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

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750 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 17
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999)
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4/5  rDev +7%

mquinn919, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Drazilnc
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Drazilnc, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -19.8%

akttr, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was stunned to see Le Manneken Pis in a CAN during one of my recent visits to Pinocchio's in Media. I have watched him and his sister making water in the back alley many times but I never expected to catch him in the CAN! The CANQuest (TM) rolls on, tirelessly and seemingly endlessly as a result.

From the CAN: "Beer brewed with spices"; "Wit Beer - Weiss Bier - Cerveza blanca - [Cyrillic] - Birra"; "Brewed by - Brassee par - Gyartja Pardotta da - Gebrouwen door - Gebraut durch - Elaborada por Brasserie Lefebvre Chemin de Cloly, 54, b 1430 Quenast (Rebecq) Belgium"; "Biere Blanche - White Beer".

I will readily cop to having agitated the CAN as I wanted any lees to be in suspension and not flocculated at the bottom of the CAN. As a result, The Crack unleashed a brief spray of beer and foam before I could get The Glug started. No CANsualties were reported and soon I had what CAN only be described as Lemon Meringue Pie in a glass! I was looking at a finger of flluffy, dense, bone white head with excellent retention above a cloudy pale-lemon yellow liquid. Nose was quite musty, very yeast-driven. Mouthfeel was creamy, like soft serve ice cream or instant pudding and the taste was of bananas and old newspapers, very musty. Wild! Finish was semi-dry and the mustiness really lingered, plus a lemony tartness began to come through. As a self-avowed hophead, one would be plenty, but for those who enjoy this style, having it in a CAN makes it a good choice for the beach.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of themind
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

themind, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Brushkanna, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

drabmuh, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of mooseo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

mooseo, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DLS168, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 04 May 2013, this should be pretty fresh! 16oz tallboy into my New Belgium glass.

A mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense, creamy white head with excellent retention and a little lacing, this looks good. The nose has quite a bit of coriander with a very nice floral character that has elements of jasmine and rose water. Mildly fruity as well, with cherries and grapes. Citrus is present with an aroma of oranges that grows as this beer warms up. A touch of honeyed toast as well. Quite nice.

The palate opens crisp, ultra light and quite refreshing. Flavors of coriander, rose water, citrus (less bitter orange peel and more ripe oranges and orange juice). The mid-palate is a little watery with a cracker-like wheat character. Quenching and crisply carbonated, this beer finishes a little watery with a light coriander note, a little bit of orange fruitiness and a touch of wheat tartness. Quite nice, very drinkable.

DefenCorps, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of DrunkenMonk
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

DrunkenMonk, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After seeing bottles of this stuff with a shit ton of sediment at the local giant eagle ($2.75 single) I was happy to find a can for 3 bucks.

A - Pours a very cloudy bright yellow and a pillow like head that just doesn't want to quit. Lacing is just as good.

S - Smell is very mild but mostly mild lemon zest, touch of orange and a fruity pleasant yeast.

T - It's good warm or cold man is this stuff drinkable. Starts off with a touch of yeast mildly fruity then goes to a bit of wheat and the finish is the orange/lemon zest pretty well balanced with a mild hop finish.

M - Light to medium, yeast doesn't become cloying like typical Belgium Witbier's.

Overall I don't understand all the latest hate on this beer. It's got a good balanced taste, sessionable ABV, and even now comes in a can! Will have to look for this when I need something light to pound with a ton of balanced flavors!

DrDemento456, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jjm2503, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +7%

ste5venla, May 31, 2012
Photo of gvacca
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

gvacca, May 27, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

flagmantho, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jrfehon33, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ucsbmullet, May 24, 2012
Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MacStinson, May 24, 2012
Photo of pmlato
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very cloudy Belgian white with an underpowered malt background providing a sweetish taste(which is decent, definitely enjoyable at the right time) and cloying sweet mouthfeel(definitely not so good). Overall a decent beer for cooling off, nothing to write home about.

pmlato, May 23, 2012
Photo of ehsieh02
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

ehsieh02, May 17, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biegaman, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

beerhawk41, May 10, 2012
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.