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

While in Cincinnati for the National Homebrewers Conference, I stopped by Jungle Jim's and found this long lost old friend. I lived in Austin when Pierre Celis opened his brewery and it was my favorite beer. Thanks, Miller, for killing it.

A - Pours up golden yellow with a thin white head. Somewhat hazy, but mostly clear.

S - Some citrus aroma with spice

T - Sweet citrus dominates, with some spice in the background. Finished sour. I had forgotten how sour this was. I thought it was a sweeter beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good.

D - I really like this beer and could easily work my way through the whole six-pack. Very drinkable.

hiikeeba, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Traquairlover, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple juice yellow with a firm starchy white capping of half an inch height. Fades slowly to a large collar and whisps of spotty lacing are minimal across the glass.

Aroma is sticky of lemon coated soft breads with a stint of banana and clove.

Taste is crisp and tangy upfront with a quick tangle of the tongue with a danse of firm lemon and snappy wheat. Just past midway it gets a smoother envelopement of creamier wheat and banana tones. Ends with another tang of returned lemon and wheat. Quite tangy, rich, and bouncy overall.

Feel is about medium with a strong tang of lemony wheatyness that really grabs hold for good length. Snappy, smooth, and tangy rich with a certian ease to its glide.

A pretty decent Wit. Surprisingly lengthy with a good tone and body of tang. Drinks down just fine.

tavernjef, May 29, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

hardy008, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy pale yellow with strikingly white, 1 finger head and ample lacing.

S: Less prominent than I imagined bu still lots of tangy wheat, faint clove and coriander, and soft fruity flavors with a lemon zest.

T: Lots of esters with less on the spice front than I would have imagined from the aroma. Quite a bit more tangy citrus flavor with a bit of pepper on a backbone of wheaty fruit flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth with exceptional feel and great soft fruit and tangy aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are a wheat beer or witbier fan. Nice soft and unassuming blend of flavors.

argock, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer against a Floris Wit (a true belgian) b/c they were comparable in price (less than $2) and I have to say I think I like the Floris a little more. The celis was darker in color and had a little tartness to it, comparable to the taste of a gueuze produced by the wild yeast. There is a hint of spiciness (cloves, citrus....not pepper spicy) like you'd expect in a belgian wit. To sum it up, there is a difference between a true belgian and a "belgian-style" wit beer

VaTechHopHead, Mar 20, 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 Rootdog316
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, creamy, crisp and refreshing. Citrus aroma and hints throughout. Opaque yellow with a thick white froth of head. Nose of wheat, bubblegum and citrus fruit. Taste is similar with coriander notes. This beer goes down really nicely, and although it is rare in this area, if I randomly see a 6 pack I will certainly pick it up.

Rootdog316, Mar 08, 2008
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 CrellMoset
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

CrellMoset, Feb 09, 2008
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 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 Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, unspectacular offering from Celis, the White remains true to Celis form--thin head, nice color, pretty good taste. There's not enough smell for me--some mild fruit such as bananas, maybe a hint of orange; certainly lots of malt, whiffs of spices such as pepper that emerge in the aftertaste. These carry forth in the taste well, particularly the malt. This improves as it warms to room temp. Rather good, and easy to knock back a few of these.

Right in line with my Celis experiences--nice beers, nothing that knocks off the socks, but steady and tasty. Give it a go.

Gehrig, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This whitbier pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow wheat with a light effervescent head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. No too impressive but still fairly characteristic of the style.

The aroma is primarily of grassy wheat notes. There is a bit of banana and grainy/cereal character. Very mild but pleasant.

Bright grainy wheat in the flavor. Also yeastiness, banana, citrus and lots of grassy notes are present. Just a bit of spice as well. Sweeter with honey notes in the finish. A slightly vinous quality emerges at the end too. Accurate to the style but certainly on the lighter, more mellow end.

Light airy and crisp on the palate. Thickens a bit as it warms and becomes medium bodied by the finish. Medium to high carbonation. Well done but nothing really jumps out at me.

letsgopens, Dec 16, 2007
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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat and Belgian yeast with some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong wheat flavor up front and complimentary flavors of Belgian yeast, spice and a little citrus. The malt character is just slightly heartier than most Witbiers and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, the kick is pretty mild which makes it a very poundable beer. Personally, however, I would prefer something a little bit stronger even within the style. Overall, though it’s a pretty good beer.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of benito
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Celis White, Michigan Brewing's re-incarnated version of the Pierre Celis original, is a citrusy, light and easy-to-drink wit; it also doesn't hold a candle to the better versions of this style that are out on the market these days.

It's pale golden and transluscent with a good head. The bouquet showcases lemon and apple, along with the hint of plastic and orange that I expect in a wit. Unfortunately, Celis White doesn't hold together on the tongue--it's overrun by lemon flavors and lacks any malt presence to balance out the sweeter flavors. It's not sweet or spicy enough to be cloying, and the lemon flavors give way to a watery finish. It's thin and unbalanced...a disappointing wit all around. For Michigan wits, I'll stick with Bell's Winter White from here on out.

Not recommended.

benito, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After not seeing this beer on the market for almost 10 years, I was very excited to se its return. Besides the interesting Celis/Hoegaarden backstory, this was always a very respected label. Michigan Brewing has succeeded in rejuvinating this brew. In comparing this to others in the witbier catagory I'd have to say its right there with Hoegaarden and Leine's Sunset - with more to offer than Blue Moon, but not overly Spicy, Chunky, Fruity or flavorful as to impede its drinkability, but has a nice flavor and begs you to have another.

InandOutBeerGuys, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium head and lacing. The head left after a few sips while the lacing dissipated but didn't fully leave.

You could, of course, smell the wheat in this beer and maybe a little bit of a citrus aroma to it as well. Very inviting beer.

The taste was fantastic, I really enjoy lighter beers and this was for sure one for remembering. It's nothing special or out of the ordinary as it tastes like a witbier but that's what I like about it. They didn't try to "kick it up a notch". As a matter of fact this tastes almost exactly like the Belgian Whitecap I had while in Traverse City.

I would definitely drink this beer again. I went to a store to create my own 6-pack and chose this beer as one of them and when I returned home, I was surprised/excited to see I had forgotten I had already purchased one a few months back! I didn't have to wait for it to get cold!

CoSMoSYS, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale straw with a touch of white head on top. Nose is lots of wheat, light salt, a nice hit of citrus. There's a hop bite to the taste, which balances well with the plentiful wheat and lemon kick. Feel is creamy with solid carbonation. This one's a pretty solid beer. I had preferred this to the Wittekerke we had in the same session.

soupyman10, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a hazy golden straw-like color with a thick creamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is a nice combination of wheat malt, coriander and hints of orange. The taste is much like the aroma with has a tangy wheat finish. The spices are nicely balanced with the wheat malt. It has a creamy, smooth medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice witbier. It's very reminiscent of Hoegaarden, but this makes sense as it's endorsed and (supposedly) formulated by Mr. Celis himself. It's quite a wonderful summer beer.

scoobybrew, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold body--a bit darker than other examples--with slight haze. Sticky, gauzy white head that laces well. Candied wheat malt on the nose with freshly ground coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, and delicious yeastiness. Very aromatic and inviting.

Rich wheat malt with notes of toffee, wheat bread, and candied banana. Coriander and citrus zest come in nicely. Medium-bodied with refreshing carbonation. Very nice witbier!

alexgash, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale cloudy dark orange color. White head fades to a film, thicker around the edges. Little to no lacing.

S - Fruity yeasty banana scent, with some earthy wheatstalk notes.

T/M - Starts out with a crisp carbonation hit, medium consistency, flavor is creamy with sweet yeast. As carbonation flattens out the yeast flavor becomes more earthy, bready, with a nice banana flavor.

D - Overall very easy drinking with a low alcohol content. I would recommend this.

umustdrink, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of genog
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow, off orange color with a white thick and fluffy head that dies down to leave a thin white head. Smell is orange peel, clove, spices. Taste is similar to smell with wheat and spices, as well as some coriander also. Light carbonation makes this a light and very nice refreshing drink on a hot day.

genog, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy straw-yellow with some orange tint. Leaves a substantial head with decent retention and lacing.

Smells are exactly what you'd expect from a witbier -- wheaty yeasts, orange peel and coriander. Very pleasant and inviting -- it hits you right when you open the bottle. The taste is similar without as much of the coriander as in the smell. Very citrusy tanginess balanced out by a good dose of malty sweetness that isn't overpowering or cloying.

Pretty light-bodied feel with a snappy, refreshing crispness. Not the strongest beer in the alcohol sense but complex enough to hold your interest, making this a perfect summer session beer.

Possibly my favorite in this style, though I can only find it at one place around here, and they seem to only carry it during the late summer.

eberkman, Aug 14, 2007
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.