Woody Creek White | Flying Dog Brewery

708 Ratings
Woody Creek WhiteWoody Creek White

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rowew on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 708 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste is mild, citrus and spice, less flavorful than other witbier's. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this makes for a quality beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy pale yelloe color with a short 1/4" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: wheat, spice, and lemon zest is easily detectable and pleasant on the nose.

Taste: wheat, clove, pepper, hints of yeast, lemon zest, and a mild bitterness creates a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short and the beer is nicely refreshing.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer which works well on a hot summer day. Worth a try.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent little wit bier with a super dry finish.

Beer is yellow and haze with a wispy soft white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing. Carbonation moderate, looks like beer.

Aroma is mildly grainy, sweet, spicy, citrus, bright. Smells good.

Beer is thin and super super dry. This is the driest beer I've ever drank. It's a little grainy, corriander and some orange peel on the midpalate, super dry finish. Decent wit.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whew...big head on this one. Billowing white cloud goes to about 3 fingers+, semi-chunky and nice endurance. Bubbles race from the bottom to settle up top. The richness of the amber/golden color seems to be sucked up by the haze. This leaves a very pale, but cloudy, yellow body.
Aroma contains many of the wit characteristics; corrainder, some citrus, yeast spices and malt. Things are a bit tame here, but nicely blended. Seems like a watery lemonade, but the yeast and hops liven it up. Very easy drinking, albeit a bit thin for my taste. Nice summer brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not authentic, but a pretty nice wit beer. It doesn't have the subtle flavors of a Hoegaarden, but there's a nice spice pepper flavor to start, followed by smooth wheat with a bit of cream. I guess it was a just a touch rough around the edges, but still satisfying on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with bitter orange peel and coriander. The Belgian yeast adds a wonderful fruity character. The taste is good. It has a crisp pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a lemony zest and a coriander spice. It's highly refreshing, which I'm sure is the point. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good wit. It's got a great aroma and taste. It's light, fruity, spicey, and highly drinkable. Great job guys.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I'm currently watching the Rays and Red Sox in the first game of the ALCS...while about to take notes on Woody Creek White on my new notebook computer. Here's to the latter! on to the beer:

The typical straw yellow color with a cloudy body and soapy head on top. A great aroma meet my nose...lots of coriander and orange. Some malted wheat a dash of black pepper too. My mouth waters for the reward....yes, yes...that is good. Somewhat spiced mouthfeel, the flavor is more spiced with less fruity goodness. The spice is ginger-like in feel, and now it's gaining momentum. Let's wrap this up.

Overal, this a good witbier from a widely available craft brewer. Refreshing and tasty without being expensive is a good thing for a beer to have.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice silvery hue; something akin to pear juice. Plenty of haze and effervescence; head pours a finger of pillowy white foam. Looks good!

Smell: refreshing, light wheaty aroma. A light spicing and hint of citrus make this guy smell quite quaffable. I like it.

Taste: light wheaty flavor with a bit of dryness; it seems highly attenuated for a witbier. Some bitterness imparted, I think, from orange peel; it's not a welcoming bitterness. I like this beer, but it's got a touch of harshness which I would like to see gone.

Mouthfeel: light body with a giant carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Love it.

Overall: aside from a bit of harshness in the flavor, I like this beer a lot. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 316B12. Sampled on July 19, 2012. It pours hay-yellow with cloudiness and a fizzy white head that lingers for the session.

The aroma is true to the style with a powerful spicy coriander character, orange peel, and pale malts.

The body is light and easy. The taste is vibrant with sweet malts, spice, coriander, citrus, and a clean crisp hop finale. This is a fine rendition of the classic White style.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Woody Creek looks as though it were passed over with a highlighter; this pallid, anemic yellow looks almost neon to the light. Between the inherent cloudiness and the near total lack of visible carbonation, this beer actually looks an awful lot like Limoncello.

It's not just the beer's appearance that's bright - the addition of coriander and orange peel creates the aromatic equivalent of a New Year's fireworks display. Zesty and tangy scents leap out the glass with grasshopper-like spring, layering a bouquet that is already a complicated mix of fruity, savoury and grainy elements.

Witbiers are so easily, so casually enjoyed, yet, beneath the thoughtless consumption, lay a labyrinth of dynamic and contrasting flavours: chamomile-like herbalness, bitter but citrusy dried orange peel, the zesty spice of coriander and the sweet, biscuity, honeyed taste of oats and pale malt. For good measure, the finish is even tart!

The mouthfeel is awash in lemony, soapy oils to the extent that, while it does wonders to quench a strong thirst on a hot day, I can't help but think it might be good for exfoliating as well. Between the sweet, savoury, spicy, acidic and tart textures, the one thing conspicuously absent is bitterness (although, frankly, it's not needed).

All that needs to be said about Woody Creek has been laid out above. It's a neat looking, zestfully aromatic, ridiculously agreeable beer that's layered with a smorgasbord of tastes and textures. And given the price point, we can add "affordable" to that list of 'pros' too. As for the 'cons', my only one is that this was the only bottle in the house.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale gold body/slightly orange body with a foamy one-finger head that lasted awhile.
A sharp pepper zest with possibly some corainder and good citric notes, such as lemon and orange mainly, present themselves in the aroma. A medium-bodied beer that presented itself well. Had a smooth, sweet feel, with citric notes, especially orange peel, hitting my tongue first. Then a few sweet malts and wheat kick in and give the beer a slightly creamy and sweetfeel. There is mild punch on the backend with a slight hop twang and good spicing all around, but especially noticeable in the end.
The complexity of this beer compared to some Belgian Wits I've had is not equal, but this is one American wit I pleasantly enjoyed, will recommend and have again for a better sampling and one I think can hold its head up high.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, gold color and is topped by a pale, one finger thick head. The beer is very aromatic with ample orange zest notes and some earthy coriander spice. The coriander note is slightly green / vegetal, but is not really a bad thing.

The beer is well carbonated and is quite dry tasting up front. It picks up some sweetness as the beer moves across the tongue and this tends to accentuate the orange peel contributed citrus flavors. There is a touch of coriander here in the flavor, though not nearly as much as the aroma would have suggested (this is fine by me, as I like a restrained coriander note in Wits). This is certainly a tasty example of a Wit, but it is a bit too simplistic for me. This pairs fairly well with food, which makes it seem more lemon-like and drier.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Zorro
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well this beer certainly has it in the looks department. Exceptionally pale cloudy yellow colored beer with a billowy snow-white head. An extremely powerful head forming beer it almost over flowed the top of the glass. Looks exactly like. What the beer style is supposed to look like.

The smell is sweet and strongly spicy and floral scented. Reasonably strong coriander and spice scent but it doesn't obliterate the other scents. Citrus and floral scents are in this too making this better than average.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a nice citrus and wheat malt bread dough flavor too. A little spicy and a little sweet with all the expected Witbier flavors all there, but is there a flaw? Nothing off here, pretty much a by the book example of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite an excellent Witbier, if it has a flaw it is maybe a little bright tasting from not be shipped over on a ship. Highly recommended one of the best Flying Dog Beers.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden glass,

A: Hazy yellow, with a thick white head, which lasts for the whole glass - cool, excellent lacing.

S: Typical wit - Coriander and orange peel, with a definite wheat character.

T: Much of the same as in the smell, coriander seems to be the dominant taste in this one.

M: Smooth, crisp, and light, good for a wit.

D: Excellent drinkability, very refreshing, a very good and well-made wit by Flying Dog.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Hazy/murky light yellow with an average size fizzy white coloured head. Hard to make out the carbonation level due to the haziness and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell – Grains, lemons, coriander, oranges

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste oranges, lemons and coriander. There are also notes of grains and yeast and a bit of a barnyard funk. The beer finishes with a citrusy and grainy aftertaste.

Overall – I found the taste of this beer to be a little subdued. I guess that makes it more drinkable, but I still would have liked a little more flavour punch. That being said, the taste that it does have is pretty good.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's in Ft Collins

Pours from 12oz bottle starting off clear but then becomes very cloudy. It was like 2 seperate layers of beer until the clouds took over. ;^) It's got a very nice head of foam and lacing and colourwise, it's more of a pale straw gold.

The smell is very fruity with a lot of lemon and lime permeating my nose buds.

The taste has good lemon flavour with some spice and wheat and there's also some earthiness. It's pretty noticeable and good until just before the finish when it drops off some leaving it on the watery side. Still, this isn't a bad brew and it's a welcome drink for the hot summer day here in Casper.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy straw yellow color. Poured a frothy 2 finger white head dissipating slowly to thick even skim. Decanted continually. Laced in thin rings.

S: Muted spices; allspice, corriander and more. Slightly sweet lemon/citrus.

T: Lightly sweet fruit well balanced with the spices; very nicely done. Crisp and clean bitter finish was very refreshing after lemony flavor.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and clean while being a bit fizzy; gave it a fresh lively feel.

D: I really liked it. Very easy to drink; nice and refreshing.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
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