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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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BKBrewer

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.5%

02-22-2012 01:07:45 | More by BKBrewer
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dmorgan310

Panama

2/5  rDev -47.1%

02-03-2012 09:41:38 | More by dmorgan310
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GreenCard

Oregon

2.33/5  rDev -38.4%

Let the flaming begin? I can't be the only who feels this way...

Appearance: light straw color, lustrous snow-white resilient head, bubbly, tasteful amount of haze (after swirling the last bit of beer and dumping it in)

Aroma: very subtle aroma of honey, coriander, wheat, some appley fruitiness, wet cardboard (oxidized), musty

Flavor: tastes sweetened, some orange coriander and a whole lot of orange-peel, a strange sourness followed by an even stranger bitter aftertaste (like a bar of soap) that hits in the back corners of my tongue, little to no hop flavor (but that's expected in this style)

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation

Overall Impression: Man, was I disappointed in this beer! While I never tried the original Celis, I can't say whether or not the new owners botched it up, but I do like Hoegaarden Wit. The aftertaste is very off-putting, somewhere between chewing on orange peels and sucking on a bar of lye soap -- seems to me like this would stem from using way too much bitter orange peel. Also, it seems llike it's been sweetened slightly with artificial sweetener. I actually had to dump it! I wonder of Pierre has tasted this version...

Perhaps it was a bad bottle?

07-21-2003 21:56:14 | More by GreenCard
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teg8612

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -37.8%

A-Pours a cloudy yellow color. Small head that dissappears too quickly. No lacing and very dull.

S-Citrus and coriander notes. Very tart almost stale.

T-Very tart, citrus taste with light coriander spice. Very sweet and not very balanced. I thinked my beer is old or skunked because I can't believe Pierre would allow Michigan Brewing to ruin his masterpiece like that.

M-Light with no carbonation. Flat and sour. Crap, it is skunked.

D-I remember when Celis still brewed in Austin and this was one of my all-time favorites. The move north to Michigan didn't help it at all. This may true only from states at the outer range of distribution but to ruin the beer in the state that it was born in is a crime. Pierre, please come back to Texas.

08-04-2006 15:40:00 | More by teg8612
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Gump

Minnesota

2.45/5  rDev -35.2%

I heard about Celis White from a friend, and after reading good reviews, I had a friend from Texas send me a 6 pack. I really enjoy the Belgian White beers, and had high expectations from Celis White. This bottled sample was from the Michigan Brewing Co.

At first pour I noticed a terrific aroma and classic color. The carbonation was good.
The first sip of this beer was not at all what I had expected. It's much more intense than Hoegaarden, or Blue Moon, but too citrus, and had a zesty sour lemon taste.
Although light and refreshing, this beer didn't suit my palette.

06-06-2003 17:16:14 | More by Gump
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beernads

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-05-2013 11:16:32 | More by beernads
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

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.

01-17-2010 15:38:49 | More by woodske1
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freed

Oregon

2.6/5  rDev -31.2%

I picked this beer at OBF when I was to walk from one end of the venue to the other. It was a poor choice for travelling with.

The ale poured a hazy white with very active carbonation, almost like seltzer. The smell was ripe fruit and sugar. The taste was overwhelmingly of white grape, and unpleasantly sour. The aroma and taste were accurate reflections of each other. The body of the beer was clearly missing as there was no detectable malt sweetness, rather just the almost grainy sweetness of fruit. The further I walked, the flatter it became, and oddly enough, the more drinkable. The last sip, quite warm and flat, was probably the best.

07-29-2003 16:11:17 | More by freed
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Naes

New York

2.63/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

12-29-2005 01:24:01 | More by Naes
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benito

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -29.9%

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.

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

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

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

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

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

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

05-29-2004 05:05:34 | More by chriscolby
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

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.

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

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.

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%

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

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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Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.