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

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White

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635 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%

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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999)
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Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a pint glass.

This beer looks good right from the get go. It pours a cloudy straw gold with white tones and a fluffy three finger head that lasts for minutes before breaking and leaving a thin layer of bubbles and some interesting lacing behind. The smell is fruity and yeasts with a touch of coriander. The taste comes with banana first and some fruity sweetness, followed by a touch of yeast and some very faint spice. The taste is mellow. The mouth feel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

I am not normally a huge fan of witbiers as I find the coriander taste to be a little unpalatable. But this beer is a change. It is quite tasty and really refreshing. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly very drinkable and a great option on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 20:48:28 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of fourstringer


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 0.5 fl oz can into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Dated 14/08/06 on the bottom. Had a number of times, but never reviewed.

A: Hazy yellow body with lime-colored tint and some visible sediment. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Fruity, lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Lemon. Straw. Coriander. Vanilla. Slight banana.

T: Sweet initially with the quick development of a citric-acid type tartness. Minimal bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Lingering tang and soft wheat notes.

M: Moderate-to-high carbonation with a moderate body. Seems fuller than I remember, but still very refreshing and crisp.

O: Very nice wit. Good quality of flavors, if not a bit light overall. This brew has its own unique wit thing happening. Dig the tartness. Didn't mind the sediment. Great hot weather pick. Bonus for tallboy cans.


Serving type: can

04-04-2014 04:12:52 | More by fourstringer
Photo of slimpikens


4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The hint of coriander brings out a crisp clean flavor when served with and orange slice, lemon slice, or just by itself. When I'm sitting by the pool in the summer I call it my lemonade because it's so refreshing. The Belgians make the best beer and chocolate in the world and this beer is my favorite white/wit. Served by the can is not as flavorful as the glass bottle or the tap...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 22:36:34 | More by slimpikens
Photo of jhawth


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can into a wilibecher glass. Pours a hazy, very pale straw color with a finger-and-a-half head of fine foam that dissipates relatively quickly to a half-finger foamy cap.

Aroma: Belgian yeast and spiciness, orange peel, coriander. Slight metallic-y twinge?

Taste: Sweet, wheat-y malt flavors transition into slight spiciness with a mild citrus tang in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall: Very nice, drinkable witbier. Nothing too exciting, but certainly nothing offensive

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 01:11:56 | More by jhawth
Photo of tmzl


3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with 2 thumb thick white bulky foam, fast retention, stays on top till the end. Yellow wheat, cloudy color. Moderate carbonation. Some spices float around. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Not much, but pleasant, fresh. Wheat, some banana, slightly spicy, pilsnerish hops.

Taste: Easy. Some fruits and banana at start, light sweet wheat middle and ends in mild hop bitterness. Missing some middle, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, light-med body. Fresh and simple.

Overall: Easy, fresh and simple. Nothing too exciting, random, but does it's job.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 16:26:31 | More by tmzl
Photo of soju6


3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with small foamy head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of fruit, some coriander, wheat, spice and touch of yeast. Taste of citrus, fruit and spice with some wheat. Mild bitterness with a tart finish. Fairly light body, quite smooth with a bit of a grainy texture. Decent beer for the style but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 16:53:09 | More by soju6
Photo of BrandonBahula


3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually like witbier and to be honest I bought this thinking it was a sour because of the name. Still, turned out to be quite refreshing. I really love the smell but it dissipates quickly and the head as well. Flavor wise this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:35:54 | More by BrandonBahula
Photo of FLima


3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milky light yellow color with a two finger head with good retention.
Nice aroma of banana, oranges, coriander, Curacao liquor (likely combination of laraha and alcohol)
Original flavor, wheaty with notes of oranges (probably laraha peel), lots of bubblegum, pineapple, coriander, pear and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste, slightly acid.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Tasty Witbier, good for a change even if you have a preferred brand given its originality.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 18:39:23 | More by FLima
Photo of jkvt


4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Slight hint of orange with a defined wheat taste and a slight creamy aftertaste. I've had this in a bottle a long time ago and remembered the aftertaste being a little stronger. In the can it is a little subtle as is the taste as a whole. Had it been a little stronger, I would have rated this a 5. Overall still an excellent beer in a can or a bottle

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 23:44:56 | More by jkvt
Photo of ccrida


4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught at The Bier Stein, appearence is a hazly straw yellow with a white head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet, fruity esters. Some spice notes as well, it really opens as it warms.

Taste is light, clean and classic. The esters dominate and are delicous. The grain is perfect. The orange (peel?) taste is maybe too strong. Moderately phenolic.

Mouthfeel is light and slippery, some crispness. Nicely soft, foamy carbonation.

Drinkability is great a clasic wit exhibiting all the best characteristics. Pretty mich a qentissential seession beer for me, although I could use the orange dialed back a touch.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2013 02:38:19 | More by ccrida
Photo of dar482

New York

2.35/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

This beer pours in a light yellow straw color that is quite hazy. Very traditional look.

This batch definitely had issue. Pure diacetyl. I've never had a beer that could be more off than this. You literally think you've walked into a movie theater and you're smelling pure artificial popcorn butter. No other notes.

The flavor follows with a light body. There are some hints of the citrus and wheat, but still dominated by that aroma that takes over the taste.

I complained to the bar about it and got this beer off of my tab. I couldn't imagine that the bar messed it up as it seems to be a brewing problem. I'll definitely re-review when I have this again. Undrinkable obviously with the diacetyl.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 02:45:17 | More by dar482
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Well, this one bottomed out my expectations. Nothing fancy here, and very few, if any, spices or herbs. What?

Pours a hazy, pale golden, 1 finger head that dwindled to a collar

Faded lemon and pomelo in the aroma. Nothing sharp or spicy, kind of dull. Nothing bad, either.

The feel really kills this beer. It's like a filmy, lemon coating that the carbonation *should* take away, but doesn't. And that's too bad, because the flavors are damaged by it. Lemon zest turns to lemon film. Pomelo turns to nothing.
A lawnmowing beer, if cold

Serving type: can

06-18-2013 05:29:33 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of Beric


3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can into footed pilsener
Served: 15 June 2013

Appearance: A hazy light yellow. Color wise, it almost looks like an unfiltered pilsener. When pouring, you get a nice pure-white two finger head that rather rapidly dissipates. Mega-carbonation visible as the bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. You can see particulate suspended in the beer, but it doesn't look like yeast. Maybe this particulate is the 'spice' that the can claims is inside.

Smell: An outstanding spiced, citrusy smell. Smells fresh and clean. Very inviting and curious smelling. Smells like it will be a sweet tasting beer.

Taste: Basically the same as the smell- spiced and citrusy. Some of the banana and clove tastes evident of wheat beer styles, but nothing too overpowering on either end of the spectrum. This beer tastes better as the initial carbonation starts to diminish after being set out for a while.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, with bubbles that feel large on the tongue. This counterbalances the full bodied feel from the suspended matter floating around in the beer. I think I would want to have just slightly less carbonation to emphasize the unfiltrated nature rather than seem to diminish its effects. As I kept drinking this and the carbonation started to come out of the beer, it started tasting more how I wanted it to. Overall, this is a good beer and above average, but certainly less than anything astoundingly notable.

Serving type: can

06-15-2013 23:18:04 | More by Beric
Photo of Flounder57


3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.5 oz can was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger billowy head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy with little visibility and some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet, bready, spicy, pepper, and a little citrus.

Taste: Same as above with a little bit of vanilla, apple, and pear.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, medium to full bodied from being unfiltered, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is truly a classic that one can enjoy from time to time. I know I will.

Serving type: can

06-10-2013 05:08:06 | More by Flounder57
Photo of TMoney2591


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

I've recommended this beer so many times that I've forgotten I haven't actually had it myself. Wow. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, coriander, clove, lemon zest, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis placed on the spices, though the lemony wheat surely isn't mild. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a solid, spicy wit, worthy of all of those recommendations I've given out in the past.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 01:07:07 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of iRollFlaccid


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bottle from whole foods. Pulled it from the back of the shelf trying to avoid that... that is in the light. A decent witbier I've had on tap that has continued to make me say "meh". By no means am I a beer snob, but I expected more from Belgium.

The beer has a lovely golden haze and smells of delicious Belgian yeast with a possible hint of lemongrass. A hefty body of carbonation with foam lacing apparent but disappearing as we speak. A mild lemony taste with a faint taste of wheat and sweetness.

In all, a slightly less than balanced brew from Lefebvre SA that I expected more of. By no means is it bad, but when it warms it becomes brain-ier than expected. Surprisingly disappointed for my four pack that costs around $12.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 07:41:54 | More by iRollFlaccid
Photo of StaveHooks


3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with 1 finger of white foamy head. Average lacing.

S - Stone fruit, floral and grassy hops, wheat, lemons, white pepper, light banana

T - Same as the nose, lots of grainy wheat, lemons, peaches, bananas, soft peppery yeast adds some heft. Finishes mildy spicy, slightly acidic, and fruity.

M - Soft medium body, moderate creamy carbonation.

Had this after mowing the lawn. It hit the spot on a nice spring day. Light and refreshing with good fruit flavor.

Serving type: can

05-28-2013 19:02:15 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of vandemonian


3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blanche De Bruxelles Belgian White isn't a particularly good witbier. It's cool to have a Belgian witbier in a can though!

A: Cloudy yellow colour and a big 2 cm head. Looks lovely! 4.5

S: Belgian yeast and lemon. Some stale chalk aroma. 3.5

T: Sharp wheaty base with lemon and some unpleasant vegetable kinda tastes. 3

M: Nice and foamy. 4

O: 3.5

Serving type: can

05-28-2013 03:14:05 | More by vandemonian
Photo of cbutova


3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Recommended by my local beer guy and a brew that has always intrigued me.

A- Poured out of the tall can into a tulip for appearance purposes. Pours with a clear pale yellow body. Some further inspection reveals big chunks around the beer but no haziness. A foamy white cap forms with countless tiny air pockets giving it a silky texture. Head retention is good and a few nice webs of lace stick to the glass.

S- Banana and coriander jump out and are the most prevalent aromas for me. Lemon and orange zest adds some tart feel as well as a nice citrus hint. Some peppercorn and sweetness.

T- Decent balance between a few key flavors that really jump out to me. Peppercorns, coriander, orange juice/zest, banana and some cracked grain sweetness. The spice flavors truly pop out and add a good dimension to the flavor. Kind of reminds me of a lemony cake.

MF- Light body with a tolerable sweetness to it. Carbonation is at a moderate level and foams up nicely on the palate. Tiny herbal bitterness in the finish.

Lots of spice flavor in this one with peppercorn, coriander and citrus making up the main taste. Not bad but a bit unbalanced and thin feeling.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 02:29:21 | More by cbutova
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml bottle into a tall pilsener glass

A: Very dense white head towering about two fingers tall. Retention was good as was lacing. The beer itself was mild in clarity and white/ light straw in color.

S: Coriander with a touch of citrus.

T: Coriander, cloves, and citrus , mainly lemon rind, are present but not very bold. The beer is fairly watery and doesn't have much strength in my opinion. As the yeast is poured in the beer takes on a little bit more character and a certain breadiness, or yeastiness, typical of belgian styles begins to appear. Subtle delicate malts are also available to the palate.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Bready malts linger on the tongue after consumption.

O: Nice refreshing summer beer. Not the best Wit i've had but I would feel at home sessioning a few of these on the porch.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 22:21:03 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of deebo


3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Belgium this beer of course reminds you of a typical Belgian Wit. Light yellow with that unfiltered cloudy appearance. Aromas of wheat and definitely orange peel. Similar taste with the only distinguishing feature of this one is it is a little hoppier than most. I like the style but nothing exciting stands out with this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 02:33:53 | More by deebo
Photo of JayQue


3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice mild wit. Not outstanding, would still be a welcome treat on a hot day. First pour was a fairly clear gold color. Subsequent pours brought up the yeast and the color was more a hazty straw gold. Medium size bubbly white head, a little lacing and average retention.

Aroma is fairly mild, a little spiciness, lot of lemon zest and some Belgian yeast.

The tast had most of the Wit elements..citrus, yeast, spices, but all fairly understated.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light...pretty typical for the style.

Overall a nice beer, very reasonably priced and comes in a can for summer drinking. Worth a try.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 02:04:58 | More by JayQue
Photo of MaximalC


3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a sizable bright, white head. Visible particulate, including thin wisps, meander through the glass. Mild aroma smells of coriander, mandarin orange, and a dash of hops. The coriander is very prominent in the flavor profile, accompanied by orange and lemon. A small dose of hops sneaks through in the finish amidst a lingering wheat flavor. Perky carbonation combines with the assertive coriander to create a mouthfeel that is almost too crisp, yet slightly watery as well. Thin arms of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

Overall, this is a respectable, no-thrills witbier. The essentials are there, but they're a little out of balance, and the body is lacking. Probably would go better with a warm summer's day than an unseasonably cool spring evening.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 00:42:02 | More by MaximalC
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4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blanche de Bruxelles has an extremely thick, frothy, white head, lots of heavy lacing left behind on the glass, and a milky (or hazy), yellowish/gray-white appearance. When I swished the bottom contents of the bottle, I could see a gray cloud descending in the glass. Also, little tan chunks were visible, floating about the beer. The aroma is of pungent, sugary, bread, with just the slightest orange hint. Taste is of sugar, bread, a touch of coriander, a hint of orange peel, and essentially no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Blanche de Bruxelles finishes semi-dry, sweet, and easy drinking. Overall, this is really good in the style, and I recommend it, especially for fans of wheat beers.


Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:01:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very cloudy light lemon yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a solid finger tall foamy head that reduces fairly quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small patch of medium bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat with some lemon citrus and coriander spice.

T: There are light flavors of wheat upfront with some light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and some spices (primarily coriander). Very light amounts of bitterness towards the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and quite sessionable. Refreshing and thirst quenching, a perfect beer for a warm spring afternoon out in the sun or at a summer picnic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2013 23:47:25 | More by dbrauneis
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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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