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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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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Ratings: 1,005 |  Reviews: 335
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow, a little orange / hazy crazy yeast / very mild carbonation / mild-moderate head

Tart sour almost a medication-esque aroma precedes a light and deep sweetness

Creamy sweet with rich elements of toasty barley malt of light sweetness. Sour wheaty edge. Floral spicy hoppage. Some zesty spice. Creamy wholesome protein rich yeasty flavors with complex layers of yeasty goodness.

Medium body creamy with mild carbonation.

Quite sour and still so sweet. Lot of layered flavors, interesting but not the easiest beer to drink.

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Photo of enfield249
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks like non-green Mountain Dew. Cloudy, no head to speak of.

S - Sour is what I'm getting off of this beer for the most part. Not at all like a Cru, but it's in there.

T - Sour, wet straw, a little bit of coriander I guess, but not much.

M - Fine. Right where it should be. My favorite part of the beer.

D - Overall, I'm not impressed. Nothing glaringly wrong with this beer. Maybe it just not in my taste profile.

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Photo of msubulldog25
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle, "best before" dated: 20080526. Flashy label starring none other than our little peeing pal, Manneken Pis. Plain white cap reads (in bold, generic type): "WIT BIER / BIERE BLANCHE / BIRRA BIANCA / WHITE BEER". Grabbed this on a whim at By the Bottle, Vancouver, WA.

A: Looks like a good witbier - cloudy, straw-yellow, plenty of tiny carbonation. Capped with a creamy white head, starting at about 3 fingers and dwindling to about 1/4".

S: Decent grainy/wheat aroma, a little sweet & yeasty. Very light coriander and almost indetectable orange peel.

T: Not bad, not good either. Much like the smell, this is mostly soft wheat with a little sugar-sweetness. Spices are subdued and finish is less dry and more starchy. Flavors are decent enough, but weak.

M: Weakness in flavor pales to the wateriness in the mouth. Very light mouthfeel, nothing of real substance. Mild grain and sugar aftertaste, light carbonation.

D: Grabbed this without any other impetus than wanting to try a new witbier - should have passed. Nothing worth coming back to here...

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Photo of dgallina
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle without obvious dating.

Pours pale straw yellow with a small and short-llived thin head. The nose is full of soft oranges and wheat grain shot through with faint clove notes. Flavor is also very gentle. Oranges and creamed wheat with very slight pepper and clove notes. Weak on the spiciness overall. The mouth-feel is pulpy and velvety; not enough carbonation. Dull but passable.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.03/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a small head and flecks of lacing.

S - Faint lemon, light wheat. Not much else.

T - Coriander, some faint citrus presence. Absurdly watery. Aftertaste has a touch of detectable malt flavor, but it is as bland as the foretaste.

M - High carbonation, watery, thin, actually kind of bland and not too refreshing.

D - I certainly won't bother with this one again, almost no flavor. It is bland at best.

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Photo of lunarhowl
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfect for a witbier
Smell: Fragrant yet light
Taste: Smooth, mellow clove, vague citrus notes and an ever-so-light hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel: Quenching yet surprisingly full by witbier standards.
Drinkability: Immensely

Notes: What Hoegaarden used to be...I recall drinking Hoegaarden for the first time in 1995 and it was a revelation. Over a decade later, Hoegaarden is a shadow of its former self, watery and insipid. Its downfall is well documented, but I reminisce because this beer reminds me of what was good and right about Hoegaarden back then. Its floral and light, yet has surprising, thirst quenching depth for the style. Tasted on tap at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

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Photo of beertastegood
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, exceedingly light yellow-golden color. I mean, this beer is so pale it looks like they found a pilsner malt with a lovibond rating lower than 1. Gigantic white head that roils up then fades back to a half-inch cap.

Aroma: citrus, coriander and cotton candy, with a sweet graininess cutting through. A little spicy pepper-like phenols. No discernible hop aroma. Not bad.

Taste: Tangy, then grainy, then tangy, then....? This beer is quite underwhelming in the taste department. It is crisp, it has the characteristic wheat malt notes, but...not much else. It is not necessarily *bad*, but IMO it is lacking in flavor. Witbiers are supposed to be smooth, drinkable session beers, but that doesn't mean they have to tone down all the witbier characteristics.

Mouthfeel: slightly slick from the wheat, but a bit watery. High carbonation, light body.

Drinkability: This is a very quaffable beer nonetheless.

Overall: Has potential, but I prefer more flavor. This just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold, almost a yellow color, with a slight greenish tinge. Bright white head that fades to a collar. The aroma is quite citrusy, although it seems citrusy more from the yeast used than from added spices. There's an undercurrent of coriander, but nothing overpowering. All in all the aroma is rather simple and slight. On the palate, very brisk acidity that is unbalanced with spicy softness. Some banana flavors pop up, but from the mid-palate on this beer is pretty watery and bland, and provides nothing to impress. The finish is a touch sweet and vinous. Mouthfeel is thin and lacks enough carbonation to make up for it. Overall, I'm not too impressed with this. It's OK, certainly not bad, but it has little to recommend it over other wheat beers.

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Photo of carlosd74
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this $6 bottle (yea I know I am sick in the head) at Matt Capone's place near Norristown, PA. I was in the mood for the most anti-Guinness beer I could find on St. Plastic Paddies Day.

For a wit beer, my gold standard is The Hoe. However, we all know how American interpretation of the Wit has overcome the originator of the Belgian Wit.

That said I found this was not as good as today's Hoegaarten. It lacked any zing of either corriander or orange fact I would add a wedge of orange to this beer.

It pours nicely and the lace stays long after the pour. It smells..well like wheat beer but nothing but the wheat and a yeast that was more like a farm house ale's aroma.

Mouthfeel was very thin. I guess I would classify this beer somewhere between a Bavarian Heffe and a Farmhouse.

Not crap but nothing to pay $6 for. I am sticking with Allagash or Legacy for my Wit fix.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a best by date on the back label. The label was interesting with a drawing of a man pissing on it. Not sure that sends the message I'd want on my beer but to each his own. It poured the usual wit beer white and had a decent head that quickly settled. The smell had the expected coriander and orange peel but the orange had a different smell that other wits. Not sure if they used another type of orange or what but it wasn't all that pleasing so a little hit on the smell score. The taste was pretty good but lacked a good finish that would have gotten a better rating. Overall, it's a good but not great beer. I really enjoy wits and could see these having a once in awhile place in the rotation. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy, very pale gold color with a frothy, foamy head. Aroma is lightly floral fruity. Quite fruity flavor, tart, somewhat citrusy--with a spicy coriander backbone. Modest wheat flavor with an acidic finish. Light bodied, appropriate to the style.

A quite decent Wit.

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Photo of jwff
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a pint glass with a fluffy white head and chalky cloudiness. Smelled a bit of lemon, grass, a tiny bit of grain, and some coriander. It was faint, but this style has always relied on subtlety. The taste was along the same lines of the smell but a bit more pronounced, and maybe a little more grain and some subtle orange peel. A little bit of yeast is there to round out the mouthfeel and balance the acidity of the citrus. Finishes dry. I can't wait to pick this up in bottles just in time for the summer.

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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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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,005 ratings