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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

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

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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 budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a golden sunset colour with a moderate fizzy head. sparse lace. orange citrus and coriander spice in the nose, lightly malty with spicy hop wafts. the taste is in the classic wit beer category with chewy malt foundation... coriander spice parting the flavour profile with some tart citric wheat notes. sort of lively with some yeasty notes too. soft but semi-lucious body and a spritzy mouthfeel make for a nice wave for the nuances come through. pretty damn drinkable and quite quenching and satisfying. definitely a summer time quencher and tasty treat.

solid overall and above average but not really outstanding.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$1.90 for a 12oz bottle @ Jacks. Brewed with coriander and bitter orange peel, Belgian Pilsner, Malted White Wheat, Oats, Unmalted Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oats and hopped with German Hallertau. 4.8% ABV, OG=11.7p, 17 IBU.

Pours out to a cloudy pale straw golden, forming a small white head with good retention and sparse lacing. Mildly carbonated. The nose opens with spicy hallertauer, followed by orange and coriander, apple juice and some spicy phenols. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a watery, light body. Easy drinking. The taste is a recap of the aroma. No surprises here. The bitterness level is very mild, balanced nicely by the delicate wheat, oat and pale malts. Reminds me a lot of a less carbonated Hoegardden.

A run of the mill, but still quite good, Belgian Style Witbier. Would be great on a hot summer day at the beach.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have been enjoying this the last two summers, finally got around to reviewing it. Pours nice orange-ish with two fingers of lace. Strong hint of orange and coriander. Good mouth, a bit almost chewy (which isn't a bad thing with this variety). Very drinkable, particularly during summer months. Good marks for Flying Dog on this one, plus, I love Hunter S. and Ralph Steadman's artwork is off the hook...

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The look reminds me of lemonade. This has heavy lacing.

In the nose is orange, coriander, sweet yeast, and oddly enough bubblegum.

The taste is balanced by bitter and sweet citrus, with notes of melon and white tea.

This finnishes with a waxy slight bubblegum flavor. It sounds off but it really works with this beer. I'd have more.

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

12 oz bottle out of the fridge pooured into a hefe glass. pours a hazy, cloudy light yellow color with a one finger of creamy pure white head. decent retention and a little bit of lace.

lemon zest, spice, wheat, bubblegum, belgian yeast, a little grain.

decent taste, nothing extremely exciting, but its pretty true to the style. lots of lemon like citrus, wheat, and a little spice, then some nice belgian yeast thats just right.

light light body, crisp and refreshing, good carbonation. feels really good for the style.

good drinkability, light body, good taste, and oh so refreshing make this a great session beer. a very nice summer beer as well.

this is a pretty decent beer. i dont know why, but i wasnt expecting much and this surprised me a little. i would buy this again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Hazy, pale, dark lemonade in color, with a quickly fading head of foam
Aroma-lemon zest,subtle spiciness
Taste-Coriander, clove, citrus zest. very refreshing and drinkable, would make an excellent hot weather session brew.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very small white head that dies immediately. Big chunks of yeast floaties but otherwise this is pretty clear for something unfiltered. Doesn't really look all that appetizing. The aroma doesn't change things for me too much. The smell is yeasty and has a sourdough quality to it.

The first sip offers a change of pace with a very crisp and refreshing mouthfeel and a flavor that hints of wheat, orange peel and some peppery spice.

Incredibly let down by the look and aroma. Sisappointed in the flavor as well. Not a terrible beer but I would pass this up for the many superior versions of the style.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a little head which dissipates within four seconds. Light lacing around the glass that slides back to the white ring almost immediately. Light smell of hops but nothing to write home about. IBU on bottle 18, but drinks more around a 10. Color is a 4 on the SRM chart. Very clean transparency with very small carbonation bubbles. Does have a pleasing aftertaste of hops that clings to the back of my upper palette and through my nose. Not a beer for which I would spend much money, but I would not turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tall weizen glass.

Pours with a fairly short, white head over a nicely cloudy, light yellow/white body.

Faint peppery, lemon, and wheat aromas - had to really pull them out.

Crisp on the palate, with a light peppery flavor. Tap water. Aluminum twang. Not enough sweetness.

Crisp mouthfeel - thin, and not nearly smooth enough to be a good representation of the style.

This one is fine on the drinkability meter - nothing offensive, and pretty darn refreshing. Just didn't have all the elements of a good Witbier.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Woody Creek White
12 oz brown bottle
Jet Ink 015FX11 on the side label
Served in an Ommegang Witte glass

Pours a mustard yellow with a deep haze. Decent head at first that quickly transforms to a thin lacing around the glassware. Was hoping for some more head retention.

Pleasant whiffs of cereal grains, oranges and lemons.

Husky grain flavors that are really dry and refreshing with a nice citrus blend of lemons and oranges mixed with a significant coriander presence.

My initial reaction is that this is an easy drinking brew. I think Flying Dog does a great job at recreating this Belgian style of beer. Perfect for a hot August day like today.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowish that has a small white head that doesnt stay long. Some lacing. The aroma is strong of yeast, lemon, and spices, as is the taste. Light mouthfeel and a beer that is a pleasure to drink. Not a huge flying dog fan but this is an all around solid witbier.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.00 at Barb's Beer Emporium in Concord NH. Code 308FY10. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

A: Pale lemon yellow brew with a bunch of haze and yeasty particles. Small head settles to virtually nothing but leaves a nice meniscus of foam along the glass. Leaves a little lace.

S: Burnt popcorn, especially the hulls, front and center. Touch of diacetyl. Not much else except a little yeast, pretty odd.

T: Same popcorn taste but it is muted. Also a little lime soda and warm spices. A little yeasty funk here also.

M/D: Crisp and dry, carbonation is a little fizzy. Finish is astringent. Pretty disappointing, not up to par with other Flying Dog brews I've had.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.11/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

So, this basically sucks. It's Flying Dog's Summer ale and apparently it was made for people who don't like beer. Pours a pale yet hazy yellow, kind of like sunshine in the state of Maryland where this is brewed. Very little head, but what there is is persistent, leaving no lace however. Smell is refreshing but faint. Obvious hints of coriander to give it that Beglian "spiciness". It fails, however. Flavor is super-thin - almost lemonade like. It's clean and tangy, like a white should be, but it immediately finishes off, almost water-like, and has no length to the finish at all. This is what I'd imagine a hard lemonade would taste like, but without the good parts of the lemonade. Very poor effort all in all. However, at $8.99 a sixer, you can spare the change on occasion if you have friends who aren't beer drinkers.

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

I am always a Flying Dog fanboy, but perhaps I have been over exposed to wheat beers this weekend. As such, this is a quality brew. Perhaps not quite yeasty enough.

It's clean and crisp, with an uncluttered taste. I just noticed a bit of sediment in the bottom that I hadn't poured out so I dumped that in my glass. It did not make things a bit more yeasty. But all in all this is true to the style.

I would buy this again, as everything from Flying Dog seems to be safe for a repeat, but I am a little disappointed. I like a more German wheat beer taste, or something more powerful than this non-offensive light beer.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Head falls to just about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Has a mild aroma of Belgian yeast and pleasant citrus. Smells alright.

Has the typical Belgian White taste. Citrus and mild hops with a nice yeast taste. Drying and biting on the tongue in the finish. Has bit of a weird flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth with the ending bite.

Very easy drinking Belgian clone.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this after seeing TIME's "5 Beers to Try This Summer" video, where it was recommended. I found this (along with two other beers from the same feature) in a store that sold mixed sixers, so picked them all up.

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Hazy blonde color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thick lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast, with coriander spiciness and hints of citrus.

Taste: Begins sort of spicy on the tongue, finishing with a wide range of flavors- wheat, yeast, oranges, and more coriander.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Definitely a good summer beer, but also flavorful. I found the other beers I've had from flying dog rather disappointing, but this one is probably the best I've had from them.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured hazy yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Citrusy aromas dominate the nose, which also has some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, flavors of orange stand out in the taste but are not overpowering. There are also notes of spices and wheat and a very slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied and somewhat tart on the palate; the wheat adds a bit of texture.
D: The beer is very refreshing and thirst quenching. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable on a hot summer day.

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight bananna, coriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, bready, with some bananna/coriander notes. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew on a hot day.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat cloudy, hazy medium golden color, capped off with a decent white head. Aromas of coriander, Belgian spices, spicy yeast and wheat. Mildly tart on the palate, with a little citrus, spicy yeast and wheat. Pretty good balance, creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Nice for the hot summer ahead.

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Photo of bump8628
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold with some orange tint.

A rustic, almost musty yeast/malt combination flavor predominates and actually puts this closer to a true Belgian example. Spice is nicely placed in the background with just a hint of citrus coming through from the coriander and orange. Fairly dry on the finish, which is accentuated further by heavy carbonation.

A nice example of the style, but it's just another in the long line of spring/summer Wit seasonals.

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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 Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy dark straw with active carbonation. A fluffy white cap slowly falls to a 1/4" pillow of foam. Leaves a nice sheet of lace.

S: Slightly musty, with a distinct sourdough presence. Coriander and orange are at work, but very mild.

T: Light and mild. Sourdough biscuits is the theme. The lemony bitterness is mild and aided by a coriander spice. Finishes very tart and dry, with lingering biscuit flavors.

M: The light body is slightly grainy and has lots of soft carbonation.

D: This is a perfect summer beer. It's light, goes down easy and has nice complexity to boot. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12 oz poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy orange lemon with a thick fluffy white head that lasts for a bit before fading into nothing.

S: Coriander, lemon, bread.

T: Lemon, orange, coriander, spice, some bread.

M: Fluffy and then finishes light.

D: Nice drinkability, not to heavy, good summer drinker.

Overall: A solid showing from Flying Dog. Nice aroma that matches enhances the citrus taste. The spice is present, but not overwhelming.

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

Pours a very cloudy orangish gold color. Nice tight white head.

Nice aroma of citrus and spice. I like this one already. Taste is very much orange/lemon and some coriander spice. Peppery notes also present. Some nice tangy wheat malt forms a solid backing. This is just how I like my witbier.

Light bodied and so easy to drink. A great offering from Flying Dog.

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