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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BA SCORE
89
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of heygeebee
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.

heygeebee, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -0.2%

kell50, May 13, 2012
Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle pours a cloudy and hazy bright golden yellow color with a huge frothy clingy off white head that leaves some lacing in the glass that lasts, fruity lemon, grass and funky yeasty aromas. Fruity lemon, orange and spicy flavors, finishes dry. Medium bodied with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, very nice.

maxpower, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

jmz62565, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

neonbrown82, May 29, 2006
Photo of impending
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

impending, May 18, 2013
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

theminutemen, May 18, 2012
Photo of geexploitation
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

geexploitation, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

crookedhalo, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  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.

yelterdow, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
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.,

kmo1030, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of ToasterChef
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

ToasterChef, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of rallison
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

rallison, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

dedrinker, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

PeteRiz, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

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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.

PEBKAC, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of beerpirates
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

beerpirates, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev -0.2%

HopsMatt, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JeffreyJDavis, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of spicelab
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.

spicelab, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Vylo, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Franchise
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.

Franchise, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -0.2%

LostHighway, Nov 29, 2011
Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
89 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.