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 Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 bmaggot
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 factoide
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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 mikehillman
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Saind
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

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.

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Photo of Sirre
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Parrotshake
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 brinch
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Wessel
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%

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