Gulpener Korenwolf | Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Netherlands
gulpener.nl

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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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 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 beautifulday
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 BdM
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimmy01
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

listed on the "1001" and I'd like to taste it again.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 brinch
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HBomb81
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Raven3464
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light, straw yellow with a good amount of carbonation.

Smell: Banana and orange peels dominate. There is a slight hint of hops.

Taste: There is an initial citrus bomb followed by a wheat taste progressing into spicy hop punch at the end.

Mouth feel: This beer is silky smooth and refreshing. There is a dry aftertaste which compliments the initial light carbonation nicely. There isn't quite as much carbonation as the appearance hinted, but that's not necessarily a flaw.

Overall: This is a very well balanced. It's feels great going down, especially on a hot summer day. This is probably the best European Witbier I've ever had. The taste isn't as complex as I would like it to be, but that could be due to the style and my own basis. Other than that, this is a near perfect beer.

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Photo of Wessel
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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 Zet
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice witbier. Lots of flavours fighting for dominance in it, while the entity itself remains subtle and refreshing.

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Photo of johnnybravo
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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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 Tomblerone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ThomasKoren
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Gulpener Korenwolf from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
3.94 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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