Woody's Wheat - Sand Creek Brewing Company
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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
2.65/5 rDev -19.9%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin white head.
Smell: Banana, cloves, and lemon in an altogether weak, musty aroma.
Taste: Stale soda crackers with just a scant bit of banana ester and a tiny dash of clove on the light, minerally finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty tame and umimpressive. A hefe-lite, if you will.
08-24-2007 23:18:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
3.65/5 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
3.85/5 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
3.48/5 rDev +5.1%
Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head which goes away very quickly. It smells like cloves, bananas and wheat/grain. It tastes the same way to me, except for a malty taste too. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, it's refreshing. The drinkability is good too. Overall, not too bad of a beer. I'd drink it again.
11-19-2006 01:01:25 | More by bluejacket74
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
3.03/5 rDev -8.5%
Beer #3 from my FSRI care package. Served in my MH Circus Boy weizen glass. Poured a hazy, semi-translucent honey-gold with audible effervescence and copious tiny bubbles that adhered to the sides of the glass and percolated to the cap. Three quarter inch off-white head dissipated within seconds; zero lacing present during the session. Nose was somewhat skunky out of the bottle; however, in the glass I picked up lots of bubblegum and banana. Flavor was primarily wheat, grain and biscuity. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and very lively and a bit watery. Fair drinkability, but closer to a slightly flavored macro than a hefeweizen.
01-14-2009 01:48:42 | More by Jwale73
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
3.33/5 rDev +0.6%
This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one finger in height, and recedes rather quickly. The aroma is of bubblegum and cloves, and is rather strong. The taste, unfortunately, isn't as storng. There is some bubblegum, but mostly it is very neutral. The mouthfeel is spot on for a hefe, medium-light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe, I guess. I like the aroma quite a bit, but the taste is a tad too light for my liking.
09-22-2006 04:06:44 | More by KarlHungus
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
3.05/5 rDev -7.9%
A - hazy yellow with a pretty small head
S - smells of wheat and a little bit of lemon
T - taste follows the nose. Tastes of wheat and a hint of lemon and a tad bit of bubblegum. True to the style.
MF - smooth, full, and well-carbonated
D - this was an okay wheat beer. Pretty simple taste, kept to the wheat / yeast taste and didn't deviate from it. Easy to drink but not the most interesting beer, which works for this beer.
07-12-2009 04:49:54 | More by birchstick
3/5 rDev -9.4%
A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that fades quickly to a ring
S - Is of spied wheat malt
T - Unexciting its close to what a hefe should be but its lacking theres clove flavor but thats where it ends
M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it
D - This isn't a bad beer just not an exciting hefe to me its refreshing with and average taste for an American version of a hefe though
09-09-2008 23:27:32 | More by armock
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
3.43/5 rDev +3.6%
A bit of a bright golden to orange color with a smaller tan head. Not too much lacing. Smell is strong and earthy with a touch of clove and lemon notes. Taste is weaker and more wheat dominant than anything else. Some lemon notes and a touch of hoppiness in the middle. Like the other Sand Creek beers I've tried there's a mineral water character that I personally don't really care for. Finish is a touch sweet with possibly some banana but it leaves quick. This was decent but it's lost b/w Hefe and American Wheat.
09-28-2006 13:08:49 | More by granger10
3.15/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Cloudy amber with a small finger of white head, this one lacks retention, but does show some nice lacing as I work my way through the pint. Not a bad looking beer my any means, but IMO a hefe should have a big prodigious head.
S - Mild citrus fruit, some mild donuts, and a good whiff of banana tinged donut. This is definitely "to style" and it does the hefe thing well. Notes of banana baby food and gazed donuts make this a good example of the style. This smells good!
T - Big dough flavors remind me of donuts, fresh bread, and the yeasty layer left at the bottom of the finest hefes by those who don't know how to swirl the good stuff into the mix. This one is on the banana/yeast end of the hefe spectrum, and that's how I like them!
M - Medium bodied with no shortage of carbonation, this one is neutral on the finish with a big time yeasty aftertaste.
D - A good representation of the style. This is tasty and highly representative of this German style. Definitely a good brew to session in the higher altitudes of this North American continent.
02-11-2009 05:01:51 | More by pmcadamis
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
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
3.53/5 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.