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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Ratings: 708 |  Reviews: 326
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a light foamy head with minimal retention and some lacing. Aroma is dominated by loads of ginger notes with some orange peel also discernable. Taste is a mix between some ginger some coriander and some orange peel. Body is way too thin for the style with some average carbonation. A bit more wheat would have benefited and this would have been a great beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light pale yellow with a medium fluffy effervecent head that quickly dissapates and leaves no head. In the second pour, if you swish the bottle around, you get lots of yeast particles. Nice...

Smells of lemon peel and citrusy spices. Light citrus hops too. White raisons.

Tasts sour with citrus spice and some alcohol in the back. Barely some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly effervecent.

Very drinkable. I think the only wit beer I've enjoyed.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a hazy gold with a thin, foamy white head.

S - Citrus, light pepper, wheat, yeast.

T - Wheaty, yeasty, sort of a chalky finish, aftertaste of light spice and citrus zest.

M - Crisp, low carbonation, medium to thin bodied.

D - Refreshing, clean, tasty.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Some high quality stuff here. Pours an almost neon yellow, lots of head. Tastes beautiful -- high fruit, citrus, some banana, and not overly carbonated like so many other macro belgian whites. Absolutely great belgian white, recommended to all.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another brew from Flying Dog that makes its way to the top of my list. This brew is widely available and a great contribution to the Witbier style. I bought this with a sixer of Doggie Style Pale Ale. I tried the Pale Ale first and liked it immediately. Now I wish I had tried this first!

Typical of Witbier, it has a fruity and spicy aroma and taste. Coriander and grapefruit are present, as well as some spices I can't put my finger on. It blends well and tastes fantastic. Medium body with good balance to the carbonation. Overall, very drinkable and a very tastey brew!

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Photo of MisterClean
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from total wine

A - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with lots of sediment. Head is 1 finger, off-white and dissipates quickly. Carbonation is plentiful.

S - Peach and coriander.

T - Ditto

M - Carbonated, and bitter (possibly from the hops). Reminds me of alka-seltzer.

D - Aside from the mouthfeel a good beer.

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Photo of drxandy
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz to standard pint, pours a golden hazy shade, white head fades

smells of coriander, banana, clove, wheat..

taste is of wheat, sweet citrus, banana, clove, smooth wheat, good flavors but nothing standout, slight spiciness

mouthfeel is of a standard wit, nice flavors, slight creaminess from wheat but still thin


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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Small white head, body is opaque orange yellow. Looks like orange juice honestly. Good lacing.

S: Smells like more orange than usual, along with all the yeasty esters. Certainly smells good, like other wits.

T: The smell of course comes up front, then a low bitterness on the finish provides nice balance.

M: Relatively high carbonation, mouthfeel is light.

D: Very drinkable, refreshing, nothing lingers and gets annoying.

Overall, the beer has a pretty light flavor and is very refreshing, which i think was the intention.

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

Finger width's foamy white head on the pour, recedes slowly yet consistently. Body is a hazed medium gold, still displays carnonation and suspended particles.

Aroma is all in the right places, sweet tart wheat, some yeast twang, coriander and orange. Kind of a smooth creamy character to it all, like taking a sniff of yogurt.

The carbonation is there but the flavour falls a bit flat, very muted. Faint wheat and citrus, only becomes more rounded out as it warms, not any more intense.

Carbonated yet rounded mouthfeel, good texture for this style.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy orange gold color with a thick white head that fades to a nice ring of lace. the aroma brings the requisite citrus and spice, and the yeast are doing there thing with the esters. the taste has a decent amount of coriander, pepper, and whatnot, but the fruitiness isn't really there. the mouthfeel is a bit on the crisp side, but pretty darn drinkable.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams lager pint glass, the Woody Creek is a nice cloudy blonde color with a light one-finger head of white that fades quickly. Perhaps my pour was too enthusiastic, though, as I see a lot of yeast bits floating around in there. Wasn't careful enough, I guess. The nose is a light lemony scent. Sort of a soapy, lemon candy aroma. Light and refreshing smell. The taste is light and lemon-soapy. Tangy, with a faint buttered popcorn flavor, but also with a chewy biscuit taste to it. Not bad, but certainly not a great example of the style. Mouthfeel is watery and thin, but crisp and refreshing.

A totally drinkable beer, although not the best example of a witbier out there. This is thinner and not as malty as some. But the 4.8% ABV makes it an easy drinker. I won't revisit, but fans of the style should at least give it a try.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick white colored head.

S: The aroma is grainy with the yeast very apparent.

T: The taste is grainy and spicy. There is perhaps a slight orange like flavor in the background.

M: The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite carbonated.

D: This is a smooth drinking brew. I think it would be a great introductory beer to new beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-24-08

Pours a cloudy gold color, with no head and just a hint of foamy white lacing.

Smell is light and fruity, a little Belgian, and actually quite complex.

Taste is very good, very yeasty, with the same light fruit as the smell. The aftertaste is a little bready, with a distinct Belgian quality.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and thick, what you'd expect from a wit.

Drinkability is also good, definitely a session beer.

Overall, a very well executed beer. Many breweries don't do subtle well, but Flying Dog shows it skill here.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Golden yellow that's slightly cloudy with a thick white head that disappears quickly.

S - Good sweet wheat smell.

T - Crisp and clean. Good bite with a sweet wheat flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Not the best Witbier i've had but it is really good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head with a smear of brownish yeast from the bottom of the bottle in the middle of the foam. Good retention and a hazy yellow-orange body.

S - A strong whiff of spicy wheat and lots of coriander, backed by subtle cardamom and a hint of grassy hops.

T - Lots of wheat flavor up front along with some hay and flowery hops. The spice character is mild but present in the finish.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice and flavorful Witbier that loses some of its drinkability due to the unfortunately low carbonation. The spice character is balanced and quite nice, especially in the aroma. If this had been properly carbonated it might have been one of the best examples of the style that I have had.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Graham5161986
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some of the best packaging I've seen:

A: pours a luminous cloudy orange-yellow with a bubbly white head and tons of visible yeast particles floating around. Leaves some patchy lacing on my glass.

S: banana, citrus, coriander yeasty tones with a bit of grass and caramelly sugar as well.

T: just like it smells - lots of ripe banana with a crisp citrus bite that balances nicely with the it's creamy, yeasty flavours. Leaves a nice subtle herbiness on the linger.

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

D: I really like this wit. I could easily drink a six-pack of this stuff. Good flavours, well balanced, well worth the money.

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 rtratzlaff
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This wit pours a pale gold or yellow with peach tones. The thin white head stays for a bit.
Aromas are lemon fruitiness with with some coriander.

The taste is crisp and refreshing with a powdery finish. Orange peel citruisy flavors are prevalent.
The mouthfeel is lighter but in a good way. Drinkability is high due to the great flavors. A great lighter offering from Flying Dog. A bit more refined than their In Heat Wheat.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle > stella Artois glass

Frosty yellow gold is the color, a bit murkey and unfiltered which is what I wanna see. A 1/2" white head is moderate sized with slow retention and medium stickiness.

The aroma is very subtle but it has a decent white and black pepper effect, earthy and tangy scented yeast with a classic wheat edge, very herbal with lemmon's in a dry hay field.

The malt is actually very smooth and plays a large part in the flavor profile, very clean and crisp, achieving a crisp wheat and hay flavor, ultra smooth going down. It's earthy, peppery yeast gives the most flavor with even some subtle vanilla currents mixed in. The finish is velvety smooth and dry at the top of the mouth.

I'm actually very impressed with this version, even if summer is long gone.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poures a hazy maize, more transparent at the bottom of the glass. Started with about a CM head, which settles to just about nothing with carb collecting on the sides of the glass.

S: Smell a hint of lemongrass, clove

T: Begins with not a lot of taste, settles with hint of pepper, lemon, and light hops. Catching a bit of nut character as well. Slight belgian taste.

M: Biting carbonation grabs your lips and side of your tongue. Beer is quite light.

D: Fairly low ABV and decent flavoring make this quite drinkable. Not offensive in any regard, and quite quenching.

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

Had this one at The Chimes... poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Poured a golden hue, decent head, although the hard pour into a pint glass helps it out.

The aroma is pure witbier... citrus, spice, wheat, delicious. The taste didn't disappoint at all, combining all the flavors of the aroma very nicely.

All in all, a very nice example of a witbier, would definitely recommend it to friends and try it again.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant golden yellow with decent pure white head that went down quick with minimal lacing.

Aroma is spot on witbier - orange & coriander. Extremely sparkling clear for a wit, not cloudy at all. Taste is a nice clean orange & coriander. The spicing is perfect for me, that is just detectable & not overwhelming.

Really smooth & lager like, not yeasty one bit. A very refreshing beer. Clear, smooth, & high carbonation made it seem like a lager, but taste was nice, smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of avalon07
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 TerjUGA
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark golden yellow color with a nice head and little lacing. Very cloudy.

S- has a very sweet smell.

T- sweet, hints of banana in the aftertaste. very well balanced.

M- good mouthfeel, a lot more zing to it than i expected. reminds me of the same feel as orange juice.

D- very easy to drink, good beer but not one of the best whites that i've had but very enjoyable.

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