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

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764 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 17
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tall tulip glass at Norton's Restaurant and Lucky Cat Lounge in Red Wing, MN.

Appearance - Cloudy pale yellow. A typical witbier appearance.

Smell - Nice yeasty sweetness with a little malt and citrus underneath. Nice.

Taste - A little drier with less sweetness and spice than most witbiers, which is actually what makes it taste a little better to me. This one has more pronounced malt, yeast and citrus...which are the flavors I enjoy the most in witbiers. One of the better examples of the style, in my opinion.

Mouth Feel - Smooth, light, nice carbonation, refreshing on the tongue.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, could easily do a session with this one. I had two with dinner (lamb and roasted veggies) and it was the perfect accompaniment.

ChopperSmith, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one is a glorious shade of honey-gold that shines when backlit. Cloudy and vibrant at the same time, this one is topped with the most fantastic dollop of white foamy cream head. Lacing is abundant and gorgeous. This is one beautiful witbier!

S - Lemon meringue, nutmeg, clove, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and allspice. This smells like a really nice candle from Yankee Candles, and also like the prototypical wit.

T - Lemon hides behind a mellow veneer of light vanilla ice cream, understated spices, and a salty saltine cracker.... almost German pils.... malt profile. Nice. Lacks horsepower, but nice and mellow.

M - Creamy, yet highly carbonated and zesty. Very light and mellow.... almost too much so. This has a whipped cream consistency that I really like. Nice.

D - Killer summertime drinkablilty. Somewhat boring for a high class brew... based on the bottle, I expected more complexity, but this is a very nice brew nonetheless. Dont get me wrong, this is a really good brew, but when something from Belgium is corked and caged I expect a little more.

pmcadamis, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A- Cloudy pale yellow body with a rich, creamy white head. Decent head retention and some lacing.

S- Wheat, yeast, lemon, and spices. Proper witbier smell, with some individual characteristics and slightly more tart.

T- Very fruity and refreshing. I get more tart lemon than orange peel notes, as well as some pear/apple notes. The coriander and curacao are fairly noticeable too. Not a lot of hops. Some dry malts and loads of wheat. Although there is obviously a reasonable amount of yeast in this beer, it is not overpowering and overall well-balanced. The tartness you get is very nice and adds to the refreshment you get from this beer.

M- VERY smooth and not too light-bodied. Not a lot of carbonation.

D- Very high. This is a good, slightly lighter alternative to Hoegarden. In my opinion, it is different enough to be considered one fine Belgian wit.

NightINgale, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker/pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Bright hazy yellow straw color with ½" thick white head leaving patches of foam and blobs and trails of lace on sipping.

Smell: The aroma is lightly spicy with coriander and orange peel. The aroma also has some yeast and some pale wheat.

Taste: The flavor is tart, spicy and citrusy with coriander and orange peel, and a hint of some lemon peel. The sweetness of the malt and wheat complement the spices but are in a nice balance with them as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy with light carbonation. The finish is short to medium long with a dry tart citrus and coriander finish.

Drinkability: This is a pleasant enough witbier to be drinkable and satisfying but but it is not one I'd go out of my way to seek out, but f it came my way I'd be fine with having another.

drtth, May 13, 2009
Photo of rdickey
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale gold with pillowy two-finger white head. Small amount of yeast residue.

Smell: Mild in the nose... citrus and coriander are in front, and other spices that I can't quite identify lurk in the background.

Taste: The citrus divides here into orange and lemon, and balances nicely with the mild spiciness. Customary malt sweetness is kept in the background by the wheat. Extremely well-balanced and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth from the beginning, and finishes crisp and dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable... perfect for one of the first warm spring days of the year.

rdickey, May 09, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a skinny 11.2oz brown bottle into my Hennepin tulip glass.

A= with an aggressive pour, this ale appeared a hazy pale yellow color with some sediment in the glass and a 1/2" white head. The head quickly dropped to a skim. Minimal lacing.

S= The aromas were of funky, chalky yeast, dried fruit, bakery malts, and a lemony tartness. Very pleasant.

T= I found the flavor to be lower on the malt sweetness and instead showed more tartness and a lemon/citrus tartness that was altogether refreshing.

MF= Light bodied and crisp.

D= This is a good example of this style. More tart than other wits I have had, but it was very drinkable.

spointon, May 08, 2009
Photo of pants678
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured in a weizen glass. Has a two finger head, very bubbly but does not maintain but for a thin lace. It's frothy and sticky. This beer is much cloudier than I would expect. A yellow leaning toward orange tint that is damn near opaque. Thinner than orange juice, still.

I'm getting a mix of citrus on the smell, orange and lemon are prominent.

Tastes of a cloudy lemon that dissipates far too quickly. I can't say it doesn't entice me to the next sip, I'm still unsatisfied though, as it's not a defined enough to make a call. I get some orange on the back. The alcohol is covered, though, almost completely leaving it without bite and without after taste.

That being said, it's crisp, which is nice. Again, though, flavor is fleeting.

It goes down without trouble, but that's something of a disappointment. I like some bumps and bruises along the way. Something that really asserts itself, but this does not.

pants678, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of Kensai
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw the Manneken Pis I knew I wanted to try this one!

I drank it in my big ale glass giving it the "wheat beer treat" (leaving a finger or two in the bottle, rotating it well, and then pouring it to give a rich foam). It looks... well, wheaty! Cloudy and semi-transparent.

The smell is not right. I'm not sure if it is the coriander but I found it too penetrating and not pleasing. The taste is ok (reminds me of lemons) and the mouthfeel more than average. It is much better to drink and aftertaste this beer than smell it...

Because of its relatively low alcoholic content and easy-drinking you can probably have a couple of these without problems.

Good to pair pasta!

Kensai, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of selecter70
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C'mon, who could resist a beer with the Mannekin Pis fountain on it? At least it wasn't pisswasser! Anyhow, the 11.2oz bottle poured an excessively pale to straw cloudy yellow with a dense white bubbly head. The aroma was very mild, but a flowery sweet lemon & ginger. The taste was smooth,near-flat and a mild yeast wheat, a bit sweet, but not tacky. Smooth, bright & soft, this wheat mated with pilsner & flowery herbs left a nose full of grandma perfume afterwards. Weird summery beer that left my wife a little surprised as well...In fact, her response, was "what a 'gay beer'" (see: "In Brugges").

selecter70, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet on a cold winter day, i need a break from dark beer.

A- Blanche has an odd very light tan color to it almost appearing white but not quite. Up to light this looks almost clear with yellow spots. Not much of a head to speak of only scattered foam leaving no lace.

S- I get a nice touch of bitter squeezed lemon juice along with orange peel and a bit of coriander in this wit. Some spices with warming, pretty much a standard wit.

T- The taste follows the smell with a bunch of lemon but i'm getting much more orange peel in taste than smell. A bit of bready quality in the middle leaving some wheat taste. Some spices round this witbier out. Very refreshing.

M- A nice dose of carbonation but nothing extreme. This is a light bodied bier with a slick feel on the way down leaving it's ingredients on the mouth for a while. Not at all bitter while the fruit's essence really pull this together.

D- At 4.5% I could drink this all day in the summer if my pocket could afford it. This is probably just as good if not better off of a fresh tap. A fine example of a wit.

BARFLYB, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of mmmbeer
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, best by 6/19/2008, sampled a month before that date. Brewed with "barley malt, wheat (40%), hop, sugar, yeast, coriander, curaçao." Pours a pale sunshine hue, with a few dregs, light carbonation (despite being an etched glass), and a half-inch cap of bone-white head. Nice spicy aroma, a little sweet, with a light dose of wheat. Coriander and wheat are noticeable on the palate, with barley in the middle and orange showing up later. Very tasty, but way too mild. It has a lightish body, with medium carbonation and a short, lightly spicy finish. Not too bad of a beer, and pretty refreshing, but not the best witbier around.

mmmbeer, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Flat Rock Saloon in Manayunk, PA.

Blanche De Bruxelles has a yellow color with a smallish head that does not sit for too long.
The smell is light and sweet, inviting you to take your first sip.
The taste has some citrus notes along with the maltiness of the style present, fairly refreshing.
The mouthfeel is pleasant, but does not present much character.
This witbier is a good one to drink while socializing, listening to some live music or just passing some time on a lazy afternoon.

mltobin, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big, quick rush of bubbles resulting in a mountain of white head which peaks well above the rim. Retention is excellent, with some wavy, thick sheets of lace forming right above the cloud of head which is left behind. Aroma involves lemon, coriander, apples and wheat. Tastes a slight bit tangy, but not as bold as the smell. There's also some subtle sweet malts, lemon and then small amounts of coriander finishing things off. This beer could use a bit more umph in the taste department, but its light-bodied and superbly drinkable, which can lead to a perfect fit for some occasions.

stephens101, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of eewhiz
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a very bright yellow (but cloudy) color and slight lacing on the glass.

Notes were definitely lemon and coriander. Very clean finish...I enjoyed this beer, would make a great session beer...would recommend! if your're a Belgian White lover...

eewhiz, Jan 22, 2009
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow "white" with a 1/2" white head that falls to 1/4" and holds there. Lemony citrus, ripe orange and a spiciness in the back of the nose. Bready malt..wheat..fruit and citrus middle and a spicy finish, no slouch on flavor. Medium body with mid to high carbonation level. Good witbier..glad it is available.

Photo of Bagman007
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle in a pint glass with a lemon.

A- Pale yellow bubbly appearance.

S- Orange, wheat smell. Similar to that of a Blue Moon.

T- Very flavorful beer without being overpowering. I think a lemon really brings out the flavor in this beer. Not too sweet at all.

M- Smooth beer that isn't overly carbonated.

D- Very drinkable for this style of beer. Even if you aren't a fan of this style give it a try. It is excellent.

Bagman007, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color with a decent head and small amounts of yeast swimming throughout. It was a citrusy, lemony smell. It had a rereshing quality and was a bit yeasty. Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish. I would be able to drink several of these especially with the low abv and refreshing quality it has. Solid example of the style.

cpn920, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wheaty malt citrus and yeast

T - Like the smell an orange citrus wheaty yeasty treat

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good Wit that tastes very good and thats very easy to drink very sessionable worth trying

armock, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks whitish with pale sunshine highlights. Just awesome bubbling in this close to opaque colored beer. Great, bubbly, almost merengue-like head and quick yet all encompassing lacing. The aroma makes me think of creamy wheat and tart yeast. The taste is equally as interesting. Very creamy an tart texture. Citrus and grains of paradise plus this sweet to tart yeast character adds even more complexity to this wit. One of the best looking wits I've ever seen. Because of the weird texture for this style and some of the flavors of this beer, its not as drinkable as I expected.

scruffwhor, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of yeast, citrus, hops and a little malt.

T: Had the usual witbier characteristics: Coriander, lemon, yeast and malt. Not as complex or sweet as others in the style.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't my favorite witbier in the world. It lacks true character in the taste department. It has some good points, but it's not that great.

avalon07, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Clubchat
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the SAQ of Val-d'Or

A - Very pale straw body, cloudy and a decent white head

S - Pils malt aroma, citrus and coriander, sweet fruits (orange,lemon) & belgian candy

T - Principaly citrus & coriander, mild wheat grains, floral hopping shows on the finish, lightly toasted yeast also

MF - Light-medium body with a smooth texture and correct carbonation

D - Very drinkable, but not a Witbier Grand Cru

Clubchat, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a taster from a 750 ml bottle. It was a unfiltered whitish pinkish orange coloration and the foam began as a good amount reducing to a lingering aftermath on the surface. The aroma was one of blends with orange and coriander. Taste of this beer was like a grass, orange zest and light amounts of coriander. There was a good aftertaste of the beer as it left.

Tolnik, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Cava Wine Bar in Capitola. Poured into a Witkap Pater goblet. Hazy white peach flesh color with an eggshell head that leaves some nice gobs of lace. Mild aroma, mainly grassy and zesty with some orange peel. Not a lot of coriander here oddly enough. Flavor is mealy wheat and some spiciness, grass and yeast. The flavors don't really fit together quite right, like they're out of proportion to each other. It's not enough to really nail down and explain but it's enough to easily tell that this is rather inferior to, say, St Bernardus' witbier. Average palate.

illidurit, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of chemmie
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head and seemingly a lot of carbonation. Smell is of orange, wheat and slightly skunky. Luckly, the skunk doesn't transfer over into the taste. The taste is solid for a wit. Not too strong, but still good. Overall, a good wit.

chemmie, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Mortarforker
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sat down with Sara and Landon at the flying saucer and tried this brew.

I would have to say this is my favorite of the Wit beers I've had here.The aroma of orange peel and spice was just right.I could honestly drink this all summer long.I would strongly suggest you give this brew a chance.

Mortarforker, Nov 13, 2008
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.