Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #85
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,495
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.83%
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,028
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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip (Tank 7 turns 7 special, 2016). Thin foamy head read, white as can be. Dull yellow, pale and murky. Banana bread nose. Taste is banana, light oats, light zing of orange and grapefruit in the finish. Light on the mouth, incredibly refreshing. A good lunch beer, or even crushable. A good beer to try on tap as well.

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Photo of Lucular
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap. A mediocre Belgian witbier. It almost tastes closer to an American pale wheat ale - I wonder what the hopping schedule is? Taste and mouthfeel are somewhat watery. Meh.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 24A Witbier. Best by, and I'm not joking, 2019, Sept 31 (last I checked there were only 30 days in September).

Pours a nice dense creamy thick white head with great retention, lots of messy lacing, hazy golden straw color

Nose very grainy-sweet and very doughy wheat, bread dough, and a little tart, some citrus, more lemony, little zest, light phenol spices, so much raw bread dough and tartness it's almost more Berlinerweiss

Taste more cereal grainy malts, a bit sweet but not much, lots of citrus again, a little lemony and touch of young orange, some lemony tartness as well, a touch of phenol spices some creamy wheat with the dough, touch of bitterness, finishing drier, a touch more tart acidity and more bready dough

Mouth is medium bodied, a bit creamy wheat and mild lactic acidity, medium carbonation

Overall this was an interesting beer, def not what I was expecting but I see how the tartness and creamy wheat comes into play in this style of witbier, which I def prefer the more Allagash or St Bernardus style than this

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light golden hazy body; just under a finger of head on a medium pour into a standard tulip; poor head retention; average lacing.
Smell: Lemongrass and yeast; the nose is relatively subdued.
Taste: Lemongrass and maybe a bit of clove — tastes like a witbier. About average for the style.
Feel: Light body, high carbonation; the feel is a bit astringent.
Overall: Decent enough wit, but doesn't stand out. I wish the feel was a little bit softer.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy gold, voluminous head

Light nose, some spice

Touch of tartness, citric, . No bitterness but lack of sweetness and dry finish means it matters not.

Never my favourite style, this one is one of the best imo

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Founding Farmers in DC. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a hazy and cloudy bright straw yellow body, one finger thick white head, good retention and lots of lacing. Smell is a bit of mineral, typical wit spice profile, a bit of wheat and sweet bread. It's clean on the flavour side, a bit bland in some ways, not all that different though more full-throated in terms of flavour compared to Blue Moon. Medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, goes well with the smoked sausage mussels that were ordered along with this. A bit less spice than I am accustomed to from traditional wits, but maybe I've had more of the Allagash White/Hoegaarden type beers lately.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Backlog. 11.2 oz bottle. Smells of old socks, Sweet-tarts. This is the most unpleasant Wit I’ve ever smelled. Pours a nice head which dissipates somewhat quickly; pale, pale yellow hue; lots of sediment floating around in there. Taste is sour, then sweet. This is the weirdest Wit I’ve yet to try. Not bad at all, though--apart from the aroma.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice light, crisp beer. Generous lace with appealing hazy, light pale yellow color. Taste of hop and citrus accompanied with a slight spicey spike. Medium carbonation and smooth feel.

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Photo of janubio
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale colour, two fingers head with long retention that fades to a thin layer. Good lace. Aroma of cloves, banana, apricot, coriander, some citrus. Thick oily palate, strong carbonation and medium body. Taste has some clove, banana, citrus, coriander. Good refreshing blanche.

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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottom of the can says "L5197 16/10/16 14:49"

Appearance: The body is a light golden straw color that is completely opaque. Shadows are only visible as haze. There is some sediment in the glass that is a bit large but it isn't chunky. The head is large and white with a fluffy cloud-like appearance.

Aroma: There is a very light citrus aroma to the beer with a touch of sweet coriander.

Taste: It has a very nice fruity flavor to the beer which tastes like it comes more from the yeast than anything else. It has a bit of this passion fruit flavor and then there is a bit of some pear and a bit of what tastes like pineapple but not quite. I'm not getting any wheat here but the yeast character is very nice.

Mouthfeel: It is very light bodied and nicely effervescent. It Finishes a bit too dry and doesn't have a smooth texture on the palate. It finishes a tad rough but the overall drinking experience is decent.

Overall: I really liked the beer. I haven't had it in a bottle but in a can it seems to hold up pretty well for an import. I would drink it again and while it wouldn't be my top pick for a witbier I would still recommend it.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Hazy yellow with white head
S: Not much pale malt must
T: Little funk and wheat and straw. Floral hops
F: Light and refreshing
O: Good beer. Middle of the road beverage.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 750 ml | Best before end of 22-05-2017 | Bar code 5 411676 301950
Served in Pokal

Appearance: Lemon pale yellow | 30 mm white foam head (high density, stable)
Smell: Malt, Citrus notes
Taste: Malt, Citrus, Slightly bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Watery, Sharp and Dizzy
Overall: This bottle variant is not perfect, the one I tried before from tap was excellent!
Please, keep searching until you will find a right one! :)

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass is a hazy pale yellow body floating a thin white head. October '16 best before date.
Sour aroma with some bread notes.
Flavors are more fresh and pleasing than the aroma, but all are appropriate to the style.
Light mouthfeel and a clean dry finish.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, fruity, refreshing on a summer day and good enough to do again and again (which I have...ignoring its second name.)

Reviewed in MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium," I quote from a brief entry: "soft, sweetish and grainy, with come apple-skin notes, pineapple in the middle and gingery dryness in the finish."
Following a similar pattern describing the fruity middle was Oliver Garrett's review in "Brewmaster's Table."

8/1/17 Had again, this time in a can. An acceptable table wit, just not great. (Maybe I'd change my mind if they did away with the little boy peeing.)

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can on 10 April '16. Use-by date "16/09/11" (I'm assuming the year was first...).

Looked like cloudy lemonade with a bit of a white head. Chunky yeast leavings floating around in there. Nice nose, oranges, some other citrus, maybe candied fruit (or fruit candy). Big blast of sweet fruitiness. Taste was not as impactful - mild, sweetish, fruity, gentle. Pleasant and very easy to drink quickly; you could almost forget it was a beer. Only the slightest bit of acidity or hop flavor, just a tiny zing that fades quickly. Leaves the mouth feeling clean but not parched. Fun, not too serious beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Blanche De Bruxelles was a decent beer probably best suited for the summer time. It poured a pale yellow with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent has faint hints of white grape/wine. The taste followed suite and strongly correlated with white grape juice. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it was good.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: December 31, 2015... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen...OCCASION: enjoying a slow creep towards 2016 with my loved ones... APPEARANCE: sallow, dusty off-yellow body that reveals lonely bubbles upwards; the off-white head is frothy and soapy, retaining well enough but giving way to satellites of lacing before resting as a coaster of reasonable quarter-finger froth... AROMA: banana front and center, with faint pepper and light orange citrus... suggests an easy, agreeable drink, with bubblegum and light barnyard yeastiness accompanying the experience... PALATE: light, soft-spoken sips that smoothly find their way to a bit more vibrancy at the throat's end... mouth-rinsing depth with an apologetic draw... thin and lacking an aftertaste of note--though one cannot expect much of this, given its style...drinkable, yes... TASTE: the orange peel moves among the wheat and banana to evoke creamsicle, with enough lemon grass and other citrus leaving an acidic finish...little other spice or nuance tov speak of, rendering this a straight-forward refresher... OVERALL: on an 80-degree day, I might have been less discerning, but in late December, this beer doesn't hold enough profile to be considered as an outstanding example of its genre... yet it doesn't challenge the palate or disparage its intentions either...

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Photo of blazeaceofaces
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a beer drinker typically. I've abstained from it my whole life. I try my friend's from time to time, but this is the first time I got a beer for myself. I cannot believe that it was as good as it was. I can't be one of the fancy guys on here who can use the lingo. But it tastes and feels like a champagne with a bit of beer flavor to it. At 7 bucks I don't feel ripped off for a half liter.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours yellow, hazy with a very wide and frothy white foam head. Aroma is citric and a little bit acid, according to style. Taste is refreshing, citric and a little bit acid in the aftertaste, low bitterness, no hops. Medium body with medium carbonation. Great Biere blanche, very tasty.

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Photo of BWED
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml can poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pale yellow, with a faint brownish hue. Head is white, thin, and leaves a little lacing.

S- Vinous. Mild wheat and toast. Citrus comes out but very light.

T- Mild toast. Mild, nice spice: coriander. Wheaty, and a faint orange peel.

M- Wet, clean, smooth. Very drinkable. Wheat may add some body/creaminess.

O- Wheaty. Spices are subtle and not overpowering. Feel is great.

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Photo of rand
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at High Dive San Diego, poured into pint glass.

The brew is a straight-up-the-middle example of the style, with notes of orange pith and honeyed biscuits. Refreshing and easy to sip.

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Photo of dar482
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a light straw yellow.

The aroma offers wheat, floral, crackery malt.

The flavor follows with big orange peel, perfumey coriander, a light crackery malt, wheat, grains, in the middle, a crisp finish and pepper. The mouthfeel is medium minus to light.

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Photo of kpoole25
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow, cloudy, lots of white foam, fades quickly. Picking up classic banana/clove in the nose, quite a bit of banana. Taste is typical wit beer, fruity and smooth, low bittering, mostly getting banana again, not really picking up on orange peel. It's a fairly bright beer, would even venture to say a little tart, really quite drinkable.

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Photo of Beermanic
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had out bottle.

A: Pours a light straw color with pearl white head..

S:Big yeasty smell classic of Wit style, a touch of coriander(?)

T: Light normal everyday Witbier flavors, a touch of orange peel, coriander..something like that. Not malty, little to no body, thin light light with some Belgian candi sugar.

M:Carbonation on the high side. Ok for style.

O: Better than most Witbier, think its a great style for people to get to know for how this beer should taste. But after having many in session, easy to forget its flavor. 4.25 because its a good commercial example and should be available in close to all 50 states

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Photo of EMV
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Main Street Pub in Bally, PA

L: Pours a light clear golden color with thick creamy white head..

S: Citrus and spices.

T/F: Citrusy all around. Lemon zest and grapefruit with some more complex notes from the Belgian yeasts which give a spicy note. Very easy drinking and effervescent.

O: Great summer beer... flavorful without being too sweet and a step above most witbiers.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1028 ratings