Woody Creek White | Flying Dog Brewery

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Woody Creek WhiteWoody Creek White
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rowew on 05-26-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
326
Ratings:
708
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.67%
 
 
Wants:
30
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Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says 232A14.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- The usual notes of coriander, lemongrass, orange peel and...ooh, what's this? I swear there's some cinnamon in this which is different for a witbier but welcome. And it's like Big Red cinnamon too, not pumpkin pie cinnamon.

T- Flavor isn't quite as interesting as the aroma as there's the usual yeast, wheat and mild banana notes. Fruity, easy to drink.

M- Slightly tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Sessionable and flavorful but it doesn't stand out in the sea of witbiers on the market.

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Photo of avalon07
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment. Some head, but it didn't last long. Decent lacing.

S: Very sweet aroma with citrus, wheat and spices.

T: A nicely done flavor. Hints of wheat, coriander, citrus - in other words a typical witbier. As it went along, the taste wasn't quite as endearing, but good nonetheless.

M: A pretty good amount of carbonation and a kind of slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this isnt't my favorite witbier ever, it did have its own charm about it. Definitely a drinkable beer. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden white color with a one-finger head. So far, color is spot on for style.

Aroma is full of spice followed by a light amount of coriander and orange peel in the nose.

Taste is spicy with the coriander and orange peel showing up in the front. Very spicy. A bit bready too.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice and other flavors. Feels like it is quite drinkable and feels closer to an actual Belgian version of the style.

Very good. Could use a bit more of the coriander and orange peel but otherwise, a decent example.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dull yellow. Lots of bubbly off white froth sits on top. It leaves plenty of lace as I drink as well. Strong aroma. Almost saison like in its lemon and leather smells. Also some evident corriander spicing. Pretty fragrant, but not overly done in my opinion. Taste is very good. Nice malted wheat base with a strong presence of orange and lemon peel as well. Corriander adds some complexity. Very tasty well done Wit. I'll get more if I see it again.

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle, poured into a tulip glass.

The appearance is a golden tone with a one finger head.
The smell is vanilla, sugar, a bit of sharp spice as well.
Taste is sweet, refreshing, and very light.
The mouthfeel is crisp with the unique bite that belgian style witbiers always seem to have, very nice.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty witbier and a good style from the Flying Dog Brewery of Denver, CO.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy, straw color, with a tall, foamy white head that holds excellent retention. Nice aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander, faint nuttiness. The orange rind is more noticeable in the flavor, with wheat, coriander, yeast, and a bit nutty as well. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy. Overall, nice Belgian Wit.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden-straw color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super-fast to leave a tiny bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a yeasty smell mixed with a spicy smell of coriander and clove. A decent wheaty base is there as well, along with some lemongrass and a little bit of an orange smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a lighter wheat bread flavor as well as having a rather heavy yeasty and spicy flavor of coriander and clove. Along with these flavors comes some tastes of a citrus orange and some light banana. As the taste moves on further, the orange fades while the banana increases a bit. A little bit of lemon come to the tongue along with some hay and a grassy taste. In the end with the dawdling of the orange sweetness, the advent of the grass and hay, and the good level of yeast and spice, one is left with a rather balanced witbier flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is average to just above average. For the lighter abv. and the yeasty and wheaty flavor of the brew, the feel is rather decent and makes for a rather refreshing beer.

Overall – A rather decent and refreshingly balanced wit. Rather well done and an easy drinker at only 4.8 %.

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Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. A large white head forms, and leaves a good amount of sticky lace behind.
S: Some pale malt sweetness. A grainy and musky aroma. Not the funky barnyard you get from a good Belgian, but old and skunky.
T: Sweet honey with some pale malts. Light fruity flavors of banana and lemon. Some spicy peppery flavor as well.
M/D: A light body with a crisp and clean snap of carbonation. A bit dry. Very easy and smooth to drink. I can see this being a session beer at under 5% ABV.

Not a bad beer. Just kind of bland. A good choice for a summer BBQ or a ball game. Which really is all right by me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. 18 IBU. Best before label reads "316 A11." Assuming this is using the Day of Year system, it will be best before 12 November 2011.

A: Looks like a white beer. Stark white head (lots of it -- 3.5 fingers) tops an ever-so-pale straw. Clearish with clouds of bubbles. Clinging lace. Good-looking for the style.

S: A sourish wheatiness. Maybe some coriander, but not much.

T: Better than average. Sweetish, with kind carbonation and a lingering fruitiness. Pleasantly, but subtly spicy. The aftertaste is alright. All-around, good.

M: Refreshing and pleasant. Really nice, actually.

O: I like this beer. Recommended; would drink again. I had low expectations, and maybe that helped. REALLY drinkable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear translucent golden with a fine-bubbled white head. Aroma is wheaty, yeasty and fairly strong with a hint of lemon (though this may have come from the de rigueur lemon slice). Rich, mouth-filling, wheaty flavor is yeasty with a decided undertone of lemon and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy. Flying Dog does it again!

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Photo of Suds
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale, moderately clear beer. The head is enormous and brilliantly white. I expected a little more haze in the brew. The smell is typical of the style. Sweet and fruity, with lots of citrus and light herb scents. The smell is a little malty, notably sweet, and it has a slightly spice and earth flavor. Almost no bitterness of hop presence in the taste. Very light in body. It's a refreshing and nice summer brew, but is overall fairly average for the style.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddled straw color, filled with a suspended haze of a slightly darker shade that just hangs in limbo. Foamy and cloudy white head forms and reduces to a content quarter-inch and leaves a bit of lacing at the top. Aroma is a backlog of wheat, toppled over by some spice and fruity zest. Coriander, mild clove, orange peel, lemon zest. The wheat is mild but certainly a nice canvas for the rest of the aromas to work on. Overall pretty mild, borderline weak, but then again this is not intended to be a "big" beer, so it works well, given what it's trying to achieve.

The flavor is a little more watery and empty than the aroma would make it seem, but that's not to say it's completely without flavor; just a bit... muted. Dry grains, wheats, kind of musky, possible from the hops? Light lemon zest hits the tongue up front but is quickly overtaken by the grains, wheat, and malt. Some coriander is detectable in the finish, though the clove - not so much. The Belgian yeast doesn't go unnoticed, but it's not quite the star of the show as it is in many authentic Belgian beers. Middle of the sip contains a mild astringent, metallic flavor, but it quickly subsides and doesn't get in the way too much. Finish is mild bread, grains, and wheat; slightly watery with a dry finish. Thin body, highly carbonated.

At 4.8% ABV, you could drink these suckers all day and be fine. Seems like a good one to drink on a really hot summer day. Other than that, there isn't much to it. Not bad, but nothing too special, either.

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely opaque bright yellow color. Thin head fading to a few bubbles pretty quick.

Typical wit smells here: lemon, wheat, coriander and orange peel.

Mmmmm, this is a good one. Really steps it up a notch in the flavor category. Fresh flavors that are nice and bold. Crisp finish with just a hint of sweetness.

Nothing to complain about on this one. A sure winner. If you enjoy a wit, don't pass this one up.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, lots of sediment with a two finger head.

S-Lots of lemon (almost artificial), with clove and banana rounding it out.

T-Very sweet, lemon, clove, banana and some orange and wheat as well. Not bitterness.

M-Light, some carbonation, a tad on the watery side.

O-A decent summer beer, easy drinking.

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Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deeply clouded very pale yellow. The pure white head that forms is just over two fingers tall and retains itself well as a thick, creamy pillow. Lacing isn't plentiful but not light either, and what's left behind is thick and drops some legs behind it. Overall the head size and retention and quality of lacing are outstanding. The quantity of lacing is the only thing keeping this beer from a perfect appearance.
Wheat and the typical dusty Belgian yeast aromas are present with the appropriate additions of orange peel and coriander.
The taste follows suit. This one is clearly in the traditional style. It's a light beer, as it's meant to be, so it isn't a face-kicking beer. A light addition of hops adds a little character to it and lets the beer work. Maybe I got this beer super fresh, maybe Flying Dog changed something, but spices are not remotely heavy and this isn't lacking much. I'll have to try different variations and see the differences, maybe find some more flavorful examples, but this is a good beer.
The bosy is, of course, light, but not thin. Carbonation is moderate and this beer is crisp all the way through but develops a rich, creamy smoothness all the way to the finish. Any claim otherwise is confusing to me.
Well, maybe witbiers just aren't the thing for some BAs, but I can't figure out a B overall.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clouddy pale whitish-yellow color. The head is one inch in height, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, and wheat with a hint of orange peel, but is rather faint. The taste is vibrant, but light and short lived. Cirtus, coriander, and lemon are all present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I would rather have a Summit Scandia, or even a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a compact white head. This beer retains its head far longer than one would expect. Overall, it looks a bit more convincing than most American-brewed witbiers.

S: Coriander, clove, and spice notes are immediately detectable on the nose, with cream, wheat, oatmeal, vanilla, and butter notes becoming more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Opens malty and grainy with notes of orange peel, minerals, cream, vanilla, coriander, clove, oatmeal, wheat, and butter. The spicing is obviously pretty heavy and proves that the initial impressions on the nose were correct. The finish is short, but polished, with creamy notes from the oats and buttery, mildly tart notes from the wheat mingling with the spice flavors. It's a nice effect.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and firm with active carbonation. It's very drinkable and would be welcome at just about any summer gathering.

O: In the end, this is an excellent witbier that can stand toe-to-toe with its Belgian counterparts. It's especially welcome if you enjoy your wits on the spicy side. If not, you may find it to be a little much.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry bananas. In the taste, dry bananas and nice spice hints. A small spice bite and a light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana like aftertaste. Nice dry presence and quite easy and enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.0 A: Murky golden wheat color. Around one finger of frothy white head that fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.0 S: Great smelling beer. All of what I want in a wit is here - lots of coriander, orange peel, citrusy orange, peppery spiciness, and neutral wheat. Good proportions on everything.

3.75 T: Tastes pretty good too. Coriander, pepper, orange peel, wheat, citrus. The orange peel is a little more bitter than expected, but it works well enough. Really tasty.

3.25 M: Lighter to lighter medium body. A little more carbonation than I'd prefer. Slightly creamy, but could be more so.

3.75 D: Seems like most breweries who make a witbier make it well and this is no exception.

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.
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