Jopen Adriaan - Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: jackndan on 11-23-2003

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Reviews by beerhandy:
Photo of beerhandy
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This deep gold brew with a white merengue head smelled of coriander and citrus , it's taste was slightly tart with notes of cherrios and fresh bread, spices round off the flavors (sweet Orange peel and coriander) the mouth feel was medium to thin kinda lifeless after the intial sips.They cover both bases when it says gruit witbeir, I think its more of a wit than a gruit and there are better wits out there but proceeds from the sales of this brew do help with the restoration of some windmill which is kinda cool!

More User Reviews:
Photo of sfprint
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

New bottles say that this is a witbier.
A: Pretty clear, sort of a homemade cream soda color. Chunks of sediment floating around. Barely any rising carbonation.
S: A beautiful wit smell. Rich with citrus and coriander. very nice
T: A bit sweet, certainly citrusy. Pretty solid. Not really bitter.
M: A sharp sparkle of carbonation.
O: A pretty decent wit, would certainly have it again

Photo of cjgator3
1.62/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with a copper hue with very minimal carbonation producing a thin ring of lace. The aroma is like no other beer I have tried yet. There is a sour and a tad musty with some spices. The taste has some lemon flavors along with spices and mineral like flavors. The mouthfeel is awful, resembling water more than beer. Wow, this is easily one of the worst beers that I have ever had. If it was a little cheaper, it would have gone down the drain after the first few sips, but I forced myself to finish it.

Photo of jackndan
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Adriaan: A Dutch Gruit beer, made without hops, and what is (for sure) my first time trying a beer like this. I bought it in the Cosco Beers of the World Sampler, and I am happy I did.

Pours a hazy golden color, not much head, and what there was dissipated fairly quickly. The aroma is very sweet, and very fruity with citrus fruit aromas. The taste is unusual; it starts out almost dry and salty. There is a burst of fruity sweetness, oranges and limes, with a tiny bit of bananas from the yeast. There is a definite taste of cloves as well, although not overwhelming at all, but a nice adjunct to the sweetness of the fruit tastes.

This beer is strangely drying in the mouth, the fruit tastes clean up quickly, and leaves a salty taste behind. Not at all bad, unusual, yes, but worth the purchase.

Photo of emerge077
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served warmer after reading some of the positive reviews, around 50º-55º. Labeled "Real Dutch Gruit Witbier".

Pours a dark tea-like color, with lots of suspended sediment. Floating herbal bits, again like tea. There was an initial head of foam, and it dwindled after a few minutes. Lots of busy carbonation in the glass, under the surface.

Sweet, herbal, floral aromatics in the nose. Pretty unique.

Flavor reminds me of some good flavored teas i've had before. A little tart and cidery, with a dry leafy quality too. Sarsaparilla, tart citrusy papalo leaf, some light butterscotch. Carbonation starts out strong but rapidly deteriorates. The feel is mellow like a cask mild, but with some cider thrown in.

This stuff is really different. Considering it's a revival of an ancient style, I don't pretend to know how it should taste, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Regenpak
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

According to the label (which is now mostly blue) this witbier contains herbs from a thought lost original recipe from 1407. Indeed the taste was pretty spicy, the old favorite koriander prominently present as well as many other spices I couldn't place. The spices didn't agree with my taste but they were very prominent. Lots of sweets as well.

Poured from a 30cl eurobottle (BBD 13/06/14, 13 June 2014) it created a lovely near-perfect two-finger head with very fine bubbles. This was prolly due to it not being refrigerated to death. It stayed a long time during which it receded into a thin lacing that clung to my Dentergems glass. The pale yellow liquid had very little clouding, almost clear, only a little yeast left in the bottle. Drinkability is good, no lingering yucky aftertastes.

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with some large bubbles on the surface that quickly faded away, leaving only a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of apple juice and spices in the nose—this becomes pleasant as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness with flavors of apple juice and hints of herbs and spices.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: I found this gruit beer to be quite interesting and drinkable. The herbs are subtle and not overpowering compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Photo of geetlord
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer came in a brown 12 oz glass bottle, and poured a golden honey brown. no head so to speak, but some white lacing remained on top. The aroma was predominantly sweet and tart with hints of fruits and spices, especialy citrus.
The flavor was tart and sweet as predicted by the aroma. it had definate citrus flavors, as well as some pleasant yeastyness. I thaught that teh mouthfeel left a little to be desired, teh beer itself is not very thick adn it was only mildly carbonated, this left it feeling a little too watery in the mouth.
Overall I enjoyed this beer and would definatly drink it again.

Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear dark golden coor, with a small white head, moderate lacing, and mild carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet, with floral, honey, and pomegranate notes. Massive fruit notes, as well as a sweet, vinous character and a perfume note, quite an extraordinary aroma.

Taste: Tart light malt background, and a very sweet melange of light fruit flavors throughout. The finish is notable for a quite mild herbal bitterness. There are spice notes scattered throughout the taste, of coriander, pepper and allspice.

Mouth feel: Smooth, and surprisingly full.

Drinkability/notes: Excellent, very drinkable, would be a fine dessert beer. A wonderful example, provides a perspective of what beer might have been like a few centuries ago.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is one of the first beers, that I flushed down, not because it had gone bad, but I could not stand the taste of the beer.
It started out pretty fine, a murky amber colored beer with a stable head.
Smell was herbal with some flowery notes. No bitterness, but that is not unusual for a gruit beer.
Then the first sip, mhh another one, some wheat and gruit I think, not bitter. Third sip I get associations with vomit, a sweet-sour taste which was sickening. After that I finished the small glass I had, the rest was flushed away. Too bad!

Photo of safaricook
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a crystal clear straw yellow body with a fluffy finger white head. Wait, a witbier without suspended yeast is just wrong. This must have stood upright for a too long time. Therefore I swirled the sediment from the bottom and added it to get not to strong but appropriate murkiness. Head is not stable but a thin layer remains and leaves lacing

nose is typical, lots of coriander first that gives way to more orange and then some humble yeast.

Taste is coriander and orange and a rather strong bitterness that is not typical and a bit unpleasant.

Very effervescent on the the tongue and towards throat. Smooth but could be smoother.

Not bad but also not very special witbier. I guess I will not get this again. When I drink a witbier I do not expect or want bitter, but instead I want a pleasant bier with some smooth fruitiness.

Photo of aracauna
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was pale, pale cloudy yellow like a Hoegaarden and it had a lot of similar qualities. It's extremely light and I seemed to pick up coriander and probably some orange, but there was some vague herbally aromas and flavors that I couldn't pick up well enough to describe that made this different than just another wit. Interesting, but not amazing.

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger white head that doesn't really stay , leaving just a little lace. Cloudy amber color - what else with a wheat?? This is a different wheat the spices cover any yeast that is present. Light-medium bodied. Some sweetness, no bitterness. Would make a great summer ale. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Looks like a nice apple cider, with a sad little whisp of bubble that I suppose this guy wants to call his head. Hell, Louis and Marie had better heads after good ol' Dr. G got through with 'em (well, they were nice and solid...). A sniff of acetyl and vinegar stands out, though some lemon peel and grapefruit are there too. At this point, I'm worried I didn't accidentally get one of those legendary bottles filled with some bathtub hard cider. Don't look at me like that, it could happen! Unfortunately, judging by the taste, I may not be far off. A strident blast of vinegary sour strikes first; his henchmen, low-key grapefruit, lemon peel, and hoppy herbality, come next, BIFFing and ZOWing and KAPOWing as they do battle with the tongue. Some spices sit waiting in the getaway car, but they're not willing to get their hands dirty for this particular caper. When the dust clears, the tongue is left in a daze, unsure of what just happened. When questioned by the authorities, all it can remember is a strange melee of disparate flavors that didn't weigh much (but certainly weren't gonna be posing for Calvin Klein any time soon, either), were not very effervescent (hell, they were donwright surly), and had that kind of greasy, oily feel, like the old Italian stereotypes of yore. Oh, how I do miss the days of classic ethnic stereotypes, and of quality gruits, too...

Photo of kimcgolf
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is one of the main reasons that I am glad I’ve expanded my horizons and am trying and rating many different beers. Sometimes you win, some you lose, but always an adventure.

Similar to Gose, this beer had a style and taste all its own. Poured to a hazy orange-gold with medium off-white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Then things got interesting. The aroma was a strange mixture of seemed to be apples, green vegetables and unknown spices. Since I did not read anything on this prior to tasting, I actually thought it would be classified as a Vegetable/Herb beer.

The flavor of this beer followed suit perfectly, as I tasted several different tastes at different times, again centered around vegetables and fruits.

And while the 5% alcohol never made itself known in either aroma or taste, the finish was fairly long, though not real thrist quenching.

This was not a beer I could drink all the time, or a lot of, but a unique experience that I’m glad I had.

Photo of acostein
1.63/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a ($5.69) 12 oz bottle. Pours ever so slightly cloudy, pale orange. Very little carbonation -- only a few bubbles came to the surface. Smells overwhelmingly of mustard with a background of honey. Taste is tart and honey, lacking any maltiness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. The beer is almost as flat as water. Tart, spicy lingering aftertaste.

Made me downright unhappy. Drain pour.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gruit witbier...what am I getting? Pours a deep golden color, nearly a light amber, with an inch thick white head quickly dying but leaving a thick lace. Suspended yeasties near the top of the glass, with lots of large bubbles rising from the depths. Sedimented champagne? Typical yeasty witbier citrus in the nose.

Despite all the bubbles, taste and feel are surprisingly smooth and lacking excessive carbonation. No one flavor really stands out...the fruit and citrus come off as dry though an apricot presence is detectable among the mild spices. Decent hop bitterness coming through in the dry finish. Not one worth seeking out, but not bad as a refreshing change of pace.

Photo of paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Jopen and the 3th in 3 days to try. Again a litle disappointing foam( and my glass is most certainly beerclean) but further a clouwded golden colour, type like. Nice nose of peach and koreander like. Nice and full malty taste with a spicy aftertaste. Just too bad of foam and carbonation but a more then nice beer that I most certainly will meet again in the future!

Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up as a single from the Wine house in west Los Angeles. It forms a thin head with traces of lace left behind. Hazed and unfiltered body. Orangeish hue's and medium to mild carbonation.

Tart at times but really this brews backbone is malts. Caramel comes into the picture. Slightly spiced up but in the end this brew is garbage in my opinion. Some over ripe fruits that lay down like a beaten down dog. Boring.

Notes: Not for me. I rarely take a shit on a beer but this is just a debacle. Close to 1's across the board. Avoid.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light and very pleasant wheat scent with some spices added. The taste is good. It has a nice tangy wheat flavor with some spices that add a zing to the aftertaste. It adds a new feel to the regular wit style, but I'm not sure it's a good thing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent sessions brew.

Photo of necoadam
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label reads that this is a real dutch gruit witbier. I've never had a gruit before so I'm interested to see what this tastes like.

Pours out a cloudy golden color with some head but goes away to lacing around the glass. Some..stuff can be seen floating around.

Smell consisted of fruity and citrus aromas. Seemed quite sweet as well. Perhaps some honey in the background as well.

Taste was strange, but in a good way. Some lemon twang hits the palate softly, but not overbearing. Quite fizzy. Some wheat flavors show up in the middle and spices finish this brew out. Reminds me a little bit of Rogue's Half-e-weizen.

Mouthfeel was light to medium. Fizzy and finishes a little on the thin side. Slightly watery feel towards the very end.

Interesting beer, but I really don't know if it was worth the price.

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours golden/orange and has floating sediment that doesen't settle but sits throughout the beer. It has a one finger head on the pour good retention but little to no lacing. Streams of bubbles rise to the top bringing out the wheat and cider-like aromas. The taste is sweet and spicy very similar to a thin apple cider or a flavored tea. This beer is thin bodied clean and goes down easy.

Reflection: This beer was much better than I thought it would be after I read that it didn't have any hops in it.

Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty middle of the road selection. The pour has absolutely no head, not even much of a phizz popping the bottle top. I wasn't sure if I was getting a bad bottle. The smell is of orange rind, coriander, maybe a little lime. There is a slight tanginess to the flavor, no hops at all, some citrus type of mouthfeel, maybe a little sourish too. This beer is just too watered down, light bodied, and weak for my tastes. It has the fruitiness to be sweet but isn't, it has the smell and mouthfeel to be more substantial but it isn't. This is another potential summer refresher, but why pay the steep price for a summer-ade. I'm not sure of the spices that the beer is brewed with, I couldn't really detect enough presence to be able discern what they might be. Keep looking.

Photo of taez555
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden orange/yellow body with a small white head.

One of the most interesting noses I've smelled in a while (even for a gruit) Honey, citrus, a very jelly or jam type smell, wheat, oil, biscuit, caramel, dough, chai tea, camomile, bubble gum and spices. I can't quite figure out what this one smell is, but that sweet fruity smell you get when you open a jar of grape jelly.

Light bodied with a very flat sort of mouth-feel despite the big fine carbonation. A very mild honey, crisp natural wheat, oat, hibiscus, fresh flowers, field in spring kind of malt taste. There's an interesting and strong bitterness in the beginning of this beer, it fades giving it an odd imbalance at the back end. An overall honey flavor and oily honey slickness are present in every sip. It ends watery with almost no finish.

It's interesting and very drinkable. As gruits go it's pretty good.

Photo of putnam
4.42/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Haarlem’s (gruit) recipe calls for oats, wheat, and barley in the mash, and a gruit of several distinctive herbs." -the importer

Too many boutique "big" wit beers feature a nose-burning, toxic mixture of aggressive citrus oil and coriander extract. Others are simplistic and sweet. This example readily avoids those pitfalls. It is an old recipe, dating to 1407. Could it be that we have something to learn from the past?

Seductive bread dough and crust aromas made abundantly floral and nutty. It is impossible to distinguish the seasonings from the pure fermented grain bouquet. Lime, lilac, cucumber, soda bread, sweet goat milk butter. I am surprised, but not discouraged, to find the taste fairly tart. Firm apricot pit bitterness and quenching mineral viscosity characterize the meat of the drink. Green tea herbal finish. Spiked with citrus-ade flavors and bone dry. Despite my love for dry lambic beers, this would probably make an easier accompaniment to a variety of seafood based lunch and bistro foods: seviche, herring, crab salad, etc.

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