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

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very good

822 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 26
Gots: 112 | 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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Ratings: 822 | Reviews: 316
Photo of FosterJM
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of willPS21
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of basica
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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)

Photo of SmokinSmyth
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of taigor
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of dstc
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of thecarster1
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of headbucket
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Shakujin
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of rmolledo
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow with a giant soapy head. Intense Lacing.

S: Spicy Yeast Character. Citrus Fruit Essences. Peppery.

T: Deliciously Refreshing. Oranges and Lemons combined with a spicy tart finish makes this a thirst quencher. Black Pepper like finish.

MF: Highly Carbonated with a spicy sensation.

D: Perfect on a long hot day.

Photo of atis
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouts cloudy yellow with large white head with some lacing. Aroma is nice lemon with yeast, later seems that coriander can be felt as well.

Taste is clean pale malt with hints of citrus, some wheat; it becomes a bit more spicy towards finish, overall - a well made Wit. Mouthfeel is light with prickly long-lasting carbonation.

As expected, very drinkable and refreshing Wit. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of irishking1977
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, cloudy dull gold hue with a massive, robust head that rivals the likes of Duvel. Nice.

S: Light aroma of lemons, coriander. About what would be expected from a Witbier.

T: Since I've been drinking many high octane beers lately, this one seems weak. But still, great flavor combinations of lemon and coriander with a hint of spice. Light, easy drinking. A prime example of a Witbier.

M: Excellent carbonation, light and spritzy, but also somewhat creamy and chewy.

D: If these weren't so darn expensive in my area, this would be my preferred witbier for the summer, at least for now. Loved Hoegaarden, but it's availability made it easy to acquire, thus the palate got bored. Still, this one and Hoegaarden are the major examples of classic witbiers.

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Photo of atsprings
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of TheOtherBob
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of treque
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of mithrascruor
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of bskrtz
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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