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

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BA SCORE
84
good

754 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 17
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of mltobin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Flat Rock Saloon in Manayunk, PA.

Blanche De Bruxelles has a yellow color with a smallish head that does not sit for too long.
The smell is light and sweet, inviting you to take your first sip.
The taste has some citrus notes along with the maltiness of the style present, fairly refreshing.
The mouthfeel is pleasant, but does not present much character.
This witbier is a good one to drink while socializing, listening to some live music or just passing some time on a lazy afternoon.

mltobin, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow with a big, quick rush of bubbles resulting in a mountain of white head which peaks well above the rim. Retention is excellent, with some wavy, thick sheets of lace forming right above the cloud of head which is left behind. Aroma involves lemon, coriander, apples and wheat. Tastes a slight bit tangy, but not as bold as the smell. There's also some subtle sweet malts, lemon and then small amounts of coriander finishing things off. This beer could use a bit more umph in the taste department, but its light-bodied and superbly drinkable, which can lead to a perfect fit for some occasions.

stephens101, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of eewhiz
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a very bright yellow (but cloudy) color and slight lacing on the glass.

Notes were definitely lemon and coriander. Very clean finish...I enjoyed this beer, would make a great session beer...would recommend! if your're a Belgian White lover...

eewhiz, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow "white" with a 1/2" white head that falls to 1/4" and holds there. Lemony citrus, ripe orange and a spiciness in the back of the nose. Bready malt..wheat..fruit and citrus middle and a spicy finish, no slouch on flavor. Medium body with mid to high carbonation level. Good witbier..glad it is available.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle in a pint glass with a lemon.

A- Pale yellow bubbly appearance.

S- Orange, wheat smell. Similar to that of a Blue Moon.

T- Very flavorful beer without being overpowering. I think a lemon really brings out the flavor in this beer. Not too sweet at all.

M- Smooth beer that isn't overly carbonated.

D- Very drinkable for this style of beer. Even if you aren't a fan of this style give it a try. It is excellent.

Bagman007, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of cpn920
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw color with a decent head and small amounts of yeast swimming throughout. It was a citrusy, lemony smell. It had a rereshing quality and was a bit yeasty. Moderate carbonation and a smooth finish. I would be able to drink several of these especially with the low abv and refreshing quality it has. Solid example of the style.

cpn920, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wheaty malt citrus and yeast

T - Like the smell an orange citrus wheaty yeasty treat

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good Wit that tastes very good and thats very easy to drink very sessionable worth trying

armock, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer looks whitish with pale sunshine highlights. Just awesome bubbling in this close to opaque colored beer. Great, bubbly, almost merengue-like head and quick yet all encompassing lacing. The aroma makes me think of creamy wheat and tart yeast. The taste is equally as interesting. Very creamy an tart texture. Citrus and grains of paradise plus this sweet to tart yeast character adds even more complexity to this wit. One of the best looking wits I've ever seen. Because of the weird texture for this style and some of the flavors of this beer, its not as drinkable as I expected.

scruffwhor, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a decent amount of head and some good lacing.

S: Smelled of yeast, citrus, hops and a little malt.

T: Had the usual witbier characteristics: Coriander, lemon, yeast and malt. Not as complex or sweet as others in the style.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't my favorite witbier in the world. It lacks true character in the taste department. It has some good points, but it's not that great.

avalon07, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Clubchat
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the SAQ of Val-d'Or

A - Very pale straw body, cloudy and a decent white head

S - Pils malt aroma, citrus and coriander, sweet fruits (orange,lemon) & belgian candy

T - Principaly citrus & coriander, mild wheat grains, floral hopping shows on the finish, lightly toasted yeast also

MF - Light-medium body with a smooth texture and correct carbonation

D - Very drinkable, but not a Witbier Grand Cru

Clubchat, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a taster from a 750 ml bottle. It was a unfiltered whitish pinkish orange coloration and the foam began as a good amount reducing to a lingering aftermath on the surface. The aroma was one of blends with orange and coriander. Taste of this beer was like a grass, orange zest and light amounts of coriander. There was a good aftertaste of the beer as it left.

Tolnik, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Cava Wine Bar in Capitola. Poured into a Witkap Pater goblet. Hazy white peach flesh color with an eggshell head that leaves some nice gobs of lace. Mild aroma, mainly grassy and zesty with some orange peel. Not a lot of coriander here oddly enough. Flavor is mealy wheat and some spiciness, grass and yeast. The flavors don't really fit together quite right, like they're out of proportion to each other. It's not enough to really nail down and explain but it's enough to easily tell that this is rather inferior to, say, St Bernardus' witbier. Average palate.

illidurit, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of chemmie
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head and seemingly a lot of carbonation. Smell is of orange, wheat and slightly skunky. Luckly, the skunk doesn't transfer over into the taste. The taste is solid for a wit. Not too strong, but still good. Overall, a good wit.

chemmie, Nov 14, 2008
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
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.