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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
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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 twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Bummer this one is not as rich and flavorful as the old Austin Celis, I wasnt able to fully appreciate how great it was while in college...anyway, this one aint bad though!

Appears a hazy yellow color and a heavy pour yields a thin, large bubbled head that fades to a sheen rapidly.

Plenty of delicious smells in this brew. The obvious coriander and orange peel are most prominent, but of note is the softening and roundness of them here. Also has some bready and biscuity notes and something that hints at soapiness and cantaloupe.

A veritable party of flavors in the mouth - tart, sweet, spicy and sour. Nice blend of refreshing and full body characteristics.

I'm a sucka for a good wit, and while this one is not as good as it's predecessor, it is still a really good beer...especially for our 12 month summers here.

twiggamortis420, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -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
Photo of eporter66
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

The beer pours a hazy yellow, thin head that rapidly vanishes. Upon the initial smell, it reminded me of the Saison I had tried the other night but not as strong.

As the chill came off the fruit flavors come out. A lemon zest flavor along with orange. I was surprised after my initial reaction to the smell that I enjoyed this beer. Not one of my favorites, but I thought I might be taking the Belgian Whites off my list, but this will get me to try more. I would let this sit out a bit from the fridge before drinking, it became more enjoyable and flavorful as the chill came off.

The carbonation is tingly on the tongue, and a slight silky texture.

It is mildly sweet, not bitter and refreshing. It peaks my interest to try more Belgian Whites.

eporter66, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Not as cloudy as some other witbiers that I've. Nice lacing, extremely high carbonation. Nice looking brew.

S: Standard coriander and spiciness but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice nose, whetted the appetite for what is to come with the taste.

T & M: Very nice, I had high expectations for this beer and it definitely met them. Not thin at all, mouthfeel solid. Taste had everything that I would expect, nice spiciness in the brew with some sweetness but not cloying at all.

D: Incredibly drinkable, this is one I that I could drink any time of the year in a large quantity. This is the best witbier that I have had in my tastings.

elniko, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Okay, okay. So that thing I said about the last wit I had being the last of the season wasn't so true.

Pours a clouded yellow with athin white head. Nose is like popcorn. Minus the buttera and salt of course. Citrus is there as well. It's present in the flavor, but guess what else is there. Popcorn again! Ha! That's a new one. Overall though it's a nice earthy citrus mix. Quite citrus forward really. Feel has a fairly full and biting carbonation. Liquid is typical for the style. This is a good witbier. A spot on interpretation IMO.

RblWthACoz, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a light, seethru orange with small head and little carbonation. A good lemon zest along with other citric fruit smells (orange, banana peel) and some clove and minor pepperiness. Orange and lemon combine with some clove and pepper with wheat and some sweet malts for a relatively medium-bodied wit that also contains a little hop prickle on the backend. Goes down smooth and creamy with mild sweetness, and holds true to the style. Not the best wit I've had, but still pretty good.

clayrock81, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

dfillius, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of mcowgill
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Beer pours quite nicely into a pint glass with a thick white fluffy head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. It's a nice pale cloudy yellow color.

S - Nice fruity aroma with a hint of spice and yeast in there. I'm getting lemon too.

T - Nice yeasty taste with a hint of sourness and spice. Quite enjoyable.

M - Carbonated and almost creamy mouthfeel. Light bodied.

D - Extremely drinkable. In the summer I could drink this by the case load out in the yard.

mcowgill, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of whoneeds8
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured into a Pint glass with good head and very minimal lacing. Bottle Date: 02/24/09.

Smell is fruity spiced, but overall weak for this style.

Taste was also a let down. I almost thought I was drinking a Hefeweizen, not a wit.

I wish I had the chance to drink the old Austin version, I heard good things about it back then. But I would say it was overated if it was anything like this.

whoneeds8, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a hefe glass. It was a hazy pale straw color with good carbonation and lacing. It had a thick white head that settled into a collar with some certain foam from the carb.

The aroma was heavy on the coriander and clove with orange peel in the back. Could smell the dryness as well. The taste really followed the aroma. Heavy on the spices. It had a very dry finish that for me was a little too dry which hurt the mouthfeel.

They just re-introduced this to Texas - about damn time. I've gotten used to the less dry/sweeter wits since it left here so not in my upper tier but still a damn fine beer. Highly recommend. I see this in the regular rotation.

TexIndy, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw/yellow. A large pillowing and fluffy head forms a sticks around for a bit. Light lace is left behind.
S: Musky and funky hey aroma. Some yeast, banana, and citrus aromas.
T: Banana and clove with some citrus flavors. Some doughy malt. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. Well carbonated and creamy. A very easy witbier to drink. This is something that I could session.

A really good Witbier. I am usually not a fan of this style, though I if I had more of this quality that would change. I wish I could of tried this when it was the Celis Brewery in Austin though.

champ103, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow, typical for a witbier, with a nice head. Head doesn't have the fluffiness of Hoegaarden or Allagash, but still looks good.

Aroma: Coriander, orange, the wheat. Typical for the style.

Taste: Pretty good, the spices from the coriander are apparent and the orange goes through as well. Overall this is a good beer. The beer is a little bitter in the end going down, and goes down smooth. A little different than Hoegaarden and Allagash, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Crisper than most wits, its got a bit of a bite to it. The feel isn't as creamy as it is in other wits either. But the crispness is refreshing and does give a nice bite that I approve of.

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp, light, good flavors, overall a good example of a witbier. Good for a hot day, and a nice beer to have just to enjoy.

kshankar, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with very slight orange hues. Small head of white foam that subsides into a bubbly film.

S - Slight malt aroma. Big aromas of spice (corriander, clove, orange). Pretty much what you would expect from any quality wit beer.

T - Malty with the right amount of spice. A little mustiness in the flavor, but not in a bad way.

MF&D - Overall a good quality beer. I think this one would make a good session beer.

nasty15108, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of LordHammer
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Another of the monthly offerings from the Microbrew of the Month Club, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy pale yellow with about 1/2 inch of white head that fades to a persistent lace.

Smell: Smells like a good witbier to me, with wheat malt, orange, and coriander.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma, with all the ingredients in good balance A bit of sweetness at the end, lacking some of the yeast character that seems present in other wits, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: Body was on the lighter side, but not thin or watery. A pleasurable beverage with enough carbonation to augment the slightly thin texture a bit.

Drinkability: These are eminently quaffable, and I'm dissapointed I only got three in the box. An excellent beer whether you're planning on having one or several.

LordHammer, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
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.

allergictomacros, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of spointon
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.

spointon, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

This is really the essence of what a good Witbier should be.
Cloudy and pale...but still inviting. Probably a little to dark for the style, but still fine.
Yeasty without being overkill. Lots of tropical fruits and dessert spices without being too sweet.
Dense without being too thick and drinkable without being too weak.
Balance. This beer has it.

Domingo, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%

Smells of yeast and believe it or not Spam! Pours to a cloudy yellow orange with a little fizzy head. Taste is very wheaty, malty at first followed by spices then a light hop bitterness. Carbonation is high, too high in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. A unique brew. Definitely Belgian, quite primative. Not a flavor I would seek out again however.

mooseisloose, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wheat malt with citrus and spice to it

T - The spice is the first thing I notice followed by the citrus flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer it has a great taste thats very refreshing worth a try

armock, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Heidi & Tom for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy pale gold color with a small off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Aromas of orange peel, coriander, toasted malt, and a faint cereal sweetness.

T: See above. Slightly tart and sweet citrus, toasted malt, sweet caramel, and mild spices.

M: Spicy and peppery/dry with a sweet smoothness for great balance.

D: Very enjoyable and quite sessionable.

GbVDave, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Appears a somewhat hazy pale straw color with a big white three finger head that continues to rise. The bubbles swirling up from the bottom make it quite a beautiful sight. A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is similar to most other Witbiers. Tangy wheat malt, coriander, and a hint of orange and lemon.

The flavor here really puts this one up a notch from many other Wits. First there is a honey like sweetness that quickly mingles with the spiciness of the wheat and coriander. It finishes with a soft lemony touch.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and so smooth. Insanely soft on the palate.

This is easily the best Witbier that I have ever had. The carbonation level is fairly high but where others would be very crisp and verging on harsh, this manages to stay so smooth. At such low alcohol content, it's highly sessionable.

roadhouse, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

There are a few noble and illusive beers out there that I haven't had the pleasure to sample. This is one of them. But with the history, infamy, and legendary status of the history of the beer, how can the flavors compete? As do most Witbiers, this opens with a silky looking pour, giving a lot of airiness and froath to the glass. Softly carbonated and canary yellow in color, the beer has an impressive look. Aromas of corriander, oranges, and wheat dominate the nose and carry over to the flavors nicely. Lightly estery, peppery, and phenolic, the beer balances with the sweet pilsner malts well without the slightest hint of graininess or astringency. Light lemon flavors prevail in the finish, giving the beer high marks for drinkability. The texture is as smooth as it looks with a powdery, thirst quenching finish. The beer certainly meets the hype.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured a hazy faint yellow with a very small head. Smelled sweet, with coriander and orange, as well as some clover and other spices. It tastes good, with orange peel and citrus up front, followed by some banana tones and a hint of hops at the end. It has a very long and dry finish as well. This beer is a bit thin and pretty carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty good witbier and is very enjoyable to drink.

birchstick, Jul 06, 2008
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.