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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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670 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 43 | 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 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.

clayrock81, Jun 13, 2008
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.

KI9A, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jun 09, 2008
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.

lordofthewiens, May 31, 2008
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.

RblWthACoz, May 26, 2008
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

MuenchenerKindl, May 07, 2008
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.

robbyc1, Apr 27, 2008
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.

prototypic, Mar 12, 2008
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.

ClassicBrad, Feb 12, 2008
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.

PBRstreetgang, Jan 09, 2008
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

stephendr, Jan 03, 2008
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.

cameraman, Dec 16, 2007
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of Opethsprite
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!

Opethsprite, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 11, 2007
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.

alexgash, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Nov 02, 2007
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.

Ricochet, Oct 26, 2007
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.

Onibubba, Oct 22, 2007
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.

tgbljb, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
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.

objectivemonkey, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of bradley0114
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.

bradley0114, Sep 26, 2007
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

Floydster, Sep 23, 2007
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.

benito, Sep 21, 2007
Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.