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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Added by rowew on 05-26-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Woody Creek White by Flying Dog.

A- Has a great wheat beer appearance of thick off yellow hue, with mild head followed by a heavy lacing that hang the whole beer.

S- Massive wheat and yeast hits the nose at first with a small grainy scent. Excellent wheat nose.

T- Taste is good, exactly that. Great all round wheat taste of wholesome wheat flavor. Nice yeasty and bready medium. Finishes with a wonderous but mild bitterness.

M-D- Mostly a light but medium feel with overloads of wheat thickness. The feel rolls over the tongue with smooth carbonated feel. Drinkablity is a refreshing but not to be taken lightly. Great Belgian style Wit Beer.

My Bro approves.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/12/09.

A - Cloudy pale, light golden body with medium carbonation and one-finger frothy white head that settled into a patchy retention and left a bit of lacing around the glass.

S - Spicy yeast with mild clove and pepper notes up front, followed by a subtle citrus character suggesting lemon zest that gained momentum as the liquid warmed up. Wheat malt notes with a slight bubblegum sweetness.

T - Subtle wheat malt paired with mild spicy notes hinting at clove and pepper that last through the finish. Touch of bubblegum and apricot fruitiness balances the spicy character a bit with some sweetness. Finishes with faint earthy bitterness and plenty of bready malt with an apparent grainy character.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewy texture up front and lively carbonation that actually thins out the body just a bit. Finishes with subtle spicy notes on the palate.

D - Solid example of the Witbier style with a slightly more chewy mouthfeel that some others I've had. The sweet and spicy characteristics complement one another quite nicely here.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rather cloudy light yellow in color, all but opaque, with an off-white head, which retains quite well. There is an abundance of thick, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Coriander, orange rind, and wheat malt notes are well-balanced, and seem about equal in prominence. The aroma is spot on for the style, perhaps a bit "over the top".

Taste: Opens with strong wheat, coriander, and orange rind notes. As the taste progresses, the wheat characteristics rise to ascendancy, leaving the classic bitterness in its wake.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A nice example of the style. Its not HoeGaarden, but then, again, what is?

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an awesome head and a very spicey scent. Tastes of corriander and orange peel. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Lacks some malt but it is easily drinkable. Not bad. Leaves lacing down the glass.
Very dry and spicey finish. Not the best witbier I've ever had but it is worth a shot.

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Photo of CarlP2
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a sampler 12 pack of Flying Dog to try as my first reviews here. Poured this from the bottle into a tall mug

A- very cloudy, pale yellow, with one finger of white foamy head. Retained a little head throughout. Little lacing on the glass.

S- Smells a bit sour, but not really in a bad way. There is a little bit of a flower aroma in there.

T- Citrus taste at first, not anything like the smell. It seems to have less flavor as it warms.

M- Light feel, carbonation gives it a little texture that lingers on the tongue

D- I could probably drink several without any problem. This seems like a good candidate to drink on a hot day while I'm outside grilling. I think it would be better if it stayed fairly cold.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I typically shy away from Belgian ales as they tend to be far too yeasty and wine-like for my palate. Although, Belgian Wits really hit the spot in my opinion. They got a great mix of yeast, citrus, and spice. Very thirst quenching as well. Heres my review of Flying Dog's take on the style.

A: Pours a very pale yellow. Very cloudy with a nice white, fluffy head. Can't see through the beer at all. Looks great.

S: I get alot of citrus. Lemon, wheat, Belgian yeast. The smell is not overpowering, but it is very pleasant.

T: This has got a perfect balance of Wit Bier flavors. The citrus is very lemony and tart. The spice backs up the citrus very nicely. The yeastyness also is present and complements the flavors greatly. Nothing overpowers which makes this one pretty complex and tasty.

M: Very light bodied. Good carbonation. Finishes very clean with only hints of tartness remaining on the palate after each sip.

D: About as good as it gets. Definetly a great summer beer. Very refreshing and smooth. Nice, complex flavor only adds to the drinkability. I could probably drink the whole six pack in a day.

This is probably the Wit Bier that got me into the style when I tried it about a year ago. Might be my favorite Wit, but I also give props to Avery White Rascal and Great Lakes Holy Moses. Flying Dog tends to make pretty good beers, but this is one of its most well crafted and sessionable. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of bsp77
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Very cloudy, pale yellow with moderate head. Looks almost slightly gray if held away from the light.

Smell: Strong citrus, coriander and sour wheat malt. Pungent smell overall.

Taste: Spicy coriander upfront with orange rounding out the flavor. "Wheaty" and slightly sour malt. Pepper and some bitter hops at the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a moderate body and pretty dry overall. Feels tangy.

Drinkability: Exceedingly refreshing, one of the better made and most balanced of all the American made Wits.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with decent head and retention.

Smell is of mild spice: coriander and orange peel. Orange peel dominates the nose. Undertones of cloves come through.

The spices could be a little more complex and interesting, however the balance of what is there is very good and has a nice delicate soft flavor.

The mouthfeel could use a little bit more carbonation.

This is a nicely done wit. No flaws, not overly spiced and hard to drink like some wits. I would like a little bit more of an interesting characteristic, though.

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Photo of beermanWV
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Great artwork like the other Flying Dog beers and good story behind the beer. Light yellow, and quite cloudy from the yeast. Big head at first that goes away pretty quickly. Head sticks to the side of the glass for a while.

Smell- Light and crisp. Some wheat, sweetness, and coriander. Light, but very good.

Taste- Somewhat fruity at first. Carbonation kicks in after the initial taste. A little bitter at the end with a bit of light citrus at the end. Somewhat yeasty.

Mouthfeel- A lot of taste up front, with a dry finish. Interesting.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, especially on a warmer day. 12 ounces is not enough.

One of my favorite summer seasonals, if not the best. I went looking for this today, and found it on my second stop. I want to say I prefer it on draft, but I have not had a draft serving this year yet. Definitely worth a try.

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

12oz brown glass pry-top. Proprietary date: 315FX09.

Appearance: Rough pour pulls up 2+ fingers of frothy white head that disapaits quickly leaving sheeting! Hazy, pale lemon-yellow.

Nose: Muted and subtle. Faint whispers of wheat and brewery floor. Something like corn husk (coriander seeds most likely). Reminds me of the beach (sand+salt water+sun screen). No detectable citrus though.

Palate: Medium-bodied and round mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Subtle again with wheat, yeast and that ocean beach feeling. Citrus notes are made akin to dried lemon peel, but very subtle.

Notes: A odd variation on the style, but props for originality! This beer reminds me so much of sitting on the white sand beaches of Sarasota, FL, I wish I were back there drinking this beer with my buddy Lenny who first turned me on to Flying Dog at Atlantis Aquariums (bar in SRQ)!

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Photo of pershan
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Flying Dog has certainly come a long way in the last few years. The quality of its beers used to be questionable, IMHO, but not anymore. Their Woody Creek White is a prime example:

A: A cloudy, straw yellow white with a thin white head, poured into a pint glass - very nice and true to style.

S: That wonderful, distinct, bubble-gum aroma of Belgian yeast.

T: A nice blend of the bubble-gum yeast flavor, with a subdued yet noticable hop bite and caramel malt presence in the background.

M: Fizzy and light, just like you expect in a Belgian Wit, very pleasant.

D: Just what you want in a summertime brew - light, fizzy, thirst-quenching, and very drinkable.

Flying Dog - you have really turned your act around. Nicely done!

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Photo of kshankar
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thick and fluffy head..great retention.

Aroma: Coriander, orange peel..typical witbier. Good on spices.

Taste: Citrus, coriander, orange peel, spices all at once...great. Also has a mild hop profile to it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, goes down great.

Drinkability: Well it meets all the requirements for a witbier...and then some. So it qualifies here too

I've had better wits..but this is a solid one among them. Give it a try. Brewery is only an hour away from me so maybe I'll go and try some of this fresh.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale cloudy golden almost milky with yeast sediment. Awesome chunky bright white clouds of heaven form above the rim of my glass what a great looking creating. Fine lacing forms evenly with each sip, quite artsy. Aromatics offer up citrus and banana smoothie infused bread dough with sharp hints of lemon peel and light anise. Flavor goes a bit overboard on the chalky spiced anise kick but edges out enought with citrus and light banana tones to make up for it. Creamy pale malts with light herbal hops bringing in a chammomile like tea experience. Mouthfeel is light bodied with pretty effervescent head, when I popped the cap it let out some bubbly like carbonation. Drinability is solid especially when it's in the 4s as far as abv goes. Spicy yeast gets better with each sip what a nice brew to sip on this summer.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a big cap of white foam. Frothy lacing atypical of a witbier.

Smells blandly and dirtily of wheat, yeast and spice.

A musty wheat and yeast taste is backed up by some spice and orange. I can't say it's bad, but I find the taste very offputting.

Medium body and light carbonation.

Relative to the style, there are so many options that are so much better than this, I don't see any reason to keep this around.

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Photo of champ103
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
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 Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

So the Flying Dog goes Belgian, good timing for them as this style is about to peak in popularity. Brewed to style with coriander and orange peel, the malt shares billing with Belgian Pale malt, oats and unmalted wheat.

Completely cloudy from the yeast, very pale yellow color as well. The lace has no problem sticking around, even after a few big sips. Big and balanced aroma of coriander and orange peel, with a soft graininess and nutty yeast in the back. Thick layers of citrus and coriander hit the palate hard up front; a mild hop bitterness and a toothy graininess help keep everything level. A bit of bitterness from the coriander toward the end, with a harder citric tone. Finishes dry with a nearly clean aftertaste.

After first, we felt the spice registered a bit too high, but after a few sips this one grew on us and there was none of the soapy flavor generally associated with overspiced American-brewed Belgian White Ales. Comparable to its Belgian counterparts, and certainly one of the best of its style in the US.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very cloudy and yellow about 1 fingers with of head that disappears very quickly. You can see yeast particles still floating around.

S: Wow, I'm getting orange, citrus, coriander, yeast a little hint of banana and a caramelly sugar. Very nice

T: Taste is just like it smells - very orange and yeast with a crisp citrus bite that balances nicely with the it's creamy, yeasty flavors. Aftertaste leaves a nice subtle herbiness on the pallet.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Nicely carbonated and goes down crisp.

D: This is my first brew from Flying Dog... I'm ready to try the other stuff they have.... This is a really good wit. Very easy to drink, and could easily drink a few in a night.

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Photo of boynabubble
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a moderate head which takes a while to dissipate but leaves little lacing.

S- Light citrus and a little like bubblegum.

T- Again citrus and bubblegum, which is strangely the most pleasant taste.... More bite from the hops than I expected. Quite a bit of carbonation. Bitterness at the base of the tongue.

M- A crisp feeling from the wheat, hops and carbonation at first, but ends in a slick mouthfeel.

D- I don't think this is something I could sit down and drink a lot of.

Overall I was a little dissappointed with this beer. I didn't feel that it was really true to style, it tasted more like a hefeweizen. To me it was more heavily carbonated and hopped than most witbiers I have tried. It didn't come across as being very complex either, mostly one or two flavors masked by a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a slightly hazy orangish-amber, with lots of puffy white head, that sticks around for a good while, and leaves lots of lace around the glass. It smells predominantly of banana and spicy cloves, with a bit of sweet citrus in there as well. The taste is sweet spicy cloves, white fruit, coriander, and a little yeast. The carbonation is moderate, but the medium-bodied mouthfeel is somewhat cloying, with an offdry finish. This is quite true to style, and refreshing, but it's not something I'd pursue in a session.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with 269FX08 stamped on bottle label. This is the last bottle of a six-pack I purchased.

Appearance: cloudy pale straw yellow color with 1/2" creamy off-white head which recedes to leave a small dollop of foam and mild lacing. Bits of yeast sediment rest on the bottom of my glass.

Smell: definite witbier scents of coriander and citrus rinds of lemon and orange are followed by yeasty breads.

Taste: dry yeasty, crusty bread and pithy citrus rinds of grapefruit, orange and lemon. Slight flavor of unripe bananas, lacking sweetness. Alcohol is never detected and hops are utilized only for bittering balance.

Mouthfeel: upfront dryness and easy going carbonation. Lighter side of medium body.

Drinkability: this is a refreshing wit that's on the dryer side. Flavors are mild and enjoyable. I will seek this out again.

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Photo of Beejay
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pear shade or yellow amber.. Very cloudy with a little bit of white foam at the top.

S: Citrus, almost a sour note in there somewhere.. Fruity banana, and cherry, smells yeasty

T: Crisp and very refreshing, a lot of fruity flavors hit you right away, and then mellow and you taste the yeast and barley.. A big start, but a somewhat dampened finish.., Wish there was a little more at the end.

M: Lots of carbonation, but it doesn't leave a big impression. Like seltzer water, you notice a lot of carbonation, then the general lack of anything once you have swallowed it.

D: I prefer something with a little stronger flavor, but still a good beer over all. Another great way to introduce newbies to an unfamiliar style..

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Photo of supercolter
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good, with a slight head, hazy yellow in color. Doesn't look filtered. Smell is a bit weak, some orange peel and banana. Not sure that the banana belongs here. Taste is pretty similar, put with some peppery flavor added in and coriander. Mouthfeel is decent, light to medium in body and light carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a typical hazy straw color with almost no head. What little there was disappeared quickly and left no trace on the glass. Some sediments. Smells strongly citric with a lot of spice--think peppered oranges with a dash of coriander. This character defines the taste, but with an underlying, slightly cloying sweetness thrown in. Very spicy, slightly tart finish. Decent mouthfeel; the high carbonation works well for the style. Pretty mediocre, overall.

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Photo of Jablonski
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had most of the Flying Dog brews, and this was probably my least favorite. It didn't have much to offer. The appearance was a lighter gold. Despite an aggressive pour, there was almost no head and no lacing. The beer smelled of oranges and grape fruit and had a few spices. The taste of the beer kinda reminded me of vitamin water. The beer was way to watery, and the citrus taste comes in almost as an after taste. The taste was dominated with oranges, but seemed to have a lemon-lime mix to it. I really didn't feel like having another beer after this one. Honestly, it would probably be best to drink this beer on a warmer day rather than a cold winter night, as I can see this beer being refreshing.

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