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

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735 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of ThaCreep
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow transparent. Lemony nose with wheat to identify the Witbier the first lick. The lemon in the nose is reminiscent of lemon meringue. Her mouth is smaller, just with the zest of citrus and wheat and smooth without bitterness or spice. Lack of personality in the body and structure but easy to drink.

ThaCreep, May 09, 2011
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aspect. quite cloudy golden color to the yeast in suspension.

perfume. quite intense with nice citrus notes.

flavor. fresh, slightly sweet, citrusy with hints of yeast in the final.

very good refreshing beer in the summer, however, may accompany dishes with a delicate flavor even in cold weather.

JEFFRIBEGGIN, May 02, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow/pineapple color. Sort of looks like pinapple juice. A bright white, fluffy, soapy head. Very nice size, but only had moderate retention and lacing. Very bright yellow highlights adorn the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Spicy coriander with some orange citrus hints. Lemony notes. A slight "beer" aroma. Wheat notes. Kind of smells like a "sweet tart". Pretty well balanced, but with average characteristics.

Taste - Spicy with wheat tones. Picking up the orange and lemony notes. Touches of sourness and bitterness. Again, for me, mostly average.

Mouthfeel - Meidum/light to light mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp and refreshing. A touch watery. Doesn't leave much on the palate at all.

Super easy to drink. Thirst quenching. Could pound a number of these at one time. A summer beer. Nothing complicated and rather straight forward.

Shrews629, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw blond body. Cloudy like a golden wheatbeer. Thin head ontop

S - A nice bouquet of sweet wheatgreass and lemon zest. Fresh floral this has an inviting summer beer nose.

T - More flavor than Id expect from a wit. Floral notes and mild citrus. Alot of honey flowing over the tastebuds. Sweet wheats and a spice note I can compare to the grains of paradise.

M - Soft and smooth mouth, lightly carbonated. No real alcohol detected. A very easy drinker this one is light and fresh.

O - A very nice wit, maybe the best wit Ive had. This brew has a nice balance and mixture of flavors and quenches the thirst.

BeerForMuscle, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife had this one on tap last Tuesday afternoon at the Wynkoop Brewery. Served in a tulip, poured a cloudy, hazy pale straw color with a big white head. Aromas of coriander, wheat and light citrus. Well carbonated and light bodied, with flavors of wheat, citrus and coriander.

emmasdad, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of lavellen
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a strange one, it's what I imagine most homebrewers are actually producing every time I hear "Oberon Clone". The orange peel coriander combo punch is very present and almost overwhelms the light sensibilities of this particular brew. The head and carbonation were pretty cool, it was light and foamy and effervescent. Drinkable in the spring or after mowing my yard, this is very refreshing and delicate. Nice color and all that jazz. hops? Meh, not all that distinguishable. Pretty good beer.

lavellen, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian white beer pours a pale yellow with a moderate slightly off white head. The smell is quite floral. There is a exceptionally fine carbonation that gives this beer a sensation of being incredibly light and vapory. The taste has over tones of orange, citrus and a pleasant hops finish.

Despite its unique qualities it is very drinkable. I am excited to try it again soon!

Internatbrewlove, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation is there due to the haziness and there is some average lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - cloves, breads/grains, lemon, coriander

Taste & Mouth - The beer has lots of carbonation and it feels very light on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. There are also notes of coriander. The beer finishes with a bitter lemon aftertaste. It actually reminded me a little bit of a lemon cough drop.

Drink - Just an average beer. I'm happy I gave it a shot, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

spinrsx, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer on tap and from the bottle. The bottle was terrible (skunky beer, i think). I drink it regularly on tap and it is remarkable. The color is a pale hazy yellow remeniscent of a wheat beer. The smell is floral and sweet. The taste is that of a nice summery hefewiezen. The carbonation is a little high, but it works well for the beer. The drinkability is very high. I love this beer on tap and drink it whenever I can find it.


negroobserver, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of cwcolby74
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First tried this on tap at Cooper Tavern in Madison, WI, and searched a long time to find it in bottle. Finally did so at a shop in Indianapolis. I was interested to see how it tasted bottled vs. on tap (ie less fresh, assumably).

Poured in a New Glarus weizen glass three days after purchase. The bottle, 1 pt, 9.4 oz., was corked, not capped.

App. - Pours light yellow, almost straw, with solid but not excessive carbonation. Leaves a thick head greater than an inch and a half wide, with moderate lacing as it recedes. Beer is cloudy in appearance, as a witbier should look.

Smell - Heavy coriander and light orange smell, with a touch of unidentified spices. Together it all gives it a nice but not overpowering nose. The whole presentation and smell make me want to drink it now.

Taste - Incredibly smooth, not overly citrusy. It has a mild yeast and wheat profile, but not anything I'd notice much. A tremendous fit for a witbier, which usually tend to leave me unimpressed because they seem so bland. I drank it without a lemon wedge, but have done so in the past and found it really superfluous.

Mouth - Good carbonation but not something I notice in abundance. It has a light, airy quality that leaves a mild aftertaste. I'd like that to be a bit stronger with this beer, perhaps with a tad more toned-up profile to the spices.

Drinkability - I like this beer a lot. It's a lighter, more refreshing take on a witbier than anything else I've tried. This tasted fresh and delicious.

It's not a beer with a lot of sizzle. Hop-heads should look elsewhere. But this does what a beer should - it satisfies and leaves me wanting more.

cwcolby74, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell is of wheat, coriander and citrus. Rather tart for style, not much in the way of sweetness detected.

The taste has definite notes of orange in it, as well as a very good dose of coriander in it. The amount of spice in this is among the higher amount I've had in a wit. For me, this is very welcomed and delicious. A little bit of citrus shows up on the finish. Hops are absent. Carbonation is noticeably pretty high.

I love wits, and this one does it right. Love the orange, and really love the high amounts of coriander. This is one of the best I've had.

NODAK, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Ryanm1
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
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.

Ryanm1, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

93rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- Very light and a pale murky yellow. Puffy decent head.

Smell- Citrus with a light earthiness to it. Could be a nuttiness when it warmed.

Taste- Very light and clean. Very refreshing after a long day.

Mouth- Lightly carbonated but it was not too light.

Drink- Very nice for the style. Will have to have it again during the hot summer months.

FosterJM, Dec 09, 2010
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.

willPS21, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of basica
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy brownish yellow with a thin and a very quickly receding head and sigificant carbonation bubbling (3.5)

S - The nose is light with spicy notes and wheat malts and a slight nuttiness (3.5)

T - Lightly sour notes upfront with spices including coriander. Pleasasant citrus notes fill the centre and the finish is decked with wheat malts (4)

M - Light on the body with good carbonation and a foamy-watery smoothness (4)

D - Very sessionable and approchable but I'd probably prefer the Hoegaarden Witbier in comparison (4)

basica, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of SmokinSmyth
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this in the business lounge waiting for the Eurostar. 250ml bottle, claiming to be a great representative of Belgian beer. I think not.

The beer poured a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Not much head, little lacing. Smell of lemon, typical of a witbier. Taste is not bad, just not good. Probably getting spoiled living in Belgium.

Mouthfeel was OK, as was the drinkability. Seems to be in the line of Maes Pils as a Belgian session beer. It's better than most of them, but I'd rather have one or two less of the stronger beers.

SmokinSmyth, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright white head of substantial proportions tops this unrestrained pour. The beer is a faded, light lemon-yellow color of a uniformly hazy, translucent nature with a kind of whitewashed overall appearance.

Peppery aromas hit the nose, with a spicy scent similar to the taste of nasturtiums, enveloped in strong citrus notes of orange and grapefruit peel.

The sweet and sour quality of the flavor is accented with peppery coriander and just a hint of orange peel, with more grapefruit coming through and a short snap of hop bitterness after the swallow. The grassy, wheat infused essence of the brew is tempered in the mouth by ample carbonation and the slightly sweet citrus flavors.

A good summer standard, especially with fish.

tubacharlie, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness code of L20110525. Pours a very pale yellow color with a modest haze for the style. Nice dense cap of white head. Retention is ok and lacing average.

Intense orange concentrate with a soft coriander spice and light wheat tang. Not as fresh smelling as I hoped it would be and is overall a light aroma.

Taste also has a strong, citric orange presence. Plenty of coriander, pretty unique wit. Strangely attractive for me though, like it is more enjoyable than it should be...a case of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts. Has a nice, refreshing tartness. Mouthfeel is creamy and supremely smooth. The more I drink, the more I like it. Even though this is not the first time I have had this, it is a wonderful surprise, borderline excellent! Even though this is a bit pricey, I will be buying it again soon.

twiggamortis420, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of taigor
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow with almost no head and slight lacing around the glass. Looks almost like lemonade.

S - Smell is sour bread with hints of cloves and some other spices.

T - Taste is sour to start with spices kicking in towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very easy going and refreshing as well. Would recommend it.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

nickfl, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with foamy white head. Head falls to almost nothing. Thin lacing.

Belgian wit smell with lots of lemony citrus.

Pleasant and clean taste. Citrus notes, mostly lemon. Actually quite a bit of lemon. Clean finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and mildly carbonated.

Very easy to drink and quite refreshing.

dstc, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen, two plus fingers of bright white fluffy head, hazy muted gold coloring, thin layer of lace.

s- pepper, very flowery, almost vinous, no real banana/clove in the nose.

t- much better than the nose, some fruit, light orange, again not alot of banana and clove, very light though and not overly flavorful.

m- thin to medium.

d- okay, glad to have tried this, but i wouldn't get it again. it's a bit weak flavor wise, i would choose several others over this.

thecarster1, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of headbucket
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy, golden yellow color. small head.

S:light citrus and lemon. maybe a bit of spice

T:wheat, citrus, lemon, a bit of spice, and pretty sweet. I can detect a minor tart flavor towards the end

M: seems highly carbonated with very tiny bubbles, this dies down a bit the longer it sits in the glass. The mouthfeel smooths out and is a lot nicer a few minutes after pouring.

D: light and drinkable, although I think the sweetness detracts and lowers this score.

headbucket, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Shakujin
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@iseya Tokyo

appearance: soft but structurally unsound head. let the label be your guide as to the color

smell: lemon notes are strong with the wheat smell behind it. yeasty

taste: peppery in the finish, sweet at the start. dont get much of the those lemon notes

mouthfeel: soft, with a slightly bitter finish

drinkability/overal: the sweetness in the front of this beer hits me in a not so great way, especially proceeding the peppery finish its just not working for me. a good representation of the style i suppose but not something i would recommend.

Shakujin, Sep 27, 2010
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.