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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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Brown pop top 12oz, nice label, just past the best by date

Appearance: Hazy dark gold beer, a hard pour produces a big soapy white cap with large bubbles that fades fast to a thick film and ring

Smell: Simultaneously sweet sugary/tart orange aromas, backed with a bit of wheat and lemon...nice, but pretty standard...only mild hints of spice

Taste: This is nicely balanced, though definitely a bit more in the "tart" than "sweet" category (which I like). A bit of funky tart lemon up front, followed by a light bitter hoppiness, wheat malt on the middle, and a touch of fresh orange peel on the finish. Just a hint of pepper at the end, otherwise not much in the way of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and incredibly refreshing; this would make an awesome hot weather quaffer

Drinkability: Quite high, especially with the tart refreshing nature of the beer and low abv

Conclusion: Nice, simple, way drinkable, and immensely refreshing; how have I not tried this before? PERFECT summer quaffer, this beats the crap out of most highly-marketed "Summer Beers"

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 04:46:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
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kbub6f

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F. I was so happy to see this back in bottles in Austin, and was very curious to see how the recipe survived the trip to Michigan. I heap mondo negative karma on Miller for killing Celis in Austin.

The snow white head is medium-sized and settles to a thin film quickly. The beer itself is a very pale, cloudy whitish-yellow. It's more amber/yellow in the middle, more white around the edges. I can't think of anything to compare the color to, but it's absolutely gorgeous.

Belgian yeast spiciness/fruitiness dominate the nose, but there's some nuttiness in there too. The front is citrus and spice, souring nicely in the middle. A light, tingly feel. The finish is dry with some nice sweet/sour citrus. The aftertaste is nutty and a little soapy. Fantastic! The citrus flavors are quite strong, but the unusual nuttiness really complements nicely. Original.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 08:14:30 | More by kbub6f
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riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Fluffy head,gives way to just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of fruit, and candy. Very nice. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste is smooth,and full flavored. Fruit, citrus mainly, candy and spice from start to finish. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 19:12:47 | More by riversider76
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:02:53 | More by kkipple
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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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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:10:46 | More by warnerry
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 01:28:40 | More by crookedhalo
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into my pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a thick white fluffy heading.Lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell is mainly of clove followed by orange peels,a slight yeasty spiciness along with a slight grapefruit aroma.

Taste is bit more citrus zesty.Orange peel pucnhes you right in the mouth after that citrus splash. Clove and corriander takes over. Also has a very nice wheat malt backbone.

Mouth is light bodied,but slightly undercarbonated for my taste. Finishes very clean and bubbley.

Drink is great very easy to polish off a few rounds. Maybe a little bit more citrusy then most would want but an easy going beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 22:46:09 | More by TheFightfan1
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy yellow-orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of lemon, orange, wheat, and coriander. Lots of refreshing aromas. The taste has lots of malt and fruit, slightly tart at first. The finish is peppery. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and smooth. The drinkability is pretty good too. Not a bad witbier.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 19:29:13 | More by SheepNutz
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celis White is a hazy, straw color with a good level of carbonation. The head is large, sticky, and ultra-white. The aroma is spicy and yeasty, with clove and coriander smells standing out. A sip starts with an initial bite of yeast flavor, somewhat clove-like, with a good level of an almost lemony spice flavor. Coriander is definently in the mix, but some sweeter spice is also present. The underlying wheat body occaisionally makes itself known and adds another layer to a tasty beer. This probably isn't the best wit I've had, but the style is well-represented with no complaints from me.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 03:08:33 | More by Gagnonsux
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Slightly hazy golden liquid, very small white head with no retention, no lacing.

S = Light spices, rough grain mustard smells with just a touch of tart vinegar, light notes of plastic though detract from an otherwise good smell.

T = Light banana, white pepper, lemon zest, coriander. Quite a bit going on and all very well balanced. Long dry finish.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, nice carbonation level.

D = Good drinkability, I found the sight and smell substandard but the taste made up for it and I could see drinking this one as a session ber on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 00:26:17 | More by Traquairlover
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atis

Finland

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with white and sparkling head that slowly fades, the beer is swarming with carbonation bubbles. Aroma is light yeast, sweetish wheat, some oranges.

Taste is sweet and slightly tart wheat, mild lemon and weak bitterness in the clean finish. Mouthfeel is about medium with very lively carbonation.

Nice and very refreshing, but at least the bottled version does not seem to live up its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 05:11:45 | More by atis
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones. Pour was a cloudy lemon yellow with some orange highlights. Aroma came across as powdery, spicey coriander. I thought the taste was more spice than fruit, but I found it to be very smooth with no rough edges. Hoegaarden was also on, but I would choose this first if only for the freashnes factor. I enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2004 19:01:45 | More by PatandDavid
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale, hazy, almost milky yellow. The white head is pretty large, dense, and creamy, with solid retention and some nice lacing.

S: Cloves are most noticeable. Orange peel is also present, along with a slightly sour yeastiness. Perhaps a bit peppery as well.

T: Wheaty malt, with a tart yeastiness. Clove takes a back seat to orange peel in terms of flavor, although both are represented reasonably well. Somewhat seltzery in the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a touch light. A somewhat sweet, yet watery feel.

D: Refreshing, with a nice array of flavors. I especially like where the yeast seems to be going - I wish it were more pronounced. This one actually improves substantially as it warms. A bit sterile and lifeless when cold, it becomes more lively and interesting as it goes. I might have to give this another go sometime to get a second opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:10:46 | More by Clydesdale
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:46:17 | More by EagleTalon
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StevieW

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's back...the same recipe and label, now brewed by the Michigan Brewing Co. Notes from the 2002 GABF, multiple samples over 3 days.....Cloudy golden to nearly orangish hue to it. Smell is full of spices, coriander, orange peel, lemon. To say Citrus is an understatement. Very crisp and refreshing belgian wit yeasty goodness, matched with the subtle orange, and coriander make it a very memorable taste. Light bodied, but not watery at all. Full of flavors until the bottom. Leaves you wanting more and more. This beer needs to be distributed to the long Florida summers. Very very refreshing and the ultimate thirst quencher. Every bit as good as Hoeggarden and some others....the search should be on everywhere for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 15:33:10 | More by StevieW
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 19:59:35 | More by GRPunk
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ypsifly

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 04:00:54 | More by ypsifly
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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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proc

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, Celis White. The beer with the mythical Belgian and Texan lineage...

Pours out to a muddied yellow in the glass with a slight head. Smell is that of light yeast, wheat, lemon and some spice I couldn't put my finger on. Taste is wonderful. Clove, coriander and lemon are all present with a finish so smooth, it begs for another sip. I don't know how this version from Michigan Brewing compares to Pierre's former Texas variety, but it has to be very close. A fine beer.

Thanks to trbeer for hooking me up with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 17:37:46 | More by proc
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip a pale yellow with a finger of head. Can't say the color was all that appetizing, but held into front of a light it turned a beautiful golden-orange, never saw a beer do that before. Very interesting.

Smell was rich with a well-captured orange & spice scent, like a candle in the way it was just so rounded. Some other citrus, a little lemon, slight nutmeg, that je ne sais quoi from Belgian yeast.

Taste was similar to flavor at first, then developed a kind of dryness to it, like a saison, toward the bottom of the glass. Very tasty for a light, delicate beer.

Mouthfeel was nice & active, some tingly sensations. Went down smooth, left a slightly bready aftertaste.

A very good drinker, excellent with food (had this with a red Thai curry). I appreciate that this is very well-made, yet still inexpensive & available in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 21:59:10 | More by OneDropSoup
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JMad

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:10:49 | More by JMad
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:46:58 | More by zaphodchak
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dfillius

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tumbler. Trying it for only the second time after my first one 5 years ago at the Dog and Duck in Austin, TX.

A: 3/4 finger pure white head. Cloudy bright yellow with gold core! This is definitely a Belgian white from the master!

S: Coriander and limey-citrus and maybe I smell a tad of orange. Some great malt.

T: Delicate and complex. Wheat malt with coriander and citrus brightness holding it in check. Lots of checks and balances in this beer. Maybe just a little too much coriander.

M: Good carbonation, but slightly prickly and a little over bitter from the spices.

D: Very good, but not great. A little deterrent from over spicing.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 18:17:59 | More by dfillius
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy straw color with a crisp white head and solid lacing. The aroma of this beer is citrus (lemon, orange) and some spice notes. The taste is equally pleasing with definite lemon zesty taste and orange along with notes of corriander and wheat. The body is rather light but the active carbonation in the body makes the mouthfeel solid and a wonderful summer brew. This is one of my favorites for the summer and tailgating at a game.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 02:17:58 | More by ggaughan
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.