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

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BA SCORE
84
good

681 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 14
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at the last Belgium beerfest at Julio's.

A - A super light hazy straw colour with a big fluffy 2+ finger head that slowly but surely dissolves leaving little lacing

S - Faint citrus and even corriander! Just a little bit of yeast on the backend.

T - Quite nice. Nice and crisp with a nice light wheat taste with a hint of citrus on the finish.

M - Smooth and light. Light carbonation.

D - Exceptional! Every quality of this beer is nonintrusive and mellow. Soft aromas, taste, and mouthfeel makes this go down very, very easily.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:08:47 | More by rudzud
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$2.59 for a 11.2 oz bottle at BevCo, 4.5% ABV. Best before 5/25/11.

Pours out to a clear very pale straw golden, probably one of the lightest beers I've ever reviewed. Adding the yeast gives it a milky glow. Forms a modest pure white soapy head with average retention and decent lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma opens nicely with orange peel and coriander as it should, clean without off aroma. The mouthfeel is lightly spritzy, tart, and lightly astringent with a very light body. The taste re-caps the aroma...nice balance of orange and coriander against the unmalted wheat and pale malts, with a well balanced delicate and light bitterness and tart acidity, although I would not call this beer sour.

Crisp, clean, well made...a very nice example of the style, made for those days when you need a thirst quencher. Very drinkable and enjoyable...would go well with fish, oysters, shrimp dishes and curries.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:52:57 | More by Mitchster
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

6 oz tap pour into a tulip.

A - Pours a very hazy pale yellow straw color with a dense white head. Decent retention and some sticky lace is left on the glass.

S - Soft wheat opens the mild nose with a tiny bit of lemon citrus and a very mild fruitiness comes through. Soft and inviting.

T - Pale malt and a light straw hint with some soft wheat overtaking all. A tiny hint of citrus comes through on the finish.

M - Very smooth and soft with a light carbonation tickle to the finish and a very refreshing feel.

D - Perfectly drinkable on any occasion, especially during the summer. It's a great, smooth, and easily drinkable witbier!

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 11:56:06 | More by BeerFMAndy
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruits with mild spice. The taste is sweet fruits and spice with a decent citrus finish. The beer is medium bodied with mild carbonation. This is a good refreshing Summer brew to say the least.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 00:22:57 | More by atsprings
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TheOtherBob

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1.9 pint bottle into a pint glass. Poured with a neat, tight head that stuck around and coated the glass. Hazy, straw color -- very attractive.

The smell is light and fresh -- no significant flavor overwhelming the others. Perhaps a light smell of wheat.

The taste is utterly clean, with just a bit of very slightly sour citrus. I may not be describing it perfectly -- but it's a taste I associate with white beers, and it's very nice here. A hint of spice comes along as the beer warms slightly. But nothing is overwhelming -- it's a very nicely balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is great, with a slight hit of carbonation rolling around on top. Very slightly chewy -- but, as with everything else in this beer, it does not intrude.

The drinkability is exceptional -- a very tasty beer with a relatively low ABV but a lot of well-balanced flavor that develops as you drink it. A great beer for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:01:24 | More by TheOtherBob
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treque

Mexico

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Very pale ocher hue, almost like a soft drink grapefruit or lemon, very slightly turbid and opaque to light. With a broad head of two fingers, creamy and white with good retention. presents constant carbonation

S:Excellent very pungent aroma of citrus with a slight hint of banana and wheat.

T:Its flavor is very thin, with sweet and citrus accents, ending at its most persistent acid.

Good to start with the style but not its finest

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 22:37:26 | More by treque
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mithrascruor

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy pale light yellow/white color. Light filmy/foamy white head with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Light aroma with hints of orange peel, coriander, and other spices, plus a hint of wheat.

Taste: Light wheat taste with some sweeter spices. No pepper, but some coriander and some light citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with some light grainyness. Mild tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Pretty mellow flavor, though pretty tasty.

A nice, solid and pretty mellow witbier. Nothing amazing, but good and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 01:59:33 | More by mithrascruor
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bskrtz

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle served very cold, poured into Blanche de Bruxelles (logo) chalice

A) Near perfect Belgian white ale. Unfiltered, straw gold yellow with 1/2 inch tight white head

S) Orange peel, citrus dominates, coriander, mild spice, sweet fruit

T) Crisp yet mild and refreshing. Orange & banana, ginger, sweet malt, mild tart

M) Light with loads of fine, bottle conditioned carbonation. Very smooth

D) Wonderful summer ale. Low alcohol content says its okay, have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 01:11:30 | More by bskrtz
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the Eulogy Tavern in Philadelphia. Into a stemmed glass, poured a cloudy yellow with a finger of white head and great retention. The nose wasn't that pronounced, but some hints of clove, coriander, and apricot. The taste was more bountiful, with big traces of apricot as well as clove and coriander, and a big apricot, modestly dry finish. Looked like a thin beer, but the surprisingly full/medium body was impressive. Decent beer for sessioning, if you love apricot flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2010 17:13:40 | More by donniecuffs
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 13:02:54 | More by bsp77
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- big expanding snow white head over a gorgeous hazy lemon juice colored body. high wheat content is apparant in the foam stability and retention. it builds high over the rim of the and wiggles like jello. some drips and spots of lace cling elegantly to the small weizen glass.

S- pleasant wheat aroma with some hints of bubblegum yeast and coriander. a bit of citric tartness lies in the background. a bit of banana and white pepper spice as well as mineral water. a very fresh and quiet overall smell. smells light and refreshing.

T- excellent balance between sweet/tart/malty with one of the cleanest finishes in memory. a bit lemony with delicate malt sweetness and fleeting coriander vapors sensed from the palate through the sinuses. not spicy or overly spiced, these are subtle flavors which play nicely with one another, having no joust for dominance. if there were a rumble however, phenolic bubblegum and banana flavors would most likely come out on top with unmalted wheat as a runner up. curacao orange lends a far off citric brightness, but not actual orange flavor, which for me is a good thing. ultra clean finish leaves nothing but the faint taste of white bread crust.

MF- slick and silky, perfectly carbonated with tight bubbles and clean on the palate and lips. light thirst quenching body. everything i'm lookin for when the mercury begins to rise.

D- a delightful offering welcomed at a time when blue moon is seeing a surge in popularity around here thanks to some artsy new television commercials. that's ok. this beer doesn't need an orange to enhance or accentuate it's flavor. it doesn't need viagra either. it's soft and timid and fantastically drinkable with a cool summery dryness. lovely brew all around.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 03:45:35 | More by hustlesworth
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drxandy

Michigan

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

best before L20101113 11:13

11.2oz to tulip pint, pours a cloudy pale golden shade with a fluffy white head, excellent head retention/lacing, yeast added to glass from bottom of bottle

smells of coriander, citrus pith, wheat backbone/yeast

taste is of sweet/sour, very well balanced, coriander/spice in the front, followed by the light alcohol, wheaty malt, creamy finish

mouthfeel is highly carbonated, creamy, sweet and sour, slight hop presence

drinkablity is high, especially on a hot day, i would drink another if i had one on hand, great for pairing with meals as well - overall very nice

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:14:30 | More by drxandy
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david18

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of drafts of this beer at West Branch, an excellent restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not sure why I typically avoid this beer but I liked it very much .

Very light color and high carbonation as is the style. Extremely drinkable for lunch. Low in alcohol and light in color and density. I'll definitely have this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2010 18:20:28 | More by david18
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light golden yellow color. Two finger fluffy white head that has good retention. Light streaky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Muted aroma when cold with just some orange peel and light spicing. Once warm this beer opens up with wheat notes and some lemon zesty notes to it.

T- I drank this warmer and it tasted more full body than when I have had it cold. Wheaty flavors right upfront. Orange peel and light lemon come into play next. Spicing on the backing with the original wheat flavor coming back one last time.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style but a little too much for me. Wheaty flavors left on the palate with some light lemon in the aftertaste. Crisp flavors overall. Fizzy feeling at times on the palate.

D- This is a nice summertime refresher. I would gladly drink this over and over on a long summer day. Do yourself a favor and try it. Easy drinking and lower ABV means you can drink this for long while before having to switch to something else.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 13:37:06 | More by alleykatking
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability personified. Poured from the bottle into my footed beer glass. Awesome one inch pillowy head. No lacing to speak of. Smell was light with a citrus and coriander nose. Heavy on the citrus. Taste was delicious and light and refreshing. Mouthfeel was light as well. The best thing though was drinkability. Light, delicious, Belgian, great for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:48:48 | More by rdub
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a straight pint glass.

The beer is a cloudy yellow color with a large bubbly white head. It took two passes to pour the whole beer because of the large head.

There isn't a strong aroma, but what is there smells mostly of yeast and lemon peel.

There is definitely more flavor to the taste than the aroma... the lemon is still the dominant singular flavor but hints of other spices come through. Not much body to it at all either.

Overall I'm a little disappointed by this one. Not one of the better witbiers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:15:10 | More by theboozecruise
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hbis2gut

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 18:27:17 | More by hbis2gut
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 01:06:04 | More by glid02
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy, extremely pale straw color. It was served to me with a short frothy cap.

s: Mild overall, I picked out a little spice, some citrus, and bit of wheat.

t: Pretty mild here as well. This is well balanced at least, no one aspect stands apart. I tasted coriander and lemon zest, not much in the way of orange though. The wheat base was there, but it was mild as well.

m: A tad on the thin side, but with appealingly zesty carbonation.

d: Everything was here, there just wasn't quite enough of it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2010 09:46:14 | More by DIM
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thekanna

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow bordering on orange with a thick, foamy white head.

S: Big wheat malt aroma on the nose, backed with orange peels and spiciness.

T/M: Slightly sour wheat malts; orange peel and coriander are definitely detectable. Carbonation is subdued but present.

D: Great example of the style; I'd choose this over Blue Moon or Hoegaarden anyday.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:15:01 | More by thekanna
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msemich

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 less...gas....so 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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 00:56:12 | More by msemich
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m1ked

California

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of belgian bottles for a tasting while watching the cards-pack playoff.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with an impressive bright snow white pure foam head...so much so its almost as if you can't discern any bubbles. No streamers seen. Looks so refreshing...I just wish it was a hot summers day instead of the dead of winter.

S- A light sweet wheaty aroma with a tinge of vinegar, light spiciness, and subtle citrus.

T- The first thing I get is light orange peel and the subtle coriander that blends into light vinegar and sweet wheatiness.

M- Oh so light but with plenty of flavors. Light carb, and kind of of dry.

D- I love this style...I could drink this all day. Preferably on a beautiful warm summer day. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 21:55:25 | More by m1ked
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Spineypanda

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw cloudy color and has a small yet prolific head.
Smells basically like a wheat beer. Has a bit of citrus to it.
Tastes about like nothing. A hint of wheat and some citrus but seriously mild, and easy to drink.
Has a carbonation that is high.

I think this would be a great beer to get smashed on, but not to sit and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:26:37 | More by Spineypanda
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ajayma

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK.
Hazy, pale, grayish-yellow. Thin head with persistent lace.

SMELL.
Wheat field, clementine, light coriander.

BODY & TASTE.
Light, dryish body. Smooth wheat, lemon, and orange peel peak out front, but are pushed aside by a wash of coriander and mellow yeast in the middle. The finish is clean, with more, quick-fading hints of clementine and coriander.

AFTERMATH.
Darn tasty and very drinkable. This beer also tasted great in a fried fish beer-batter.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 01:07:05 | More by ajayma
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Travlr

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy head and decent lacing.
S: Bananas and bubblegum aroma.
T: Flavor starts slightly sweet, the progresses to citrus, then a slight bitter and sour finish.
M: Decent body for what it is.
D: Refreshing, even in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 21:31:40 | More by Travlr
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