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Celis White - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
good

65 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of tjtjd
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of insanidade
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dandelin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GiaLvo
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.
3,50/5

Photo of henkmudi
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of poskok
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 ml. bottle. Hazy pale yellow colour, good head, but not much retention. Big lace. Smell is faint in comparison to some others belgian white: orange, coriander, fruits, some spices and pepper. Normal carbonartion, medium body. Fizzy. Taste is the same as nose. Being the "original" white belgian I was expecting much more. It pales in comparison to Hoegarden, IMO.

Photo of azorie
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of freemanj
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Ed37
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of biernack
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of DannyTomlinson
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Celis White from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.