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

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785 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 21
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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 m1ked
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of belgian bottles for a tasting while watching the cards-pack playoff.

A- Pours a slightly hazy bright yellow with an impressive bright snow white pure foam head...so much so its almost as if you can't discern any bubbles. No streamers seen. Looks so refreshing...I just wish it was a hot summers day instead of the dead of winter.

S- A light sweet wheaty aroma with a tinge of vinegar, light spiciness, and subtle citrus.

T- The first thing I get is light orange peel and the subtle coriander that blends into light vinegar and sweet wheatiness.

M- Oh so light but with plenty of flavors. Light carb, and kind of of dry.

D- I love this style...I could drink this all day. Preferably on a beautiful warm summer day. Great beer.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw cloudy color and has a small yet prolific head.
Smells basically like a wheat beer. Has a bit of citrus to it.
Tastes about like nothing. A hint of wheat and some citrus but seriously mild, and easy to drink.
Has a carbonation that is high.

I think this would be a great beer to get smashed on, but not to sit and enjoy.

Photo of ajayma
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, pale, grayish-yellow. Thin head with persistent lace.

Wheat field, clementine, light coriander.

Light, dryish body. Smooth wheat, lemon, and orange peel peak out front, but are pushed aside by a wash of coriander and mellow yeast in the middle. The finish is clean, with more, quick-fading hints of clementine and coriander.

Darn tasty and very drinkable. This beer also tasted great in a fried fish beer-batter.

Photo of Travlr
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy yellow with a fluffy head and decent lacing.
S: Bananas and bubblegum aroma.
T: Flavor starts slightly sweet, the progresses to citrus, then a slight bitter and sour finish.
M: Decent body for what it is.
D: Refreshing, even in the winter.

Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a very cloudy, white-yellow, with a large white foamy head, and some lacing.

smell is of citrus, wheat, spice, and some orange peel.

taste is tangy, orange peel, spice, and wheat, ends a little on the tart side.

overall a pretty good witbier.

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Awesome appearance and spot on for a witbier. Cloudy like a cumulonimbus. Completely murky and no chance to see through to the other side. Very turbid. Light whitish yellow in color with a white, creamy head, kind of spare. Almost no lacing.

S: The malts and yeast dominate the hops. Wheat and grain on the nose. Fairly doughy and a touch of horse blanket. Light hops with a soft orange rind aroma.

T: In addition to the aromas, flavors include golden raisin, pineapple, vanilla and coriander. The Manneken Pis is slightly vinous. Woody and buttery flavors are reminiscent of an oaky chardonnay. The flavor is just a bit muted but very tasty.

M: Medium body and a bit thinner than the omnipresent clouds of the appearance might suggest. Nice fizzy carbonation rounds out the moderate sweetness.

D: Incredibly drinkable at 4.5% ABV. Have a handful and enjoy.

Photo of dbossman
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow; thick 3 finger head with good retention and average lacing

S: Yeasty and grainy; subtle lemon citrus and coriander

T: Grainy and sweet citrus; lemon on the back end of the mouth but there is also something a little funky that I can't quite put a finger on

F: Dissipates quickly and not that carbonated

D: This is an okay beer for what it is; it's quite drinkable but I'm not sure it's one I would want to drink that much of anyway.

Photo of muqingjing
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale yellow with a moderately thick white head of foam.

S: Faint traces of orange peel and coriander. Not overbearing, but sharp and distinct.

T: Fairly mellow wheat taste, but somewhat sweet and malty. Hint of hops and something fruity, as well as a spice I can't put my finger on. There's a strange flavor at the tail end of each gulp, but it's quite good.

M: Nice and clean, it washes the palette quite well. Low carbonation.

D: Pretty easy to drink, and it's quiet tasty. I found myself spending some time trying to figure out what exactly that flavor is at the end of each swallow. Nonetheless, quite a refreshing beer, and definitely worth trying (again and again).

Overall: I really liked the taste, as it's got a good balance between lightness and flavor. It manages to feel light, but still be moderately bodied while mixing in an unobtrusive citrus flavor.

Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Appropriately cloudy straw yellow with very mellow carbonation. A cloud like white head starts big and holds strong through the experience. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Slightly musty. A light sourdough biscuit aroma makes up most of the goings on. In the background is an orange sweetness, plus just a touch or coriander spiciness.

T: Light and refreshing. Again, sourdough biscuit dominates. Bitterness is very light. The orange and coriander add extra dimensions of flavor. Finishes with a lemon sourness and a bit of lingering orange peel.

M: The light body could stand a touch more carbonation.

D: The last time I had this, it was on tap and sandwiched between two much stronger beers. Because of that, it came across as too light and not flavorful enough. This time; however, I had it alone and was able to appreciate its true qualities. A perfect refresher on a warm day.

Photo of Gourmetcook
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy lemon color with a creamy thick white head. Served on draft in a cold pint glass Very slight undertones of corriander and sweet orange with a very robust tangy wheat flavor pushing through at the end. The beer is well balanced and has a nice smooth finish. I liked it because the herb and fruit tones were subtle compared to many of the witbiers and I really enjoyed the robust wheat flavor. I had mine with a slice of lemon which really seemed to being the corrainder taste out and enhanced the flavor.
On Tap at the new House of Brews.

Photo of JimmyK77
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been waiting for me in the back of the beer fridge for quite a while - almost a year I'd guess. I've had several aged wit beers and I think they defy the idea that only high alcohol or highly hopped beers age well.

Blache de Bruxelles pours out a very pale straw color with good carbonation and a thick head. Its aroma is dominated by the herbal lemon of coriander, followed by some bitter orange and spicy, raw wheat. The flavor follows the aroma. With strong coriander that is very pleasing, not obnoxious. Tart, spicy wheat and yeast in the background. As with other aged wit beers - malt, wheat, hops, and yeast flavors have greatly faded leaving the coriander and citrus to dominate the profile. These flavors appear to intensify over time, but though they demand your attention, they do not ruin the experience, but rather become the experience.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

, review is from notes
Bought this as a part of a pack of Belgian Beers

A very light yellow color with slight lacing and a lot of head at the beginning. Poured in a tulip glass.

Aroma of wheat grain and citrus. This is mirrored in the taste, citrus mostly lemon and a bready flavour.

A very crisp and refreshing drink, with 4.5 something you could drink more than one and still be able to labor in the yard afterward.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a fluffy white could of foam that recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is of coriander, some orange peel, and a little wheaty tang. It is a nice aroma, and true to style. However, it lacks a a certain vibrancy that would make it great. The taste is like the aroma, but with more orange/lemon notes. Still, there seems to be something missing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent witbier that I could drink again without many complaints.

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

On-tap at Brasserie Beck. Served in a Blanche de Bruxelles glass, complete with peeing baby. Stay classy, Belgium.

A: Hazy orange. Nice head with lacing.

S: Wheat and citrus.

T: Lots of tart citrus. Also a hint of breadiness.

M: Light and crisp, but also creamy.

D: A very solid wit. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Throckmorton
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice foggy golden.

S - sweet and aromatic citrus, pine, crisp.

T - wonderful stuff. Flavors are subtle, and don't bash you over the head, which i prefer. a hint of sweetness, but still dry. Orange is clearly present.

M - medium bodied.

D - dangerous in that i REALLY wanted another.

Photo of katan
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Very hazy straw colored pour. Head formation very strong, retained at about a 1/2". Light white in color. Carbonation and yeast hazing are very obvious.

S - A combination of yeast spice and some wheat astringency. Bready and grainy.

T - Starts off with a wheaty, malt sweet note. Not much bitterness, and no hops shine through. Finishes with a strong flourish of coriander and orange peel, very spicy traditional wit note.

M - Moderate body - supported by a noticeable carbonation backbone. Finishes clean.

D - Extremely drinkable - flavors are well melded, abv is manageable. Not filling.

A exemplary witbier.

Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quirky 11.2 ouce bottle with a boy pissing on it's label, good for the bottle collection I guess. Also a goofy cap that tells you how to say witbier in a few languages. Pours into my Hoegaarden (sacrilege? We will see...) glass with a nice fluffy white head. It looks even lighter and more milkier than Hoegaarden, reminds me of a fizzy pineapple juice look.

Smell is pretty good. It is strong on the orange peel and coriander. I smell a bit of lemon as well.

Taste is of orange and corriander, much like the smell. Its very light and refreshing, I would say i prefer the corriander/orange to the clove/lemon of Hoegaarden. This seems like a flashier version of Wittekerke.

Overall not a bad Witbier, highly refreshing, for me it is on par with Wittekerke, just ahead of Hoegaarden.

Photo of cvfish
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a lemon yellow color that produced a huge, fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the sides of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had huge grainy notes, some citrus (orange and lemon), and a bit of funk at the end

T - The taste of this beer was like a typical witbier with less spice and more funk, which I really enjoyed, the graininess of the wheat was present, along with some orange and lemon zest, and a finish of funkiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was right on for a sessionable hot day beer, light and crisp, with a light amount of carbonation

D - This beer is extremely drinkable, especially on tap, where I think this beer really shines; out of the bottle, I would give this one a B+

Photo of angelmonster
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge 3 finger white head. Body is pale yellow and hazy. Tons of tiny bubbles are rushing to the top of the beer. Head retention and lacing were good.

Smell is light of malt, lemon zest, and some coriander. It is pretty typical witbier smell

Taste is of sweet malt and citrus fruits, like lemon and orange. Beer has a tangy after taste. Bottle says brewed with spices but they're not very present, except for the coriander. Flavor is very light, almost to the point of being watery

Mouth feel is very light. Carbonation is a good balance.

Drink ability is good. Extremely session able and light. Not the best or most complex witbier but its still good.

Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow straw color with a small fluffy white head. Some decent lacing on the glass. The head would die down, but a couple swirls of the glass and it would return. Smells kind of orange with bread, spice and floral hop aroma kicked in. There is something a little bit off in the aroma...almost buttery sweet, it just took me back a little. A very nice orange, citrus flavor at first up front with a muted hop and coriander spice flavor on a distant sweet malt backbone. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but would have to swirl the glass a few times to get that effect, otherwise is was a tad bit thin. Good drinkability. It's tasty, but the sweet orange flavor is sort of wearing me out towards the end of the glass. Might have a few of these though if I was out on the patio on a hot day.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a nice fluffy white head that holds up for a good while and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells lightly of spice with a little wheat in the back. Not very pronounced but what is there is fairly pleasant.

Tastes shows a nice bit of lemon on the first sip followed by some wheat and a touch of orange. Mild hints of coriander come through in the finish.

Light bodied with medium carbonation and a somewhat dry, crisp finish. Another highly drinkable option for the summer days. I mean this isn't necessarily top of the line stuff but its hard to argue with this one on a hot day. Worth a try.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.