Jopen Adriaan | Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

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Jopen Bier BV Haarlem

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jackndan on 11-23-2003

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Photo of DogFood11
1.08/5  rDev -68.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.62/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

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Photo of acostein
1.63/5  rDev -52.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
2.24/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Looks like a still cider, with a cloudy apple juice color and no head or visible carbonation

Smell: Cider and raisin elements on the nose

Taste: Cidery, up front, with a tart apple character, with increasing tartness (and some raisiny sweetness) developing by mid-palate; more of the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; no carbonation

Overall: I wouldn't be surprised if this beer is no longer imported and that the bottle I picked up has been on the shelves for some time; clearly an underachiever in its present state

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed golden color with no head. Nose is lemon like with a lemongrass edge to it as well. Flavor is slightly tart and leafy (as in the leaves of plants). I usually dig flavored or spiced beers, but this is nasty. Feel is thin like water and syrup mixed together. Not drinkable. This could easily be the worst brew I have tasted in a long time; on par with the infamous green chile beer I had in New Mexico. Avoid.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -23%
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!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly murky golden with some noticeable sediment. Aroma is of papaya and diluted lemon juice- little notice of spice. The taste is mostly sour with little spice presence. Not real sour, more watered down. There is a little bit of a honeyed aftertaste as well. The spice that is thereis sort of soapy tasting and nbot real well integrated with the other flavors. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery. Not real drinkable.

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Photo of albern
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of winomark
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant medium gold with a fluffy bone white head. Very inviting. Intriguing spicy nose, with a faint honey aroma. Smells nice and interesting. Palate is very different. A dry, lavender quality up front wiht a mild, sweet wheat finish. Light mouthfeel, but quite flavorful. Somewhat sour. A very interesting beer. Even without the hops, it has a good spicy profile. Worth a try when you find it.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Adriaan poured a bit cloudy with a light head. The flavor first hit my tongue with a lemon-like zing and a bitterness to the back of my throat. The spices hit soon afterward with a full spectrum of mulled flavors. Little or no aftertaste.

Spiced beer is good in moderation but can get a bit redundant after 2 or 3. I can see drinking this beer with your honey by the fire on a winter's night.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, light amber body with a small-sized, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish though indistinct maltiness mingled with a touch of lemon and enveloped with a mild savory, spicy herbal mix.

Taste: Light, transient tastes of humble barley and simple wheat with a faint sweetness. Faint lemony undertone with the absolute merest amount of tartness. The herbal, spicy character does add a bit of zing to the proceedings, but, like everything else in the beer, it remains light. Finishes dry, lightly crisp, and with the mild hints of herbs and spices persisting on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body that's barely managing not to wander off into watery territory. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Essentially, it's a witbier that lands on the lighter end of the style spectrum with a spice/herb blend thrown in in lieu of hops. Worth a try? Sure! Worth two tries? Well, let's not get carried away.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased for $3.49 at the Wine Exchange, on to the beer:

Lots of sediment floats in the chill-hazed, faded iced tea colored body. There's some honey and oats in the aroma, along with a minor note of smokewood. The first sip struck me as odd, but I started to enjoy it the more I drank it. For a modest approximation, take a witbier and replace the hops with herbs. I don't guaranteee you'll like it because it's different, but if you're into trying new things, give this a look.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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...

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a fairly dark amber color with some particles floating in my glass. Minimal white head with poor retention.

S:Pine trees. Almost at our special ale levels. Some spice and a touch of what I can only describe as wildflowers.

T: A mix of honey spices and pine trees. Basically this beer tastes like the 16th century. Gruit is a weird style with not that much around to compare it to.

M: Light body with a touch of a syrupy feel.

D: Not too bad. Split a 12 oz bottle but would not want more than that.

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Photo of aracauna
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of beerhandy
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice hazy pale amber golden with a light low white head which lasted wispfully to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong diacetyl with light citrus and slight spice.

The flavor was lightly spicy with coriander and orange peel most prevalent. The diacetyl was present in the flavor but not as strong as in the aroma and only slight. The bitter orange peel flavor was well execute and achieved with the coriander and wheat flavors.

The finish was dry and crisp with lasting orange peel and coriander presence. The body was just above medium light.

12 ounce bottle. Label says Dutch Gruit Witbier. Should either be classified as a Gruit or a Witbier.

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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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at State Line in Elkton Md. Poured chilled into my DFH shaped pint.

A - A slightly darker than medium amber w/ slim pale white head that has an ultra fine bead. The lace can't seem to stick as the head vanishes in seconds

S - A caramel not w/ a slightly funky sour and toasted malt aroma w/ a relatively mild amount of spice in the nose, possibly vanilla bean or caraway w/ a nutty odor.

M - Slightly vinous w/ an apple and grapeskin sourness w/ almost immediate twist into malty caramel and chalky w/ nutty toasted feel. Kind of like lemon curd on bran muffins.

T - A nice sour flavor of apple w/ subtle lemon pith from wild yeast and a nice biscuit malt w/ a spice edge. A very tasty blend as disjointed as it is

D - Not the most drinkable, but I will give it props for a kind of lemony refreshing quality. It strikes me like vanilla rum mixed w/ lemonade - quenching and nice , but 1 or 2 and you may want to move on.

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Photo of sfprint
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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