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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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89
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
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 Gueuzedude
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosively carbonated; I am only able to get two-fingers of beer into my tulip glass, the rest is foam. The head is a voluminous pale white color and the beer is a hazy, full straw gold color. The aroma is quite suitable for a Wit; notes of citrus, an earthy spiciness (from the coriander), a dry peppery note that is partway between ginger and grains of paradise. Overall the aroma is dry, a bit tart, and definitely spicy.

The taste is lightly tart with a spritzy lemon character. The finish has a certain tannic note to it that is lightly mouth puckering, perhaps there is a bit of chalkiness here as well. Quite dry, and quite light on the palate, this could almost pass for a normal Wit. Except for the bit of a bite of alcohol in the finish, and a soft creaminess that the body starts to pick up as the beer warms up. The dominant flavor in this beer is of lemon peel, though it is only lightly tart. Spicy notes of ginger, earthy and even lightly vegetal coriander notes, and a definite herbal note that seems to be a mix of mint, chamomile, perhaps some basil and even a note of licorice as the beer warms up. This is definitely a tasty beer, it remains quite drinkable just like a normal Wit, but with an extra kick of alcohol. It could be a bit richer though, more towards the double side of things, but it is actually quite in line with other Double Wits that I have had.

Photo of heygeebee
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Leura.

A witbier? Really....???

Pours like a saison, smells like a saison, tastes like a saison, and let's not forget that delightful Belgian Yeast and lemons and funk and barnyard and zest, cloves and spice.
Dont get that in a witbier, now do you?

Really well made, very drinkable, it's just not a witbier. Nor does it taste like a 7%-er.

Cheers.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright wheat and light malt aromas with good amounts of mildly tart lemon peel, floral hops, and coriander.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors with solid amounnts of wheat twang kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of earthy and moderately lemon hop flavors. Midway through the sip mild amounts of coriander work their way into things before fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall I found this to be an easy-drinking beer for the style however my only (and admittedly small) qualm is that the malt and wheat flavors don't stand tall throughout the sip. Still, a solid beer that's worth a shot.

Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled okt 12 2005. Nice presentation with forever lasting head, nice pale golden white clouded beerthat continously has streams of bubles going to the surface. nice is very delicate also giving lts of sour citrussy, koreander and nice hoppy note, litle yeasty note gives it a bite and in the back there is also nice wheaty carracter. overall very fresh and fine.Taste is dry and pale wheaty, barley and oats maltyness next to a litle koreander and some candy. Not bad but missing IMO some body for the high alcohol level or at least a sprakling touch although it has some sourness to it. Good brew that's very enjoyable and probably with fine tuning work done by the brewer even better.

Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener. Poured a translucent pale orange-gold. Good clarity with an amazing amount of effervescence; I would liken it to champagne. Rocky, three-inch head took up half the glass. Very good retention with fluffy clouds of lacing adhering to the glass. Head was refreshed with each pour. Scent was a little funky from the bottle but revealed itself as lemon zest, wheat and yeast in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, very clean with a faint citrus astringency at the finish. Spices are very much subdued in this one. Mouthfeel is light and lively without being watery; not much burn considering the copious head. Excellent drinkability; went down easy, but not your typical wit. Flavors were much more subdued with some saison-like qualities.

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color is a light cloudy yellow with moderate white head.

Spice, citrus and a little must funk com off the nose.

As far as the flavor there is some light citrusy sweetness but followed by some nice herbal bitterness that finishes dry.

The beer is very light and fizzy.

This is head and shoulders above most wits on the market but comes across almost like a saison either way a must try beer.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL capped bottle wrapped in paper. Dated 11 Maart 2006.

Pours a cloudy, pale straw in color with a finger and a half of dense white head that has good retention and leaves some good lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, grainy with some spicy wheat, some coriander and light orange zest; very mild, not overpowering, pleasant. Taste is quite complex. Sweet, slightly tart, a bit dry, some orange zest, coriander, and wheat. Good mouthfeel, medium-light body, high carbonation, well balanced, dryness is offset by a slight sweetness. Drinkability is quite good. This beer is complex and enjoyable. It hides it alcohol quite well and the only reason I know that it clocks in at 7% ABV is the slight buzz that I get from drinking most of the 750 mL bottle. Overall this is quite refreshing, probably better suited to a warm summer's day than a cool late fall evening but I thoroughly enjoyed this and will seek it out again.

Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fairly cloudy pale golden color with nice 2 finger head that quickly dissolves leaving a thin soapy layer of foam.

Smell: Lots of floral components along with the standard wheat and coriander smells indicative to the style.

Taste: Smooth blend of wheat, coriander, lemon zest, dough, and yeast.

Mouthfeel: An ideal amount of carbonation and a medium body

Drinkability: Easy to drink this smooth witbier

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, paper-wrapped bottle, no real label, in fact it would be easy to mistake this for home brew from afar, once the covering is removed.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of patchy sudsy lace around the glass as very slowly abates.

It smells of earthy, mildly funky Belgian yeast, a sour orchard fruitiness, moderately sassy lemongrass, white pepper, clove/coriander, and cardamom spice, gritty crackery pale malt, and leafy, grassy hops. The taste is more malty up front, the dry bready pale malt gaining a hint of caramel sweetness, with some softly lilting earthy yeast, muddled lemon and orange rind fruitiness, more clove and coriander zing, and a kind of beguiling grassy, weedy hoppiness.

The carbonation is mild, and yet quite duly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a wee prick and prod from yeast, spice, and hop alike not really a bother. It finishes well off-dry, the malt, fruitiness, and two-faced spice all gently pushing things thataway, with barely a twinge of warming alcohol nodding the sleep from its eyes.

A rather pleasant, and rounded witbier, with jacked up flavour (which is totally right there), as well as ABV (which totally isn't). The spices are deftly rendered against the citrus fruit character, and the nervously joyous hops are the icing on the cake. Teehee - I always get a bit giddy when I encounter the exception the proves the rule - as far as not giving a shit about a particular style, that is.

Photo of biga7346
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged for about two years.

A - Golden straw color, bubbly soapy lacing, large rocky foam white head,

N - Wheat, green peppercorn, bubblegum with some over-ripe banana, lots of brett-like funkiness, wet hay, mushroom. Some old leather, lke boot leather, mossiness, astrigent.

T/M - Crisp, robust wheat-like crispness and carbonation followed by a cloying dryness; crisp pear, cracked wheat, more of the old banana and clove and this is more present as the beer warms. It all leads into a very long drying, tannin-like finish. The carbonation made the mouthfeel oily, champagne like, it was fizzy almost.

D - Would love to try this fresh and vertical this bad boy b/c I very much enjoy dry, grassy saisons which this reminded me of like an aged Saison De Lente. But this was more of a cross between a summer wheat beer and a brett saison.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy lemon color with a huge pillowy white head that was mostly lasting. Visible carbonation was moderate per style.

S: a spritzy fresh lemon aroma, light bread and a touch of yeasty sourness.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty, with some sour citrus, oranges, lemons, along with a good spiciness and peppery notes (coriander).There was a tangy fresh lemony citrus flavor, spicy oranges along with some fruitiness (apples, white grapes) that were highlighted against a soft wheaty palate. The finish was yeasty, and not overly tart with the spicing well balanced that provided a smooth sourness and refreshing citrusy lemon ending.

M: slick and lively from the carbonation with warm orange peel coming through upon warming.

D: drinks like a dream. very nice.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy pale golden straw with a huge off-white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong coriander spice component. The fruit was citrus and was oranges and perhaps some lemons. More spicy phenolic aromatics were present with a bit of pepper in the mix.

The flavor was light with a crisp wheat flavor and a very light acidity which was not quite sour, but seemed to be heading in that direction. The flavor contained a light fruity component which was citrusy and mostly orange in nature. The spices in the flavor were muted, but contained slight coriander and a smidge of pepper. As the beer warmed the flavor became more bready in character.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of oranges and citrus and a light spice contribution of pepper and coriander most pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and the carbonation was very high. The mouthfeel contained a roundness and a presence of wheat. The beer was 7% ABV and contained a bit of alcohol warming. A nice beer that could use just a smidge more complexity in the flavor department.

750 ml bottle, crown capped with a paper wrapper. Bottled on 14 JAN 2006.

Photo of spicelab
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of dogfooddog
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of jisak74
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.,

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
89 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.