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

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317 Reviews
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Reviews: 317
Hads: 887
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 31
Gots: 145 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

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Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head that generously coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Lemony, yeasty aroma with hints of coriander

Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that betrays an undertone of lemon by mid-palate; after the swallow, it gets tarter with more significant lemon flavors and a coriander finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy with a creamy element

Drinkability: Certainly not the best wit out there, but a reasonable beer nonetheless (493 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Draught

Cloudy pale yellow lemonade-like color with fine creamy head.

Sweet, sugar, yeast and lemon-citrus on the nose.

Not much taste, but its soft, yeasty and sweet with a light citrus presence.

Easy to drink and low alcohol, but unmemorable overall. (267 characters)

Photo of Teke0611
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost identical to the picture on the four pack carrier. A light golden yellow. The other reviewer's comments about lemon merangue were accurate at first pour, then it darkened a bit. Poured a full 2 inches head in my new Sam Adams glass, then receeded in about 4 minutes.
S- Didn't get much, but my nose has been a bit out of whack at times.
T- Average. I expected more from a $9 four pack.
M- Nothing really to write home about here either.
D- Easy to down several of these, on the other hand. That is, if it's affordable enough for you. I would rather have some other beers, IMHO. (591 characters)

Photo of RixBeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow. Thick head quickly fades. Nice ring lace. Slight Sticking. Very active carbonation until you're at least half way through drinking it.

S- I smell orange and a little bit of lemon. Spicey....good undertones behind the citrus smells.

T- Light, Crisp, Orange, Lemon, Herbal. Very nice for this type of beer.

M- Could use a little more body. It feels full because of all of the coplex flavors. But it gets a tad watery at the end.

D- I could drink the four pack these 11.2oz bottles came in. But I'll share at least 2 of these. (553 characters)

Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the label, this is a Belgian Wit beer brewed with orange peel and coriander. How can something that sounds so simple taste so good? This is the brewer's art. This pours an opaque yellow with a fine white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is faintly citrussy. The taste is wheaty with some orange and lemon notes. I found it to be well balanced and highly drinkeable. As good a wit as I've ever had. (417 characters)

Photo of beeragent
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a very hazy white/straw, forming a creamy 1 inch head, leaving medium spots of lace. The aroma is light citric wheat. Not too strong or complex. The taste is mostly of lemon and orange, with a slight hopiness. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Overall, this is a good witbier. I will definitely be having this again. (382 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. In the nose it was all about orange, citrus and corriander. A dry taste and a small coriander taste. It even had a small tartness to it. Very easy to drink, better than most Belgian wits because of the citrus and the small tartness. (292 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw body with a dense hazy and a super strong carbonation that glides up the sides of the glass. There is a thick rocky white meringue of foam that last for a good bit.

S- The light smell of soft rain and light sour notes becomes a hint of bubblegum but it is still very soft. There is a hint of orange and dry coriander and green leaves in the finish.

T- The soft carbonic acid taste has a soft note of oranges with a finish of tart lemon-lime soda. The finish is a slight sweet note with some dry spice notes and a soft snap of hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a light and crisp flavor but it is very subtle and bland. (749 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From my notes 6/5/2007 pours two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Sour citric nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is sourish wheat, not what I was expecting. 330ml bottle for €2.50 ($3.43) from Manneken Pis souvenir shop Brussels, Belgium. (319 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a hazy lemonade with lots of bubbles rising to the top which maintain the foamy head. There is lots of lacing going everywhere. Smells really sweet and fruity with a hint of Evangeline Maid white bread, which is kind of nauseating. Citrus stands out more than coriander. Tastes candy sweet and reminds me of cotton candy in the flavor (or, better yet, cotton candy flavored Bubble Yum). Coriander comes out a bit more than in the aroma, but the citrus is ever present. Really, there isn't much more I get from this, and, seriously, that cotton candy bubble gum flavor is out of control. Too much of that white bread thing is making me gaggy. Mouthfeel is almost too smooth. Really watery here. There is no way I'd buy this again. (739 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White yellow with a creamy head. In the immortal words of my buddy Rick, "it looks like lemon merangue". The smell is lemon peel and coriander. Refreshing and crisp. The taste has the citrus zing you expect from the style but a malt that you don't. It smooths out the flavor and reminds me of a kolsch. The mouthfeel is creamy but a bit thin. The drinkability is good but its much better when the beer is cold. And I say that as a fan of beers that belong at cellar temperature. Good but not great. (498 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, a little orange / hazy crazy yeast / very mild carbonation / mild-moderate head

Tart sour almost a medication-esque aroma precedes a light and deep sweetness

Creamy sweet with rich elements of toasty barley malt of light sweetness. Sour wheaty edge. Floral spicy hoppage. Some zesty spice. Creamy wholesome protein rich yeasty flavors with complex layers of yeasty goodness.

Medium body creamy with mild carbonation.

Quite sour and still so sweet. Lot of layered flavors, interesting but not the easiest beer to drink. (543 characters)

Photo of enfield249
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks like non-green Mountain Dew. Cloudy, no head to speak of.

S - Sour is what I'm getting off of this beer for the most part. Not at all like a Cru, but it's in there.

T - Sour, wet straw, a little bit of coriander I guess, but not much.

M - Fine. Right where it should be. My favorite part of the beer.

D - Overall, I'm not impressed. Nothing glaringly wrong with this beer. Maybe it just not in my taste profile. (433 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, "best before" dated: 20080526. Flashy label starring none other than our little peeing pal, Manneken Pis. Plain white cap reads (in bold, generic type): "WIT BIER / BIERE BLANCHE / BIRRA BIANCA / WHITE BEER". Grabbed this on a whim at By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA.

A: Looks like a good witbier - cloudy, straw-yellow, plenty of tiny carbonation. Capped with a creamy white head, starting at about 3 fingers and dwindling to about 1/4".

S: Decent grainy/wheat aroma, a little sweet & yeasty. Very light coriander and almost indetectable orange peel.

T: Not bad, not good either. Much like the smell, this is mostly soft wheat with a little sugar-sweetness. Spices are subdued and finish is less dry and more starchy. Flavors are decent enough, but weak.

M: Weakness in flavor pales to the wateriness in the mouth. Very light mouthfeel, nothing of real substance. Mild grain and sugar aftertaste, light carbonation.

D: Grabbed this without any other impetus than wanting to try a new witbier - should have passed. Nothing worth coming back to here... (1,094 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle without obvious dating.

Pours pale straw yellow with a small and short-llived thin head. The nose is full of soft oranges and wheat grain shot through with faint clove notes. Flavor is also very gentle. Oranges and creamed wheat with very slight pepper and clove notes. Weak on the spiciness overall. The mouth-feel is pulpy and velvety; not enough carbonation. Dull but passable. (405 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a small head and flecks of lacing.

S - Faint lemon, light wheat. Not much else.

T - Coriander, some faint citrus presence. Absurdly watery. Aftertaste has a touch of detectable malt flavor, but it is as bland as the foretaste.

M - High carbonation, watery, thin, actually kind of bland and not too refreshing.

D - I certainly won't bother with this one again, almost no flavor. It is bland at best. (439 characters)

Photo of lunarhowl
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfect for a witbier
Smell: Fragrant yet light
Taste: Smooth, mellow clove, vague citrus notes and an ever-so-light hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Quenching yet surprisingly full by witbier standards.
Drinkability: Immensely

Notes: What Hoegaarden used to be...I recall drinking Hoegaarden for the first time in 1995 and it was a revelation. Over a decade later, Hoegaarden is a shadow of its former self, watery and insipid. Its downfall is well documented, but I reminisce because this beer reminds me of what was good and right about Hoegaarden back then. Its floral and light, yet has surprising, thirst quenching depth for the style. Tasted on tap at the Gingerman in Austin, TX. (702 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, exceedingly light yellow-golden color. I mean, this beer is so pale it looks like they found a pilsner malt with a lovibond rating lower than 1. Gigantic white head that roils up then fades back to a half-inch cap.

Aroma: citrus, coriander and cotton candy, with a sweet graininess cutting through. A little spicy pepper-like phenols. No discernible hop aroma. Not bad.

Taste: Tangy, then grainy, then tangy, then....? This beer is quite underwhelming in the taste department. It is crisp, it has the characteristic wheat malt notes, but...not much else. It is not necessarily *bad*, but IMO it is lacking in flavor. Witbiers are supposed to be smooth, drinkable session beers, but that doesn't mean they have to tone down all the witbier characteristics.

Mouthfeel: slightly slick from the wheat, but a bit watery. High carbonation, light body.

Drinkability: This is a very quaffable beer nonetheless.

Overall: Has potential, but I prefer more flavor. This just didn't do it for me. (1,022 characters)

Photo of geexploitation
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold, almost a yellow color, with a slight greenish tinge. Bright white head that fades to a collar. The aroma is quite citrusy, although it seems citrusy more from the yeast used than from added spices. There's an undercurrent of coriander, but nothing overpowering. All in all the aroma is rather simple and slight. On the palate, very brisk acidity that is unbalanced with spicy softness. Some banana flavors pop up, but from the mid-palate on this beer is pretty watery and bland, and provides nothing to impress. The finish is a touch sweet and vinous. Mouthfeel is thin and lacks enough carbonation to make up for it. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this. It's OK, certainly not bad, but it has little to recommend it over other wheat beers. (763 characters)

Photo of carlosd74
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this $6 bottle (yea I know I am sick in the head) at Matt Capone's place near Norristown, PA. I was in the mood for the most anti-Guinness beer I could find on St. Plastic Paddies Day.

For a wit beer, my gold standard is The Hoe. However, we all know how American interpretation of the Wit has overcome the originator of the Belgian Wit.

That said I found this was not as good as today's Hoegaarten. It lacked any zing of either corriander or orange peel...in fact I would add a wedge of orange to this beer.

It pours nicely and the lace stays long after the pour. It smells..well like wheat beer but nothing but the wheat and a yeast that was more like a farm house ale's aroma.

Mouthfeel was very thin. I guess I would classify this beer somewhere between a Bavarian Heffe and a Farmhouse.

Not crap but nothing to pay $6 for. I am sticking with Allagash or Legacy for my Wit fix. (903 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a best by date on the back label. The label was interesting with a drawing of a man pissing on it. Not sure that sends the message I'd want on my beer but to each his own. It poured the usual wit beer white and had a decent head that quickly settled. The smell had the expected coriander and orange peel but the orange had a different smell that other wits. Not sure if they used another type of orange or what but it wasn't all that pleasing so a little hit on the smell score. The taste was pretty good but lacked a good finish that would have gotten a better rating. Overall, it's a good but not great beer. I really enjoy wits and could see these having a once in awhile place in the rotation. (4, RR, T, Y) (742 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, very pale gold color with a frothy, foamy head. Aroma is lightly floral fruity. Quite fruity flavor, tart, somewhat citrusy--with a spicy coriander backbone. Modest wheat flavor with an acidic finish. Light bodied, appropriate to the style.

A quite decent Wit. (276 characters)

Photo of jwff
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a pint glass with a fluffy white head and chalky cloudiness. Smelled a bit of lemon, grass, a tiny bit of grain, and some coriander. It was faint, but this style has always relied on subtlety. The taste was along the same lines of the smell but a bit more pronounced, and maybe a little more grain and some subtle orange peel. A little bit of yeast is there to round out the mouthfeel and balance the acidity of the citrus. Finishes dry. I can't wait to pick this up in bottles just in time for the summer. (519 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/27/08 Just had again. Liked it even more. Very refreshing.

Pours an opaque yellow. Sort of like yellow lemonade. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly but a collar hung around. Interesting start.

Aroma was fruity with yeast up front and some light spicyness in the background.

Taste was a mix of fruits: lemon, mandarin orange, pinneapple. Wheat is present and a sweet spicy backbone. All light with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth with a light spritzy feel. A little too flat for my liking.

Overall, a very drinkable session beer. Wonderful on a hot day. While it lacks some of the spicy characteristics of other beers of the style, it is still a fine and worthwhile brew. (714 characters)

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.