Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +14.6%
Aroma: Strong sour like smell with background of lemon pepper.
Appearance: Very light yellow, clear with a modest head that thins, but hangs.
Flavor: A classic wit taste. The sour in the aroma isn’t overpowering, but it’s there. I get a lot of citric acid, lemon notes again. This is strong enough to trigger a bit of the saliva glands in my jaw, but I could take stronger.
Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, refreshing.
Overall Impression: I too knew and respected the Austin Celis White (Damn you Miller, Damn YOU!!) and this is a close approximation. Up the coriander a bit more (this is a bottle I’ve been saving for a bit, so it may have faded) and beef the body up a touch, especially the protein for better head retention. Kudos to Michigan Brewing for saving this one from the abyss of beers gone by.
10-03-2003 23:41:26 | More by HardTarget
3.08/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a regular pint glass.
Appearance was pale yellow, cloudy, mildly carbonated, with a thick, frosty head, and nice, white lacing that forms a thin but surprisingly full film as I drink.
Smell was pleasant, crisp, with citrus and spice notes prevalent, as well as a hint of grass.
Taste was a disappointment after the smell, however. Citrus and spice notes are still present, as well as wheat and a hint of yeast tartness, but overall rather bland.
Mouthfeel is ... ugh. Maybe I just got a bad beer or botched the pour, but this beer is almost entirely flat. It's thin, almost watery, almost no kick in the mouth at all. The feel is just all wrong for what I would expect out of a crisp, chilling white.
Drinkability is average - I would order this over a Blue Moon, but give me an Allagash White or a Hoegaarden over this any day. The mouthfeel on this one just really kills it for me - it has character in the nose and taste, but the feel is just all wrong.
02-09-2008 05:23:17 | More by CrellMoset
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Bottle pulled from a mixed package of beers given to me as a reward for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pours a one finger fizzy white head that settles in no time. As the sediment was swirled and then dumped into the glass, the beer is super cloudy gold straw colored with almost a slight green hue as edgings. Smells, uh-oh. Phenolic funky and clove. A belgian-style of some sort...far from my favorite. I'll review it to style, not my personal preference. Smells of cloves, aged-and-super-dry-library-book-must,
smoked jerky. Sweet malt only with searching and way beneath the spice. Tastes phenolic funky. Starts with the smoked jerky, turns clovey, then to a coriander that sweetens nicely as a late malt wet steps in during the aftertaste. Wow, that was a pretty amazing transition. At the same time the coriander is sweetening, a playful citrus stands around like some pretty-boy at a dance who's hair is just too neat. You know how Hollywood portrays life in the 1950's (like in the movie "Back to the Future")...this beer catches a campy character in the same way. "Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding...Mr Sandman,....bring me a dream. Make him the cutest..." The flavors are distinct enough to be said to stand alone, yet team-oriented such that they contribute to and help each other accomplish each others' goals. Medium-light body and md-light carbonation. I could see the late sweet being a bit too much for some people and the phenolic character not persisting long enough. For me, the phenolic is too much and the aftertaste sweetness is beginning to wear. They must use a boat-load of orange peel when making this beer, as it's becoming pithy as I near the bottom of the glass. This beer is well crafted and it's one I recommend...even though I personally hope to never have another. Belgian funk...ble-ech!
10-27-2005 06:36:16 | More by mentor
4/5 rDev +5.8%
Had on tap.
A- Came to me with a nice 2 finger white creamy head that went down after a little bit of time. Lacing stuck to the sides of the glass but nothing too big. Nice hazy golden yellow color.
S- True to the style I picked up a lot of clove right off the get go with some orange citrus undertones that mingled perfect. Some lemon zest comes and goes. Nice yeasty bready smell that comes through as a whole. There is a spicey aroma I pick up as well but don't know if I like it or not.
T- Big doughy yeast taste right up front. Some bitterness to it actually. Nice clove taste in the middle along with a hint of banana I think with some orange zing to it. Good tasting beer with a bit of funk taste at the end which makes it a little more enjoyable.
M- This had a medium-heavy mouthfeel to it. Good carbonation with this beer makes the tasting more enjoyable. Leaves a sweet funky taste in the mouth that is neither bad or good just kind of different.
D- I was suprised with this beer and had a couple more glasses of it when I was there. I would recommend this beer to someone who isn't a big fan of the style to help break them into it.
08-03-2009 04:42:25 | More by alleykatking
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-02-2012 23:37:57 | More by charlzm
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
A- A slightly hazy golden yellow liquid with a splotchy white head with very little head retention.
S- Belgian yeast, honey, white bread, and just a hint of vegetables.
T- Same as the aroma with a nice, crisp hoppy bite. Just the right amount of sweetness.
M- Crisp and clean with a nice carbonation bite.
D- A tasty beer that goes down nicely. Thoroughly enjoyable. This could be a great choice on a hot summer day.
09-02-2009 01:09:44 | More by david131
4.08/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
A: Hazy dark golden color. Low carbonation. Pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly.
S: Yeast, wheat, lemon and orange. Also, something a little sweet, maybe honey?
T: Tastes like it smells. Wheat, yeast, a little hoppy bite is offset by citrus. . . lemon and the sweetness of orange.
M: Despite appearance, carbonation is prominent, but doesn't affect beer negatively. Nice sweet but slightly bitter aftertaste. Light body, and a refreshing quality.
D: Very good. Nice flavor and body.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Appearance in pretty mediocre (but not unusual for a wit), nose is great. Alot of stuff in there. Nice complex palette, great balance of flavors. Fruit is subtle, so as not to overpower the grains, but a very big part of this brew. Overall, this is a great quaff.
07-01-2009 02:02:20 | More by bmwats
4.55/5 rDev +20.4%
I got this because it was pretty cheap and I didn't have much money on me. I was told by the worker at the store where I got it that this wasn't that good of a beer. I don't think he even drank it, because this was an amazing wit! I can't believe that this comes from the Mich. Brewing Co. They're a little substandard with most of their beers except this one. Pours beautiful with a creamy white head. Smells of lemon, orange, and some coriander. Tastes very citrusy mixed with some spicyness which comes from the yeast and from other spices. A bready yeasty goodness comes forth. It finishes with a dry yeastiness and a little sour which makes me want more. A simple, refreshing, and amazing beer all in one!
07-21-2003 14:45:30 | More by granger10
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
03-30-2008 01:49:57 | More by hardy008
4/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Cloudy honey/butterscotch coloerd brew with a 2 finger head of bone white solid foam. Nice lacing. Head disapears entirely after a few minutes.
S - Smells dirty and grassy like a fresh meadow in the spring. Banana peel, green leaves, spices, a twang of wheat scent tickles my nose hairs (which, according to my girlfriend, need trimming).
T - Sweet and lively wheat with lots of doughy yeast and spices. Green, leafy, and very pleasant.
M - Medium bodied and slick. Moderately dry green finish with a nice carbonation sting on the tongue.
D - Very good drinkability. I will return to this brew again, and this time I will buy more than one.
11-14-2006 20:33:50 | More by pmcadamis
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
A - Slightly hazy gold with a substantial head of white foam.
S - Wheaty twang with orange, earthiness and some spice.
T - Again wheaty. Lemon-orange citrusy-ness and a lightly bitter finish. Some spices and herbs as well.
M - Light body with a slight slickness. Fairly dry and astringent.
D - Very drinkable, worth trying.
09-13-2008 18:05:37 | More by allergictomacros
2.93/5 rDev -22.5%
Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color with a faint head. The aroma is of yeast and some citrus, oranges and lemons. The taste is a little bland, a yeasty flavor with hints of oranges and lemons, and a very faint hop bite. The mouthfeel is dry and moderately high carbonation. Overall it is an okay drinkable beer, there is nothing to dislike about it, but it is very bland.
01-19-2010 20:33:35 | More by goblue3509
4.5/5 rDev +19%
I really like this beer. Totally drinkable, totally enjoyable. Not only a good crossover beer for those getting into craft beers, but an solid brew that demands respect from the most descriminating BA. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color with a nice white foamy head and some minor traces of lace. Medium high carbonation. The aroma is inviting; odors of cooked corn, sweet bread and some floral notes. Very nice. Taste was fantastic, and very well blended. Flavors of corn, malt, hops, grain and notes of citrus and yeast. The carbonation really brings the nuances of this beer to the senses. Finished with a zing. Very well made beer. I will be having more of these. This is the best Witbier I have had, and one of the best beers I have ever had. Highly recommended.
08-28-2005 01:27:41 | More by Frozensoul327
3.63/5 rDev -4%
No freshness date. Litle white head and an pale golden and foggy beer. Nose is lots of oranges but also pears, nuts and koreander. Wheaty caracter there but overall litle pale and had fresher white's. taste is very wheaty and litle yeasty with low bitterness. Though I kept this botle in my fridge the whole time have a feeling this one had some age on it but overall certainly not ea bad brew that i enjoyed.
11-24-2005 17:44:47 | More by paterlodie
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
09-04-2008 22:48:37 | More by BeerBelcher
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
Poured a straw color with hardly any head to mention. Spotty, wimpy looking lace. Nose was of cut peaches, but not fresh peaches. Flavor was strong of wheat. Citrus came through as well as some unripe peaches. Mouthfeel was almost dry, but not quite. I found this beer very easy to drink, but overall it was not very inspirational.
09-16-2005 00:23:19 | More by MuddyFeet
4.15/5 rDev +9.8%
I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A= This ale poured a medium golden straw color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head quickly dropped to nothingness and left zero lacing doiwn the glass. The lack of head made me think this beer was too cold at fridge temp, so I let it warm a bit before proceeding.
S= All of the expected aromas present: orange peel, coriander, lemongrass, and wheat malts - all mild and balanced.
T= I found the taste profile to be a sweetish mix of orange, honey, and wheat malts up front and a mildly spicy coriander finish. Lacked the slight sourness in the finish so common among Belgian wits.
MF= Lighter side of medium bodied, with a slightly too-edgy amount of carbonation. Soft on the tongue, but not as much as I would have expected for the style.
D= A damn fine example of a Witbier. I don't like it as well as an Allagash White, but very drinkable all the same. A perfect hot summer afternoon session beer.
09-06-2008 19:43:41 | More by spointon
4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Poured aggressively to give about a quarter inch head of loose active bubbles on top of a mostly clear pale straw liquid. The head fell in less than a minute, and there were few bubbles rising to maintain it.
Aroma: Dry biscuity wheat malt along with some orangey citrus and what smells like some light spiciness...perhaps coriander?
Taste: Very light bodied and refreshing. The grainy sweetness dominates the flavor also. There seems to be a light banana flavor in here also, that I am just getting in the nose since I tasted it. The orange flavors mix nicely with the beer.
Opinion: I think that this is a pretty good beer. I think that I am reviewing it during the right month, but its just not hot enough in the room I'm in for such a quencher. This is super light, but may be too flavorful for a newbie. Still, this one that I would recommend trying.
09-02-2005 02:08:22 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a slightly hazy honey gold with a sudsy white head that retains pretty well.
Smells of lemon citrus, coriander, and maybe something like peaches and vanilla.
Tastes mildly tart, with obvious coriander notes. Also grains and orange peel, but those are more subtle.
Feels a bit thin and not especially carbonated.
Easy to drink, a good beer for a hot day. Mild, no reason you couldn't session this. Not the best witbier though, but pretty good.
03-31-2010 23:06:00 | More by Cylinsier
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-24-2009 22:46:09 | More by TheFightfan1
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.