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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

308 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 308
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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden style glass.

Appearance is pretty decent. Head is tight bubbled with a real small bubbled foamy white head. Body is a typical cloudy lemon yellow and gray, but the head leaves some minimal lacing and a decent puck throughout drinking.

Nose is distinctly buttery with a small wheat chew fairly pleasant but sort of faulty.

Taste is chewy sweet with a sugar sense. Palate texture feels solid and fine, but grain and wheat angle seems a bit burried. Citrus angle seems strangely artificial if not totally non existent.

Overall a mild buttery but also overly sweet Witbier that is missing wheat backbone and a citrus angle.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:24:58 | More by smakawhat
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boelker62

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a hazy straw under w fluffy, small head, poured into a pilsner glass.

S - too faint for the style, gave off notes of fruits and light spices, but overall, not aromatic enough.

T - I will give credit where its due, and the distinct, imported, dried apricot taste that comes through mid palate is very pleasing, however...

M - there is a long, long metallic finish for a wheat, more like an abbey. It's a bit off for me.

D - due to the finish, it's drinkability is reduced t average, where any wheat whould be higher, to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 13:00:09 | More by boelker62
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Entire contents pours up a cloudy yellow maize color with a foamy eggshell head. Some unmalted wheat aromas with some standardized witbier aromas of coriander and seville orange rind. Odd "cooked hot dog water" aroma, however, I've noticed this also in a witbier brewed from Belgium. This odd aroma carries over into the taste as well, more defined as the beer warms from serving temp. Otherwise, it has pretty good witbier qualities; a decent body with a light acidity in the wheat, signature spicings, citrusy esters and seems generally likeable. This witbier certainly is not bad, just not what I look for in a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 01:28:40 | More by crookedhalo
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RonJon24

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:43:41 | More by RonJon24
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a regular pint glass.

Appearance was pale yellow, cloudy, mildly carbonated, with a thick, frosty head, and nice, white lacing that forms a thin but surprisingly full film as I drink.

Smell was pleasant, crisp, with citrus and spice notes prevalent, as well as a hint of grass.

Taste was a disappointment after the smell, however. Citrus and spice notes are still present, as well as wheat and a hint of yeast tartness, but overall rather bland.

Mouthfeel is ... ugh. Maybe I just got a bad beer or botched the pour, but this beer is almost entirely flat. It's thin, almost watery, almost no kick in the mouth at all. The feel is just all wrong for what I would expect out of a crisp, chilling white.

Drinkability is average - I would order this over a Blue Moon, but give me an Allagash White or a Hoegaarden over this any day. The mouthfeel on this one just really kills it for me - it has character in the nose and taste, but the feel is just all wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 05:23:17 | More by CrellMoset
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3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orangish beer with a shy head that runs away quite fast. Smell of cereals are very present with notes of fruits, banana and apples but some oranges smells are present.

At first when tasting it a weird taste of reminding me of cheese was present but this quickly dissapeared. A sour beer, cereal flavours, that ends with shy notes of fruits and hops

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 05:40:56 | More by 3Vandoo
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BeerFink

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very light straw colored with a faint cloudiness. Seems to be mostly filtered, may be a very thin film of yeast on the bottom of the bottle. Yeasty aroma of bananas wafts up, with some wheat there as well. Taste is pale malts with grainy wheat feel. Low carbonation enhances the otherwise subtle fruitiness. Slight metallic finish mixed with yeast. Not terrible, but a fairly pedestrian version of a witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 02:52:06 | More by BeerFink
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-14-2011 17:09:08 | More by bpfrush
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-13-2012 16:51:48 | More by jaidenjb
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-23-2011 04:46:59 | More by jmdrpi
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kgotcher

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours cloudy and light with standard white head and some scattered lacings. Average head retention.

Aroma is spicy, banana, clove with kind of a musty odor. No date on the bottle so hard to say what this is.

Taste is banana / clove, with some spicyness and a fairly strong sour apple tart belgium yeast flavor. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated but maybe a bit wet with a dry tart finish. Not extremely smooth front to back sweet up front and really tart finish.

Comparing to true belguim wits, like Hoegarden it seems a bit rough around the edges. Tartness is very distinct more so that usual and in general a bit off flavor, wits and weiss beers have a short shelf life so not knowing how old this bottle is really hurts this review. I'll be nice and call this one average.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 02:03:10 | More by kgotcher
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Rando23

California

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-22-2012 19:25:46 | More by Rando23
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Brubaker

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.6%

08-06-2012 14:42:38 | More by Brubaker
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-04-2012 01:50:29 | More by tbeer40
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videofrog

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-03-2012 19:49:06 | More by videofrog
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francisweizen

Alaska

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average white beer. This beer poured a translucent colour with a pretty nice, white, cap of foam on top. It had the aromas of citrus (orange), yeast, candy sugar, and curacao. It tastes a lot like Hoegaarden but it was little too heavy on the citrus flavors for my taste. The mouthfeel was pretty creamy and smooth but a bit thin as well and the drinkability was marred by the taste.
Decent, overall.
Cheers to Morris729 for the sample!
-F

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 22:18:00 | More by francisweizen
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-30-2012 01:42:41 | More by deapokid
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thearsenal

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-18-2011 19:01:48 | More by thearsenal
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-28-2012 17:25:12 | More by Jamesthebrit
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 20:33:35 | More by goblue3509
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chriscolby

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2004 05:05:34 | More by chriscolby
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid 1.69 for a single. Appearance is straw yellow, almost transparent. Little haze. Not much head at all. Smell is classic witbier. Taste is a little winey, but otherwise captures the essence of Belgian witbier. Good honey and wheat. Mouthfeel is too fizzy, and too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:06:20 | More by benmiliron
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells of yeast and believe it or not Spam! Pours to a cloudy yellow orange with a little fizzy head. Taste is very wheaty, malty at first followed by spices then a light hop bitterness. Carbonation is high, too high in my opinion. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. A unique brew. Definitely Belgian, quite primative. Not a flavor I would seek out again however.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 23:03:59 | More by mooseisloose
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benito

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Celis White, Michigan Brewing's re-incarnated version of the Pierre Celis original, is a citrusy, light and easy-to-drink wit; it also doesn't hold a candle to the better versions of this style that are out on the market these days.

It's pale golden and transluscent with a good head. The bouquet showcases lemon and apple, along with the hint of plastic and orange that I expect in a wit. Unfortunately, Celis White doesn't hold together on the tongue--it's overrun by lemon flavors and lacks any malt presence to balance out the sweeter flavors. It's not sweet or spicy enough to be cloying, and the lemon flavors give way to a watery finish. It's thin and unbalanced...a disappointing wit all around. For Michigan wits, I'll stick with Bell's Winter White from here on out.

Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 21:36:52 | More by benito
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Naes

New York

2.63/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one pours out a hazy pale golden color with a frothy white head.
Its aroma is of yeast and some spice (clove).
The flavor is a bit watered down (even for a witbier), but is of yeast and wheat. There is a little clove and citrus as well.
Mouth feel is very thin and highly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 01:24:01 | More by Naes
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.