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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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636 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 636
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 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 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot


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 MaxOhle


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great, refreshing beer.
At first I thought it was a French beer and I was surprised as those seem hard to come by. But it is a Belgian Beer. Loved it.

The appearance of the bottle is very intriguing.
A nice, white beer. Great color.
This is the first white beer I have ever had.
Fruity smell and taste, not too strong, but not a light beer by my standards.
Loved it, would recommend to anyone interested in trying a tasty, easy to drink beer.
Something that I might otherwise look for is a stronger kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 06:22:26 | More by MaxOhle
Photo of magictacosinus


3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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
Photo of crnipeter


2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Representatives of the style are supposed to be consumed fresh and the bottle labeled 08-31-2013 seems to suffice the condition. 330 ml chilled into tulip.

Hazed, very pale straw body with meringue white frothy head that rapidly vanishes.

Very bland citric aroma with inappropriate ham element.

Wheaty and spicy with lactic sourness, dry finish with light hop-bitterness.

Light bodied and smooth with some creaminess.

Refreshing yet mostly unsatisfying. Judging from the bottle content the little Urinator on the label seems to be there with a reason, warning the drinker what he/she may expect.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 11:55:28 | More by crnipeter
Photo of henrysunset


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 OZ bottle from Malt and Vine (I purchased 10 different beers for a beer tasting with my colleagues tomorrow).

Straw colored and clear with visible carbonation and a massive head of medium/fine foam.

Scent is Banana bread. a light hop scent floats over that.

Taste is very light, a light spice flavor like clove (bottle says coriander and orange peel). Intensely easy to drink, hard to imagine anyone who would be offended by this.

Mouthfeel is light, water-like, refreshing. Drinkability is super high.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:08:22 | More by henrysunset
Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as a gift. Lighter beer with decent carbonation. This beer pours a nice head and has a good aroma. Has a classic Witbier taste but lacks flavor from the orange and coriander as advertised. All in all a decent brew worth drinking on a hot day.

Final thought: A decent beer that I will have to try again with an orange slice.

Bottom Line: If you like Blue Moon this is all you.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:41:45 | More by themind
Photo of mooseo


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Pale slightly hazy straw yellow with a large fluffy white head.

S - Banana, orange peel, Belgian yeast. Pleasant, but not very pronounced.

T - Taste is comprised mainly of bready malts and Belgian yeast. Very light banana, lemon, and orange notes are evident. There is a tart "cake batter" flavor coming through as well. Finishes bready with just a touch of bitterness.

M - Very soft, smooth, and light. Refreshing, although a bit watery.

O - Nice Belgian wit. Not much complexity here but it's very crisp and enjoyable, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 00:12:15 | More by mooseo
Photo of flagmantho


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy, silvery-gold hue with a three-finger cap of pillowy white foam. Quite good.

Smell: lightly wheat aroma with a pretty whopping orange peel aroma. Some of the coriander comes through as well. I've never had a witbier where the spicing came through so aggressively in the aroma; I'm not sure I like it this way. I prefer more subtlety, to be honest.

Taste: wheaty flavor with, again, a big orange peel component. I feel that it's better in the flavor than in the aroma, but still, it tastes like it's been mixed half-and-half with orange juice. An orange fruit beer -- that might work; but in a witbier it's just too much.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and an appropriate level of carbonation. Pretty good.

Overall: this beer is OK, and it seems well-enough crafted, but its flavor profile is not really what I look for in a witbier. This seriously tastes like someone poured a shot of cointreau into a Hoegaarden.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:51:58 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ehsieh02

New York

3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in the Bottlework in Seattle for the first time, and bought two bottles home immediately, since my boyfriend likes it so much. (He has girly taste for beer.)

A: white thick foam, very lively and staying for quite a while.

S: A bit grainy, apple, a bit clove and coriander. Cute smell.

T: It's lemony sour very refreshing at first, then the sour note lasts til the end, along with apple, apricor, some cute pleasant fruitness. Also a bit coriander undernote.

M: medium body, however it needs to be served cold like 4 degree, after it gets a bit warmer, I can sense the alcohol in my mouth, brings less peasure.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 07:58:20 | More by ehsieh02
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll take the highroad when describing the beer's appearance and make no plays on the 'Manneken Pis' moniker. The 'blanche' part of the name, however, is pretty accurate given the liquid's clear, ultra-pale, practically toneless complexion. Actually, it would probably have more colour if it were white - this looks like sparkling wine.

Zesty citrus fruit shavings and a dab of exotic spice conceal musty notes of stored grain and hay. The bouquet, overall, is considerably dynamic, and laced with a pleasant tartness, despite the underlying grainy notes. The use of coriander and curacao proves once again to be an awesomely aromatic and alluring combination.

Blanche de Bruxelles is light on the palate but delivers on the promises of citrus zest and herbal spiciness made by the aroma. It's easily as approachable as a standard golden lager but far more pleasant tasting, owing to flavours of orange peel, grains of paradise (though none are used) and soft wheat. Lefèbvre got things right.

I have no complaints about the mouthfeel being watery. As such, it's refreshing and ridiculously easy to put back. The beer's designed for sunny weather drinking and a mouthfeel that avoids bitterness, strong texture, much heaviness or sweetness is only doing it a favour. This is a beer with serious mass appeal.

Blanche de Bruxelles might not have a Y chromosome but it's a damn pleasant beer to drink, especially when the weather is nice. It probably belongs more so at a table of Jupiler drinkers than it does St. Bernardus but in all honesty falls somewhere between the two, like a witbier flavored lager. Recommended pairings: thirst, sun and patio.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 18:13:35 | More by biegaman


3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.Oversized glass.Enjoyed on jul´11. Pale straw color. Cloudy. White froth.Lasting crown is dense.Creamy lacing rings. Coriander, vanilla & slightly orangish aromas.Slightly acidic,subtle butter,sweet caramel malt & bread. Medium body.Cloying sweetness. Apricot notes on the aftertaste.Not as refreshing as expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 16:10:02 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle after seeing this in the 1001 beers you have to drink book. I like Wits in general, so this seems like a good one to try.

I poured the wit into a fluted glass, and I immediately get a bunch of head. The coloring is perfect. This is a very light colored beer.

The smell and flavor is excellent. I really enjoy the coriander and orange peel. The flavor really feel light across my pallatte. Bruxelles is not overly complicated, which doesn't affect my satisfaction for this beer.

I recommend this wit. It is one of my favorites, now.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:09:19 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: One of the palest beer I ever had. Very very pale yelow, with big white frothy head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Somewhat reminiscent of "La Find du Monde". There is a good amount of green apple skin like tartness in this. There is also a good amount of coriander, cloves and pepper. Some fresh mint. Some orange juice. Very inviting.

T: Superbly juicy with lots of orange juice and green apple skin. Good coriander, cloves and pepper with the mint being still in there. I'd only add candi sugar to the list.

M: Very light feeling body with medium to strong carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: This might very well be the best witbier I ever had. I had this beer in the fridge for over 12 months, I don't know if it changed anything to the beer because it seems very awesome and the reviews seem to show it's more of a "meh" beer. Anyway...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 03:17:27 | More by flipper2gv
Photo of elNopalero


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a pale white color, surprisingly so. White ale, who knew? Ha. Lots of foam that gives off a crisp aroma with hints of coriander, orange zest and other delicious esters.
The flavor is nuanced and layered, with coriander, sage, citrus zest all playing in the background a pleasing melody. Wonderful, sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:19:48 | More by elNopalero
Photo of 57md


3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well... like that label says, it is white. It is also cloudy with two generous fingers of head. There is some good retention and lacing. The nose is pretty bland - nothing much going on here. There is subtle orange flavor upfront, but it tastes pretty bland as well. There is a nice bitter finish which is the best part of this offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 04:29:18 | More by 57md
Photo of BeerManDan


2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just not what I was expecting in this Belgian White. Poured an hazy yellow white color with very little foam. The flavor was sort of flat, with a sour/bitter taste and very little in the flavor department. The smell had a yeasty aroma and not much of anything else! To a well balance ale, lacking flavor, aroma in all departments!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:29:35 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler.

A: Pours hazy yellow with two fingers worth of white head that shows no signs of disappearing. Retention is good, and lacing is rather sticky.

S: Mainly spice and a touch heavy on the orange, with hints of lemon peel and grassy aromas.

T: Citrus up front, with notes of orange peel and lemon, along with just a hint of coriander. Finish is slightly tart, and very refreshing.

Notes: This beer has more body than other witbiers that I have tried. Subtle carbonation lends a very silky mouthfeel. Tasty and quite refreshing. One of the most drinkable beers of this style that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 05:07:52 | More by WYVYRN527
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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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