Woody's Wheat | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Woody's WheatWoody's Wheat

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by maxpower on 06-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 63
Photo of daledeee
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was purchased in search of that hidden American wheat beer that is good.

I was nervous with evidence of first pour. I poured this quickly but could not stir up much of a head. A little edge of foam remained around the edge of the glass. A cloudy orange. The aroma is pleasant. Swirling it around stirs the nose. Nice citrus and yeast.

Taste is typical wheat. Nice and full. More malt than most. Good tang and citrus background. Seems warm like alcohol but probably not.

Pretty drinkable. Better than many american wheats I have had.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nutty aroma right off the bat with earthy yeast in the background with a little lime. The flavor more of a juice quality with orange and candy spice and sweet wheat malt balanced by a touch of hops. I'd call this a decent hefe, I've definitely had worse and this one is well-balanced and tasty. Worse trying for hefe fans, especially if you're in Western WI. Cheers.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

looks nice out of the bottle. A bit lite on the lace. Needs some carbonation. The lable is date less, so I have no idea how old it is.

Smells much like over ripe bananas and allspice. I usually like wheat beers but this one falls a bit short. It's sharp on my palet. Dull flavors, dusty. Lingers with a light sour twang that I found enjoyable but un-balanced.

I like the style, but I think this bottle was too old.
Nice sedament on the bottom.

I would definately try the other styles available from the brewery.
I think this was much better when it came off the line.

A hot summer day and a jucy medium-medium rare hamburger pares well with this one.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle to a hazy golden orange, with small white head that dissipated quickly to little lacing. Nose was cookie dough and some wheat, though no spices as I would have expected. Mouthfeel was slightly thick and chewy, and the flavor was mostly wheat dough, again with no spice.

Not a bad beer on a hot summer day, just not great.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow body with a thin white head.

Smell: Banana, cloves, and lemon in an altogether weak, musty aroma.

Taste: Stale soda crackers with just a scant bit of banana ester and a tiny dash of clove on the light, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tame and umimpressive. A hefe-lite, if you will.

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Photo of marcobrau
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Woody's Wheat is an golden ale that pours with a decent amount of carbonation briefly creating a loose pillar of foam that falls flat quite quickly. I make an extra effort to get the yeast out of the bottle, and the beer in my glass gets very cloudy -- almost turning the color of the beer from gold to amber. The aroma is pretty neutral, nothing really stands out, except maybe a bit malt and orange and maybe nutmeg. The flavor is crisp and "wheaty" with some caramel malt and a hint of tannin.The mouthfeel is prickly with carbonation which emphasizes the dry finish. I'm not impressed with this one. It's pretty drinkable stuff, but the mouthfeel seems too thin and watery.There are much better wheats out there that I would drink again before having another Woody's Wheat.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling goldenrod with no yeast that I can see. Things became moderately cloudy once the simple white head deflated enough for me to add the final finger of beer to the glass. The cap is shrinking rapidly and has left little to no lace. The beer looks good... the head, not so much.

Even though Woody's Wheat is listed as a hefe weizen, and even though the Sand Creek website says the same thing, one can never be sure. There are plenty of American pale wheats out there masquerading as beer of this style. One whiff tells me that this is a bona fide hefe. Sweet banana and tangy wheat dominate ground clove. There's a little too much graininess for the nose to be considered exceptional.

This is pretty good beer that is no danger of reaching the heights achieved by the best of the style. At least it tastes somewhat authentic. It's still a trifle grainy on the bottom end, although the plentiful banana and clove esters do a good job of making up for it on the top end.

The more I drink, the more impressed I am that the brewers have been able to pull off a beer of a style that many American craft brewers seem to have trouble with. The key is in using a quality yeast strain. The needle on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter holds steady at a respectable 3.0/5.0. Bitterness is at least as prominent as sweetness and sourness, especially on the finish.

The mouthfeel is capable, if far from outstanding. It's on the light and fizzy side, and doesn't have that lush creaminess that I like in my hefe weizens. While it doesn't detract from the experience, it doesn't add much to it either.

Other than Wild Ride IPA, Woody's Wheat is the best Sand Creek beer that I've ever had. It's no substitute for the classics from Deutschland (which should be available in most areas of the country), but I'll bet it moves off the shelves up in Badgerland. I could see myself draining a few of these at a backyard cookout.

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Photo of bashiba
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy amber/orange with a light white head, little retention and no lacing.

Smell had a nice zesty citrus yeast odor with hints of lemons, banana, and oranges.

Flavor was mild with a touch of banana bread and wheat along with just enough hops to balance it out.

Mouthfeel was light with a good bit of carbonation.

Light and Easy to drink, overall a pretty good American made Hefe.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head which goes away very quickly. It smells like cloves, bananas and wheat/grain. It tastes the same way to me, except for a malty taste too. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, it's refreshing. The drinkability is good too. Overall, not too bad of a beer. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden yellow with a slim crunchy white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. Very minimal lace.

Aroma is paled of wheat malt and bread and tnder undertone of old banana and some clove hints.

Taste is mostly wheaty and slippery with some lemon sprite and banana notes. Crisp, clean, and rounded in tone with a nice bounce of wheat play in the backend along with a small poof of clove spice. Just tasty enough and heavily leaning toward more of a pale wheat then hefe.

Feel is just shy of medium with a nice wheat malt roundedness and a tender, broad snap and smack of clean banana fruityness that keeps a nice balance along the palate. Helping with a slippery, creamy smoothness thats quite nice and easy to drink down.

Makes for a good Pale Wheat; not so much a hefe - at least in my eyes(taste buds).

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Photo of granger10
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a bright golden to orange color with a smaller tan head. Not too much lacing. Smell is strong and earthy with a touch of clove and lemon notes. Taste is weaker and more wheat dominant than anything else. Some lemon notes and a touch of hoppiness in the middle. Like the other Sand Creek beers I've tried there's a mineral water character that I personally don't really care for. Finish is a touch sweet with possibly some banana but it leaves quick. This was decent but it's lost b/w Hefe and American Wheat.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a small Weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm orangish-yellow clear body with a faint hazy in the light. The pure white head made of large bubbles and a strong carbonation to keep it going.

S- The smell of dry pale malt has a note of toasted wheat in the background which is nice but pretty soft.

T- The light pale malt and light toasted caramel malt notes have a note of toasted bread that is pleasant. There is a dry pale crisp finish with no real hops in it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp fizz texture in the finish.

D- The toasted dry malt and wheat notes are almost a tease and a bit more would really make this a nice beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one finger in height, and recedes rather quickly. The aroma is of bubblegum and cloves, and is rather strong. The taste, unfortunately, isn't as storng. There is some bubblegum, but mostly it is very neutral. The mouthfeel is spot on for a hefe, medium-light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe, I guess. I like the aroma quite a bit, but the taste is a tad too light for my liking.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed September 17, 2005. Bottle sampled at the Big Lake Brewfest. Beef aroma, seriously. Hazy orange, with a foamy head. Tasty, like fresh raw cattle. I know this sounds extremely peculiar, but there are certain notes of that grassy raw beef blood, however inappropriate it may be. Finish is tart, with some Granny Smith apples.

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Photo of ccs
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, it had a head on the golden liquid I poured, but a few minutes later--it's gone. So sad. I picked this up in a mixed six and have to admit, I'm glad I decided to drink one--not sure if it's worth hauling back to Seattle with me. Not bad...just, unspectacular. Gorgeous golden color, not cloudy at all, it's a wheat, not a hefe. Smells bready, tastes malty. Just a not-really-notable beer. I wouldn't buy it again, but I'd drink it if I went somewhere and it was available at no (or little) charge. A little too carbonated, very sweet, not a remarkable taste.

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Photo of stouty1
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow with no yeast floating around. A fluffy white head that laced quite well for being poured into a pint glass. Smelled of bananas, wheat, and spices.

Taste is very bland witha a lot of carbonation. Almost as if the message they were trying to get across is we like head. Hey, who doesn't, but they need to experiment with how to rpoduce it without leaving you like you just swallowed too much Coke and it now burns your tongue.

I picked up a sixer of this and need to finish by Thursday (today is Tuesday) and I am thinking I may be unfortunately trying to smuggle into my suitcase to get it home.

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Photo of maxpower
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy,dull dark yellow color with a small white head that quickly disappears, not much lacing either. Sweet clove and banana aromas, vanilla, lemon and banana flavors. Light to medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel, somewhat refreshing.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a hazy, dark yellow color with a large head. Grain aroma with a little fruit, but not much going on. The flavor is more interesting. Grainy wheat flavor with some orange and lemon. A little peppery spice. This does not taste like a hefe, but it's still pretty good. There is some off-flavor in the finish, but it's minor. Mouthfeel is medium. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Turbid yellow, with floating whisps of sediment as tiny bubbles replenish a modest bone-hued head.
Grainy wheat aroma, underpinned with typical banana and clove weizen esters backended with loud, wet limestone.
The immediately presents itself at the intersection between an American Wheat and a German Hefeweiss. Containing equal parts of the grain wheat bran muffin and lemon zest of US versions, and the banana, vanilla, and cloves esters typical to a true German version. That is basically how it unfolds in the mouth, New World upfront, Old World later. The rear has that same sense of damp rock that the nose promised, along with a drying hay-like hop element.
Medium-light in the mouth, gentle and stedy carbonation. It stumbles a bit with a cakey, chalk-like mouth residue.
All told, this is a decent summer slosher. I'm down the middle here: call this an American Wheat and the scores go up about 0.5; judged as a true hefeweiss it goes down about the same.

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Photo of Winter
4.45/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium yellow in color with a creamy, yet fluffy white head. Nice aroma of sweet bananas, yeast and wheat malt. Full-bodied mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Wheat malt flavor starts things off. Fresh banana flavor arrives midway. Long finish has more of the pleasant sweet banana, vanilla and a mild yeast flavor.

Just released this was really nice, fresh out of the bottle. It's a deliciously solid offering from Sand Creek. I was pleasantly surprised to find this one so enjoying and satisfying on a warm summer night. Give it a try!

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