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

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865 Ratings
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 32
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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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 by soju6:
Photo of soju6
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of OUgrad
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light beer perfect for the summertime!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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...

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of deebo
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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 WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemonade like appearance poured from a 16 ounce pounder can, labeled straight Blanche de Bruxelles leaving out the Manneken Pis terminology. Beautiful pearl white head forming thick and cloud like arising out of my Belgian chalice like rising dough bread. Aroma especially citric/tropical fruit is really nice. Cookie dough, coriander, earthy herbal hints a very complex witbier, this may change some minds about the style. Spicy yeast complexity with a touch of acidity rising out of my glass. Flavors are bright with apricot, lemon and a creamy wheat flavor that really balances things out along with yeast esters and spice additions especially the coriander. Actually leaves ample bitterness with the spice, lingering on definitely complex. Mouthfeel is creamy texture, medium bodied tight flowing carbonation. Overall impression of this beer is excellent a grade A witbier, like I said this one may just change some minds for those who say they don't like this style.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy bright lemon yellow with a scant single finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is lemony and crisp with notes of coriander. Taste is about the same as the smell, not too much depth here. It is light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to hold it up. Overall, I like it and it appeals to me as a decent brew to drink on one of those boiling hot summer afternoons.

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bright floral aromas with solid amounts of orange and lemon peel. Also present and stronger once the beer warms are wheat notes and mild amounts of coriander.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by large amounts of citrus fruits - orange and lemon mostly but with very light amounts of grapefruit. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors fade a bit leaving more room for the twang from the wheat and hints of coriander that carries through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall this was a solid wit and makes me wonder why I so rarely visit the style. I'll be having a few more of these in the coming months I'm sure. Worth a shot.

Photo of rastaman
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spicy, lemon cented toilet cleaner aroma. Sweetish, spicy, toilet taste (not that i've ever drank toilet water). Strange, fizzy, definitely not a good example of the style (IMHO), but i suppose it has its moments.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw body with a dense hazy and a super strong carbonation that glides up the sides of the glass. There is a thick rocky white meringue of foam that last for a good bit.

S- The light smell of soft rain and light sour notes becomes a hint of bubblegum but it is still very soft. There is a hint of orange and dry coriander and green leaves in the finish.

T- The soft carbonic acid taste has a soft note of oranges with a finish of tart lemon-lime soda. The finish is a slight sweet note with some dry spice notes and a soft snap of hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a light and crisp flavor but it is very subtle and bland.

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 BostonBrewRu
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer is kind of all over the place. Tastes like cantaloupe bread. It's creamy, light but not particularly impressive.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Selection coming from a bottle chilled.

Crisp Belgian White where the taste exhibits the standard wheat beer flavors such as orange peel and coriander.

Light in color, like that of a pinot grigio. Light in taste as well. Moderately cloudy. Refreshing in taste.

Moderate in alcohol content. Excellent choice for those that love wheat beer.

Photo of willPS21
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After seeing a bunch of negative reviews, I felt obliged to offset with my opinion. I liked it very much for the very reason many didn't: it is an absolutely unoffensive, bland, lightly spiced, lightly bodied carbonated drink (known as beer). Liking whites like Allagash and Hoegaarden, I know very well my threshold of tolerance before before being somewhat overwhelmed/perturbed by the spicing and fruit zest. It's like, 5. And after you hit the limit, I think the threshold goes down. This beer though, i feel like I could drink 8 without hating it by the end, or just drinking to drink. Also notable: I like the color. A nice golden haze, classic. Keep it away from children because in a glass it looks quite potable as a fluid. I think a caveman, given a choice between this and almost any other beer, would surely pick the Blanche.

The presentation of the lemon in this beer is the best I've had. It makes the beer have a refreshing quality, and it's fantastic for throwing in the middle of a beer session in between heavy stouts/tripels, a real palate cleanser. If you're looking for a beer thats "refreshing", where do you turn? Coors light? Ugh. No. Every other refreshing beer has distinctive flaws. Try Blanche de Bruxelles.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the cleverly marketed (at least IMHO) '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack from this brewery, which is presented as such - 8 small bottles, which stretch out to a full 50cm, they do.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale straw, erm, 'colour', with a whole handful of puffy, frothy, and whipped-cream head, which leaves some broad strokes of coral island reef lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of rather fruity neutered citrus and apple pith, white wine must, earthy yeast, sweet coriander, lemon pie, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, sugary white wine, less than spicy coriander, subtle citrusy hops, a touch of bubblegum, and faint earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty well soft and unobtrusive by this point, the body a decent medium weight for the purported style, and actually rather smooth, the yeast the only interloper here, to little actual effect. It finishes on the sweet side, the coriander, wheaty malt, and bland citrus essences ruling the roost.

Kind of a Disney-esque rendition of the style, the coriander and wheat malt sweetness more or less exaggerated for our amusement, it would seem. Easy to drink, but not all that complex, as duly noted, and not something I could see myself repeating, outside of the goofy marketing trope that sucked me in here.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Manneken Pis

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Bright cloudy yellow with a thick frothy head.
S- Citric. Lemon and orange with a touch of clove and coriander.
T- Sweet lemony citrus with flowery spices. Coriander, clove, even a slight lavender flavor. Candi sugar a little too much.
M- Sweet throughout with a slight dry finish.

Overall- Not bad, but 1 glass will do. Just too sweet for me.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tall tulip glass at Norton's Restaurant and Lucky Cat Lounge in Red Wing, MN.

Appearance - Cloudy pale yellow. A typical witbier appearance.

Smell - Nice yeasty sweetness with a little malt and citrus underneath. Nice.

Taste - A little drier with less sweetness and spice than most witbiers, which is actually what makes it taste a little better to me. This one has more pronounced malt, yeast and citrus...which are the flavors I enjoy the most in witbiers. One of the better examples of the style, in my opinion.

Mouth Feel - Smooth, light, nice carbonation, refreshing on the tongue.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, could easily do a session with this one. I had two with dinner (lamb and roasted veggies) and it was the perfect accompaniment.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one is a glorious shade of honey-gold that shines when backlit. Cloudy and vibrant at the same time, this one is topped with the most fantastic dollop of white foamy cream head. Lacing is abundant and gorgeous. This is one beautiful witbier!

S - Lemon meringue, nutmeg, clove, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and allspice. This smells like a really nice candle from Yankee Candles, and also like the prototypical wit.

T - Lemon hides behind a mellow veneer of light vanilla ice cream, understated spices, and a salty saltine cracker.... almost German pils.... malt profile. Nice. Lacks horsepower, but nice and mellow.

M - Creamy, yet highly carbonated and zesty. Very light and mellow.... almost too much so. This has a whipped cream consistency that I really like. Nice.

D - Killer summertime drinkablilty. Somewhat boring for a high class brew... based on the bottle, I expected more complexity, but this is a very nice brew nonetheless. Dont get me wrong, this is a really good brew, but when something from Belgium is corked and caged I expect a little more.

Photo of msemich
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The big orange, and that's not just because I'm from Tennessee. Very citrus with that flavor overpowering much of the rest. I like citrus, so that's alright by me, but for many it may be overpowering in the beginning.

Note: I apparently got here at happy hour, so I was served in a *very* large glass not appropriate to style. It is a rare case that I wish I was given less beer, but there you have it. If this were shorter I expect that the citrus would be less apparent off the bat, given less room to aerate up the sidewalls.

Carbonation was minimal, leaving a loose head that quickly stilled. For other styles I would dock them for it, but here I think more carb would interfere with the subtle warming flavors. At this size I ought to get a chance to see what its like near room-temp anyway.

Oddly enough with all of this going on, I have to rank this beer highly on drinkability; it goes down easy and begs for the next sip. At the low ABV, this makes for a pretty good session beer, even for a Wit. The low carb makes for maybe that was intentional. You will have to give it a solid go on this one to over your limit assuming you are being at least mildly responsible.

Hops are present and Belgian sticky; something we American's still just can't get quite right. Grain is minimal, with typical Belgian characteristics of light flavor without being too sweet at the same time; the wheat additions are light but forefront with the power of Belgian Pils to back it up.

Spices. Again the Belgians know how to do it. While I can pick up the orange/citrus, it is too sweet for curacao and too light for sweet orange. The use of coriander and (perhaps) grains of paradise is admirable and balanced. They craft their own citrus through the use of several different ingredients.

A good drinker, if not the top of the style by any means. To wit, this is something missed by many of the modern interpretations of style, as this is a well-flavored session beer for the adventurous. At the same ABV as many macros, it is a good segway to an AIPA or an ESB. You'll want to get your malt in after if the spice wasn't enough to satiate your palate.

On warming. Like I said above, I was served a really tall one of these, so I have the chance to monitor the changes in flavor. Half down, it has concentrated on the curacao, drying out and gaining a yeasty character which was overpowered in the beginning. This continues to grow as we warm together. At this point, I have to say that the original pour was way too cold, overbalancing to the citrus. At about 50 F the balance is very nice, with all flavors mixing to a shallow body commensurate with the overall style.

Photo of hbis2gut
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a tap at Toronado in San Francisco.
This is an excellent wit. Cloudy as expected. The color was lighter than I expected and is misleading of the flavor to come. I was shocked at the amount of flavor from such a light beer. There's a complex and fruity character with a hint of almost rye character with some sweetness. The nose is inviting, but subtle. Lacy head stayed with the beer to the bottom of the glass. Soft and silky mouth-feel with an almost dessert wine appeal.

Photo of rmolledo
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow with a giant soapy head. Intense Lacing.

S: Spicy Yeast Character. Citrus Fruit Essences. Peppery.

T: Deliciously Refreshing. Oranges and Lemons combined with a spicy tart finish makes this a thirst quencher. Black Pepper like finish.

MF: Highly Carbonated with a spicy sensation.

D: Perfect on a long hot day.

Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Pours a cloudy and very whitish pale yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma is wheat with some coriander, spices, and yeast. The taste is very refreshing with some wheat, citrus and spice flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp from the carbonation. Drinkability is very high, this would be a perfect beer for the hot summer outdoors here in Florida. Overall, this is a pretty solid wit that is recommended.

Photo of tempest
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before date of "20081213" appear to indicate this has a 12 month shelf life. That's a little odd.

It starts out looking good with a cloudy, pale yellow body. The aroma, however, indicates this beer might have had some rough shipment with immediate skunk. That dissipated after 10 minutes to leave a sweet, bready aroma that carried over to the flavor. I'm surprised by this bready malt, because while it is Belgian by nature, it's not the normal light and crisp malt I'd expect from a wit. This beer comes off more like a light Belgian pale ale, and an unremarkable one at that.

Overall, not really bad, but I wouldn't order a bottle again. Maybe I'd try it on tap, to see if it's any better.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.