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Celis White - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian version. For the US brewed version go here:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/565/5222 

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-06-2003)
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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was cloudy pale golden wtih a white frothy long lasting head which laced the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was muted coriander and light citrus with a bit of diacetyl which was at a moderate level but was never offensive. The diacetyl in the aroma continued to increase as the beer warmed.

The flavor was light lemon and orance citrus with a soft wheat character and a low muted coriander. Once again the diacetyl was moderate in the flavor.

The finish was dry with light lasting dry spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium light with a decent carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. A very refreshing beer on a hot day in Brugge.

Draft in proper glass at Garre in Brugge on 9/13/06.

GCBrewingCo, Sep 19, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.3/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 25cl brown bottle with "Austin Texas Beer" adorning the label. 28/05/03 best by date. Had this at the Kulminator in Antwerp, BE.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale straw coloured wit with a creamy head and a pretty decent level of retention.

Smell: An unexpected aroma. Soft, grainy, touch of spice and a dose of diacetyl that wasn't invited to the party, but showed up anyway.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, turning with a sharp and crisp bitterness and feel on the palate. Splash of orange. Buttery diacetyl follows, which is both odd and out of place. Phenolic clove, yeasty with a raw and bitty / coarse finish.

Notes & Drinkability: This is "the original" Celis White by Peter Celis and contract brewed for the European market. I expected a lot, but the diacetyl was simply overwhelming ... making of a highly disappointing beer.

Todd, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of deebo
4.98/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in Bruges and loved it. This review is from a bottle with a BB date of 3-30-12.

A-Yellow/golden color with a fair amount of haziness. Pours 2 fingers of fluffy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Yeasty, the fruity esters are remniscent of lemon. Sweet bready malt.

T-Similiar to the aroma. This beer has lots of character. The malt bill is heavy for a 5% beer. A slight sour end note that is not bitter.

M-Great, body is rich, creamy and delicious. The carbonation is medium and carries the flavors of this beer well.

D-I would make this a staple if I could get more of it.

O-Could be my favorite version of the first style I fell in love with when discovering that not all beers taste like light lagers. Great complexity and balanced perfectly.

deebo, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty belgian wit. Cloudy, with beautiful head. Aromatic nose (lemony and a toucb spicy)Spicy, lemony, clovey, and generally quite tasty, summery taste. On the sweeter side but with some tart acidity (not much at all in fact, but just enough), Allin all, generally a nice experience, nice session drinking.

rastaman, Jan 27, 2003
Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -3%

ste5venla, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

azorie, May 04, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle - why the tiny serving size, to go with the regular price?

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves some decent padded lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of crisp wheat grain, citrus, and coriander. The taste is sweet wheat malt, orange pith, and a mild coriander/pepper spiciness. The carbonation is present, but quite mild, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat silky. It finishes off-dry, and mostly clean.

I don't know where the "modern" brewing techniques come in; that aside, this is a pretty enjoyable witbier - maltier than the norm, with the expected fruit and spice quite, but not overly, reserved.

biboergosum, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Bier Temple in Brussels. Couldn't resist the cowboy label...a far cry from the plump-monk-with-mug type thing. And the U.S. version I'd had at a beerfest tasted promising. (Ever read up on this beer? Confusing history...)

First, I have to mention the bottle. What beer drinker doesn't hate these tiny 25 cl bottles? Especially when the beer itself isn't exactly high-octane. (5% listed on the label)

Poured a very pale yellow, though a little hazy. Nice big fluffy white head sticks around a while, and the bubbles are fast and numerous.

Aroma is orange, lemon, and a pronounced smell that reminds of a corny confection like Fiddle Faddle. Strong yeast wafts out too, with a warming sensation that cannot be the alcohol but certainly tickles the nostrils like it is. A complex nose on this one.

Flavor is robust, more round and complex than many witbiers. A spicy heat is detected, like cinnamon, yet very much balanced with elements of citrus fruit and wheat. Yeast comes through to help add another side to the beer, giving an earthy, nutty element. Perhaps the most complex wibier I've tasted.

Mouthfeel achieves both creaminess and a little zing, just right for the style.

Too bad the Belgian version of Celis White is retired. This is a most excellent witbier, entirely satisfying, and I wonder if the U.S. beers bearing the name can stand up to it.

Metalmonk, Oct 23, 2006
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3.7/5  rDev +2.5%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of CanuckRover
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 02/04/09, so past, but I found a bottle lurking in the back of a shelf at Brewery Creek in Vancouver and figured why not! Doesn't really seem the worse for wear, but make of this review what you will.

Pours a very murky, pretty much opaque pale yellow. Medium white head and spotty lacings.

Very nice, soft aroma. Sweet lemon up front and a nicely rounded bubblegum aroma.

Slightly tart up front gives way to stand out wheat flavours. Spices are subdued, would not be surprised to learn that it was an age thing, but coriander is still discernable. Light citrus flavours bring up the rear.

Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and carbonation is decidedly laid back.

Tasty enough, glad I took the plunge.

CanuckRover, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat cloudy slightly dark yellow. Carbonation sticks to edge of glass, 1 cm micro carbonation head.

S: Lemon meringue, vanilla sugary icing.

T: Soft, lemony wheat and refreshing. Gradually becomes more bitter toward the aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth, though slightly mouth puckering.

D: Easy going down. Different and worthwhile.

sfprint, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Bierschenker
2.33/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The colour is quite clear and not so misty as other witbieren. Quite some carbonation flowing through. I know how to pour a correct wit so I got a big firm head. It’s snow white. The head diminishes and a thin creamy white layer stays on top.
The odour was great, a rich sour fruity smell: vanilla, herbs, hop and citric fruits.
Taste is rather neutral at first. Opens with a little lemon, but quickly turns to water and bread.
Aftertaste is bread, hop and some lemon.

I don’t know what happened here. This is terrible! Has the bottle gone bad? I am going to an other one soon, because this can’t be. It started so wonderful, a great appearance and smell, but no aroma at all.

Bierschenker, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy enough that you can't see through its yellow body. A finger of creamy white head settles to a half finger and stays around for a while. A web of lacing sticks to the whole glass as I drink.

Plenty of citrus zest in the aroma, and coriander spicing. Hint of bubblegum, but only subtley. Smells nice, starts my mouth watering a little.

Tons of citrus from front to back. A strong lemon lime impression. Spicing still notable but even more subtle than the nose. Tartness in the finish unique to my beer experiences. Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is reasonable, but starts to edge just into the realm of soda, the carbonation is just a bit too much. It isn't bad, but almost gives off the impression that you have a Sprite in your glass.

Very drinkable in my books. Light and lively, tasty and tart, keeps me coming back for another sip. Probably my favorite witbier to date.

elricorico, Feb 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

RD1163, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ManforallSaisons, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of coriander and huge wheat malt notes are very enticing and surprisingly more present then I would have anticipated. Taste is an incredible mix between some coriander with loads of wheat malt with light bubble gum notes and a zesty and citrus finish. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. I must admit to being totally surprised by this one; it has some much more character then I would have anticipated and a great balance between all ingredient. Definitively one of the most underrated beer I had a chance to taste recently.

Phyl21ca, Jan 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ThirstyTorpy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle purchased at The Bottle Shop in Brugge, Belgium in April 2007. Not sure why it's retired- it's still available in Belgium! Tasted in the hotel room using a room water glass.

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a very pretty white head of nearly invisible bubbles. Aroma of wheat, lemon grass, and herbs. Flavor is pleasant, light and enjoyable. More mellow than the original Hoegaarden. Delicious and clean. The lemony, herbal flavors are more subdued.

Dukeofearl, May 12, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Beer-Ed, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml brown bottle, best before date on back label is 15/02/11. Pours out a cloudy opaque straw colour, tight creamy white head that slowly settles.

On the nose is light tart wheat, some sweet bready malt, light white pepper dryness, faint citrus and coriander. All very clean.

Flavour starts with some tartness from the wheat, some citrus rind, bready sweet malt rised up in the middle, soft dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, soft creamy texture, light crisp finish.

A refreshing well put together Wit, the flavour is pretty mild and subtle but it all works together.

IronDjinn, Aug 08, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

radiofish, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

biernack, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of henkmudi
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy and opaque, but smells nice. Musk at first glance, sour later. Taste evaporates quickly as well as memories. Flower aroma brings beer more to weak fruit beers and ciders. Refreshing but much less than other wheat beers. Warming at room temperature doesn't change a taste. Works well with vegetables, not much with meat.

henkmudi, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A yellow, murky beer with a big frothy head that seems to last forever.

Smell has some grainy wheat notes. The yeast provides a phenolic smell and some vanilla notes. The orange zest and coriander are present. A light lactic acid whiff comes through and adds to the complexity of the beer.

Taste is full of wheat and is light in maltiness. The yeast is spicy and the spices are pronounced. Clear orange zest and coriander. A subtle lactic acid tartness that is very welcome in a witbier and especially in the (re)founder of witbier. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and a bit sweet. Aftertaste is dry and lingering spicy.

Absumaster, Feb 07, 2008
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Celis White from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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