Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
On tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA.
Pours a murky whitish orange with a 1 inch white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of jasmine tea, perfume, and light citrus fruits. Taste is pretty much the same and to me this tastes very much like jasmine tea. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it really doesn't seem like beer in some regards.
02-20-2012 07:30:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded into a thin layer of bubbles lingering on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of lemon and wheat in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mixture of flavors of lemon citrus and wheat with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing and thirst quenching.
09-29-2010 01:21:58 | More by metter98
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
Pale lemon with no haziness on the initial pour. The pillowy, alabaster crown is currently filling more than half the glass and is beginning to deposit scattered patches of smeary lace. Once the last two inches of yeast-laden beer is added, the liquid becomes nicely fuzzy and looks like what was expected.
The classic witbier ingredients of coriander and orange peel are present in the nose, but they aren't as prominent as they should be. Pale wheat is too noticeable and there's a mustiness that could stand to be toned down. Not bad, though.
On the palate... still not blown away by 'Brussels White' (the translation of Blanche De Bruxelles). Again, the witbier character isn't aggressive enough, allowing an untoasted graininess to peek through. In addition, the beer tastes a little stale. In case you're wondering, the 'best by' date hasn't yet arrived.
The orange peel could just as easily be lemon peel and the coriander is extremely subtle. Bitter is favored over tangy, which is favored over sweet. Brasserie Lefebvre has most likely been brewing this ale for decades (if not centuries), but a few major tweaks are needed from where I sit and sip.
The mouthfeel is little better than average too. Certainly not enough to earn the next highest score. It's unequivocally light and doesn't have enough volumizing bubbles to add... well... volume.
Blanche De Bruxelles is a disappointment because it lacks... witbieriness. A better base beer would be a good place to start. More orange peel and more coriander would be a good place to finish. There are much better versions available for your warm weather drinking pleasure.
06-23-2008 12:30:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head that generously coats the chalice with lace
Smell: Lemony, yeasty aroma with hints of coriander
Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that betrays an undertone of lemon by mid-palate; after the swallow, it gets tarter with more significant lemon flavors and a coriander finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy with a creamy element
Drinkability: Certainly not the best wit out there, but a reasonable beer nonetheless
08-06-2007 00:40:03 | More by brentk56
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow ale with a medium head and very little retention. Aroma is bit weak with some wheat and some orange being noticeable. Taste is also a bit weak with some wheat again and medium sweetness. Lack some character to make it truly special.
10-12-2004 16:47:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.48/5 rDev -7%
Any beer with the image of a cherrub pee-ing shows the sense of humor that is worthy of a purchase. It pours a very murky straw color with some rusty hues mixed in. The carbonation forms a subtle head that fades quickly with a bit of lacing. Aromas are very sweet with wheat and barley, spicy with pepper, corriander, orange peel, and yeastiness. Very bready and richly flavored with hints of lemon zest, acidic citrus notes, and with an earthy, pungent, herbal hop character that rounds out the sweetness but also gives a less-than-clean distraction. Heavier weighted than most Witbiers, but much maltier too with some unresolved sugars. Finishes sweet and spicy with a lingering hop, lemon, and bready note. Pretty good, it kinda steer toward St. Bernardus' Witbier, but stops shy of it's balance and quality. Certainly a non-offensive beer that should be tried at least once.
09-17-2008 15:56:35 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light yellow body with a small, fizzy white head.
Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling aroma of wheat malt, coriander, and lemons.
Taste: Gentle sweetness with flavors of wheat, coriander, and citrus, though all the components of the taste remain fairly light. Faint yeastiness. Mild acidity on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability: Light and refreshing; a decent wit.
12-09-2007 18:39:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +7%
This beer poured out with a nice hazy yellow color to it. The head was fizzy and white but does have a bit of retention and lacing. The smell of this beer had a nice fresh citrus aroma to it with healthy does of yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is lightly flavors with what seems to be lemons and has a good amount of wheat in the aftertaste to smooth things out. The mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing, smooth and drinkable just about whenever. Overall I'd only wanna have this in the warmer months but it is a nice brew all around. Not bad!
08-31-2011 18:35:14 | More by Knapp85
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
06-06-2013 01:07:07 | More by TMoney2591
3.66/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
06-04-2014 03:58:25 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a clouded straw gold with a white head. Nose is like immature grass that has been cut. Not green grass, like a yellow grass that is still maturing. Flavor is mild with character. Subdued wheat flavors with a mild yeast. Feel is thick on the mouth as there seems to be a residue almost that clings to your mouth. A decent one, but nothing to run to the store to get. Nice to drink, but no Oscar winner.
12-31-2007 01:16:18 | More by RblWthACoz
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a cloudy and very light yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast, wheat and spices along with light malts and some hops.
T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, spices, Belgian yeast and orange peel. The malt character is light but not too thin and the hops presence is pretty good for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easy, not filling at all, very good representation of style, mild kick, this is an excellent beer to drink for an entire evening. Its flavorful, light and wont have you on the way to getting buried after the first three or four of them.
11-22-2007 05:59:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Pours with three fingers of rocky, white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace.
S - Spicy notes of wheat with some tartness and earthy spices, particularly coriander.
T - Grainy malt with some lightly tart wheat up front. Some lemony coriander and peppery yeast in the middle. Finishes with some creamy malt with light vanilla notes and just a hint of herbal hops and light bitterness.
M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - This is a very nice example of a style that is often overly spiced and too sweet. There is a nice, subtle malt character with a thick, creamy body that American interpretations often lack. The spices are present, but the coriander is bright and lemony and the orange peel is so subtle that it is only really noticeable in the aftertaste. This beer serves as a pleasant reminder that Wit beer can be enjoyable when brewed with skill and restraint.
11-02-2010 05:19:14 | More by nickfl
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
06-10-2012 04:43:10 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Blanche de Bruxelles
There's the pissing boy of Manneken Pis on the label.
Poured into a gold-rimmed chalice, for fun.
Hazy straw yellow, smallish white head.
Airy, spicy, lovely nose...fresh and perfumey. Coriander in there, and notes of lemon, herbs, dandelions, fresh mown gas.
Nice texture, citric flavor, zesty, spicy, and very refreshing. Great play on the palate, tingles and tantalizes, shuffles, bucks and wings, boogies and breakdances up and down.
Plentiful flavor, much delight on the tongue. Good witbier!
05-28-2008 04:16:40 | More by feloniousmonk
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
A Belgian tall boy poured into a Hoegaarden glass and I was mispronouncing that in my mind as I typed it, don't worry.
Beer is yellow and white with a big haze and a nice huge white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, decent retention.
Aroma is grainy and citrusy with a mild spice.
Beer is light with a grainy finish, not a great wit but a decent one for the price, interesting overall but I don't think I"d have it again.
06-13-2012 19:25:33 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
a super super light beer, would need gallons of this to get drunk or full, which isnt necessarily a minus. pours cloudy and glowing pale pale yellow in color, 2 inch white head. smell is quite citrusy, with lots of belgian yeast making things exciting. flavor is the same as the nose, yeasty and fruit, insanely light. i wanted more from this beer in terms of flavor, its good, but its watered down i think. feel is very very light on body, with pretty bright carbonation and some creamy texture. this is one of the easiest drinking belgian beers ive tastes. a pretty good with overall, but so many others can do the trick just as well or better. this was good, but i had higher hopes.
06-12-2012 20:51:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.