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!