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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 315
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 philipquarles
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear gold with a small white head that dies quickly to leave a mostly transparent sheet. Aromas of orange peel and coriander are very prominent, with malty sweetness and some spicy, yeasty notes backing them. The malt comes forward in the taste, with a slight tart character from the wheat emerging first, followed by sweet fruitiness and a spicy, tangy finish. Pleasant wit, but nothing really special.

Photo of bushwhacker
3.58/5  rDev -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 MCDuhamel
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a very pale straw, hazy, effervescent very light. The one inch white head collapses to a thin foam quickly, leaving moderate lacing. Coriander and lemon on the nose. Coriander dominates the flavor, with lemon zest and a bit of wheat toward the middle; the finish is lemon rind. A bit sweet. Very quaffable; light bodied. Seems a tad heavy on the spices to me.

Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery (a few months ago, but it's been kept at 45F).

A: Wonderful hazy straw appearance. A fizzy, yet somewhat fluffy, slightly off-white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Some wild, tart aroma with a little spicy, somewhat phenolic character. Lemon. There's a good amount of aroma (especially for its weight), but personally, I don't find it overly inviting.

T: The balance is slightly tart. Clove, a little corriander, slight pineapple, some yeasty flavour (mostly metallic, slightly earthy), noticable wheat (not much malty flavour). Considering its weight, there's quite a bit going on here!

M: Light body, quite dry, a little silk, moderate carbonation, prickly, a little acidic.

D: Good thrist quencher. I could see having this for brunch. The tartness ruins the sessionability for me though.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/7/2005 (bottle):

Pours a slight white head, that is quickly diminishing. Body is cloudy pale yellow in color. Has an aroma of floral and lemon scents. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation. Taste of floral and spice flavors, with a smooth finish.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than I thought it would be. I thought it would be super sweet like a Blue Moon, but this was really more spicey than citrus-y. Not bad.

It pours a light hazy yellow with pretty minimal Sprite-like head. Aroma is clovey. Flavor is some clove/coriander with a bit of malt backing. Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for this style, yet the beer is pretty drinkable. Really, not bad.

I got this beer as part of the Microbrew of the Month club.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prominent white colour, wheat sour and strong carbonation worked. Coriander and orange taste, some pepper and spiciness. fresh tasting though it's the Fall. Rounded with malt and smooth and drinkable. Light-medium mouthfeel. Tangy acidic aftertaste, drying.

Photo of cpn920
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Pizza Plant on Main st. in Williamsville, NY. Poured white with a big head that was gone quickly. Smelled of orange zest and wheat. Tasted spicy with hint of sour. Medium carbonation with a light finish. Nice for a hot summer day...not my favorite but a decent beer.

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.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow, lemonade is a good comparison. Doesn't have the white that I'm used to - this is more of just a yellowish beer. Head is white, and disappears nearly immediately. Nose is faint and full of citrus and wheat.

Taste is good, light in citrus, a nice balance of wheat. Pretty standard white beer, no Hoegaarden or Allagash, but not bad. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink.

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.

Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Poured a cloudy pale orange color with a light white head leaving a bubbly ring.

Smell has a funky yeast quality to it along with a strong lemon peel odor.

Taste is mild with a light sweet malt base and flavors of yeast and light citrus.

mouthfeel is light and dry.

A slighty above average wit, but nothing special.

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 TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with hardly any head to mention. Spotty, wimpy looking lace. Nose was of cut peaches, but not fresh peaches. Flavor was strong of wheat. Citrus came through as well as some unripe peaches. Mouthfeel was almost dry, but not quite. I found this beer very easy to drink, but overall it was not very inspirational.

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a decent looking hazy yellow cold. The head was foamy at first before it sunk into the glass. The lacing was decent. The smell of the beer was citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer was light, fruity and had a touch of spices in it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad for this style. Overall it's not a bad attempt at making a Belgian White.

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

This is a beer that I have heard about since I began studying beer. Cloudy pale with absolutely no head and nearly no carbonation. Pleasant aroma, though light, of curacao and orange peel, along with a light hint of butter toffee. Well intricated spice, malt and light hop flavors. Butter toffee flavors, light caramel and pit fruit, with "orangey" spice flavors and hints of tropical fruit snacks. Big flavor for its size.

Photo of wilkinswesley
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Shovelbum
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky white head over a hazy honey-infused light straw colored body. Head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves some fairly hefty bands of lace. Aromas of coriander, earth and a faint trace of citrus. A bit musty too. Spicy flavor—citrus, more pronounced coriander and pepper , and a dollop of earth for good measure. Quite acidic. A touch of yeast as well. A crisp, yet quite light, mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Crsip and refreshing as a good wit should be. The body was a bit light even by with standards—although that could increase its refreshment value during lawnmower season.

Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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...

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