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Celis White - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
82
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
56
awful

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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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Todd

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
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 -35.3%
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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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-24-2013 11:24:58 | More by desint
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.7%

03-09-2013 23:41:30 | More by ejimhof
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janubio

Spain

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 13:57:27 | More by janubio
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korene84

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-04-2013 23:44:28 | More by korene84
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schwee

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-08-2012 15:40:46 | More by schwee
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bark

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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 -15.3%
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 -14.2%
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 -12.5%
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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henkmudi

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 15:37:16 | More by henkmudi
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kojevergas

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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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radiofish

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-09-2013 21:33:26 | More by radiofish
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freemanj

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-17-2014 19:20:19 | More by freemanj
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

12-28-2013 06:00:42 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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poskok

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

06-08-2014 07:05:53 | More by poskok
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abijen

Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -6.1%
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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GiaLvo

Italy

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 14:43:15 | More by GiaLvo
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -4.2%
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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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-20-2013 18:41:36 | More by ste5venla
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RD1163

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2013 03:53:37 | More by RD1163
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ManforallSaisons

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-12-2014 18:19:44 | More by ManforallSaisons
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Celis White from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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