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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

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672 Ratings
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Ratings: 672
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:
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(Beer added by: rowew on 05-26-2007)
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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale yellow color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is yeasty with some citrus and a bit of corriander. The flavor was very common for a witbier. Corriander, yeasty, slightly drying, citrus. Nothing out of the ordinary and nothing wrong. Nicely done witbier. Body was light/medium and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a Pilsner glass.

A - I didn't disturb the bottom yeast (no swirlies) and poured a clear golden color brew with a champagne like white head that backed down after a while leaving good lacing.

S - citrus and light wheat aroma.

T - very good flavors without the usual yeasty taste of other wit beers I have sampled.

M - light bodied and high-side carbonation.

D - very refreshing and very drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian's. Opaque straw yellow body with a half inch of off-white head. Body looks kind of like milk was mixed in, which is a bit odd, even for the style. Smells spicy, citrusy, and yeasty. Tastes orangey, lemony, and spicy. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Not the best example of the style, but a decent drinkable beer.

MrHurmateeowish, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After enjoying Flying Dog's In-Heat Wheat last summer I was anxious to try their take on a wit bier. After a serious swirl to loosen the yeast at the bottle and pouring it into the glass, Woody Creek White appears a cloudy pale lemony yellow in color with a thick white head. Zesty lemony and wheat malt nose. Citrus and spices, along with coriander emerge also. The mouthfeel is soft and full-bodied. Wheat malt flavor upfront, with a lemony twang. Coriander and orange peel. There's a feint hop bitterness toward the back. The finish sees the return of the lemony flavors that were apparent upfront, in combination with a touch of lingering vanilla sweetness.

This was a very refreshing and enjoyable wit beer on a scorching hot summer afternoon. Tradition in approach and flavor. Definitely a beer that I'll be visiting again before summer's end.

Winter, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazed pale straw color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a rich blend of bready and yeasty smells with plenty of corriander and a touch of orange.

Nice breadiness upfront leading into a generous amount of corriander and subtle hint of orange. Corriander lingers beyond the finish.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

Overall, a completely solid witbier. Easy to drink and thirst quenching, and full of flavor.Definitely recommended.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of billybob
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a cloudy straw yellow with a good one inch white head that held well and sheets of lacing down the glass. nose is strong with coriander, clove, pepper, lemongrass. taste, wheat malt, yeast, coiander, pepper, lemongrass, peppery and tangy on the finish. light and smooth mouthfeel and carbonation is good. smell and taste are strong nothing subtle about this beer. great tasting beer from flying dog brewery.

billybob, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy straw yellow with one finger of white suds and slight lacing.
Smell is belgian with the clove and banana and spices. Yeast is very nice here. great smell on this offering.
Taste is a little watery but with the 4.8% abv that is understandable. The clove is stronger here than the banana which is a little dirty tasting. Still a great little Belgian White.
Mouthfeel is weak here cause nothing is standing out, no oils, no spices.
While you could session this one there are lots of other wit's that are better.

peabody, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color. Fluffy white head with good retention, and, a nice lace. Lots of bubbles. Smell is of lemon,clove,and spice. Body is light,crisp,and carbonated. Taste is of spiced fruit,and candy. Great from start to finish. I plan on having much more of this beer over the summer!

riversider76, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Nesued
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Slightly hazy in appearance. Yellow in color with a lively carbonation that feeds a slight remaining head. Upon pour, a nice head formed that resolved quickly. Very inviting looking wit. ?

Smell - A very big nose on this beer. I was able to smell a lot of earthy yeast, lemongrass, gentle pepper aroma along with a coriander and floral citrus. Very appealing and again a BIG nose on this beer.

Taste - Very gentle flavor. As someone mentioned below, it tasted like it smelled. A lot of clove with some grassy presense as well. A very peppery/zesty taste that threw the balance towards the spicy side after the second or third tasting.

Mouthfeel - Thin and light. Easily moves around the mouth with the carbonation assisting in transportation.

Drinkability - Summer grass-cutting beer. Had I not already picked the Harpoon Raspberry Wheat as my summer beer, this one may have been up there. I very much enjoyed the big nose on this one which was a lot of the appeal.

Nesued, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of sacrelicio
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Wit, spicy, herbal, fruity, delicious. Flying Dog turning it around? Will pedestrian micros flavors give way to fantastic crafts and big beers? I am surprised. I have not had a decent Flying Dog other than Gonzo, and Gonzo and this Wit break the boring Colorado trendy big cutesy micro mold.

sacrelicio, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BuckSpin
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of 28907FX) in a classic conical pint glass

Poured clean & crisp. Strong spiced nose full of coriander, mild white pepper, orange rind, soft banana, a summer field....very nice. A fat finger's worth of mixed pearl white foam laced thinly, slowly settled to a thin sheeting over a murky, hazed, just kissed with some soft orange, lemonade gold color with a good deal of active, large bubbles rising quickly thru it. Thus far my nose & eyes are happy.

Creamy, soft, smooth, the orange comes across in a pleasing semi-sweet tartness over a subdued spice profile. Its not super crisp & sharp, but rather soft, balanced, rounded on the edges....a nice change of pace. Faint lemon & an excuse of some apple accent the orange & coriander, and under all of it is a somewhat earthy wheat/malt profile that acts as a mild bittering to allow the others to sing & dance...nice.

Semi-dry at the best to start, it grows crisper & drier with a faint cider crunch on the palate, it gets thicker, a wee bit more caramel sweet and leathered before finishing clean with a coating, chewy breadlike aftertaste.

A very nice, soft, rounded Wit. I've had better, crisper, sharper, but this was a nice change of pace. Would pair well with a nice Mandarin Orange salad, any whitefish, lemon and/or orange chicken with a little zing, just about any lite warm weather fare. If you like a little roundness in your wheat beers as opposed to a sharper, crisper edge definitely check it out.

BuckSpin, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dull yellow with a decent head. Nice, but unexceptional.

Smells of big white pepper, cloves, and lemongrass.

Tastes like a very nice balance between woody, spicy wheatmalt--heavy cloves and white pepper--and a sweat, zingy lemongrass finish.

There's nothing here that's horribly unique or bold or exciting or anything like that--just a solid, slightly above average example of its style. A great summer session beer that goes down as smooth as chocolate milk.

mynie, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light-yellow body under a bumpy two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly to a solid lid, with some lacing. Looks like a Witbier should look.

Spicey clove dominates the aroma, with some wheat, grass, crackers and a buttery-acetyl smell.

Clove dominates the taste as well, with a mild banana note, a hint of bubblegum and that buttery-acetyl taste. Light backnote of metallic and floral hops. I like it.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

Good drinkability.

Surprise! I said something good about a Flying Dog beer for a change.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
1.45/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Appearance: The appearance of this beer was promising. Light cloudy yellow color with a nice full head.

Smell: Things were looking positive until I smelled the beer. It smelled like the produce section of the super market, like cauliflower.

Taste: Ignoring the smell I took a sip and it tasted just like it smelled. I figured maybe I just needed to acclimate to the flavor. But by the third swallow I had to call it quits and down the drain it went.

Mouthfeel. Crisp carbonation based on my three swallows.

Drinkability: This beer just wasn't drinkable in my opinion. A couple of years ago I tried Blue Moon Belgian White and that too went down the drain because I thought the spice flavors were off but I don't recall the vegetal element. I like the banana/clove spice flavors found in Hefeweizens and the flavors of some other Belgian ale styles so I have to think that this was a blown batch, but Beer Advocate's style description does indicate that a Witbier may have "odd ball" spice flavors. I think the printed code on the bottle read 28907F, but it was hard to read.

P.S. - I looked up this beer's description on Flying Dog's website and saw that one of the brewings spices was Coriander (aka Cilantro). I hate Cilantro because to my taste buds it over powers any Mexican dish it touches and is foul tasting. This may be the source of the strong vegetal flavor and smell that I detected.

Update 7-8-2007:
I'm not the only one that disliked this one. Rochesterinsider.com's June 20, 2007 review stated "Thumbs down. The smell's unappealing, and there's a soapy taste."

rohrbachsfan, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark yellow with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is musty, earthy yeast with a little banana and clove.

The flavor is some slightly sweet and fruity malts followed by more musty earthiness. The mouthfeel medium to light and heavily carbonated.

Overall, a decent wit. It's more musty and less spicy than most.

Beaver13, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got one of these in a mix a six at my local place. Pours a cloudy lemonade color, very hazy. smells lemony with yeast and a slight spicy hopness. Tastes is good, but it could of been great, needs a little more spiciness, but still good. mouthfeel is a bit watery not much body to it, but on a hot day like today, i could take plenty of these guys down.

1fastz28, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle coding of 275A07 whatever that means

Pours a hazed lemon/gold color with 2.5 fingers of fluffed up cream-colored head. Very good lacing & head retention

S: Lemons & coriander in ample supply

T: Lemons, wheat tartness & lemongrass up front. Coriander, white pepper & some grapefruit follows as this warms a touch. Finishes tart, lemony, with a little bit of cloves & a little dry

MF: Medium bodied & juicy with low carbonation

Drinks really easy, not one of my favorite styles, but they nailed this. I certainally liked this better than NB's organic wit, which I had twice on draft

russpowell, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon color with a pouffy head that fails the retention test though it leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Floral lemony aroma with a bit of yeast funk, coriander and pepper

Taste: Starts out with a lemony zest that builds in black pepper spiciness by mid-palate; coriander flavors slip in there as well; after the swallow, the tart flavors build and join with the floral character to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: Light and refreshing; a good effort at this style

brentk56, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another selection from Flying Dog exhibiting that wildly morose yet contagious bottle art by Ralph Steadman, I love it. This brew pours a cloudy, pale gold with a pearl white head that recedes but holds well leaving a bit of lace.

Wheaty grain in the aroma. Also citrus, cherry, dull yeast, and considerable spice.

The flavor is mellow even for its style. Initial citrus and prominently Belgian wheat notes. Hints of cherry, banana, and arugula. There is a nice spice in the finish and a yeasty remanence.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied but not in a creamy sense. More of a starchy, grain-like texture with some carbonation.

letsgopens, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of candied banana, coriander, orange peel and black pepper.

The taste is thinner than the aroma. Bitter orange peel with black pepper that comes to nearly dominate the taste buds. A touch of wet cardboard. Suggestions of banana fruitiness. Coriander gets almost lost in the mix. Peppery, dry finish.

Dry - some flavor hangs on - mostly pepper - quite a bit of water.
Quite a bit of carbonation.

Too much black pepper for me, making it not as smooth as it should be. It hits the style in general, but only mediocre at best, IMO.

jwc215, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian style tasting glass.

Appearance- Hazy yellow with quickly fading white head. Light lacing.

Smell- Spicy yeast and corriander. A bit funky.

Taste- Sweet like bubblegum upfront, malt and corriander follows, clove, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing, a bit sharp. Plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability- This is one of the smoothest Flying Dog beers I have ever had. I could have this on a hot summer day and it would be a toss up next to Hoegaarden. A fine wit.

blakesell, May 28, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, ABV clearly marked, cryptic date code. Typical Flying Dog style label with Ralph Steadman art work.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a nice froth head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy yeast character and a bit of coriander.

Taste: Nice mouthfeel, good yeasty flavor. The coriander comes through here too.

Overall impression: Nice drinkable wit. Not nearly the best Wit out there, but better than average as far as a Flying Dog offering.

rowew, May 27, 2007
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