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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 121
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website

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 PEBKAC
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pulled from the fridge, left to sit for a few, & uncapped all in a few minutes(my fridge isn't very cold). Served in a random pilsner glass that I don't recall ever owning before. I don't really drink any pilsners, so it's strange to find such a glass floating around my bachelor pad. I better change the locks.


1) A snippet of white froth develops atop a dusty, sulfur-colored body. It dies, we move on.

2) Your nose dives in & begins to drown, just seconds after opening, you're nearly put down by a big fruity/floral gust of aerosol to the face. As much as you can take in, you can grab. She even conveniently forgot to wear any underwear. Lucky you. Limes, copper, pepper, dry leaves, with fresh buttery cantaloupe drooling all over it. Oh, I can't wait to dive in & taste it!

Prepare to be disappointed.

3) Dry, bready, & boozy all the way through. Bitter orange greets you at the beginning, mixed up with bushy greens, & ending with the obligatory yeast finale. Is that it? Really?! I just don't know what to say. Thats never happened to me before. Well, not enough to write it off as simply a bad day.

4)The alcohol is just way too obvious, & the brew just sits there. Soothing carbonation that tingles, but does not bite. Refreshingly thin, but slick like a glaze or chicken stock.

5)Questionably quaffable, but it needs to be cold, straight out of the fridge. It has as much going for it then, as it ever will. Go for the lemon wedge if you want, but help yourself by grabbing some frosted cookies(something crispy with a ridiculous amount of artificial vanilla on it) instead. I bought a case of these "Nonni's Limone Biscotti" at Costco for like eight cents, & considering how shitty I brew coffee, I think I've finally found a use for them.

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Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy lightly brownish yellow appearance, big and very homogenous head of over an inch. Not much lace, sheets slip down the sides. Bright aroma, not much spice, lots of stone fruit. Body is heavier than many Wits, lots of internal carbonation. Not a lot of coriander, not a lot of orange, not a lot of yeastiness -- on this one there is much more of a strong tanginess. Lemony with some apparent hop bitterness, a little bit of of banana esters. Unpleasantly carbonated at first, does a better job when it sits for a while. Slight sense of alcohol by volume. Doesn't strike me as a particular standout in its category and it has that de Glazen Toren gassiness that makes the swallow more difficult than it can be.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 750ml with no label, just decorative yet informative paper surrounding the bottle

A: Pours a pale golden honey with just a touch of haze. Monsterous, towering snowy white head is keeping me from smelling this beer. Lots of microscopic bubbles meander to the surface from the base.

S: Fresh and inviting. Cloves, lemon grass, coriander and faint wheat all play nicely together.

T: Very acidic, citrusy base. Hits you immediately on the tip of the tongue then lingers on the front center the remainder of the process. Strong straw and grass flavors take the place of any real malty flavors. Fairly spicy with some metallic tastes. Cloying pineapple sweetness hits around the sides of the tongue. Bit of bitterness towards the end that coats the tongue.

M: Medium bodied with a bit of a fuzzy mouthfeel

D: Not nearly as fresh tasting as the smell would lead you to believe. A bit cloying and syrupy really.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer wasn't too shabby, It looked like a traditional Wit. The color was hazy yellow white a foamy white head on it. The aromas were yeasty, citrusy and some what like a farmhouse. This beer has a bit of a salty taste to it, I'm not really sure how much I dig this. The other flavors are light and soft mostly wheat coming through. The mouthfeel is refreshing a light. It's not a bad Wit, the salty flavor is just a little odd for me.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass as a super pale, slightly hazy yellow. Little head was suspended above the brew, and no notable (visible) carbonation.

The smell is of cloves, orange peel, and sweet bananas; very faint.

This beer is deceptively light-bodied (almost watery) and easy-drinking; the alcohol is completely hidden. A bit too light for my tastes.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poued from its 750mL bottle into my pint glass with a wreckless amount of CO2, and thus, created a glass full of foam which I immediately poured away and started over. A very gentle pour resulted in a nice, cloudy orange body with a white foamy head. Tiny particulates and a couple of larger bits could be seen floating about. As I have said in other reviews, when it comes to many Belgian styles, the more debris and crap floating in it, the more appealing it is to me. Smell was assertively fruity. Fresh cut green apples, perhaps a bit of pear, a pinch of spice, and a bit citrusy, too. Very nice. Taste reflected these, but not with the strength they displayed in the aroma. Also, alcohol is a bit too detectable at only 7%, which surprised me a little. Mouthfeel is okay, but as I mentioned earlier, this thing is very carbonated; a bit much for my liking, actually. Drinkability, too, suffers on account of the CO2 in this one. It's good and I like it, but I would not be able to tolerate too much of this as gassy as it is. A good beer, though, and I'm certainly glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent witbier, though I can't get past the "double" part. I think this beer would be much better as a single, but it's still good. The beer pours to a light yellowish color with not enough suspended particles to give it the white appearance, but very close. The head is nice and rocky. Lacing is there, but could be better.

The smell has a nice sharp orange zest with a none too impressive malt bill. Tons of coriander and other spicing. The taste is better. Strong orange and lemon zest. Not too bitter, but highly spiced. Has a sweet zing that dries off a bit towards the finish. A bit of alcohol in the taste as well.

The mouthfeel is very interesting. A tad bit tart. Fairly sharp from the carbonation, and seems to hit the palate in every possible corner of my mouth. Seems fairly light in body still.

I would say that I'd drink it again, but it's much too expensive to warrant buying it again.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, capped 750ml bottle; simple white label with the name, brewery, abv, ingredients, and the usual blurbs about not driving, screwing, getting stupid, etc...

Poured into a Rapscallion goblet, it is a light-to-medium golden colored brew. Head is a healthy, snow-white mound of microscopic, tight bubbles. This topping slowly ebbs yet maintains a thick covering for quite some time, and laces the goblet very nicely. There's a plentiful stream of carbo rising within, akin to a fish-tank aerator. Nose suggests dryness and has a large dose of spiciness, It's a touch crackery as well as quite peppery. Very enticing, and a little Tripel-like. Mouthfeel is very light and airy, passing foamily and with a prickliness over the tongue. Body is just able to sneak into the medium category.

I found the flavor to be considerably fruitier than suggested by the aroma. It's a bit bready, and has a light citrus, lemony character. Crisp and light as a wit should be, with only a subtle hint of spiciness here, a lot less than expected from the what was in the nose. The bottle had a large amount of residue at the bottom, and this was swirled into the gob near the end of quaffing. Aside from giving the bier a murky, dull brown look, it did not change the flavor in any appreciable way. A standard wit, with nothing overly exemplary about it.


overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of rarbring
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clouded deep straw colored brew, a white high head, little lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of oranges, sweet banana, cardamom.

A sweet orange marmalade start, elderberries and lemon juice.

Little carbonation, soft and smooth, a medium body.

Not very complex, but good at sunset.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft offering at the farmer's cabinet. Served in a tulip. The brew appears a hazed yellow with a white cap about a finger strong. Patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is like coriander mixed with clove. Some wheat and a pleasant grainy freshness. Across the back is some sulfur and more wheat character like cereal grains.

The taste is full of coriander with an oily lemon essence. Some earthy yeast character is mid-palate mixing with a bitterness thats like rinds and pulp. Some alcohol is noted thats mildly solvent that increases in character as it warms up. Throughout the experience there are traces of sulfur present.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall it wasnt bad but it wasnt very memorable either. This is a take it or leave it sort of saison.

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Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This offering pours a bubbly pale gold leaving a thick off white head. The aroma is wheat, honey, tart sour apple, sweet musky aroma very earthy mineral scent.

The taste is tart upfront with a mild balance of honey, malty sweetness that finishes smooth very drinkable with a tart backbone, crisp, dry, refreshing, overall a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Dope
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A perfectly clear golden pour. Huge soda-like bubbly head that fades to nothing very very quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Wheaty with some strong spice character. Orange, coriander and white pepper. Pretty strong, including an alcohol presence.

T: Very orangey with quite a bit of wheat. Maybe some coriander and just a hint of pepper.

M: Smooth and highly effervescent.

O: Relatively simple yet fairly strong due to the higher than normal ABV. Appears to be filtered which is unlike most witbiers that I've seen, gives it a bit thinner body and a different appearance than I am used to.

There is a touch of oxidation in the nose and taste but I chose not to influence my review. Bottle was undated and who knows how long it sat on the shelf.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy yellow with a bubbly, foamy white head and cascading bubbles.

S - Coriander, curaco, floral, lemon and orange zest, green apple and wheat.

T - Coriander, citrus and wheat with a spicy pepper. Pears and a touch of candy sugar.

M - Prickly carbonation with some artness makes it feel a bit heavir than it is.

D - Enjoyable.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

A tasty Belgian witbier that would be hard to improve upon, the cloudy straw yellow pour and HUGE head the thickness of a broomstick, with lumps and clumps and craters, that settled down to a minefield of lace, while wafty yeasty wheat lemon vapors up my nose, leading to a cristp, effervescent mouthfeel, bubbly and crackling, no bitterness on the finish as I swallow.

Ah, yum.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a turbid opaque orange, with a soft fizzy white head, pretty cool looking. This is about as unfiltered as it gets. Solid head retention, no lace.

S: Sweet orange peel predominately with a hint of coriander, wheat malt, spicy.

T: Lots of orange with some sugary Belgian ester (cake-like) flavours mid-palate which I liked a lot. Yeasty finish with a hint of ethanol.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy light carbonation. I'd say don't tilt the beer at an angle, just pour straight down to get rid of the excess carbonation.

D: This is a nice intriguing Imperial wit, but in the end, it's too expensive to buy more than once. It was my most wanted wit, so I jumped on it when I finally saw it in the Southland. If it's on-tap, we'll meet again though.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 13 May 2006. Pours a yellowy golden color with a thick bone white head that subsides after about 30 seconds. Good lacing left behind. Aromas are pretty typical of a wit- orange zest, coriander, but the wheat and malt plays a slightly more significant role. Light underlying funk to it as well. Malty and lightly sweet with loads of citrusiness. Lemon Pledge comes to mind a bit. Kind of slick on the tongue but not quite full-bodied. Pretty refreshing and very drinkable.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, earth (the wheat perhaps???), funk, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Nothing on this one was really very standout-ish for me. I would not have guessed that this one was a Witbier based on the aroma and flavor at all. With that said, it was still a very nice brew, just not what I would have expected from the style.

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Photo of impending
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


750ml into a tulip. Pours a fairly transparent dull pale yellow, pure white dense frothy head, hyperactive nucleation, excellent lacing.

The aroma is much of powdery yeast and confectioners sugar backed by a pleasant musty spiciness, apple, pear, citrus.

Mildly sweet, vague apple and pear. More dry than bitter, the bitter is more herbal than hop. Hint of zinc. Medium bodied mouthfeel is illusionary thin at the first impression due to being so lively. As much a saison as a wit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth drinking Belgian wit, one of the better I have had, that's cross to a saison. Looked saisonesque, with lace in he cup. Pleasant wheat and yeast aroma. Creamy on the tongue, appropriate carbonation, above average on mouthfeel. Not too complex in taste.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Capped bottle wrapped in a decorative paper poured into a snifter. Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very nice! It is slightly tart with some wheat, citrus, spices and yeast.

T- The taste like the aroma has plenty of wheat and spices with some lemon and orange peel. The finish features some yeast and some hops as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a jacked up Imperial Wit so it isn't as drinkable as some of the lighter bodied White Ales out there, but it is refreshing in it's own right. This is a very tasty brew that is definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at GingerMan in NYC...
Appearance: Sunlight-yellow hue... Thick,dense, foamy head that deposited a thin film of lacing...
Smell: Oranges, lemons thrown into the mix...
Taste: Strongly complemented the aroma... Strong nuances of oranges and fruit, and the 7% ABV was not too detectable either...
Loose mouthfeel...
Good level of drinkability...
Not bad...

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy gold color. Nose of bitter orange peel and coriander. Tasted like a sweeter, denser witbier - almost like a grand cru. As the beer warmed up I detected aromas and flavors of white wine (sauvignon blanc?) that I found most intriguing. Sure, I would do it again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bottle with Ego and EPseja... an imperial witbier, with lots o' spices included with the price of admission. No freshness date on here.

Appearance- Cloudy and very active, there are many streams of carbonation flying from the base of the glass. Monster bubbles with a soda-like quality... the head settles to a snow white mat.

Smell- Big, perfumy aroma with Belgian candi sugar and coriander on the nose, then notes of lemon zest and bergamot... really amazing, without any alcohol evident at all. Concentrated spices.

Taste- A saison character hits me first... lemony, with sweetness in the finish. The second mouthful was totally different, with a blast of coriander much more like a typical witbier. Lemony tartness follows, with a doughy atmosphere lingering behind.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fizzy and explosive at first, mellowing during the tasting session. A very tasty offering, definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of stcules
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow, good and thin perlage, compact head.
Very fresh smell, camomile, white and yellow flowers, and a good pepper (pink, maybe).
It's a dubbel wit, with all the witbier notes, a little more strong.
The taste i still fresh, fruity, with a great flowery note. Orange peel, coriander and peppery. Citric.
Well done, and pleasant.
Quite light body.
In the aftertaste the spiciness is stronger, coriander, herbal, and a long citric.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull, cloudy yellow with a slight tint of orange. Only a finger of head results from the first pour into a Hoegaarden glass. For best results, pour two glasses, then swirl the yeast and distribute evenly.

Smells of faint coriander, curacao, citrus, and wheat.

Taste is fairly mellow in character, livened up by the racing carbonation that's present. A basic wheat & citrus blend, with faint spice again coming out halfway through. Carbonation gives the illusion of a fuller body, it's nearly too much, but tapers off eventually. Wheat and pale malt are the backbone elements, which give it a fairly sturdy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, it's agreeable yet mild for the style. The abv is nowhere to be found.

This is my 2nd experience with this particular Witbier, not sure if i'll return to it as often, since it's $12 in my area. To me, it was similarly well-crafted, yet plain like the St. Bernardus Wit, which I also had high hopes for.

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
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