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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis WhiteCelis White

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very good

263 Reviews
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Reviews: 263
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 324
Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very pale very cloudy yellow straw color. It had a very minimal head that did not linger. There was no lace. It had a very minimal aroma. The taste of the orange was nice and not strong. The carbonation was evident and stung the tongue. The beer itself was light but the tingling was quite evident. It was a very drinkable beer. I had a couple pints tonight and enjoyed both.

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Photo of pikemark
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one was not too unbearable. Definitely a step up from the Hoegaarden, but not too complicated.

Got this as a single to try it out and got excited because I mistakened it for the other Celis.

Poured it into my mug and it had a nice opaqueness to it. It ihas the color of tea. Small head but great lacing due to the carbonation.

The taste was very clean, and got a better sense of smell having my nose stuck in the mug. Has the banana scent to it, which I like, but it finishes with that mineral taste, which I dont like.

All and all a solid brew, great to chill with on a summer's day. I would get this if I had a hankering for a Witbier and if no Hitachino around.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy gold color with a bright white head. The head settled out fairly quickly.

S: Wheat and yeast aromas blended with coriander, orange and other sweet spice notes. Becomes even more citrus-dominated as it warms.

T: Very dominant citrus overtones with a soft wheat backbone. Hints of coriander, clove and other spices as well, and the yeast adds its own fruity character.

M: Fairly light-bodied and smooth on the palate, thanks to a medium amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and fruity.

D: A very drinkable witbier. One could easily spend a warm night on the back porch with a few of these.

A light, subtle and refreshing beer. If you're looking for big, bold flavors, then this is not the one to choose. However, I found it to be quite delicious and refreshing, and I would certainly consider bringing a sixer of this to my next party.

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Photo of kfoss99
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a chalice.

Taste - Chill hazed bubbly blonde color. An initial large, frothy white head settled to a spongy layer.

Smell - Smell is of orange, grass, and vanilla.

Taste – Taste is lightly bitter, earthy, with cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very well carbonated, light, with a fizz to the finish.

Drinkability – A sweet and refreshing ale. The finish was its major flaw. Still, I would drink it on occasion if available.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy blonde with a slight head that disappeared.
I must note that i have drank kegs of this beer and this sample was not the mbc celis white i remember, lacking a bit of corriander in the nose, and the hint of sulphur.
the flavor is very wheat, slight spice, hint of citrus, slight acidity, mineriality and drops off into nothing.
the mouthfeel is very light and this beer imo is best enjoyed on a hot day under the sun. goes great with spicy thai food.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well there's not much to be said here that hasn't already been said; and I wish I could avoid the comparison to the original and just let this beer stand on it's own, but I can't. It's more malty than the original, and that drags down its drinkability a bit. Otherwise, it's pretty much right on as I remember it. The yeast is not quite the same, and the coriander was a touch heavy handed, but I'll certainly have another! I'm glad to see one of my favorite beers revived; and quite relieved that it's been done fairly well.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow. Decent carbonation and nice white head.

S: Wheat, yeast, and some fruits.

T: Wheat with some orange and then lemon at the finish.

M: Nice light and lively carbonation.

D: Nice light drink with low ABV. Good summertime drink when it's hot.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one and half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of bananas, yeast, spices, fruity malts, and citrus. Also some cloves.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, and light citrus.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a bad witbier at all. This is probably the best beer I've received in the beer of the month club since I started getting it in February, and it reminded me a lot of Southhampton's Double White Ale. Lots of nice bananas, and Belgian styule spices and yeast in the smell. Would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of SMortiL987
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of atis
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with white and sparkling head that slowly fades, the beer is swarming with carbonation bubbles. Aroma is light yeast, sweetish wheat, some oranges.

Taste is sweet and slightly tart wheat, mild lemon and weak bitterness in the clean finish. Mouthfeel is about medium with very lively carbonation.

Nice and very refreshing, but at least the bottled version does not seem to live up its reputation.

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Photo of psinderson
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tall pilsner glass. Added a few drops of water to remove the final yeast that had settled to the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange color, a good cloudiness from the yeast. Medium white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Strong orange with a coriander background. A bit grainy, but not overpowering. Definitely yeasty. Great combination of aromas.

Taste: A really nice combination of orange tartness and sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter and a bit yeasty, bready. I really like the orange flavor throughout. Not overwhelming, but just enough to know it's there. The slight bitterness in the end sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Feels about right for a witbier. Mostly clean.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, the lingering bitterness lasts a bit too long. Otherwise, this would be a perfectly drinkable beer.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose of wheat which also recalls the fruity (mango, pineapple, ...) but also the taste of cake that is just out of the oven. On the palate, the fruit looks like a soft sorbet but it also gets the vanilla but bread, hot and freshly cut, is recalled immediately. Mostly responsible for Witbier but with less spices (coriander low enough that almost no off) the classic Hoegaarden.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours somewhere between yellow and straw, a little white head forming but not lasting, no lacing and a ring of thin foam around the edge. The aroma starts off decent but gets more vague as it warms, citrus in oranges, some spices like cloves, and some other unidentified funk, like a banana-ish yeast gone weird.

The taste is a little better, lots of cloves and oranges peel, almost too much, feels a little overdone, but perhaps its the big carbonation that brings it out more. Overall, its a decent American interpretation of one of my favorite styles, but could be toned down a bit. I feel odd saying that, but its true.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale, hazy, almost milky yellow. The white head is pretty large, dense, and creamy, with solid retention and some nice lacing.

S: Cloves are most noticeable. Orange peel is also present, along with a slightly sour yeastiness. Perhaps a bit peppery as well.

T: Wheaty malt, with a tart yeastiness. Clove takes a back seat to orange peel in terms of flavor, although both are represented reasonably well. Somewhat seltzery in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a touch light. A somewhat sweet, yet watery feel.

D: Refreshing, with a nice array of flavors. I especially like where the yeast seems to be going - I wish it were more pronounced. This one actually improves substantially as it warms. A bit sterile and lifeless when cold, it becomes more lively and interesting as it goes. I might have to give this another go sometime to get a second opinion.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Large Head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet yet there is a touch of a slightly burnt undertone (?) A medium bodied wit. Malts are sweet and fruity. There are hints of orange and coriander. Rolls around on the tongue with an aggressive spiciness and lively carbonation. Nice. Hops are a touch spicy. Well balance. Lively, bright and flavorful. Very drinkable. Hope this one gets into wider distribution Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of mdruiz
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 oz bottle

The appearance is a thick light yellow with a thin layer of bright white head.

Smell is very wheat-y with a light hint of fruit like apricots, peaches, and apples.

Taste- Very distinct flavor typical of a Belgian-Style Wheat Beer. Very clean, similar to Hoegarder but slightly more crisp.

Very quaffable and fresh.

Very clean finish, no bitter sharp taste, very even coat of flavoring. Very acomidating with spicy food and pastas alike.

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Photo of EnJeiBee
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white head that disappears quickly. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is ok, but does not prepare you for the strong flavor.

The taste is very pronounced unlike some American versions of the style. Strong taste of citrus (orange?), cloves, hint of bubble gum sweetness and an astringent tartness that reminded me of Koenig Ludwig.

Mouthfeel was rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is good but as a session beer I would prefer to sip rather than guzzle. The taste is strong enough to make you take notice. I was very pleasantly surprised and would seek it out again as a summertime refresher.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones. Pour was a cloudy lemon yellow with some orange highlights. Aroma came across as powdery, spicey coriander. I thought the taste was more spice than fruit, but I found it to be very smooth with no rough edges. Hoegaarden was also on, but I would choose this first if only for the freashnes factor. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celis White is a hazy, straw color with a good level of carbonation. The head is large, sticky, and ultra-white. The aroma is spicy and yeasty, with clove and coriander smells standing out. A sip starts with an initial bite of yeast flavor, somewhat clove-like, with a good level of an almost lemony spice flavor. Coriander is definently in the mix, but some sweeter spice is also present. The underlying wheat body occaisionally makes itself known and adds another layer to a tasty beer. This probably isn't the best wit I've had, but the style is well-represented with no complaints from me.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, unspectacular offering from Celis, the White remains true to Celis form--thin head, nice color, pretty good taste. There's not enough smell for me--some mild fruit such as bananas, maybe a hint of orange; certainly lots of malt, whiffs of spices such as pepper that emerge in the aftertaste. These carry forth in the taste well, particularly the malt. This improves as it warms to room temp. Rather good, and easy to knock back a few of these.

Right in line with my Celis experiences--nice beers, nothing that knocks off the socks, but steady and tasty. Give it a go.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent straw--that resembles Chablis--with a bright white cap that is large, fluffystiff and styrofoam-like. Unfortunately, it deflates within minutes, isn't the least bit tacky and leaves nothing more than a short, scalloped collar of lace. The nose consists of clove (primarily), orange zest (secondarily) and a lightly funky yeastiness that is the best part of the whole deal.

The wheat malty backbone is firm enough to provide a more than acceptable amount of body and sweetness. I'm finding it hard to nail down the body/mouthfeel and have decided to land on medium-full for the style. The sweet maltiness gives it an expansive, slightly viscous feel while the carbonation is abundant enough to keep it on the quaffable side.

The flavor is good, but not outstanding. Clove is still the dominant actor, but it isn't so strong as to overpower the orange zest. Even though the various elements of the flavor profile really do work well together, something seems to be missing. The 'impressed' signal just isn't making it to my brain for some reason. Note: enough voltage got through by the bottom half of the bottle for me to kick the taste score up a notch. More yeast perhaps?

It's a shame that none of us will ever be able to sample the original Celis White. This version is tasty though and even if it doesn't make it into my witbier upper tier, it should please most lovers of the style.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in Dallas, I thought these guys were out of business and remember when Miller screwed them up in the 90's.
Poured a light gold, with a bright white head. The smell is a very floral, banana cream. The taste was awesome, this is so smooth with the right amount of sweetness, but also a malty base.
This is a very drinkable, should be at 3.9%, but it goes down like candy, I highly reccommend this.

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Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.