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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.45/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a brown 33cl bottle with an elongated neck and a white and red label featuring a naked cherub peeing. No kidding. Ingredients include sugar, coriander and curacao. Best before 9/1/04, I opened it on 2/16/04.

Pours a cloudy very pale yellow under a surprisingly short-lived one finger white head that was little more than fizz. The nose is yeasty, and fairly subdued. The mouth is painfully carbonated and lightly sweet. Tastes a lot like watered down tonic water. There's a touch of malt and a hint of yeast in the taste somewhere, but this is mainly soda. I detected no hops. The aftertaste is yeasty. Yup, quite a bit of yeast. Sure, lots of yeast. Not much other than yeast. My wife, the wheat beer fan, tried it and said "you're kidding." Maybe it was a joke...

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Photo of changeup45
2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light orange color, generating a small head that tapers off quickly. It's bright, may need your shades. Aroma is fruity, dominated by oranges with some bananas mixed in. First thing that stands out is a thin, watery mouthfeel. That is backed up by a citrus combination but the top flavors are certainly oranges and mango. It tastes like a semi-sweet orange, with a bland flavor. There may be a dash of cinamon spice in there but that may be a reach. It is refreshing enough but I was expecting more. This is also priced to be an above average beer and I feel it falls short of that.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Representatives of the style are supposed to be consumed fresh and the bottle labeled 08-31-2013 seems to suffice the condition. 330 ml chilled into tulip.

Hazed, very pale straw body with meringue white frothy head that rapidly vanishes.

Very bland citric aroma with inappropriate ham element.

Wheaty and spicy with lactic sourness, dry finish with light hop-bitterness.

Light bodied and smooth with some creaminess.

Refreshing yet mostly unsatisfying. Judging from the bottle content the little Urinator on the label seems to be there with a reason, warning the drinker what he/she may expect.

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Photo of thecarster1
2.59/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen, two plus fingers of bright white fluffy head, hazy muted gold coloring, thin layer of lace.

s- pepper, very flowery, almost vinous, no real banana/clove in the nose.

t- much better than the nose, some fruit, light orange, again not alot of banana and clove, very light though and not overly flavorful.

m- thin to medium.

d- okay, glad to have tried this, but i wouldn't get it again. it's a bit weak flavor wise, i would choose several others over this.

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Photo of pants678
2.59/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured in a weizen glass. Has a two finger head, very bubbly but does not maintain but for a thin lace. It's frothy and sticky. This beer is much cloudier than I would expect. A yellow leaning toward orange tint that is damn near opaque. Thinner than orange juice, still.

I'm getting a mix of citrus on the smell, orange and lemon are prominent.

Tastes of a cloudy lemon that dissipates far too quickly. I can't say it doesn't entice me to the next sip, I'm still unsatisfied though, as it's not a defined enough to make a call. I get some orange on the back. The alcohol is covered, though, almost completely leaving it without bite and without after taste.

That being said, it's crisp, which is nice. Again, though, flavor is fleeting.

It goes down without trouble, but that's something of a disappointment. I like some bumps and bruises along the way. Something that really asserts itself, but this does not.

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Photo of rastaman
2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Spicy, lemon cented toilet cleaner aroma. Sweetish, spicy, toilet taste (not that i've ever drank toilet water). Strange, fizzy, definitely not a good example of the style (IMHO), but i suppose it has its moments.

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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...

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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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just not what I was expecting in this Belgian White. Poured an hazy yellow white color with very little foam. The flavor was sort of flat, with a sour/bitter taste and very little in the flavor department. The smell had a yeasty aroma and not much of anything else! To a well balance ale, lacking flavor, aroma in all departments!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow ale with a medium head and very little retention. Aroma is bit weak with some wheat and some orange being noticeable. Taste is also a bit weak with some wheat again and medium sweetness. Lack some character to make it truly special.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this in the business lounge waiting for the Eurostar. 250ml bottle, claiming to be a great representative of Belgian beer. I think not.

The beer poured a golden yellow color with a slight haze. Not much head, little lacing. Smell of lemon, typical of a witbier. Taste is not bad, just not good. Probably getting spoiled living in Belgium.

Mouthfeel was OK, as was the drinkability. Seems to be in the line of Maes Pils as a Belgian session beer. It's better than most of them, but I'd rather have one or two less of the stronger beers.

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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 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.

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Photo of toolbrew
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow color. Thick white head that is slow to fall. Great head retention and lacing.

The dominant scent is that of oranges. Label proclaims that orange peel is used.

Orange taste, not much else.

It's creamy at first, but actually somewhat watery. Unlike beer in my opinion.

If you enjoy the taste of oranges in your beer, you'll love this.

On the label there is a picture of a man pissing.

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Photo of becktone
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes 10-3-08

Eye: As the beer pours into the glass it is made clear once again why these are called white beers. The color of the beer pouring from the bottle is nowhere close to being any shade of yellow. It is more of a dingy, cloudy clear. Reminds me of the color of "shikay" (don't know about the spelling on that), a korean desert drink made from rice. Once the beer is all collected together in the glass it is more of a yellow color-a whitish yellow though, and hazy, cloudy. Head is dense, rich, and a good mix of creamy and rocky. As it recedes to a nice size (from the large pillow of foam that resulted from the pour) it leaves some lacing behind, looks pretty nice. Once the level of the brew drops as a result of drinking, the lacing leaves some really nice looking thick rings along the edges of the glass.

Nose: Wheat is evident, after that the orange and citrus character pops up. Overall the aroma is pretty weak on this beer. Kinda hard to pick anything up. It really is a struggle to smell anything in this beer.

Tongue: Overall light in flavor. Lighter than expected, little in the way of the classic "wit" taste. I find very little orange and coriander in comparison to other wits I've drank. Wheat definitely comes through, I'd say that it is foreground, it takes center stage here. The distinct taste of malted wheat is refreshing and is complimented by some slight spiciness and orange flavor that come through right before the finish to give some depth to this beer. In my opinion this one isn't all it could be, I think it lacks a bit in flavor and complexity.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light on the palate and very refreshing, this one is everything that it should be (although it might be a bit too light). Carbonation is delicate and clean, not quite crisp, as that would imply more of a cleaning and highly fizzy feel. This one is easy to drink, but if I want a good wit I'm not going to go with this one. It just doesn't do it for me. There are may others out there that I prefer to this one. Plus, for the price, I think that this is way overpriced. I'll be sticking with Wittekerke and Holy Moses until I find something that I like better.

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Photo of selecter70
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C'mon, who could resist a beer with the Mannekin Pis fountain on it? At least it wasn't pisswasser! Anyhow, the 11.2oz bottle poured an excessively pale to straw cloudy yellow with a dense white bubbly head. The aroma was very mild, but a flowery sweet lemon & ginger. The taste was smooth,near-flat and a mild yeast wheat, a bit sweet, but not tacky. Smooth, bright & soft, this wheat mated with pilsner & flowery herbs left a nose full of grandma perfume afterwards. Weird summery beer that left my wife a little surprised as well...In fact, her response, was "what a 'gay beer'" (see: "In Brugges").

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Photo of endovelico
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow brew with one inch white head and some lacing. Low perceived effervescence and devoid of floaties.

Smell: Very mild banana, honey and coriander aromatic balance. Noticeable buttery and cardboard aromatics nearly ruin the smell.

Taste: Mild. What stands out here is the soapy, cardboardy notes that just about run through every other aromatic note.

Mouthfeel: Watery, soapy, flat, low everything: bitterness, carbonation, body. Very short finish.

Overall: Very mediocre. Really hard to find noteworthy merits.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife had this one on tap last Tuesday afternoon at the Wynkoop Brewery. Served in a tulip, poured a cloudy, hazy pale straw color with a big white head. Aromas of coriander, wheat and light citrus. Well carbonated and light bodied, with flavors of wheat, citrus and coriander.

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Photo of albern
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm parting company with most of the reviewers of this beer. This beer is pale in color, very pale, and the taste matches the appearance. There is an ultra white frothy head with some lacing and retention. This beer is also quite cloudy. The aroma is off in that I'm getting an elmer's glue whiff on top of the slight citrus imparts of the pineapple family. The taste is just weak, watery, and transparent. There just isn't enough to this beer. There isn't much "there" in this experience. There are some spices, maybe a little allspice, there is a touch of pinapple, maybe some coriander, but it is all so subdued, there isn't much to write about. I'm disappointed in this beer. I was hoping for quite a bit more.

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Photo of Shakujin
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

@iseya Tokyo

appearance: soft but structurally unsound head. let the label be your guide as to the color

smell: lemon notes are strong with the wheat smell behind it. yeasty

taste: peppery in the finish, sweet at the start. dont get much of the those lemon notes

mouthfeel: soft, with a slightly bitter finish

drinkability/overal: the sweetness in the front of this beer hits me in a not so great way, especially proceeding the peppery finish its just not working for me. a good representation of the style i suppose but not something i would recommend.

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Photo of Shrews629
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy yellow/pineapple color. Sort of looks like pinapple juice. A bright white, fluffy, soapy head. Very nice size, but only had moderate retention and lacing. Very bright yellow highlights adorn the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Spicy coriander with some orange citrus hints. Lemony notes. A slight "beer" aroma. Wheat notes. Kind of smells like a "sweet tart". Pretty well balanced, but with average characteristics.

Taste - Spicy with wheat tones. Picking up the orange and lemony notes. Touches of sourness and bitterness. Again, for me, mostly average.

Mouthfeel - Meidum/light to light mouthfeel. Smooth, crisp and refreshing. A touch watery. Doesn't leave much on the palate at all.

Super easy to drink. Thirst quenching. Could pound a number of these at one time. A summer beer. Nothing complicated and rather straight forward.

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