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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
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 jmdrpi


3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-23-2011 04:46:59 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of SMortiL987


3.78/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours honey orange with a nice haze. Nice white head which quickly faded. Good lacing down the glass.

S - Orange, spice, a bit of sweetness and floral.

T - Slightly acidic at first then turns into sweetness (almost a little too sweet). Orange and spice quickly follow through. Once your tongue gets used to the sweetness, it becomes a little watery.

M - Light mouth feel with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very little detectable alcohol.

O - Very interesting beer. Maybe a touch too sweet, but overall a very nice drinkable beer. Good change of pace and will keep this in the fridge for the summer when it's hot outside.

11-20-2011 07:40:29 | More by SMortiL987
Photo of brewpubbung


5/5  rDev +32.3%

11-19-2011 20:58:30 | More by brewpubbung
Photo of thearsenal


3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-18-2011 19:01:48 | More by thearsenal
Photo of Donutos

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-17-2011 13:56:11 | More by Donutos
Photo of bpfrush


3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-14-2011 17:09:08 | More by bpfrush
Photo of EagleTalon


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle marked 3/14/11 so it is a bit old.

Pours to a fine creamy white head that laces gently and easily down the glass. Classic whitish yellow hazy color. Aroma is wheat, coriander and muted orange. Flavor is a nice blend of tangy citrus and spicy coriander on the tip of the tongue with enough malt and wheat to balance. Mouthfeel is light, yet creamy and refreshing. Overall this version does not have the complexity of the Austin original but it has some redeeming qualities.

11-03-2011 04:46:17 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of Halcyondays


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a firm white head. Good retention leaving very nice lace.'

S: Oranges and pastry. Wheaty and flowery.

T: Classic unmalted wheat flavour with a fair bit more coriander than I got in the nose. Some orange throughout, well balanced, hint of hops.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp. Very creamy.

O: Quite a good wibier, glad I finally got to try the legendary Celis.

10-25-2011 01:39:10 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of smakawhat


3.15/5  rDev -16.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden style glass.

Appearance is pretty decent. Head is tight bubbled with a real small bubbled foamy white head. Body is a typical cloudy lemon yellow and gray, but the head leaves some minimal lacing and a decent puck throughout drinking.

Nose is distinctly buttery with a small wheat chew fairly pleasant but sort of faulty.

Taste is chewy sweet with a sugar sense. Palate texture feels solid and fine, but grain and wheat angle seems a bit burried. Citrus angle seems strangely artificial if not totally non existent.

Overall a mild buttery but also overly sweet Witbier that is missing wheat backbone and a citrus angle.

10-14-2011 01:24:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

A-pours a hazy straw/yellow color with a white head with good retention settles into a thin lace around the glass
S-lemon,spice(coriander?), hay, low to medium hop aroma
T-similar to the aroma, with lemon and spice but a really nice malt flavor as well. It's not heavy or overbearing but it definitely pronounced. It's almost like a nice creamy oat flavor.
M-light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-great brew. I really liked the creaminess and amount of flavors in this beer while still keeping the body light and refreshing. None of the flavors outpowered the other and instead had a nice transition between each.

09-17-2011 01:56:58 | More by atr2605
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Grabbed a 6 pack of this at One for the Road in Wexford, PA, a few weeks back...

This didn't last long, but I managed to save the final bottle for review. This 12 ounce bottle has no freshness date, alas. Nevertheless, into my lovely Tripel Karmeliet glass it goes!

A. Purty! Huge, 3 inch white head is quite foamy and dies quick, leaving tons of succulent looking white lace... could hardly ask for better. The beer itself is a mildly unfiltered dull, bubbly yellow.

S. Bold. Really reminds me of La Fin Du Monde, minus that Unibroue yeast... loads of wheat, lemon, coriander, crisp honey-apple sweetness and just a hint of pepper. Classic and tight, nothing wrong here at all. Maybe a touch too sharp? But that's quibbling.

F. Classic Witbier here - honestly one of the best I've had from any country. Starts off thin (refreshing) and crisp, but not too sharp - the wheat softens it I think. Then a rush of gentle, yet insistent sweetness, tempered by a good dose of lemon-orange spritz. It is important to note that this is not really sour per se, nor acidic, but it does have that citrus and lingering sour finish. Otherwise, a good amount of coriander is present here, and a green apple ester (no apple sweetness) along with just a smudge of sulfur. The whole experience is drastically refreshing.

M / O. The finish on Celis White is soft, with an extremely long, lingering lemon-esque note and some white bread dough. The carbonation is equally soft / light, I personally would prefer a bit more... but that said, one could hardly ask for a better Belgian-style summer beer. This is both to style and excellent, and right up there with Allagash White for contention as the best Belgian Wit I've had out of my home country. In fact I feel like I prefer this to Allagash... guess I'd better acquire some more and find out, huh?

09-01-2011 21:02:53 | More by kkipple
Photo of tykees88


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A- Pretty nice orange color that has alot of the white clear haze color to it. The head shows a 2 finger head, but a little too cola like.

S- Smells nice. It reminds me more of a tripel than a witbier. The coriander smell is strong, and the orange zest aroma you'd look a little bit for is not there.

T- Tastes nice though. It's a light tasting witbier, the orange flavor is there now, and the coriander is also there, but they go well together.

M- Super light bodied, making this an easy drinker.

O- It's super light folks, Sessionable all day long in the summer. Enjoyed this brew. probably a little lower on the calories too.

08-29-2011 00:14:48 | More by tykees88
Photo of Jesstyr


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours light yellow, lemonade is a good comparison. Doesn't have the white that I'm used to - this is more of just a yellowish beer. Head is white, and disappears nearly immediately. Nose is faint and full of citrus and wheat.

Taste is good, light in citrus, a nice balance of wheat. Pretty standard white beer, no Hoegaarden or Allagash, but not bad. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink.

08-24-2011 02:04:07 | More by Jesstyr
Photo of ranger7


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

08-02-2011 03:31:15 | More by ranger7
Photo of JMad


4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

07-31-2011 03:10:49 | More by JMad
Photo of zaphodchak


3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Finger of foamy white head, which recedes, laces a bit. Lemon juice yellow body, clear.

Totally signature orange and coriander nose. Smells like a wit.

Taste is surprisingly spicy with a bunch of pepper. This is pretty much a really light saison with some wheat and a bit of orange.

Pretty smooth-- evenly textured. Not thick for being ostensibly wheaty; seems filtered.

Kind of interesting to try the proto-wit. I'm not a fan of the filtering, but it's impressively spicy.

07-22-2011 02:46:58 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of Knapp85


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

This beer poured out as a decent looking hazy yellow cold. The head was foamy at first before it sunk into the glass. The lacing was decent. The smell of the beer was citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer was light, fruity and had a touch of spices in it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad for this style. Overall it's not a bad attempt at making a Belgian White.

06-24-2011 03:49:11 | More by Knapp85
Photo of EnJeiBee


3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

A - Hazy pale yellow with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S - Coriander leads the charge accompanied by a slightly bitter floral aroma and belgian funk

T - The belgian funk and coriander are present behind the expected wheat backbone

M - Light to medium bodied and very smooth

O - A great summer session beer

06-10-2011 23:13:14 | More by EnJeiBee
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a pale, whitish yellow with a thin white head. Some nice lacing.

Smells yeasty, fruity and citrusy maybe some coriander and spices.

Tastes like a typical witbier but with a slight sourness to it, which isn't bad. Pretty sugary and sweet with lots of orange, lemon and coriander.

Overall a good witbier but nothing amazing.

06-09-2011 23:46:54 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of ztoellner


4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Pale straw yellow, thin white head that is gone in a flash.

S - Love the smell of this brew, citrus with a touch of yeastiness. Very refreshing.

T - Lemon and citrus, with some spice to it, probably coriander.

M - Thin, but very drinkable.

Overall this is a decent beer, definitely nothing I would turn down. A very accurate representation of a wit.

05-11-2011 01:30:15 | More by ztoellner
Photo of tubacharlie


3.78/5  rDev 0%

Quickly poured down the side of a half liter glass mug, the hazy straw-colored brew develops a bright white three-finger head which slowly recedes, leaving clumps of foam stuck to the sides. Plentiful carbonation keeps the head refreshed.

The aroma has hints of bitter orange with spicy notes of coriander and pepper.

On the tongue, citrus and spice are up front, with the wheat following in an envelope of muted hops. Good fizzion in the mouth, but the flavor falls off in the back of the palate, typical of many wheat beers. Mild acidity and peppery tang linger in the aftertaste.

Overall a decent rendition of the Belgian style for a pleasant summer refreshment.

04-23-2011 00:50:32 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of WoodBrew


4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

And for the hat trick of the night…..meaning my third and final bottle of healing from my hockey game is Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company…..An authentic Belgian-style wheat beer. The color is a very cloudy (un-filtered) yellow with razor thin white head. The nose provides hints of spice, orange, and touch of clove. WOW….this might be the best Belgium beer I have ever tasted. Very subtle with the clove, spice and citrus….this isn’t bad…..and coming from a guy that really isn’t a fan of Belgium styles. The subtle taste helps to keep the mouthfeel at a nice level. I think I could survive a SESSION of this beer. Not too shabby!!!

04-18-2011 23:36:41 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of tlazaroff


3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Very pale straw color with a nice one-finger white foamy cap. Completely opaque.

S: Very big coriander, a total herbaceous scent. Almost smells like someone is cooking something in the kitchen.

T: I get some coriander up front with that tell-tale wheaty-ness and a sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable.

04-14-2011 17:30:10 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance is sunshine hazy yellow with abundant rocky white head that leaves excellent lacing as the beer is consumed.

The aroma is fruity, spicy with some grassiness overall a quite refreshing aroma

Taste is tame and mild. Sour, lemony citrus with a short, bitter aftertaste. Not unpleasant but not a show stopper. Refreshing on a hot day for sure.

Mouthfeell is light, and thin. Not bad for the style I suppose but it seems a bit too light.

Overall a good choice for a hot day and to pair with say some Thai food or Szechuan Chinese. Might be nice with Curry as well.

03-31-2011 00:49:49 | More by Citadel82
Photo of wahhmaster


3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, pale white color. Has a medium-sized, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells yeasty with hints of lemon, citrus, and spices.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Finishes sweet with strong citrus and lemon flavors. The typical Belgian yeastiness is there as well along with some nice spicy notes. All in all, a very well-rounded witbier.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good witbier, one of the better American interpretations I've had. Highly drinkable and highly refreshing. The flavors are a bit subdued but still present and very enjoyable. This beer is certainly worth a try.

03-12-2011 17:11:26 | More by wahhmaster
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.