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

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BA SCORE
84
good

691 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 41 | 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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alabama

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Michigan

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 19:17:32 | More by BeaBeerWife
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard-to-find Belgian in my area, copped a four-pack for about $9.00... Glad to find it, as it poured a nice witbier creamy, hazy lemon color with a soft head... Smell is very pepperish, with coriander and lemon aftertones that are very noticeable... Taste is definitely good... nice wheaty, fruity flavors that are apparent but not overwhelming... This beer is not bursting with flavor, but definitely has a pleasing and enjoyable taste that is very drinkable and has a nice mouthfeel... a light beer that would be great during the summer but can be enjoyed any time... Would certainly go for it, even though the price was kind of high... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 00:19:59 | More by dsa7783
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A plain Jane wit. Has the flavours of the style, but is very subdued, and is essentially just a run-of-the-mill beer.

Pale translucent yellow with a moderate, soapy head that gives little lace. Smell is slightly wheatish, but the characteristic spice of a wit is not particularly noticeable. Some yeast, minimal coriander, citrus finish. Thin bodied mouthfeel, light overall. Easy to drink, but undistinguished. Not much point to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 22:39:20 | More by TerryW
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light yellow body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling aroma of wheat malt, coriander, and lemons.

Taste: Gentle sweetness with flavors of wheat, coriander, and citrus, though all the components of the taste remain fairly light. Faint yeastiness. Mild acidity on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing; a decent wit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 18:39:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy and very light yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast, wheat and spices along with light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, spices, Belgian yeast and orange peel. The malt character is light but not too thin and the hops presence is pretty good for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easy, not filling at all, very good representation of style, mild kick, this is an excellent beer to drink for an entire evening. It’s flavorful, light and won’t have you on the way to getting buried after the first three or four of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 05:59:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Rudgers73

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a new bar in my neighborhood called The Tap and Mallet.

Poured into a nonic glass. It appears cloudy and glowing yellow/orange much like a hefewiezen. About 1/4 inch bright white head sticks around as well as to the sides of the glass as it goes down. Nice texture, smooth. The flavor of yeast isn't overbearing, yet it is still a big player in the flavor of the beer. Subtle coriander and citrus poke through, although it doesn't quite taste as well placed as some Wits I've had before. A good sessionable, cheap belgian wit. Not shabby.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 02:38:25 | More by Rudgers73
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thierrynantes

France

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 1999.
Appearance: white, opaque, veiled.
Smell: Aromas of white characteristics : orange and coriander.
Taste and mouthfeel: In the mouth it is very slake: wheat itself. Sweet notes on solid base of grain. Sprawl, rather long, prolonging the pleasure.
Drinkability: a good white beer

Review added 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-26-2008

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 21:29:34 | More by thierrynantes
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rallison

California

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Altogether, a relatively boring wheat beer. Pours a cloudy light gold color with a 1 finger white head that doesn't quite disappear. Smells yeasty - that's all I smell.

Taste is very yeasty with some rather mediocre and watery malts.

Mouthfeel is watery and boring. Drinkability is not so great.

Not recommended. A boring beer on most fronts - not event he yeasty quality saves it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 06:33:46 | More by rallison
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thinned out lemon yellow, with carbonation and a slight haze. A finger of very white head sustains for a bit. Ripples of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is crisp, with the peel of lemon and orange, and the spice of clove and coriander. Pretty mundane and routine.

Upon tasting, a sweet citrus note of lemon zest and orange peel presage a lilt of doughiness. The esters deliver clove and coriander, and the ensuing crisp bitterness has a green apple cleansing quality. The finish is short, mildly spicy, and readies the palate for the next sip. It's fair and unremarkable.

Light bodied, the carbonation is the high point, though the spice leaves a fleeting memory.

It was about the only thing at Monk's during a weekday lunch that wouldn't knock me on my arse, so I went this route. And I have to say, I could have done better. I didn't expect it to really stand up to Thai Curry mussels, but it didn't even show any effort. There's just not enough there. And yet, under different circumstances, it would drink readily and inoffensively. Still, the next time I'm in that situation, I'll have a brawny Belgian and deal with the consequences.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 21:37:29 | More by Foxman
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that disappated fairly quickly. Mild nose with scents of lemon coriander, some orange peel perhaps and spice. Lemon and spice, on the tongue with a medium dry finish. A pretty highly carbonated beer with an active mouth feel. While it is extremely easy to drink, it's not something I will actively seek out, how ever if I just come upon it in a bar with only a few brews on tap, theres a good chance I'll take a pint

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 14:59:01 | More by DaggerEyes
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. Euro-style bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a very light, cloudy yellow, with a great thick, pearl white head.

S: Strong citrus, comes first from the nose, strong bitter orange and citric acid, with a fair amount of wheat.

T: Coriander bitterness starts out the flavour, backed with some pasta notes and finishing with some of that strong orange flavour, a complex tasting wit for the style.

M: Crisp and zesty, with a fair bit of acidity, very refreshing.

D: One of the better wits I have had out of Belgium, funny label too, any fan of wits should try this beer, very tasty, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 06:05:25 | More by Halcyondays
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sfreshnock

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Small Bar - Wicker Park in the appropriate glass.

Pale "straw" yellow. The glassware is frosted so its hard to tell how hazy but I would assume it follows the style. Aroma of citrus and light hop bitterness. Taste follows suit with light citrus and typical wit spice. Faint acidity like a lambic but nowhere as pronounced. Very light body that washes clean from the mouth. Very easy drinking beer. I enjoyed this as a change from more intense beers but not one to keep in my repotoir.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2007 15:16:01 | More by sfreshnock
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy golden with a wispy pure white head and spotty lacing. Subdued lemon, orange, and coriander on the nose. Taste is similar to the aroma, but a little more bland. Slightly grainy, a little watery, emphasis on the coriander here, which carries through to the finish while the fruit drops off. Spritzy mouthfeel, but the overall effect is of a soft beer. Nothing special, there are plenty of better Wits.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 03:47:22 | More by Georgiabeer
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Manneken Pis

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Bright cloudy yellow with a thick frothy head.
S- Citric. Lemon and orange with a touch of clove and coriander.
T- Sweet lemony citrus with flowery spices. Coriander, clove, even a slight lavender flavor. Candi sugar a little too much.
M- Sweet throughout with a slight dry finish.

Overall- Not bad, but 1 glass will do. Just too sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2007 19:34:41 | More by NJpadreFan
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey straw in color, topped with a very fine, voluminous off-white head. Ample lacing throughout. Nose at once strikes me as both citric and hoppy, with a pronounced astringency and a light biscuity malt note. Very light notes of spice here, and there's an unpleasant artificially processed element to the nose that I haven't encountered in a wit for quite some time. Ample visible carbonation. Vanilla, orange-citrus, and very light cloves on the first sip. Very juicy and fruit-forward, but it's an undifferentiated fruitiness. Lively and light on the palate. Malt qualities are mild, with pale and biscuit characteristics merging with a generic ale yeast character. 40% wheat malt, but this seems to lack in the wheat character I find in other wheat ales. There's also a light beet-sugary sweetness that just doesn't work for me here. Thankfully, this is citric and just a bit sour, which in addition to the light spicing and more prominent hop use easily balances out any perceived sense that this one is overly-sweet. Smooth, but very light in body, and lacking in the yeasty character that I've come to enjoy in sedimented wheat ales. Very easy drinking and almost Seltzer-like (see: ample visible cabonation.) Ultimately this isn't a bad tipple for what it is (and no, my bottle wasn't out-of date), but there are plenty of domestic examples with more of the character I expect (and prefer) in a Wit, not to mention a few from Belgium that I also prefer to this. Worth trying once, and given the right circumstances I can see how this beer might be the best option available! Great emblem, too ; ^ )

[Served chilled, in a wheat ale glass]

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 15:30:06 | More by Chaz
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Billolick

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled (small) version, Fresh according to the best before info on the rear label, after allowing this one to warm up a bit (15 mins out of the frig) and a decent rolling on its side, the wit pours out cloudy light dull banana, initially under a large white, fine bubble head, that lookis like it wants to create some merangue, but then doesn't. Leaves some thick lacing, and the bubbles keep on rising. Nose wiff is softly of fresh fruits and candi sweetness. pretty typical wit notes, sweet, light fruits, "creamsicle" ice ceam pop memories come to mind. Slightly more watery then I would like in the mid section. Light peppery spice late, soft on the tongue and then a lingering mildly dry finish, with just a hint of hop dryness. Not bad, but nothing special IMHO, delicate, subtle, understated,oh so Belgian. Nice to try and compare to more robust American takes on the style.
Obviously the label art is a winner with me...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 12:53:09 | More by Billolick
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blackie

California

4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Served in the appropriate brewery logo glassware. Took awhile to realize that there's an image of a urinating man-baby on my glass. Big white head recedes but never dies, with a hefty layer remaining throughout. The beer is a cloudy, rich golden color; though admittedly it's a little hard to tell in the frosted glass.

smell and taste: I'm a little confused by the low rating of this beer. Wonderfully doughy, yeasty, honey nose with just a touch of hops. Extremely enticing aromatics on this beer. Delicious flavors very similar to the nose, minus a bit of the complexity. Doughy yeasts and mild orange. Gently hopped.

m: Delicate, utterly smooth mouthfeel, with a medium level of carbonation and the creamiest witbier body I've experienced.

d: Finished two 50cl glasses with ease

never even heard of this one, on tap at Raleigh Times

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2007 04:48:25 | More by blackie
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is definitely my favorite mass-marketed Belgian White. Hoegaarden used to be such a good beer until it was bought by AB. For those that don't know, AB shut down the Hoegaarden Brewery and now brews it at the Stella brewery. It looks and tastes a lot different. What a shame. I dont miss it too much though, as I was a bigger fan of Blanche de Bruxelles anyway. Great white, cloudy color and perfect crisp taste all the way through.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 02:41:43 | More by BDIMike
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putnam

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Manila paper colored and foamy. Candy tangerine marshmallow aromas lead to estery bubblegum and fermented vanilla scents. On the palate it's dry, tart and round with obligatory coriander, wilted orange and chipped chalk flavors. It gets the job done. Nothing horrible.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 16:55:40 | More by putnam
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle dated best before July 3, 2008. Pours a nice lemony yellow with a lasting, pillowy off-white head. Excellent retention, stickage and lacing. Lightly perfumy aroma amidst a healthy dosage of tart citrus, coriander and unmalted+malted wheat. Lightly dusty in taste, this witbier has all the qualities of a summertime champion. Semi-sweet maltiness with the light spicing you'd expect from a witbier with a slight suggestion of vanilla nearer the finish. Citrus comes into play, but not as pronounced in flavor as some other witbiers. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I'm surprised I haven't noticed this one before.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 03:08:11 | More by crookedhalo
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cjgator3

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Pours a cloudy and very whitish pale yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma is wheat with some coriander, spices, and yeast. The taste is very refreshing with some wheat, citrus and spice flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp from the carbonation. Drinkability is very high, this would be a perfect beer for the hot summer outdoors here in Florida. Overall, this is a pretty solid wit that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 18:45:30 | More by cjgator3
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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