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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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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 giblet
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured very nice into the glass with about one full inch of head. wonderfull aroma, wheat, bread, light citrus fruit. good steady carbonation. pale gold color. good lace down the glass. very refreshing. this would be a fantastic hot weather thirst quencher.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Celis White. The beer with the mythical Belgian and Texan lineage...

Pours out to a muddied yellow in the glass with a slight head. Smell is that of light yeast, wheat, lemon and some spice I couldn't put my finger on. Taste is wonderful. Clove, coriander and lemon are all present with a finish so smooth, it begs for another sip. I don't know how this version from Michigan Brewing compares to Pierre's former Texas variety, but it has to be very close. A fine beer.

Thanks to trbeer for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of matsputis
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy and golden color. The head froths up a little and fizzes out quickly, no lace.

S - A good mix of coriander and orange peel. Not overpowering, but pleasant and soft.

T - The difference between this and some other whites I've had is the prominence of the orange peel. It's got a bitterness to it that I attributed to bitter orange peel, but it could be hops - I don't know. It played down the sweet and sour, and stepped up the bitter to make it very refreshing and unique.

M - A medium-light body - middle o' the road.

D - Very nice. The balance and flavors were all there. I would be happy with a case of these.

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Photo of FFudnam
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at home after a long day at work....

Pours a hazy straw-color with minimal head, what little there was appeared cream in color. Tiny yeast particles float happily in the bubbly concoction.

Smells of coriander, ORANGES, lemons to a lesser extent.... a yeasty breadiness asserts itself throughout.

More of the same in the taste, although more tart than I expected. Only a minute flash of hops shows itself in the finish. Very effervescent, almost too bubbly. Overall, very good, tasty authentic Belgian witbier.

Very refreshing, an excellent session beer. Can't wait to try it on tap very soon.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, decent head about half an inch thing. Sub par retention
Smell: Spices come out on the nose.
Taste: Nice, spices come through. A lot of whites are too watered down and flavorless. This is a nice easy going taste, but not too watered down.
Mouthfee: Smooth, crisp, refreshing.
Drinkability: A nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow color with decent amount of head. Smell is citrus.. a lot of lemon.

Taste is almost pure citrus. Loads of fresh lemon and slight orange. Cloves, cinnamon, and coriander. Tastes very fresh with lots of flavor.. very refreshing and probably the best I have had in this style.

This turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A great summer beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F. I was so happy to see this back in bottles in Austin, and was very curious to see how the recipe survived the trip to Michigan. I heap mondo negative karma on Miller for killing Celis in Austin.

The snow white head is medium-sized and settles to a thin film quickly. The beer itself is a very pale, cloudy whitish-yellow. It's more amber/yellow in the middle, more white around the edges. I can't think of anything to compare the color to, but it's absolutely gorgeous.

Belgian yeast spiciness/fruitiness dominate the nose, but there's some nuttiness in there too. The front is citrus and spice, souring nicely in the middle. A light, tingly feel. The finish is dry with some nice sweet/sour citrus. The aftertaste is nutty and a little soapy. Fantastic! The citrus flavors are quite strong, but the unusual nuttiness really complements nicely. Original.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw under a white 1” foam cap that takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. S: Fruit, spice, some banana, citrus and light grains. T: Fruit and spice, citrus, orange, coriander some light sweetness. F: Light and refreshing with above average carbonation. O: a classic wit that is easy to drink.

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Photo of elniko
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Not as cloudy as some other witbiers that I've. Nice lacing, extremely high carbonation. Nice looking brew.

S: Standard coriander and spiciness but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice nose, whetted the appetite for what is to come with the taste.

T & M: Very nice, I had high expectations for this beer and it definitely met them. Not thin at all, mouthfeel solid. Taste had everything that I would expect, nice spiciness in the brew with some sweetness but not cloying at all.

D: Incredibly drinkable, this is one I that I could drink any time of the year in a large quantity. This is the best witbier that I have had in my tastings.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a properly cloudy straw hue, with a weak soap-bubble one-finger head. Lacking retention and minimal lacing. Coriander and sweet orange peel nose, with a nice funky Belgian yeast aroma, and some wheat in the background. Sweet pale base malt and soft wheat flavors upfront, followed by a tart and fruity witbier yeast profile. Semi-dry afteraste; faint spicy german hops meld with citrus rind and coriander spice for a well-balanced and charismatic flavor. A light body and high carbonation give it a effervescent and lively mouthfeel. Finishes crisp with mellow belgian phenols and spices; slight pale malt is distant and subdued. A terrific drinkability and great example of the style. Recommend this to your friends that like Blue moon.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite pale yellow, hazy, with a moderate initial head that fades all too quickly. Vanilla fruitiness and a light coriander define the nose. The flavor, too, has a lot of coriander, strong even for the style. Apple, or maybe banana, fruitiness abounds, with a touch of honey or bubblegum. The finish is tart, lightly citric. Mouthfeel is moderately full, creamy and well-carbonated.

Celis White has been one of my favorite beers for more than a decade. The Michigan Brewing example tastes just like I remember the original, when it was made down in Austin. I hope they'll bring back the Grand Cru to Texas someday. It's basically a very strong, extremely tasty version of the white, with more coriander than I've ever found in another beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed lemon yellow sun. Medium sized dirty white head. The stick is pretty good. Retention nice as well.

Aroma: Wheat tanginess, a little tart character and some subtle, yet evident, spicing. Some nice fresh yeastiness here too. Quite the nice nose.

Taste: Tart, spicy, refreshing. Nice doughy yeastiness here on the palate as well.

MF/DK: The carbonation gives a spritzy feel to the beer. Light-medium body. Flavorful and quite drinkable. Good Lawnmower Beer.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While in Cincinnati for the National Homebrewers Conference, I stopped by Jungle Jim's and found this long lost old friend. I lived in Austin when Pierre Celis opened his brewery and it was my favorite beer. Thanks, Miller, for killing it.

A - Pours up golden yellow with a thin white head. Somewhat hazy, but mostly clear.

S - Some citrus aroma with spice

T - Sweet citrus dominates, with some spice in the background. Finished sour. I had forgotten how sour this was. I thought it was a sweeter beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good.

D - I really like this beer and could easily work my way through the whole six-pack. Very drinkable.

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Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy light amber color with modest white head that was retained throughout the glass. The smell is strong of spices and corriander and excites the nose. Taste is fantastic and really pleases the mouth. Aftertaste is superb with a slight dryness. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium head and lacing. The head left after a few sips while the lacing dissipated but didn't fully leave.

You could, of course, smell the wheat in this beer and maybe a little bit of a citrus aroma to it as well. Very inviting beer.

The taste was fantastic, I really enjoy lighter beers and this was for sure one for remembering. It's nothing special or out of the ordinary as it tastes like a witbier but that's what I like about it. They didn't try to "kick it up a notch". As a matter of fact this tastes almost exactly like the Belgian Whitecap I had while in Traverse City.

I would definitely drink this beer again. I went to a store to create my own 6-pack and chose this beer as one of them and when I returned home, I was surprised/excited to see I had forgotten I had already purchased one a few months back! I didn't have to wait for it to get cold!

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Photo of olacub
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy with a nice head that dissipates fast.

S: Mmmm...all kinds of herbal and citrus scents abound from the glass.

T: Delicious. Slightly tart, somewhat sweet, this is a great White Ale, one of the very best on the market.

M: Very easy on the palate - like a crisp lemonade, with a hint of chamomile.

D: This is definitely a session beer (at under 5%). On a hot summer day, I could gulp down several of these.

I used to have friends bring back Celis White and Grand Cru from Texas back in the late 90's, and I firmly believe that the MBC version is just as good as the Austin version.

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Photo of nortmand
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very pale and almost clear, would like to see a more orange, cloudy brew for this style.

Very complex spicy smell. Honey, coriander, clove. Very nice.

Slightly sweet and spicy in much the same way as the smell. Intense banana esters. Ends slightly bitter with a very light, refreshing sourness.

Huge wheat body, nice refreshing carbonation.

Very drinkable. For $7.50/ sixer, this beer is great to have around. Full of flavor, incredibly drinkable and cheap.

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Photo of Voonder
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy yellow with one finger white head. Deep wheat smell, some citrusy notes are there as well. Taste - Very rich creamy wheaty goodness with some lemony notes. Great stuff! Light, very flavorful, excellent brew! It's extremely drinkable, too bad it's only 250 ml bottle.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong sour like smell with background of lemon pepper.
Appearance: Very light yellow, clear with a modest head that thins, but hangs.
Flavor: A classic wit taste. The sour in the aroma isn’t overpowering, but it’s there. I get a lot of citric acid, lemon notes again. This is strong enough to trigger a bit of the saliva glands in my jaw, but I could take stronger.
Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, refreshing.
Overall Impression: I too knew and respected the Austin Celis White (Damn you Miller, Damn YOU!!) and this is a close approximation. Up the coriander a bit more (this is a bottle I’ve been saving for a bit, so it may have faded) and beef the body up a touch, especially the protein for better head retention. Kudos to Michigan Brewing for saving this one from the abyss of beers gone by.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip a pale yellow with a finger of head. Can't say the color was all that appetizing, but held into front of a light it turned a beautiful golden-orange, never saw a beer do that before. Very interesting.

Smell was rich with a well-captured orange & spice scent, like a candle in the way it was just so rounded. Some other citrus, a little lemon, slight nutmeg, that je ne sais quoi from Belgian yeast.

Taste was similar to flavor at first, then developed a kind of dryness to it, like a saison, toward the bottom of the glass. Very tasty for a light, delicate beer.

Mouthfeel was nice & active, some tingly sensations. Went down smooth, left a slightly bready aftertaste.

A very good drinker, excellent with food (had this with a red Thai curry). I appreciate that this is very well-made, yet still inexpensive & available in these parts.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours an appropiately hazy orangish-yellow with a decent white head that dies down to a collar, but lasts forever.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of grains and yeast. Corn is present, as well as the wheat, with subtle fresh hop notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Now this is a good wit. Everthing that needs to be there is. The smoothness, and creaminess, as well as balance, ability to quench thirst, and wonderful flavors are all present, and create a very nice drinking experience. The only thing I could really ask for would be a little bit more flavor.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm glad I got to try this. This a very good, smooth classic beer with enough drinkability to keep me going for a while. I would definitly reccomend this beer.

Glass: Standard Pilsener Glass
Music: "Population Control" by Company Flow

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Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appears a somewhat hazy pale straw color with a big white three finger head that continues to rise. The bubbles swirling up from the bottom make it quite a beautiful sight. A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is similar to most other Witbiers. Tangy wheat malt, coriander, and a hint of orange and lemon.

The flavor here really puts this one up a notch from many other Wits. First there is a honey like sweetness that quickly mingles with the spiciness of the wheat and coriander. It finishes with a soft lemony touch.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and so smooth. Insanely soft on the palate.

This is easily the best Witbier that I have ever had. The carbonation level is fairly high but where others would be very crisp and verging on harsh, this manages to stay so smooth. At such low alcohol content, it's highly sessionable.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Light lager" yellow but hazy. Small white head that settles to a cap but sticks. Aroma is meatloaf, clove, ketchup, and fresh veggies. Peculiar that I enjoyed those aromas. Flavor is smooth lightly sweet corn with other veggies, herbs, and spices. Bright sizzly carbonation dances on the tongue.

Hell yeah, nice Belgian yeast character really is polished in this one and makes the big difference. I could drink a lot of these.

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Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a couple months of not seeing this around Detroit stores, I picked this up sometime in June and just had it the other day. I must say, this one's so much better on tap, I think. It still has that kick ass citrus flavor that's present in the draught version. But it -- or at least my bottle -- was just a little bit of a lesser version of itself. Carbonation seemed a tiny bit weak, and this seemed just a little thinner. Wits are by nature thin, so it's hardly a significant knock against this beer. But nonetheless, I think if you spot this in a bar, it's a sure fire winner. The bottles are great too, but it's not quite the same beergasm.

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