Woody Creek White | Flying Dog Brewery

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Woody Creek WhiteWoody Creek White

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of crisp audibly fizzy snow white colored uniform frothiness... Modest at best retention gives way to a fairly thick lacing of much the same characteristics... The color is a moderately hazed pale lemony yellow straw... Mostly still with just a few stray carbonation bubbles here and there... Some additional carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... There is also some suspended sediment throughout...

S - Fresh cracked wheat... Light Belgian yeast notes... Orange zest... Lemon zest... White pepper... Perhaps just a slight hint of sage... Somewhat subdued, but the aromas work well together...

T - All components alluded to by the nose are present on the palate... However, these component become somewhat muddled and do not compliment one another as they do in terms of aroma...

M - Medium bodied... Crisp carbonation... Much denser than I expected... A slightly soapy finish...

D - Not a bad Witbier by any means, but not one of my first (or second) options either... The best adjective I can come up with overall is pedestrian... Average at best in most categories... The mouthfeel distracts a bit as its slightly off putting... However, this one will serve it's purpose on a hot summer's day...

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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 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 thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Swirled in the bottle yeast and darkened my beer to an flat ochre color with tons of turbidity. The head clumped to a mass of two fingers and dried out like meringue topping. Looks great.

Coriander is moderate, and the yeast really pushes lemon filling out over the pie crust of golden wheat. But, I really like that they used a bitter orange peel to scale back any aromatic sweetness. Offers more zestiness than anything that this low hop profile can emit.

Great soft wheat flavors that create a base for a spicy witbier. Eggy body transfers energy perfectly in the mouth. A solid peppery bite upfront with the flavors of coriander in the finish. Middle is jammed with witte yeast elegance, orange peel, lemon, and slight grassiness. Really, on-point, especially in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeersIsTheName
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served cold poured in a pilsner.

A- Golden hazy hue with minimal head. Not as hazy as most whites.

S- Orange and corriander are dominant.

T- Taste reflects the aroma, however flavor seems somewhat watered down.

M- Not as full bodied as most whites. Finishes clean.

O- Decent belgian white. I was somewhat disappointed because I was expecting more from Flying Dog.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date printed on the label. Another beer from Flying Dog's regular line-up that I have yet to try. Been wanting to have this for a while now; acquired a single bottle at the local Binny's. Expectations are decently high.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow-orange colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside and lots of fine sediment twirling in the glass. Two to three fingers of big fluffy towering white froth. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is of grass, clean wheat, crisp grain, some pilsner malt smell, some must, & orange and lemon zest.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp wheat, grain, lemongrass, orange zest, lemon zest, floral coriander, and just the right amount of clove presence. A harmonious balance of citrus fruit and floral aspects.

M - Feel is light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean, with a slightly grassy, sticky finish.

Overall, an easy drinking witbier from Flying Dog. Crisp, floral, citric, and refreshing with a low 4.80% abv. Definitely a sessionable beer, one I could see pairing well with some summer / autumnal barbeque. Recommended.

Flying Dog Woody Creek Belgian Style White ---4/5.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of My Favorite American Made Witbiers,Flying Dog Brewery Makes some Great Beers,and "Woody Creek" is simply an Outstanding Witbier IMHO~
Poured into a Sam adams Pint Glass~Right away you know this is a wheat beer,Cloudy and Hazy with a nice frothy,Fluffy head that forms instantly,[about an Inch] and last quite some time for a wheat Beer,a straw color with the slightest touch of an almost orange Hue,a Very Pretty Beer Indeed.
This Beer smells Amazing! you really get that Orange right up front,and a Nice wheaty Aroma mixed with Assorted Citrus Scents..Very Nice!
as GR8 as this beer Looks and Smells,it Taste even Better,The first time I tasted this Beer,I said WOW so loud that it freaked my dog out,and he ran under the bed;)
Very Tasty Beer,Smooth and super drinkable,Crisp and clean to the max,of course you get some of that Orange and just a Hint of sweetness up front,but not too sweet,and a nice peppery finish with a touch of Mild Hops and very lively Carbonation you can feel as it glides right down..Smoooth!
This Beer goes Gr8 with Fruit,Oranges,Pineapple,Melon and such,awesome with white Grapes! perhaps not the best choice for burgers,dogs,wings and other pub Grub,I pretty much Love this Beer as an "Apertif"~ In other words,a Fantastic beer to have Before a meal,a few days ago I was having a BBQ with some friends,and we had many Ice cold Woody Creeks before Dinner,[Steaks grilled with Onions & Peppers]and then switched to Dead Guy Ale to enjoy with the steaks~Perfect!
Cheers & Peace2All.

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Photo of argock
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. 1173 on the bottom of the bottle, presumed April 27, 2013 bottling date. SIngle purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Barely hazy honey gold, it doesn't really look like a witbier as there is no haze. There is a short-lived nearly white 1/2-1 finger of head with a scraggly line of lace.

S: The aromas are nice with good estery floral and yeast aromas and soft pilsner grain.

T: The flavor is also solid with nice yeasty esters, light floral touch, orange is more prominent in the flavor and the coriander note adds a little spicy bitterness, a nice counterpoint in an overall solid beer.

M: Way too fizzy and carbonated for the style, it hurts the thicker, creamy feel that the wheat and oats usually give this style. Body is appropriately light.

O: There are a couple of things to fix (mainly feel with a decrease in carbonation) but overall this was a lot better than I expected and a solid beer in the aroma and flavor departments. Good but not quite great job by FD.

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Photo of guityler83
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: it poured a relitivly clear straw yellow color untill the yeast sediment in the bottle fell into the glass then it became hazy and there were chunks... of sediment floating around. A very small bright white head that fell quickly.

S: Correander and bananna, orange peel and star anise.

T: A sweet start with a bready malt flavor and the same correander orange peel vibe from the aroma. Detectable bitterness but still on the sweet side.

M: thin body and light carbonation

O: The sediment turned me off right away. To be honest it had a decent flavor but I had to dump this one.. maybe next time.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce brown glass bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden with a decent amount of white foamy head. Leaves a little sticky lacing on the glass as it recedes fairly quickly. Maintains a thin white cap of foam throughout.

Smell: Sweet, yeasty and faintly spicy. A little wheaty as well.

Taste: Very good. I like Belgian witbiers, and this is a very good interpretation of one. A good balance of wheat, malt, spices and just a hint of hops.

Mouth feel: A little watery with light carbonation, like a good Belgian witbier.

Overall: I love Belgian Witbiers in the summer, and this is a good one. I drank up my six-pack fairly quickly and would definitely buy it again. Nicely done.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. freshness code seems to indicate best by Sept 30th 2013.

Looked nice, golden yellow, very faint haze, bright white head which quickly thinned out. Did leave decent lacing though.

Smell was bubblegum and yeast.

Must admit to being a bit parched, so took 2 or 3 large gulps. Very pleasant and refreshing. Some carbonation tingling. Supped more slowly after that, and to be honest, the feeling wasn't as pleasant. It was just...well...ok. Had that belgian yeasty taste to it.

Mouth was not unpleasant, but not paricularly memorable either. Rather thin.

Chugged the last few mouthfuls, and got that refreshed feeling again. Maybe this is one of those beers that is best slammed by the six pack on a hot day after working outdoors. Doubt it would give much pleasure at all if the outside temp was below 70f

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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, light caramelized malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a decent malt character for the style. Then some flavors of spices and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Medium yellow, with some haze and sediment. A smallish head which dissipated rather quickly to a small ring. Decent amount of bubble action.

S - Wheat, banana. Not much else. Nice smelling beer.

T - Lot's of wheat. Hints of banana, and a touch of orange. Tasted like a Belgian Pale Ale in a way. Not a lot going on taste-wise but it was nice, crisp tasting beer. Tasted better when cold

F - Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Not much dryness in the aftertaste, another plus.

O - Not a bad witbier. I find a lot of witbiers to be way too light, but not this one. Not a ton going on flavorwise, but it still tasted pretty good. Won't rush out to buy again, but it's a solid, crisp, and refreeshing beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-golden, slightly hazy with a stable white head

S-strong scent of Belgian white spices and tangerine peel. It's a good scent.

T-comes in as it smells but maybe with more spice than tangerine. It has an odd plastic like bitterness to it. Definitely has an strong off-flavor to it. Also slightly watery.

M-strong carbonation with gives quickly.

O-it looked good and smelled good. It tasted bad and felt bad. Tastes adjunct or amateur or something. Just a large amount of off flavor. Not an easy drinker. Won't get again.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Could not find the bottle on date. A healthy pour into a fluted glass. Made sure to keep the sediment in the bottle.

Corriander and bitter orange peel are not overdone with this one. So don't worry about that. Beer tastes very true to style. The appearance pulls this beer down.

A - Pourred a light straw color, slightly cloudy, with a half-finger white head, which quickly dissapated.

S - Minor notes of citrus and corriander, but predominantely a sort of adjunct beer aroma.

T - A clean refreshing beer. Slight citrus upfront, corriander in the finish. Some bitterness with sweetness. Medium-dry finish.

MF - A refreshing, light bodies beer. Carbonation very evident on the tongue.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy, pale orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Lots of sediment floating around the glass before settling to the bottom.

Smell - Classic witbier aroma; wheat, touch of milkiness and fruity ester, and moderate coriander.

Taste - Follows the nose. Wheat flavor and a ghostly milk-like character, backed by a healthy dose of coriander spice. Mild, but firm lemon bite. Finishes with spice and that lemon kick.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively carbonation. Bites the tongue. Watery around the edges. Crisp finish.

Overall - One of the better wits I can remember having. Not quite on the level of Allagash White, but it's a force all it's own. Will have to try again at some point down the road... maybe for a witbier side by side competition?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/20/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is much the same with muted fruity, citrus flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that still tastes fine even being almost 6 months past the best before date.

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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 gpogo
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A- Cloudy dull yellow body with a white head that dissipated to almost nothing.

A- Light wheat and slight coriander.

T- Floury wheat taste with an overwhelming 'bad homebrew' flavor(slightly buttery). Light citrus, but otherwise a pretty mild flavor overall.

M- Light body and moderate carbonation.

D- Aside from the weird off flavor it wouldn't be bad, just far from exceptional.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly large white head that dissipates quickly on a cloudy dull golden body. Aroma of corriander, Belgian yeast, orange peel and powder sugar. Flavor is pretty mild and a bit watery with more corriander, yeast and hint of lemon and orange citrus. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. The look and aroma make this one promising but it was a little too watery and under flavored even for the style. But, not terrible.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Heady Topper pint.

1 Finger foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a semi-clear pale yellow. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Average.

Aroma is of coriander and other spices and lemon zest. Sweet. Moderately aromatic. Decent.

Opens sweet. Lemon zest, coriander, and other spices. Slight tartness contrasts nicely with the malt backbone. Some more lemon rind and a slight peppercorn bitterness in the finish with floral notes on the aftertaste. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down clean and abrasive. Slight finish with a mellow, slightly lingering aftertaste. Really drinkable.

Not a standout but this witbier is solid for the style. I could see this as a go-to summer beer.

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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 Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info.

Pours lighter and hazed tangarine under a near white fluffy head, that stays a bit. Leaves decent light bands of stickage.

Delicate floral nose.

Light, more floral characteristics, some honey and light tea coming through. Respectable take on the style. Easy drinking and summary.

Would go well with a light lunch of salads, cheese and bread on a hot day.

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Photo of tony223366
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: About 2 fingers of lightly fluffy head that dissipated rather quickly. Straw golden yellow with tons of sediment. The lacing is ok, but that retention is disappointing.

S: Aroma is mostly of the spices and the great yeastiness. Some lemony citrus. Nice, sweet malt that reminds me of straw.

T: The spices definitely come off primarily. It's very up front. There is a wheat flavor that I enjoy. Nice acidity with great lemon. It falls a little flat on the finish though. It makes the finish clean, but I'm wishing there was a little more.

M: Medium to light body. Nice carbonation.

O: The beer is really refreshing if not uncomplicated. I wish there was a little more to it but then it wouldn't be as refreshing. All in all a good beer but one I won't get again

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 708 ratings.
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