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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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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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Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this beer. With the recent closing of MBC's main facility, I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle. Who knows what will happen to this fine brew?

Bottle etched (07/28/12)poured into a Hoegaarden hex glass.

A- Beautiful for the style. 1-finger white head sustains at a thin film throughout. The body was a hazy pale/straw color with moderate carbonation. A later yeast swirl adds to the haze/cloudy body. Really good stick left on the glass.

S- Nice and sweet. At first I imagine lifting the lid from the mash to inhale the wheaty goodness. Citrus, hints of peppery spice. Lemon becomes more prominent later.

T- Lovely and delicate. A solid dose of citrus (lemon/orange zest) and spice (grains of paradise, black pepper, corriander?). Black peppery without the bite. Malts are cracker-like. Clean finish.

M- Fairly light bodied. Lemony flavor helps to dry the finish.

O- Crisp and refreshing. Great summer beer. I can drink more than a couple in a sitting. The bonus is that I can share it with my wife.

I really hope somebody can continue with the recipe and name (especially locally). It's too good a back story to end with the closing of MBC's main brewery. (1,201 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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. (401 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 charlzm
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at Steingarten, Los Angeles, CA on February 25th, 2012.

Beer is a clear, lemony yellow with a fine, one finger white head. Moderate sheeting.

Aromas of banana, lemon, coriander.

Palate follows nose with addition of some grassiness. No bitterness.

Well carbonated, some prickle on tongue.

Goes down smooth and easy; a great hot weather beer. (354 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light straw color with two fingers of bright white head. Great retention and nice lacing.

S - Coriander dominates the nose, followed by Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is similar to smell with a slight amount of citrus acidity, wheat and some pepper. Nice.

M - Crisp medium mouthfeel.

O - Overall, this is a very nice, flavorful witbier. Very sessionable. (369 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celis White has a cloudy body that is somewhere between dull yellow and dull gold. The white head is large and solid looking, with a rocky top. The retention is solid, and ample lacing is left behind.

The aroma has a good bit of wheat to it, with notes of fruit and a hint of pepper. Pretty traditional and quite nice.

This beer is a well-made white. The wheat probably provides the most flavor for this one, with notes of bread and a little bit of twang. Orange and lemon both make an appearance, but without adding any sweetness. Coriander and general peppery flavors are more powerful in the flavor than the aroma. A hint of green apple comes through from the yeast in the finish.

Very smooth from the carbonation, with a substantial feel to the body.

This beer was left behind in my fridge after having some people over, so I didn't really have any expectations for it. I am glad that I tried it, because it turned out to be a well made witbier. (953 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a very dull yellow hue. very cloudy, as they do. billowy bright white head sits on top.

S: lemon, clove. there is a definite acidic smell here. maybe a little barny. there is an earthy and chalkyness from the yeast.

T: similar to the nose, the acidity comes across the palate in the form of limes and lemons. there is a minor bready, malty backbone, but oh so light. a little bit of ginger.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on one of the lightest bodies ive come across.

D: super light body with a decent amount of flavor certainly makes this drinkable. the tart acidity is a nice touch. from what i understand, one of the classics in witbiers. glad a friend made me pick one up. (691 characters)

Photo of SMortiL987
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours honey orange with a nice haze. Nice white head which quickly faded. Good lacing down the glass.

S - Orange, spice, a bit of sweetness and floral.

T - Slightly acidic at first then turns into sweetness (almost a little too sweet). Orange and spice quickly follow through. Once your tongue gets used to the sweetness, it becomes a little watery.

M - Light mouth feel with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Very little detectable alcohol.

O - Very interesting beer. Maybe a touch too sweet, but overall a very nice drinkable beer. Good change of pace and will keep this in the fridge for the summer when it's hot outside. (637 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 3/14/11 so it is a bit old.

Pours to a fine creamy white head that laces gently and easily down the glass. Classic whitish yellow hazy color. Aroma is wheat, coriander and muted orange. Flavor is a nice blend of tangy citrus and spicy coriander on the tip of the tongue with enough malt and wheat to balance. Mouthfeel is light, yet creamy and refreshing. Overall this version does not have the complexity of the Austin original but it has some redeeming qualities. (481 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a firm white head. Good retention leaving very nice lace.'

S: Oranges and pastry. Wheaty and flowery.

T: Classic unmalted wheat flavour with a fair bit more coriander than I got in the nose. Some orange throughout, well balanced, hint of hops.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp. Very creamy.

O: Quite a good wibier, glad I finally got to try the legendary Celis. (416 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (663 characters)

Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6 pack of this at One for the Road in Wexford, PA, a few weeks back...

This didn't last long, but I managed to save the final bottle for review. This 12 ounce bottle has no freshness date, alas. Nevertheless, into my lovely Tripel Karmeliet glass it goes!

A. Purty! Huge, 3 inch white head is quite foamy and dies quick, leaving tons of succulent looking white lace... could hardly ask for better. The beer itself is a mildly unfiltered dull, bubbly yellow.

S. Bold. Really reminds me of La Fin Du Monde, minus that Unibroue yeast... loads of wheat, lemon, coriander, crisp honey-apple sweetness and just a hint of pepper. Classic and tight, nothing wrong here at all. Maybe a touch too sharp? But that's quibbling.

F. Classic Witbier here - honestly one of the best I've had from any country. Starts off thin (refreshing) and crisp, but not too sharp - the wheat softens it I think. Then a rush of gentle, yet insistent sweetness, tempered by a good dose of lemon-orange spritz. It is important to note that this is not really sour per se, nor acidic, but it does have that citrus and lingering sour finish. Otherwise, a good amount of coriander is present here, and a green apple ester (no apple sweetness) along with just a smudge of sulfur. The whole experience is drastically refreshing.

M / O. The finish on Celis White is soft, with an extremely long, lingering lemon-esque note and some white bread dough. The carbonation is equally soft / light, I personally would prefer a bit more... but that said, one could hardly ask for a better Belgian-style summer beer. This is both to style and excellent, and right up there with Allagash White for contention as the best Belgian Wit I've had out of my home country. In fact I feel like I prefer this to Allagash... guess I'd better acquire some more and find out, huh? (1,836 characters)

Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pretty nice orange color that has alot of the white clear haze color to it. The head shows a 2 finger head, but a little too cola like.

S- Smells nice. It reminds me more of a tripel than a witbier. The coriander smell is strong, and the orange zest aroma you'd look a little bit for is not there.

T- Tastes nice though. It's a light tasting witbier, the orange flavor is there now, and the coriander is also there, but they go well together.

M- Super light bodied, making this an easy drinker.

O- It's super light folks, Sessionable all day long in the summer. Enjoyed this brew. probably a little lower on the calories too. (632 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 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 JMad
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer is white/ yellow with a fluffy white head. It smells of a musty fruity apple-ish aroma when wheat and orange. The taste is big on wheat, lemon, banana and clove, with a slight bubblegum aftertaste. The beer is light and refreshing, lots of soft carbonation and a dry finish. This is a solid wit, it's expected that it is similar to Hoegaarden, but there is a slight but pleasant twist. (429 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of foamy white head, which recedes, laces a bit. Lemon juice yellow body, clear.

Totally signature orange and coriander nose. Smells like a wit.

Taste is surprisingly spicy with a bunch of pepper. This is pretty much a really light saison with some wheat and a bit of orange.

Pretty smooth-- evenly textured. Not thick for being ostensibly wheaty; seems filtered.

Kind of interesting to try the proto-wit. I'm not a fan of the filtering, but it's impressively spicy. (477 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 EnJeiBee
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy pale yellow with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly

S - Coriander leads the charge accompanied by a slightly bitter floral aroma and belgian funk

T - The belgian funk and coriander are present behind the expected wheat backbone

M - Light to medium bodied and very smooth

O - A great summer session beer (330 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, whitish yellow with a thin white head. Some nice lacing.

Smells yeasty, fruity and citrusy maybe some coriander and spices.

Tastes like a typical witbier but with a slight sourness to it, which isn't bad. Pretty sugary and sweet with lots of orange, lemon and coriander.

Overall a good witbier but nothing amazing. (331 characters)

Photo of ztoellner
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw yellow, thin white head that is gone in a flash.

S - Love the smell of this brew, citrus with a touch of yeastiness. Very refreshing.

T - Lemon and citrus, with some spice to it, probably coriander.

M - Thin, but very drinkable.

Overall this is a decent beer, definitely nothing I would turn down. A very accurate representation of a wit. (357 characters)

Photo of tubacharlie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quickly poured down the side of a half liter glass mug, the hazy straw-colored brew develops a bright white three-finger head which slowly recedes, leaving clumps of foam stuck to the sides. Plentiful carbonation keeps the head refreshed.

The aroma has hints of bitter orange with spicy notes of coriander and pepper.

On the tongue, citrus and spice are up front, with the wheat following in an envelope of muted hops. Good fizzion in the mouth, but the flavor falls off in the back of the palate, typical of many wheat beers. Mild acidity and peppery tang linger in the aftertaste.

Overall a decent rendition of the Belgian style for a pleasant summer refreshment. (669 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

And for the hat trick of the night…..meaning my third and final bottle of healing from my hockey game is Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company…..An authentic Belgian-style wheat beer. The color is a very cloudy (un-filtered) yellow with razor thin white head. The nose provides hints of spice, orange, and touch of clove. WOW….this might be the best Belgium beer I have ever tasted. Very subtle with the clove, spice and citrus….this isn’t bad…..and coming from a guy that really isn’t a fan of Belgium styles. The subtle taste helps to keep the mouthfeel at a nice level. I think I could survive a SESSION of this beer. Not too shabby!!! (656 characters)

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