1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 711
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 15
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White Alström Bros
Ratings: 711 | Reviews: 301 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of woemad
woemad

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

06-02-2008 00:48:13 | More by woemad
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

05-28-2008 04:16:40 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jwc215
jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

05-25-2008 15:47:12 | More by jwc215
Photo of scoobybrew
scoobybrew

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -4%

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.

05-17-2008 19:44:09 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Zorro
Zorro

California

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

05-11-2008 02:19:41 | More by Zorro
Photo of AlexJ
AlexJ

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Typical hazed yellow pour with a minimal white head and little lacing. On Tap @ Flying Saucer served in a Westmalle goblet(how bout a pint glass next time please!).

Aroma milder than expected, light wheaty sweetness, citrus, faint spice.

Flavor thankfully has more going on; lemony tartness and orange sweetness with a sprinkle of clove and banana. Very faint minerality. Overall a touch on the sweet side for a Witte.

Nice lightish body and high drinkability. I seem to remember the bottles version having a bit more complexity.

05-10-2008 16:15:36 | More by AlexJ
Photo of toolbrew
toolbrew

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color. Thick white head that is slow to fall. Great head retention and lacing.

The dominant scent is that of oranges. Label proclaims that orange peel is used.

Orange taste, not much else.

It's creamy at first, but actually somewhat watery. Unlike beer in my opinion.

If you enjoy the taste of oranges in your beer, you'll love this.

On the label there is a picture of a man pissing.

05-05-2008 03:04:09 | More by toolbrew
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

Perhaps the white-ist beer I've ever poured--light straw with strong white cloudiness. Impressive four-finger nearly pure white head. Very good lace.

More yeasty and sour than "wheaty" in aroma. Close to sour dough in smell.

Again, the wheat is not overpowering--a quality that I like. Very crisp finish (without lasting long). Soft sourness on the tongue; citrusy. Quite full bodied for the style. The carbonation is high, but subtle, obviously tight-bubbled.

Dare I say that this is the best wheat beer I've had thus far? I prefer the lighter wheat flavors. One of the easier beers to try.

05-01-2008 23:17:55 | More by smcolw
Photo of tgbljb
tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a hazy light golden color with moderate white creamy head. Great retention and sporadic lacing.

Smell ia light with some tender notes of wheat.

Taste is also light. Not a lot of anything there.

Finish is refreshing, but again not a lot of any flavor to be found.

This beer was much more flavorful and enjoyable on-tap. The bootle version leaves a lot to be desired.

04-19-2008 20:28:10 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Absumaster
Absumaster

Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%

A light yellow beer which is slightly muddy. The head is creamy and settles into a 1/2 inch layer.

Smell of diacetyl, a creamy smell combined with musty cereal grains. Some notes of spices and phenols of the yeast.

Taste is creamy. The diacetyl is a lot less pronounced in the taste, but it is still there. The wheat is there and adds a grainy taste. Still a little musty and unfresh, although this is not the right term. The yeast does not have any tartness, which could have made the beer more fresh and more drinkable. It does add a spicy phenolic taste that is a bit ginger-like. Also some traces of coriander and orange zest, but that also seems to be a bit stale.
Mouthfeel is OK and drinkability too.

04-06-2008 09:06:37 | More by Absumaster
Photo of drpimento
drpimento

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

This is not the Manniken Pis that we used to get. That stuff was IT! This isn't too bad a substitute, but still it ain't it. Pale hazy yellow in color, white head and decent lace. Slightly sweet and tart. Not too thin. Drinkable. Some citrus but little spicyness.

04-01-2008 00:38:12 | More by drpimento
Photo of callmemickey
callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Cloudy straw yellow.. white head.. good lacing...

S: Citrus... orange, lemon and coriander.. classic but not complex...

T: Oranges dominate the palate.. lemon and coriander add some character... some hop bitterness and a dash of bready yeast rounds out a delightful taste

M: Light bodied... crisp and refreshing... dry finish

D: Definitely can do this on a warm day over again

03-23-2008 02:13:22 | More by callmemickey
Photo of clayrock81
clayrock81

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured into a pils glass to an almost clear body with hints of yellow. A large amount of carbonation that caused a two-finger, rocky head that left no lacings. Orange peel sticks out in the nose, as does a faint trace of other fruit (lemon and banana?), but there are spices in there. Didn't really pick up corriander, like the label says, but I picked up faint traces of clove and vanilla. Orange peel and citric fruits mainly in the taste department, and with the hops only getting minimally involved despite the heavy carbonation, this is a very smooth, easy drinking beer that is complemented by a small amount of spices. Not the greatest witbier, but a fine good drink and I could easily be downing a few of these with buddies on a warm day chillin' outside (pardon the oxymoronic pun).

03-16-2008 20:29:51 | More by clayrock81
Photo of albern
albern

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%

I'm parting company with most of the reviewers of this beer. This beer is pale in color, very pale, and the taste matches the appearance. There is an ultra white frothy head with some lacing and retention. This beer is also quite cloudy. The aroma is off in that I'm getting an elmer's glue whiff on top of the slight citrus imparts of the pineapple family. The taste is just weak, watery, and transparent. There just isn't enough to this beer. There isn't much "there" in this experience. There are some spices, maybe a little allspice, there is a touch of pinapple, maybe some coriander, but it is all so subdued, there isn't much to write about. I'm disappointed in this beer. I was hoping for quite a bit more.

03-15-2008 00:04:01 | More by albern
Photo of malty
malty

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +24.7%

Very fresh (this being THE KEY) 11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into my Lion tulip glass with a bit of the bottom dwelling yeast for good measure.

The color is spot-on cloudy murky yellow (similar to homemade lemonade) with a bright white 1 1/2" creamy dense head. Body too cloudy to spot any carbonation. Gorgeous thick rings and droplets of white clinging lace all the way down.

A few swirls of this lovely delicate stemmed glass emits a sour lemon citrus rind scent. Trying to detect something sweet, but I can't - soft, sour & yeasty in bountiful amounts. A couple more swirls proves this gem is going to be very quenching and lively...let's hope.

Just as I hoped...very soft and yeasty with a boatload of refreshing sour notes that don't overpower, but rather refresh and revive the mouth, body and spirit. The coriander is well placed and the orange peel is noticeably polite and unassuming. A nice touch of sweetness that adds dimension to the flavor experience, but doesn't detract from the overall character of this refreshing ale. There's not really any 'funk' in this sour(ish) wit bier as I was curious it might be. The flavors all dance playfully together like a small tight nit group of friends, without any hoopla or fanfare.

Mouthfeel is superb. Like any Belgian Wit worth its salt, it's very soft, fluffy and gentle with a superfine kinetic carbonation level that's just perfect. The medium body (because of the wonderful wheat malt and yeast) holds the fresh flavors together masterfully, but let's them fade away clean, making one eager to gulp once again.

Drinkability is also spectacular. The lovely soft & sour notes work so well together, I can't imagine a time or circumstance where I wouldn't welcome this likeable ale.

Overall a wonderful, gentle and lively Wit that I'm glad to be reunited with (formerly Mannekin Pis). So soft and lovely. So welcoming and playful. Its clean and upbeat flavors can either be stretched and savored, or quaffed and gulped. Whatever your pace or speed, this ale's got something for everybody. I very much feel 'at home' with this beer. OK, now I'm REALLY ready for spring!

03-10-2008 01:39:32 | More by malty
Photo of joeysmokedporter
joeysmokedporter

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

Served on tap into a Sam Adams glass.

A: pours hazy, golden-orange, with a thick head that sticks around. Lacing is present.

S: a tart wheat aroma is there but soon takes a back seat to a citrusy sweet spice/coriander aroma.

T: The spice/fruit flavor dominates the flavor profile. A citrus orange flavor is present along with the coriander spice, but very dominant, almost to the point of imparting a detergent-like flavor (this knocks the taste rating down to average). The tart wheat flavor is also there but in the background as it attempts to balance those spice/citrus characteristics. There is a bitterness that reminds me of dried orange peels but that likely comes from some hop character.

M: medium-bodied but light feeling; carbonation average and slightly effervescent.

D: With a bit more subtlety in the coriander flavor this beer could be a terrific drinker. As is it is still a pretty enjoyable beer.

03-01-2008 13:14:00 | More by joeysmokedporter
Photo of czfreeman
czfreeman

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

This brew pours a very pale straw-like color, super white,foamy head. Lots of lacing laft around the glass. Tiny bits of yeast float down as the last of the beer is pour. Coriander, malts, citrus on the nose, a very "fresh stream" smell, sound wierd but this bier just smells clean and bright. Super-light body, slight citrus, but flavor is very distant and light.

Verdict-not much in the flavor or aroma department, but incredibly refreshing, light-bodied, low-alcohol beer that goes down very easy. If you normally buy Becks Light or Amstel light as your "drinking beer" try this one instead and knock back a few.

02-24-2008 01:34:47 | More by czfreeman
Photo of alysmith4
alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%

Very good beer. Poured a white-ish, yellow color with a nice 1 inch head. The smell was of fresh citrus fruit and hay.. and the taste was great. Not too sweet like I had anticipated, but very mellow and well-balanced. Definitely a beer that I would recommend.

02-13-2008 15:26:18 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Onslow
Onslow

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -8%

wow, big surprise on this one! ... . very easy drinking ... somewhat tart but youthfully fruity... . low lacing .. . a very nice witbier that seems to have all its ducks in a row .. .. recommended if you can find it on tap!! '..how can we be down 2 to city on the 50th anniv??'

02-10-2008 14:23:26 | More by Onslow
Photo of tyboxr
tyboxr

Washington

4/5  rDev +7.2%

A: a lovely white/orange combo, uniformly cloudy with minimal setiment

S: crisp, fruity, light vanilla

taste: nicely fruity, crisp finish with a tasy lingering
M: not too carbonated but not at all flat, efervesces in the mouth which helps the goodness permeate
D: will buy this one again, well worth it, tasty, light, refreshing...like gatorade for the drinker

02-07-2008 01:05:25 | More by tyboxr
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

Best before date of "20081213" appear to indicate this has a 12 month shelf life. That's a little odd.

It starts out looking good with a cloudy, pale yellow body. The aroma, however, indicates this beer might have had some rough shipment with immediate skunk. That dissipated after 10 minutes to leave a sweet, bready aroma that carried over to the flavor. I'm surprised by this bready malt, because while it is Belgian by nature, it's not the normal light and crisp malt I'd expect from a wit. This beer comes off more like a light Belgian pale ale, and an unremarkable one at that.

Overall, not really bad, but I wouldn't order a bottle again. Maybe I'd try it on tap, to see if it's any better.

02-01-2008 14:20:07 | More by tempest
Photo of goldenpeanut
goldenpeanut

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%

11.2 ounce bottle from a 4 pack. Maintained at 54F on pouring. Bottle in good condition, slight yeast haze on bottom. Poured into Hoegaarden glasses, what else.

Question? Do you roll the bottle or leave the yeast by decanting? Its our personal opinion that a bottled wit should be decanted. No right or wrong here, just our opinion. We homebrew this beer and have won several awards with it and we have some strong opinions about it, so read this review with some caution.

Pours with a big poofy head that overflows even a too-big glass. Settles into a rocky foam that looks like ice cream. Perfect so far. Hazy medium deep yellow with a pure white head, as it should be.

Aroma of yeast, bread, coriander, citrus, orange, very bright notes. As it should be.

The flavor is dominated by yeasty notes and the malt is secondary. There is a lack of freshness that should be present in this beer in small bottles. Maybe this beer would do better if kept at refrigerator temperature...note to self. There should be more fruity notes from the yeast and the bitter orange used to bitter the beer. The hopping level is very, very, low and appropriate. The orange notes usually associated with this beer actually come from the yeast mostly and the bitter orange peel secondary...and we'll argue this point with anybody. They are just not here in this beer. The flavor just seems to be stale, but the beer seems in good condition and not oxidized.

Bitter tries, but does not succeed, in balancing sweetness of the malt. Finishes flat, no real interesting notes to mention. This example just isn't refreshing but its not unpleasant either.

Very drinkable beer but seems stale for the style. The characteristic fruity/citrus notes are flat and the orange peel bitter seems missing. The medium full mouth feel is nice and appropriate indicating oats in the recipe.

01-17-2008 21:59:57 | More by goldenpeanut
Photo of RblWthACoz
RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a clouded straw gold with a white head. Nose is like immature grass that has been cut. Not green grass, like a yellow grass that is still maturing. Flavor is mild with character. Subdued wheat flavors with a mild yeast. Feel is thick on the mouth as there seems to be a residue almost that clings to your mouth. A decent one, but nothing to run to the store to get. Nice to drink, but no Oscar winner.

12-31-2007 01:16:18 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

What's the Manneken Pis doing to my beer? A bad joke could be made that Brussels' oldest citizen is well, you know... nevermind. On draft at The Mission Bar and Grill and served in its own glass, on to the beer:

Very pale yellow in color. Nice head on top. Fruit and orange are hinted in the aroma. This witbier is lightly flavored of coriander, much of the flavor involves fruit. There's some tart lemon in there and a brush of ctrus. Much of the bitterness comes from the carbonation in the beer, which is pleasant. A fine witbier.

12-27-2007 07:13:16 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of BeaBeerWife
BeaBeerWife

Michigan

5/5  rDev +34%

A 24k gold beer in this chicks book. A smooth Belgium unfiltered wheat. Add a lemon or not, still great. Probably hard to find, but worth trying to find. Previous favorite was Hoogaerden. There are probably some even better Belgium wits but can't say enough good things about this one.

12-22-2007 19:17:32 | More by BeaBeerWife
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.