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

Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian WhiteBlanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White
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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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Ratings: 993 |  Reviews: 333
Photo of atigerlife
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/27/08 Just had again. Liked it even more. Very refreshing.

Pours an opaque yellow. Sort of like yellow lemonade. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly but a collar hung around. Interesting start.

Aroma was fruity with yeast up front and some light spicyness in the background.

Taste was a mix of fruits: lemon, mandarin orange, pinneapple. Wheat is present and a sweet spicy backbone. All light with nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel was light and smooth with a light spritzy feel. A little too flat for my liking.

Overall, a very drinkable session beer. Wonderful on a hot day. While it lacks some of the spicy characteristics of other beers of the style, it is still a fine and worthwhile brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in L’Image De Nostre Dame, Brussels

Aroma: Yeasty, mild lemon, mild spices (coriander?)

Appearance: Very hazy light yellow glass with a frothy white head that the bartender literally cut with a knife. The head died down to a finger below the lip of the glass with loops of lace!

Flavor: Lemon rind pop over the lighter flavors, grain, spices. No alcohol noted at all!

Mouthfeel: Light body and slightly watery texture made it the perfect hot weather drink, very easy to drink, very quenching, very refreshing.

Overall Impression: Just what I needed after a long hot walk! My numbers are probably skewed given particulars of my experience, but aren’t they all?

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Photo of ernie
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance of this beer is a mere understatement. It's not only hazy, it's grayish, and the head is gray, not white as may be expected from a White Ale. Smell is modest, yeasty-citric. But the taste rewards you: after a spritzy sweetish start you're pleased with natural acidity and rich fruity-spicy tones. Aftertaste is equally pleasant. Perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught in Nice, France, as "Bière Blanche de Floreffe". Served with a quarter slice of lemon, which I instantly pulled out of the glass. Hazy pale colour. Pleasant lemony aroma, some spice too. Moderate citrussy flavour, faint notes of coriander. Drinkable and refreshing, but not a "big" beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 07-09-2006. White head that's not to stable but a good white cloudy pale golden beer make presentation avarage. Nose is lots of orange, wheat, koreander amd litle sourish. Creamy and litle banana complete the smell. Taste is also litle flat and not 100% fresh but well drinkable havind lots of orange peals mostly sweet in it, wheat & (barley)malt, sour note and litle earthy. Drinkable but flat mouthfeel also missing carbon dioxide and taste. Overal a drinkable wheatbeer but dull IMO and rather go for something with litle more creativety.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours from the ¼ Liter brown bottle a cloudless gold with a massive bright white head that is creamy in texture, lace forms a tight sheet to conceal the glass. Nose has crisp malt sweetness and a slight hint of yeast, crisp and clean to the senses, start is nicely malt laden and somewhat sweet, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is stern in its acidity with a modest hop presence, a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
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 Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was in Brussels on a Saturday morning so I stopped in the first pub that had some decent food and a wit beer. Why a wit beer, well it is nice and light, with a fruitiness and pleasant spiciness from the wheat and added spices, and more importantly it was morning and it seemed an appropriate breakfast beer. This Wit was a nice cloudy whitish color and had a hint of refreshing acidity. It had a bit more body than I typically associate with a wit, but it did have a nice mild spicing to it. I must admit it was not incredible, but it was definitely satisfying.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour is a pale yellow, with fine carbonation, topped by a foamy white head. Aroma is very citrus: lemons and oranges abound. Taste is light and refreshing. Light citrus notes, not an overdose of spices. Mouthfeel is a little tingly, not overly fizzy. Not as complex as I had imagined, but enough to make it interesting.
Good sumer beer

Acquired in the Philly Gathering Beer Exchange.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow in color and spritzy white lace. On the nose there are hints of lemon and orange peel. On the palate the taste is crisp, fruity, coriander, orange peels, lemon, low malt character. Mouth feel is crisp and sprtizy…decent brew.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a very pale yellow, almost watery color with a thinning white head. This was the clearest Belgium white ale I've ever had. There was the typical sour wheat and bread dough aroma which came through in the taste along with Citrus, spices and fruit.
A very light and refreshing beer. Good for the summer and hot days. Good anytime really. Very enjoyable with a clean finish to it.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet yeasty slightly soapy (resin) nose. Straw yellow look with some haze in the glass. Fluffy cloud of a white head. Lots of carbonation and little bubbles in the glass. Initial yeast taste on the tongue is followed by a spice (corriander) and fruit (lemon) malt sweetness. A medium lively mouth plays the tongue. Clean crisp finish with a hint of noble hops. A solid wit! Refreshing.

Cheers to the BA Victory Beer Exchange for the sample.

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Photo of Jarod
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique label – water fountain boy, doing his thing.

This beer poured into the glass a watered down lemonade color. It’s clarity is in 2 stages: 1) beginning first pour – crystal clear, 2) last pour where it becomes cloudy. The head was a creamy, thick and snow white in color. It lasted from first sip to the last and created a nice creamy lace on the insides of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were of bananas, spices, light malt, citrus – lemons, and fresh baked wheat bread. The tastes were almost exactly the same. Flavors of bananas and cloves (like a creamy banana cream pie), sour lemons (light), pepper, hops, grain (like a wheat field), and a hint of alcohol all rolled over my tongue. It left very little to no aftertaste. Good carbonation, crisp and light. A good beer and decent representative of the style. Quenched my thirst.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting looking beer. I swirled the yeast at the end and poured it in, and it slowly swirled through the entire glass to the bottom. It reminded me of some kind of poison gas being let into the atmosphere. The aroma is quite spicy, with a touch of clove, but also a somewhat off metallic smell that doesn't really seem to fit.

Comparing this to other Belgian Witbiers, it is a tad boring. Banana and clove flavors are present, but I prefer this style to be a bit more spicy and over the top. Mouthfeel is thin and finishes with a touch of hop.

Don't get me wrong; this is a very refreshing brew that would best be consumed on a nice hot summer day. I just feel there are better interpretations of the style to be had. Should be tried, if for nothing else, the kid takin a wiz on the label.

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Photo of rastaman
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
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 proc
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Belgian. Belgians know how to make beer, that's for sure. The Kid whizzing on the label is a classic. I heard that the story is that some little kid whizzed to put out a fire, thus saving the whole town. I wonder if they let the kid have one of these brews...hmmm? The new bottles are sans the kid whizzing....too bad. A refreshing white.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.7 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale yellow (yeast was decanted also) with a spritzy white lace.

Smell: Mellow orange with some peel, mild coriander, a little lemon and some faint spiciness.

Taste: Lightly crisp in the light to medium body with a pleasing fruitiness of orange, coriander, hint of pineapple, and light lemon. A touch of herbal hop and a pinch of yeast add to the complexity. Soft malty sweetness and subdued grain come through at the end ... they dry and linger with a fading lemony flavour.

Notes: A very delightful palate of complex flavours, an ease to drink ... enjoy this fine creation.

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