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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

Celis WhiteCelis White

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BA SCORE
85
very good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 307
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%


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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errantnight

California

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in my monthly shipment o' beers from the BotM Club.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ultra pale gold, hazy, with a finger or two of craggy head, that dissipates moderately, leaving a thin ring and some light spotting, moderate lacing.

Aroma is wonderful, stone fruit and orange with a touch of spice, coriander and clove, it's robust and full, with just a hint mint on the finish.

On the palate this is almost bold in its flavor, particularly considering the style and the ABV. A round, full early to mid palate carries a pleasing sweetness of grain and unleavened bread. Spices play around the edge before filing in on the finish on the backs of a tannic acidity. Which is the only place where this falls a little flat, on the back half it gets faintly watery, which I think is a failing of the carbonation, which is in turn a failing of this not being bottle conditioned.

I feel like I may have scored this a little low, and I wish this were bottle conditioned, but this still has elements of a world class beer, is superbly drinkable anyway. Something I'd be happy to down a sixer of on a warm summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:47:22 | More by errantnight
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a very dull yellow hue. very cloudy, as they do. billowy bright white head sits on top.

S: lemon, clove. there is a definite acidic smell here. maybe a little barny. there is an earthy and chalkyness from the yeast.

T: similar to the nose, the acidity comes across the palate in the form of limes and lemons. there is a minor bready, malty backbone, but oh so light. a little bit of ginger.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on one of the lightest bodies ive come across.

D: super light body with a decent amount of flavor certainly makes this drinkable. the tart acidity is a nice touch. from what i understand, one of the classics in witbiers. glad a friend made me pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:12:19 | More by Jimmys
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Realale

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light gold. Huge very fine rocky head settles slowly to a thin full cap.

Nose is quite wheaty with a touch of phenol and a big whack of sour orange.

Light and grainy in the mouth. Substantial sour orange component. Good spiciness, and a touch of yeast. Quite sour on the palate, but in a very refreshing manner. Very soft carbonation gives a silky mouthfeel. Long and refreshing, with a lingering sour orange finish. Very nice.

I, frankly, drank a lot of Austin Celis and this is pretty darn close to the best of my recollection. It definitely has a touch more orange, and comes across as more sour, but its a damn fine beer in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 06:47:26 | More by Realale
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured aggressively to give about a quarter inch head of loose active bubbles on top of a mostly clear pale straw liquid. The head fell in less than a minute, and there were few bubbles rising to maintain it.

Aroma: Dry biscuity wheat malt along with some orangey citrus and what smells like some light spiciness...perhaps coriander?

Taste: Very light bodied and refreshing. The grainy sweetness dominates the flavor also. There seems to be a light banana flavor in here also, that I am just getting in the nose since I tasted it. The orange flavors mix nicely with the beer.

Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. I think that I am reviewing it during the right month, but its just not hot enough in the room I'm in for such a quencher. This is super light, but may be too flavorful for a newbie. Still, this one that I would recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 02:08:22 | More by SkeeterHawk
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champ103

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw/yellow. A large pillowing and fluffy head forms a sticks around for a bit. Light lace is left behind.
S: Musky and funky hey aroma. Some yeast, banana, and citrus aromas.
T: Banana and clove with some citrus flavors. Some doughy malt. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. Well carbonated and creamy. A very easy witbier to drink. This is something that I could session.

A really good Witbier. I am usually not a fan of this style, though I if I had more of this quality that would change. I wish I could of tried this when it was the Celis Brewery in Austin though.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:32:28 | More by champ103
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy medium golden color with a fairly large snow-white head, which soon collapses to scattered patches of foam. Very slight carbonation with only fair lace. A portion of the beer was swirled during the pour to release the sediment, which was present in a generous quantity.

Aroma: Lots of cracker malt, with cloves and citrus notes.

Taste: Begins with a crisp and tart lemon and orange note, soon followed by spicy clove notes and coriander. The combination of the wheat malt, spices, and citrus yields a refreshing sweet and tart effect. There is a brief note of pepper at the close of the taste. The finish is dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very solid.

Drinkability/notes: In my opinion, the quintessential summer style beer style. Although I tried the original Celis White years ago, I really do not have a perspective by which to compare the original to this beer, too much time has passed – and at the time the original Celis White was available, my beer knowledge was far too limited. Nonetheless, this is an excellent white, surely worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2003 21:57:41 | More by Pegasus
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is a heavily spiced wheat. The taste is very heavily spiced wheat..a lot of corriander with a good bit of citrusy tartness as well. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A solid wit, especially for those who like the heavily spiced wits, and a nice tribute to a true beer innovator. Quite good, and certainly one I hope to get again!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 05:16:23 | More by beergeek279
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mattcrill

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to HardTarget for this great suggestion and lovely brew.

Appearance: pours a hazy straw yellow with a beautiful amber glow. The carbonation is champagne-like as it cascades up the glass.

Smell: A very refreshing, spring-like blend of spice and citrus beckon me to quaff this yummy looking brew.

Taste: A refreshing wheat bread-like taste with a citrus after taste. I'm guessing the one taste that I can't identify is coriander but I'll have to rob a spice rack before I know what it's supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, light and very refreshing!

Drinkability: An elegant and complex ale that witbier that went down very quickly and made my grilling so much more enjoyable.

Thanks again to HardTarget for that one!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 21:23:20 | More by mattcrill
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mentor

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pulled from a mixed package of beers given to me as a reward for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pours a one finger fizzy white head that settles in no time. As the sediment was swirled and then dumped into the glass, the beer is super cloudy gold straw colored with almost a slight green hue as edgings. Smells, uh-oh. Phenolic funky and clove. A belgian-style of some sort...far from my favorite. I'll review it to style, not my personal preference. Smells of cloves, aged-and-super-dry-library-book-must,
smoked jerky. Sweet malt only with searching and way beneath the spice. Tastes phenolic funky. Starts with the smoked jerky, turns clovey, then to a coriander that sweetens nicely as a late malt wet steps in during the aftertaste. Wow, that was a pretty amazing transition. At the same time the coriander is sweetening, a playful citrus stands around like some pretty-boy at a dance who's hair is just too neat. You know how Hollywood portrays life in the 1950's (like in the movie "Back to the Future")...this beer catches a campy character in the same way. "Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding...Mr Sandman,....bring me a dream. Make him the cutest..." The flavors are distinct enough to be said to stand alone, yet team-oriented such that they contribute to and help each other accomplish each others' goals. Medium-light body and md-light carbonation. I could see the late sweet being a bit too much for some people and the phenolic character not persisting long enough. For me, the phenolic is too much and the aftertaste sweetness is beginning to wear. They must use a boat-load of orange peel when making this beer, as it's becoming pithy as I near the bottom of the glass. This beer is well crafted and it's one I recommend...even though I personally hope to never have another. Belgian funk...ble-ech!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 06:36:16 | More by mentor
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy straw color with a crisp white head and solid lacing. The aroma of this beer is citrus (lemon, orange) and some spice notes. The taste is equally pleasing with definite lemon zesty taste and orange along with notes of corriander and wheat. The body is rather light but the active carbonation in the body makes the mouthfeel solid and a wonderful summer brew. This is one of my favorites for the summer and tailgating at a game.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 02:17:58 | More by ggaughan
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy honey/butterscotch coloerd brew with a 2 finger head of bone white solid foam. Nice lacing. Head disapears entirely after a few minutes.

S - Smells dirty and grassy like a fresh meadow in the spring. Banana peel, green leaves, spices, a twang of wheat scent tickles my nose hairs (which, according to my girlfriend, need trimming).

T - Sweet and lively wheat with lots of doughy yeast and spices. Green, leafy, and very pleasant.

M - Medium bodied and slick. Moderately dry green finish with a nice carbonation sting on the tongue.

D - Very good drinkability. I will return to this brew again, and this time I will buy more than one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 20:33:50 | More by pmcadamis
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genog

Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow, off orange color with a white thick and fluffy head that dies down to leave a thin white head. Smell is orange peel, clove, spices. Taste is similar to smell with wheat and spices, as well as some coriander also. Light carbonation makes this a light and very nice refreshing drink on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 22:21:28 | More by genog
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a hazy golden straw-like color with a thick creamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is a nice combination of wheat malt, coriander and hints of orange. The taste is much like the aroma with has a tangy wheat finish. The spices are nicely balanced with the wheat malt. It has a creamy, smooth medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice witbier. It's very reminiscent of Hoegaarden, but this makes sense as it's endorsed and (supposedly) formulated by Mr. Celis himself. It's quite a wonderful summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 21:28:22 | More by scoobybrew
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple juice yellow with a firm starchy white capping of half an inch height. Fades slowly to a large collar and whisps of spotty lacing are minimal across the glass.

Aroma is sticky of lemon coated soft breads with a stint of banana and clove.

Taste is crisp and tangy upfront with a quick tangle of the tongue with a danse of firm lemon and snappy wheat. Just past midway it gets a smoother envelopement of creamier wheat and banana tones. Ends with another tang of returned lemon and wheat. Quite tangy, rich, and bouncy overall.

Feel is about medium with a strong tang of lemony wheatyness that really grabs hold for good length. Snappy, smooth, and tangy rich with a certian ease to its glide.

A pretty decent Wit. Surprisingly lengthy with a good tone and body of tang. Drinks down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:23:19 | More by tavernjef
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wheat malt with citrus and spice to it

T - The spice is the first thing I notice followed by the citrus flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer it has a great taste thats very refreshing worth a try

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 23:23:38 | More by armock
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kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow, typical for a witbier, with a nice head. Head doesn't have the fluffiness of Hoegaarden or Allagash, but still looks good.

Aroma: Coriander, orange, the wheat. Typical for the style.

Taste: Pretty good, the spices from the coriander are apparent and the orange goes through as well. Overall this is a good beer. The beer is a little bitter in the end going down, and goes down smooth. A little different than Hoegaarden and Allagash, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Crisper than most wits, its got a bit of a bite to it. The feel isn't as creamy as it is in other wits either. But the crispness is refreshing and does give a nice bite that I approve of.

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp, light, good flavors, overall a good example of a witbier. Good for a hot day, and a nice beer to have just to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 23:04:04 | More by kshankar
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, seethru orange with small head and little carbonation. A good lemon zest along with other citric fruit smells (orange, banana peel) and some clove and minor pepperiness. Orange and lemon combine with some clove and pepper with wheat and some sweet malts for a relatively medium-bodied wit that also contains a little hop prickle on the backend. Goes down smooth and creamy with mild sweetness, and holds true to the style. Not the best wit I've had, but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 03:10:13 | More by clayrock81
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, okay. So that thing I said about the last wit I had being the last of the season wasn't so true.

Pours a clouded yellow with athin white head. Nose is like popcorn. Minus the buttera and salt of course. Citrus is there as well. It's present in the flavor, but guess what else is there. Popcorn again! Ha! That's a new one. Overall though it's a nice earthy citrus mix. Quite citrus forward really. Feel has a fairly full and biting carbonation. Liquid is typical for the style. This is a good witbier. A spot on interpretation IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:57:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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rdub

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this. Appearance was a hazy yellow/clear with a one inch head that settled to a thin layer. Smell was a little citrusy and zesty. Taste was light and smooth with a bit of fruit and spice. Very refreshing. Medium mouthfeel and smooth-n-easy drinkablity. Give me a few of these while doing yardwork.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 01:36:53 | More by rdub
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alleykatking

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap.

A- Came to me with a nice 2 finger white creamy head that went down after a little bit of time. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass but nothing too big. Nice hazy golden yellow color.

S- True to the style I picked up a lot of clove right off the get go with some orange citrus undertones that mingled perfect. Some lemon zest comes and goes. Nice yeasty bready smell that comes through as a whole. There is a spicey aroma I pick up as well but don't know if I like it or not.

T- Big doughy yeast taste right up front. Some bitterness to it actually. Nice clove taste in the middle along with a hint of banana I think with some orange zing to it. Good tasting beer with a bit of funk taste at the end which makes it a little more enjoyable.

M- This had a medium-heavy mouthfeel to it. Good carbonation with this beer makes the tasting more enjoyable. Leaves a sweet funky taste in the mouth that is neither bad or good just kind of different.

D- I was suprised with this beer and had a couple more glasses of it when I was there. I would recommend this beer to someone who isn't a big fan of the style to help break them into it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2009 04:42:25 | More by alleykatking
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carlborch

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. Well developed carbonation with a creamy white, tightly knit head. The nose suggests coriander, cloves, allspice and citrus. Light-to-medium body with a little spritz on the palate and forward spice notes that make me think of pumpkin pie without the pumpkin. Well developed, broad-stroke lace. Highly refreshing wheat beer. Well balanced. Excellent both as a sipping beer and as an accompaniment to food. I'd return to this.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 17:51:37 | More by carlborch
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vishneda

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This Celis White was a very cloudy beer with light pear juice color. It had a very light look to it. A puffy white head adorned the beer from the first pour and faded slowly. There was no lacing on the glass as the beer was consumed. Overall it had a very unassuming look and I was a little disappointed when I first saw it.

The aroma was a strong improvement, however. It had a moderately sweet smell that was complemented with wheat heft and a mix of what I thought was coriander and citrus. The flavor was much stronger than the aroma and more spicy than I imagined it would be. Still moderately sweet, it had much more clove and spice in the mix with a bit of citrus toward the finish. The bitterness that was there was not noticeable outside the sense of balance created. Overall I quite like the aroma and flavor of this beer.

It has a great mouthfeel that is perfect for summer days. The volume of CO is light and complementary to the thin body of the beer without being "fizzy". The low ABV makes this beer preeminently sessionable, and the all of the factors of feel and flavor really make it very easy drinking brew.

I like this beer and I finished the six pretty quickly. I hope to get some more of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 04:03:45 | More by vishneda
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MQ4188

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a 6 pack / 12 ounce bottles. Chilled then drank in a 13 ounce goblet.

Poured a pale yellow with a one finger bright white head.

Smell was a fruity - grassy typical Witbier look.

Taste was a familiar/ fruity / clean Wit which was surprisingly similar to Hoegarden, very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and light would be a great choice for those looking to venture into the Belgian beers or Witbiers.

Extremely drinkable and fresh and this would be a great choice for a summer cook due to its refreshing qualities and lower ABV.

I rated this beer fairly high but it should not be construed to mean it is in the caliber of Sam Adams Imperial White or a Dogfish Head Red & White.

Less sweet than Blue Moon and softer on the palate than Shock Top but definitely in the class of Hoegaarden at domestic prices.

This one is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 12:10:17 | More by MQ4188
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JMad

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is white/ yellow with a fluffy white head. It smells of a musty fruity apple-ish aroma when wheat and orange. The taste is big on wheat, lemon, banana and clove, with a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The beer is light and refreshing, lots of soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a solid wit, it's expected that it is similar to Hoegaarden, but there is a slight but pleasant twist.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:10:49 | More by JMad
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celis White has a cloudy body that is somewhere between dull yellow and dull gold. The white head is large and solid looking, with a rocky top. The retention is solid, and ample lacing is left behind.

The aroma has a good bit of wheat to it, with notes of fruit and a hint of pepper. Pretty traditional and quite nice.

This beer is a well-made white. The wheat probably provides the most flavor for this one, with notes of bread and a little bit of twang. Orange and lemon both make an appearance, but without adding any sweetness. Coriander and general peppery flavors are more powerful in the flavor than the aroma. A hint of green apple comes through from the yeast in the finish.

Very smooth from the carbonation, with a substantial feel to the body.

This beer was left behind in my fridge after having some people over, so I didn't really have any expectations for it. I am glad that I tried it, because it turned out to be a well made witbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:37:33 | More by Hojaminbag
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.