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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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86
very good

262 Reviews
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Reviews: 262
Hads: 323
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 262 | Hads: 323
Photo of zaphodchak
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of foamy white head, which recedes, laces a bit. Lemon juice yellow body, clear.

Totally signature orange and coriander nose. Smells like a wit.

Taste is surprisingly spicy with a bunch of pepper. This is pretty much a really light saison with some wheat and a bit of orange.

Pretty smooth-- evenly textured. Not thick for being ostensibly wheaty; seems filtered.

Kind of interesting to try the proto-wit. I'm not a fan of the filtering, but it's impressively spicy. (477 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (259 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (350 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (488 characters)

Photo of vishneda
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,256 characters)

Photo of scriabin
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This belgian white pours with the classic flaxen, unfiltered appearance. The head is a little bit thin, but the smell is a refreshing mix of clove and sweetness. The taste is a smooth blend of banana and cloves and sweetness. A great example of the belgina white style. (269 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (700 characters)

Photo of ken3c
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of WillieMoe
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very pale straw color with a nice one-finger white foamy cap. Completely opaque.

S: Very big coriander, a total herbaceous scent. Almost smells like someone is cooking something in the kitchen.

T: I get some coriander up front with that tell-tale wheaty-ness and a sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. (361 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of Riggo
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat hazy, clear light golden in color, with a clean white head that recedes rather quickly. Lacing is good. Nose is great, with notes of lemon, herbs, and flowers--roses, perhaps. Taste is crisp, bright and lemony, though not overly spritzy. Rather, there is a softness and mellowness. Refreshing.

Not the powerhouse wit that is Allagash, but admirable for an american wheat, of any type. (397 characters)

Photo of unclejimbay
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celis White, 3.9% ABV?
Tasted/reviewed @ DBA, NOLA - 3/20/09 (afternoon)
bottle>pint glass
A 3.5 - cloudy dark straw type color, cloudy but less than expected, solid head with minimal lace.
S 4.5 - Clove and fruit notes - de-lish!
T 4.0 - tastes as smells, but a lighter version of a witbier IMO, sweet on finish.
MF 3.5 - crsip, light, high carbonation.
D 3.5 - good light witbier. Low ABV, it was not as enjoyable as rare for me to find in FL, but I enjoyed the experience. (478 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pulled from a mixed package of beers given to me as a reward for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Pours a one finger fizzy white head that settles in no time. As the sediment was swirled and then dumped into the glass, the beer is super cloudy gold straw colored with almost a slight green hue as edgings. Smells, uh-oh. Phenolic funky and clove. A belgian-style of some sort...far from my favorite. I'll review it to style, not my personal preference. Smells of cloves, aged-and-super-dry-library-book-must,
smoked jerky. Sweet malt only with searching and way beneath the spice. Tastes phenolic funky. Starts with the smoked jerky, turns clovey, then to a coriander that sweetens nicely as a late malt wet steps in during the aftertaste. Wow, that was a pretty amazing transition. At the same time the coriander is sweetening, a playful citrus stands around like some pretty-boy at a dance who's hair is just too neat. You know how Hollywood portrays life in the 1950's (like in the movie "Back to the Future")...this beer catches a campy character in the same way. "Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding ding...Mr Sandman,....bring me a dream. Make him the cutest..." The flavors are distinct enough to be said to stand alone, yet team-oriented such that they contribute to and help each other accomplish each others' goals. Medium-light body and md-light carbonation. I could see the late sweet being a bit too much for some people and the phenolic character not persisting long enough. For me, the phenolic is too much and the aftertaste sweetness is beginning to wear. They must use a boat-load of orange peel when making this beer, as it's becoming pithy as I near the bottom of the glass. This beer is well crafted and it's one I recommend...even though I personally hope to never have another. Belgian funk...ble-ech! (1,851 characters)

Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an above average, thought not exemplary version of the classic Belgian White Beer we all know and love. Not much, head, deep golden hue, and a number of "herbs" in there make it spicy and refreshing on a summer's day. Not life changing, but recommended. (261 characters)

Photo of malty
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow with carbonation racing upward forming a 1/4" white head.

Lemony citrus smell with a sour yeasty thing going on also.

Flavors of sweetly spiced lemon cookies and just enough malt to keep the light flavors from disappearing too quickly. An interesting slightly saltiness creeps up at the end - nice.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Ultra fine carbonation keeps the light-med. body refreshingly active. Nice coriander and citrus spice that levels off nicely in the flavorful finish.

Drinkability is way up there; low ABV and ultra refreshing.

This beer has seen its good and bad days. Seeing the brewery has been through 3 brewers in the last few years, consistency has been questionable. I think it been great the past 4 months I've been drinking it. Luckily I live only 20 minutes from the brewery and the local retailers seem to always have a fresh supply especially during the spring/summer. Getting this beer at it's freshest is paramount. A good interpretation of an often massacred style. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Rootdog316
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a 1-finger white head that disspates quickly leaving some moderate lacing along the glass. Aroma is of light yeast, citrus and coriander. Taste is crisp and clean, with the citrus and spice on top of a base of light cashew-nutty yeast. Mouthfeel is peppery and well-carbonated, goes down smooth. Not my favorite wit, but very refreshing on warm days, a drinkable witbier. (403 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass.

A half-inch white head crowned a medium yellow colored beer. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas typical of a witbier. Yeasty, orange and lemon, slightly musty aroma. No doubt you are drinking a Belgian-style beer.

Taste is good. Lemony orange flavors prevail. Slightly sweet but finishes with a nice clean palate. Middle of the road flavor for me. I've had some wit's that I liked better, and some worse.

Kind of watery mouthfeel, with plenty of carbonation. I guess with the low ABV it's to be expected. Nice clean finish.

Overall, very drinkable. Good session beer or one to have on a hot summer day. (643 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pastel manilla-folder yellow with a lively white head that resolves into a loose splatter of islands.
The aroma is mostly of bitter orange peel. Not orange liqueur. Not oranges. Not orange juice. Orange peel. Breathy clear coriander lifts the edges up nicely, emphasizing clean images of linen, branches and cut grass.
Broad-textured, it rains tart orange, bitter seed and sugar flavors onto my palate. Slightly briny too. Pretty aggressive, hungry yeast here. I say that because of the vigorous gas and the very dry, carbohydrate-poor texture. And yet, there is an impression of residual sugar. I'm afraid of what might have hapened to this beer since it left the brewery.
Still, nice wit fix. (697 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (409 characters)

Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.