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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 Jamesthebrit
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Jamesthebrit, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%

Cloudy orangish beer with a shy head that runs away quite fast. Smell of cereals are very present with notes of fruits, banana and apples but some oranges smells are present.

At first when tasting it a weird taste of reminding me of cheese was present but this quickly dissapeared. A sour beer, cereal flavours, that ends with shy notes of fruits and hops

3Vandoo, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours very light straw colored with a faint cloudiness. Seems to be mostly filtered, may be a very thin film of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Yeasty aroma of bananas wafts up, with some wheat there as well. Taste is pale malts with grainy wheat feel. Low carbonation enhances the otherwise subtle fruitiness. Slight metallic finish mixed with yeast. Not terrible, but a fairly pedestrian version of a witbier.

BeerFink, May 16, 2005
Photo of CrellMoset
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

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

Appearance was pale yellow, cloudy, mildly carbonated, with a thick, frosty head, and nice, white lacing that forms a thin but surprisingly full film as I drink.

Smell was pleasant, crisp, with citrus and spice notes prevalent, as well as a hint of grass.

Taste was a disappointment after the smell, however. Citrus and spice notes are still present, as well as wheat and a hint of yeast tartness, but overall rather bland.

Mouthfeel is ... ugh. Maybe I just got a bad beer or botched the pour, but this beer is almost entirely flat. It's thin, almost watery, almost no kick in the mouth at all. The feel is just all wrong for what I would expect out of a crisp, chilling white.

Drinkability is average - I would order this over a Blue Moon, but give me an Allagash White or a Hoegaarden over this any day. The mouthfeel on this one just really kills it for me - it has character in the nose and taste, but the feel is just all wrong.

CrellMoset, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of RonJon24
3.1/5  rDev -18%

A - Light gold in color. Not a clear beer by any means, slightly cloudy. You can still see through the glass but just slightly. Good head at pour, but subsides very quickly leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Great Belgian beer smell, exactly what I would expect from a Belgian white.

T - Good flaver although there is a feeling of something missing which leaves a feeling of light on taste.

M - Good carbonation, but a lighter beer than expected.

D - Average, overall this is just a typical Belgian white.

RonJon24, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of boelker62
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

A - a hazy straw under w fluffy, small head, poured into a pilsner glass.

S - too faint for the style, gave off notes of fruits and light spices, but overall, not aromatic enough.

T - I will give credit where its due, and the distinct, imported, dried apricot taste that comes through mid palate is very pleasing, however...

M - there is a long, long metallic finish for a wheat, more like an abbey. It's a bit off for me.

D - due to the finish, it's drinkability is reduced t average, where any wheat whould be higher, to me.

boelker62, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of crookedhalo
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%

12 oz bottle. Entire contents pours up a cloudy yellow maize color with a foamy eggshell head. Some unmalted wheat aromas with some standardized witbier aromas of coriander and seville orange rind. Odd "cooked hot dog water" aroma, however, I've noticed this also in a witbier brewed from Belgium. This odd aroma carries over into the taste as well, more defined as the beer warms from serving temp. Otherwise, it has pretty good witbier qualities; a decent body with a light acidity in the wheat, signature spicings, citrusy esters and seems generally likeable. This witbier certainly is not bad, just not what I look for in a witbier.

crookedhalo, Apr 22, 2006
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.

smakawhat, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of stoutman
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours a hazy corn yellow with a multi-sized soap foam head. Smell of bananas and grainy malts. Taste is a somewhwat watery, banana flavor hits the palate first, then some citrus and spice. Other notes of light fruit present as well, like pears and some apricot or peach. Oddly sweet at first, then fades away. A thin bubbly body with a mild yeasty finish.

stoutman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured into a Pint glass with good head and very minimal lacing. Bottle Date: 02/24/09.

Smell is fruity spiced, but overall weak for this style.

Taste was also a let down. I almost thought I was drinking a Hefeweizen, not a wit.

I wish I had the chance to drink the old Austin version, I heard good things about it back then. But I would say it was overated if it was anything like this.

whoneeds8, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of eporter66
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

The beer pours a hazy yellow, thin head that rapidly vanishes. Upon the initial smell, it reminded me of the Saison I had tried the other night but not as strong.

As the chill came off the fruit flavors come out. A lemon zest flavor along with orange. I was surprised after my initial reaction to the smell that I enjoyed this beer. Not one of my favorites, but I thought I might be taking the Belgian Whites off my list, but this will get me to try more. I would let this sit out a bit from the fridge before drinking, it became more enjoyable and flavorful as the chill came off.

The carbonation is tingly on the tongue, and a slight silky texture.

It is mildly sweet, not bitter and refreshing. It peaks my interest to try more Belgian Whites.

eporter66, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev -14%

drtth, May 01, 2012
Photo of Alkey
3.25/5  rDev -14%

12oz. bottle poured a hazy yellow orange color with a thin layer of head and almost no lacing. Smells of sweet fruit and a bit of spice. Taste of yeast, starch, and some strange bitterness almost like seltzer water. The mouth feel thick and creamy was the only highlight of this beer I have a couple more of these in my sampler case and I hope they taste better than this one.

Alkey, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Pour produced a cloudy light golden yellow color. Thick inch high white head quickly turned to a slick on top. Moderate carbonation can be seen.

Very nice spiced aroma. A corriander hint is blended with other unidentifiable spices. A very light citrus scent finishes in the back of the nose. A little weaker then others in the style, but good balance.

Watery apple taste. Second sip has a slightly more spiced taste, although, still week for the style. Corriander, yes; oregano, yes; white pepper, maybe. A light citrus finish on the back of the tongue. Good taste, but wish the flavors were stronger.

A watery quick running beer. Nice carbonation pop on the tongue. Flavors don't linger.

An average beer. I would love to have tried this with a piece of bourbon smoked salmon. If it is the only Witbier you can get, it's ok, but there are better beers availiable in the style.

RedChrome, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.25/5  rDev -14%

After not seeing this beer on the market for almost 10 years, I was very excited to se its return. Besides the interesting Celis/Hoegaarden backstory, this was always a very respected label. Michigan Brewing has succeeded in rejuvinating this brew. In comparing this to others in the witbier catagory I'd have to say its right there with Hoegaarden and Leine's Sunset - with more to offer than Blue Moon, but not overly Spicy, Chunky, Fruity or flavorful as to impede its drinkability, but has a nice flavor and begs you to have another.

InandOutBeerGuys, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Pours cloudy, but very bright yellow. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is quite lemony, with mild citrus aroma of orange and apricot. Underlying spices, including corriander, nutmeg, and cinnimon.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Spices present a stronger bite than the nose led me to expect. Finish is sour, with surprising bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slightly watery.

Overall a drinkable brew, but nothing to get too excited about. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Kerrie, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

Appearance: So far dead on as far as appearance looks like a hazy glass of lemonade with a big fluffy white very carbonated at that head leaves behind thick full patches of lace. Aroma: Sharp spritzy sweetness from the malted wheat with the coriander, zest, and yeast driven citrus like tones all there classic aromatics much like the original witbier. Taste: However varies a bit much more pronounced tartness with a creamy slightly chalky yeast profile lightly hopped in the finish with citrus and the coriander coming to play on the palate. Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Extreme carbonation tickles the back of the throat lighter bodied session ale made to be drank in number as refreshing summer brew, nice.

WVbeergeek, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of shererjt
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured a very cloudy light yellow with little carbonation and not much head. Aroma was malt and fruit; coriander was rather subdued. Some wheat in there as well. Medium body, and quite tart. On a sweet/bitter scale, it definitely leaned to the sweet side though it was balanced by the sourness. Again, lots of orange but the spice was not very apparent. Couldn't really expand on the mouthfeel any more, so let me reiterate the tartness. Drinkability was slightly better than average.

I like this one, though it is tough for me to not compare it to Hoegaarden, a personal favorite. This one has more body, more orange smell and taste, more sourness, less coriander, and is not as drinkable and refreshing. The last of these is the biggest difference. I'd say it's a good beer but would stop short of calling it great.

shererjt, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of letsgopens
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

This whitbier pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow wheat with a light effervescent head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. No too impressive but still fairly characteristic of the style.

The aroma is primarily of grassy wheat notes. There is a bit of banana and grainy/cereal character. Very mild but pleasant.

Bright grainy wheat in the flavor. Also yeastiness, banana, citrus and lots of grassy notes are present. Just a bit of spice as well. Sweeter with honey notes in the finish. A slightly vinous quality emerges at the end too. Accurate to the style but certainly on the lighter, more mellow end.

Light airy and crisp on the palate. Thickens a bit as it warms and becomes medium bodied by the finish. Medium to high carbonation. Well done but nothing really jumps out at me.

letsgopens, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Razor
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%

Appearance - The appearance is an average yellowish haze for a wheat beer. The head is what made the appearance for me not that good. There is little to no head and for a wheat I would expect a nice full white head.

Smell - There is a powerful spice smell and is very welcoming to the nose.

Taste - There is a fruity lemon? spicey taste to this beer. It's got a bitter taste to it also.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is average, not too much excitement when it hits every part of my mouth.

Drinkability - This is a beer that I could drink on average, it has a refreshing feeling to it and the taste is great. Overall this is a good beer.

Razor, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

12oz. amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Poured a very, very pale and clear straw color with absolutely no head. No lacing. Aromas are doughy, peppery, spicy. Oranges and coriander. Flavor is similar to the nose. Initial peppery note, followed by oranges again, finishes with a hint of hoppy bitterness before a bready "wheatness" settles on the palate. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with almost no carbonation. Almost a little to sweet in the flavor...takes away from the drinkability. With a little tweaking, this could be a great summer beer.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of eveninghawk
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

Essentially this beer straddles the line between a white and a wheat beer. I think the combination interesting and refreshing to drink. I'd say the overall taste in the mouth is closer to a wheat beer, though there are clear hints of a belgian white without the creaminess.

I find this beer to be a fine sunday night selection for sitting in front of the tv and not thinking too hard about definitions and hard lines between styles.

eveninghawk, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%

Bottle date of 5/12/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, celery, lettuce, and spices. Definitely some weird aromas going on here. Taste is of grain, yeast, spices, and a very slight vegetal flavor but nothing like the smell. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the aromas of leafy vegetables are definitely quite odd.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Citadel82
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.

Citadel82, Mar 31, 2011
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.