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

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320 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 909
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 35
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 320 | Hads: 909
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3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White yellow with a creamy head. In the immortal words of my buddy Rick, "it looks like lemon merangue". The smell is lemon peel and coriander. Refreshing and crisp. The taste has the citrus zing you expect from the style but a malt that you don't. It smooths out the flavor and reminds me of a kolsch. The mouthfeel is creamy but a bit thin. The drinkability is good but its much better when the beer is cold. And I say that as a fan of beers that belong at cellar temperature. Good but not great.

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Photo of rand
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at High Dive San Diego, poured into pint glass.

The brew is a straight-up-the-middle example of the style, with notes of orange pith and honeyed biscuits. Refreshing and easy to sip.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of OUgrad
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light beer perfect for the summertime!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.5 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. It's one of the lightest shades I've seen short of a light lager. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. Fluffy and dense, it caps off this beer beautifully. On the other hand, sediment strands in the body tank the score significantly. (2)

Smell: Fairly typical of a witbier, the dominant notes are candied sugar and orange peel. I don't seem to get much coriander or other assorted savory spices. Not bad, but the nose isn't far off from something like Blue Moon (better than Shock Top, though!) (3)

Taste: The flavor is mild. I get hints of candied sugar and orange peel to start. What redeeems this slightly is how the finish is slightly bitter. Otherwise, this is a dead-simple, boring witbier with little character. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Light in feel, but the slight astringent finish slows down drinkability some. On the plus side, the doesn't have excessive lingering sweetness, so I can will this down easily. Carbonation is fairly low for the style. (3)

Overall: Meh. It isn't bad, but I've definitely had far better witbiers - Allagash White this is not. It just lacks in character, and since it isn't dirt-cheap like Blue Moon, I won't buy this again. (3)

2.84/5: Not necessarily like a can full of what Manneken Pis would actually whiz out...but not far off

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.7 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow (yeast was decanted also) with a spritzy white lace.

Smell: Mellow orange with some peel, mild coriander, a little lemon and some faint spiciness.

Taste: Lightly crisp in the light to medium body with a pleasing fruitiness of orange, coriander, hint of pineapple, and light lemon. A touch of herbal hop and a pinch of yeast add to the complexity. Soft malty sweetness and subdued grain come through at the end ... they dry and linger with a fading lemony flavour.

Notes: A very delightful palate of complex flavours, an ease to drink ... enjoy this fine creation.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Oktavio
5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled (small) version, Fresh according to the best before info on the rear label, after allowing this one to warm up a bit (15 mins out of the frig) and a decent rolling on its side, the wit pours out cloudy light dull banana, initially under a large white, fine bubble head, that lookis like it wants to create some merangue, but then doesn't. Leaves some thick lacing, and the bubbles keep on rising. Nose wiff is softly of fresh fruits and candi sweetness. pretty typical wit notes, sweet, light fruits, "creamsicle" ice ceam pop memories come to mind. Slightly more watery then I would like in the mid section. Light peppery spice late, soft on the tongue and then a lingering mildly dry finish, with just a hint of hop dryness. Not bad, but nothing special IMHO, delicate, subtle, understated,oh so Belgian. Nice to try and compare to more robust American takes on the style.
Obviously the label art is a winner with me...

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with very bubbly thin white head that persists.

Smell: Dried out orange rinds, with some light wheat malt. One dimensional, but nice.

Taste: Orange is very dominant, and is sweeter than the smell. The bottle says sugar was added; seems unnecessary for a Witbier. The slightly sour wheat malts become a little more aggressive as it warms, but the coriander stays mostly hidden.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body, does not dry out as much as a great Witbier should.

Drinkability: Despite being too sweet and orange-like, it is still very refreshing and a nice Witbier overall.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.