Licht & Lustig | Brouwerij De Molen

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Licht & LustigLicht & Lustig

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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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Ciocanelu:
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you Absumaster for this rare one only available back home.Amarillo orange aroma was a pleasure. Orange with a white bubbly head. Great taste, neither American than British but more of the former. Amazing at 4.5% ABV.Carbonation spot on.Average mouthfeel, yeast and malt offset to the hops.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BdM
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Pilsner glass. Golden color, veiled appearance. White foam creates a creamy crown turning in rocky flakes as dissipates. Floral, fresh yeast & grapefruit zest aromas. Herbal bitterness at first sip followed by crispy maltiness. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Sharp bitterness but well balanced in the middle. Hints of resin in a long & kind bitter finish. So refreshing beer.

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Photo of Word2BigBIrd
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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 killcore
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerdrifter
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the beer store at the De Molen Brewery. Hazy yellow-orange pour with fluffy, white three finger head with great retention and lacing. Tropical, herbal, earthy nose with hints of grass, orange rind and caramel. The bitter, sharpness of the hops hits you immediately with the first sip. Lots of grapefruit and pine with hints of orange and lemon and a bit of green tea. The sweet caramel malt is there and adds a measure of balance, but has trouble standing up to the hops. Definitely seems like more than 30 IBU's. The mouthfeel is really sharp and tangy with a somewhat fizzy but dry finish. This is a pretty bold beer for a 4.5 ABV, and still fairly drinkable for such a harsh and bitter character. Not their best, but still a solid offering from De Molen!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amber beer with a creamy head that settles into a whipped cream-like head.

Smell of citric and grassy, resinous hops, Amarillo. Unmistakebly the American Ale yeast. A little sharp, clean, but very well fitted to go with the American hops.

Taste is balanced between hops and malt at the first sip. Mhh, bitternes is not very high and a little sharp. I would have expected this beer to be more bitter, but this is probably not ment to be an IPA. This brings me to it's body which is quite thin. At 4,5% ABV this is understandable, but it seems to take the beer out of balance. This leaves bitterness sharp and there is nothing else to support this bitterness. Malt is completely overpowered by the hoppy taste. Amarillo is a nice hop though. Bitterness is kicking in now halfway the glass. Maybe my mouth is starting to numb, but it is getting better every sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served a hazy copper color with a moderate head and god lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain, with a bit of citrus and herbs.

T: First sip is initially tart with a bit of citrus, then some caramel sweetness. Continues with a pleasant bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, smooth and a bit creamy. Interesting texture.

O: Nice beer, good for a few. Sort of reminds me of an English Bitter. Worth a try.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a tan head that fades leaving a nice amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell is earthy, and has some clove to it.

Taste, it's still a bit to cold, but it starts out a little watery up front with some leather hints then comes in the hops but the flavor doesn't stay it fades quickly to a earthy caramel taste that finishes a tad dry but very smooth.

Great session beer, has good flavor with a small amount of alcohol.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

s33cl bottle of brown glass with classic pressure cap poured into a La Chouffe glass in Gouda, Holland. Acquired straight from De Molen. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of slight cream and fair thickness. Retention is fair. Dark nontransparent copper-gold.

Sm: Bittering hops and amber hops. Mild strength scent.

T: Amber and bittering hops are nicely balanced without venturing too much into IPA territory. Very well built and balanced. Complex. Some cream and well handled barley complementing the amber hops.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and not overly thick. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Average ABV, very high drinkability, and a fair price make this a beer every beer fanatic ought to try.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 arkanu
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of supermeniscus
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabianno
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at In De Wildeman, Amsterdam.

Pours cloudy tarnished gold with plenty of sticky white foam that leaves one finger at the top while also sheeting like crazy. Nose is pure sticky orange and herbal fresh hops - explosive, must be dry hopped. Apricot hard candy malts followed by orange juice and aspirin hops. Herbal finish, sweet comeback. Light, some cling, crisp.

Straight up APA with interesting tweaks to hop profile. +.5 to drinkability for reasonable ABV. Glad to stay on this for a while.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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