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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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85
very good

319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 319 | Reviews: 262
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Brian700
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear golden color with a large white head. I found a lot of inconsistencies with the carbonation in this beer. Some bottles I open poured with way more head than others with the same kind of pour given to each bottle. There were heavy citrus and coriander nots in this one. Taste followed the nose as far as citrus and coriander go. It was semi-sweet but the taste didn't seem to live up to the aroma. It wasn't bad but I wasn't super impressed with it. decent mouthfeel. Maybe a little too much carb. Its an alright beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a modest head that quickly declined to a ringlet and left no lacing

Smell: A touch of banana, citrus and coriander

Taste: Starts with a wheat bread character that is quickly assaulted, after the swallow, by a wave of very sweet banana and coriander flavors; joining the intense sweetness is a tangy orangey citrus flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Despite its flaws, I find this beer to be eminently drinkable; I really enjoyed it for one bottle but I think I might be put off by the strong flavors and lack of balance if I were to have another

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BeerAngel
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very lovely beer - a bit darker than Hoegaarden, but not by much. Great 1 inch bone white head that settles down, but never disappears completely.

Rather strong aroma of yeast & alcohol mixed with citrus/lemon.

Light and airy... I dont know. It could benefit from a bit more "oomph." Kind of nondescript and hard to place, like a lot of American wheat beers.

A decent enough whitbier. I'd like to try it again. Maybe I didnt drink mine cold enough.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, hazy pale white-yellow in hue; the liquid is classic Wit. Fizzy white head, sadly the foam was only one finger tall. Head retention wasn’t too impressive, the head slid to a thin, soapy cap all too fast. There was no subsequent lacing. This Wit looks as I expected it too, nothing more… maybe a little less even. What a shame; better head retention/lacing would have elevated the appearance greatly. Still, this is a charming looking beer. It looks like a Wit.

The nose has all the characteristics of a Wit. It is a textbook example, I guess, in a very roundabout way this is the beer that wrote the book (or at least dusted off the book years ago). Of course, this is not the original beer as it has been brewed at two other breweries (but you all knew that). Anyway, I smell lemon drops, wheat, tart oranges; the coriander is restrained but noticeable. Moderate potency; I don’t expect/don’t want a Wit to articulate any more aromas then what this one says. I like the nose but I wish the aromas popped more; they seem a bit muted. It is inviting, nevertheless.

The palate is not spectacular but I really like it. Tart upfront with lemon candy, orange zest, a yeasty wheat slurry, coriander, a mix of spices that are very delicate and impossible to identify, and at the back I swear I taste some bubblegum. Zesty, wheaty, and citrusy finish; ditto on the aftertaste. IMO, this Wit leans on the simplistic side of the style. Maybe other breweries took the reigns and ran with it. If this is the original recipe other breweries have surpassed this Wit. Still, I like this beer. It is tasty. I am glad I finally tried.

Medium/medium-light in body, creamy and light carbonation, the mouthfeel is fairly lively and refreshing but at the same time it is relaxing and soothing. This is a great accomplishment.

My good lord this beer is drinkable. I think I could murder a six-pack in an hour and want more. It is very sessionable. Still, I am not sure I will hunt this beer out. There are better Wits but in the moment this beer is truly lovely! Like I said, I am tickled pink I finally tried this beer. I purchased a couple bottles from Liquid Solutions. Worth a try.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy pineapple-juice yellow under a thin wispy head that leaves lace chains all around the glass.

Strong spice in the nose, and even bigger fruit (peach, pear). Not as subtly flowery as the best wits, but this does have the yeasty mineral quality of the style.

More mineral in the flavor, although not metallic or chemical. Fruit comes through strongly--peach and pear again, also citrus and crisp green apple. Some flowery elements, some doughy goodness, some light sweet spices. Metallic sheen comes back to haunt in the finish, and some fruity tartness, but the metallic element isn't overpowering or even all that off-putting.

Soft yet prickly...the mouthfeel achieves an interesting balance between the two, with light to medium body.

Interesting. Not a classic witbier in terms of flavor--something seemed to go astray here and go for a more universal Belgian golden/pale ale thing. For what it is, though, it's indeed refreshing and well-made.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Clark's Ale House

I'm surprised to see this is under 4% abv as the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than several other wits I've tried like Whirlwind Wit (for example). This is a pretty straightforward wit with lemon, corriander and spice. Not world class, but still a nice drinking beer. I'd order another pint.

Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Litle white head and an pale golden and foggy beer. Nose is lots of oranges but also pears, nuts and koreander. Wheaty caracter there but overall litle pale and had fresher white's. taste is very wheaty and litle yeasty with low bitterness. Though I kept this botle in my fridge the whole time have a feeling this one had some age on it but overall certainly not ea bad brew that i enjoyed.

Photo of gpogo
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light cloudy straw yellow body with a small white head. Lots of carbonation.

A- Light sweet aroma with lemon. There is a definite sour tartness.

T- Light sweet tart flavor. Light lemon and no noticeable corriander flavor. A bit light on flavor.

M- Light body and high carbonation. Very smooth drinking.

D- Pleasant beer, but a bit light on flavor. I am more partial to a heavy coriander flavor.

Photo of ypsifly
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Hazy yellow with a small head of white that slowly falls to a ring of foam. Minimal lace.

Wheat, coriander, yeast that is slightly chalky, lemon peel and a pinch of floral hops.

The wheat barely registers, but the spice and citrus notes break through. Tart with some hop bitterness in the finish. Rather one dimensional. Light, prickly mouth that is somewhat puckered from the tartness. Drinkable but boring.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, pale golden orange color, mostly clear with just a little haze, almost no head. I think the smell is more German weisse than Belgian wit, not as much coriander or orange or yeast as I expected. Still good aromas but not quite what I expected based on my memory of the Celis-brewed beer from TX. The taste is Americn wheat / German weisse, not wit (same as aromas). Refreshing and light bodied, a very good summer beer that misses the mark of the style for me.

Photo of bushwhacker
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in Austin, Tx in March, and learning I was 'two years' too late to drink 'Celis', I stood in the local market and there were the first bottles delivered to Austin from Michigan! Couldn't believe it! Unfortunately I can't draw on comparisons to the Austin brews, so the BA reviews are great to read.

A translucent golden-yellow pour with healthy white head, this aroma packed medium bodied wit releases the citrus, coriander and wheat malt attributes in full doses. The mouthfeel is weaker than expected, with a citrusy-malty finish. I'll be a fan of this wit, but still prefer Hoegaarden.

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

This is a really nice wheat beer. It has a golden yellow color to it and a nice citrus scent. The taste is smooth. No hops at all and the malt is light also. The citrus what may be coriander are slightly noticeable. Its not very carbonated. Just smooth and easy to drink. No fruit wedge required.

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.

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85 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.