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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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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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Alkey

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 21:57:46 | More by Alkey
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InandOutBeerGuys

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 18:20:16 | More by InandOutBeerGuys
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 02:00:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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shererjt

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:51:34 | More by shererjt
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 20:29:37 | More by letsgopens
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Razor

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 23:32:16 | More by Razor
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 02:38:41 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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eveninghawk

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:40:04 | More by eveninghawk
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 00:49:49 | More by Citadel82
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 05:13:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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danadeny

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried some more, this time i didnt pour it out of the bottle, i found that this made a huge difference. More flavor all around.

Pours very clear for a witbier, looks like a slightly cloudy Bud. A white head forms and fades quickly, no carbonation. Smells of hints of orange and spice. Tastes salty at first and throughout. Not much of the smell transfers over to the taste. There is a taste of some floral hops at the end and the hops give it a little bit of bitterness. the hops are present in the after taste. mouthfeel is slick, kind of oily. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:44:12 | More by danadeny
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

As expected, this poured to a hazy cloudy golden color with thin white head, that dissipated quickly and left little or no lacing. Aroma was a veryu pleasant mix of oranges, cookie dough and and a hint of clove spice. Flavor followed true to form with more of the clove-orange mix. At 4.25%, the alcohol never made itself known. To me, the mouthfeel was somewhat chewy, due to the dough taste, and the finish was somewhat stale.

This beer, while pleasant, did not finish nearly as well as it started.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 03:20:02 | More by kimcgolf
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rings

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Celis White has a mild citrus nose and pours pale yellow in color with a nice full head. The body is crisp and tastes are effervescent on the tongue as the carbonation exaggerates the orange and spiced flavors. There's a light, hoppy bite and the flavors round out smoothly with a hint of banana and cream, along with the citrus fruitiness. It's delightful and surprisingly complex for a lighter brew.

This is an easy recommendation and a fine effort by Michigan Brewing to continue the tradition of Pierre Celis.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 19:45:50 | More by rings
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz.bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a minimal head that faded quickly. Smell is of spices, black pepper, and lemons. Has a refreshingly tart, bitter sweet lemony wheat malt taste. A good brew to buddy up with after mowing the lawn on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 04:19:05 | More by beerceller99
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i've heard the legends so i jumped at the cahnce when i saw a sixer of this. i guess it's not what it once was, but i can only comment on how it is

looks as i would expect a wit to, except the head is kinda lame (maybe they usually are): filmy with a couple of skylights and some ringy patches. upon further investigation it's a bit too sweet for my liking. the nose doesn't convey this as much, but it's very sweet with a not unpleasant but too magnificent apricot and pear thing. fairly spicy too. clove, appropriately enough, in the nose, though it's not isolated: maybe some cinnamon? no...allspice

well, the flavor is definitely full of pear, slightly prickly despite its lack of dryness, and fairly spiced. with a touch of bitterness. by no means great but bad would be unfair. i will enjoy drinking the other 5

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 02:32:40 | More by bruachan
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Jablonski

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear staw color with a rather large head and no lacing. It smells very citrus--mostly lemons and a bit of grapefruit. I can also smell some pine. The taste is nothing special, but it is better than most witbiers I have had. I mainly notice a mild lemon taste throughout the beer. After a second or so, the banana flavor rises along with some spices. It finishes with a not as pleasant metallic taste, but it is luckily not that strong. The carbonation in this beer is pretty much perfect, but the beer is a bit overly watery. It's also a very drinkable beer even for someone like me who does not usually like the style. Overall, a very mild beer, but still a decent one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 01:53:55 | More by Jablonski
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... this one pours a very slightly hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head quick to dissipate. Nothing special at all to look at.

The smell is a step up from the appearance... definite lemon notes as well as yeasty spice. Not bad.

The taste is a lot like the smell, slightly spicy, some citrus note, nothing that's going to blow you away but it's good.

This could be a quite refreshing crawfish boil or BBQ beer but I think it would be best on a hot day for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 22:48:55 | More by theboozecruise
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mcallister

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing you notice upon pouring is the flurry of tiny carbonation bubbles that seem to keep going like a certain bunny. An orange/yellow color with some cloudiness. Clean white head leaves no lacing and has little retention.

Smells of lemon rind, orange, wheat obviously, very clean aromas, with a hint of banana and clove.

Much to be desired in the taste. Very one dimensional, more clove, than anything, with the wheaty, lemon aftertaste. Finish could be a little longer and more pleasing.

Thin mouthfeel shows from the low alcohol. But because of that low alcohol I suppose this would be a good candidate for a day on the lake.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 22:24:35 | More by mcallister
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oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have had a few times back in the day and now I see its new to western NY on tap,poured a slight hazed dirty blond with a thin white head.Lighter aromas of coriander spice and lemon rind with some toasty wheat malt underneath,somewhat watery going down when compared to the Rocky River SubChaser I had before but it lended to its drinkability a bit.It seemed a bit lighter in flavor than from what I remember light citrus and toasty malt with hints of coriander.Its refreshing and very delicate but I could use some oomph but it is good for what it is no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2006 01:39:02 | More by oberon
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a cloudy pale golden color. The head is decent, but not as large as I would expect from a wheat beer. The aroma has some sweet citrus to it. It has a slight spice to the taste, but it is sweeter than I would have liked. There are also some perfumy/flowery/honey notes as well. It finishes somewhat sweet with a little of a spicy kick. Not bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 15:41:58 | More by ark57
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong Citrus flavor and aroma. This seemed more like sprite than beer. Nice thirst quencher, but I prefer my beer to taste a bit more like beer than 7up. Cloudy and pale yellow with moderate head and an almost overpowering orange aroma. Not something I would normally drink, but it can cool you off during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 07:13:27 | More by Sixpack595
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walleye

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow, with a small white head that left no lacing. aroma, sour, wheat, fruits that are not ripe, citrus (,lemon) spices like cloves and got some orange. flavor, alot better than I thought it would got a nice sweet and tartness, orange, wheat cloves, sugar after taste. nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:32:11 | More by walleye
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky white head over a hazy honey-infused light straw colored body. Head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves some fairly hefty bands of lace. Aromas of coriander, earth and a faint trace of citrus. A bit musty too. Spicy flavor—citrus, more pronounced coriander and pepper , and a dollop of earth for good measure. Quite acidic. A touch of yeast as well. A crisp, yet quite light, mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Crsip and refreshing as a good wit should be. The body was a bit light even by with standards—although that could increase its refreshment value during lawnmower season.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 00:39:34 | More by Shovelbum
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nightcrawler

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember fondly the times in the early 1990's when I'd drive from central Illinois to Austin on vacation and bring back cases of this stuff to share with my friends..

I was excited when the bottle I cracked open looked, smelled and poured just like the original. But I found the sourness of this beer overwhelming compared to my fond memories. I could smell the coriander, but didn't find it in the taste.

Not that this is necessarily a bad beer. I'd rather drink this than a Blue Moon when I'm in the mood. I just remember a much more mellow beer with subtleness that is missing. My wife hated the original Celis White but is more than happy with this version.

I tried the Celis Grand Cru and it actually seemed closer to what I remember the White tasting like.

I wonder if I mix the two...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 04:34:39 | More by nightcrawler
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I remember having this beer back when it was brewed in Austin, TX. It was better then, but is still good now.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a medium white foamy head which leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - not a strong aroma, lemon and orange.

Taste - lemon, orange, coriander, has a pleasant sweet flavor.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, sweet, and clean.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, a nice sweet flavor. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 01:49:57 | More by hardy008
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.