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Celis White - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Celis White
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82
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%


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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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 18:47:31 | More by Todd
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Bierschenker

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 19:53:06 | More by Bierschenker
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bark

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The colour is yellow with a tint of white-orange; the liquid is very hazy. The head is finger thick, white and firm, it builds a nice crater.

The smell is loaded with yeast, green apples, wheat dough, herbs and sour with some interesting bitter flavours.

The first flavour that hits the mouth is the one of banana flavoured marshmallows. There is some sour notes; green apples, wheat flour. The aftertaste is quite mild (and surprisingly short) with some sourness, apple pie with cinnamon and a hint of cream.

Carbonation is strong – large bubbles. The mouth feel is dry and a bit rough.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2007 18:45:31 | More by bark
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The battle of Wits... Back-to-back-to-back with Hoegaarden (Interbrew, Brussels) & Blanche de Chambly.

25 cl bottle, best before 17/02/06 (17BE 15:42).

A: Surprisingly, the fluid looks the same as the Hoe (I thought the oats would make it murkier). It doesn't produce or retain as much head as the others, but it does leave a little lace.

S: Plenty of aroma, with the most citrous. A tarte/sour smell that's unique among the three.

T: In comparison, there's more citrous, but otherwise the taste is a little bland. It has a tarte, slightly sour aftertaste (which probably isn't meant to be there).

M: Lightest body and carbonation, slightly acidic.

D: Alright.

I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 00:33:29 | More by Derek
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charlzm

California

3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suspect this is the American Celis White, but Beer Advocate doesn't allow reviews of that beer, so it might be this one?

Consumed at Steingarten, West Los Angeles on February 25th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Clear, lemony yellow appearance. More clear than a typical witbier. Fine one finger white head provides moderate sheeting. While not a bad-looking beer, it doesn't like "right" for the style.

Banana, lemon, coriander aromas.

Flavor is much like smell with a slightly grassy note as well. Lacking in yeasty character or wheat notes.

Carbonation prickle. Smooth drinking.

Good hot weather beeer that went with my dinner quite well but not very authentic. Still, enjoyable on its own terms.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 20:10:49 | More by charlzm
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haz77

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale cloudy gold with an inch of fluffy white head and high carbonation.

S - Wheat, yeast, lemon, pepper.

T - Becomes crisp after an initial smoothness. Citrus comes through in the middle and it finishes watery and yeasty.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D - OK, but nothing worth rushing back to.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 11:40:53 | More by haz77
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. This is the Belgian brewed version.

A: Pours a two finger head of white colour, slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Lemon peel and clean barley. A mild strength, boring aroma.

T: Tame lemon peel over a barley foundation. Simple. Balanced. Decently built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick without being overbearing. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I might get it again if I was in a witbier mood.

High C+

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 03:22:38 | More by kojevergas
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abijen

Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Banana smell. Appearance: Pale color, hazy and sparkling liquid. The head is minimal white. Taste: light sweetness with an average duration Palate: light body, thin watery texture and a fizzy carbonation Overall: a light white beer. Nice for in the summer but I prefer a beer with more body.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 08:39:25 | More by abijen
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Sigmund

Norway

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2010 22:25:07 | More by Sigmund
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 19:15:30 | More by CanuckRover
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:42:49 | More by scott451
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OskarL

Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 03:00:35 | More by OskarL
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stcules

Italy

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2003 01:26:40 | More by stcules
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 20:32:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2003 04:03:46 | More by rastaman
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Dukeofearl

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 17:25:38 | More by Dukeofearl
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 00:15:46 | More by TMoney2591
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 15:39:45 | More by thecheapies
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 23:24:36 | More by GCBrewingCo
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 13:52:30 | More by thierrynantes
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sfprint

Germany

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 23:06:06 | More by sfprint
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 01:25:26 | More by elricorico
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 00:08:38 | More by IronDjinn
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 23:57:03 | More by biboergosum
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 18:22:53 | More by safaricook
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