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 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 The_Kriek_Freak
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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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw golden color with a thick foamy head. The head dissipates after a few minutes with effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Smell of Belgian yeasts and coriander. There is a slightly sour component to it. Strong malty, banana taste up front, follow by moderate carbonation, with a spicy coriander taste at the end. Very refreshing beer. High carbonation. Witbiers were my first foray into craft beers (Hoegaarden), but I have moved on to other tastes, mainly hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales. This beer provides a refreshing, nostalgic feel, though.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a pint glass.

This beer looks good right from the get go. It pours a cloudy straw gold with white tones and a fluffy three finger head that lasts for minutes before breaking and leaving a thin layer of bubbles and some interesting lacing behind. The smell is fruity and yeasts with a touch of coriander. The taste comes with banana first and some fruity sweetness, followed by a touch of yeast and some very faint spice. The taste is mellow. The mouth feel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation.

I am not normally a huge fan of witbiers as I find the coriander taste to be a little unpalatable. But this beer is a change. It is quite tasty and really refreshing. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly very drinkable and a great option on a hot day.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt 0.5 fl oz can into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Dated 14/08/06 on the bottom. Had a number of times, but never reviewed.

A: Hazy yellow body with lime-colored tint and some visible sediment. 3 fingers of sudsy, white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Fruity, lightly spicy Belgian yeast. Lemon. Straw. Coriander. Vanilla. Slight banana.

T: Sweet initially with the quick development of a citric-acid type tartness. Minimal bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Lingering tang and soft wheat notes.

M: Moderate-to-high carbonation with a moderate body. Seems fuller than I remember, but still very refreshing and crisp.

O: Very nice wit. Good quality of flavors, if not a bit light overall. This brew has its own unique wit thing happening. Dig the tartness. Didn't mind the sediment. Great hot weather pick. Bonus for tallboy cans.


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Photo of slimpikens
4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The hint of coriander brings out a crisp clean flavor when served with and orange slice, lemon slice, or just by itself. When I'm sitting by the pool in the summer I call it my lemonade because it's so refreshing. The Belgians make the best beer and chocolate in the world and this beer is my favorite white/wit. Served by the can is not as flavorful as the glass bottle or the tap...

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Photo of jhawth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can into a wilibecher glass. Pours a hazy, very pale straw color with a finger-and-a-half head of fine foam that dissipates relatively quickly to a half-finger foamy cap.

Aroma: Belgian yeast and spiciness, orange peel, coriander. Slight metallic-y twinge?

Taste: Sweet, wheat-y malt flavors transition into slight spiciness with a mild citrus tang in there as well.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, lively carbonation.

Overall: Very nice, drinkable witbier. Nothing too exciting, but certainly nothing offensive

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Photo of tmzl
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with 2 thumb thick white bulky foam, fast retention, stays on top till the end. Yellow wheat, cloudy color. Moderate carbonation. Some spices float around. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Not much, but pleasant, fresh. Wheat, some banana, slightly spicy, pilsnerish hops.

Taste: Easy. Some fruits and banana at start, light sweet wheat middle and ends in mild hop bitterness. Missing some middle, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, light-med body. Fresh and simple.

Overall: Easy, fresh and simple. Nothing too exciting, random, but does it's job.

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Photo of soju6
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with small foamy head that fades to bits of lacing. Aroma of fruit, some coriander, wheat, spice and touch of yeast. Taste of citrus, fruit and spice with some wheat. Mild bitterness with a tart finish. Fairly light body, quite smooth with a bit of a grainy texture. Decent beer for the style but nothing special.

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Photo of BrandonBahula
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't usually like witbier and to be honest I bought this thinking it was a sour because of the name. Still, turned out to be quite refreshing. I really love the smell but it dissipates quickly and the head as well. Flavor wise this is pretty good.

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Photo of FLima
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Milky light yellow color with a two finger head with good retention.
Nice aroma of banana, oranges, coriander, Curacao liquor (likely combination of laraha and alcohol)
Original flavor, wheaty with notes of oranges (probably laraha peel), lots of bubblegum, pineapple, coriander, pear and lemongrass. Dry aftertaste, slightly acid.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Tasty Witbier, good for a change even if you have a preferred brand given its originality.

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Photo of jkvt
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer. Slight hint of orange with a defined wheat taste and a slight creamy aftertaste. I've had this in a bottle a long time ago and remembered the aftertaste being a little stronger. In the can it is a little subtle as is the taste as a whole. Had it been a little stronger, I would have rated this a 5. Overall still an excellent beer in a can or a bottle

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Photo of ccrida
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draught at The Bier Stein, appearence is a hazly straw yellow with a white head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet, fruity esters. Some spice notes as well, it really opens as it warms.

Taste is light, clean and classic. The esters dominate and are delicous. The grain is perfect. The orange (peel?) taste is maybe too strong. Moderately phenolic.

Mouthfeel is light and slippery, some crispness. Nicely soft, foamy carbonation.

Drinkability is great a clasic wit exhibiting all the best characteristics. Pretty mich a qentissential seession beer for me, although I could use the orange dialed back a touch.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Well, this one bottomed out my expectations. Nothing fancy here, and very few, if any, spices or herbs. What?

Pours a hazy, pale golden, 1 finger head that dwindled to a collar

Faded lemon and pomelo in the aroma. Nothing sharp or spicy, kind of dull. Nothing bad, either.

The feel really kills this beer. It's like a filmy, lemon coating that the carbonation *should* take away, but doesn't. And that's too bad, because the flavors are damaged by it. Lemon zest turns to lemon film. Pomelo turns to nothing.
A lawnmowing beer, if cold

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Photo of Beric
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16oz can into footed pilsener
Served: 15 June 2013

Appearance: A hazy light yellow. Color wise, it almost looks like an unfiltered pilsener. When pouring, you get a nice pure-white two finger head that rather rapidly dissipates. Mega-carbonation visible as the bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. You can see particulate suspended in the beer, but it doesn't look like yeast. Maybe this particulate is the 'spice' that the can claims is inside.

Smell: An outstanding spiced, citrusy smell. Smells fresh and clean. Very inviting and curious smelling. Smells like it will be a sweet tasting beer.

Taste: Basically the same as the smell- spiced and citrusy. Some of the banana and clove tastes evident of wheat beer styles, but nothing too overpowering on either end of the spectrum. This beer tastes better as the initial carbonation starts to diminish after being set out for a while.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated, with bubbles that feel large on the tongue. This counterbalances the full bodied feel from the suspended matter floating around in the beer. I think I would want to have just slightly less carbonation to emphasize the unfiltrated nature rather than seem to diminish its effects. As I kept drinking this and the carbonation started to come out of the beer, it started tasting more how I wanted it to. Overall, this is a good beer and above average, but certainly less than anything astoundingly notable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.5 oz can was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger billowy head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy with little visibility and some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: sweet, bready, spicy, pepper, and a little citrus.

Taste: Same as above with a little bit of vanilla, apple, and pear.

Mouthfeel: A bit chewy, smooth, medium to full bodied from being unfiltered, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is truly a classic that one can enjoy from time to time. I know I will.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Bigby's Pour House.

I've recommended this beer so many times that I've forgotten I haven't actually had it myself. Wow. Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, coriander, clove, lemon zest, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis placed on the spices, though the lemony wheat surely isn't mild. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a solid, spicy wit, worthy of all of those recommendations I've given out in the past.

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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 971 ratings.
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