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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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661 Ratings
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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | 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 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
Photo of cameraman


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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
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4.8/5  rDev +30.8%

It pours a murky yellow with a sparse head. Citrusy to smell, but not in an overpowering way (which is, to me, the tragic downfall of many Belgian wits), and with a briney yeast. Very nice! The taste is similarly subtle and complex without overdoing the citrus. Mellow and fresh. The mouthfeel is rich, yet playful. This is a damn good beer in my book!

12-02-2007 01:39:41 | More by Opethsprite
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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

Appearance: Pours a very faint yellow body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Soft wheaty aroma with a bit of citrus and a slew of coriander thrown in.

Taste: A doughy wheat flavor charged with a heavy-handed dose of coriander. Tart citrus notes. Chalky finish with a bit more of that tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit over-spiced for my tastes. There are better witbiers to be found.

11-11-2007 00:24:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of alexgash


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours into the Ommegang Witte tumbler a moderately hazy, golden lemon yellow body with a small, off-white head. Honey-soaked wheat bread peppered with abundant spices (clove, allspice, nutmeg?) and spicy yeast. Lightly toasted grains and soft, yeasty wheat malt. Light fruits and subtle clove and orange peel citrus notes before a yeasty, snappy, refreshing finish. Medium-bodied, pulpy wheat feel with refreshing carbonation. Nice.

11-02-2007 23:10:37 | More by alexgash
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

This brew is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Minimal lacing is evident. Pleasant aroma of citrus, yeast and coriander. Light, effervescent body with a mildly hoppy and spicy flavor that has touches or orange and tangerine. The finish is zesty hops with a touch of malt thrown in. Very passable overall.

11-02-2007 20:22:24 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Ricochet


2.78/5  rDev -24.3%

Cloudy, deep yellow, mildly lively carbonation with a nice lace finish. About standard for a good wit. Smells of orange peel more than anything else but it's balanced with mild clove and even a little banana. Mouth very ale like, bitter finish, trix cerial aftertaste, just seemed a little thin and wasn't as creamy. Not too good on mouth. This is a little too heavy on the orange and leans into a bitter orange taste, and the other flavors, clove primarily are weak. Little alcohol taste means a good masking effect, but the bitter in this beer is really off.

It's okay, but when Blue Moon is more of a subdued taste that I'd rather have, even the better ingredients don't save this one for me.

10-26-2007 11:37:17 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Onibubba


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

A clear straw gold with a nice big billowy head. Strong smells make me think Saison. Corriander and Bitter Orange are immediately noticable in the taste - exactly as advertised, kudos. Mouthfeel is smooth, hignly quaffable. Sweetens a bit as it warms, but that is the only detractor - that and the price. 10 dollars a sixer is a bit steep for something so sessionable. Very well done.

10-22-2007 17:39:39 | More by Onibubba
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +18%

Poured a light amber-golden colon with massive white puffy head.
Smell is extremely nice. Strong note of spices (spices, corriander) along with some citrus (lemon, orange).
Taste is the perfect eexample of the style. Cloves, corriander, lemon, orange and yeast abound.
Leaves a nice refreshing taste in the mouth.
Truly an extraordinary beer.

10-21-2007 20:49:01 | More by tgbljb
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours with a brilliantly clear, gold color and is topped by a pale, one finger thick head. The beer is very aromatic with ample orange zest notes and some earthy coriander spice. The coriander note is slightly green / vegetal, but is not really a bad thing.

The beer is well carbonated and is quite dry tasting up front. It picks up some sweetness as the beer moves across the tongue and this tends to accentuate the orange peel contributed citrus flavors. There is a touch of coriander here in the flavor, though not nearly as much as the aroma would have suggested (this is fine by me, as I like a restrained coriander note in Wits). This is certainly a tasty example of a Wit, but it is a bit too simplistic for me. This pairs fairly well with food, which makes it seem more lemon-like and drier.

10-07-2007 04:16:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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4/5  rDev +9%

Into a pint glass, pours a cloudy straw yellow, a nice white head with wide stringing lacing, pretty nice. The aroma is pretty stock wit, good Belgian spices of coriander, orange rind, wheat malt, and is similar in the taste, with lemon zest and clove in there. The mouth has fine carbonation, decent body, really there isn't anything wrong with this one, though nothing exceptional.

09-27-2007 01:47:34 | More by objectivemonkey
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance - Cloudy, yellow/white color. Unfortunately it had a quick-to-dissipate head.

Smell - Light, clean, you can smell the coriander.

Taste - Sweet/spicy, a good balanced flavor....little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good and clean...smooth going down.

Drinkability - I am not a witbier fan, but this is pretty good for the style to me.

09-26-2007 13:57:06 | More by bradley0114
Photo of Floydster


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

12 ounce bottle from Hi-Time Wines in Costa Mesa

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Color was almost white like its name, but a very tame golden color

Head was only about 1/4 inch thick, but it was silky and stuck arounf for a half an hour until I got to the last sip of the beer

Taste was nice with a lot of herbs and white spices, a lot of wheat with very little hops, and a banana hint, beer got tastier as it warmed, could really start seeing the spice

Could drink a lot of these, very light in color and feel

09-23-2007 04:41:58 | More by Floydster
Photo of benito


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

I had a pint of this when it was first released at the brewery last spring, but this is the first time I've had it in the bottle.

Woody Creek White, Flying Dog's 'new' summer seasonal, pours as near white as one might imagine possible for a beer, which makes for an impressive look that is countered (and unfortunately not enhanced) by a fizzy, quick-to-dissipate head. There are typical coriander aromas and some phenols. It has a quick, well-balanced, and sweet flavor with a moderate malt backbone.

What holds this brew back is its thinness of flavor and lack of length. Across the tongue, this really just disappears, and the initial spice and malt flavors turn watery. This is not my favorite Colorado wit nor my favorite Flying Dog brew. Take a pass unless you're a wit fanatic.

09-21-2007 06:37:14 | More by benito
Photo of merlin48


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Mildly hazed pale blonde body with a small white head that leaves scant lacing. Subtle aroma of wheat, coriander, white pepper, and reen bananas. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Taste is lemony citrus, spicy coriander and pepper, wheat, and a hint of orange. Lemony citrus finish. Nicely done and a pleasant summer sipper.

08-17-2007 13:37:01 | More by merlin48
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4/5  rDev +9%

A very good example, and rare quality, found in American attempts at a Witbier. The beer hits a home run. Very flavorful, but lightly textued, with pepery character, mild hops, and an estery spiciness that finishes very powdery and clean. But there are a few characteristics that keep it from becomming a Hoegaarten. The beer opens with a bright yellow / golden color that falls just short of 'bright', however with ideal head retention and creamy carbonation. Aromas are a characterful blend of wheat malt, clean esters, light citrus fruits, and a fresh peppery qualtity. The scent of Saison begins to make it's way into the beer after warming, with a mild must and earthy scent. Although characterful, may muddle the aromas a bit. Flavors are equally as satisfying as aromas. A bit higher hop rate separates this beer from Belgian counterparts. Picks up on more of a lime / pineapple flavor, rather than the predominant orange flavors that are typical of the style. The body may be a touch high, but does not hurt the drinkability or quality of the brew. Finishes quite clean and powdery-clean, with a solid dryness. Lightly hopped and warming late. Very good beer; it picks up on some earthy, musty characteristics that help the beer as much as it hurts. About as good as an American Wit gets.

08-17-2007 00:57:12 | More by BEERchitect
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Serving Type Sampled: 12 oz. brown crown top bottle, with date

Appearance: Hazy, light straw in color. Bright white fluffy head that fades into a tight lace.

Smell: Earthy, musty, coriander is quite pronounced. I also get a favorable hit of black pepper. Mild clove.

Taste: The flavor is quite light, orange peel immediately attacks the palette. Followed by a nice light maltiness. Hops are mild but fairly balanced as hallertau’s usually are. I am also sensing the mild presence of black pepper still. Finishes nicely with a coriander and lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, High carbonation.

Drinkability: Great. I think this is the equivalent of the beer geeks Bud Light! Light in body but not in flavor. Also a great example of the style.

08-15-2007 02:37:07 | More by BadRockBeer
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4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours an oddly clear straw with flecks suspended throughout and only visible carbonation clinging to side of the glass.

Citrus, wheat, pepper and coriander to the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with wheat being most predominant.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable and enjoyable despite the rather odd appearance.

08-14-2007 21:10:03 | More by techdiver
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

I had a couple of very different experiences with the appearance of this beer. The first couple I had were awkwardly clear with an eerie pale color and large flakes of sediment/yeast. Not so good. But after I left the sixer for a few days and the sediment settled, it agitated really well before and after pouring and a couple swirls which made the perfect cloudy pale appearance a wit should. FYI.

Solid body of pale golden straw in color, half centimeter white cap head that lasted well throughout the beer. The aroma had a lot of wheaty zest and coriander, some pepper and lemony zest as well. The taste was quite wheaty and bready up front with the unfiltered aspect of the beer showing up. Coriander worked well as a good compliment to the taste, balancing well with the other flavors. Lemony zest kept the mouthfeel tangy, even some orange shows up, and a peppery aftertaste.

Overall: I generally think American made wits flavors are a bit rigid and don't meld as well as their Belgian counterparts, but this one is much further along than most American versions in that respect. Good appearance, a good balance of flavors, and quite refreshing. One of my favorites from Flying Dog so far.

08-14-2007 15:38:30 | More by dfried
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

Well this beer certainly has it in the looks department. Exceptionally pale cloudy yellow colored beer with a billowy snow-white head. An extremely powerful head forming beer it almost over flowed the top of the glass. Looks exactly like. What the beer style is supposed to look like.

The smell is sweet and strongly spicy and floral scented. Reasonably strong coriander and spice scent but it doesn't obliterate the other scents. Citrus and floral scents are in this too making this better than average.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a nice citrus and wheat malt bread dough flavor too. A little spicy and a little sweet with all the expected Witbier flavors all there, but is there a flaw? Nothing off here, pretty much a by the book example of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite an excellent Witbier, if it has a flaw it is maybe a little bright tasting from not be shipped over on a ship. Highly recommended one of the best Flying Dog Beers.

08-12-2007 04:57:56 | More by Zorro
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Whew...big head on this one. Billowing white cloud goes to about 3 fingers+, semi-chunky and nice endurance. Bubbles race from the bottom to settle up top. The richness of the amber/golden color seems to be sucked up by the haze. This leaves a very pale, but cloudy, yellow body.
Aroma contains many of the wit characteristics; corrainder, some citrus, yeast spices and malt. Things are a bit tame here, but nicely blended. Seems like a watery lemonade, but the yeast and hops liven it up. Very easy drinking, albeit a bit thin for my taste. Nice summer brew.

08-12-2007 02:13:08 | More by Mebuzzard
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North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured a shiny golden color and was essentially clear. Foam head that nearly completely dissolved. Quick streams of speedy carbonation rises to the surface. Nose is mild wheat and what I can only describe as Brita-filtered water.

Flavor is a bit weak all around. Wheat is a tad thin and none of the other spice cabinet flavors I associate with the style. Maybe a slight hint of cinnamon or cloves but I really had to dig for that. Thin mouthfeel that is just a tad watery without any wheaty heft to it. Alright enough for a summer day but not particularly a prime example of the style.

08-09-2007 23:21:54 | More by MuddyFeet
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Served a light hazy straw with a small white foamy head.

Smell. Mostly coriander. Seems to be on the lighter side, with just a little citrus note to cut the spices.

Taste. Again, coriander is the dominant factor. It seems to be too dominant for my taste...not to say it is a coriander bomb, but i did not get much other flavors to compliment or off set the spiced flavor, as the rest of the beer seemed light and delicate. aftertaste is a touch citrusy.

Mouthfeel. light and refreshing. small but numerous carbonation tingles the tongue nicely.

Overall, a very normal wit. Not as full as a hoegarten, but tastes better crafted than a blue moon. I am not a fan of the style, but i would say this is a good example of one.

08-09-2007 23:08:09 | More by acrawf6
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