Celis White - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-06-2003

Belgian version. For the US brewed version go here:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/565/5222 
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Photo of deebo
4.97/5  rDev +35.8%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (1,392 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the menu at Staminee de Garre as "De Witte Van Celis" 3/19/2010. This beer seems to be retired in the BA database; perhaps it has been revivied? I certainly found this draught to be of higher quality that the other reviews on here:

A- Poured from the tap with a very thin skim of white foam on the top, decent lacing. The body is completely opaque- a pale yellow. No visible carbonation.

S- Pale malt, wheat, and impressions of corriander and orange peel. Very crackerlike... like an artisanal cracker.

T- Exceptional flavor- like eating a bowl full of cereal. Very grainy. The wheat and malt come through like eating mouthfuls of the cereal grains. The corriander and orange are eclipsed by the grainy flavor. Hops are not detected at all. And the finish is just an echo of wheat hulls. Finishes dry.

M- A medium body. Almost a bit of grittiness to it- don't know if it's from yeast or unattenuated sugar. Some nice soft carbonation to it.

D- Can drink this all day long, in all kinds of weather. Super-quaffable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 250ml bottle into my tasting glass on one of those few sunny days this year welcoming what seems to be summer finally. I left the yeast sediment in the bottle because I think this wouldn't fit for a witbier.

Appears murky orange with some fine carbonation, 2 finger dense white head that reduces after some time to a thin layerleaving the occasional lacing

typical aroma for a witbier: ripe sweet oranges, less coriander

orange sweet with some sourness to balance it, again very faint coriander, ends with some sweet but drying bitterness

thin body, refreshing, very fine tickling sensation, with the carbonation thinning out after a while the body gets a bit watery, unfortunately

All in all a great summer beer. I almost gave up on my quest for a witbier that I liked. What appeals most to me is this great subtly orange flavor and aroma paired with the refreshing champagne-like carbonation. (906 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at the Staminee de Garre in Brugge

Aroma: Fruit, mostly lemon, with a bit of sour. Again, it’s hard to get aroma in a bar.

Appearance: Very hazy, cloudy really, light yellow glass with a thin white head that lasts enough to give curtains of lace.

Flavor: Close to the Austin and Michigan versions, but closer to the Michigan version as it lacks the lactic acid punch the old Austin version gave. It seems a bit sourer than the Michigan version though. Still, a classic wit; round wheat characteristics, sharp and spicy with coriander, but overall light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Refreshing. It was just fun to see the old Austin, Texas glass, was hard not to walk away with it. (763 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of elricorico
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2007.
Appearance: opalescent colours of pineapple juice. Slow sparkle that causes the rapid weakening of the foam.
Smell: Nose of orange flower water and yeast.
Taste and mouthfeel: first sweet, then slightly sour, which makes it particularly refreshing.
Drinkability: a good white beer

Review added 10-27-2007, translated from french 2-5-2008. (378 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Grandaddy of the style.

Pours a straw color, very pale. The head is all of a few millimeters in height. Just some sheeting on the surface.

Prominent notes of orange rind, lemon rind, pale wheat malts, and coriander. The nose of a prototype. Mild, lightly sweet, faintly tart, and quite familiar.

Sweet/tart lemon and orange citrus with a very pale grain character of tangy wheat and grassy pilsner malt. Low bitterness, with some flaring in the finish. Quite tasty, in fact. A sturfy example that's lighter than most. Very summery flavor and feel. Body suffers from thinness. Not a crime for a wit, but I do prefer some milkiness. Carbonation is down-pat with high efficiency. Almost, too high. A bubble burn is felt in the sides of the mouth.

I'm so glad to have access to this classic again. Celis White will always stay true to my heart. (844 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Kind of an unassuming bottle, compared to the other Belgians around it at Total Wine, but I'm willing to give it a chance regardless. It pours a cloudy straw-orange topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, orange zest, clove, light melon rind, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a few twists of lemon for good measure. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty wit. It's pretty easy to see how this style caught on here in the States, given the precedent set by this little guy. (650 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, wheat, spices, yeasty esters, and green apple.

Taste: Vanilla, wheaty, pale malts, spicy, yeasty, green apple, and chewy characters.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: To be the first and original witbier made, I do have to say I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Will look for more of this in the near future. (713 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I ordered this, I was suitably confused about where it was actually from. The bottle stated that it was brewed at Van Teenberge for "Celis Europe", but then spent most of its time talking about Austin, Texas. Interesting pedigree. Drank at Cambrinus in Bruges on a very hot day outside. Witbier was the charm.

Poured half, swirled, and poured the other half. My efforts result in chunks of sediment floating in a very cloudy, opaque lemon-juice yellow colour. Head is fine and full, although collapsing in the humidity after a while. Lace is patchy. Looks pretty good for a wit. I'm not sure I've had a cloudier or more sediment-riddled one at least.

Nose is fruity and citrussy, with sweet orange and marmalade dominant. Some apricot comes through as well, and although there are some light yeasty phenols, there's minimum true spice. Not bad, but very light on, though.

Taste is sweet, with floral honey characters and flavours of dried apricots. Finish is clean and dry, with a hint of yeast and a slight musty bite. The crisp finish is refreshing on such a day, but it didn't have much of the citrus or spice I'd like in the style.

Not a bad wit, and a slight deviation from the style, which I take as a positive thing. Perhaps a little too sweet, and lacking some complexity, but it ends up a pretty refreshing brew, nonetheless. (1,343 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, pale straw colour, with a good foam, creamy and persistent.
Good smell, fresh, typical of a wit beer: spiced a lot of orange, fresh fruit, citron, pepper. Very good flavour.
The taste is fresh, lightly spiced (pepper), with a light body.
Very good drinkability, refreshing and thirst-quenching. (306 characters)

Photo of OskarL
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with best before date 15/02/11.

Pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a three finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing.

Smells of wheat, orange and some corriander.

Taste is wheat, some malt, citrus, corriander and sweet orange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation that makes it feel quite thick. (333 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.5/5  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. (709 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 15/02/11. Swirl poured from a 250ml bottle into a glass beaker. A very fine three finger white head on a hazy, dirty yellow. Lots of lacing. Head diminishes to a strongly ringed layer. Fresh citrusy smells. Tastes of coriander with a citrus finish. Quite mild flavour. Grains dominate. Mouthfeel is medium weight, lightly carbonated. Drinkability is high. Could drink these all day. (394 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, as Celis Wit. Pale whitish-yellow colour, moderate white head. Lovely aroma of burnt caramel / treacle and spices. The flavour was not nearly that exciting, this was a fairly watery and bland wit. Pierre Celis deserves kudos for reviving the the witbier style at Hoegaarden, but this one is not the best witbier around anymore. (371 characters)

Photo of GiaLvo
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Belgium.
The beer description itself describes it as a fruit of the 500-year-old tradition of Hoegaarden brewing techniques. As a big fan and lover of Hoegaarden's amazing Witbier I agree, but must add that sadly real life isn't like Star Wars and the apprentice seldom becomes the master, especially when you're talking gastronomy. Therefore I must say that although it certainly takes on the Hoegaardeny taste the Celis White fails to develop an indendepent style or taste and ends up being a variation of the Hoegaarden, to whom one just has to prefer the original.
That being said it is a very good beer.
Appearing as a pale and faint whiteish color with a foamy and farly quick to disapper head, it introduces the drinker to a simple, refreshing and pleasant fruity taste.
The smell preludes to it with a vague fruity inspiration. It's easy on the palate and is an easy and nice beer to drink alone or with a meal.
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