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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
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 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.

Metalmonk, Nov 21, 2008
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.

tempest, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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

VaTechHopHead, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of paterlodie
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

paterlodie, Nov 24, 2005
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.

argock, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

chOAKbarrell, Feb 03, 2006
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.

bditty187, Feb 03, 2006
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.

Truh, Aug 27, 2004
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.

soupyman10, Sep 19, 2007
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.

UncleJimbo, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great witbier for spring and summer. I managed to polish off 5 over Labor Day, and it was solid and refreshing. For all intent and purposes, this beer looks like Hoegaarden, but tastes more like an American Pale Wheat. That's disappointing considering it's namesake. The bland yeast tended to overpower the subtle orange peel/coriander combo. Maybe drinking it ice cold would help.

If you are a witbier fan, it's worth trying, but there are better examples out there.

emerge077, Sep 06, 2006
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

brentk56, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Brian700
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Brian700, May 03, 2005
Photo of BeerAngel
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

BeerAngel, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of kfoss99
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a chalice.

Taste - Chill hazed bubbly blonde color. An initial large, frothy white head settled to a spongy layer.

Smell - Smell is of orange, grass, and vanilla.

Taste – Taste is lightly bitter, earthy, with cinnamon.

Mouthfeel – Very well carbonated, light, with a fizz to the finish.

Drinkability – A sweet and refreshing ale. The finish was its major flaw. Still, I would drink it on occasion if available.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

kfoss99, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of Cylinsier
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold with a sudsy white head that retains pretty well.

Smells of lemon citrus, coriander, and maybe something like peaches and vanilla.

Tastes mildly tart, with obvious coriander notes. Also grains and orange peel, but those are more subtle.

Feels a bit thin and not especially carbonated.

Easy to drink, a good beer for a hot day. Mild, no reason you couldn't session this. Not the best witbier though, but pretty good.

Cylinsier, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy gold with a substantial head of white foam.

S - Wheaty twang with orange, earthiness and some spice.

T - Again wheaty. Lemon-orange citrusy-ness and a lightly bitter finish. Some spices and herbs as well.

M - Light body with a slight slickness. Fairly dry and astringent.

D - Very drinkable, worth trying.

allergictomacros, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of PirateUlf73
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy gold color with a bright white head. The head settled out fairly quickly.

S: Wheat and yeast aromas blended with coriander, orange and other sweet spice notes. Becomes even more citrus-dominated as it warms.

T: Very dominant citrus overtones with a soft wheat backbone. Hints of coriander, clove and other spices as well, and the yeast adds its own fruity character.

M: Fairly light-bodied and smooth on the palate, thanks to a medium amount of carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and fruity.

D: A very drinkable witbier. One could easily spend a warm night on the back porch with a few of these.

A light, subtle and refreshing beer. If you're looking for big, bold flavors, then this is not the one to choose. However, I found it to be quite delicious and refreshing, and I would certainly consider bringing a sixer of this to my next party.

PirateUlf73, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

LJWalker, May 05, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy blonde with a slight head that disappeared.
I must note that i have drank kegs of this beer and this sample was not the mbc celis white i remember, lacking a bit of corriander in the nose, and the hint of sulphur.
the flavor is very wheat, slight spice, hint of citrus, slight acidity, mineriality and drops off into nothing.
the mouthfeel is very light and this beer imo is best enjoyed on a hot day under the sun. goes great with spicy thai food.

plaztikjezuz, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of jizdepski
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass; has a dull golden opaque appearance. head is white before disappearing completely. smells fairly citrusy, not much else on the nose (not that i can notice anyway). taste is mainly a mild spiciness, corriander being the most noticeable, with some clove and lemon/citrus zest. just a faint hop presence on finish, with some malts. taste doesn't blow me away, but its not bad. beer has good carbonation, without a whole lot of bite. body is just about right for a witbier, not overly thin but less than medium bodied. i found it to be a very drinkable beer, (a nice one for a hot day) if average in most other ways. not a bad example of the style, though certainly not the best.

jizdepski, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.