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Gulpener Korenwolf - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

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Photo of kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap into a 30cl Korenwolf generic glass at Cafe Samson in Nijmegen, Holland. The Cafe Samson menu claims it's 5.00%, but I won't bother submitting an ABV update unless I have a bottle that clearly shows a different ABV than the site. Paired with some dorito-esque crisps with a white sauce. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head is thin, largely lacking in cream, and of average retention (about three minutes). Colour is a cloudy murky dirty yellow.

Sm: Cream, orange peel, lemon, other assorted light fruit esters on the fringe, butterscotch, and full barley. No malt pulls through. A scent of moderate strength. Appealing.

T: Dirty orange peel, fringe fruit esters that don't ring distinctly and can't be identified, and full barley. It's a bit underwhelming, especially for the style. I expected a refreshing beer. Not complex or bold. Balanced well but built poorly.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Very easy to drink, but the quality isn't there. The relatively high ABV (if it is indeed 6%) is well disguised. At three quid for 30cl, I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 5%abv. ale comes in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB Apr. 09, served chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stem goblet.

A: dark orangey yellow in colour, murky, topped with a creamy white froth that has very good retention, while carbonation is moderate at best - very decent-looking.
S: light spices, coriander seed, a whiff of vanilla, and sour-sweet lemony+mango-ish fruits all rest on a more pronounced theme of mixed grains which is aromatic-floral, bready as well as lightly caramely; a swirl gives rise to lactose-drink's yeasty touch which is pretty typical to most Belgian witbier and blonde ale. Refreshing and moderate, neither exciting nor imbalanced.
T: the foretaste contains mostly lactose-drink's sour-sweet taste, while the wheat-ish entry (with a wee bit of caramel-like sweetness) develops with a surprisingly sound body, ensued closely by coriander seeds and exotic tinges of fruit esters, before a dryish aftertaste takes over. Constantly, a touch of zesty citrus skirts the main, spicy-wheat-ish flavour.
M&D: fresh, light on carbonation, not fluffy or bubbly on the texture, while the medium body retains a good consistency throughout and never goes thin. All in all, this pleasant little drink performs quite well, even exceeding many Belgian counterparts for the balanced flavour profile. I don't mind drinking it once in a while.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a “Chill Hazed”, lemon yellow with a modest creamy white head and the residual lace a filmy sheet to conceal the glass. Ah, the nose, lemons, fresh cut grass, yeast, sweet malted grains a plethora of olfactory delights. Start is sweet then turns quickly tart at the middling top. Finish is almost ferine in its acidity, the pleasant and spicy, quite dry and a very drinkable beer, not a great wit, but quite drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This brew pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a medium bone white head that burns off steadily. Spotty lacing. Mild spice and vanilla aroma, with a hint a wheat. Light-bodied and effervescent with light citrus, coriander and wheat flavors. The finish is mildly spicy with a lingering lemony aftertaste. Pretty straightforward overall, enjoyable to some degree but falls short in the flavor department.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy straw "white-ish" color with a low white head. Fruity earthy aroma with a light spiciness to it. Has a big fruity taste with alight spicy finish. Light bodied and very refreshing. A great more-than-one beer ! Wish the bottle was bigger...

[10.2 oz bottle - labelled Waere Witte - 6.5% ABV per bottle]

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Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice summer drinker, enjoyed on a cold winter day, whatdahec. A hazy, cloudy wheat brew with a lemony pour – touch of orange in there too. Frothy white head, sheet laces on my lil’ wheat sample glass.

Notes of lemon and soapy malts in the aroma – but the quaff added more lemons, hints of bubblegum. The only draw back was the tastes were a little wimpy.

Still, a sharp and crisp brew, nicely carbonated. Dry finish made for a nice session, albeit too short. A few more of these would be a good thing – only 5%.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, hazy light honey color.
Aroma is medium-color fruit and some light earth, grass and flowers.
Flavor is wheat, light spice and some pale malt.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with a little spicy kick at the end but also some grit and chalk on the palate.
Drinkability is very high and enjoyable on a nice summer day. A different twist on the Witbier style.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's..

Poured a hazy straw yellow colour... White head poured quite small then faded quickly to very thin layer.... No real lacing...

Aroma - Strong spicy / pepperiness, nice wheatiness, light biscuit malts, tart spicy fruits (lemons, limes, pears), bready / yeasty notes, light coriander and basil hints, herbal / floral, grassy, very faint hops, some light honey...

Taste – Nice, light, fresh juicy fruitiness (spicy apples, grapefruits, lemons and pears), spicy / herbal notes, peppery, some slight medicinal hints, wheaty / breadiness, soda water notes, some vanilla creaminess, basil, light floral hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body. Extremely drinkable and refreshing - would be nice on a hot summer day...

Overall - An excellent, and slightly unusual, witbier - one of my favourites.... Recommended...

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : yellow color, with white foamy head (some lacing).
Smell : wheat and coriander aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spicy, citrus and coriander flavours, no bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Witbier.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great on tap. Very nice pale yellow hazy appearance, with a nice head and great lace. Spicy lemony aroma. Very fresh and spicy, a great beer for summer, if only they imported it down under........

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Photo of flyingpig
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.09):
Cloudy golden yellow with a 1cm foamy white head that holds for about a minute before slowly reducing in size to leave a fairly thick lacing covering the surface.

Sweet and fruity with some citrus and a few floral notes along with a banana smell and some bubblegum. Some wheat, orange, coriander and some spice also feature in the mix with the fruity aroma coming out on top.

Fruity with a mix of wheat, some yeast and banana along with some bubblegum and orange peel too. There was some light lemon and a pleasant tang to the taste that goes down well.

Smooth with a light medium body but thankfully not thin or watery. There is a very faint hint of sweetness from the fruits but the citrus comes out stronger and masks this for the most part. Carbonation is light medium and the beer is quite easy to drink.

Fairly simple taste and not overly complex but it still has a very nice tasting that goes down quite well and is refreshing too. It's not one of the better witbiers that I've had lately but it was still a nice offering that reminded me a little of Blue Moon although it also seemed more hefeweizen that witbier in places.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A murky, yellow, orange beer with a creamy head that settles to a 5 mm head.

Smell is full of vanilla and flowery notes. Phenols and banana with pleasant sweet-ish notes. The wheat is grainy and smells like cereal.

Taste is wonderfull spicy with smooth vanilla, banana and flowery notes, like chrysanteneum flowers. It is unclear where the yeast ends and the spices and grain bill starts with regards to the spiciness. A beautiful mixture of exotic spices, flowers, vanilla and fruit. Of course there is very little hop present. Mouthfeel is very smooth and drinkability is great! One of the best witbiers around!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautious pale yellow, very hazy (especially after swirling up the dregs from the bottle and dumping it in), nice thick layer of pure white suds with a rocky top that slowly compacts to an ever-present thin cap, specs of lace

Aroma: luscious wheat, lemon juice, kiwis, honey, elderflower

Flavor: fruity and full of mellow wheatiness; bubble gum, rye, elderflower cordial sweetness; finishes dryish with a light, herbal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: A great wit/wheat beer. The additional grains, herbs, and flowers give it a very unique character. None of the flavors take center stage, but they all balance perfectly with each other. And the blue bottle is quite eye-catching, though it makes you doubt the beer is any good (i.e.- flashy packaging trying to make up for something).

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Photo of John
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap and fresh at a cafe in Amsterdam. The appearance is substantially rich looking with a dense cloudiness and off-white head. The flavor doesn't dissappoint either. Spicy, fruity and creamy. The taste buds welcome this brew wholly.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a nice yellow-orange color with a fluffy head.
Smell: Eathy, wheat, very fruity (citrus, orange peel), yeast.
Taste: Taste follows the nose. Malts and wheat, yeast, orange zest and coriander.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew, one of my favorites of the style

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Photo of czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last day in Cadzand
Opens with a lovely hiss, poured into my Hoegaarden glass, a murky orange-yellow hay toned brew fills the glass. Elegant appropriate Witbier head-thick, rocky, dissapating into a nice cap. Beautiful Wit.
Smells of lemon, orange, lemonhead candy, coriander seed, white pepper, citrus zest hay, musty grain, a hint of vanilla, wildflower. I didnt know anything about this beer before purchasing, but may have stumbled on a beauty. Sour honey and a punch of yeastiness round out the balanced finish.
Flavor actually lives up to the expectations of the complex nose. Pepper, honey lemon, orange, clove, grains, wheat, wildflower, sour bread, finishing prickiling with spice and a yeasty prick.
The body is creamy-thick, and the finish is spicy and long-lasting. A great balance of citrus, spice, and wheaty creaminess. All things I critique my Witbeers by. This has met and exceeded all expectations.
The only other Wit I can remember being this suprised about was White Rascal from Avery, and I always use it as a reference.
Great surprise!

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Photo of sfprint
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Expires Aug 2011

A: Barely a head, extremely dense and cloudy yellow/orange cream, has a popsicle appearance. mild rising carbonation though difficult to see through density.
S: The orangy-est witbier I've ever smelled. Definitely tons of orange peel, very nice, beneath it a banana yeast. It almost comes off as a tropical smoothie. Pretty amazing. Very "fresh"
T: Somewhat bitter and sour, but still retains that very orangy character. The bitterness/sourness definitely hurts the flavor. Similar to Blue Moon.
M: Light to medium body, a bit mouth puckering. Low carbonation.
O: Good, very Blue Moonish.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Korenwolf: rodent eats grains. We drink the beer.

Gorgeous lemonjuice, strawyellow colour (nothing like the BA picture above), massive carbonation, huge head, in my Weihenstephaner glass.
Perfect for a witbeer.

Smell is malty with banana, citrus, herbs. Something floraly. Not dominant in the aroma, but it's balanced.

Taste is soft malty and citrus, with a gardensmell like this it's great.
Mouthfeel is very mellow and soft.
The carbonation is not as present in the mouth as I had hoped.

Maybe it's the nice weather, but I'm having a great time tasting all these wheatbeer.
Recommended when the very best of wheatbeers are unavailable.

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Photo of Douberd
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 300 ml bottle.

Colour is yellow, very very hazy,. It pours a one-finger head that quickly disappears, leaving only some foam around the surface of the beer.
Aroma is of fruits and bubblegum.
Nice refreshing taste, only as bitter as needed.
Medium carbonated, medium thin bodied.

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Photo of jreitman
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, yellow color with only the slightest hint of orange. Light bodied. Subdued flavor profile (not too strong), but has a fair bit of complexity. Head quickly disappears and does not cling to glass. Overall a tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 8/15/2010 from a Trappist chalice. Served chilled.

A - Low thin head on a melted butter color body. Low cairity but not clumpy with yeast. Lots of residue in the bottom of the bottle. Drink by date says Dec. '10. For bonus points there is a picture of a hamster "cough i mean korenwolf" on the front. The mightiest of beasts.

S - Mildly smells of butter, yeast, fizz, banana peel, not much in malt.

T - Flavor is crisp, mildly wheaty and spiced. Not impressively floral or estery. A sweet banana yeast aftertaste is the only really strong flavor about this.

M - Aside from a little tingly fizziness going down it is surprisingly thin and watery.

D - Not bad served cold on this, another hot sweaty day. It's refreshing and pleasant but doesn't stand out next to it's Belgian neighbors.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a bottle of Korenwolf in SuperValu, O'Connell bridge, Dublin. It was a 500 ml blue glass bottle (very nice!) and I poured into my Korenwolf pint glass. The glass bears the legend "naturally cloudy luxury wheat beer".

The appearence was a murky pale yellow brew with an orange tinge and an excellent white head.

The smell was refreshing citrus edge to a 'pilsner' type hops aroma.

The taste was excellent; clean fresh refreshing brew with citrus and some spiciness. Elferflowers are used in the brewing of this beer.

Overall an excellent wheat beer; one of the nicest I have ever had. Well worth the €2.79 it cost me.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

A – Hazy off yellow orange with thick creamy foam head that dies off to a covering leaving heavy lace in the glass as you drink. In short a very good looking beer.

S – Really great wheat and lemon aroma with a slight musty smell like a potato and grain store. Also there are some sweet notes with a little bite almost like sour bubble gum or Gin and tonic.

T – This one taste like a pretty straight up wheat beer! There is lemon citrus aided by the slice of lemon they stick in the glass whether you want it or not. Good musty wheat malts with earthy sand and biscuit flavours a sweet edge like bubble gum and leafy freshness. So, this all follows the nose pretty well.

MF – Very creamy and smooth with a tiny hint of alcohol tingle and a slightly sulphur like nip which all adds up to a good coating after you’re done.

O – This one is very drinkable but then again so is water. I’m not being mean here! I’m just pointing out this beer has good enough flavour but it is not as exciting as you might hope for. In my opinion wheat beer is gardening or fishing beer! It is refreshing and goes down easy but it is not very exciting.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a trade with Absumaster.

Pours cloudly straw-yellow, very active carbonation with a small 1cm head.

Nose is very sweet, this is notable over a foot away upon pouring. Up close, the wheat character is notable along with a strong sweet smell, once again. Smells like a sugar beer from here it is so sweet.

Taste is an interesting contrast with the smell; while slightly sweet it isn't even close to the smell's intensity of sweetness, and and even a fair amount of bitter hop taste emerges right after initial taste. The wheat remains slightly sweet throughout, but further into the beer my palate seems to pick up more of the hop bitterness than anything else.

Interesting take on dutch witbier. Thanks again to absumaster for the chance to try this and other great dutch beers.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy yellow, similar to hoegaarden, with a crisp bright white head that leaves lacing around the glass.

It smells heavily of citrus and some hints of yeast, very nice smell.

Has a good mouthfeel and taste just like it smells the finish is kind of spicy in a very good way that makes you want to take anther swig.

It's a very drinkable beer and is also good with lemon or orange slice in it.

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Gulpener Korenwolf from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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