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

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732 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 64 | 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 scottg
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a one finger white head comprised of little bubbles with good retention. Lots of sweet orange aromas with some floral notes in the background. There is a sweet orange flavor up front mixed with honey and corriander and a sour orange peel finish. High carbonation, light body, a refreshing mouth cleansing beer. Solid drinkability, the contrast from the sweet orange beginning and the sour orange ending is interesting and well done. Worth a try.

scottg, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of FrognutUnl
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy bright lemon yellow with a scant single finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Nose is lemony and crisp with notes of coriander. Taste is about the same as the smell, not too much depth here. It is light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation to hold it up. Overall, I like it and it appeals to me as a decent brew to drink on one of those boiling hot summer afternoons.

FrognutUnl, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very pale strawny yellow color with a slight cloudyness. The initial head is decent and the retnetion lasts for a decent amount of time.

The smell is of some lemony wheat scents and a tiny bit of candy smelling banana.

The taste is very unique. There is sort of a candy green apple meets candy banana. Those two flavors dominate over any cloviness. There is some citrusyness as well. Some lemon underneath provides a sort of balance. If this was a witbier entry in a contest I would judge it differently.

The mouthfeel is a bit cloying from the candy sweet profile, but still mantains a light smooth mouthfeel.

This is a unique witbier. It is not like a typical witbier and has an artificial candy flavoring, which I don't mind all that much at first, but gets to be a bit annoying after a while.

jasonjlewis, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Extremely pale with a slight haze, not as cloudy as some wits but noticable sediment. Smallish head with short retention, though a thick collar remains. Moderate/decent lacing.

S - At first I was picking up a lot of coriander, but somewhere along the line the brew has picked up a predominant metallic smell. Citrus is hiding in the background.

T - Much sweeter than the wits I'm used to. A yeasty flavor starts things off, with a bready sweetness only slightly touched by the coriander. Flavor sours out near the finish with a touch of wheat malt followed by a huge sweet/sour orange peel component and another quick burst of spice. Overall very mild.

M - Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer for sure, but probably not what I'd have in mind when looking for a witbier.

This is a decent enough brew, but it is a strange interpretation of a wit. The sweetness is a bit much to keep this on the refreshing side, and without the top note of coriander to balance out the citrus peel I almost feel like I'm drinking some kind of flavored beer.

PatrickJR, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Hoegaarden glass.

A: Loose white head, lots of bubbles, head fades quickly. Body is cloudy golden straw colored. Looks about what I would expect for a wit.

S: Orange first on the nose, some yeasty and spicy smells in the background. Slightly sweet.

T: Orange again up front, yeasty, quick splash of bitterness. Even more orange on the finish.

M: Medium body, full carbonation, I like higher carbonations in this style.

D: Really refreshing, pretty light. Leaves a slight astringency in the back of the mouth.

51mmz0rz, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange color, generating a small head that tapers off quickly. It's bright, may need your shades. Aroma is fruity, dominated by oranges with some bananas mixed in. First thing that stands out is a thin, watery mouthfeel. That is backed up by a citrus combination but the top flavors are certainly oranges and mango. It tastes like a semi-sweet orange, with a bland flavor. There may be a dash of cinamon spice in there but that may be a reach. It is refreshing enough but I was expecting more. This is also priced to be an above average beer and I feel it falls short of that.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jeremytroy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this from the taps at Sazerac Lounge in Grand Rapids.

Pours a pale, cloudy yellow with few creamy inches of good head. The smell is understated, and has hints of cream and vanilla. Taste is surprising for a wit. Cream and vanilla are prominent with a brief sourness which I didn't expect. It's a thick-feeling beverage with low carbonation, making it fairly filling and still decently refreshing.

jeremytroy, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce bottle with the ol' Manneken Pis doing his thing on the label, poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy lemonade body with a huge soft white head.The foam retains very well and leaves puffy swatches of lacing on the glass.

The smell is musky and wheaty with plenty of orange and a dash of spice.

The taste is a bit tart and very orangey with a solid mellow wheat backbone. A tingle of spice lurks in the finish, along with a touch of grassy hops that dry the aftertaste.

The drink is softly carbonated,crisp and refreshing with excellent drinkability.

cvstrickland, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of ZorPrime
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The color was yellow and very clear. The bubbles were very present, almost like champagne. Actually the smell was reminding me of champagne... nice smell.

Taste is very citrus and smooth. In mouth, the bubbles are very present. The beer is refreshing. Good summer beer for light drinking.

ZorPrime, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a haze pale yellow/orange color. Decent amount of foam and light lacing. Smell of unmalted wheat, a bit of graininess, including a faint dogfood smell. Slight coriander and citrus. Taste of pale malts and wheat, slightly sugary, a bit of orange, and not much else. An ok wit, but not anywhere near a favorite.

KeefD, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours Pale yellow with a decent head and lace.
The aroma is citrus and malts. The Taste is coriander,orange/lemon and sweet malts.
The feel is smooth,creamy and yet crisp. Good balance. Good carbonation and a light body.

Notes: Decent,no complaints.
O.k., maybe less sweetness. I still liked it and I would have another. Style wise it was a bit different,so what.
Not the greatest,but it held it's own.

Lexluthor33, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Very pale straw hue. Pours with a thick white head that dissipates to a thin topping very quickly. Slightly cloudy.

S: This have many lager characteristics in the nose. Grainy pils malt aroma. Some tart citrus and sweet coriander, orange, and herbs. A quite pleasant aroma overall.

T: Overall a pretty bland taste. Lacking tartness that is so welcome in a good witbier. Some coriander. Not real orange flavor to speak of. Due to lack of other flavors pils malt comes through quite strong.

MF: Light and watery yet somewhat creamy. Thin. Not dry. Light carbonation.

D, Notes: An overall bland and uninspiring wit.

Nipitato, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, poured into its own specialized, eponymous glass.

Poured with a very puffy white head that dissipated slowly but did not stick to the glass at all. An exceptionally pale gold color, but beyond hazy - completely opaque.

I immediately noticed some malted wheat (of course) and coriander on the nose, as well as citrus.

Citrus zest to the taste as well, combined with spice, all following an up front carbonation. While this white ale was exceptionally crisp and refreshing, it just seemed... a bit one note, to me. The spicing wasn't as complex or well-rounded as I would have liked.

TheMistler, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Stella glass

A: Typical witbier look, hazy light golden. Finger dissipated quickly into glass.

S: It is strange but I got cheese tones from the nose of this beer. Possibly gouda or some sort of smoked cheese. Very interesting and different.

T & M: Wow a very different witbier experience. Also creamy taste, the spice and coriander is there but very non-apparent. I kind say that I've had a witbier quite like this one. Mouthfeel pleasant and crisp.

D: Drinkable, I enjoyed that this beer was different from what I was expecting but I'm not sure it was in my wheelhouse. I would recommend it but I'm not sure I'll be having again.

elniko, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale lemon with no haziness on the initial pour. The pillowy, alabaster crown is currently filling more than half the glass and is beginning to deposit scattered patches of smeary lace. Once the last two inches of yeast-laden beer is added, the liquid becomes nicely fuzzy and looks like what was expected.

The classic witbier ingredients of coriander and orange peel are present in the nose, but they aren't as prominent as they should be. Pale wheat is too noticeable and there's a mustiness that could stand to be toned down. Not bad, though.

On the palate... still not blown away by 'Brussels White' (the translation of Blanche De Bruxelles). Again, the witbier character isn't aggressive enough, allowing an untoasted graininess to peek through. In addition, the beer tastes a little stale. In case you're wondering, the 'best by' date hasn't yet arrived.

The orange peel could just as easily be lemon peel and the coriander is extremely subtle. Bitter is favored over tangy, which is favored over sweet. Brasserie Lefebvre has most likely been brewing this ale for decades (if not centuries), but a few major tweaks are needed from where I sit and sip.

The mouthfeel is little better than average too. Certainly not enough to earn the next highest score. It's unequivocally light and doesn't have enough volumizing bubbles to add... well... volume.

Blanche De Bruxelles is a disappointment because it lacks... witbieriness. A better base beer would be a good place to start. More orange peel and more coriander would be a good place to finish. There are much better versions available for your warm weather drinking pleasure.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an extremely light blond/gold almost white beer that's very cloudy and has a good white head on top with some good lacing as well and lots of carbonation; this is what an angelic beer would look like to me. It had some lemon/orange aromas to it, some mild wheat, a very faint skunk aroma almost like Heineken, and some dry alcohol aromas as well. I first got a few hints of banana on the tip of my tongue, some mildly tangy citrus and spice flavors overall, it was very smooth, not crisp, but very refreshing; it has a bitter aftertaste and a medium body leaning on the light side a bit.

vickersspitfire, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Crosling
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Cloudy yellow orange color with a full, fluffy head of foam. Subtle nose, mainly dominated by citrus. Butter toffee, orange and lemon hints in the mouth. Pretty nicely balanced between sweet and bitter. A fairly decent white ale, not one I'd buy again but it's well crafted.

Crosling, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Warsteiner pilsener glass. Poured a pale gold color. Three-inch dense, bright white head with lots of tiny bubbles effervescing in the solution. Good retention, with some spirals of lacing present during the session. Strong scents of citric acid and spice up front. Coriander, orange peel and a peppery character, followed by a clean, wheat presence in the background. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with a mild astringency. Extremely sessionable wit. Might make this a summer staple as the weather warms.

Jwale73, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one didn't really do it for me. I'm usually a pretty big witbier fan, especially on a nice hot day like it was today, but this one was just missing something. Body was too thin and watery, and the flavor was very one-note, with a huge lemony citrus flavor. Appearance was kind of bland as well, a strawish color with a weak head. Overall, it wasn't terrible, but there are much better - cheaper - wits out there.

Monk's/$6 (?)/16 oz

soupyman10, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of sjohansen
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Two finger fluffy white head at the top of the glass. Disappears pretty quickly, but leaves behind some sticky lace. Tons of bubbles float to the top of the glass.

Citrus notes. A little chalky yeast.

Lots of lemon zest and citrus up front. At first, it overpowers anything else in the brew. Some spices.

Light mouthfeel, but not watery. Decent carbonation.

This is a bit on the citrus side for me, but would definitely be a great brew for a hot summer day.

sjohansen, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.49. Space for freshness date has lots of numbers and letter in no obvious order, so I've no idea how old it is.

Pours a hazy straw color, with a big, noisy, fizzy bone-white head that dropped after 3-4 minutes, leaving a modest ring and no lace.

The nose is spicy, tart and grassy. Seems like a textbook scent for the style.

The taste starts out with a tart citrusy zap to the palate that rides an earthy wave of grain. A coriander spiciness fills out that background. Dry note at the swallow.

Light bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

A pretty good witbier, it went well with today's warm weather after I got off work. Next time I'm in a mood for a wit, I'll remember this one.

woemad, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wit Bier
Biere Blanche
Birra Blanca
White Beer

Blanche de Bruxelles

There's the pissing boy of Manneken Pis on the label.
Poured into a gold-rimmed chalice, for fun.
Hazy straw yellow, smallish white head.
Airy, spicy, lovely nose...fresh and perfumey. Coriander in there, and notes of lemon, herbs, dandelions, fresh mown gas.
Nice texture, citric flavor, zesty, spicy, and very refreshing. Great play on the palate, tingles and tantalizes, shuffles, bucks and wings, boogies and breakdances up and down.
Plentiful flavor, much delight on the tongue. Good witbier!

feloniousmonk, May 28, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light lemon-drop yellow - almost white. A white head tops it off, thins, and stays. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is very soft. Yeasty with curacao orange peel and a hint of corianer. Very mild.

The taste is of light yeast, subtle orange peel and coriander. Sweet with a bit of sour. Flavor fades temporarily mid-way through. I don't mind the subtlties, rather than more agressive, in this style, but this pushes the envelope somewhat, especiallly in the middle. Crisp finish, with cleansing carbonation/fizz.

Appropriately light-bodied. Active carbonation cleanses the palate in a sourbet sort of way. I was going to lower the score a tad, but it has a refreshing crispness to it that works well enough.

It almost lacks character, but has enough overall to be pleasant enough. A nice enough example of a milder example of the style, though weak at points.

jwc215, May 25, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a hexagonal Hoegaarden tumbler.

A - cloudy light straw color with a decent head that settles into a well-retained foamy collar

S - mostly light coriander aroma followed by some wheat malt character

T - well balanced flavor between the wheat malt, coriander and other spices (slight orange taste); very clean; finishes slightly dry

M - smooth and creamy, medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation

D - This is a decent witbier. It's slightly above the average example, but perhaps doesn't stand out too much. It's very well done and refreshing though.

scoobybrew, May 17, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow beer with a tall white head that fills the glass, spot on for the style.

Smell is sweet and very bready and yeasty, strong citrus aroma. Spicy but with a very low level of coriander, if I wasn't sniffing for it I would have never found it.

At the beginning the taste is bread and citrus, super mild. Doesn't change that much from the initial flavor, definitely among the milder flavored beers in this style.

Mouthfeel is average.

A truly average beer in flavor, no real reason to try another.

Zorro, May 11, 2008
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.