Woody's Wheat - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +34.4%
Drinking this put me in mind of the "Sanford and Son" episode where Fred and Lamont visited Hawaii and Fred was ordering cocktails. Fred: I'll have a Mai Tai. Lamont: Sounds, good, Pop. I'll have a Mai Tai, too. Fred: No, you can't have my Tai. You get your own Tai. Waitress, that'll be a Mai Tai for me, a His Tai for him and if you want one, get you a Your Tai while you're up. Zounds! Well, if this is Woody's Wheat, then only Adam Wood (a colleague), Mr. Allen and I are drinking. The rest of you get your own Wheat 'cause this is Woody's Wheat and I frankly ain't in a sharin' mood just about now. ;=)
Billed as a "classic Hefe-Weizen" and "[p]art of every balanced meal" (har!), I have to cop to being intrigued simply because of its name. Yes, I am THAT shallow. "Nutrition begins with Woody's Wheat - a classic ... from the Sand Creek B.C." I CAN be their spokesperson, if need be. As to all of that balanced meal and nutrition jazz, I flashed back to that summer (2009) when I attended the SPTR's "Drink Your Wheaties" event and left thinking, "That was nice. Now, I'll go drink some beer." Wheat just does not seem to be my bag.
This was presented to me with a finger of bone-white head with low retention. I had just turned my head for a moment and it left me like a cheap date with the check. Boo hoo. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose was certainly Hefe, but sans the cloying banana/ yeasty scent. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry papery yeast-driven feel on the tongue, along with black pepper and cloves. Shazam! Now, we are talkin'! This indicated, to me, that it was like an Alt Hefeweizen, where even though the yeast is an ale strain, it was fermented under lager conditions. The finish was dry, peppery with a slight banana flavor. Now, this, I could drink. Oh, miss! ...
06-26-2010 13:36:20 | More by woodychandler
4.45/5 rDev +34.4%
Pours a medium yellow in color with a creamy, yet fluffy white head. Nice aroma of sweet bananas, yeast and wheat malt. Full-bodied mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Wheat malt flavor starts things off. Fresh banana flavor arrives midway. Long finish has more of the pleasant sweet banana, vanilla and a mild yeast flavor.
Just released this was really nice, fresh out of the bottle. It's a deliciously solid offering from Sand Creek. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one so enjoying and satisfying on a warm summer night. Give it a try!
06-07-2005 04:16:39 | More by Winter
4.33/5 rDev +30.8%
Pours a beautiful orange amber color, hazy after swirled and decant of sediment. A soap foam that quickly dissolves leaving no lace at all.
Powerful hefe nose--rekindles the traditional German style in my mind. Hints of citrus fruits, especially curacao orange and grapefruit. The cloves and orange peels dominate the aroma. A tad on the sweet side. There is a lot of bubble carbonation in there.
Very carbonated on the tongue, huge hefeweizen yeast taste with large orange taste as if a slice was squeezed into it. Not too sweet in taste, well balanced with a yeast and malt body. Hints of bananas-just like a Hacker Pschorr Hefeweizen. Amazing!
Prickly on the tongue, really tantalizing the taste buds. Medium body with a silky feel. All beer, no foam.
Very consumable. Extremely well balanced and in the true German Hefeweizen style. I feel like I am in Germany drinking this beer. I could drink all day long, a session wheat beer. Leaves a spicy taste on the palette. Burps up just as flavorful as when it goes down.
This is an amazingly tasteful and balanced wheat beer. Not too much to interfere with the orange, banana and wheat yeast taste. If you want a true German style Hefeweizen, try this!
04-27-2009 16:48:29 | More by SaintPeter
4/5 rDev +20.8%
I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a hazy gold with a very solid white head. The aroma is heavy on the banana, light on the clove. The taste follows, leaving a pleasant bannana finish. The beer is lightly bodied and nicely carbonated. A very drinkable beer that wouls be great during the hot summer months.
01-06-2009 21:41:12 | More by bonkers
3.93/5 rDev +18.7%
You'll have to work a bit to get the wheat and yeast sediment roused up from the bottom of the bottle--it clings hard. When added to the beer, it becomes heavily cloudy and murky with a yellowish raw grapefruit juice color. Has a solid, two-fingered bright white head that sticks quite nicely. Has a great, big ol' wheat twang that is just unmistakable. It's got a slight sourness to it with a bold, wheat-heavy nose. Under ripened bananas, almost like plantains on the nose, and cloves, with clear notes of lemon zest and Granny Smith green apples. Goes down quite refreshing/thirst quenching without a doubt--yet still full of flavor--mirroring what hits the nose, with young banana notes (giving that characteristic, clingy light bitterness found in unripe bananas) and less clove than implied by the nose but with more green apple character--and gentle wheaty sourness. Some lemony notes as well. Spry level of carbonation intensifies a light bite at the end. This beer holds up quite nicely even when approaching warmer temps. When warm, bubblegum notes really blossom. Another solid offering from Sand Creek Brewing Company--gotta love solid beers from the midwest!
11-11-2008 05:31:03 | More by AdvocateFan
3.88/5 rDev +17.2%
Pale clear golden yellow with a slim crunchy white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. Very minimal lace.
Aroma is paled of wheat malt and bread and tnder undertone of old banana and some clove hints.
Taste is mostly wheaty and slippery with some lemon sprite and banana notes. Crisp, clean, and rounded in tone with a nice bounce of wheat play in the backend along with a small poof of clove spice. Just tasty enough and heavily leaning toward more of a pale wheat then hefe.
Feel is just shy of medium with a nice wheat malt roundedness and a tender, broad snap and smack of clean banana fruityness that keeps a nice balance along the palate. Helping with a slippery, creamy smoothness thats quite nice and easy to drink down.
Makes for a good Pale Wheat; not so much a hefe - at least in my eyes(taste buds).
11-18-2006 00:35:25 | More by tavernjef
3.85/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours a clear, golden color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of tart malt, yeast, slight hops, all spice, cinnamon, and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, citrus, ginger, wheat, and sweet malt.
07-13-2009 23:40:20 | More by Tone
3.83/5 rDev +15.7%
Sparkling goldenrod with no yeast that I can see. Things became moderately cloudy once the simple white head deflated enough for me to add the final finger of beer to the glass. The cap is shrinking rapidly and has left little to no lace. The beer looks good... the head, not so much.
Even though Woody's Wheat is listed as a hefe weizen, and even though the Sand Creek website says the same thing, one can never be sure. There are plenty of American pale wheats out there masquerading as beer of this style. One whiff tells me that this is a bona fide hefe. Sweet banana and tangy wheat dominate ground clove. There's a little too much graininess for the nose to be considered exceptional.
This is pretty good beer that is no danger of reaching the heights achieved by the best of the style. At least it tastes somewhat authentic. It's still a trifle grainy on the bottom end, although the plentiful banana and clove esters do a good job of making up for it on the top end.
The more I drink, the more impressed I am that the brewers have been able to pull off a beer of a style that many American craft brewers seem to have trouble with. The key is in using a quality yeast strain. The needle on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter holds steady at a respectable 3.0/5.0. Bitterness is at least as prominent as sweetness and sourness, especially on the finish.
The mouthfeel is capable, if far from outstanding. It's on the light and fizzy side, and doesn't have that lush creaminess that I like in my hefe weizens. While it doesn't detract from the experience, it doesn't add much to it either.
Other than Wild Ride IPA, Woody's Wheat is the best Sand Creek beer that I've ever had. It's no substitute for the classics from Deutschland (which should be available in most areas of the country), but I'll bet it moves off the shelves up in Badgerland. I could see myself draining a few of these at a backyard cookout.
05-17-2007 12:21:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.83/5 rDev +15.7%
This beer was purchased in search of that hidden American wheat beer that is good.
I was nervous with evidence of first pour. I poured this quickly but could not stir up much of a head. A little edge of foam remained around the edge of the glass. A cloudy orange. The aroma is pleasant. Swirling it around stirs the nose. Nice citrus and yeast.
Taste is typical wheat. Nice and full. More malt than most. Good tang and citrus background. Seems warm like alcohol but probably not.
Pretty drinkable. Better than many american wheats I have had.
01-19-2008 04:34:55 | More by daledeee
3.8/5 rDev +14.8%
A - Pours with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Hazy, light leather brown color.
S - Fruity aroma with heavy clove notes as would be expected for the style.
T - Sweet, fruity, crisp malty flavor, finishing with plenty of clove notes. Nice representation of the style. Not as good as the Germans, but much better that most American versions.
M - Light bodied. Highly carbonated.
D - Very nice wheat beer. Perfect for a fall afternoon in the beer garden.
03-21-2009 22:33:36 | More by bimish
3.78/5 rDev +14.2%
Got this beer as part of the June shipment from Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club.
Pour has a thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. As the beer warms it looks a little like a peach tea.
Smell is citrus, mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.
Taste is fairly typical of an American wheat with a citrus taste that works really well. Drinkability is good. Not a great beer but a pretty good example of an American wheat.
07-02-2008 00:21:04 | More by kcillini77
3.73/5 rDev +12.7%
Very nutty aroma right off the bat with earthy yeast in the background with a little lime. The flavor more of a juice quality with orange and candy spice and sweet wheat malt balanced by a touch of hops. I'd call this a decent hefe, I've definitely had worse and this one is well-balanced and tasty. Worse trying for hefe fans, especially if you're in Western WI. Cheers.
01-10-2008 23:18:48 | More by tempest
3.7/5 rDev +11.8%
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.
Has the standard Hefe aromas of cloves and bananas. Just not very upfront with the aromas.
Good flavor but overall it is a little weak to rate a higher score. Mainly clove flavors.
The body is light with abundant, but not harsh carbonation. A little thin compared to the better Hefes.
Maybe this would be a good Hefe to get people to try if they never had one before. Everyone else will probably think it average. Very drinkable and an ABV of 5% helps.
10-07-2008 22:50:54 | More by morimech
3.65/5 rDev +10.3%
(Served in a small Weizen glass)
A- This beer has a warm orangish-yellow clear body with a faint hazy in the light. The pure white head made of large bubbles and a strong carbonation to keep it going.
S- The smell of dry pale malt has a note of toasted wheat in the background which is nice but pretty soft.
T- The light pale malt and light toasted caramel malt notes have a note of toasted bread that is pleasant. There is a dry pale crisp finish with no real hops in it.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz texture in the finish.
D- The toasted dry malt and wheat notes are almost a tease and a bit more would really make this a nice beer.
09-22-2006 22:03:17 | More by rhoadsrage
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
a cloudy honey golden color with a very short disappearing head and no lace at all. fruity candy bubble gum aromas in the nose. sweet and fruity up front with banana and apple present lightly tart and and spiced fininh on the taste. lively carbonation and a light mouthfeel. other than appearance it was ok but there is much better out there.
01-22-2009 03:43:40 | More by billybob
3.63/5 rDev +9.7%
Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small, quickly disappearing head on a cloudy body. Smell and taste were very similar: wheaty with just a hint of sweetness and/or citrus. Had good thickness, but little to no carbonation. Flat. It's a good beer, just needs some more gas. May have to pick up another to see if I had gotten a bad bottle.
07-12-2008 03:52:12 | More by ibashmuck
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Turbid yellow, with floating whisps of sediment as tiny bubbles replenish a modest bone-hued head.
Grainy wheat aroma, underpinned with typical banana and clove weizen esters backended with loud, wet limestone.
The immediately presents itself at the intersection between an American Wheat and a German Hefeweiss. Containing equal parts of the grain wheat bran muffin and lemon zest of US versions, and the banana, vanilla, and cloves esters typical to a true German version. That is basically how it unfolds in the mouth, New World upfront, Old World later. The rear has that same sense of damp rock that the nose promised, along with a drying hay-like hop element.
Medium-light in the mouth, gentle and stedy carbonation. It stumbles a bit with a cakey, chalk-like mouth residue.
All told, this is a decent summer slosher. I'm down the middle here: call this an American Wheat and the scores go up about 0.5; judged as a true hefeweiss it goes down about the same.
07-06-2005 01:15:05 | More by cokes
3.58/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured a nice hazy amber/orange with a light white head, little retention and no lacing.
Smell had a nice zesty citrus yeast odor with hints of lemons, banana, and oranges.
Flavor was mild with a touch of banana bread and wheat along with just enough hops to balance it out.
Mouthfeel was light with a good bit of carbonation.
Light and Easy to drink, overall a pretty good American made Hefe.
04-19-2007 02:52:20 | More by bashiba
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
Pours cloudy yellow gold in color with a small white foamy head that faded quickly; there was a lot of sediment left at the bottom of the bottle, and this brew left basically no lacing.
Smells of yeast, wheat, light clove, pepper, grass, hay, lemon and grains; this is a very earthy beer that almost had the aroma of a fiber drink – if nothing else, this beer should make for a nice movement (LOL).
Tastes of yeast, wheat, clove, pepper, grass, hay, lemon, light brown sugar, toasted grains, honey, coriander and banana; like the nose, the flavor is very earthy, but tasted better than it smelled with classic hefeweizen characteristics. There is a slight malt sweetness after the swallow, which left my mouth bone dry after each sip.
Mouthfeel is very light and very crisp, with high fizzy carbonation and a light body that’s almost watery; this beer is light, crisp and refreshing, and it leaves your mouth dry and the finish is very clean. Any hefeweizen fan would really like this beer and it’s American twist on the German style. A very good beer that is great for a nice summer night.
07-02-2011 03:30:53 | More by CHickman
3.53/5 rDev +6.6%
A - pours a murky straw yellow with very little foam
S - aroma of cloves and banana, nothing too overwhelming
T - mostly clove flavor, nothing too overwhelming, just a light hefe
M/D - light bodied, not very flavorful, easy drinking because there isn't alot to it
01-11-2009 00:02:15 | More by mikereaser
Woody's Wheat from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.