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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Father's Office in Santa Monica, CA.

Pours a murky whitish orange with a 1 inch white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of jasmine tea, perfume, and light citrus fruits. Taste is pretty much the same and to me this tastes very much like jasmine tea. This beer has a light level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it really doesn't seem like beer in some regards.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a super super light beer, would need gallons of this to get drunk or full, which isnt necessarily a minus. pours cloudy and glowing pale pale yellow in color, 2 inch white head. smell is quite citrusy, with lots of belgian yeast making things exciting. flavor is the same as the nose, yeasty and fruit, insanely light. i wanted more from this beer in terms of flavor, its good, but its watered down i think. feel is very very light on body, with pretty bright carbonation and some creamy texture. this is one of the easiest drinking belgian beers ive tastes. a pretty good with overall, but so many others can do the trick just as well or better. this was good, but i had higher hopes.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a nice hazy yellow color to it. The head was fizzy and white but does have a bit of retention and lacing. The smell of this beer had a nice fresh citrus aroma to it with healthy does of yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is lightly flavors with what seems to be lemons and has a good amount of wheat in the aftertaste to smooth things out. The mouthfeel is light bodied, refreshing, smooth and drinkable just about whenever. Overall I'd only wanna have this in the warmer months but it is a nice brew all around. Not bad!

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color with a finger high bright white head that quickly faded into a thin layer of bubbles lingering on the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of lemon and wheat in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a mixture of flavors of lemon citrus and wheat with some hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium- bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any beer with the image of a cherrub pee-ing shows the sense of humor that is worthy of a purchase. It pours a very murky straw color with some rusty hues mixed in. The carbonation forms a subtle head that fades quickly with a bit of lacing. Aromas are very sweet with wheat and barley, spicy with pepper, corriander, orange peel, and yeastiness. Very bready and richly flavored with hints of lemon zest, acidic citrus notes, and with an earthy, pungent, herbal hop character that rounds out the sweetness but also gives a less-than-clean distraction. Heavier weighted than most Witbiers, but much maltier too with some unresolved sugars. Finishes sweet and spicy with a lingering hop, lemon, and bready note. Pretty good, it kinda steer toward St. Bernardus' Witbier, but stops shy of it's balance and quality. Certainly a non-offensive beer that should be tried at least once.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the cleverly marketed (at least IMHO) '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack from this brewery, which is presented as such - 8 small bottles, which stretch out to a full 50cm, they do.

This beer pours a cloudy, very pale straw, erm, 'colour', with a whole handful of puffy, frothy, and whipped-cream head, which leaves some broad strokes of coral island reef lace around the glass as it genially sinks away.

It smells of rather fruity neutered citrus and apple pith, white wine must, earthy yeast, sweet coriander, lemon pie, and leafy, musty hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, sugary white wine, less than spicy coriander, subtle citrusy hops, a touch of bubblegum, and faint earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are pretty well soft and unobtrusive by this point, the body a decent medium weight for the purported style, and actually rather smooth, the yeast the only interloper here, to little actual effect. It finishes on the sweet side, the coriander, wheaty malt, and bland citrus essences ruling the roost.

Kind of a Disney-esque rendition of the style, the coriander and wheat malt sweetness more or less exaggerated for our amusement, it would seem. Easy to drink, but not all that complex, as duly noted, and not something I could see myself repeating, outside of the goofy marketing trope that sucked me in here.

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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

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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 nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with three fingers of rocky, white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Spicy notes of wheat with some tartness and earthy spices, particularly coriander.

T - Grainy malt with some lightly tart wheat up front. Some lemony coriander and peppery yeast in the middle. Finishes with some creamy malt with light vanilla notes and just a hint of herbal hops and light bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very nice example of a style that is often overly spiced and too sweet. There is a nice, subtle malt character with a thick, creamy body that American interpretations often lack. The spices are present, but the coriander is bright and lemony and the orange peel is so subtle that it is only really noticeable in the aftertaste. This beer serves as a pleasant reminder that Wit beer can be enjoyable when brewed with skill and restraint.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy and very light yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast, wheat and spices along with light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of wheat, spices, Belgian yeast and orange peel. The malt character is light but not too thin and the hops presence is pretty good for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easy, not filling at all, very good representation of style, mild kick, this is an excellent beer to drink for an entire evening. It’s flavorful, light and won’t have you on the way to getting buried after the first three or four of them.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light yellow body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling aroma of wheat malt, coriander, and lemons.

Taste: Gentle sweetness with flavors of wheat, coriander, and citrus, though all the components of the taste remain fairly light. Faint yeastiness. Mild acidity on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing; a decent wit.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a very cloudy light lemon yellow in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a solid finger tall foamy head that reduces fairly quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of small patch of medium bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat with some lemon citrus and coriander spice.

T: There are light flavors of wheat upfront with some light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and some spices (primarily coriander). Very light amounts of bitterness towards the finish which fade almost instantly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and quite sessionable. Refreshing and thirst quenching, a perfect beer for a warm spring afternoon out in the sun or at a summer picnic.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale lemon with no haziness on the initial pour. The pillowy, alabaster crown is currently filling more than half the glass and is beginning to deposit scattered patches of smeary lace. Once the last two inches of yeast-laden beer is added, the liquid becomes nicely fuzzy and looks like what was expected.

The classic witbier ingredients of coriander and orange peel are present in the nose, but they aren't as prominent as they should be. Pale wheat is too noticeable and there's a mustiness that could stand to be toned down. Not bad, though.

On the palate... still not blown away by 'Brussels White' (the translation of Blanche De Bruxelles). Again, the witbier character isn't aggressive enough, allowing an untoasted graininess to peek through. In addition, the beer tastes a little stale. In case you're wondering, the 'best by' date hasn't yet arrived.

The orange peel could just as easily be lemon peel and the coriander is extremely subtle. Bitter is favored over tangy, which is favored over sweet. Brasserie Lefebvre has most likely been brewing this ale for decades (if not centuries), but a few major tweaks are needed from where I sit and sip.

The mouthfeel is little better than average too. Certainly not enough to earn the next highest score. It's unequivocally light and doesn't have enough volumizing bubbles to add... well... volume.

Blanche De Bruxelles is a disappointment because it lacks... witbieriness. A better base beer would be a good place to start. More orange peel and more coriander would be a good place to finish. There are much better versions available for your warm weather drinking pleasure.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the white-ist beer I've ever poured--light straw with strong white cloudiness. Impressive four-finger nearly pure white head. Very good lace.

More yeasty and sour than "wheaty" in aroma. Close to sour dough in smell.

Again, the wheat is not overpowering--a quality that I like. Very crisp finish (without lasting long). Soft sourness on the tongue; citrusy. Quite full bodied for the style. The carbonation is high, but subtle, obviously tight-bubbled.

Dare I say that this is the best wheat beer I've had thus far? I prefer the lighter wheat flavors. One of the easier beers to try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

I've recommended this beer so many times that I've forgotten I haven't actually had it myself. Wow. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, coriander, clove, lemon zest, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis placed on the spices, though the lemony wheat surely isn't mild. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a solid, spicy wit, worthy of all of those recommendations I've given out in the past.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was stunned to see Le Manneken Pis in a CAN during one of my recent visits to Pinocchio's in Media. I have watched him and his sister making water in the back alley many times but I never expected to catch him in the CAN! The CANQuest (TM) rolls on, tirelessly and seemingly endlessly as a result.

From the CAN: "Beer brewed with spices"; "Wit Beer - Weiss Bier - Cerveza blanca - [Cyrillic] - Birra"; "Brewed by - Brassee par - Gyartja Pardotta da - Gebrouwen door - Gebraut durch - Elaborada por Brasserie Lefebvre Chemin de Cloly, 54, b 1430 Quenast (Rebecq) Belgium"; "Biere Blanche - White Beer".

I will readily cop to having agitated the CAN as I wanted any lees to be in suspension and not flocculated at the bottom of the CAN. As a result, The Crack unleashed a brief spray of beer and foam before I could get The Glug started. No CANsualties were reported and soon I had what CAN only be described as Lemon Meringue Pie in a glass! I was looking at a finger of flluffy, dense, bone white head with excellent retention above a cloudy pale-lemon yellow liquid. Nose was quite musty, very yeast-driven. Mouthfeel was creamy, like soft serve ice cream or instant pudding and the taste was of bananas and old newspapers, very musty. Wild! Finish was semi-dry and the mustiness really lingered, plus a lemony tartness began to come through. As a self-avowed hophead, one would be plenty, but for those who enjoy this style, having it in a CAN makes it a good choice for the beach.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pounder sized can poured into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a pale, light golden yellow color with chunky yeast making its way into the glass despite a carefull pour. A white cap stands firm with 2 fingers and slowly fades.

The smell of this is lemony almost like a candy sort of sweet grain aspect and a bit of minerals/sulfur breaking up then pleasant notes.

This tastes like fresh cereal grain and lemony candy. A slight wheat-like tartness is present to assist in boosting the drinkability.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. This is very easy drinking. Overall not bad and id probably drink it again if I was in the mood for a wit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemonade like appearance poured from a 16 ounce pounder can, labeled straight Blanche de Bruxelles leaving out the Manneken Pis terminology. Beautiful pearl white head forming thick and cloud like arising out of my Belgian chalice like rising dough bread. Aroma especially citric/tropical fruit is really nice. Cookie dough, coriander, earthy herbal hints a very complex witbier, this may change some minds about the style. Spicy yeast complexity with a touch of acidity rising out of my glass. Flavors are bright with apricot, lemon and a creamy wheat flavor that really balances things out along with yeast esters and spice additions especially the coriander. Actually leaves ample bitterness with the spice, lingering on definitely complex. Mouthfeel is creamy texture, medium bodied tight flowing carbonation. Overall impression of this beer is excellent a grade A witbier, like I said this one may just change some minds for those who say they don't like this style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded straw gold with a white head. Nose is like immature grass that has been cut. Not green grass, like a yellow grass that is still maturing. Flavor is mild with character. Subdued wheat flavors with a mild yeast. Feel is thick on the mouth as there seems to be a residue almost that clings to your mouth. A decent one, but nothing to run to the store to get. Nice to drink, but no Oscar winner.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy straw blond body. Cloudy like a golden wheatbeer. Thin head ontop

S - A nice bouquet of sweet wheatgreass and lemon zest. Fresh floral this has an inviting summer beer nose.

T - More flavor than Id expect from a wit. Floral notes and mild citrus. Alot of honey flowing over the tastebuds. Sweet wheats and a spice note I can compare to the grains of paradise.

M - Soft and smooth mouth, lightly carbonated. No real alcohol detected. A very easy drinker this one is light and fresh.

O - A very nice wit, maybe the best wit Ive had. This brew has a nice balance and mixture of flavors and quenches the thirst.

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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 jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very light lemon-drop yellow - almost white. A white head tops it off, thins, and stays. Some trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is very soft. Yeasty with curacao orange peel and a hint of corianer. Very mild.

The taste is of light yeast, subtle orange peel and coriander. Sweet with a bit of sour. Flavor fades temporarily mid-way through. I don't mind the subtlties, rather than more agressive, in this style, but this pushes the envelope somewhat, especiallly in the middle. Crisp finish, with cleansing carbonation/fizz.

Appropriately light-bodied. Active carbonation cleanses the palate in a sourbet sort of way. I was going to lower the score a tad, but it has a refreshing crispness to it that works well enough.

It almost lacks character, but has enough overall to be pleasant enough. A nice enough example of a milder example of the style, though weak at points.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wit Bier
Biere Blanche
Birra Blanca
White Beer

Blanche de Bruxelles

There's the pissing boy of Manneken Pis on the label.
Poured into a gold-rimmed chalice, for fun.
Hazy straw yellow, smallish white head.
Airy, spicy, lovely nose...fresh and perfumey. Coriander in there, and notes of lemon, herbs, dandelions, fresh mown gas.
Nice texture, citric flavor, zesty, spicy, and very refreshing. Great play on the palate, tingles and tantalizes, shuffles, bucks and wings, boogies and breakdances up and down.
Plentiful flavor, much delight on the tongue. Good witbier!

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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 drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian tall boy poured into a Hoegaarden glass and I was mispronouncing that in my mind as I typed it, don't worry.

Beer is yellow and white with a big haze and a nice huge white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is grainy and citrusy with a mild spice.

Beer is light with a grainy finish, not a great wit but a decent one for the price, interesting overall but I don't think I"d have it again.

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