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Woody Creek White - Flying Dog Brewery

Woody Creek White
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573 Ratings
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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%

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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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields a fluffy 2-finger pure white head that diminishes after a couple minutes. The body is a hazy pale straw color. Light lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout consumption.

Spicy wheat with notes of earthy spice in the nose.

Light wheat and slight lemon with a popcorn finish. Unfortunately, the flavor here is rather weak and not as bold as I would have preferred.

The body is average for the style and the carbonation is moderate. It is easily drinkable but also easily forgettable.

This beer was very straight-forward in nearly all aspects and really did not stand out to me at all. The mouthfeel helps this beer's drinkability but the lack of complexity and the weakness of the flavor doesn't really help my disinterest in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 21:14:10 | More by output01x
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy orange body. Not much of a head, little lacing.

S: Sugary sweet and phenolic.

T: Mostly a weird maltiness almost reminiscent of sweet corn. Also a hint of tartness.

M: Light enough for the style.

D: Eh. Not a bad wit, but not a standout either.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 08:02:08 | More by BarrelO
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South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass results in a large foamy white head and a nice and well rounded color to it. really very well put together with a light haze and good lacing stuck to the glass. aroma is light with hints of coriander, light pepper, hints of pear and light grains, needed a little more puncch but what was picked up was nicely done. flavor was more of the same, lemon, coriander, pepper, light grains, touches of apple and pear and banana. really nicely done.

overall a very solid little beer. i could see myself drinking this without any issue at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 14:21:01 | More by mikesgroove
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 4.8% ABV, IUB: 18, 075FX11.

A - Pouring the whole bottle in resulted in a slightly hazy golden straw yellow color. An effervescent white head rises up but lowers somewhat quickly despite high carbonation fueling it. No lace is left over.

S - Dry, earthy, husky straw, wheat, and pale malt with a distinct lemon grass citrus and yeasty clay-like finish gives this beer one of the better Flying Dog aromas.

T - A little overly yeasty, there's a lot of the earthy clay in here. Pale malt and husky straw overshadows the soft wheat and tart lemon citrus finishes it out.

M - Heavily carbonated and light-bodied but still not very refreshing, Woody Creek is a bit tart and dry across the palate for that. Balanced like tart exit though.

D - Another fairly average beer from Flying Dog, the wit doesn't offer up excitement or refreshment leaving it pretty lack-luster.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:18:41 | More by BeerFMAndy
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South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature glass. Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with sediment at the bottom with a half finger white head that subsides to a minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma is comprised of sweet malt and fermented bananas. The flavor is of sweet malt, wheat, and subtle fruit. It has a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this is a decent brew. Not awe-inspiring by any means, but decent. Aroma is little worse off than the flavor. Just something about the fermented banana smell puts me off. Just glad that it doesn't show up in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:11:21 | More by thagr81us
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the coriander with a little bit of orange peel. The flavor is a more balanced mix of orange and coriander - about what you expect in a witbier. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 06:24:37 | More by Mora2000
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After pouring the beer I noticed things floating around, im assuming their yeast. There isnt much aroma here. They say they use orange peel and coriander but im not picking up any. Smells like bananas and tastes like bananas, with a hint of wheat and oats. The mouthfeel is right for a Belgian Wit, but the drinkability isnt great. It doesnt taste terrible, but there are a lot of things missing from what I have had with Belgian Wits. Unless this is true to style from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:57:09 | More by arboristfish
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Woody Creek White is a Belgian-style wheat that is good, better than the Blue Moons and Shock Tops, but it is lacking the aromatics and flavor that the best examples have. There is a little clove and banana, but not much else. The wheat flavor and acidity is missing. The pale straw color and the head were promising, but the smell and taste were pleasant but nothing made my tongue call out for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:24:25 | More by Soonami
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy straw colour looking alot like other wits.

spicy, coriander, clove, breads

nice puckering taste, the spicy notes are even stronger when tasted.

Has a nice mouthfeel comparable to other wits.

Very drinkable...I could drink this stuff all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 18:47:19 | More by Mit
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: hazy yellow.
smell: tart, spicy.
taste: As the nose advertises. A tart, crisp, spicy taste. Not bad.
mouthfeel: tart and carbonated.
drinkability: Enjoyed but wasn't running for the next. If there's any downside to having been exposed to Founders, DFH, Avery etc. it's the appreciation bar is significantly raised.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 01:04:08 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of NODAK


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of citrus and some fairly muted orange and spice notes. Not very pungeant on this one.

Taste has some orange peel and coriander flavors up front, but they aren't very bold. I'd say they're weaker than most wits, but they are present. After that, there's a good dose of citrus near the finish that allows the beer to finish off fairly dry. There's a good deal of wheat at the finish as well, perhaps more so than any beer of this style I've had.

Even though the traditional orange and coriander tastes here are somewhat muted, I still am a fan of this beer because it's highly refreshing on the finish, and I love the wheat that sticks around. It isn't my top wit, but it's worthy.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 00:49:15 | More by NODAK
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mac McGee's in Atlanta.

Pours an almost opaque golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light malts with solid amounts of wheat twang. Also present are hints of light fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by light fruits - mostly pears but with hints of bananas and light citrus. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors fade a bit and twangy wheat flavors take over. The wheat carries through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was far from an exceptional beer but it wasn't all that bad either. I initially had it rated higher thinking it was an American Wheat but as a Wit it doesn't cut it as much. Not worth seeking out but if it pops up it's worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 22:06:11 | More by glid02
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a golden sunset colour with a moderate fizzy head. sparse lace. orange citrus and coriander spice in the nose, lightly malty with spicy hop wafts. the taste is in the classic wit beer category with chewy malt foundation... coriander spice parting the flavour profile with some tart citric wheat notes. sort of lively with some yeasty notes too. soft but semi-lucious body and a spritzy mouthfeel make for a nice wave for the nuances come through. pretty damn drinkable and quite quenching and satisfying. definitely a summer time quencher and tasty treat.

solid overall and above average but not really outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 22:22:29 | More by budgood1
Photo of Mitchster


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. Brewed with coriander and bitter orange peel, Belgian Pilsner, Malted White Wheat, Oats, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats and hopped with German Hallertau. 4.8% ABV, OG=11.7p, 17 IBU.

Pours out to a cloudy pale straw golden, forming a small white head with good retention and sparse lacing. Mildly carbonated. The nose opens with spicy hallertauer, followed by orange and coriander, apple juice and some spicy phenols. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a watery, light body. Easy drinking. The taste is a recap of the aroma. No surprises here. The bitterness level is very mild, balanced nicely by the delicate wheat, oat and pale malts. Reminds me a lot of a less carbonated Hoegardden.

A run of the mill, but still quite good, Belgian Style Witbier. Would be great on a hot summer day at the beach.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 21:09:31 | More by Mitchster
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been enjoying this the last two summers, finally got around to reviewing it. Pours nice orange-ish with two fingers of lace. Strong hint of orange and coriander. Good mouth, a bit almost chewy (which isn't a bad thing with this variety). Very drinkable, particularly during summer months. Good marks for Flying Dog on this one, plus, I love Hunter S. and Ralph Steadman's artwork is off the hook...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:41:57 | More by aranheaney
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The look reminds me of lemonade. This has heavy lacing.

In the nose is orange, coriander, sweet yeast, and oddly enough bubblegum.

The taste is balanced by bitter and sweet citrus, with notes of melon and white tea.

This finnishes with a waxy slight bubblegum flavor. It sounds off but it really works with this beer. I'd have more.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 21:53:55 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle out of the fridge pooured into a hefe glass. pours a hazy, cloudy light yellow color with a one finger of creamy pure white head. decent retention and a little bit of lace.

lemon zest, spice, wheat, bubblegum, belgian yeast, a little grain.

decent taste, nothing extremely exciting, but its pretty true to the style. lots of lemon like citrus, wheat, and a little spice, then some nice belgian yeast thats just right.

light light body, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation. feels really good for the style.

good drinkability, light body, good taste, and oh so refreshing make this a great session beer. a very nice summer beer as well.

this is a pretty decent beer. i dont know why, but i wasnt expecting much and this surprised me a little. i would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 01:58:11 | More by dogfishandi
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy, pale, dark lemonade in color, with a quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-lemon zest,subtle spiciness
Taste-Coriander, clove, citrus zest. very refreshing and drinkable, would make an excellent hot weather session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:32:33 | More by hosehead83
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2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very small white head that dies immediately. Big chunks of yeast floaties but otherwise this is pretty clear for something unfiltered. Doesn't really look all that appetizing. The aroma doesn't change things for me too much. The smell is yeasty and has a sourdough quality to it.

The first sip offers a change of pace with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a flavor that hints of wheat, orange peel and some peppery spice.

Incredibly let down by the look and aroma. Sisappointed in the flavor as well. Not a terrible beer but I would pass this up for the many superior versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:13:23 | More by SuperSpy
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a little head which dissipates within four seconds. Light lacing around the glass that slides back to the white ring almost immediately. Light smell of hops but nothing to write home about. IBU on bottle 18, but drinks more around a 10. Color is a 4 on the SRM chart. Very clean transparency with very small carbonation bubbles. Does have a pleasing aftertaste of hops that clings to the back of my upper palette and through my nose. Not a beer for which I would spend much money, but I would not turn it down if someone offered it to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 20:22:11 | More by beerprovedwright
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a fairly short, white head over a nicely cloudy, light yellow/white body.

Faint peppery, lemon, and wheat aromas - had to really pull them out.

Crisp on the palate, with a light peppery flavor. Tap water. Aluminum twang. Not enough sweetness.

Crisp mouthfeel - thin, and not nearly smooth enough to be a good representation of the style.

This one is fine on the drinkability meter - nothing offensive, and pretty darn refreshing. Just didn't have all the elements of a good Witbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 00:37:37 | More by BeerImmediately
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Woody Creek White
12 oz brown bottle
Jet Ink 015FX11 on the side label
Served in an Ommegang Witte glass

Pours a mustard yellow with a deep haze. Decent head at first that quickly transforms to a thin lacing around the glassware. Was hoping for some more head retention.

Pleasant whiffs of cereal grains, oranges and lemons.

Husky grain flavors that are really dry and refreshing with a nice citrus blend of lemons and oranges mixed with a significant coriander presence.

My initial reaction is that this is an easy drinking brew. I think Flying Dog does a great job at recreating this Belgian style of beer. Perfect for a hot August day like today.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 22:28:11 | More by Hibernator
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowish that has a small white head that doesnt stay long. Some lacing. The aroma is strong of yeast, lemon, and spices, as is the taste. Light mouthfeel and a beer that is a pleasure to drink. Not a huge flying dog fan but this is an all around solid witbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:19:15 | More by mjw2808
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New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Code 308FY10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Pale lemon yellow brew with a bunch of haze and yeasty particles. Small head settles to virtually nothing but leaves a nice meniscus of foam along the glass. Leaves a little lace.

S: Burnt popcorn, especially the hulls, front and center. Touch of diacetyl. Not much else except a little yeast, pretty odd.

T: Same popcorn taste but it is muted. Also a little lime soda and warm spices. A little yeasty funk here also.

M/D: Crisp and dry, carbonation is a little fizzy. Finish is astringent. Pretty disappointing, not up to par with other Flying Dog brews I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 03:43:48 | More by BeerNinja007
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2.08/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

So, this basically sucks. It's Flying Dog's Summer ale and apparently it was made for people who don't like beer. Pours a pale yet hazy yellow, kind of like sunshine in the state of Maryland where this is brewed. Very little head, but what there is is persistent, leaving no lace however. Smell is refreshing but faint. Obvious hints of coriander to give it that Beglian "spiciness". It fails, however. Flavor is super-thin - almost lemonade like. It's clean and tangy, like a white should be, but it immediately finishes off, almost water-like, and has no length to the finish at all. This is what I'd imagine a hard lemonade would taste like, but without the good parts of the lemonade. Very poor effort all in all. However, at $8.99 a sixer, you can spare the change on occasion if you have friends who aren't beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:28:30 | More by SolomonGrundy
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