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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

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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of teromous
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -18.1%
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 +2.4%
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 -10.5%
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 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 WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -2.2%
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 +17.3%
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 +28.6%
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 +0.5%
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 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 dar482
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +8.6%
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 +5.9%
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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Photo of TH28
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is pale straw yellow, with slight haze and a thick, frothy white foam cap. Aroma: Strong lemon and coriander, with a bit of orange peel. No noticeable malt or hop aroma. Taste: Light doughy, cracker malt, with tart orange peel. Coriander spice hits on the backe end with a light bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel: Light, a bit thin, with moderate carbonation. Finish: Dry, with a lingering coriander and orange peel. Overall: A very crisp an refreshing Belgian wit, with a lighter body and flavor intensity than other examples like Hoegaarden

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ML can into pint glass. This beer has a very faint aroma of citrus and it pours a clear very slight golden color. It has moderate carbonation and has a semi dry finish. I found the flavor to be "empty" and not very impressive. Overall, a slightly better than average beer.

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Photo of kantormill
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

16.5 oz can into a pint glass.
Very light and cloudy in appearance with a strong, fluffy white head. Very mild aromatically with little hints of orange slice candy. Pleasantly sour with a little candy peanut flavor. A little mild though. Like hearing your favorite song through the earphones someone else is wearing. Nice clean finish. Overall has good flavors, just they're very muted.

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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 OKbrew89
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Transparent golden color with promising carbonation. Giant 3-4 finger head that leaves a ring of lacing. Aroma of citrus and spices that is underwhelming. It has a balanced wheat and spice before a slightly sour fruit ending. No alcohol or bitterness. Surprising ending to the drink though. Light body with medium-high carbonation. The feel is overly light and the ending fruit tartness is a slight shock.
Overall, a decent whit that provides a surprise with the fruit finish. The mouth feel is off despite the taste, which hurts the drinkability for me.

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Photo of txdadu
2.27/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's a very drinkable beer, but not spectacular overall in my opinion. The bright yellow color is offputting when served in a clear glass, it looks better when served in a frosted glass. The smell and taste are pretty neutral, no great flavor, no bad flavor. It's just kind of a bland beer to me, not bad but not good.

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Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Manneken Pis pours pale cloudy straw with a hefty 3” finely bubbled pure white foam cap. The nose is bready and spicy with orange peel and citrus notes. It has a very creamy palate with white bread, orange, citrus and spice up front and finishing with a refreshing tartness. Light bodied and effervescent.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $1.67 ($9.99 for a mix 6-pack)
Purchased: Jan. 2, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 3, 2015
Misc.: Best before May 10, 2015 at 6:43 p.m.

Poured a golden, yellow, clear color with two fingers of frothy, white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor, wet lacing along the sides of the glass. Above average retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled coriander, tangerine, caramel, orange zest, honey, Citra vitamin C heavy, wheat and lemon grass. (Smell - 3.75)

Nice initial taste, more sourness than the nose. Coriander, green grapes, faint green apple, caramel, tangerine, Citra zest, honey, lemon grass, oranges, nectarine and orange floss. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin-to-oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, fruiting finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Just a really good Witbier. I feel like I underrated it a tad. I’d have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.93 | 88 | B+

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Veiled pure golden color with tons of activity. Extra foamy 3 finger white head lasting around 3 minutes with some good legs.

Fresh sweet aromas and flavors of lemon, fruits, wheat, floral spices. Very well balanced salivating sweet fruity taste with a pleasant sharp citrus feel.

Light slick body with a fresh crisp zesty feel. Perfect short and faint sweet and floral spicy finish.

Overall : Delicious craft , one of my favorite witbier, super fresh and perfect while eating.

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Photo of interzen
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, chilled and poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a couple of fingers of white head. Good head retention, very little in the way of lacing. Typical witbier.

Smell: Again, a typical witbier - fairly citrusy smell with just a little hint of spiciness, although the latter isn't particularly noticeable. The citrus notes are more towards toe orange end of the scale rather than lemon.

Taste: follows the smell, pretty much, although the spiciness is rather more evident in the after taste and there's a certain amount of wheatiness too. There's a citrus tartness there, so it's actually pretty refreshing.

Feel: Despite the colour (and the image on the bottle ;-) ) there's actually a bit of body there - enough carbonation to give it a bit of zing without being stupidly fizzy. Fairly smooth finish.

Overall: As Belgian witbiers go, you could do a lot worse than this - although I like Hoegaarden and its ilk, this just seems to be a cut above them. Would be a go-to witbier if it were more readily available, and I'd certainly have no hesitation about having it on tap.

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