Licht & Lustig | Brouwerij De Molen

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Molen

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Amerikaans

Dry hopped with Amarillo

De Molen beers are not all about heavy flavours and body. Now and then it’s time for something different and refreshing. This light amber coloured Bitter with an American touch is a great example. English Bitters are mild and malty. American hops give an ale a bitter citrus and grassy character. Amerikaans has the best of both the old and the new world. A very delicious session beer at 4.5% ABV.

30 IBU

Added by Absumaster on 06-19-2008

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy deep amber hue, it tops with thick silky off-white head that withstands with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to thin layer of eternal foamy crown, lots of sticky lacing appeared along the glass-side.

Hop obviously overcomes malt in a nose and quite inviting (thanks to the dry hopped part) with varieties of aroma ranging from citrus, passion fruit, ripe mango, floral, resin, grassy, and herbal while malt with background notes of caramel and toffee.

You can get much of malty goodness in the flavor. It nicely harmonizes with hop profile with notes of bread and caramel while hop mainly provides a note of citrus together with herbal, grassy and moderate bitterness at the end. Overall, the taste is not much juicy and fruity as reflected in the aroma but tends to be more pronounced on malt.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively carbonation generated generous amount of frothy wave through the palate, finish is rather dry.

This beer is a pretty good mix between English Bitter and American Pale Ale. In my opinion, I think it tends to be likely more on American side with a notable hop character.

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Photo of BdM
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexAfonin
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NightINgale
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabianno
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mytu420
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undercarbed, even for a bitter, but great flavor

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Photo of supermeniscus
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, now with the more general black and white De Molen labeling.

This beer pours a, well it doesn't really pour, per se, but rather comes spewing out of the bottle upon cap popping, so good on me for immediately directing said deluge over a glass. Anyways, I'm still left with a whack of foam, which is attractive enough in its menacingly frothy and bubbly manner, I suppose, but bottle conditioning was not part of the deal, I thought. It's going to be a while, so I best go hit the loo.

All right, back now, and this one smells of chalky Flintstones vitamins, citrusy and faintly piney hops, grainy caramel malt, a tiny earthy and funky yeastiness, herbal tincture, and a tame stone fruit orchard fruitiness. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a waning flinty chalk character, wet dark bread, orange zest, faint leafy pinecone notes, a hint of candied lemon, and some further unchecked herbal and weedy hoppiness.

The bubbles, as already established, are quite pervasive, and on the palate they manifest in a tightly-held fizziness, the body on the light side of medium weight, and so-so smooth, the carbonation and hops just a bit too clumsy hereabouts. It finishes off-dry, but barely, as the malt starts to show its cracks in the face of the various side players, who find power in collectivism.

A decent enough showcase for this venerable American hop, too bad this Dutch concoction screws up the presentation side of things, which is either a quality control issue, or a cultural gap, hard to say here. At any rate, this tastes good, even if the name (being Dutch) reminds me of 'Afrikaans', which means absolutely nothing.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

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