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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 wahhmaster
3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy, pale white color. Has a medium-sized, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells yeasty with hints of lemon, citrus, and spices.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Finishes sweet with strong citrus and lemon flavors. The typical Belgian yeastiness is there as well along with some nice spicy notes. All in all, a very well-rounded witbier.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good witbier, one of the better American interpretations I've had. Highly drinkable and highly refreshing. The flavors are a bit subdued but still present and very enjoyable. This beer is certainly worth a try.

wahhmaster, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of mpcrump
3.78/5  rDev 0%

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a pale cloudy yellow. Decent carbonation and nice white head.

S: Wheat, yeast, and some fruits.

T: Wheat with some orange and then lemon at the finish.

M: Nice light and lively carbonation.

D: Nice light drink with low ABV. Good summertime drink when it's hot.

mpcrump, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of rings
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%

Celis White has a mild citrus nose and pours pale yellow in color with a nice full head. The body is crisp and tastes are effervescent on the tongue as the carbonation exaggerates the orange and spiced flavors. There's a light, hoppy bite and the flavors round out smoothly with a hint of banana and cream, along with the citrus fruitiness. It's delightful and surprisingly complex for a lighter brew.

This is an easy recommendation and a fine effort by Michigan Brewing to continue the tradition of Pierre Celis.

rings, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

A - Pours a hazy yellow color not clear by any means with at least an inch of white foamy head.

S - Smells of orange and coriander with a nice yeast smell.

T - Well it's good. I get a nice orange and yeast with a bit of lemon and coriander. Flavor is light and refreshing.

M - Light and drinkable.

D - I was impressed by this. Low 3.9% abv with full flavor means very successionable. Price of a sixer is reasonable too at 10 bucks a sixer. Would drink again.

DrDemento456, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of RonJon24
3.1/5  rDev -18%

A - Light gold in color. Not a clear beer by any means, slightly cloudy. You can still see through the glass but just slightly. Good head at pour, but subsides very quickly leaving lacing on the glass.

S - Great Belgian beer smell, exactly what I would expect from a Belgian white.

T - Good flaver although there is a feeling of something missing which leaves a feeling of light on taste.

M - Good carbonation, but a lighter beer than expected.

D - Average, overall this is just a typical Belgian white.

RonJon24, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of atis
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours pale yellow with white and sparkling head that slowly fades, the beer is swarming with carbonation bubbles. Aroma is light yeast, sweetish wheat, some oranges.

Taste is sweet and slightly tart wheat, mild lemon and weak bitterness in the clean finish. Mouthfeel is about medium with very lively carbonation.

Nice and very refreshing, but at least the bottled version does not seem to live up its reputation.

atis, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of DannyDan
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A. A pale yellowish body with a thick white head that has good retention, lacing and carbonation.
S. The smell is a pleasant scent of wheat, spices, , coriander, bananas and lemon.
T. The taste is a pleasant mix of wheat and spices at first followed by a hint of orange, some banana, some coriander and finally a lemony finish to it. The taste is well balanced and the orange in it is not over done like it is in some beers.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth creamy medium bodied drink that clings to the tongue and the crisp clean smoothness makes this a nice drinkable summertime beer. I'll be enjoying more of this in the future.

DannyDan, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a very pale shade of yellow. The aroma is of wheat and Belgian yeast. I get some spiciness, but not the orange that I was expecting. The taste in some citrus with a little banana thrown in there. There is a carbonation bite. It has a grassy presence to it as well. It would prbably go down better in the summer.

buschbeer, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges and spices. Taste is good, again oranges and spices, some grains. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality beer.

tone77, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of buddhapeace
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

A: Whitish cloudiness gives this beer a pale yellow color that is nearly perfect for the style.

S: Spice and wheat elements present, but not overly pleasant.

T: Tangy tartness on the front palate. Almost sweet on the mid palate followed by notes of corn on the back palate. Very good complexity that persists through the whole beer.

M: The acidic tartness in the mouth feels like it matches this beer well.

D: After the first, I'm ready for the second. This one is very drinkable.

Color me impressed. Did not really expect too much out of this one, but I think this is seriously a world class beer. I should qualify that I prefer Hoegaarden to the likes of Blue Moon and Shock Top. Orange/lemon flavors are not as strong in this beer which is good.

buddhapeace, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one and half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of bananas, yeast, spices, fruity malts, and citrus. Also some cloves.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, and light citrus.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a bad witbier at all. This is probably the best beer I've received in the beer of the month club since I started getting it in February, and it reminded me a lot of Southhampton's Double White Ale. Lots of nice bananas, and Belgian styule spices and yeast in the smell. Would definitely have this beer again.

mdfb79, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of errantnight
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

Received in my monthly shipment o' beers from the BotM Club.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Ultra pale gold, hazy, with a finger or two of craggy head, that dissipates moderately, leaving a thin ring and some light spotting, moderate lacing.

Aroma is wonderful, stone fruit and orange with a touch of spice, coriander and clove, it's robust and full, with just a hint mint on the finish.

On the palate this is almost bold in its flavor, particularly considering the style and the ABV. A round, full early to mid palate carries a pleasing sweetness of grain and unleavened bread. Spices play around the edge before filing in on the finish on the backs of a tannic acidity. Which is the only place where this falls a little flat, on the back half it gets faintly watery, which I think is a failing of the carbonation, which is in turn a failing of this not being bottle conditioned.

I feel like I may have scored this a little low, and I wish this were bottle conditioned, but this still has elements of a world class beer, is superbly drinkable anyway. Something I'd be happy to down a sixer of on a warm summer evening.

errantnight, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.78/5  rDev 0%

Nose of wheat which also recalls the fruity (mango, pineapple, ...) but also the taste of cake that is just out of the oven. On the palate, the fruit looks like a soft sorbet but it also gets the vanilla but bread, hot and freshly cut, is recalled immediately. Mostly responsible for Witbier but with less spices (coriander low enough that almost no off) the classic Hoegaarden.

ThaCreep, May 18, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... this one pours a very slightly hazy yellow color with a bubbly white head quick to dissipate. Nothing special at all to look at.

The smell is a step up from the appearance... definite lemon notes as well as yeasty spice. Not bad.

The taste is a lot like the smell, slightly spicy, some citrus note, nothing that's going to blow you away but it's good.

This could be a quite refreshing crawfish boil or BBQ beer but I think it would be best on a hot day for sure.

theboozecruise, May 07, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a thin white head; little retention

S - Coriander, a little bready (yeasty), and banana

T&M - Clove and coriander up front, a little lemon tartness as well. Slightly bready with a fluffy mouthfeel, and a light sour/tart left on the tongue after swallowing. Carbonation feels a little light; I generally feel witbier should be "zingier"

D - Easily sessionable, enjoyable on a spring or summer day.

Notes: A little off the style, IMHO, but not by much. There are better witbiers available, and this one is decent, but nothing worth seeking out.

ZeroSignal, May 06, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

12 oz.

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.

Cylinsier, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
3.93/5  rDev +4%

12 oz bottles served into a pint glass.

A - Clloudy, pale, straw color. Two-fingered white head comprised of larger bubbles. Average retention, receding to a skim of foam in a couple minutes. The head leaves little lace, but there is quite of bit of lace on the back of the glass as I drink it.

S - Complex and fruity aroma. Slightly sweet, apricots, vanilla, orange peel. and spices. There is a slight bitterness.

T - Flavor is mostly citrus fruit, particularly orange, and slightly sweet. There is an underlying wheat flavor. Aftertaste grows increasingly bitter, though its more orange peel than hoppy bitterness, and then recedes after about 30 seconds. There is also a bit of citrus tang in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels a little creamy at times and watery at times.

D - Very drinkable. The 12 oz serving is not enough. It is remarkable how strong the flavor builds and then how clean it ultimately finishes. The low alcohol is a bonus. It is a very flavorful beer for under 4%.

Except for the orange peel bitterness I tasted in the finish, it pretty much follows the style description perfectly.

jwillcourt, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of mdruiz
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Purchased a 12 oz bottle

The appearance is a thick light yellow with a thin layer of bright white head.

Smell is very wheat-y with a light hint of fruit like apricots, peaches, and apples.

Taste- Very distinct flavor typical of a Belgian-Style Wheat Beer. Very clean, similar to Hoegarder but slightly more crisp.

Very quaffable and fresh.

Very clean finish, no bitter sharp taste, very even coat of flavoring. Very acomidating with spicy food and pastas alike.

mdruiz, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Bought this in a 6 pack / 12 ounce bottles. Chilled then drank in a 13 ounce goblet.

Poured a pale yellow with a one finger bright white head.

Smell was a fruity - grassy typical Witbier look.

Taste was a familiar/ fruity / clean Wit which was surprisingly similar to Hoegarden, very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was smooth and light would be a great choice for those looking to venture into the Belgian beers or Witbiers.

Extremely drinkable and fresh and this would be a great choice for a summer cook due to its refreshing qualities and lower ABV.

I rated this beer fairly high but it should not be construed to mean it is in the caliber of Sam Adams Imperial White or a Dogfish Head Red & White.

Less sweet than Blue Moon and softer on the palate than Shock Top but definitely in the class of Hoegaarden at domestic prices.

This one is worth a try.

MQ4188, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
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.

goblue3509, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of woodske1
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%

Pretty hard to mess up a wheat beer, but this one isn't very good at all. The taste is unacceptable for the category. Very bland, and a bit off.

The smell is okay, prolly the best aspect of the beer.

You can drink it, but there is nothing that will make you come back to it.

woodske1, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured into a tulip a pale yellow with a finger of head. Can't say the color was all that appetizing, but held into front of a light it turned a beautiful golden-orange, never saw a beer do that before. Very interesting.

Smell was rich with a well-captured orange & spice scent, like a candle in the way it was just so rounded. Some other citrus, a little lemon, slight nutmeg, that je ne sais quoi from Belgian yeast.

Taste was similar to flavor at first, then developed a kind of dryness to it, like a saison, toward the bottom of the glass. Very tasty for a light, delicate beer.

Mouthfeel was nice & active, some tingly sensations. Went down smooth, left a slightly bready aftertaste.

A very good drinker, excellent with food (had this with a red Thai curry). I appreciate that this is very well-made, yet still inexpensive & available in these parts.

OneDropSoup, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of vishneda
4/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

This Celis White was a very cloudy beer with light pear juice color. It had a very light look to it. A puffy white head adorned the beer from the first pour and faded slowly. There was no lacing on the glass as the beer was consumed. Overall it had a very unassuming look and I was a little disappointed when I first saw it.

The aroma was a strong improvement, however. It had a moderately sweet smell that was complemented with wheat heft and a mix of what I thought was coriander and citrus. The flavor was much stronger than the aroma and more spicy than I imagined it would be. Still moderately sweet, it had much more clove and spice in the mix with a bit of citrus toward the finish. The bitterness that was there was not noticeable outside the sense of balance created. Overall I quite like the aroma and flavor of this beer.

It has a great mouthfeel that is perfect for summer days. The volume of CO is light and complementary to the thin body of the beer without being "fizzy". The low ABV makes this beer preeminently sessionable, and the all of the factors of feel and flavor really make it very easy drinking brew.

I like this beer and I finished the six pretty quickly. I hope to get some more of it.

vishneda, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of chickencoop
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Found this in Dallas, I thought these guys were out of business and remember when Miller screwed them up in the 90's.
Poured a light gold, with a bright white head. The smell is a very floral, banana cream. The taste was awesome, this is so smooth with the right amount of sweetness, but also a malty base.
This is a very drinkable, should be at 3.9%, but it goes down like candy, I highly reccommend this.

chickencoop, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

As you would expect, this is a light, straw-colored beer with a white head.

Smells good, peppery hops are at the forefront, with subtle notes of citrus in the background.

A little more bitter than I expected. Again, the peppery hops dominate.

There is some complexity in the mouth. Initially, the bitterness is mild, but it gains strength in the finish.

This was a reasonably drinkable, refreshing beer.

RickS95, Oct 10, 2009
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.