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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

Jan De LichteJan De Lichte

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BA SCORE
89
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%


Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 12-06-2005)
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heygeebee

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 09:46:33 | More by heygeebee
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 20:50:04 | More by biboergosum
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 11:08:57 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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impending

California

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B+

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.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:29:30 | More by impending
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rarbring

Sweden

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 17:07:04 | More by rarbring
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DevilHawk

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 00:29:57 | More by DevilHawk
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spicelab

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 10:43:04 | More by spicelab
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 04:38:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 03:24:01 | More by Dope
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wschmit

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:27:52 | More by wschmit
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biga7346

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:41:30 | More by biga7346
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 14:00:59 | More by thagr81us
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JorgeH

New York

4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 20:48:40 | More by JorgeH
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Halcyondays

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:21:38 | More by Halcyondays
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augustgarage

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 22:10:46 | More by augustgarage
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden body with 2-finger white head with small lace patches down the glass. A light, airy spicy clove smell with hints of citric fruit like orange tucked in there. This beer is lighter bodied and smooth, easy to drink, with a sharp, somewhat sour citrus (mostly orange and a little lemon/banana) + spicy pepper/clove taste (strong) that, coupled with excellent carbonation, leads to a strong, prickly dry finish after a citrusy wit drink. ABV hidden well; a strong wit but nothing crazy and excellently coupled with a hot summer day on the patio (of the bar).

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:30:56 | More by clayrock81
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cjgator3

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 02:35:46 | More by cjgator3
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:21:40 | More by brewcrew76
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 23:21:28 | More by SilentSabre
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:55:30 | More by Sammy
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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.,

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:18:21 | More by kmo1030
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koopa

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:08:42 | More by koopa
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 16:25:36 | More by cvstrickland
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 22:44:59 | More by Jwale73
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Franchise

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 15:45:43 | More by Franchise
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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
89 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.