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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

690 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 31
Gots: 45 | 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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of nrbw23
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kurtissellen
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of boralyl
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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

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

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

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KI9A
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice!!

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...
Recommended...

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.