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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +7%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -24.6%
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 SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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 Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with frothy white head. Aroma sweet orange, grains, lemon hard candy and light spices. Taste is slightly sweet at first with wheat and orange notes, faint spices, mostly coriander, light hop bitterness on the finish. Medium body with soft mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall it's a decent, easy drinking wit.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +10.2%
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 olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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