Jan De Lichte | KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
Belgium
glazentoren.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by paterlodie on 12-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Photo of JorgeH
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Sephiroth
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with an inch and a half head, leaving decent lacing. The color is that of straw, with a slight cloudiness. Citrus, grass, slight pepper in the nose.

Taste contains grapefruits and oranges, peppercorns, and a slight graininess. Mouthfeel is full flavored, but light on the palate. Slight bitterness on the finish. Great drinkability.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured into a glass it looks like the traditional wit – pale, hazy yellow with a creamy white head.
S: Moderate to moderately low aromas of citrus, orange, cardamom and wheat and a hint of grapefruit.
T: A flavorful palate of spicy malt, citrus, orange peel and spice finishes dry. The malt and spice mask the alcohol quite well.
F: Medium to medium light body
O: This might be better described as a “double wit” with the beer’s fuller body and higher alcohol from most wits. It is very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cvstrickland
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Freshie
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at the Belgian Beer Fest last October. It has been aging in my beer fridge, ever since.

Nice stream-lined bottle. 1 pint serving. Basic label, but all the Belgian makes it look very foreign. Which depending on how shallow a beer drinker you are, may add to it's street cred. HAH.

Pours a nice clear, pale golden color, with active bubbles, and frothy large white head.

Aroma is wild yeast, with fruity spices. Sweet grain malt.

The taste is very lively. Coriander, with malty backbone. Active carbonation lends to the spices brewed into the ale.

A very great example of witbier. What a treasure I snagged.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BSP, Decatur, GA. Definitely one of the better Wits I've ever had. Fuller and fruitier than most, and absolutely delicious. Poured a slightly cloudy golden with a thin , but tight head. The smell is of spicy coriander and pepper- very saison like. Taste is similar, with lots of coriander flavor and intensely fruity up front- leemon, apple, and maybe a touch of fresh apricot. Finish is also quite fruity, but the flavor shifts to pears and white grapes, with the pepper still lurking in the backgground. Very nice! Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but with more body than usual for a Wit. Really world class Wit, and I was lucky to try it on tap.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale golden color with a surprisingly modest head that manages a few stabs at lacing

Smell: Picking up a lot of wheat and coriander, with the curaçao coming through as well; somewhat sweet and lemony, too

Taste: Opens sweet and lemony, with plenty of wheat and coriander flavor and, by mid-palate, there arrives the curaçao; after the swallow, the flavor is saison-like, with a doughy, yeasty blend of interesting spice and candi sugar sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to lively carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice beer that borders on saison territory

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Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ToasterChef
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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!

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Photo of JMS1512
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dewey0603
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of wschmit
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle dated 12 May 07 on the wrapper (1 year old) , poured into my large Gulden Draak glass, Jan De Lichte is murky burnt straw with a large white head that quickly settles to thick skim and leaves scattered lace. Brewed with barely, oat, wheat, spelt, coriander and curacao.

Smell is strong, lots of wildflower and spicy citrus, with minerals and sweet cereals.

Taste is pretty good, nice sweet malt, almost more like a belgian pale ale. I'm not a huge fan of spices, but they really complement things here harmoniously, very nice balance. I like the grain bill, and need to remember to drink more spelt ales! The finish is clean and drier, quinine like, though more still then effervescent, with the ABV well hidden. Saison like.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker, yeasty side, but lighter bodied and digestible in the belly.

Drinkability is really pretty good for me, this is the first double wit that I've really liked - in fact, I've really disliked all the others! Here, the extra alcohol isn't gratuitous, and the extra flavors are well blended (although I'm sure the year of aging has certainly helped in that regard). Paired fantastically with some fresh spring chinook.

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Photo of DevilHawk
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Jan De Lichte from KleinBrouwerij De Glazen Toren
4.02 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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