Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Celis WhiteCelis White

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 315
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 315 | Reviews: 262 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

Photo of umustdrink
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of genog
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of eberkman
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance and smell are the similar to the draft version of this brew. Taste still has the nice wheat and citrus balance but it is much lighter and seems to have a lot more sugar in it. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a low carbonartion. It is still a drinkable and decent brew but it doesn't have the complexity of the draft version and it is much thinner. I was somewhat dissapointed with the bottled version since this is one of my favorite draft brews. I guess it is like Yuengling. Great on draft and ok in a bottle.

Photo of matsputis
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy and golden color. The head froths up a little and fizzes out quickly, no lace.

S - A good mix of coriander and orange peel. Not overpowering, but pleasant and soft.

T - The difference between this and some other whites I've had is the prominence of the orange peel. It's got a bitterness to it that I attributed to bitter orange peel, but it could be hops - I don't know. It played down the sweet and sour, and stepped up the bitter to make it very refreshing and unique.

M - A medium-light body - middle o' the road.

D - Very nice. The balance and flavors were all there. I would be happy with a case of these.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a beautiful, sunny, coloring, a bit cloudy.

Has a citrusy smell, with a heavy orange peel scent.

Has a delicious orange flavor to it. As far as witbiers go it is above average, but doesn't really blow you away. Definitely a refreshing brew that I would recommend to a lover of wits or flavorful fruit-tasting beers. Does not have an overwhelming aftertaste and goes down smooth.

Photo of nightcrawler
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember fondly the times in the early 1990's when I'd drive from central Illinois to Austin on vacation and bring back cases of this stuff to share with my friends..

I was excited when the bottle I cracked open looked, smelled and poured just like the original. But I found the sourness of this beer overwhelming compared to my fond memories. I could smell the coriander, but didn't find it in the taste.

Not that this is necessarily a bad beer. I'd rather drink this than a Blue Moon when I'm in the mood. I just remember a much more mellow beer with subtleness that is missing. My wife hated the original Celis White but is more than happy with this version.

I tried the Celis Grand Cru and it actually seemed closer to what I remember the White tasting like.

I wonder if I mix the two...

Photo of boelker62
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a hazy straw under w fluffy, small head, poured into a pilsner glass.

S - too faint for the style, gave off notes of fruits and light spices, but overall, not aromatic enough.

T - I will give credit where its due, and the distinct, imported, dried apricot taste that comes through mid palate is very pleasing, however...

M - there is a long, long metallic finish for a wheat, more like an abbey. It's a bit off for me.

D - due to the finish, it's drinkability is reduced t average, where any wheat whould be higher, to me.

Photo of psinderson
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tall pilsner glass. Added a few drops of water to remove the final yeast that had settled to the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange color, a good cloudiness from the yeast. Medium white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Strong orange with a coriander background. A bit grainy, but not overpowering. Definitely yeasty. Great combination of aromas.

Taste: A really nice combination of orange tartness and sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter and a bit yeasty, bready. I really like the orange flavor throughout. Not overwhelming, but just enough to know it's there. The slight bitterness in the end sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Feels about right for a witbier. Mostly clean.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, the lingering bitterness lasts a bit too long. Otherwise, this would be a perfectly drinkable beer.

Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-31-07

Pours a nice clear gold, with a super-thin head and no lacing.

Smell is a little light Belgian, with an easy amount of spice and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste is alot like the smell, spices and citrus, with a well-balanced sweetness. Nothing overpowers, all the flavors add up nicely.

Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation is light, but leaves just the right amount of thickness.

Drinkability is also very good, the flavors meld well and the lightness makes it easy to drink. This, and the low abv make this a great session beer.

Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed lemon yellow sun. Medium sized dirty white head. The stick is pretty good. Retention nice as well.

Aroma: Wheat tanginess, a little tart character and some subtle, yet evident, spicing. Some nice fresh yeastiness here too. Quite the nice nose.

Taste: Tart, spicy, refreshing. Nice doughy yeastiness here on the palate as well.

MF/DK: The carbonation gives a spritzy feel to the beer. Light-medium body. Flavorful and quite drinkable. Good Lawnmower Beer.

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white head that disappears quickly. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is ok, but does not prepare you for the strong flavor.

The taste is very pronounced unlike some American versions of the style. Strong taste of citrus (orange?), cloves, hint of bubble gum sweetness and an astringent tartness that reminded me of Koenig Ludwig.

Mouthfeel was rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is good but as a session beer I would prefer to sip rather than guzzle. The taste is strong enough to make you take notice. I was very pleasantly surprised and would seek it out again as a summertime refresher.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours somewhere between yellow and straw, a little white head forming but not lasting, no lacing and a ring of thin foam around the edge. The aroma starts off decent but gets more vague as it warms, citrus in oranges, some spices like cloves, and some other unidentified funk, like a banana-ish yeast gone weird.

The taste is a little better, lots of cloves and oranges peel, almost too much, feels a little overdone, but perhaps its the big carbonation that brings it out more. Overall, its a decent American interpretation of one of my favorite styles, but could be toned down a bit. I feel odd saying that, but its true.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer I have wanted to try for sometime that just showed up in the most run down liquor store in town. I only stopped to take a look because there was a "Under New Management" banner at the store.

In the glass this is a pale cloudy yellow beer with a white head a little dark for a Witbier.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a big bitter orange aroma and a smattering of other spices. Hard to pick the scents apart except for the big citrus aroma.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a good orange taste to this. Spices are there but mostly this reminds me of vanilla. Decent wheat malt taste definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Witbier but not as good as Wittekerke in my opinion.

Photo of eveninghawk
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Essentially this beer straddles the line between a white and a wheat beer. I think the combination interesting and refreshing to drink. I'd say the overall taste in the mouth is closer to a wheat beer, though there are clear hints of a belgian white without the creaminess.

I find this beer to be a fine sunday night selection for sitting in front of the tv and not thinking too hard about definitions and hard lines between styles.

Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy wiezen gold with a decent but short-lived white head.

Smells of strong wheatmalt. White pepper and light citrus fruit. Nothing exceptional, but I do like a nice wheatmalt smell. Distinct white wine yeast comes through as it warms.

Tastes firm but smooth, if that makes any sense. Orange peel, white pepper, cloves, and lemons. Ends on a very refreshing, fruity note. Nice.

Not as smooth and creamy (and flavorful) as a good wiezen, nor as firm and fizzy as a nice sessiony white. This falls somewhere in between, and while it's nice and all, I kind of wish I would figure out what it was trying to be. Still, you get an awful lot of flavor for a beer that's under 4.0, and at 6 bucks a sixer it's a pretty damn good deal.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

As expected, this poured to a hazy cloudy golden color with thin white head, that dissipated quickly and left little or no lacing. Aroma was a veryu pleasant mix of oranges, cookie dough and and a hint of clove spice. Flavor followed true to form with more of the clove-orange mix. At 4.25%, the alcohol never made itself known. To me, the mouthfeel was somewhat chewy, due to the dough taste, and the finish was somewhat stale.

This beer, while pleasant, did not finish nearly as well as it started.

Photo of geexploitation
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours very cloudy, but with some transparency around the edges. Deep gold color with bone white head that fades to a collar. Quite aromatic, with plenty of malts amidst the spices -- orange peel, coriander, white pepper -- that lend a hugely refreshing feel to the nose. On the palate, excellently balanced between sweetness and acidity, with each one seesawing for influence in turn. Mouthfeel takes over at first -- it's thick for a witbier, and quite carbonated. At the finish and in the aftertaste the real flavors of this beer come out: sharp spices, a citrusy tang, and clingy wheat malts. Overall, this is a very good witbier. It's got some spice and some maltiness, refreshing acidity and drinkability. At low alcohol, it's also great for summer consumption. I'm impressed.

Photo of benmiliron
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid 1.69 for a single. Appearance is straw yellow, almost transparent. Little haze. Not much head at all. Smell is classic witbier. Taste is a little winey, but otherwise captures the essence of Belgian witbier. Good honey and wheat. Mouthfeel is too fizzy, and too syrupy.

Photo of Illinick
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, lightly colored yellow with some rising carbonation. Small 1/4" sticky head that retains decently with little to no lacing.
S: Orange peel, citrus rind, and coriander up front, some candi-esque spicy notes in the background with some slight earthy scents as well.
T: Follows the nose with orange peel, generic citrus rind, and corainder throughout with some banana peeking through in the middle. Some extremely slight belgian-like candi flavors in there as well as some earthy and herbal notes. A bit of crisp hops at first swig also.
MF: Creamy and medium, finishing slightly dry.
Overall: While this beer is not confused with better crafts of the style, it does a good job of giving a solid, macro-esque brew. There is definately better american varieties available, but turning to this one is not too far off.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a properly cloudy straw hue, with a weak soap-bubble one-finger head. Lacking retention and minimal lacing. Coriander and sweet orange peel nose, with a nice funky Belgian yeast aroma, and some wheat in the background. Sweet pale base malt and soft wheat flavors upfront, followed by a tart and fruity witbier yeast profile. Semi-dry afteraste; faint spicy german hops meld with citrus rind and coriander spice for a well-balanced and charismatic flavor. A light body and high carbonation give it a effervescent and lively mouthfeel. Finishes crisp with mellow belgian phenols and spices; slight pale malt is distant and subdued. A terrific drinkability and great example of the style. Recommend this to your friends that like Blue moon.

Photo of Alkey
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured a hazy yellow orange color with a thin layer of head and almost no lacing. Smells of sweet fruit and a bit of spice. Taste of yeast, starch, and some strange bitterness almost like seltzer water. The mouth feel thick and creamy was the only highlight of this beer I have a couple more of these in my sampler case and I hope they taste better than this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.