The Lost Witbier – Flying Dog Woody Creek White

Flying Dog Woody Creek White

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Flying Dog Woody Creek White – 4.8% ABV

Recently you may have seen a video review where we pitted a trio of witbiers against each other and laid the smackdown on them. After having this one, I realize that we could have included it in the competition and made it a fourth. After all this was a pretty tasty quaff. And why not make it a Final Four rather than a trio? But I digress. Anyway, I’m talking about Woody Creek White from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD. Let’s take a look at this one and see what it reveals…

Checking in at 4.8% ABV, I wasn’t expecting anything that would set me on fire. I also wasn’t expecting the taste I got. By that I mean that I was simply expecting another run-of-the-mill attempt at a good craft style of beer. To be honest with you, I think it would have held its own against the other brews that were in that Smackdown. I also think it may have done well. Why do I say this? My taste buds don’t lie to me. I know what I like when it comes to flavor.

When poured, the Woody Creek White delivered a hazy, straw pale gold body with about 1 1/2 fingers worth of thick white head. The retention lasted quite some time. I had a good amount of foam after each pull. And on that note, I might as well offer you a preview of the aroma and taste. Burying my nose into my glass, my olfactory friend told me to expect lemon, wheat, banana (likely from the Belgian yeast),  and coriander/clove. The spice presence was there in full effect. Immediately I took one last whiff and then took a pull. Like my nose delivered, my palate spoke to me in volumes the same words. Light, refreshing lemon and wheat powered a light and creamy mouthfeel that ended with the spicy kick from the coriander or clove (Editor’s note – still trying to figure out which one of those spices was the one in charge. Further research is needed) The carbonation is moderately high, and as before mentioned leaves a creamy head that stays on task throughout most of the beer. Some lemon-like bitterness comes through in the finish, but not so much that it disturbs the smooth flavor and easy drinkability of this one. Not bad I must say.

If you’re in the market for a decent witbier, and one that you can get in 12 oz bottles that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, check out the Woody Creek White. Like I said at the beginning, I think this one could have run with the Smackdown competitors and fared nicely. Give it a shot. In this hot summer, you need a good cooling off. Cheers!

 

Flying Dog Woody Creek White

About Jason M

Texas Style - Having grown up down south, I've grown an appreciation for the "bigger is better" mantra. Bigger and bolder flavor is something I crave in my beers. Some people are hop-heads, all they drink are IPA's and other hoppy beers. Others are big on wheat beers. Some like it dark. Me? I'm an all-the-above kind of guy. I've had a love for all varieties since I was young and that has not changed. Good beer is good beer.

I'm constantly seeking out the latest and greatest new variety, because despite having an old-time favorite beer, drinking the same old flavors over and over gets old. That being said, I've got to try something new, explore my boundaries. After all, variety is the spice of life, no?

Favorite Beers - Unibroue La Fin du Monde, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine

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