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

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802 Ratings
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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DCon
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the International Tap House in Chesterfield, MO for $7 (a bit pricey!?!). Tapped from the Bronze/Silver Stone Baby Angel Tap Handle into a 0,50l Witterkerke Hefeweizen Glass.

Aroma- Has a lemon aroma upfront with good citrus background. Wheaty and has a faint spice aroma.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger head that is frothy and stays for impressive time. Has a deep golden color body and leaves great lacing on the glass!

Flavor- Has a good wheat and sweet taste but nothing much than this... Light and well-balanced but no citrus, hops, or any zesty characteristics that I look for in Witbiers.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Refreshing, but then leaves a twang at the finish of the beer that isn't acceptable to me! Not sure what this is from but not cool!

Overall Impression- An average Witbier until the finish and it was ruined! Overly priced as well for this one... I will not be returning for another one of these ever and will probably steer people away from this if I were to see it on-tap/bottle. There are plenty of other Witbiers out there, why not enjoy the good ones!

Photo of bminor7
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the ruck. sampled 8/26/2011.

an endlessly quaffable belgian white...not terribly showy in terms of appearance (cloudy pale, no head) or smell (faint), but the taste is quality and even though not terribly bold, meets all the requirements for the style and is very accessible for beer snobs and new initiates the like.

I would recommend giving this one a try. It could almost suffice, in terms of refreshment, as a glass of water on a hot day.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In my quest for some lighter but excellent beers today, this was an very good choice. It has a taste that is unique, somewhat tart. Very refreshing.

The color befits the label, which is a treasure. A boy peeing. It has that color. But the taste is right there where it should be. Fruity, yeasty, hoppy. Very nice and clean. This is one to try when you want to try some of the lighter side.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. I found a single of this so I thought I'd try it. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy straw gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like wheat, lemon and orange peel, and coriander. It tastes like oranges, orange peel, coriander, wheat and lemon peel. I think I pick up more orange/orange peel in the flavor of this beer compared to the other witbiers I've had in the past. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and pretty easy to drink. I think it's a good, refreshing beer, I'd buy this again. It's a good choice to drink on a hot day, or any day.

Photo of JLeege
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft – into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden straw color, with a big fluffy white head, good retention and lacing.

Smell- Soft lemon, with a touch of banana, a little coriander and clove.

Taste- Slightly tart lemon and a hint of lime. A little banana and coriander, orange peel, and clove pop up. Soft pepper and a little wheaty twang on the finish. A tad tart and a tad sweet overall, with some nice light spicing.

Mouthfeel- Light, crisp, and extremely refreshing. Highly sessionable.

Overall- A very nice little witbeir. You could drink a lot of this and not get bored.

Photo of 2xHops
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is in the style that I do usually not drink. I decided to give it a try after a bartender told me it was one of her favorite beers.

For the sake of trying something new, so I ordered it. It was served to me from a tap.

The appearance of the beer was not any different from other wit beers I have drank, but there was not as much head as I thought there would be.

I particularly liked this beer because it was not overpowering with banana flavors like some of the other wit beers. It had more subtle citrus undertones to the flavor. The beer really goes easy on your palate after you have drunk it. There was not too much of lingering aftertaste.

Overall, for someone who may not like stronger citrus/banana taste in the wit beers, this beer would be a good choice. I think I will drink this a bit more often during the summer as opposed to the more mainstreamed fare you can find in grocery stores.

Photo of Filosoof
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer at home, alone, while the rain was going and going. So the sun, the café-feeling and friends were missing. Nonetheless this beer impressed like I was having a good time on a shiny terrace.

L: Supreme. Big lasting head, that even can be eaten :)
S: not the duffy stuff some worse whitebeers have, but a fresh, creamy smell. Citrus and koriander tones were yelling: drink me!
T: the real Belgian whitebeer, the taste is fresh, very little hop (but it's there), lemon, the sweet comes up but keeps the tension.
M: alcohol could be a little higher, small body, but very-very drinkable.

I'm sorry, but the beer keeps on screaming: drink me!

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Witbier pours as a cloudy, pale yellow and has a light white lacing. The aroma gives off a slightly sour smell that isn’t off-putting. Within the aroma you also get a mild orange peel smell, some lemon zest and a faint spiciness from the coriander. When you take a sip, the sourness from the aroma show’s itself slightly in the taste, but isn’t overpowering. Once that fades, you get an enjoyable balance between lemon and citrus that’s light in body and leaves the tongue clean. Malts also give this beer a slightly sweet taste that doesn’t take over.

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Depp, clear golden color, with a most, persistent, and dense white head, scattered Belgian lace, and smal streams of minute, fast-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of wheat malt, lesser orange peel, and coriander. The witbier aroma is there, but understated.

Taste: Tart wheat malt notes at the open, as well as coriander and orange rind, these blend harmoniously from the start of the taste to the finish. There is a little mild herbal bitterness at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This is a good witbier, although not a great one. Being that Blanche De Bruxelles is from the land where this style originated, I expected a great witbier, rather than merely a good one. Sill, its not bad, and is certainly refreshing. With a relatively low ABV of 4.5%, it seems a nice choice for a hot summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a 335 ml Euro-style long-neck bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Photo of Northsider
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork Chicago.

This is one of my wife's favorites, in that it's low abv and very low on bitterness. Appearance is the cloudy yellow you see usually in unfiltered hefes. Nice THICK white head. Smell is VERY fruity and yeasty. The taste follows the smell and is of citrus and fruits, with nice wheat/yeast tastes. It's very light bodied and easy to drink...great session beer.

Overall a great beer here.

Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weissbier vase.

Appearance-Pale gold and cloudy with a gorgeous tall crop of snow-white foam on top. Head is super dense and looks like whipped cream with some lacing.

Aroma-Soft, herbal coriander, with no vegetal aromas blends seamlessly with a nice orange citrus aroma which is backed by a lemon note. Aroma is much fruitier than other witbiers, and almost exhibits a slight pear note. Background of white bread is sweet and pleasant.

Flavor-Pear and apple notes come through up front, with orange and lemon following. Coriander note is lighter, and comes through more on the back end of the palate. Bready wheat makes a quick showing up front, and reappears in the aftertaste, along with a touch of lemon and some herbal coriander notes. Finish is long and dry.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, with extremely high, effervescent carbonation. Scrubs your palate clean. Excellent.

This is probably my favorite witbier, and is truly an exceptional beverage. The added fruitiness isn't exactly to style but it is pleasant nonetheless. My favorite thing about this beer compared with other members of the style is that it avoids vegetal coriander notes, which are common in most witbiers (but shouldn't be!). Delicious, refreshing, thirst-quenching, and near-perfect.

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours hazy wheat, near white .5 inch head leaves to disk fast. Some spot cling lace.

S - Mild orange, lemon and yeast.

T - Light spices, orange peel, yeast.

M - Nice carb, light body, good balance and pleasant clean fiinish.

D - Very enjoyable and extremely easy to drink. Session for sure.

Photo of ferrari29
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into a Ommegang labeled goblet shaped wine glass - available at St. Arnold's

A - Light orange-yellow body; cloudy look; head formed a white frothy look, which held well; nice lacing formed around the glass; some carbonation

S - Sweet dough; yeast; baking flour; bread malt; orange; some subtle hints of lemon; light peach scent

T - Cheesy and meaty; complex blend of grain or flour malt flavors; slight taste of mozzarella or ricotta finish; smell highly influences the taste of this beer; citrus-lemon; sugary

M - Slightly sour; not much linger or aftertaste; flavor washes away rather quickly; medium feel body

D - Great stuff; unique and flavorful; one can be enjoyed once in a while

Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured out this bottle during a beertasting at my cousin Peter's place. There were a lot of starting beer geeks who could not believe that there are so many good beers in the world.

This was the first bottle we opened.

Poured out in a wineglass this beer looks like a whitebeer should. Two finger head and a cloudy yellow fluid with no carbonation. Citrusnotes together with koriander. Some sweetness in this beer but very nice to drink.

Photo of confer
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pale as lemonade with a fluffy white head.
S- Lemon and wheat in the smell.
T- No citrus taste at all. It has a perfumey finish to a quick tart beginning. Not like any other wit I remember having before.
MO- Everything except the taste of this fits the bill for a wit. It just isn't that tasty and refreshing.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of emmasdad
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Photo of lavellen
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 802 ratings.