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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

262 Reviews
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Reviews: 262
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 12
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: 262 | Hads: 323
Photo of RickS95
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As you would expect, this is a light, straw-colored beer with a white head.

Smells good, peppery hops are at the forefront, with subtle notes of citrus in the background.

A little more bitter than I expected. Again, the peppery hops dominate.

There is some complexity in the mouth. Initially, the bitterness is mild, but it gains strength in the finish.

This was a reasonably drinkable, refreshing beer. (408 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy pale orange color with a light white head leaving a bubbly ring.

Smell has a funky yeast quality to it along with a strong lemon peel odor.

Taste is mild with a light sweet malt base and flavors of yeast and light citrus.

mouthfeel is light and dry.

A slighty above average wit, but nothing special. (327 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer I have wanted to try for sometime that just showed up in the most run down liquor store in town. I only stopped to take a look because there was a "Under New Management" banner at the store.

In the glass this is a pale cloudy yellow beer with a white head a little dark for a Witbier.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a big bitter orange aroma and a smattering of other spices. Hard to pick the scents apart except for the big citrus aroma.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a good orange taste to this. Spices are there but mostly this reminds me of vanilla. Decent wheat malt taste definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Witbier but not as good as Wittekerke in my opinion. (716 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (362 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I have heard about since I began studying beer. Cloudy pale with absolutely no head and nearly no carbonation. Pleasant aroma, though light, of curacao and orange peel, along with a light hint of butter toffee. Well intricated spice, malt and light hop flavors. Butter toffee flavors, light caramel and pit fruit, with "orangey" spice flavors and hints of tropical fruit snacks. Big flavor for its size. (423 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after dislodging it self from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystal clear gold color, the head smallish and bright white, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a thin velum like sheet. Nose is citrus crisp, sweetly malt with a trace of wheat, start is quite sweet, nice grain profile, and the top is light in its feels to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style. I suppose it is a good representative to the original, but it’s hard to beat a brewing icon like Peter Celis, well at least in my humble opinion. (570 characters)

Photo of Jesstyr
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (389 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prominent white colour, wheat sour and strong carbonation worked. Coriander and orange taste, some pepper and spiciness. fresh tasting though it's the Fall. Rounded with malt and smooth and drinkable. Light-medium mouthfeel. Tangy acidic aftertaste, drying. (257 characters)

Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pizza Plant on Main st. in Williamsville, NY. Poured white with a big head that was gone quickly. Smelled of orange zest and wheat. Tasted spicy with hint of sour. Medium carbonation with a light finish. Nice for a hot summer day...not my favorite but a decent beer. (280 characters)

Photo of nightcrawler
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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... (806 characters)

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a thin white head; little retention

S - Coriander, a little bready (yeasty), and banana

T&M - Clove and coriander up front, a little lemon tartness as well. Slightly bready with a fluffy mouthfeel, and a light sour/tart left on the tongue after swallowing. Carbonation feels a little light; I generally feel witbier should be "zingier"

D - Easily sessionable, enjoyable on a spring or summer day.

Notes: A little off the style, IMHO, but not by much. There are better witbiers available, and this one is decent, but nothing worth seeking out. (611 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a small white head that dies quickly to leave a mostly transparent sheet. Aromas of orange peel and coriander are very prominent, with malty sweetness and some spicy, yeasty notes backing them. The malt comes forward in the taste, with a slight tart character from the wheat emerging first, followed by sweet fruitiness and a spicy, tangy finish. Pleasant wit, but nothing really special. (422 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than I thought it would be. I thought it would be super sweet like a Blue Moon, but this was really more spicey than citrus-y. Not bad.

It pours a light hazy yellow with pretty minimal Sprite-like head. Aroma is clovey. Flavor is some clove/coriander with a bit of malt backing. Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for this style, yet the beer is pretty drinkable. Really, not bad.

I got this beer as part of the Microbrew of the Month club. (446 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale blondish yellow with a light white head and minimal lacing. Aromas are of of zesty lemon, wheat and bread malts. For flavor this beer hits up front citrus and zesty with lemon dominating while a slight spice makes its way in. A mixing of wheat and doughy like malts find their way into the picture. Following a combination of sweetness and tartness finishes this beer. Carbonation was light for this beer to match its light body. Overall this beer was tasty but there are definetly better ones of this style out there. (538 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery (a few months ago, but it's been kept at 45F).

A: Wonderful hazy straw appearance. A fizzy, yet somewhat fluffy, slightly off-white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Some wild, tart aroma with a little spicy, somewhat phenolic character. Lemon. There's a good amount of aroma (especially for its weight), but personally, I don't find it overly inviting.

T: The balance is slightly tart. Clove, a little corriander, slight pineapple, some yeasty flavour (mostly metallic, slightly earthy), noticable wheat (not much malty flavour). Considering its weight, there's quite a bit going on here!

M: Light body, quite dry, a little silk, moderate carbonation, prickly, a little acidic.

D: Good thrist quencher. I could see having this for brunch. The tartness ruins the sessionability for me though. (858 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/7/2005 (bottle):

Pours a slight white head, that is quickly diminishing. Body is cloudy pale yellow in color. Has an aroma of floral and lemon scents. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation. Taste of floral and spice flavors, with a smooth finish. (253 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Pale straw yellow in color with a hazy cloudiness. A careful pour produced very little head that reduced quickly to a thin film of white bubbles and rough ring around the glass.

S: Yeasty, spicy, citrus smell; very pleasant.

T: A rather prominent spice flavor is foremost, perhaps coriander or something similar. Nice balance between malt sweetness and bittering, although I don't know that it's all hops providing bitterness. The finish is relatively clean leaving a sort of citrus linger behind.

M&D: Mouthfeel is tricky... it has a lighter taste but tends to weigh a little heavy on the palate. The flavors do break apart the longer you roll it over the tongue, leaving a bit of a watery feel toward the end. Drinkability is reasonably good if you can get through the spices and yeasty flavors. Worth a shot, especially if you like Blue Moon. (900 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a very pale straw, hazy, effervescent very light. The one inch white head collapses to a thin foam quickly, leaving moderate lacing. Coriander and lemon on the nose. Coriander dominates the flavor, with lemon zest and a bit of wheat toward the middle; the finish is lemon rind. A bit sweet. Very quaffable; light bodied. Seems a tad heavy on the spices to me. (393 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (520 characters)

Photo of bushwhacker
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in Austin, Tx in March, and learning I was 'two years' too late to drink 'Celis', I stood in the local market and there were the first bottles delivered to Austin from Michigan! Couldn't believe it! Unfortunately I can't draw on comparisons to the Austin brews, so the BA reviews are great to read.

A translucent golden-yellow pour with healthy white head, this aroma packed medium bodied wit releases the citrus, coriander and wheat malt attributes in full doses. The mouthfeel is weaker than expected, with a citrusy-malty finish. I'll be a fan of this wit, but still prefer Hoegaarden. (597 characters)

Photo of fostwal
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice wheat beer. It has a golden yellow color to it and a nice citrus scent. The taste is smooth. No hops at all and the malt is light also. The citrus what may be coriander are slightly noticeable. Its not very carbonated. Just smooth and easy to drink. No fruit wedge required. (296 characters)

Photo of Illinick
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, lightly colored yellow with some rising carbonation. Small 1/4" sticky head that retains decently with little to no lacing.
S: Orange peel, citrus rind, and coriander up front, some candi-esque spicy notes in the background with some slight earthy scents as well.
T: Follows the nose with orange peel, generic citrus rind, and corainder throughout with some banana peeking through in the middle. Some extremely slight belgian-like candi flavors in there as well as some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of crisp hops at first swig also.
MF: Creamy and medium, finishing slightly dry.
Overall: While this beer is not confused with better crafts of the style, it does a good job of giving a solid, macro-esque brew. There is definately better american varieties available, but turning to this one is not too far off. (839 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty standard looking Wit, slightly hazy, paly yellow body topped off by a moderate, but fleeting, fine white head. Citrus is most obvious spice addition, but mild hints of corriander tie the orange peel in with the sweet-ish pale malt. The aroma is mirrored by the taste. No surprises here, just a good, faily simple wit. Soft mouth feel is very nice. (354 characters)

Photo of berserker256
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-gold with a thick but quickly-gone white head. Clove spices seems to jump out more than any other odor. That "wheat beer banana" smell is present as well. But it doesn't tastes quite like a typical wheat. It tastes more like a La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel minus the warmth of the high alcohol. It's an easy drinking sweet beer. My wife likes it more than I do so I'll let her drink the other ones. I like my beer a little less sweet. (447 characters)

Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.