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Gulpener Korenwolf - Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002)
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thierrynantes

France

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

10-10-2010 18:34:46 | More by thierrynantes
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

08-15-2010 03:26:38 | More by jeranbrews
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-06-2010 15:51:40 | More by RuudJH
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Never seen this on store shelves over here, but I bought a couple online to fill up a box. I'd just been reading Michael Jackson talking it up and it was going cheap, so not much to lose.

It has a hamster on the label. I'm not going to try to tell you how to feel about that. I had to fight my girlfriend for it - she likes witbier but I suspect the cute label was as big a part of the appeal. Anyways, she'd left it sitting there for a while and it was approaching it's use by date so I had it for breakfast this morning with a grilled cheese sandwich. Delicious.

Pours a hazy white with a pinkish-orange tinge, like nectarine skin or something. I'm refreshed just looking at it. Finger or so of head which is gone in the time it takes me to walk over and throw the bottle in the bin.

Big aromas of flowers, soap, wheat flour and fruit.

Slight sourness up front, and that soapy/floury quality you get with all wits, then big time fruitiness - pear, banana, peach, citrus peel; a little alcohol and spice (coriander, vanilla) rounds it out. Apparently elderflowers are used in the brewing - I've never had elderflower cordial or whatever, so I'm not sure what these are supposed to taste like, but there's a definite floral character throughout. Complex and lovely. Medium-full mouthfeel, not too carbonated.

Massively drinkable. The only thing that hurts it in this regard is the slightly higher than usual ABV. I could live on this in Summer and would, if it were more widely available. Hard to imagine any wit being much better than this.

04-09-2009 03:40:37 | More by Parrotshake
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

10-28-2008 10:30:28 | More by JohnfromDublin
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-26-2008 18:05:29 | More by wl0307
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

04-30-2008 10:22:22 | More by weissbierdrinker
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%

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!

03-19-2008 20:01:45 | More by Absumaster
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beautifulday

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

a: wow! i havnt seen a beer quite this densely clouded before. This beer doesnt claim to be an unfiltered hefeweizen but it is definately unfiltered. Some people think beer should be clear but a wheat beer can get away with haze and in fact the best witte's are murky yellow in my opinion. Carbonation is rather obfuscated but vigorous upon close inspection.

s: hugely floral, herbal, vaguely resiny and estery. Big floral bouquet. Soapy freshness too. It does profess to contain actual elderflowers and aromatic herbs and these do dominate the nose.

t: Quite soapy. Bitter aromatic hop & herb finish. Faint biscuit-malt background. A taste definately befitting of the style. The floral aromas so prominant in the nose are less distinct in the taste.

m: Full bodied feel in the mouth, probably due to the 4 different grains used, perhaps some unmalted. Lively carbonation against the palette.

d: This is quite a floral beer and more than two may become somewhat overpowering and a little sickly for my taste. Though saying that I think it was the late Michael Jackson that said wheat beers work best as aperitifs that stimulate the palette, and in that context i think this beer works extremely well.

03-04-2008 21:06:31 | More by beautifulday
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johnnybravo

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

As Grolsch distributes this small brewery's beer it's widely available throughout the NL. And whenever I'm in a non-beer pub I go for this. It doesn't look too good, always like they use greasy glasses or something. But it's such a nice silky, sweet, flavorful German Hefeweizen. I could drink quite some liters of it.

02-11-2008 09:06:52 | More by johnnybravo
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

12-19-2007 20:52:27 | More by Dogbrick
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jimmy01

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured nicely. Fine carbonation with white frothy head. Reasonable head retention. Cloudy appearance as per style. Fresh citrus flavours. Compares very favourably with Hoegarden and went down very easily. I could imagine this being a great session beer. Pity its so hard to get in Oz.

10-31-2007 01:28:26 | More by jimmy01
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Regenpak

Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Personally I feel this is one of the best witbiers around. Not only is the cute gerbil (or whatever) on the label a nice touch, the flavor is great as well. As the label says, a "waere witte" or true white. What I love most about this witbier is that the aftertaste lingers very long and makes drinking it a feast. The taste itself is pure, with a stronger than usual spicyness that just happens to appeal to my taste. Now I must confess that the Gulpener Brouwerij to me is one of the more sympathetic breweries here in the Lowlands (but then again, Limburg isn't exactly low anymore...). Purchased locally in a sixpack at an Amsterdam supermarket. And now I'll have another one!

10-08-2007 15:10:56 | More by Regenpak
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Vancer

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

01-31-2007 14:08:54 | More by Vancer
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

01-05-2007 02:52:34 | More by dogfooddog
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thefenst

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

Bought in a six-pack from the Albert Heijn in Utrecht.

Poured a hazy straw with a fairly thick pure white head that dissipated as I drank the beer.

This beer smells spicier than most witbiers I've had, but other than that the smell is standard witbier. Citrus with coriander, grassy, wheat and malts.

This beer also tastes spicier than most wits I've had in the past.
Perhaps they added extra coriander or perhaps peppercorns. Tasty, but not in the convential wit sense. The spice almost overwhelms the citrus.

The mouthfeel is very sharp, this wit is drier than most I've had before, likely due to the spice. Very refreshing, especially when just opened and cold.

A good witbier, although I prefer the more conventional Hoegaarden.

10-30-2006 20:42:06 | More by thefenst
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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).

08-27-2006 16:46:37 | More by GreenCard
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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...

07-31-2006 14:10:54 | More by mdagnew
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Bierschenker

Belgium

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

Nice deep golden misty golden colour. Hardly any carbonation.
The head is creamy snow white, but almost totally disappears.
The odour is mainly fruit and spices. Sweetened lemon with a bit of oranges, fresh flowers, hop and yeast and slight honey.
It tastes sweeter then I expected. Citrus fruits, cookie dough, malt, avocado and spices.
Aftertaste is full bodied, citrus, cookie dough, flowers, walnut and spices.

A nice witbier.

06-27-2006 18:08:32 | More by Bierschenker
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-14-2004 19:38:49 | More by CRJMellor
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Gusler

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

10-12-2003 20:54:11 | More by Gusler
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +22.9%

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]

11-04-2002 10:53:59 | More by RBorsato
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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........

08-04-2002 11:24:38 | More by rastaman
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John

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

06-19-2002 13:24:13 | More by John
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jreitman

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

04-13-2002 21:27:18 | More by jreitman
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Gulpener Korenwolf from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
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