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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-27-2002)
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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This white poured a cloudy, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was yeast and citrus with a very light sweetness. The taste was citrusy (lemon) with flavors off yeast, wheat, light sugar, and very, very faint spices. The mouthfeel was smooth though a bit tart with medium body and good carbonation. The lemony citrus flavor dominated the finish. This was an OK witbier.

UncleJimbo, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance and smell are the similar to the draft version of this brew. Taste still has the nice wheat and citrus balance but it is much lighter and seems to have a lot more sugar in it. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a low carbonartion. It is still a drinkable and decent brew but it doesn't have the complexity of the draft version and it is much thinner. I was somewhat dissapointed with the bottled version since this is one of my favorite draft brews. I guess it is like Yuengling. Great on draft and ok in a bottle.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very lovely beer - a bit darker than Hoegaarden, but not by much. Great 1 inch bone white head that settles down, but never disappears completely.

Rather strong aroma of yeast & alcohol mixed with citrus/lemon.

Light and airy... I dont know. It could benefit from a bit more "oomph." Kind of nondescript and hard to place, like a lot of American wheat beers.

A decent enough whitbier. I'd like to try it again. Maybe I didnt drink mine cold enough.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, hazy pale white-yellow in hue; the liquid is classic Wit. Fizzy white head, sadly the foam was only one finger tall. Head retention wasn’t too impressive, the head slid to a thin, soapy cap all too fast. There was no subsequent lacing. This Wit looks as I expected it too, nothing more… maybe a little less even. What a shame; better head retention/lacing would have elevated the appearance greatly. Still, this is a charming looking beer. It looks like a Wit.

The nose has all the characteristics of a Wit. It is a textbook example, I guess, in a very roundabout way this is the beer that wrote the book (or at least dusted off the book years ago). Of course, this is not the original beer as it has been brewed at two other breweries (but you all knew that). Anyway, I smell lemon drops, wheat, tart oranges; the coriander is restrained but noticeable. Moderate potency; I don’t expect/don’t want a Wit to articulate any more aromas then what this one says. I like the nose but I wish the aromas popped more; they seem a bit muted. It is inviting, nevertheless.

The palate is not spectacular but I really like it. Tart upfront with lemon candy, orange zest, a yeasty wheat slurry, coriander, a mix of spices that are very delicate and impossible to identify, and at the back I swear I taste some bubblegum. Zesty, wheaty, and citrusy finish; ditto on the aftertaste. IMO, this Wit leans on the simplistic side of the style. Maybe other breweries took the reigns and ran with it. If this is the original recipe other breweries have surpassed this Wit. Still, I like this beer. It is tasty. I am glad I finally tried.

Medium/medium-light in body, creamy and light carbonation, the mouthfeel is fairly lively and refreshing but at the same time it is relaxing and soothing. This is a great accomplishment.

My good lord this beer is drinkable. I think I could murder a six-pack in an hour and want more. It is very sessionable. Still, I am not sure I will hunt this beer out. There are better Wits but in the moment this beer is truly lovely! Like I said, I am tickled pink I finally tried this beer. I purchased a couple bottles from Liquid Solutions. Worth a try.

bditty187, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Truh
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dropped some non-sequitors with this one on 6/25/2004. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass at Redbones.

Doplleganger head on top; like watching thin clouds scud across a golden sky. Light, hazy yellow hue that verges almost on white. Wheat is heavy on nose, tart lemon grassiness follow in short order. At taste, oranges and buckwheat power through, lemon rind too. Penultimate summer brew as there is a jumpy carbonation giving it the aspect of a soda, and reminiscent of an Orangina.

One of the first finer brews that I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of was Celis Grand Cru back in the fall of 1993 at a brewing supply store in Burlington, VT. My heart nearly stopped when I saw the word “Celis” up on the chalkboard at Redbones; I would have preferred the Grand Cru, but this was a start.

Truh, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy pineapple-juice yellow under a thin wispy head that leaves lace chains all around the glass.

Strong spice in the nose, and even bigger fruit (peach, pear). Not as subtly flowery as the best wits, but this does have the yeasty mineral quality of the style.

More mineral in the flavor, although not metallic or chemical. Fruit comes through strongly--peach and pear again, also citrus and crisp green apple. Some flowery elements, some doughy goodness, some light sweet spices. Metallic sheen comes back to haunt in the finish, and some fruity tartness, but the metallic element isn't overpowering or even all that off-putting.

Soft yet prickly...the mouthfeel achieves an interesting balance between the two, with light to medium body.

Interesting. Not a classic witbier in terms of flavor--something seemed to go astray here and go for a more universal Belgian golden/pale ale thing. For what it is, though, it's indeed refreshing and well-made.

Metalmonk, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House

I'm surprised to see this is under 4% abv as the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than several other wits I've tried like Whirlwind Wit (for example). This is a pretty straightforward wit with lemon, corriander and spice. Not world class, but still a nice drinking beer. I'd order another pint.

tempest, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer against a Floris Wit (a true belgian) b/c they were comparable in price (less than $2) and I have to say I think I like the Floris a little more. The celis was darker in color and had a little tartness to it, comparable to the taste of a gueuze produced by the wild yeast. There is a hint of spiciness (cloves, citrus....not pepper spicy) like you'd expect in a belgian wit. To sum it up, there is a difference between a true belgian and a "belgian-style" wit beer

VaTechHopHead, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of paterlodie
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Litle white head and an pale golden and foggy beer. Nose is lots of oranges but also pears, nuts and koreander. Wheaty caracter there but overall litle pale and had fresher white's. taste is very wheaty and litle yeasty with low bitterness. Though I kept this botle in my fridge the whole time have a feeling this one had some age on it but overall certainly not ea bad brew that i enjoyed.

paterlodie, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy pale yellow with strikingly white, 1 finger head and ample lacing.

S: Less prominent than I imagined bu still lots of tangy wheat, faint clove and coriander, and soft fruity flavors with a lemon zest.

T: Lots of esters with less on the spice front than I would have imagined from the aroma. Quite a bit more tangy citrus flavor with a bit of pepper on a backbone of wheaty fruit flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth with exceptional feel and great soft fruit and tangy aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are a wheat beer or witbier fan. Nice soft and unassuming blend of flavors.

argock, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, pale golden orange color, mostly clear with just a little haze, almost no head. I think the smell is more German weisse than Belgian wit, not as much coriander or orange or yeast as I expected. Still good aromas but not quite what I expected based on my memory of the Celis-brewed beer from TX. The taste is Americn wheat / German weisse, not wit (same as aromas). Refreshing and light bodied, a very good summer beer that misses the mark of the style for me.

TurdFurgison, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of fostwal
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice wheat beer. It has a golden yellow color to it and a nice citrus scent. The taste is smooth. No hops at all and the malt is light also. The citrus what may be coriander are slightly noticeable. Its not very carbonated. Just smooth and easy to drink. No fruit wedge required.

fostwal, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pal yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of orange peel with a hint of coriander, and is quite vibrant. The taste is a bit mellower than th aroma. There is still a lot of orange peel, but the coriander seems to be a bit covered up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice witbier. I could certainly drink this again on a hot summers day.

KarlHungus, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Illinick
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, lightly colored yellow with some rising carbonation. Small 1/4" sticky head that retains decently with little to no lacing.
S: Orange peel, citrus rind, and coriander up front, some candi-esque spicy notes in the background with some slight earthy scents as well.
T: Follows the nose with orange peel, generic citrus rind, and corainder throughout with some banana peeking through in the middle. Some extremely slight belgian-like candi flavors in there as well as some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of crisp hops at first swig also.
MF: Creamy and medium, finishing slightly dry.
Overall: While this beer is not confused with better crafts of the style, it does a good job of giving a solid, macro-esque brew. There is definately better american varieties available, but turning to this one is not too far off.

Illinick, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of ranger7
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Sort of a strange, watered-down lemonade color. A little sickly looking. A thick white head helps the appearance.

S - A nice floral scent.

T - Tastes like a Belgian, some definite wheat notes. Nice and light.

M - Good. Smooth and not much carbonation.

Summary - This was a nice surprise, picked it up in a custom six pack from World Market and wasn't real sure what to expect. It's a good Summer brew and interesting enough to drink w/o food. I may pick up a six pack.

ranger7, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light cloudy straw yellow body with a small white head. Lots of carbonation.

A- Light sweet aroma with lemon. There is a definite sour tartness.

T- Light sweet tart flavor. Light lemon and no noticeable corriander flavor. A bit light on flavor.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Pleasant beer, but a bit light on flavor. I am more partial to a heavy coriander flavor.

gpogo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ypsifly
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Hazy yellow with a small head of white that slowly falls to a ring of foam. Minimal lace.

Wheat, coriander, yeast that is slightly chalky, lemon peel and a pinch of floral hops.

The wheat barely registers, but the spice and citrus notes break through. Tart with some hop bitterness in the finish. Rather one dimensional. Light, prickly mouth that is somewhat puckered from the tartness. Drinkable but boring.

ypsifly, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of yen157
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard looking Wit, slightly hazy, paly yellow body topped off by a moderate, but fleeting, fine white head. Citrus is most obvious spice addition, but mild hints of corriander tie the orange peel in with the sweet-ish pale malt. The aroma is mirrored by the taste. No surprises here, just a good, faily simple wit. Soft mouth feel is very nice.

yen157, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one a few times, and really enjoy it a lot. It pours a soft off white/yellow, and seems much more yellow once it settles.

Smells much like it tastes, spicy and citrusy. It is a lot like Hoegaarden, though I would say the Celis White is a little spicier. You can taste fruit peels (orange and lemon), and it's well balanced.

Drinks like a wheat, maybe a bit smoother. Excellent choice.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking whit....a lot of spicing (cloves/corriander) in the aroma along with some orange peel..the taste is also big on the spcies and fruity orange peel and orange juice....citrus components stand out...

Another good drinker although I enjoyed their hefe a little better..solid but not special

ZAP, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-gold with a thick but quickly-gone white head. Clove spices seems to jump out more than any other odor. That "wheat beer banana" smell is present as well. But it doesn't tastes quite like a typical wheat. It tastes more like a La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel minus the warmth of the high alcohol. It's an easy drinking sweet beer. My wife likes it more than I do so I'll let her drink the other ones. I like my beer a little less sweet.

berserker256, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a hazy cloudiness. A careful pour produced very little head that reduced quickly to a thin film of white bubbles and rough ring around the glass.

S: Yeasty, spicy, citrus smell; very pleasant.

T: A rather prominent spice flavor is foremost, perhaps coriander or something similar. Nice balance between malt sweetness and bittering, although I don't know that it's all hops providing bitterness. The finish is relatively clean leaving a sort of citrus linger behind.

M&D: Mouthfeel is tricky... it has a lighter taste but tends to weigh a little heavy on the palate. The flavors do break apart the longer you roll it over the tongue, leaving a bit of a watery feel toward the end. Drinkability is reasonably good if you can get through the spices and yeasty flavors. Worth a shot, especially if you like Blue Moon.

SIRIUS2, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a small white head that dies quickly to leave a mostly transparent sheet. Aromas of orange peel and coriander are very prominent, with malty sweetness and some spicy, yeasty notes backing them. The malt comes forward in the taste, with a slight tart character from the wheat emerging first, followed by sweet fruitiness and a spicy, tangy finish. Pleasant wit, but nothing really special.

philipquarles, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of bushwhacker
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in Austin, Tx in March, and learning I was 'two years' too late to drink 'Celis', I stood in the local market and there were the first bottles delivered to Austin from Michigan! Couldn't believe it! Unfortunately I can't draw on comparisons to the Austin brews, so the BA reviews are great to read.

A translucent golden-yellow pour with healthy white head, this aroma packed medium bodied wit releases the citrus, coriander and wheat malt attributes in full doses. The mouthfeel is weaker than expected, with a citrusy-malty finish. I'll be a fan of this wit, but still prefer Hoegaarden.

bushwhacker, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a very pale straw, hazy, effervescent very light. The one inch white head collapses to a thin foam quickly, leaving moderate lacing. Coriander and lemon on the nose. Coriander dominates the flavor, with lemon zest and a bit of wheat toward the middle; the finish is lemon rind. A bit sweet. Very quaffable; light bodied. Seems a tad heavy on the spices to me.

MCDuhamel, Jun 03, 2012
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.