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

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741 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 741
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 17
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of becktone
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes 10-3-08

Eye: As the beer pours into the glass it is made clear once again why these are called white beers. The color of the beer pouring from the bottle is nowhere close to being any shade of yellow. It is more of a dingy, cloudy clear. Reminds me of the color of "shikay" (don't know about the spelling on that), a korean desert drink made from rice. Once the beer is all collected together in the glass it is more of a yellow color-a whitish yellow though, and hazy, cloudy. Head is dense, rich, and a good mix of creamy and rocky. As it recedes to a nice size (from the large pillow of foam that resulted from the pour) it leaves some lacing behind, looks pretty nice. Once the level of the brew drops as a result of drinking, the lacing leaves some really nice looking thick rings along the edges of the glass.

Nose: Wheat is evident, after that the orange and citrus character pops up. Overall the aroma is pretty weak on this beer. Kinda hard to pick anything up. It really is a struggle to smell anything in this beer.

Tongue: Overall light in flavor. Lighter than expected, little in the way of the classic "wit" taste. I find very little orange and coriander in comparison to other wits I've drank. Wheat definitely comes through, I'd say that it is foreground, it takes center stage here. The distinct taste of malted wheat is refreshing and is complimented by some slight spiciness and orange flavor that come through right before the finish to give some depth to this beer. In my opinion this one isn't all it could be, I think it lacks a bit in flavor and complexity.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light on the palate and very refreshing, this one is everything that it should be (although it might be a bit too light). Carbonation is delicate and clean, not quite crisp, as that would imply more of a cleaning and highly fizzy feel. This one is easy to drink, but if I want a good wit I'm not going to go with this one. It just doesn't do it for me. There are may others out there that I prefer to this one. Plus, for the price, I think that this is way overpriced. I'll be sticking with Wittekerke and Holy Moses until I find something that I like better.

becktone, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a bright clouded lemony yellow. Two full fingers of snow white foam, dense and creamy, sit on top and are in no hurry to leave.

Aroma - wheat, orangey, a touch of base graininessa dn spice. Reminiscent of Sunset Wheat or Blue Moon but clearly its own aroma has a certain distinctiveness.

Taste - wits to me have been heavily influenced by Coors and Leinenkugels widely available versions, so fair or not, wits I try often get compared to these two. This one has a grainier presence, more of the wheat character coming to bear in the flavor. I think I am getting a light buttery/diacetyl flavor, too, minor but detectable. The fruity flavor is a lighter than I'm used to, and in better balance with the rest of the beer. Less candyish, more beer-ish, though to be honest, either style suits me fine.

Mouthfeel - well-carbonated, tends to lean towards the lighter side but still maintains a light smoothness.

Drinkability - as good as the standard wit but nothing to pay extra for.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I really like the look of this beer. Hazy piss-yellow with a 2-finger head that leaves good lacing

S- Smell is slightly off like pool-water with coriander.

T- Taste is good with a wheat malt in front spiced with coriander mostly and a hint of orange.

M&D- Feel is light-medium and very drinkable with light carbonation

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a bad poor on this so I cannot judge the head too well, but the head did stay for a bit. Most likely it would have been a great head. The beer is a nice pale straw color with plenty of carbonation.

The smell is average and nothing stands out to me.

The taste is fairly sweet and the spices come through. I get the orange peel coming through the taste.

The beer is fairly light and leaves a slight aftertaste that is a little bitter, but not overwhelming.

The beer is very drinkable.

I would recommend this beer. I do think that the main thing that stands out though is the appearance over anything else.

rgrholmes168, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer tasting at the Shack

A - Straw golden-yellow, light foam and dissipates quick.

S - Wheat, lemon, and grass hops.

T - Wheat, lemon and more grassiness.

M - It's oh so tangy with all the lemon flavor. Well-carbonated as well, maybe too much.

D - Between the tanginess and carbonation could only drink one. Otherwise else, very delectable.

MisterClean, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Offa
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is ok. It has very common witbier characteristics, if a bit on the sweet side, which is perhaps why I'm not too keen on it. I often find beers of this style or similar generally to be tiresome and uninteresting and this is true for this one.

It is light cloudy gold with a huge white head that is long-lasting, decreasing to a very long-lasting medium head.

The aroma is perfumy grain, wheat, yeast, sweet cider and hint of citrus.

The taste is sweet to a slightly dry finish. It has bananas and spices with a lightly perfumy sweet citrus quality then a wheat-grain finish and lingering aftertaste. The flavour is persistent but light. It's a little oily and very soft in the feel, the softness soon becoming exceedingly tiresome, as does the light but persistent sweet ornage-flower element. This beer seems basically good but it does nothing for me and I can't drink much of it.

Offa, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any beer with the image of a cherrub pee-ing shows the sense of humor that is worthy of a purchase. It pours a very murky straw color with some rusty hues mixed in. The carbonation forms a subtle head that fades quickly with a bit of lacing. Aromas are very sweet with wheat and barley, spicy with pepper, corriander, orange peel, and yeastiness. Very bready and richly flavored with hints of lemon zest, acidic citrus notes, and with an earthy, pungent, herbal hop character that rounds out the sweetness but also gives a less-than-clean distraction. Heavier weighted than most Witbiers, but much maltier too with some unresolved sugars. Finishes sweet and spicy with a lingering hop, lemon, and bready note. Pretty good, it kinda steer toward St. Bernardus' Witbier, but stops shy of it's balance and quality. Certainly a non-offensive beer that should be tried at least once.

BEERchitect, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale, cloudy lemon color with a fizzy, creamy white head that initially started out 2 fingers high but quickly settled to a slight covering in under a minute. Left a clean lacing.

S: nice, aromatic with a lemon wheat aroma, light cookie dough and candi-sugar sweetness.

T: The initial sip was sweet, spritzy with lemons, and a cookie dought and candi-sugar sweetness most dominant. The orange peels come through nicely while the coriander was subtle providing only a light spiciness. Overall the flavor starts out very sweet, cookie dough like and proceeds to a light, refreshing citrusy finish, very crisp in nature.

M: a nice tingly sensation from the carbonation, with a light creaminess and cookie dough sweetness before fading to a crisp fresh lemon finish off the tongue.

D: Crisp, refreshing and a sweet drinking wit that definitely hits the spot making for a summertime quencher and worthy of a six pack recommendation.

beerthulhu, Sep 10, 2008
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
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 741 ratings.