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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

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 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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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%

Generally a fan of the style. This one was pretty good. Very clean and smooth, sweet and somewhere between orange and lemon in the taste. A little spice (coriander?) does not really stand out but lingers. Very tasty, refreshing and easy to drink. Optimal summer beer. A little thin or maybe I would say flat. Extremely enjoyable beer that I would gladly enjoy at anytime. If you like wheat/hefe/wit this is a good one, if you want hop move on.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love the look of this! Hazy, thick head with amazing retention. A pear like, light honey and straw yellow blend. The carbonation looks so lively; like an alka seltzer tablet was dropped inside! Aroma is citrusy and sugary sweet, especially orange. Not surprising considering the bottle says it was brewed with orange peel. Tasty is mostly citrusy and orange sweet. A very refreshing taste, like an orange soda. (I mean this in a good way) Feel is creamy and smooth. The carbonation really settles and there is very little left towards the end of the beer. I drank this on a super cold east coast mid November evening. I could see how this beer would be even better in the summer. However, I had it with a light and healthy meal of broiled salmon, Brussel sprouts and pear salad and they complemented each other nicely.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Apr 2013. On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. It's April. It's time & this could be THE beer for this summer. Light enough & tasty enough. The question is, accessible enough?

Glad it was on tap as I'm not sure I would have picked up the bottle due to the image on the label.

11/14/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Lovely light lemony flavor. Where was this wonderfulness during the summer?

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Photo of AaronFriedman
4/5  rDev +7.8%

I had this on tap at Garaje in SF. I find the spice notes overpowering in most white ales. Not this one. It's not as good, or as complex, as Allagash White but definitely a quality beer. Overall, I can't imagine a better session beer for a hot day. I would not hesitate to pick up a six pack for soaking up some sun, if I knew where to find one.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4/5  rDev +7.8%

The first thing I noticed in this beer is the lack of any yeasty flavor/aroma which is a huge plus in my book. Lovely bright color and a faint aroma of orange peel. Couldn't quite taste the coriander but it didn't bother me too much. Overall, a very refreshing beer.

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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 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 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 GiaLvo
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found it at a local pub in Trieste as the beer of the week.
The color is pale and yellow-whiteish but hardly transparent.
Incredibly fresh, easy to drink fruity witbier.
I could spot some banana aroma in the beginning and peach towards the end of it.
One of my favorite beers so far.

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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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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 962 ratings.
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