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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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 ken3c
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Conor O'neils in Ann Arbor.

medium yellow color, very clear. Slight head leaves just a little foam by the end of the glass. No lacing.

Stick your thumbnail into an orange and smell. Same thing.

Tastes like a sweet orange. The kind that doesn't leave the state of Florida. There is a slight bitterness that seems to come from orange pith rather than any hops.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation. Very refreshing.

Hot day...Celis White...Cool day.

ken3c, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz.bottle. Pours a cloudy yellow with a minimal head that faded quickly. Smell is of spices, black pepper, and lemons. Has a refreshingly tart, bitter sweet lemony wheat malt taste. A good brew to buddy up with after mowing the lawn on a hot afternoon.

beerceller99, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of vitesse
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from 12 oz. brown bottle.

pours a nice "white" color. only slightly cloudy, but it is bottle conditioned. smallish head for this style...and it recedes quickly.
smells just amazing. you can really smell the distinctive yeast that they use in both this beer and in the celis raspberry. very grassy, herbal and tea-like. tase is superb. very light and drinkable, yet the spicey-citrusy kick really delivers. a nice, subtle witbier that i found to be extremely drinkable. both this and the raspberry are very good beers, imho. great summer beers!

vitesse, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Light lager" yellow but hazy. Small white head that settles to a cap but sticks. Aroma is meatloaf, clove, ketchup, and fresh veggies. Peculiar that I enjoyed those aromas. Flavor is smooth lightly sweet corn with other veggies, herbs, and spices. Bright sizzly carbonation dances on the tongue.

Hell yeah, nice Belgian yeast character really is polished in this one and makes the big difference. I could drink a lot of these.

waughbrew, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of Truh
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dropped some non-sequitors with this one on 6/25/2004. 16-oz. pour in shaker glass at Redbones.

Doplleganger head on top; like watching thin clouds scud across a golden sky. Light, hazy yellow hue that verges almost on white. Wheat is heavy on nose, tart lemon grassiness follow in short order. At taste, oranges and buckwheat power through, lemon rind too. Penultimate summer brew as there is a jumpy carbonation giving it the aspect of a soda, and reminiscent of an Orangina.

One of the first finer brews that I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of was Celis Grand Cru back in the fall of 1993 at a brewing supply store in Burlington, VT. My heart nearly stopped when I saw the word “Celis” up on the chalkboard at Redbones; I would have preferred the Grand Cru, but this was a start.

Truh, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that first lured me into beer geekdom many years ago. Since then, the brewery/recipe has changed hands a few times and was unavailable for awhile. Even now, it's hard to get, but I had to get my hands on some.

The beer isn't as hazy or cloudy as I remember, which is too bad. The smell is very good, with stong floral and grain overtones, plus a citrus edge. The mouthfeel is crisp, with pinpoint carbonation. There are enough hops to somewhat balance the tastes of citrus and sweetness.

There's a lingering aftertaste that extends the flavor's life and invites drinkers to sip slowly in order to enjoy each mouthful. Still, the beer is good enough that I couldn't linger too long between each bend of my elbow.

I'm glad to have you back, old friend.

GnomeKing, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a modest white head. Little lacing or retention.

Smells like a close sousin to the boys down the street at Allagash. Orange, lemon, coriander, and grass. Deelish.

Tastes like it was born for massive summer consumption. Big gobs of sweet/tart citrus with an underlying grainy feel. Spicy, again wth an undercurrent of sweetness. Finishes lemony dry with the pause that refreshes.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. Built to be drank as a monster session brew. We still have a few weeks of summer here in Maine and I am on this one. I feel like I stumbled on to one here completely by accident. Glad I snagged a six of this.

yankeeheel, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale blondish yellow with a light white head and minimal lacing. Aromas are of of zesty lemon, wheat and bread malts. For flavor this beer hits up front citrus and zesty with lemon dominating while a slight spice makes its way in. A mixing of wheat and doughy like malts find their way into the picture. Following a combination of sweetness and tartness finishes this beer. Carbonation was light for this beer to match its light body. Overall this beer was tasty but there are definetly better ones of this style out there.

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of danadeny
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried some more, this time i didnt pour it out of the bottle, i found that this made a huge difference. More flavor all around.

Pours very clear for a witbier, looks like a slightly cloudy Bud. A white head forms and fades quickly, no carbonation. Smells of hints of orange and spice. Tastes salty at first and throughout. Not much of the smell transfers over to the taste. There is a taste of some floral hops at the end and the hops give it a little bit of bitterness. the hops are present in the after taste. mouthfeel is slick, kind of oily. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

danadeny, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to HardTarget for this great suggestion and lovely brew.

Appearance: pours a hazy straw yellow with a beautiful amber glow. The carbonation is champagne-like as it cascades up the glass.

Smell: A very refreshing, spring-like blend of spice and citrus beckon me to quaff this yummy looking brew.

Taste: A refreshing wheat bread-like taste with a citrus after taste. I'm guessing the one taste that I can't identify is coriander but I'll have to rob a spice rack before I know what it's supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, light and very refreshing!

Drinkability: An elegant and complex ale that witbier that went down very quickly and made my grilling so much more enjoyable.

Thanks again to HardTarget for that one!

mattcrill, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of kfoss99
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a chalice.

Taste - Chill hazed bubbly blonde color. An initial large, frothy white head settled to a spongy layer.

Smell - Smell is of orange, grass, and vanilla.

Taste – Taste is lightly bitter, earthy, with cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very well carbonated, light, with a fizz to the finish.

Drinkability – A sweet and refreshing ale. The finish was its major flaw. Still, I would drink it on occasion if available.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

kfoss99, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This white poured a cloudy, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was yeast and citrus with a very light sweetness. The taste was citrusy (lemon) with flavors off yeast, wheat, light sugar, and very, very faint spices. The mouthfeel was smooth though a bit tart with medium body and good carbonation. The lemony citrus flavor dominated the finish. This was an OK witbier.

UncleJimbo, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after dislodging it self from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystal clear gold color, the head smallish and bright white, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a thin velum like sheet. Nose is citrus crisp, sweetly malt with a trace of wheat, start is quite sweet, nice grain profile, and the top is light in its feels to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style. I suppose it is a good representative to the original, but it’s hard to beat a brewing icon like Peter Celis, well at least in my humble opinion.

Gusler, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

PatandDavid, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White head. Pale, brownish golden in color. Yeast is not readily evident at the bottom of the bottle.
Aroma is yeasty, bready, spicey, and tart. Orange and wheat are readily evident with a hint of lemon as well.

Taste is tart and fruity (orange and hints of lemon). Wheat and bready malt backbone. Slight yeast and spice. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is just a tad fizzy.
Good drinkability.
Overall, a good witbier. Tastey, light and refreshing yet clearly different from the mainstream. Big thank you to AKSmokedPorter for the bottle! I'd been hoping to sample this one and it didn't disappoint.

PhantomVodoo, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My beer pours out a very clear, light yellow -- not the hazy white/yellow I remember from when this beer was brewed in Austin. (I based my appearance score on this.) Very light head. My bottle is also severly oxidized, with a heavy wet cardboard nose. Lightly tart flavor with a hint of coriander and the taste of dead yeast. Nothing of the lively, but not overpowering spiciness, of the former incarnation of this beer. Clinging aftertaste of of dead yeast.

I really hope this is just a bad (or very old) 6-pack, because what I'm drinking now is not very good. Celis White used to be a world-class beer; now I can barely choke this down. I'll give this a try again in the near future because I really don't want to believe this beer has fallen so far.

chriscolby, May 29, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a cloudy pale golden color. The head is decent, but not as large as I would expect from a wheat beer. The aroma has some sweet citrus to it. It has a slight spice to the taste, but it is sweeter than I would have liked. There are also some perfumy/flowery/honey notes as well. It finishes somewhat sweet with a little of a spicy kick. Not bad, but not great.

ark57, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

SheepNutz, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Razor
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The appearance is an average yellowish haze for a wheat beer. The head is what made the appearance for me not that good. There is little to no head and for a wheat I would expect a nice full white head.

Smell - There is a powerful spice smell and is very welcoming to the nose.

Taste - There is a fruity lemon? spicey taste to this beer. It's got a bitter taste to it also.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is average, not too much excitement when it hits every part of my mouth.

Drinkability - This is a beer that I could drink on average, it has a refreshing feeling to it and the taste is great. Overall this is a good beer.

Razor, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed pale yellow with minimal head to speak of. The smell consists of a musty yeast and spicing with a common wheat beer aroma in the background. The taste is a light and refreshing wave of coriander spicing with a perfect balance of wheat, hops, and a trace of alcohol. This would be nice in the heat of the day. This is a light bodied brew with a mild sticky mouthfeel that finishes out with a hint of sweetness. Very nice! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy super pale yellow color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has an intense wheat scent with a nice fruity yeast aroma. The taste is great. I've always been a fan of the Celis line of beers. It has a light and refreshing wheat flavor that goes down easy. It is fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is true to style and good tasting; a fine wit.

WesWes, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is a heavily spiced wheat. The taste is very heavily spiced wheat..a lot of corriander with a good bit of citrusy tartness as well. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A solid wit, especially for those who like the heavily spiced wits, and a nice tribute to a true beer innovator. Quite good, and certainly one I hope to get again!

beergeek279, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of FFudnam
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at home after a long day at work....

Pours a hazy straw-color with minimal head, what little there was appeared cream in color. Tiny yeast particles float happily in the bubbly concoction.

Smells of coriander, ORANGES, lemons to a lesser extent.... a yeasty breadiness asserts itself throughout.

More of the same in the taste, although more tart than I expected. Only a minute flash of hops shows itself in the finish. Very effervescent, almost too bubbly. Overall, very good, tasty authentic Belgian witbier.

Very refreshing, an excellent session beer. Can't wait to try it on tap very soon.

FFudnam, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: So far dead on as far as appearance looks like a hazy glass of lemonade with a big fluffy white very carbonated at that head leaves behind thick full patches of lace. Aroma: Sharp spritzy sweetness from the malted wheat with the coriander, zest, and yeast driven citrus like tones all there classic aromatics much like the original witbier. Taste: However varies a bit much more pronounced tartness with a creamy slightly chalky yeast profile lightly hopped in the finish with citrus and the coriander coming to play on the palate. Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Extreme carbonation tickles the back of the throat lighter bodied session ale made to be drank in number as refreshing summer brew, nice.

WVbeergeek, Dec 16, 2003
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.