Woody's Wheat | Sand Creek Brewing Company

Woody's WheatWoody's Wheat
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 06-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of bimish
3.78/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing. Hazy, light leather brown color.

S - Fruity aroma with heavy clove notes as would be expected for the style.

T - Sweet, fruity, crisp malty flavor, finishing with plenty of clove notes. Nice representation of the style. Not as good as the Germans, but much better that most American versions.

M - Light bodied. Highly carbonated.

D - Very nice wheat beer. Perfect for a fall afternoon in the beer garden.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy amber with a small finger of white head, this one lacks retention, but does show some nice lacing as I work my way through the pint. Not a bad looking beer my any means, but IMO a hefe should have a big prodigious head.

S - Mild citrus fruit, some mild donuts, and a good whiff of banana tinged donut. This is definitely "to style" and it does the hefe thing well. Notes of banana baby food and gazed donuts make this a good example of the style. This smells good!

T - Big dough flavors remind me of donuts, fresh bread, and the yeasty layer left at the bottom of the finest hefes by those who don't know how to swirl the good stuff into the mix. This one is on the banana/yeast end of the hefe spectrum, and that's how I like them!

M - Medium bodied with no shortage of carbonation, this one is neutral on the finish with a big time yeasty aftertaste.

D - A good representation of the style. This is tasty and highly representative of this German style. Definitely a good brew to session in the higher altitudes of this North American continent.

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Photo of billybob
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a cloudy honey golden color with a very short disappearing head and no lace at all. fruity candy bubble gum aromas in the nose. sweet and fruity up front with banana and apple present lightly tart and and spiced fininh on the taste. lively carbonation and a light mouthfeel. other than appearance it was ok but there is much better out there.

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Photo of drizzam
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pored into a pint glass.

A - Opaque copper/orange...the head started out less than 1 finger and quickly dissipated to almost nothing. What little head there was left a minute trace of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - A faint smell of clove, banana and coriander...the usual scents expected from a wheat beer, but very faint.

T & M - Very light on the palate with a fair amount of carbonation. This seems to me to be a weaker version of most of the Hefe's I've drank. Still good though...making it maybe a little better as a session brew. The typical banana and clove tastes expected from this brewing style.

D - High drinkability, but still not what I expected from this style of beer. I don't know what the ABV is but would expect it to be around 5%. I could buy this again, but just don't expect it to be in the same line as a Paulaner.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer #3 from my FSRI care package. Served in my MH Circus Boy weizen glass. Poured a hazy, semi-translucent honey-gold with audible effervescence and copious tiny bubbles that adhered to the sides of the glass and percolated to the cap. Three quarter inch off-white head dissipated within seconds; zero lacing present during the session. Nose was somewhat skunky out of the bottle; however, in the glass I picked up lots of bubblegum and banana. Flavor was primarily wheat, grain and biscuity. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and very lively and a bit watery. Fair drinkability, but closer to a slightly flavored macro than a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Wisconsin
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Wow, where the head go on this beer? I poured this into a bottle, blinked twice and the head was gone. Now I am left with a brown hazy beer with no head. To me, it looks like apple cider as there was not even a lace.

S - There is very faint cloves, cinnamon and coriander smells. These are extremely faint though.

T - Again, like a typical hefe, except the flavor is rather faint. The banana, coriander and other components are there but they are very faint.

M - The faint flavors hit your mouth initially but then the beer is somewhat watered down. Its not as full flavored as other hefe's.

D - This beer is easy to drink but is a pretty suspect hefe. There are many others in the state that top this one.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells like a wheat beer, hearty with some yeasts. Nice layer of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. I stirred up the last little bit to get it out of the bottle into the glass to finish off a cloudy yellow orange pour. Taste is sweet & sour at the start with a tart finish. Mouthfeel is good, good body and a higher but just right carbonation for this brew. Very refreshing brew. Hits the style right on the mark. Hits the style right on the mark. Great drinakability.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a murky straw yellow with very little foam

S - aroma of cloves and banana, nothing too overwhelming

T - mostly clove flavor, nothing too overwhelming, just a light hefe

M/D - light bodied, not very flavorful, easy drinking because there isn't alot to it

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It pours a hazy gold with a very solid white head. The aroma is heavy on the banana, light on the clove. The taste follows, leaving a pleasant bannana finish. The beer is lightly bodied and nicely carbonated. A very drinkable beer that wouls be great during the hot summer months.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was cloudy like a wheat beer should be. The color was like pee and the beer had absolutely no head. The beer had no lacing either. The smell of the beer was like pee and the taste an unpleasant sour. I will not buy again.

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Photo of mcowgill
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy pale yellow with minimal head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring.

S - Cloves, banana, lemon. Nice zesty aroma here.

T - A bit weak for my tastes but certainly not bad. Lemon and cloves are up front. A tiny bit of a metallic afertaste.

M - Medium body with ample carbonation

D - I could see this hitting the spot after mowing the lawn in the summer but winter in New England isn't quite doing it for me.

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Photo of AdvocateFan
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You'll have to work a bit to get the wheat and yeast sediment roused up from the bottom of the bottle--it clings hard. When added to the beer, it becomes heavily cloudy and murky with a yellowish raw grapefruit juice color. Has a solid, two-fingered bright white head that sticks quite nicely. Has a great, big ol' wheat twang that is just unmistakable. It's got a slight sourness to it with a bold, wheat-heavy nose. Under ripened bananas, almost like plantains on the nose, and cloves, with clear notes of lemon zest and Granny Smith green apples. Goes down quite refreshing/thirst quenching without a doubt--yet still full of flavor--mirroring what hits the nose, with young banana notes (giving that characteristic, clingy light bitterness found in unripe bananas) and less clove than implied by the nose but with more green apple character--and gentle wheaty sourness. Some lemony notes as well. Spry level of carbonation intensifies a light bite at the end. This beer holds up quite nicely even when approaching warmer temps. When warm, bubblegum notes really blossom. Another solid offering from Sand Creek Brewing Company--gotta love solid beers from the midwest!

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Photo of morimech
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color with a small white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Has the standard Hefe aromas of cloves and bananas. Just not very upfront with the aromas.

Good flavor but overall it is a little weak to rate a higher score. Mainly clove flavors.

The body is light with abundant, but not harsh carbonation. A little thin compared to the better Hefes.

Maybe this would be a good Hefe to get people to try if they never had one before. Everyone else will probably think it average. Very drinkable and an ABV of 5% helps.

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that fades quickly to a ring

S - Is of spied wheat malt

T - Unexciting its close to what a hefe should be but its lacking theres clove flavor but thats where it ends

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer just not an exciting hefe to me its refreshing with and average taste for an American version of a hefe though

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small, quickly disappearing head on a cloudy body. Smell and taste were very similar: wheaty with just a hint of sweetness and/or citrus. Had good thickness, but little to no carbonation. Flat. It's a good beer, just needs some more gas. May have to pick up another to see if I had gotten a bad bottle.

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Photo of kcillini77
3.76/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer as part of the June shipment from Amazing Clubs Beer of the Month Club.

Pour has a thin head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. As the beer warms it looks a little like a peach tea.

Smell is citrus, mostly lemon with a little grapefruit.

Taste is fairly typical of an American wheat with a citrus taste that works really well. Drinkability is good. Not a great beer but a pretty good example of an American wheat.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

Medium straw with a heavy cloud. Violent carbonation.

Nose is of crystal malt and clove, honey and diacetyl.

Flavor is apple, tart green apple and tangy citrus.

If I didn't know any better I would swear this was a cider, its that much on the green apple side. There is a small amount of wheat and yeast flavor there.

Strange flavor profile for a wheat, very sweet.

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Photo of WJVII
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer was golden colored with almost zero head, but noticeable carbonation bubbles rising continuously from the bottom of the glass. The smell is very heavy in the malt spectrum, not really what I was expecting in a wheat brew. There was more of a clear color and not much of a sweet or spicy nose like most wheat brews I have come across. The taste was that close to a lager. There was a slight hop bitter after taste. Not sure what I think about this brew. It isn't bad, but I don't know if it fits the category?

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Photo of daledeee
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
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 +13%
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 -11.5%
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 +1.2%
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 -19.7%
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 -13.9%
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 +15.2%
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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Woody's Wheat from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 20.6% out of 100 with 63 ratings
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