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Gulpener Korenwolf | Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.

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3.9/5
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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

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#11,854
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33
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pDev:
11.28%
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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Douberd
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rvdoorn
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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 kojevergas
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
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 czfreeman
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Raven3464
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 sfprint
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 jeranbrews
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 RuudJH
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Absumaster
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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 beautifulday
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 johnnybravo
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 jimmy01
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Gulpener Korenwolf from Gulpener Bierbrouwerij B.V.
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 63 ratings
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