Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 6.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-06-2005

Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbers’ chief at the end of the 18th Century. He was broken on the wheel at the age of 23 at the Marketplace of Aalst.
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Photo of JorgeH
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured a beautiful hazy gold with the whitest head I've seen in a while. Wow! Amazingly spicy and fragrant nose. Cardamom, citrus, even a hint of brown sugar. Flavor mirror the aromas and this has an utterly smooth mouthfeel and incredible texture. The finish is smooth and quite long. An almost perfect beer if there ever was one. (336 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with an inch and a half head, leaving decent lacing. The color is that of straw, with a slight cloudiness. Citrus, grass, slight pepper in the nose.

Taste contains grapefruits and oranges, peppercorns, and a slight graininess. Mouthfeel is full flavored, but light on the palate. Slight bitterness on the finish. Great drinkability. (342 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a tenacious, fine-bubbled head that leaves plenty of lacing. Huge aroma that presented itself two feet away -- lemon zest, coriander, slight yeast, and some white pepper. Brilliant acidity opens up the palate, with oily lemons bringing in a flavor that's just a touch shy of outright sour. Zesty coriander and raw alcohol enliven the tongue from tip to back. The malts that make up the "dubbel" component of this brew really come out in the finish, which is dry and bready. Full carbonation makes for a big mouthfeel -- it's not so much due to the grain bill.

This is quite a good beer, and perfect for summertime. It would go so well with lots of summer food -- anything with lemons in it, summer salads, but especially grilled or seared white fish. Very, very good beer. (808 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a glass it looks like the traditional wit – pale, hazy yellow with a creamy white head.
S: Moderate to moderately low aromas of citrus, orange, cardamom and wheat and a hint of grapefruit.
T: A flavorful palate of spicy malt, citrus, orange peel and spice finishes dry. The malt and spice mask the alcohol quite well.
F: Medium to medium light body
O: This might be better described as a “double wit” with the beer’s fuller body and higher alcohol from most wits. It is very drinkable and refreshing. (527 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A naked Champagne-style brown bottle attractively swaddled in logoed white paper, poured into a goblet (as suggested on the packaging) yields a sunny golden body capped with a huge white tower of medium-bubbled head. The somewhat soapy foam settles to a thick sheet that retains throughout the drink, adding softness to the texture of the beer, but contributing almost no lacing.

Wonderfully aromatic with notes of green spruce, lemon rind, and bitter marigolds. The tingling aroma is tangy, floral, and crisp.

Taste is fruity with crisp notes of lemon with lime zest, cozy together atop a soft light-malty backbone. Zippy, tingly, the drink is not tart enough to pucker my lips, but almost! When I think the beer is about to reach the level of 'sour', a bit of sweet juicy orange and spicy coriander draws the drink back from the brink.

Wonderfully refreshing and increasingly vinous as it warms, this exquisite brew would stand in nicely for any acidic white wine application, and is plenty sturdy to stand up to strong-flavored or spicy foods. Milder and sweeter as the drink warms a bit.

Superb feel and drinkability. Outstanding crispness, and just plain-old kickass-good. (1,181 characters)

Photo of Freshie
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Belgian Beer Fest last October. It has been aging in my beer fridge, ever since.

Nice stream-lined bottle. 1 pint serving. Basic label, but all the Belgian makes it look very foreign. Which depending on how shallow a beer drinker you are, may add to it's street cred. HAH.

Pours a nice clear, pale golden color, with active bubbles, and frothy large white head.

Aroma is wild yeast, with fruity spices. Sweet grain malt.

The taste is very lively. Coriander, with malty backbone. Active carbonation lends to the spices brewed into the ale.

A very great example of witbier. What a treasure I snagged. (651 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BSP, Decatur, GA. Definitely one of the better Wits I've ever had. Fuller and fruitier than most, and absolutely delicious. Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a thin , but tight head. The smell is of spicy coriander and pepper- very saison like. Taste is similar, with lots of coriander flavor and intensely fruity up front- leemon, apple, and maybe a touch of fresh apricot. Finish is also quite fruity, but the flavor shifts to pears and white grapes, with the pepper still lurking in the backgground. Very nice! Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but with more body than usual for a Wit. Really world class Wit, and I was lucky to try it on tap. (664 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden color with a surprisingly modest head that manages a few stabs at lacing

Smell: Picking up a lot of wheat and coriander, with the curaçao coming through as well; somewhat sweet and lemony, too

Taste: Opens sweet and lemony, with plenty of wheat and coriander flavor and, by mid-palate, there arrives the curaçao; after the swallow, the flavor is saison-like, with a doughy, yeasty blend of interesting spice and candi sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to lively carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that borders on saison territory (606 characters)

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very golden color with a 1 finger fizzy white head that settles to a light ring. Smells very spicy with a nice touch of Belgian funkiness.

Taste is very spicy with a nice bit of funkiness for the style. Kind of a white crossed with a saison - but keeping that great brightness and lightness. Nice. Spices don't tend toward the sweeter orange peel flavors, which is also kind of nice.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated - prickly indeed - with a definite lightness. Drinkability is excellent - the shared 750 went very fast.

Recommended. A very excellent witbier indeed. (574 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a tulip glass. The beer is colored somewhere between gold and orange. It has a nice, thick white foam head. There isn't much carbonation visible in the glass. There is a slight earthy yeast aroma. You can taste orange and coriander as well as some candy sugar sweetness in the finish. It is an interesting mix of flavors, complex like a glass of champagne. It has a less-than-medium body and a near perfect mouth coating (just enough to leave you wanting another sip). This beer is highly drinkable. I could stick with this all night. Everything by De Glazen Toren is so good! (610 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy white/yellow with a giant white head. This beer has a ton of carbonation. The smell is very pungent with citrus, spices,coriander and pepper, lemon zest, and even orange. The taste is very orange with coriander a very dry and crisp beer. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing masterfully. This is a great summer beer, although the alcohol is high, you can't smell or taste it. I tried to find something wrong with this beer and couldn't. (469 characters)

Photo of wschmit
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pint 9.4 fl oz. into a Duvel tulip. No apparent dating.

A: Huge, fizzy white soda pop head--very loud and lovely--that quickly settles into a little bulb of souffle on top. The body is a hazy goldenrod. Lots of fine bubbles from the nucleation point on the bottom. Pretty lovely.

S: Great orange notes, but not too sweet. Some coriander notes, some wheat, and not too yeasty, a problem I tend to have with this style. A touch of alcohol. Not much hopping at all. Like a usual wit, but somewhat bolder, a la the "imperial" on the bottle.

T: Taste is...unexpected, but nice. The orange is definitely there, but not juicy at all, more like highlights. It's also a bit grassy, presumably from hops, with a touch of bittering at the end. Coriander subtle binds the whole sip. Wheaty, straw notes prominent but not at all overwhelming. The slightly-upped alcohol content works well, too.

M: Medium-bodied and fizzy, slight alcohol burn.

O: Frankly, I'm not a frequent drinker of witbiers, preferring German wheats instead. Both tend to be a bit thick and gummy and sweet, so I like the greater hopping of Germans. This beer works precisely because it's fermented down a bit more. The spices, orange, and good wheat characteristics come out more with the higher alcohol and presumably lower residual sugars. A fine quaff. A gift, so I can't comment on price/value, but this is a fairly unique offering in the style. (1,418 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle dated 12 May 07 on the wrapper (1 year old) , poured into my large Gulden Draak glass, Jan De Lichte is murky burnt straw with a large white head that quickly settles to thick skim and leaves scattered lace. Brewed with barely, oat, wheat, spelt, coriander and curacao.

Smell is strong, lots of wildflower and spicy citrus, with minerals and sweet cereals.

Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malt, almost more like a belgian pale ale. I'm not a huge fan of spices, but they really complement things here harmoniously, very nice balance. I like the grain bill, and need to remember to drink more spelt ales! The finish is clean and drier, quinine like, though more still then effervescent, with the ABV well hidden. Saison like.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, yeasty side, but lighter bodied and digestible in the belly.

Drinkability is really pretty good for me, this is the first double wit that I've really liked - in fact, I've really disliked all the others! Here, the extra alcohol isn't gratuitous, and the extra flavors are well blended (although I'm sure the year of aging has certainly helped in that regard). Paired fantastically with some fresh spring chinook. (1,188 characters)

Photo of DevilHawk
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in Williamsburg va of all places.

Appearance - super hazy. Almost opaque. Absolutely beautiful. The way wit should look.

Smell - Standard Belgian wit spice smell. Bready yeast with a bit of lemony hint.

Taste - starts with lemon peal, coriander, bready malts and plenty of alcohol. No pith at all. I am tasting a buy more hops than a usually wit. I am be wrong because I am a bit tipsy. (406 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As I poured this into my sippy cup, the rocky white head boiled up like a volcano, mounting up like a frothy ice cream cone. At first, crystal clear bright golden pour, dulled at mid-bottle once I started swirling the yeasties around.

Sour apple champaign aroma, then it changed into a surprisingly sweet candied fruit & sugar cane in the quaff. Very nice finish with a dollop of coridnder.

Highly charged bubbly mouthfeel – in fact, a little to effervescent. Dry, dry, dry brew – this thing is a close cousin to champaign. But I really dug it, and the wifey likey too – a double score for me!

Beer snob, newbie or a crossover drinker will like this fine brew. (673 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy pale straw amber. Massive white medium head that keeps growing. Really nice laces of carbonation on the side of the glass keep the head healthy. Faint aroma of wheat, light fruit; a bit of sourness. Taste is refreshing wheat, light orange and coriander. Finish is dry and a slight bit astringent, but with a orange peel component that redeems it. Light bodied. Very tasty. This is the best dry witbier I've ever had. (465 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear gold color with a large loosely bubbled head. laces pretty well. the head fades to a thick film.
in the aroma corriander hits you right away. that's followed up with peppery powdery yeast and some mild flowery tropical fruit aromas, including banana, citrus, pineapple, and some soft pear (not tropical, i know).
the flavor also has a heavy dose of corriander, this time followed up by chalky yeast, wheat characteristics and fruit flavors (as in the aroma). peppery hotness towards the middle and lingering in the aftertaste. citrus grows as you make your way through the bottle. vanilla notes towards the back end. some hops appear and balance things out a bit.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with active carbonation. it's also refreshingly dry.
the has god a very nice drinkability to it, it got lots of complexity and a substantial amount of booze, but it remains quenching and very sippable., (911 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown glass flask with a dimpled bottom. Unlike other De Glazen Toren brews that I have picked up, this one did not have any of the rather cool looking white paper wrapper that is usually decorated with a repeating design that is found on the main label. For the ‘Jan De Lichte’, that main label design is of a blue colored brew kettle silhouette set against a red and blue background. No cork in this sample, as others have had, this bottle was just sealed with a large brass colored crown cap. Described as an ‘Imperial Style Belgian White Ale brewed with spices’. Listed at 7% ABV with no freshness date.

Appearance: Massive off-white head rises quickly; the carbonation is feisty and strong. Despite this strength, the head (at least when the beer is poured carefully) forms a super looking smooth creamy plug which seals at least 2” - 3” of my Duvel Goblet. The faded polished golden body has a straw depth when held to the light and is full of small sized fast rising streamers and exhibits a light haze. Restrained lacing forms and then slowly dissolves back into the brew whilst working my way through the bottle. Fine looks, a very Belgian Wit in appearance.

Nose: Strong fruity citric aromas from the Curaçao and Coriander seem to dominate. Spicy wheats blend with yeast and some zingy lemon sherbet to grab the nasal hairs. The finish exhibits some hops and floral aspects that add yet more complexity to the overall small. Tends to fill the air nearby with a lovely fresh aroma - deeply inhaled, it starts to becomes addictive.

Taste: Sharp start, the lemon citric elements assault the tongue like a squadron of fine pins. Floral character rises, as does the bitterness and spiced up fruits. Curaçao and coriander are relegated to the back end, but there are some sharp, clean “hop pulses” to balance out. A complex brew for sure. Hints of alcohol and light grain. Prickly body wraps up with a smooth creamy finish. At times the order of the composite elements seems to change around and move back & forth. Thing is, what ever order you experience the components they all work together. A word of warning too, the Orange burps that work up your nose rather than out of your mouth can tend to make your eyes water if you are not too careful !!

Mouthfeel: The lively over-exuberant head hints at things to come in the Mouthfeel. Sure enough, as with one or two other De Glazen Toren brews, the carbonation is prickly. Conditioning is high throughout and never seems to rescind. That said, once swirled in the mouth, the texture finishes with a creamy palate, soothing and comfortable like a thick towel bathrobe after a hot bath. It has a fine flyweight feel to it though, making it all too easy to quaff.

Drinkability: The only thing that slowed me down from polishing this one off sooner that I did, was simply the fact that the fast rising head had me patiently waiting around for it to settle after the pour before topping up. The 7% alcohol does peep through once in a while but the spices help to balance it out.

Overall: Another high quality from those very talented and nice chaps at De Glazen Toren. I have never seen this one before, so when I spied this at Holiday Wine in Escondido for $11.79 it was a no-brainer. Some attribute Imperial prefix style brews with the US, but it is very interesting to note that the “Imperial craze” has even reached back across the Atlantic to the shores of the Belgian Wit motherland. You can’t keep a good beer down no matter what its pedigree, or style, pseudo or otherwise.

This one is Highly Recommended. (3,620 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1.5L magnum into my Hoegaarden tumbler. Something of a slow but festive gusher.

Metallic gold, urobilin, and hansa yellow all show up in the cloudy gradient of liquid. A very active yet well-fed finger of soft ivory merengue forms a loud but lasting head. Dense soapy lacing and light tears coat the sides.

Lovely delicate yeast aromatics suggest sourdough starter, fresh bread dough, digestive biscuits, and honeysuckle, while the curaçao comes forward to contribute a faint orange blossom fragrance in the background.

Surprisingly phenolic palate entry, which in addition to the coriander thrown into the boil, you get hints of various varieties of peppercorn and nasturtium. Orange-honey and a clean mild bitterness come forward as well to offset the spices. The finish is lightly tart, both from the suggestion of citrus and from the wheat.

Medium-light bodied, with a heavy effervesence, the carbonation is almost too high at first, but this only seems to add to the drinkability. The alcohol comes on in sharp yet modest waves, and while subdued, could maybe be better integrated into the whole.

Most any weakness I point out is really nit-picking though, as this is one of the best wits I've thus far sampled - another winner from one of my favorite breweries. (1,290 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's the other day. Thought I had reviewed this excellent beer previously, but apparently not.

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy honey orange color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty complex, and I get some underlying bitterness that I normally don't associate with a wit beer. There is also plenty of spice on the nose as well. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and the beer has a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light, and the beer is surprisingly drinkable considering the copious amount of spice in it.

Excellent beer. Just what I was in the mood for. (630 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I uncorked a 750ml for thanksgiving dinner.

It had a nice cloudy look to it, medium brown golden mostly opaque.and had a grand cru type aroma to add to the citrus smell of the nose.

The body and mouthfeel were terrific, the tang balanced perfectly by the wheat malt. There was a terrific level of carbonation which cleansed the palate nicely with a fantastic dryness at the end. Alcohol was just in there enough, and it was noticeably 7% insterad of 9% or up.

This was a nice witch up with thanksgiving. It didn't fight the turkey like a saison or a heavier alcohol offering. (586 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is had not been by preferred style in the past, but wow, I am discovering that there are some really good beers in this style. Anderson Valley Double white step aside here comes Jan De Lichte.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden lemon color with a big head.

Smell: Lemon and lots of spices, meet some sweet flavors of wheat and marmalade and make a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Spicy. Coriander clove orange lemon and wheat swirled intricately together to make a light easily quaffable beer that still has plenty of flavor. It borders on wheat dry and there are also hints of alcohol that show through. The aftertaste is dry and pleasantly tart.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium body with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a highly drinkable Witbeir!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (799 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours large white foamy head in chalice. Initial nose is of spices/pepper,along with somewhat recognizable wheat nose. attractive. this came from john's grocery in iowa city.

black peppery notes dominate the taste, making a routine wit bier into something somewhat interesting. as taste fades i am left with pepper on the tongue and faint wheat-malt aftertaste.


well worth trying, i am going to try the rest of this brewery's products while I am here in Iowa City. (472 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed, bold and gold, under a huge, though crumbling pillow of froth.

Honey and lemon hit the nose first. Zesty, citric, clean, lightly spiced, he says at first, but growing. Sweet, floral, large and lovely.

Lemon is big in the mouth, almost too much so, and the rest of the flavors fall behind it. Body is too wispy and light, easily described as thin. But each new sip and gulp is a treat, despite the overbearing lemon at the front. Spicy kick in there. Nice texture, too. Really plays well on the palate.

Hoppy, spicy finish, body doesn't feel as thin as before...this is a beer that gets better as you drink it. Larger alcohol than a typical wit, but, then , this is a "double."

Drinks down very easy, with sufficient flavor the keep the tongue happy.

Don't know if I can taste the spelt in here...I'm sure I wouldn't know how to, though. All in all, a recommended Belgian wit, one I will purchase again, to share with a friend on a special night. (977 characters)

Photo of spicelab
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor. Bottled 9 April 2011. Hmm.

Honey straw, rather clouded, with a huge but light white head that falls noisily without lacing.

Very busy nose of clove, lemon zest, hay, zingy herbs, grapefruit rind, doughy wheat, honey and mild funk. Everchanging and awesome.

Clove, pear and banana esters with plenty of grassy and herbal action behind it. Lemon sorbet, marjoram, cut grass and marmalade.

Light to medium with vibrant carbonation and a modestly tart finish. Very easy drinking despite the various grains chucked in.

Great stuff. Complex yeast character, with the wheat, oats and buckwheat utilised to enhance this character without making it a chore to drink. (707 characters)

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
90 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.