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

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 25
Gots: 108 | 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 dstc
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -30.7%
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 -18.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -21.1%
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 +15.5%
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 +5.1%
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 +11.2%
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 +13.1%
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 +12.3%
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 +10.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +9.6%
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 -6.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +15%
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 +1.1%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow with very bubbly thin white head that persists.

Smell: Dried out orange rinds, with some light wheat malt. One dimensional, but nice.

Taste: Orange is very dominant, and is sweeter than the smell. The bottle says sugar was added; seems unnecessary for a Witbier. The slightly sour wheat malts become a little more aggressive as it warms, but the coriander stays mostly hidden.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body, does not dry out as much as a great Witbier should.

Drinkability: Despite being too sweet and orange-like, it is still very refreshing and a nice Witbier overall.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- big expanding snow white head over a gorgeous hazy lemon juice colored body. high wheat content is apparant in the foam stability and retention. it builds high over the rim of the and wiggles like jello. some drips and spots of lace cling elegantly to the small weizen glass.

S- pleasant wheat aroma with some hints of bubblegum yeast and coriander. a bit of citric tartness lies in the background. a bit of banana and white pepper spice as well as mineral water. a very fresh and quiet overall smell. smells light and refreshing.

T- excellent balance between sweet/tart/malty with one of the cleanest finishes in memory. a bit lemony with delicate malt sweetness and fleeting coriander vapors sensed from the palate through the sinuses. not spicy or overly spiced, these are subtle flavors which play nicely with one another, having no joust for dominance. if there were a rumble however, phenolic bubblegum and banana flavors would most likely come out on top with unmalted wheat as a runner up. curacao orange lends a far off citric brightness, but not actual orange flavor, which for me is a good thing. ultra clean finish leaves nothing but the faint taste of white bread crust.

MF- slick and silky, perfectly carbonated with tight bubbles and clean on the palate and lips. light thirst quenching body. everything i'm lookin for when the mercury begins to rise.

D- a delightful offering welcomed at a time when blue moon is seeing a surge in popularity around here thanks to some artsy new television commercials. that's ok. this beer doesn't need an orange to enhance or accentuate it's flavor. it doesn't need viagra either. it's soft and timid and fantastically drinkable with a cool summery dryness. lovely brew all around.

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

best before L20101113 11:13

11.2oz to tulip pint, pours a cloudy pale golden shade with a fluffy white head, excellent head retention/lacing, yeast added to glass from bottom of bottle

smells of coriander, citrus pith, wheat backbone/yeast

taste is of sweet/sour, very well balanced, coriander/spice in the front, followed by the light alcohol, wheaty malt, creamy finish

mouthfeel is highly carbonated, creamy, sweet and sour, slight hop presence

drinkablity is high, especially on a hot day, i would drink another if i had one on hand, great for pairing with meals as well - overall very nice

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a couple of drafts of this beer at West Branch, an excellent restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I'm not sure why I typically avoid this beer but I liked it very much .

Very light color and high carbonation as is the style. Extremely drinkable for lunch. Low in alcohol and light in color and density. I'll definitely have this one again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy light golden yellow color. Two finger fluffy white head that has good retention. Light streaky lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- Muted aroma when cold with just some orange peel and light spicing. Once warm this beer opens up with wheat notes and some lemon zesty notes to it.

T- I drank this warmer and it tasted more full body than when I have had it cold. Wheaty flavors right upfront. Orange peel and light lemon come into play next. Spicing on the backing with the original wheat flavor coming back one last time.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style but a little too much for me. Wheaty flavors left on the palate with some light lemon in the aftertaste. Crisp flavors overall. Fizzy feeling at times on the palate.

D- This is a nice summertime refresher. I would gladly drink this over and over on a long summer day. Do yourself a favor and try it. Easy drinking and lower ABV means you can drink this for long while before having to switch to something else.

Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability personified. Poured from the bottle into my footed beer glass. Awesome one inch pillowy head. No lacing to speak of. Smell was light with a citrus and coriander nose. Heavy on the citrus. Taste was delicious and light and refreshing. Mouthfeel was light as well. The best thing though was drinkability. Light, delicious, Belgian, great for a hot day.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a straight pint glass.

The beer is a cloudy yellow color with a large bubbly white head. It took two passes to pour the whole beer because of the large head.

There isn't a strong aroma, but what is there smells mostly of yeast and lemon peel.

There is definitely more flavor to the taste than the aroma... the lemon is still the dominant singular flavor but hints of other spices come through. Not much body to it at all either.

Overall I'm a little disappointed by this one. Not one of the better witbiers I've tried.

Photo of hbis2gut
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on a tap at Toronado in San Francisco.
This is an excellent wit. Cloudy as expected. The color was lighter than I expected and is misleading of the flavor to come. I was shocked at the amount of flavor from such a light beer. There's a complex and fruity character with a hint of almost rye character with some sweetness. The nose is inviting, but subtle. Lacy head stayed with the beer to the bottom of the glass. Soft and silky mouth-feel with an almost dessert wine appeal.

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