Wooly Bully | Siletz Brewing And Public House

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Siletz Brewing And Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not that much into lager but when I find a really good Dortmunder I am a happy man. Here on the west coast we don't really make that many lagers and I had yet to find one I could really latch onto, until now.

Smooth, big mouthfeel. Big malty flavor without being sweet. Just enough hop to finish well.

Damn, another fine beer from Siletz.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Redbones.

Rusty amber hue, very hazy with a good blanket of lace. Smells raw and possibly something of strength, lots of crisp grain, yeast and a fruity floral note from the hops.

Thickly lined crispness is deep within the malt, sturdy medium body and lots of grain on the palate. Floral and fruity hop flavours pack in the middle with a ghost like lemon and ample bitterness. More raw grain rushes in as the residuals make a foothold on the taste buds.

Reminiscent of a traditional Kellerbier, raw and in your face. I happily quaffed down a few of these and still wanted more.

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Photo of pwoods
1.32/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Deep amber orange. Short head and no lacing.

S: Funky, sweaty ass. Stinking gym socks. Sickly sweet. Cinnamon in the back?

T/M: Funky, sour, sour cherries. More sweat socks. Disgusting. Body is medium with mild carbonation.

D: zero.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat hazy golden-amber-orange body rests beneath a frothy white head. It holds well before dropping to a creamy collar and leaves some limited, but nice, lace. In the nose, a rich and sweetish malt combines with a fragrant hop character. It's caramelish and hints at the character of rich Munich malt, but never actually reveals it. Regardless, it's an interesting and inviting combination. The body is medium, and it gently caresses the tongue with an exceptionally fine and natural carbonation. Smooth! The flavor reflects the aroma with a combination of lightly toasted, gently caramel, and sweetish malt infused with a distinctly floral hop flavor and a firm, backing bitterness. It's quite toffee-ish, in fact, before finishing dry with a fleeting note of bready maltiness. Full flavored and exceptionally well-balanced! An interesting and enjoyable beer, although I'm not quite sure of how to categorize it. Let's just call it "enjoyable"!

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Photo of akorsak
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 oz bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The beer is a pale, reasonably clear amber orange color. The head on each pour is reasonably large, thick and billowy but lacking in the retention department.

S: The nose is quite interesting. At first, I thought that the beer was off when I first tried the beer. Lo and behold, this bottle smells the same way and many other reviewers have noticed the same thing. The aroma is tart green apple with a great deal of graininess behind at, with those grains having driven the tartness.

T: The mouth is all malts, grainy with some biscuity elements. That darned green apple tartness just can't be shaken. It adds a strong flavor, much like a brett infection in a lambic, that it is the defining character of the beer. The finish shows off some grains through the tartness.

M: The mouthfeel is unique, tart without going too sour, really an interesting beer!

D: A decent beer with a unique sour taste, the beer is a variant that I'd refer to as a flemish sour lager, if such a thing existed.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.77/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours an almost clear copper with a thick, strong white head. The head dies down a little but never dissapears. Nice amounts of carbonation.

Smell: Oh my dear sweet mericful Christ in heaven. The smell is the most wonderful, glorious mix of cloves, cinnamon and so much more I can't put a finger on. Balanced as all hell, but complex as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Damn. Smooth, creamy, complex, everything wrapped into one sweet little package. Spicy & abbrasive yet balanced & smooth. Unreal. The spicy notes are amazing, and the cinnamon taste really blows my mind. The mouthfeel is smooth, clean, and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: Exceptional. Beyond exceptional. This one is truly a keeper. Balanced and smooth and complex and everything I'm looking for in a beer. And it's a lager. This one may rechange the way I think about German style beers forever. Wooly Bully is my friend.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a transpicuous copper color, the head impressive in size, the texture creamy, the color a pleasing light tan. As one would expect the nose is all malt, sweet and clean not the least bit unpleasant, front is sweet and loaded with malt; the top is middling in feel. Finish is spitefully acidic, the hops understated but present, quite dry aftertaste, and a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft, Redbones. Hazy light orange. Shy off-white head. Gentle earthy malts combining with a deep earthy munich/vienna malts profile blending in with subtle grassy and floral hops. Bready, substantial balance. Light palate, very crisp and drinkable. Subdued german hops, truly growing on you with a rocky dryness. Wild in nature, fieldish, mature and fruity. Good!

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Light copper hue with a slight haze. Fluffy porcelain white head supported by lively, effervescent bubbling. Thickly textured frazzled lace remains. Soft, mildly nutty toffeish caramel and melanoidin sweetness dominate the aroma, with hints of toasty Munich and floral hop secondary. Tame, placid, and pleasant aromawise. Wash of toffee laced sweetness upfront in flavor is superceded by a surprisingly assertive and persistent, but clean hop bitterness. Extension of dryness provided by toasty Munich and hints of minerally hard water. Subdued floral hop flavor surfaces mid palate, adding a subtle complement to the fleeting caramel malt presence. Lightly bodied, but agreeably smooth in mouthfeel partially from the ample residual dextrins. Finishes bready, lightly tannic, but otherwise quite clean. Wooly Bully isn't overly complex, but is soft on the palate yet satiatingly bitter. Akin to a helles with pacific northwest flare and Burtonized water. Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head above the cloudy burnished copper brew. Pillowy head fades slowly, with lots of delicate lace. Aroma is fruity sour malt. Taste is sedately tart upfront, with grains and hops all meshing together to mellow the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice and tartly refreshing. Could be a sort of lambic intro or something, yum.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in a 22 oz brown bottle . The label has a rather feirce looking Bison on the front..also a guy fishing!
says: "A Hearty Malty Lager , Hand-crafted in small batches"
WEll I must say this is one terrific looking lager..nice half inch head that stays ..the beer is a bright brown almost glowing with some attractive coudyness.
Smell is strong and as expected very malty..nice

Taste for me wasnt terrific as I am more a hoppy beer lover..but for something this malty its pretty good
Feels ok over the tongue..not too carbonated.
This is a good enough fall or spring drink I think..though not a good session beer due to the excessive maltiness.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderfuly thick head off the pour. Light copper color. Aroma reminds of the days when my dad drank some cheap black-label beer. Taste is malty and there is some (not much) hop pressence. Bottle states that it best to warm winter nights....I dunno, seems good enough to cool down on those warm summer evenings too.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way from mac300 as part of Secret Bunny 07. I served this beer in a mug.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly hazy amber coloration. The head is a biege coloration. Head retention is pretty good.

Smell: The beer has a very heavy grainy smell. The yeast brings a flash of spicyness. Floral hops dance in my nose.

Taste: The beer kicks up a very pleasing raw grainy flavor. A little bit of caramel flashes on the tongue. This immediately gives way to a grassy herbal spiceyness. A very nice bitter finish refreshes the palate. This is a very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the plus side of medium. The carbonation is active but not distracting. This beer is super flavorful with a lingering flavor. I enjoyed the beer from start to finish. I dont know keller bier as a style. I dont care how accurate this one is I like it. I would drink this beer often if it came to Cincinnati.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Based on other reviews, I've might have had a bad bottle of this lager. The bottle said, "Hearty lager of deep golden color with an explosion of malty sweetness and balanced with a mild hop bitterness". The color was right, but, the aroma was yeasty and the taste was very flat and lack luster. There was no bitterness at all. Next time I'm up north, I may try it again!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wooly Bully was served from a 22 oz. bottle. In a pint glass, the beer was an attractive bright, hazy, and metallic orange copper color and was topped by a fine and persistant light yellowish head that left excellent thick sheets of lacing. The nose presented an energetic and complex maltiness that exuded characteristics of roasty nuts, toffee, and whole wheat. A wonderful complementing orange-floral hop bouquet capped it off. On the palate, a lively and rich smokey-roasted coffee bean-nut-toffee malt profile expanded with complexity and grace, then became drier, crisp, and more astringent in the transition to the excellent roasted juicy fruity orange-hoppy finish. The body was approprately composed for the flavors and character of the beer, as was the zippy carbonation. Due the superb balance and deliciousness of this unusual beer, I found it to be very drinkable. Wooly Bully is a tasty treat, worthy of your attention.

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Photo of freed
4.01/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle. Grabbed this 22oz at the local beer store. It poored well, and and had a great head. Sadly, there wasn't' much detecable aroma. This might not be coincidence, as it had very little bitterness. The lagering produced a clean and full maltiness that's delightful. The body is very full and the name is quite accurate. This is my first beer from Siletz, but not the last.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Distinct fruitiness, perhaps from Vienna malt, is in good balance here with the very dry, herbal hops. The hop character is top-notch with a barely noticeable chocolate malt pushing through at the end. I'm most impressed by how all the flavors feed off each other. Rich and creamy from the yeast, yet still light and refreshing from the hops. A hint spicy -- as if there were coriander or nutmeg in this.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Onslow
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

finally get to try a Kellerbier... pours a dark medium murky brown colour ... wow, this is an interesting style, has a nice mouthfeel but the aftertaste is what is strange(new to me), some sourness and tweakness , but refreshing and not drying out like sour ales ... i can see liking this style alot more with more practice (and different samples) but this beer is still kinda nice. lacing is 'a new rug' .... the aftertaste is so wicked and different, i can see most people hating this beer, but to the few who love shocking refresh beers and sour ales, should love this!! ..first bottle from BT...

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a crappy light rust color with a small thin tan head, and average lacing. Average carbonation with a smell of sweet hops. Tastes of malt and corn with a woody bitter taste. Light on the pallet, this should be avoided.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This lager poured a cloudy, orange-brown color with thin, white foam. The smell was malty with some mild floral hops in the aroma, very characteristic of lagers. The finish held some fruity hop flavors. The taste was slightly sweetly malty with some bitter hops to balance. The mouthfeel was a bit sharp with medium body and good carbonation. This was a good easy to drink lager.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my DFH pint glass. appears a dark copper yellow with a finger of off white head. Smells of tart sour grapes and granny smith apples. Taste is of the same tart apples present in the nose as well as roasted sweet nutty malts. Creamy, full body with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing and unique. I would seek this out again without hesitation.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that I had on tap at Redbones for the NW Brew Dinner. Again, the first time that I have had this style on tap. The first thing I noticed was the citrus and floral nose. Very smooth and just enough hop finish to make it crisp. I could have had many more of these the other night. The head brewer from Siletz was at the dinner and spoke about this beer.

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Photo of fastricky
1.52/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It takes a lot for me to add a review, as I feel there are a lot of very knowledgable folks here that generally cover off my exact thoughts.

And some have already on this 'beer'. But I have to add to it. This is not beer. It is some bastardization that has gone too far.

Sour. Vinegar-like. That is what hits you first. Anything beyond that doesn't matter, it is an awful drinking experience. How an Oregon 'brewery' can create something like this is beyond me - AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, rusty-gold brew with less than a finger of cream-colored head that falls to a light mat over bubbly beer. Smells of rich, nutty and honey-sweet malt and bit of perfume hops and alcohol.

Tastes raw, acidic and apple peel sour. Very little bittering. Beer feels hefty in the mouth, eased by abundant carbonation. Every couple sips followed by a burp.

Interesting. I haven't had a beer quite like this, which makes me that much more interested in tracking down another bomber. More cider-like, so it feels like a good fall-ternative to fest beer.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
1.87/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours and orangeish red, touch lighter than a marzen. Head is very nice...fluffy and barely off white.

S: Granny smith apples, green grapes and vitamin C

T: I already know what this going to taste like based on the smell and other Siletz beers...but here goes. Vinegar, unripe apples and bitter orange peels. Aftertaste of sulfer. :shudder:

M: Medium body with a frizzy mouthfeel.

D: Every other Siletz beer I've had been infected...I think. I haven't been able to verify. That or they simply suck. I've poured every single Siletz beer down the drain after only a few sips. I will never buy another Siletz beer again, ever.

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Wooly Bully from Siletz Brewing And Public House
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 29 ratings