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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 wilkinswesley
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

wilkinswesley, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Sammy, Oct 31, 2005
Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

cpn920, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Gusler, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Jesstyr, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

SIRIUS2, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

philipquarles, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of bushwhacker
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

bushwhacker, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

MCDuhamel, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Derek, May 27, 2006
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

ZeroSignal, May 06, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

BeerBelcher, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of fostwal
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

fostwal, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pal yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of orange peel with a hint of coriander, and is quite vibrant. The taste is a bit mellower than th aroma. There is still a lot of orange peel, but the coriander seems to be a bit covered up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice witbier. I could certainly drink this again on a hot summers day.

KarlHungus, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Illinick
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Illinick, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of ranger7
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

ranger7, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of gpogo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light cloudy straw yellow body with a small white head. Lots of carbonation.

A- Light sweet aroma with lemon. There is a definite sour tartness.

T- Light sweet tart flavor. Light lemon and no noticeable corriander flavor. A bit light on flavor.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Pleasant beer, but a bit light on flavor. I am more partial to a heavy coriander flavor.

gpogo, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of ypsifly
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Hazy yellow with a small head of white that slowly falls to a ring of foam. Minimal lace.

Wheat, coriander, yeast that is slightly chalky, lemon peel and a pinch of floral hops.

The wheat barely registers, but the spice and citrus notes break through. Tart with some hop bitterness in the finish. Rather one dimensional. Light, prickly mouth that is somewhat puckered from the tartness. Drinkable but boring.

ypsifly, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of yen157
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

yen157, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one a few times, and really enjoy it a lot. It pours a soft off white/yellow, and seems much more yellow once it settles.

Smells much like it tastes, spicy and citrusy. It is a lot like Hoegaarden, though I would say the Celis White is a little spicier. You can taste fruit peels (orange and lemon), and it's well balanced.

Drinks like a wheat, maybe a bit smoother. Excellent choice.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking whit....a lot of spicing (cloves/corriander) in the aroma along with some orange peel..the taste is also big on the spcies and fruity orange peel and orange juice....citrus components stand out...

Another good drinker although I enjoyed their hefe a little better..solid but not special

ZAP, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

berserker256, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy pineapple-juice yellow under a thin wispy head that leaves lace chains all around the glass.

Strong spice in the nose, and even bigger fruit (peach, pear). Not as subtly flowery as the best wits, but this does have the yeasty mineral quality of the style.

More mineral in the flavor, although not metallic or chemical. Fruit comes through strongly--peach and pear again, also citrus and crisp green apple. Some flowery elements, some doughy goodness, some light sweet spices. Metallic sheen comes back to haunt in the finish, and some fruity tartness, but the metallic element isn't overpowering or even all that off-putting.

Soft yet prickly...the mouthfeel achieves an interesting balance between the two, with light to medium body.

Interesting. Not a classic witbier in terms of flavor--something seemed to go astray here and go for a more universal Belgian golden/pale ale thing. For what it is, though, it's indeed refreshing and well-made.

Metalmonk, Nov 21, 2008
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.