Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
3.2/5 rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is present, but is too blurred out to be legible.
Pours a straw yellow color that's complete with an odd, gray contour. There's an initial, generous head, but it eventually dwindles down to nothing. Despite low carbonation, there's slight cloudiness, and the yeast seems to be meshed well with the rest of the beer. Sloppy looking at first, but still an authentic wit overall.
Slight funky aromas caused by the yeast appeal in the initial whiff, followed by slightly dry hops and light maltiness. The advertised coriander and orange peel are both surprisingly present in the aroma, although they seem to lightly perfume the malts as opposed to overpower the senses. Tarty, slightly fruity, and well balanced, although not too explosive.
The initial flavors are surprisingly maltier than expected, although there's an immediate bitter aftertaste followed by mellow, relaxing aromas of orange, lemon, and seasonal spices. No alcohol is present, and at the same time, there's no sweetness to speak of that may have been able to mask the rather bland malt aftertaste. I do enjoy those fruity flavors, albeit subtle ones, yet there's something missing here for me. Is the lack of any sweetness? Is it too filtered for a wit? Are the malts not bready enough? It could be the latter, as this beer is ridiculously thin - thinner than even the macro versions of Hoegaarden that you find out here in the West. I personally like my wits to be juicier than this, which is usually aided by adding thicker texture and yeastier notes. This is very watery, and as it warms up, it becomes apparent that the key ingredients seems to separate from each other.
A rather mediocre witbier, even coming from Belgium. The other person I had this with told me it tasted like "rice" as it warmed up. While I don't exactly agree, it does indeed get grainier and more astringent as it sits, and none of the yeasty phenolic notes intended for these types of beers end up sprouting out. For the price ($8), it's not the worst, but it is sadly underwhelming overall.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2012 07:49:38 | More by magictacosinus
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4.9/5 rDev +31.7%
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
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.