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Jan De Lichte - KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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110 Ratings
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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

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Name : Jan De Lichte was an infamous robbersÂ’ 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 rarbring


3.73/5  rDev -7%

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.

05-26-2012 17:07:04 | More by rarbring
Photo of aztraz


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-24-2012 16:18:06 | More by aztraz
Photo of DevilHawk


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

05-21-2012 00:29:57 | More by DevilHawk
Photo of MaChiNe

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-19-2012 15:00:38 | More by MaChiNe
Photo of theminutemen


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-18-2012 20:34:09 | More by theminutemen
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-13-2012 19:49:50 | More by kell50
Photo of spicelab


4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

04-24-2012 10:43:04 | More by spicelab
Photo of DaveJanssen


4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-20-2012 03:37:55 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of jisak74

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-14-2012 22:03:52 | More by jisak74
Photo of PeteRiz


3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-06-2012 16:34:59 | More by PeteRiz
Photo of jfcaa193


4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-19-2012 22:44:31 | More by jfcaa193
Photo of M27

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-12-2012 12:44:05 | More by M27
Photo of Vylo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-04-2012 18:24:21 | More by Vylo
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

02-04-2012 04:38:04 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Beertracker


4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-27-2012 16:23:29 | More by Beertracker
Photo of Dope


3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-01-2012 17:16:45 | More by johnnybelgians
Photo of brandoman63


4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2011 18:39:12 | More by brandoman63
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-29-2011 12:42:51 | More by LostHighway
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2011 00:53:23 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of biga7346


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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

3.93/5  rDev -2%

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.

07-20-2011 14:00:59 | More by thagr81us
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd


3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

04-17-2011 06:38:34 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of Knapp85


3.58/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

04-07-2011 02:10:58 | More by Knapp85
Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
89 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.