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 Foxman
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a thinned out lemon yellow, with carbonation and a slight haze. A finger of very white head sustains for a bit. Ripples of lacing wave along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is crisp, with the peel of lemon and orange, and the spice of clove and coriander. Pretty mundane and routine.

Upon tasting, a sweet citrus note of lemon zest and orange peel presage a lilt of doughiness. The esters deliver clove and coriander, and the ensuing crisp bitterness has a green apple cleansing quality. The finish is short, mildly spicy, and readies the palate for the next sip. It's fair and unremarkable.

Light bodied, the carbonation is the high point, though the spice leaves a fleeting memory.

It was about the only thing at Monk's during a weekday lunch that wouldn't knock me on my arse, so I went this route. And I have to say, I could have done better. I didn't expect it to really stand up to Thai Curry mussels, but it didn't even show any effort. There's just not enough there. And yet, under different circumstances, it would drink readily and inoffensively. Still, the next time I'm in that situation, I'll have a brawny Belgian and deal with the consequences.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that disappated fairly quickly. Mild nose with scents of lemon coriander, some orange peel perhaps and spice. Lemon and spice, on the tongue with a medium dry finish. A pretty highly carbonated beer with an active mouth feel. While it is extremely easy to drink, it's not something I will actively seek out, how ever if I just come upon it in a bar with only a few brews on tap, theres a good chance I'll take a pint

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

11.2 oz. Euro-style bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Pours a very light, cloudy yellow, with a great thick, pearl white head.

S: Strong citrus, comes first from the nose, strong bitter orange and citric acid, with a fair amount of wheat.

T: Coriander bitterness starts out the flavour, backed with some pasta notes and finishing with some of that strong orange flavour, a complex tasting wit for the style.

M: Crisp and zesty, with a fair bit of acidity, very refreshing.

D: One of the better wits I have had out of Belgium, funny label too, any fan of wits should try this beer, very tasty, and easy to drink.

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Photo of sfreshnock
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Small Bar - Wicker Park in the appropriate glass.

Pale "straw" yellow. The glassware is frosted so its hard to tell how hazy but I would assume it follows the style. Aroma of citrus and light hop bitterness. Taste follows suit with light citrus and typical wit spice. Faint acidity like a lambic but nowhere as pronounced. Very light body that washes clean from the mouth. Very easy drinking beer. I enjoyed this as a change from more intense beers but not one to keep in my repotoir.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy golden with a wispy pure white head and spotty lacing. Subdued lemon, orange, and coriander on the nose. Taste is similar to the aroma, but a little more bland. Slightly grainy, a little watery, emphasis on the coriander here, which carries through to the finish while the fruit drops off. Spritzy mouthfeel, but the overall effect is of a soft beer. Nothing special, there are plenty of better Wits.

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

Manneken Pis

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Bright cloudy yellow with a thick frothy head.
S- Citric. Lemon and orange with a touch of clove and coriander.
T- Sweet lemony citrus with flowery spices. Coriander, clove, even a slight lavender flavor. Candi sugar a little too much.
M- Sweet throughout with a slight dry finish.

Overall- Not bad, but 1 glass will do. Just too sweet for me.

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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey straw in color, topped with a very fine, voluminous off-white head. Ample lacing throughout. Nose at once strikes me as both citric and hoppy, with a pronounced astringency and a light biscuity malt note. Very light notes of spice here, and there's an unpleasant artificially processed element to the nose that I haven't encountered in a wit for quite some time. Ample visible carbonation. Vanilla, orange-citrus, and very light cloves on the first sip. Very juicy and fruit-forward, but it's an undifferentiated fruitiness. Lively and light on the palate. Malt qualities are mild, with pale and biscuit characteristics merging with a generic ale yeast character. 40% wheat malt, but this seems to lack in the wheat character I find in other wheat ales. There's also a light beet-sugary sweetness that just doesn't work for me here. Thankfully, this is citric and just a bit sour, which in addition to the light spicing and more prominent hop use easily balances out any perceived sense that this one is overly-sweet. Smooth, but very light in body, and lacking in the yeasty character that I've come to enjoy in sedimented wheat ales. Very easy drinking and almost Seltzer-like (see: ample visible cabonation.) Ultimately this isn't a bad tipple for what it is (and no, my bottle wasn't out-of date), but there are plenty of domestic examples with more of the character I expect (and prefer) in a Wit, not to mention a few from Belgium that I also prefer to this. Worth trying once, and given the right circumstances I can see how this beer might be the best option available! Great emblem, too ; ^ )

[Served chilled, in a wheat ale glass]

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

Bottled (small) version, Fresh according to the best before info on the rear label, after allowing this one to warm up a bit (15 mins out of the frig) and a decent rolling on its side, the wit pours out cloudy light dull banana, initially under a large white, fine bubble head, that lookis like it wants to create some merangue, but then doesn't. Leaves some thick lacing, and the bubbles keep on rising. Nose wiff is softly of fresh fruits and candi sweetness. pretty typical wit notes, sweet, light fruits, "creamsicle" ice ceam pop memories come to mind. Slightly more watery then I would like in the mid section. Light peppery spice late, soft on the tongue and then a lingering mildly dry finish, with just a hint of hop dryness. Not bad, but nothing special IMHO, delicate, subtle, understated,oh so Belgian. Nice to try and compare to more robust American takes on the style.
Obviously the label art is a winner with me...

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Served in the appropriate brewery logo glassware. Took awhile to realize that there's an image of a urinating man-baby on my glass. Big white head recedes but never dies, with a hefty layer remaining throughout. The beer is a cloudy, rich golden color; though admittedly it's a little hard to tell in the frosted glass.

smell and taste: I'm a little confused by the low rating of this beer. Wonderfully doughy, yeasty, honey nose with just a touch of hops. Extremely enticing aromatics on this beer. Delicious flavors very similar to the nose, minus a bit of the complexity. Doughy yeasts and mild orange. Gently hopped.

m: Delicate, utterly smooth mouthfeel, with a medium level of carbonation and the creamiest witbier body I've experienced.

d: Finished two 50cl glasses with ease

never even heard of this one, on tap at Raleigh Times

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Photo of BDIMike
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is definitely my favorite mass-marketed Belgian White. Hoegaarden used to be such a good beer until it was bought by AB. For those that don't know, AB shut down the Hoegaarden Brewery and now brews it at the Stella brewery. It looks and tastes a lot different. What a shame. I dont miss it too much though, as I was a bigger fan of Blanche de Bruxelles anyway. Great white, cloudy color and perfect crisp taste all the way through.

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Photo of putnam
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Manila paper colored and foamy. Candy tangerine marshmallow aromas lead to estery bubblegum and fermented vanilla scents. On the palate it's dry, tart and round with obligatory coriander, wilted orange and chipped chalk flavors. It gets the job done. Nothing horrible.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle dated best before July 3, 2008. Pours a nice lemony yellow with a lasting, pillowy off-white head. Excellent retention, stickage and lacing. Lightly perfumy aroma amidst a healthy dosage of tart citrus, coriander and unmalted+malted wheat. Lightly dusty in taste, this witbier has all the qualities of a summertime champion. Semi-sweet maltiness with the light spicing you'd expect from a witbier with a slight suggestion of vanilla nearer the finish. Citrus comes into play, but not as pronounced in flavor as some other witbiers. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I'm surprised I haven't noticed this one before.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Pours a cloudy and very whitish pale yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma is wheat with some coriander, spices, and yeast. The taste is very refreshing with some wheat, citrus and spice flavors. Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp from the carbonation. Drinkability is very high, this would be a perfect beer for the hot summer outdoors here in Florida. Overall, this is a pretty solid wit that is recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy white head that generously coats the chalice with lace

Smell: Lemony, yeasty aroma with hints of coriander

Taste: Starts out with a yeasty flavor that betrays an undertone of lemon by mid-palate; after the swallow, it gets tarter with more significant lemon flavors and a coriander finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and fizzy with a creamy element

Drinkability: Certainly not the best wit out there, but a reasonable beer nonetheless

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Photo of BeerZack
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Draught

Cloudy pale yellow lemonade-like color with fine creamy head.

Sweet, sugar, yeast and lemon-citrus on the nose.

Not much taste, but its soft, yeasty and sweet with a light citrus presence.

Easy to drink and low alcohol, but unmemorable overall.

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Photo of Teke0611
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Almost identical to the picture on the four pack carrier. A light golden yellow. The other reviewer's comments about lemon merangue were accurate at first pour, then it darkened a bit. Poured a full 2 inches head in my new Sam Adams glass, then receeded in about 4 minutes.
S- Didn't get much, but my nose has been a bit out of whack at times.
T- Average. I expected more from a $9 four pack.
M- Nothing really to write home about here either.
D- Easy to down several of these, on the other hand. That is, if it's affordable enough for you. I would rather have some other beers, IMHO.

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Photo of RixBeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw yellow. Thick head quickly fades. Nice ring lace. Slight Sticking. Very active carbonation until you're at least half way through drinking it.

S- I smell orange and a little bit of lemon. Spicey....good undertones behind the citrus smells.

T- Light, Crisp, Orange, Lemon, Herbal. Very nice for this type of beer.

M- Could use a little more body. It feels full because of all of the coplex flavors. But it gets a tad watery at the end.

D- I could drink the four pack these 11.2oz bottles came in. But I'll share at least 2 of these.

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Photo of edbeered
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the label, this is a Belgian Wit beer brewed with orange peel and coriander. How can something that sounds so simple taste so good? This is the brewer's art. This pours an opaque yellow with a fine white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is faintly citrussy. The taste is wheaty with some orange and lemon notes. I found it to be well balanced and highly drinkeable. As good a wit as I've ever had.

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Photo of beeragent
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. The beer pours a very hazy white/straw, forming a creamy 1 inch head, leaving medium spots of lace. The aroma is light citric wheat. Not too strong or complex. The taste is mostly of lemon and orange, with a slight hopiness. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Overall, this is a good witbier. I will definitely be having this again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a fluffy white head. In the nose it was all about orange, citrus and corriander. A dry taste and a small coriander taste. It even had a small tartness to it. Very easy to drink, better than most Belgian wits because of the citrus and the small tartness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a pale straw body with a dense hazy and a super strong carbonation that glides up the sides of the glass. There is a thick rocky white meringue of foam that last for a good bit.

S- The light smell of soft rain and light sour notes becomes a hint of bubblegum but it is still very soft. There is a hint of orange and dry coriander and green leaves in the finish.

T- The soft carbonic acid taste has a soft note of oranges with a finish of tart lemon-lime soda. The finish is a slight sweet note with some dry spice notes and a soft snap of hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a light and crisp flavor but it is very subtle and bland.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.21/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From my notes 6/5/2007 pours two-finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Light cloudy amber color. Sour citric nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is sourish wheat, not what I was expecting. 330ml bottle for €2.50 ($3.43) from Manneken Pis souvenir shop Brussels, Belgium.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a hazy lemonade with lots of bubbles rising to the top which maintain the foamy head. There is lots of lacing going everywhere. Smells really sweet and fruity with a hint of Evangeline Maid white bread, which is kind of nauseating. Citrus stands out more than coriander. Tastes candy sweet and reminds me of cotton candy in the flavor (or, better yet, cotton candy flavored Bubble Yum). Coriander comes out a bit more than in the aroma, but the citrus is ever present. Really, there isn't much more I get from this, and, seriously, that cotton candy bubble gum flavor is out of control. Too much of that white bread thing is making me gaggy. Mouthfeel is almost too smooth. Really watery here. There is no way I'd buy this again.

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Photo of roblowther
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

White yellow with a creamy head. In the immortal words of my buddy Rick, "it looks like lemon merangue". The smell is lemon peel and coriander. Refreshing and crisp. The taste has the citrus zing you expect from the style but a malt that you don't. It smooths out the flavor and reminds me of a kolsch. The mouthfeel is creamy but a bit thin. The drinkability is good but its much better when the beer is cold. And I say that as a fan of beers that belong at cellar temperature. Good but not great.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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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Blanche De Bruxelles / Manneken Pis Belgian White from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 980 ratings.
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