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

Blurry maize beneath a decent looking head of aged ivory. With one quick swirl and a small second pour, I was able to get all 12 ounces into the glass, murking things up even further. Although WCW doesn't go gonzo when it comes to lace, it's still more than acceptable in the looks department.

Orange peel and spicy coriander are definitely present in the nose, it's just that they don't add up to anything out of the ordinary. Actually, the aroma is better than ordinary, but it isn't better than slightly better than ordinary.

I like what Flying Dog has done with Woody Creek White. The balance among the three main flavors (wheat, orange peel and coriander) is spot-on and the heft is just about perfect for a quenching summer seasonal. How can anyone drink pale wheat ales when witbiers and hefeweizens are so much more delicious?

The grain bill consists of Belgian pilsner malt, white wheat (malted, unmalted and flaked), and flaked oats. Good choices, all. The underlying flavor is of fresh cereal grains with a minimum of huskiness. The fruit and spice, while it could be more prominent, adds color and shading to those solid outlines. Sweet, bitter and tangy are roughly equivalent, until the increasingly bitter finish puts an exclamation point on the mouthful.

I like the overall size of the beer, but the mouthfeel could be more creamy. The bubbles tend to sit and sizzle on the tongue (just a little) rather than providing the expansiveness that almost all quality beer possesses.

I thought I had an outside chance to win the 'name our summer seasonal' contest that Flying Dog ran this past year. Thinking they'd want to continue the dog theme, I suggested names such as 'Tail Wagger', 'Leash Ripper' and 'White Hydrant', among others. I like Woody Creek White though. Both as a name and as a beer.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a murky yellow with a sparse head. Citrusy to smell, but not in an overpowering way (which is, to me, the tragic downfall of many Belgian wits), and with a briney yeast. Very nice! The taste is similarly subtle and complex without overdoing the citrus. Mellow and fresh. The mouthfeel is rich, yet playful. This is a damn good beer in my book!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very faint yellow body with a wispy white head.

Smell: Soft wheaty aroma with a bit of citrus and a slew of coriander thrown in.

Taste: A doughy wheat flavor charged with a heavy-handed dose of coriander. Tart citrus notes. Chalky finish with a bit more of that tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A bit over-spiced for my tastes. There are better witbiers to be found.

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Photo of alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into the Ommegang Witte tumbler a moderately hazy, golden lemon yellow body with a small, off-white head. Honey-soaked wheat bread peppered with abundant spices (clove, allspice, nutmeg?) and spicy yeast. Lightly toasted grains and soft, yeasty wheat malt. Light fruits and subtle clove and orange peel citrus notes before a yeasty, snappy, refreshing finish. Medium-bodied, pulpy wheat feel with refreshing carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Minimal lacing is evident. Pleasant aroma of citrus, yeast and coriander. Light, effervescent body with a mildly hoppy and spicy flavor that has touches or orange and tangerine. The finish is zesty hops with a touch of malt thrown in. Very passable overall.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, deep yellow, mildly lively carbonation with a nice lace finish. About standard for a good wit. Smells of orange peel more than anything else but it's balanced with mild clove and even a little banana. Mouth very ale like, bitter finish, trix cerial aftertaste, just seemed a little thin and wasn't as creamy. Not too good on mouth. This is a little too heavy on the orange and leans into a bitter orange taste, and the other flavors, clove primarily are weak. Little alcohol taste means a good masking effect, but the bitter in this beer is really off.

It's okay, but when Blue Moon is more of a subdued taste that I'd rather have, even the better ingredients don't save this one for me.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear straw gold with a nice big billowy head. Strong smells make me think Saison. Corriander and Bitter Orange are immediately noticable in the taste - exactly as advertised, kudos. Mouthfeel is smooth, hignly quaffable. Sweetens a bit as it warms, but that is the only detractor - that and the price. 10 dollars a sixer is a bit steep for something so sessionable. Very well done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber-golden colon with massive white puffy head.
Smell is extremely nice. Strong note of spices (spices, corriander) along with some citrus (lemon, orange).
Taste is the perfect eexample of the style. Cloves, corriander, lemon, orange and yeast abound.
Leaves a nice refreshing taste in the mouth.
Truly an extraordinary beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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 objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a cloudy straw yellow, a nice white head with wide stringing lacing, pretty nice. The aroma is pretty stock wit, good Belgian spices of coriander, orange rind, wheat malt, and is similar in the taste, with lemon zest and clove in there. The mouth has fine carbonation, decent body, really there isn't anything wrong with this one, though nothing exceptional.

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Photo of bradley0114
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy, yellow/white color. Unfortunately it had a quick-to-dissipate head.

Smell - Light, clean, you can smell the coriander.

Taste - Sweet/spicy, a good balanced flavor....little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - good and clean...smooth going down.

Drinkability - I am not a witbier fan, but this is pretty good for the style to me.

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Photo of Floydster
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Hi-Time Wines in Costa Mesa

Poured into a chilled pint glass

Color was almost white like its name, but a very tame golden color

Head was only about 1/4 inch thick, but it was silky and stuck arounf for a half an hour until I got to the last sip of the beer

Taste was nice with a lot of herbs and white spices, a lot of wheat with very little hops, and a banana hint, beer got tastier as it warmed, could really start seeing the spice

Could drink a lot of these, very light in color and feel

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Photo of benito
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a pint of this when it was first released at the brewery last spring, but this is the first time I've had it in the bottle.

Woody Creek White, Flying Dog's 'new' summer seasonal, pours as near white as one might imagine possible for a beer, which makes for an impressive look that is countered (and unfortunately not enhanced) by a fizzy, quick-to-dissipate head. There are typical coriander aromas and some phenols. It has a quick, well-balanced, and sweet flavor with a moderate malt backbone.

What holds this brew back is its thinness of flavor and lack of length. Across the tongue, this really just disappears, and the initial spice and malt flavors turn watery. This is not my favorite Colorado wit nor my favorite Flying Dog brew. Take a pass unless you're a wit fanatic.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly hazed pale blonde body with a small white head that leaves scant lacing. Subtle aroma of wheat, coriander, white pepper, and reen bananas. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. Taste is lemony citrus, spicy coriander and pepper, wheat, and a hint of orange. Lemony citrus finish. Nicely done and a pleasant summer sipper.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good example, and rare quality, found in American attempts at a Witbier. The beer hits a home run. Very flavorful, but lightly textued, with pepery character, mild hops, and an estery spiciness that finishes very powdery and clean. But there are a few characteristics that keep it from becomming a Hoegaarten. The beer opens with a bright yellow / golden color that falls just short of 'bright', however with ideal head retention and creamy carbonation. Aromas are a characterful blend of wheat malt, clean esters, light citrus fruits, and a fresh peppery qualtity. The scent of Saison begins to make it's way into the beer after warming, with a mild must and earthy scent. Although characterful, may muddle the aromas a bit. Flavors are equally as satisfying as aromas. A bit higher hop rate separates this beer from Belgian counterparts. Picks up on more of a lime / pineapple flavor, rather than the predominant orange flavors that are typical of the style. The body may be a touch high, but does not hurt the drinkability or quality of the brew. Finishes quite clean and powdery-clean, with a solid dryness. Lightly hopped and warming late. Very good beer; it picks up on some earthy, musty characteristics that help the beer as much as it hurts. About as good as an American Wit gets.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type Sampled: 12 oz. brown crown top bottle, with date

Appearance: Hazy, light straw in color. Bright white fluffy head that fades into a tight lace.

Smell: Earthy, musty, coriander is quite pronounced. I also get a favorable hit of black pepper. Mild clove.

Taste: The flavor is quite light, orange peel immediately attacks the palette. Followed by a nice light maltiness. Hops are mild but fairly balanced as hallertau’s usually are. I am also sensing the mild presence of black pepper still. Finishes nicely with a coriander and lemon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, High carbonation.

Drinkability: Great. I think this is the equivalent of the beer geeks Bud Light! Light in body but not in flavor. Also a great example of the style.

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Photo of techdiver
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oddly clear straw with flecks suspended throughout and only visible carbonation clinging to side of the glass.

Citrus, wheat, pepper and coriander to the nose.

Taste echoes the nose with wheat being most predominant.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and crisp.

Very drinkable and enjoyable despite the rather odd appearance.

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Photo of dfried
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of very different experiences with the appearance of this beer. The first couple I had were awkwardly clear with an eerie pale color and large flakes of sediment/yeast. Not so good. But after I left the sixer for a few days and the sediment settled, it agitated really well before and after pouring and a couple swirls which made the perfect cloudy pale appearance a wit should. FYI.

Solid body of pale golden straw in color, half centimeter white cap head that lasted well throughout the beer. The aroma had a lot of wheaty zest and coriander, some pepper and lemony zest as well. The taste was quite wheaty and bready up front with the unfiltered aspect of the beer showing up. Coriander worked well as a good compliment to the taste, balancing well with the other flavors. Lemony zest kept the mouthfeel tangy, even some orange shows up, and a peppery aftertaste.

Overall: I generally think American made wits flavors are a bit rigid and don't meld as well as their Belgian counterparts, but this one is much further along than most American versions in that respect. Good appearance, a good balance of flavors, and quite refreshing. One of my favorites from Flying Dog so far.

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Photo of Zorro
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
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 Mebuzzard
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 MuddyFeet
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a shiny golden color and was essentially clear. Foam head that nearly completely dissolved. Quick streams of speedy carbonation rises to the surface. Nose is mild wheat and what I can only describe as Brita-filtered water.

Flavor is a bit weak all around. Wheat is a tad thin and none of the other spice cabinet flavors I associate with the style. Maybe a slight hint of cinnamon or cloves but I really had to dig for that. Thin mouthfeel that is just a tad watery without any wheaty heft to it. Alright enough for a summer day but not particularly a prime example of the style.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a light hazy straw with a small white foamy head.

Smell. Mostly coriander. Seems to be on the lighter side, with just a little citrus note to cut the spices.

Taste. Again, coriander is the dominant factor. It seems to be too dominant for my taste...not to say it is a coriander bomb, but i did not get much other flavors to compliment or off set the spiced flavor, as the rest of the beer seemed light and delicate. aftertaste is a touch citrusy.

Mouthfeel. light and refreshing. small but numerous carbonation tingles the tongue nicely.

Overall, a very normal wit. Not as full as a hoegarten, but tastes better crafted than a blue moon. I am not a fan of the style, but i would say this is a good example of one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 KarlHungus
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clouddy pale whitish-yellow color. The head is one inch in height, fluffy, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, and wheat with a hint of orange peel, but is rather faint. The taste is vibrant, but light and short lived. Cirtus, coriander, and lemon are all present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice, lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I would rather have a Summit Scandia, or even a Hoegaarden.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery's Woody Creek White (a Belgian-style wit) pours
a lofty cream colored head over a cloudy yellow brew. There is a lot
of suspended particulates- very authentic. Also true to the style is the
very typical clove yeast esters and wheat nose.

It's in the flavor where there's a bit of a departure from style:

The flavor is sweet-ish light malts up front with a surprisingly aggressive
coriander, orange, and even peppery notes in the finish. There is a certain
graininess in the after-taste as well. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing.
Anyone who's ever had a problem with a perception of blandness in wheat beer
will certainly have nothing to complain about here. This is one wit that pushes
back pretty hard.

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Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 708 ratings