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

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

BEER STATS
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
962
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
24.26%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
182
For Trade:
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Reviews by magictacosinus:
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3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is present, but is too blurred out to be legible.

Pours a straw yellow color that's complete with an odd, gray contour. There's an initial, generous head, but it eventually dwindles down to nothing. Despite low carbonation, there's slight cloudiness, and the yeast seems to be meshed well with the rest of the beer. Sloppy looking at first, but still an authentic wit overall.

Slight funky aromas caused by the yeast appeal in the initial whiff, followed by slightly dry hops and light maltiness. The advertised coriander and orange peel are both surprisingly present in the aroma, although they seem to lightly perfume the malts as opposed to overpower the senses. Tarty, slightly fruity, and well balanced, although not too explosive.

The initial flavors are surprisingly maltier than expected, although there's an immediate bitter aftertaste followed by mellow, relaxing aromas of orange, lemon, and seasonal spices. No alcohol is present, and at the same time, there's no sweetness to speak of that may have been able to mask the rather bland malt aftertaste. I do enjoy those fruity flavors, albeit subtle ones, yet there's something missing here for me. Is the lack of any sweetness? Is it too filtered for a wit? Are the malts not bready enough? It could be the latter, as this beer is ridiculously thin - thinner than even the macro versions of Hoegaarden that you find out here in the West. I personally like my wits to be juicier than this, which is usually aided by adding thicker texture and yeastier notes. This is very watery, and as it warms up, it becomes apparent that the key ingredients seems to separate from each other.

A rather mediocre witbier, even coming from Belgium. The other person I had this with told me it tasted like "rice" as it warmed up. While I don't exactly agree, it does indeed get grainier and more astringent as it sits, and none of the yeasty phenolic notes intended for these types of beers end up sprouting out. For the price ($8), it's not the worst, but it is sadly underwhelming overall.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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 rand
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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 JTuomi
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

33 cl bottle (bb 18062015) into a tulip. Hazy straw color, three finger white head, light lacing and ok retention.

Mild, fresh smell of tart wheat, orange peel and a hint of coriander.

Taste begins with orange and a little sugar, followed by lightly tart wheat and spices, ending with a slightly dry hop bitterness. The aftertaste is spicy, coriander and perhaps clove, and a little orange.

Light body, high carbonation. Overall a refreshing, flavorful witbier. A good summer drink that I would gladly have again, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of OUgrad
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light beer perfect for the summertime!

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Photo of BWED
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.5 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. It's one of the lightest shades I've seen short of a light lager. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. Fluffy and dense, it caps off this beer beautifully. On the other hand, sediment strands in the body tank the score significantly. (2)

Smell: Fairly typical of a witbier, the dominant notes are candied sugar and orange peel. I don't seem to get much coriander or other assorted savory spices. Not bad, but the nose isn't far off from something like Blue Moon (better than Shock Top, though!) (3)

Taste: The flavor is mild. I get hints of candied sugar and orange peel to start. What redeeems this slightly is how the finish is slightly bitter. Otherwise, this is a dead-simple, boring witbier with little character. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Light in feel, but the slight astringent finish slows down drinkability some. On the plus side, the doesn't have excessive lingering sweetness, so I can will this down easily. Carbonation is fairly low for the style. (3)

Overall: Meh. It isn't bad, but I've definitely had far better witbiers - Allagash White this is not. It just lacks in character, and since it isn't dirt-cheap like Blue Moon, I won't buy this again. (3)

2.84/5: Not necessarily like a can full of what Manneken Pis would actually whiz out...but not far off

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.7 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow (yeast was decanted also) with a spritzy white lace.

Smell: Mellow orange with some peel, mild coriander, a little lemon and some faint spiciness.

Taste: Lightly crisp in the light to medium body with a pleasing fruitiness of orange, coriander, hint of pineapple, and light lemon. A touch of herbal hop and a pinch of yeast add to the complexity. Soft malty sweetness and subdued grain come through at the end ... they dry and linger with a fading lemony flavour.

Notes: A very delightful palate of complex flavours, an ease to drink ... enjoy this fine creation.

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Photo of QUIKAZHELL
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Oktavio
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Britton
5/5  rDev +34.8%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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