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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
84
good

843 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 31
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

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Ratings: 843 | Reviews: 322
Photo of Joooosh
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great beer to enjoy a hot summer day

Photo of OKbrew89
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Transparent golden color with promising carbonation. Giant 3-4 finger head that leaves a ring of lacing. Aroma of citrus and spices that is underwhelming. It has a balanced wheat and spice before a slightly sour fruit ending. No alcohol or bitterness. Surprising ending to the drink though. Light body with medium-high carbonation. The feel is overly light and the ending fruit tartness is a slight shock.
Overall, a decent whit that provides a surprise with the fruit finish. The mouth feel is off despite the taste, which hurts the drinkability for me.

Photo of BobHough
1.52/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Looked good in the glass but tasted like nothing.

Photo of txdadu
2.27/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a very drinkable beer, but not spectacular overall in my opinion. The bright yellow color is offputting when served in a clear glass, it looks better when served in a frosted glass. The smell and taste are pretty neutral, no great flavor, no bad flavor. It's just kind of a bland beer to me, not bad but not good.

Photo of Brittian
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Perhaps I just got a bad or old case, but this was a no go for me.

Photo of GuitarGuy76
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect springtime beer. Balanced with flavor to compliment the warming weather.

Photo of dukeufo
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toone in Brussels

Photo of MooseBoose
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite light beers. A better blue moon. Justified.

Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Manneken Pis pours pale cloudy straw with a hefty 3” finely bubbled pure white foam cap. The nose is bready and spicy with orange peel and citrus notes. It has a very creamy palate with white bread, orange, citrus and spice up front and finishing with a refreshing tartness. Light bodied and effervescent.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as correct as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 3.94 overall rating is correct.

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: Best before May 10, 2015 at 6:43 p.m.

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with two fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor, wet lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 3.88)

Smelled coriander, tangerine, caramel, orange zest, honey, Citra vitamin C heavy, wheat and lemon grass. (Smell - 3.75)

Nice initial taste, more sourness than the nose. Coriander, green grapes, faint green apple, caramel, tangerine, Citra zest, honey, lemon grass, oranges, nectarine and orange floss. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, fruiting finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a really good Witbier. I feel like I underrated it a tad. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.94 | 88 | B+

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Veiled pure golden color with tons of activity. Extra foamy 3 finger white head lasting around 3 minutes with some good legs.

Fresh sweet aromas and flavors of lemon, fruits, wheat, floral spices. Very well balanced salivating sweet fruity taste with a pleasant sharp citrus feel.

Light slick body with a fresh crisp zesty feel. Perfect short and faint sweet and floral spicy finish.

Overall : Delicious craft , one of my favorite witbier, super fresh and perfect while eating.

Photo of Artisan-Korea
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparable with other leading Belgian whites

Photo of vanderSchorpioen
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is amazing belgian ale. The best witbier I ever tried!

Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, chilled and poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a couple of fingers of white head. Good head retention, very little in the way of lacing. Typical witbier.

Smell: Again, a typical witbier - fairly citrusy smell with just a little hint of spiciness, although the latter isn't particularly noticeable. The citrus notes are more towards toe orange end of the scale rather than lemon.

Taste: follows the smell, pretty much, although the spiciness is rather more evident in the after taste and there's a certain amount of wheatiness too. There's a citrus tartness there, so it's actually pretty refreshing.

Feel: Despite the colour (and the image on the bottle ;-) ) there's actually a bit of body there - enough carbonation to give it a bit of zing without being stupidly fizzy. Fairly smooth finish.

Overall: As Belgian witbiers go, you could do a lot worse than this - although I like Hoegaarden and its ilk, this just seems to be a cut above them. Would be a go-to witbier if it were more readily available, and I'd certainly have no hesitation about having it on tap.

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%

Generally a fan of the style. This one was pretty good. Very clean and smooth, sweet and somewhere between orange and lemon in the taste. A little spice (coriander?) does not really stand out but lingers. Very tasty, refreshing and easy to drink. Optimal summer beer. A little thin or maybe I would say flat. Extremely enjoyable beer that I would gladly enjoy at anytime. If you like wheat/hefe/wit this is a good one, if you want hop move on.

Photo of Brbrshppr
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Really effing tasty

Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the look of this! Hazy, thick head with amazing retention. A pear like, light honey and straw yellow blend. The carbonation looks so lively; like an alka seltzer tablet was dropped inside! Aroma is citrusy and sugary sweet, especially orange. Not surprising considering the bottle says it was brewed with orange peel. Tasty is mostly citrusy and orange sweet. A very refreshing taste, like an orange soda. (I mean this in a good way) Feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation really settles and there is very little left towards the end of the beer. I drank this on a super cold east coast mid November evening. I could see how this beer would be even better in the summer. However, I had it with a light and healthy meal of broiled salmon, Brussel sprouts and pear salad and they complemented each other nicely.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Apr 2013. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. It's April. It's time & this could be THE beer for this summer. Light enough & tasty enough. The question is, accessible enough?

Glad it was on tap as I'm not sure I would have picked up the bottle due to the image on the label.

11/14/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Lovely light lemony flavor. Where was this wonderfulness during the summer?

Photo of AaronFriedman
4/5  rDev +7%

I had this on tap at Garaje in SF. I find the spice notes overpowering in most white ales. Not this one. It's not as good, or as complex, as Allagash White but definitely a quality beer. Overall, I can't imagine a better session beer for a hot day. I would not hesitate to pick up a six pack for soaking up some sun, if I knew where to find one.

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4/5  rDev +7%

The first thing I noticed in this beer is the lack of any yeasty flavor/aroma which is a huge plus in my book. Lovely bright color and a faint aroma of orange peel. Couldn't quite taste the coriander but it didn't bother me too much. Overall, a very refreshing beer.

Photo of JTuomi
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

33 cl bottle (bb 18062015) into a tulip. Hazy straw color, three finger white head, light lacing and ok retention.

Mild, fresh smell of tart wheat, orange peel and a hint of coriander.

Taste begins with orange and a little sugar, followed by lightly tart wheat and spices, ending with a slightly dry hop bitterness. The aftertaste is spicy, coriander and perhaps clove, and a little orange.

Light body, high carbonation. Overall a refreshing, flavorful witbier. A good summer drink that I would gladly have again, especially on a hot day.

Photo of KellyBelukusBeers
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Flavors of Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Soft Coriander. Super Clean Finish. Great Session Beer.

Photo of Susanblairsimpson
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Too wheaty and citrusy for me.

Photo of endovelico
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow brew with one inch white head and some lacing. Low perceived effervescence and devoid of floaties.

Smell: Very mild banana, honey and coriander aromatic balance. Noticeable buttery and cardboard aromatics nearly ruin the smell.

Taste: Mild. What stands out here is the soapy, cardboardy notes that just about run through every other aromatic note.

Mouthfeel: Watery, soapy, flat, low everything: bitterness, carbonation, body. Very short finish.

Overall: Very mediocre. Really hard to find noteworthy merits.

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pounder sized can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a pale, light golden yellow color with chunky yeast making its way into the glass despite a carefull pour. A white cap stands firm with 2 fingers and slowly fades.

The smell of this is lemony almost like a candy sort of sweet grain aspect and a bit of minerals/sulfur breaking up then pleasant notes.

This tastes like fresh cereal grain and lemony candy. A slight wheat-like tartness is present to assist in boosting the drinkability.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. This is very easy drinking. Overall not bad and id probably drink it again if I was in the mood for a wit.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.