudy lemon color with a 1 finger foamy, dull white head that was moderately lasting. There was one big branflake yeastie floatie sitting by itself on the bottom of the glass.

S: A beautiful lemony aroma with a touch of sourness and wheat with some oranges. Very nice.

T: spicy, with some lemons and wheat notes which was very smooth in nature. There were hints of coriander as well adding to the spiciness. The finish found a tart citrus and a nice wheaty character that was smooth and very good per style.

M: nice, with a crisp carbonation bringing out the tart citrus nature here. Definitly a winner here, medium body, light creaminess with a lingering tartness which is all you can ask for per style.

D: Very nice drinkability, refreshing, tart and perfect for the summertime heat. Six pack worthy as you cant go wrong here.

06-28-2008 15:11:05 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of boralyl


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

A - Pours about a fingers worth of white head that quickly dissapates leaving little lacing. It's a golden color with tiny white flakes suspended throughout the beer with a small amount of carbonation bubbles racing toward the top. Leaves an hazy appearance.

S - In the aroma I can make out oranges, corainder, spiceness, and typical belgian wit malts.

M - A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

T - It begins with a sweeter taste, I can make out the fruit flavor, followed by the wheat. In the end there is spicy hop flavor that tastes just right and is not overpowering.

A really good example of a Belgian Wit, deffiently one of the better American made. Super zesty and refreshing. It matches the classic style very well. A great beer for the dog days of summer.

06-25-2008 01:06:27 | More by boralyl
Photo of CreamyStoutMan


4/5  rDev +9%

This beer pours a thick, beautiful gold with a nice head that disipates down to about 1mm very quickly. Its extremely cloudy, almost opaque. Nice

Smells like oranges, with hints of lemon, yeast, spices, and those typical belgian witbier malts

Tastes like it smells. Orange dominates. Exceeded my expectation

Smooth and creamy, but not as creamy as I would have liked. CLose to Hoegaarden, but not quite as pleasant on the palate.

I could drink a lot of these. One is doable too though

06-22-2008 03:19:09 | More by CreamyStoutMan
Photo of mhewes


4/5  rDev +9%

A : Pours a nice hazy light golden color with a good white head.

S : Has a nice citrus smell along with some spicy hops

T : Nice and refreshing taste. It's got the citrus flavors along with the spice flavors that I would expect for the style.

M : Light bodied with good carbonation

D : Real easy to drink and would be perfect on a hot summer day

06-18-2008 00:04:55 | More by mhewes
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev +9%

Poured a pale gold body/slightly orange body with a foamy one-finger head that lasted awhile.
A sharp pepper zest with possibly some corainder and good citric notes, such as lemon and orange mainly, present themselves in the aroma. A medium-bodied beer that presented itself well. Had a smooth, sweet feel, with citric notes, especially orange peel, hitting my tongue first. Then a few sweet malts and wheat kick in and give the beer a slightly creamy and sweetfeel. There is mild punch on the backend with a slight hop twang and good spicing all around, but especially noticeable in the end.
The complexity of this beer compared to some Belgian Wits I've had is not equal, but this is one American wit I pleasantly enjoyed, will recommend and have again for a better sampling and one I think can hold its head up high.

06-13-2008 17:01:28 | More by clayrock81
Photo of KI9A


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%


A: poured according to style, but, into a tulip glass. ( Yeah, I'm wrong..) Extreme pale haze. Frothy head.

S: Wheat mecca. Corrinder. Sweet fruit, malt.

T: Big time candied fruit, spice, wheat breat, malts, yeast. Everything you would want in a classic wit.

M/D: Low carbonation, sweet up front, a bit sour at the rear. Very crisp finish. This is right on the heels of Allagash. I am just in lust with this beer.

06-10-2008 01:41:13 | More by KI9A
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Flying Dog's Summer Seasonal Selection...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a giant foamy and frothy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Earthy smell replete with wheat, yeast, coriander, and spices...
Sweet, refreshing, crisp flavor bursting with ripe fruits, lemons, sweet citrus, candied grapefruit, pears, and granny smith apples...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel with an excellent level of drinkability to match...
An excellent beer for a hot, Summer day, and in my opinion, one of Flying Dog's better beers...

06-09-2008 21:42:40 | More by dsa7783
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

I poured this beer into a pilsner glass. It was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head that reminded me of whipped cream. There was some delicate lacing. The aroma was citrus and grain. It had an orange taste, althought there was a late tang of lemon. Some malt also, and a tiny bit of spiciness. I thought this beer was pretty robust for a wit, and really enjoyed it.

05-31-2008 20:05:41 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

I have seen a lot of these Flying Dog labels, but what the hell is going on in this one?

Pours a fully fogged in straw with brown tones. Nice off white head that really shows off a pretty firm pour. Wow to the nose. Total wheat funk-a-delic. Citrusis there, but not overpoweringly so. Flavor is bloody smooth. Just a nice balanced ride of mild citrus over a fairly full, but smooth, body of wit. It gets a 4.5 for being even-keeled, and not for being some insane ride of flavor. And also for the fact that this is an American producer putting out something so well done. Feel is as expected. A bit thinner on the liquid with a nice smooth carbonation. Overall the theme for this ride is "smooth". That basically describes most of the aspects of this beer; easily drinkable, and totally sessionable. As I have this, I just imagine sitting on a porch somewhere, cooling myself down as the summer heat tries to ruin my day.

05-26-2008 17:07:32 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy pale gold with soso carbonation. The head is small, white and leave some lace.

The smell is light citrus and yeasty. Lemon, orange and light spice.

The taste follows, not bad tasting at all just not anything to rave about either. The brew just has nothing to excite me.

The mouthfeel is ok, thinner body and the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ok, but I would not get it again, worth a try, at best a good starter Wit.

Prosit, MK

05-07-2008 21:09:36 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of robbyc1


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Look is of a Bud light, a bit too clear for the style, I like mine hazy.

Nose of spicy hops, good front but does it over power the malt from the wheat?

Very lemony taste, lingers afterwards, nice try for the style, not perfect, but a decent try. Not sure if the spces are what they say they are, but decent.

A bit light, an easy drinker for sure, summer beer but others are better, including 312.

04-27-2008 23:55:21 | More by robbyc1
Photo of prototypic


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance: It's hazy and golden in color. Head is foamy white and a finger and a half deep. Head disappeared very rapidly and little lacing remained.

Smell: Not a whole lot going on here. It's mostly grainy and earthy. There's some ancillary yeast and citrus scents, but they're not strong at all. Tough to get anything out of this one.

Taste: Surprisingly crisp and refreshing. There some spicy flavors (A bit of clove, corriander, and pepper). Light citrus flavors are notable (some lemon and a bit of orange). It's definitely grainy and earthy. Finishes with very faint hop flavor.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Gives it a great crisp taste. It's more drinkable than I expected. Overall, it's a decent beer. Worth a try.

03-12-2008 02:26:46 | More by prototypic
Photo of ClassicBrad


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

The artwork on these Flying Dog bottles pretty much sells itself; "Awesome, I get beer, too!"

At first, I decanted this beer a clean, BMCish yellow. I then decided to "yeast it up" a bit. This made for a much more authentic white beer appearance. The lacing practically creeps down the glass and follows to beer down.

The smell was hard to draw out of the nose of this beer. It had your typical white beer yeast and wheat essences.

Most white beers are known to be lighter and very refreshing; this is no exception. This beer will be distinguished from all other whites as the most refreshing I've had-- very east on the palate.

To elaborate more on how refreshing this beer is, I'll add how much carbonation this beer accommodated in comparison to others in its style. Another interesting feeling I found in the mouth was the beer rushing down my throat. Very easy to drink.

This is definitely a pleasant experience for anybody looking for a good sit-down with a Belgian white style beer. I can see myself really enjoy this by the six pack with some good company; no problem.

Flying Dog doesn't distribute much around me but I got this sixer from Purv's in Peckville, PA and I hope he continues to bring the ever-increasing likes of Flying Dog, Founders, Hopping Frog, etc. to the area as I would like to become more familiar with them.

02-12-2008 05:11:57 | More by ClassicBrad
Photo of PBRstreetgang


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours an albino straw hue with pristine clarity before the yeast pour, and an opaque haze after. Thin 1/2 finger shows passable retention but leaves very little lace. Coriander, lemon and wheat in the nose, with generous belgian Wit phenols like band-aid, earthy yeast and banana ester. Sweet wheat and sharp pils malt upfront, followed by a dry and slightly tannic aftertaste that finishes up with tart phenolics and mellow herbal hop flavor. The hop bitterness is appropriatly light with the spice and sharp pils notes balancing the mildly sweet wheat and malt taste. The body is light and the carbonation level is very high, producing an extra crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a hint of tart Witber phenols and suggestion of apple/banana exter twang. The finish is clean with spice and yeast tones that vanish quickly. American beers of this style seem more numerous than those from its country of origin, but as long as they hold a high drinkability like this without sacrificng flavor, I will say that the USA is the best place to look for Witbier. Cheers to Raul Duke.

01-09-2008 10:27:33 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of stephendr


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

12 oz. glass bottle - color of hazy yellow, with a decent eggshell colored head - nose of honey, ginger, and lemon – taste of citrus, lemon, egg whites, and spice - body is medium, and with low carbonation – aftertaste of lemon, malt , and grapefruit

01-03-2008 07:42:19 | More by stephendr
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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

A light golden color, slightly cloudy in the middle, more transparent along the sides of the glass. A white puffy head forms, about two inches high, that slowly dissolves away. A lemony citrus aroma, followed up with the spicy scents, mostly corriander. The spicy fragrance does not overwhelm and blends itself nicely with soft scent of wheat. That light citrus flavor rolls across the palate, bring the spices along with it, as well as the wheat. A slight touch of bitterness at the end. A watery, thin feel, with carbonation growing as it reaches the back of the palate. For a witbier, it succeeds, the citrus and spices are there, refreshing finish, make this a summer time treat.

12-16-2007 21:41:52 | More by cameraman
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

Blurry maize beneath a decent looking head of aged ivory. With one quick swirl and a small second pour, I was able to get all 12 ounces into the glass, murking things up even further. Although WCW doesn't go gonzo when it comes to lace, it's still more than acceptable in the looks department.

Orange peel and spicy coriander are definitely present in the nose, it's just that they don't add up to anything out of the ordinary. Actually, the aroma is better than ordinary, but it isn't better than slightly better than ordinary.

I like what Flying Dog has done with Woody Creek White. The balance among the three main flavors (wheat, orange peel and coriander) is spot-on and the heft is just about perfect for a quenching summer seasonal. How can anyone drink pale wheat ales when witbiers and hefeweizens are so much more delicious?

The grain bill consists of Belgian pilsner malt, white wheat (malted, unmalted and flaked), and flaked oats. Good choices, all. The underlying flavor is of fresh cereal grains with a minimum of huskiness. The fruit and spice, while it could be more prominent, adds color and shading to those solid outlines. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, until the increasingly bitter finish puts an exclamation point on the mouthful.

I like the overall size of the beer, but the mouthfeel could be more creamy. The bubbles tend to sit and sizzle on the tongue (just a little) rather than providing the expansiveness that almost all quality beer possesses.

I thought I had an outside chance to win the 'name our summer seasonal' contest that Flying Dog ran this past year. Thinking they'd want to continue the dog theme, I suggested names such as 'Tail Wagger', 'Leash Ripper' and 'White Hydrant', among others. I like Woody Creek White though. Both as a name and as a beer.

12-10-2007 13:31:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.