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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-1999

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Photo of iRollFlaccid
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a bottle from whole foods. Pulled it from the back of the shelf trying to avoid that... that is in the light. A decent witbier I've had on tap that has continued to make me say "meh". By no means am I a beer snob, but I expected more from Belgium.

The beer has a lovely golden haze and smells of delicious Belgian yeast with a possible hint of lemongrass. A hefty body of carbonation with foam lacing apparent but disappearing as we speak. A mild lemony taste with a faint taste of wheat and sweetness.

In all, a slightly less than balanced brew from Lefebvre SA that I expected more of. By no means is it bad, but when it warms it becomes brain-ier than expected. Surprisingly disappointed for my four pack that costs around $12.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint can to pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy yellow with 1 finger of white foamy head. Average lacing.

S - Stone fruit, floral and grassy hops, wheat, lemons, white pepper, light banana

T - Same as the nose, lots of grainy wheat, lemons, peaches, bananas, soft peppery yeast adds some heft. Finishes mildy spicy, slightly acidic, and fruity.

M - Soft medium body, moderate creamy carbonation.

Had this after mowing the lawn. It hit the spot on a nice spring day. Light and refreshing with good fruit flavor.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blanche De Bruxelles Belgian White isn't a particularly good witbier. It's cool to have a Belgian witbier in a can though!

A: Cloudy yellow colour and a big 2 cm head. Looks lovely! 4.5

S: Belgian yeast and lemon. Some stale chalk aroma. 3.5

T: Sharp wheaty base with lemon and some unpleasant vegetable kinda tastes. 3

M: Nice and foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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

Recommended by my local beer guy and a brew that has always intrigued me.

A- Poured out of the tall can into a tulip for appearance purposes. Pours with a clear pale yellow body. Some further inspection reveals big chunks around the beer but no haziness. A foamy white cap forms with countless tiny air pockets giving it a silky texture. Head retention is good and a few nice webs of lace stick to the glass.

S- Banana and coriander jump out and are the most prevalent aromas for me. Lemon and orange zest adds some tart feel as well as a nice citrus hint. Some peppercorn and sweetness.

T- Decent balance between a few key flavors that really jump out to me. Peppercorns, coriander, orange juice/zest, banana and some cracked grain sweetness. The spice flavors truly pop out and add a good dimension to the flavor. Kind of reminds me of a lemony cake.

MF- Light body with a tolerable sweetness to it. Carbonation is at a moderate level and foams up nicely on the palate. Tiny herbal bitterness in the finish.

Lots of spice flavor in this one with peppercorn, coriander and citrus making up the main taste. Not bad but a bit unbalanced and thin feeling.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml bottle into a tall pilsener glass

A: Very dense white head towering about two fingers tall. Retention was good as was lacing. The beer itself was mild in clarity and white/ light straw in color.

S: Coriander with a touch of citrus.

T: Coriander, cloves, and citrus , mainly lemon rind, are present but not very bold. The beer is fairly watery and doesn't have much strength in my opinion. As the yeast is poured in the beer takes on a little bit more character and a certain breadiness, or yeastiness, typical of belgian styles begins to appear. Subtle delicate malts are also available to the palate.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Bready malts linger on the tongue after consumption.

O: Nice refreshing summer beer. Not the best Wit i've had but I would feel at home sessioning a few of these on the porch.

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Photo of deebo
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap in Belgium this beer of course reminds you of a typical Belgian Wit. Light yellow with that unfiltered cloudy appearance. Aromas of wheat and definitely orange peel. Similar taste with the only distinguishing feature of this one is it is a little hoppier than most. I like the style but nothing exciting stands out with this brew.

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Photo of JayQue
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice mild wit. Not outstanding, would still be a welcome treat on a hot day. First pour was a fairly clear gold color. Subsequent pours brought up the yeast and the color was more a hazty straw gold. Medium size bubbly white head, a little lacing and average retention.

Aroma is fairly mild, a little spiciness, lot of lemon zest and some Belgian yeast.

The tast had most of the Wit elements..citrus, yeast, spices, but all fairly understated.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light...pretty typical for the style.

Overall a nice beer, very reasonably priced and comes in a can for summer drinking. Worth a try.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a sizable bright, white head. Visible particulate, including thin wisps, meander through the glass. Mild aroma smells of coriander, mandarin orange, and a dash of hops. The coriander is very prominent in the flavor profile, accompanied by orange and lemon. A small dose of hops sneaks through in the finish amidst a lingering wheat flavor. Perky carbonation combines with the assertive coriander to create a mouthfeel that is almost too crisp, yet slightly watery as well. Thin arms of lacing cling to the glass as the beer recedes.

Overall, this is a respectable, no-thrills witbier. The essentials are there, but they're a little out of balance, and the body is lacking. Probably would go better with a warm summer's day than an unseasonably cool spring evening.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blanche de Bruxelles has an extremely thick, frothy, white head, lots of heavy lacing left behind on the glass, and a milky (or hazy), yellowish/gray-white appearance. When I swished the bottom contents of the bottle, I could see a gray cloud descending in the glass. Also, little tan chunks were visible, floating about the beer. The aroma is of pungent, sugary, bread, with just the slightest orange hint. Taste is of sugar, bread, a touch of coriander, a hint of orange peel, and essentially no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and fluffy, and Blanche de Bruxelles finishes semi-dry, sweet, and easy drinking. Overall, this is really good in the style, and I recommend it, especially for fans of wheat beers.


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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 damndirtyape
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl pour in a Wittekirke glass at La Trappe in San Francisco, CA.

Appearance: Pale cloudy golden yellow, dense white head upon pouring, slowly dying back to a 1/8" think foam across the top. Lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Very light. Slightly musty with a hint of grain. Pleasant, but mild.

Taste: Very clean and quite refreshing. Wheat tang present but balanced with with other malt sweetness. Lemon and other spice flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Scrubs the tongue clean like a witbier should, but not fizzy. Nice thickness underneath the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Solidly above average Witbier. Tasty, very drinkable. I could have had another easily, but I was seduced by all the other beers on the menu. I can imagine this would be quite good with food. Only the aroma was a letdown.

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Photo of kaiserjulio
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love beer, i got to know the bartenders pretty well at my go to pub and one of them suggested Blanche to me...I immediately fell in love...hands down my favorite beer. No matter what time of year hot or cold climate...i've only ever had this beer on tap but would love to try it other ways...I highly suggest also trying this beer with a shot of a Strawberry Lambic...sooo good!!!!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this a few times over the years, but never had full glass...

For a wit, the look is blandish - very pale, silky beige color, fairly hazy - scummy/pellicle-like, eggshell-white head and cap with decent sticky lacing.

A fresh scent - nice, but sort of weak - lemon-lime, peppercorns and grapefruit - not much coriander - a fair amount of malt in the balance, but it too is weak

The taste follows the aromas - grapefruit n' creme - malty (light malts) - overall, fairly distinct for the style - vague herbal (chamomile?) flavor - not tart in the least

The thing that I enjoy, but also throws me off is how creamy it is - medium-bodied, pretty soft-smooth (oats?), very nice - packs a little bubble in the finish

Manakin pis is actually pretty good - nice and light - more of a hot weather beverage, though

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Photo of Darrell2777
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has an unexpected pale yellow color and cloudiness from the high level of wheat used. The bitter orange added during brewing comes across nicely balanced. This is a good beer as a break from all the heavier winter beers while still being appropriate for the season.

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Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.5 oz. can. Has a cloudy yellow/whiteish color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of spices, some fruits. Taste is smooth and refreshing, spices, mild fruits, highly drinkable. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a solid beer

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date is present, but is too blurred out to be legible.

Pours a straw yellow color that's complete with an odd, gray contour. There's an initial, generous head, but it eventually dwindles down to nothing. Despite low carbonation, there's slight cloudiness, and the yeast seems to be meshed well with the rest of the beer. Sloppy looking at first, but still an authentic wit overall.

Slight funky aromas caused by the yeast appeal in the initial whiff, followed by slightly dry hops and light maltiness. The advertised coriander and orange peel are both surprisingly present in the aroma, although they seem to lightly perfume the malts as opposed to overpower the senses. Tarty, slightly fruity, and well balanced, although not too explosive.

The initial flavors are surprisingly maltier than expected, although there's an immediate bitter aftertaste followed by mellow, relaxing aromas of orange, lemon, and seasonal spices. No alcohol is present, and at the same time, there's no sweetness to speak of that may have been able to mask the rather bland malt aftertaste. I do enjoy those fruity flavors, albeit subtle ones, yet there's something missing here for me. Is the lack of any sweetness? Is it too filtered for a wit? Are the malts not bready enough? It could be the latter, as this beer is ridiculously thin - thinner than even the macro versions of Hoegaarden that you find out here in the West. I personally like my wits to be juicier than this, which is usually aided by adding thicker texture and yeastier notes. This is very watery, and as it warms up, it becomes apparent that the key ingredients seems to separate from each other.

A rather mediocre witbier, even coming from Belgium. The other person I had this with told me it tasted like "rice" as it warmed up. While I don't exactly agree, it does indeed get grainier and more astringent as it sits, and none of the yeasty phenolic notes intended for these types of beers end up sprouting out. For the price ($8), it's not the worst, but it is sadly underwhelming overall.

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Photo of bat6
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint can into a fat tumbler.

God bless canned beer. The first time I ever tried this beer it was from a skunked bottle that ruined my impression for 3 ignorant years. Cans rule.

A - golden & slightly cloudy w/ a frothy/sudsy tightly bubbled one-finger head that appears determined to last 9 days. It looks lovely

N - light, complex, vibrant. one friend said "it smells like summer". the spicing is gentle, there's lemony citrus, herbal/grassiness, maybe orangish and white pepper... it smells vibrant in a delicate way that makes me want to drink a huge slug of it.

T - wonderfully refreshing. lemon, herbal, (lemontea?), grassy, very gentle "twang". There's the slightest touch of mineral that suggests a distinct water source maybe? One can tank this all day long without getting worn out, there is absolutely no palate fatigue from this beer

M - light-yet-substantive, delicate-yet-present, sparkly-yet-smooth.

O - this beer serves every purpose. One can sip it and spend time distinguishing its special characteristics and one can just as easily grab a bunch of tallboys and knock them back without thinking about it (especially given the pleasantly-low ABV). Very impressive, can't wait for all beer to come in cans...

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

Poured from pint can into a goblet. This pours a clear light yellow color with a large but short lived white head. The smells are crisp fruity, light citrus with a few spices. The feel is medium with tingly carbonination. The taste is light also but decent a little wheat, some sourness, a little citrus but all crisp and light, not bad but I prefer a slightly bolder beer.

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

Poured from a 16.5 oz can into an imperial pint glass...

A: Pours an opaque light cloudy yellow with about two full fingers of head. The foam settles fairly quickly, leaving a nice thin layer of white pure white bubbles along the top of the beer. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is sweet like bananas, with a slight underlying spice and a touch of tartness. There is definitely a mild yeast component in there.

T: The initial hit is a mix of sweetness and funk. It's like a tangy banana. In the middle, the spices take shape and add a nice depth as the tartness wears off. The finish brings on more sweet, and as the spice fades, the sweet is all that is left.

M: Light bodied beer. It's clean on and off the palate. Nothing lingers for too long, and the beer transitions nicely from sweet to funky to spicy, and back to sweet. Solid.

O: This is a really easy drinking beer. The funkiness of this beer can be a bit overwhelming at times, but overall it's a pretty darn good beer. I drink this again if given the opportunity, but I'm not going to go out of my way to buy it.

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Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.5 oz can with a drink by 05/20/2013 date.

Pale straw in color with an inch of white head. Just a bit of cloudiness. Nice and fluffy.

Some lemon in the nose. Some mild orange and grassy bits.

Chewy mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Almost like a fresh piece of bread. Very light malty notes. Coriander and a soft yeast character followed by just a touch of tartness.

Very refreshing and I could see drinking this again.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a Blanche De Bruxelles pint glass at Wine Connection, Bangkok.

Cloudy pale yellow color with decent white wheat beer head that well tolerates before gradually subsiding to thin foamy layer atop, the appearance looks familiar to other typical Belgian wheat beers. However, upon a sniff, it blows a surprisingly inviting aroma comprising of banana, orange, coriander and some spice, well mellow. The taste is good and quite exquisite by the fruity estery touch leading by banana, orange peel along with some spice from coriander and clove. Hop plays behind a curtain by adding vague bitterness. Medium in term of body rejuvenating the palate with lively carbonation and dry finish, on-tap makes it much fresh, fruity, sweet and mellow, my salutation for the brewer making this thing out so simple but same time with many details to challenge the taste buds.

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Photo of Samp01
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a large slowly dissipating white head. Aroma is of wheat, Belgian yeast, sweet citrus lemony, with some light ripe banana notes. Taste is sweet light peppery fruity, wheat, yeast some light grassy notes and a bit of light tartness. A crisp light peppery body with some mild carbonation on the palate. Finish is sweet lightly spicy fruitiness, Belgian yeast, wheat a and bit of tartness ending with some sweet ripe tart banana notes. Overall a good light refreshing brew

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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 barnzy78
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, pours a cloudy, pale golden yellow with a tall, fizzy, white head that holds good retention, but leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat, spice, coriander, grassy, fresh, lemony citrus. Tastes are lemon (lemonade-like), wheat, spice, yeast. Body is full - maybe a little too full, it is very smooth and creamy though. Overall, nice to try, but probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives a cloudy pale white. Small white head.
Smell is intriguing with notes of malt, vanilla, banana and maybe bubblegum.
Taste is malt, vanilla, citrus, banana and wheat. Nicely balanced. Good complexity, too.
Smooth for a wit and a bit fuller, this is a good brew. Afteraste is a really nice, mellow fade from the taste, no surprises.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 967 ratings.
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