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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 307
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%


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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riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Fluffy head,gives way to just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of fruit, and candy. Very nice. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste is smooth,and full flavored. Fruit, citrus mainly, candy and spice from start to finish. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 19:12:47 | More by riversider76
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matsputis

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy and golden color. The head froths up a little and fizzes out quickly, no lace.

S - A good mix of coriander and orange peel. Not overpowering, but pleasant and soft.

T - The difference between this and some other whites I've had is the prominence of the orange peel. It's got a bitterness to it that I attributed to bitter orange peel, but it could be hops - I don't know. It played down the sweet and sour, and stepped up the bitter to make it very refreshing and unique.

M - A medium-light body - middle o' the road.

D - Very nice. The balance and flavors were all there. I would be happy with a case of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 01:38:18 | More by matsputis
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giblet

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured very nice into the glass with about one full inch of head. wonderfull aroma, wheat, bread, light citrus fruit. good steady carbonation. pale gold color. good lace down the glass. very refreshing. this would be a fantastic hot weather thirst quencher.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 13:12:01 | More by giblet
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6 pack of this at One for the Road in Wexford, PA, a few weeks back...

This didn't last long, but I managed to save the final bottle for review. This 12 ounce bottle has no freshness date, alas. Nevertheless, into my lovely Tripel Karmeliet glass it goes!

A. Purty! Huge, 3 inch white head is quite foamy and dies quick, leaving tons of succulent looking white lace... could hardly ask for better. The beer itself is a mildly unfiltered dull, bubbly yellow.

S. Bold. Really reminds me of La Fin Du Monde, minus that Unibroue yeast... loads of wheat, lemon, coriander, crisp honey-apple sweetness and just a hint of pepper. Classic and tight, nothing wrong here at all. Maybe a touch too sharp? But that's quibbling.

F. Classic Witbier here - honestly one of the best I've had from any country. Starts off thin (refreshing) and crisp, but not too sharp - the wheat softens it I think. Then a rush of gentle, yet insistent sweetness, tempered by a good dose of lemon-orange spritz. It is important to note that this is not really sour per se, nor acidic, but it does have that citrus and lingering sour finish. Otherwise, a good amount of coriander is present here, and a green apple ester (no apple sweetness) along with just a smudge of sulfur. The whole experience is drastically refreshing.

M / O. The finish on Celis White is soft, with an extremely long, lingering lemon-esque note and some white bread dough. The carbonation is equally soft / light, I personally would prefer a bit more... but that said, one could hardly ask for a better Belgian-style summer beer. This is both to style and excellent, and right up there with Allagash White for contention as the best Belgian Wit I've had out of my home country. In fact I feel like I prefer this to Allagash... guess I'd better acquire some more and find out, huh?

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:02:53 | More by kkipple
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kbub6f

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F. I was so happy to see this back in bottles in Austin, and was very curious to see how the recipe survived the trip to Michigan. I heap mondo negative karma on Miller for killing Celis in Austin.

The snow white head is medium-sized and settles to a thin film quickly. The beer itself is a very pale, cloudy whitish-yellow. It's more amber/yellow in the middle, more white around the edges. I can't think of anything to compare the color to, but it's absolutely gorgeous.

Belgian yeast spiciness/fruitiness dominate the nose, but there's some nuttiness in there too. The front is citrus and spice, souring nicely in the middle. A light, tingly feel. The finish is dry with some nice sweet/sour citrus. The aftertaste is nutty and a little soapy. Fantastic! The citrus flavors are quite strong, but the unusual nuttiness really complements nicely. Original.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 08:14:30 | More by kbub6f
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, decent head about half an inch thing. Sub par retention
Smell: Spices come out on the nose.
Taste: Nice, spices come through. A lot of whites are too watered down and flavorless. This is a nice easy going taste, but not too watered down.
Mouthfee: Smooth, crisp, refreshing.
Drinkability: A nice sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 18:30:40 | More by jasonjlewis
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed lemon yellow sun. Medium sized dirty white head. The stick is pretty good. Retention nice as well.

Aroma: Wheat tanginess, a little tart character and some subtle, yet evident, spicing. Some nice fresh yeastiness here too. Quite the nice nose.

Taste: Tart, spicy, refreshing. Nice doughy yeastiness here on the palate as well.

MF/DK: The carbonation gives a spritzy feel to the beer. Light-medium body. Flavorful and quite drinkable. Good Lawnmower Beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 02:29:32 | More by Bighuge
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elniko

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Not as cloudy as some other witbiers that I've. Nice lacing, extremely high carbonation. Nice looking brew.

S: Standard coriander and spiciness but not overwhelmingly so. Very nice nose, whetted the appetite for what is to come with the taste.

T & M: Very nice, I had high expectations for this beer and it definitely met them. Not thin at all, mouthfeel solid. Taste had everything that I would expect, nice spiciness in the brew with some sweetness but not cloying at all.

D: Incredibly drinkable, this is one I that I could drink any time of the year in a large quantity. This is the best witbier that I have had in my tastings.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 23:29:51 | More by elniko
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webmanspidey

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow color with decent amount of head. Smell is citrus.. a lot of lemon.

Taste is almost pure citrus. Loads of fresh lemon and slight orange. Cloves, cinnamon, and coriander. Tastes very fresh with lots of flavor.. very refreshing and probably the best I have had in this style.

This turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 04:38:01 | More by webmanspidey
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allengarvin

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite pale yellow, hazy, with a moderate initial head that fades all too quickly. Vanilla fruitiness and a light coriander define the nose. The flavor, too, has a lot of coriander, strong even for the style. Apple, or maybe banana, fruitiness abounds, with a touch of honey or bubblegum. The finish is tart, lightly citric. Mouthfeel is moderately full, creamy and well-carbonated.

Celis White has been one of my favorite beers for more than a decade. The Michigan Brewing example tastes just like I remember the original, when it was made down in Austin. I hope they'll bring back the Grand Cru to Texas someday. It's basically a very strong, extremely tasty version of the white, with more coriander than I've ever found in another beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 02:34:25 | More by allengarvin
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nortmand

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very pale and almost clear, would like to see a more orange, cloudy brew for this style.

Very complex spicy smell. Honey, coriander, clove. Very nice.

Slightly sweet and spicy in much the same way as the smell. Intense banana esters. Ends slightly bitter with a very light, refreshing sourness.

Huge wheat body, nice refreshing carbonation.

Very drinkable. For $7.50/ sixer, this beer is great to have around. Full of flavor, incredibly drinkable and cheap.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 00:06:25 | More by nortmand
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a properly cloudy straw hue, with a weak soap-bubble one-finger head. Lacking retention and minimal lacing. Coriander and sweet orange peel nose, with a nice funky Belgian yeast aroma, and some wheat in the background. Sweet pale base malt and soft wheat flavors upfront, followed by a tart and fruity witbier yeast profile. Semi-dry afteraste; faint spicy german hops meld with citrus rind and coriander spice for a well-balanced and charismatic flavor. A light body and high carbonation give it a effervescent and lively mouthfeel. Finishes crisp with mellow belgian phenols and spices; slight pale malt is distant and subdued. A terrific drinkability and great example of the style. Recommend this to your friends that like Blue moon.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 07:43:11 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy yellow with one finger white head. Deep wheat smell, some citrusy notes are there as well. Taste - Very rich creamy wheaty goodness with some lemony notes. Great stuff! Light, very flavorful, excellent brew! It's extremely drinkable, too bad it's only 250 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 03:16:12 | More by Voonder
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HardTarget

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong sour like smell with background of lemon pepper.
Appearance: Very light yellow, clear with a modest head that thins, but hangs.
Flavor: A classic wit taste. The sour in the aroma isn’t overpowering, but it’s there. I get a lot of citric acid, lemon notes again. This is strong enough to trigger a bit of the saliva glands in my jaw, but I could take stronger.
Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, refreshing.
Overall Impression: I too knew and respected the Austin Celis White (Damn you Miller, Damn YOU!!) and this is a close approximation. Up the coriander a bit more (this is a bottle I’ve been saving for a bit, so it may have faded) and beef the body up a touch, especially the protein for better head retention. Kudos to Michigan Brewing for saving this one from the abyss of beers gone by.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 23:41:26 | More by HardTarget
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy light amber color with modest white head that was retained throughout the glass. The smell is strong of spices and corriander and excites the nose. Taste is fantastic and really pleases the mouth. Aftertaste is superb with a slight dryness. Great drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 02:03:05 | More by tgbljb
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olacub

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy with a nice head that dissipates fast.

S: Mmmm...all kinds of herbal and citrus scents abound from the glass.

T: Delicious. Slightly tart, somewhat sweet, this is a great White Ale, one of the very best on the market.

M: Very easy on the palate - like a crisp lemonade, with a hint of chamomile.

D: This is definitely a session beer (at under 5%). On a hot summer day, I could gulp down several of these.

I used to have friends bring back Celis White and Grand Cru from Texas back in the late 90's, and I firmly believe that the MBC version is just as good as the Austin version.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 20:49:15 | More by olacub
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CoSMoSYS

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium head and lacing. The head left after a few sips while the lacing dissipated but didn't fully leave.

You could, of course, smell the wheat in this beer and maybe a little bit of a citrus aroma to it as well. Very inviting beer.

The taste was fantastic, I really enjoy lighter beers and this was for sure one for remembering. It's nothing special or out of the ordinary as it tastes like a witbier but that's what I like about it. They didn't try to "kick it up a notch". As a matter of fact this tastes almost exactly like the Belgian Whitecap I had while in Traverse City.

I would definitely drink this beer again. I went to a store to create my own 6-pack and chose this beer as one of them and when I returned home, I was surprised/excited to see I had forgotten I had already purchased one a few months back! I didn't have to wait for it to get cold!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 12:48:15 | More by CoSMoSYS
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While in Cincinnati for the National Homebrewers Conference, I stopped by Jungle Jim's and found this long lost old friend. I lived in Austin when Pierre Celis opened his brewery and it was my favorite beer. Thanks, Miller, for killing it.

A - Pours up golden yellow with a thin white head. Somewhat hazy, but mostly clear.

S - Some citrus aroma with spice

T - Sweet citrus dominates, with some spice in the background. Finished sour. I had forgotten how sour this was. I thought it was a sweeter beer.

M - Mouthfeel is good.

D - I really like this beer and could easily work my way through the whole six-pack. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 21:38:17 | More by hiikeeba
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip a pale yellow with a finger of head. Can't say the color was all that appetizing, but held into front of a light it turned a beautiful golden-orange, never saw a beer do that before. Very interesting.

Smell was rich with a well-captured orange & spice scent, like a candle in the way it was just so rounded. Some other citrus, a little lemon, slight nutmeg, that je ne sais quoi from Belgian yeast.

Taste was similar to flavor at first, then developed a kind of dryness to it, like a saison, toward the bottom of the glass. Very tasty for a light, delicate beer.

Mouthfeel was nice & active, some tingly sensations. Went down smooth, left a slightly bready aftertaste.

A very good drinker, excellent with food (had this with a red Thai curry). I appreciate that this is very well-made, yet still inexpensive & available in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 21:59:10 | More by OneDropSoup
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atr2605

New York

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy straw/yellow color with a white head with good retention settles into a thin lace around the glass
S-lemon,spice(coriander?), hay, low to medium hop aroma
T-similar to the aroma, with lemon and spice but a really nice malt flavor as well. It's not heavy or overbearing but it definitely pronounced. It's almost like a nice creamy oat flavor.
M-light-medium bodied, good amount of carbonation
O-great brew. I really liked the creaminess and amount of flavors in this beer while still keeping the body light and refreshing. None of the flavors outpowered the other and instead had a nice transition between each.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:56:58 | More by atr2605
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours an appropiately hazy orangish-yellow with a decent white head that dies down to a collar, but lasts forever.

Smell: The smell is a pleasent mix of grains and yeast. Corn is present, as well as the wheat, with subtle fresh hop notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Now this is a good wit. Everthing that needs to be there is. The smoothness, and creaminess, as well as balance, ability to quench thirst, and wonderful flavors are all present, and create a very nice drinking experience. The only thing I could really ask for would be a little bit more flavor.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm glad I got to try this. This a very good, smooth classic beer with enough drinkability to keep me going for a while. I would definitly reccomend this beer.

Glass: Standard Pilsener Glass
Music: "Population Control" by Company Flow

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:12:53 | More by santoslhalper
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roadhouse

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a somewhat hazy pale straw color with a big white three finger head that continues to rise. The bubbles swirling up from the bottom make it quite a beautiful sight. A decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is similar to most other Witbiers. Tangy wheat malt, coriander, and a hint of orange and lemon.

The flavor here really puts this one up a notch from many other Wits. First there is a honey like sweetness that quickly mingles with the spiciness of the wheat and coriander. It finishes with a soft lemony touch.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and so smooth. Insanely soft on the palate.

This is easily the best Witbier that I have ever had. The carbonation level is fairly high but where others would be very crisp and verging on harsh, this manages to stay so smooth. At such low alcohol content, it's highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 19:48:27 | More by roadhouse
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Light lager" yellow but hazy. Small white head that settles to a cap but sticks. Aroma is meatloaf, clove, ketchup, and fresh veggies. Peculiar that I enjoyed those aromas. Flavor is smooth lightly sweet corn with other veggies, herbs, and spices. Bright sizzly carbonation dances on the tongue.

Hell yeah, nice Belgian yeast character really is polished in this one and makes the big difference. I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 00:44:24 | More by waughbrew
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marburg

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a couple months of not seeing this around Detroit stores, I picked this up sometime in June and just had it the other day. I must say, this one's so much better on tap, I think. It still has that kick ass citrus flavor that's present in the draught version. But it -- or at least my bottle -- was just a little bit of a lesser version of itself. Carbonation seemed a tiny bit weak, and this seemed just a little thinner. Wits are by nature thin, so it's hardly a significant knock against this beer. But nonetheless, I think if you spot this in a bar, it's a sure fire winner. The bottles are great too, but it's not quite the same beergasm.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 14:59:04 | More by marburg
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that first lured me into beer geekdom many years ago. Since then, the brewery/recipe has changed hands a few times and was unavailable for awhile. Even now, it's hard to get, but I had to get my hands on some.

The beer isn't as hazy or cloudy as I remember, which is too bad. The smell is very good, with stong floral and grain overtones, plus a citrus edge. The mouthfeel is crisp, with pinpoint carbonation. There are enough hops to somewhat balance the tastes of citrus and sweetness.

There's a lingering aftertaste that extends the flavor's life and invites drinkers to sip slowly in order to enjoy each mouthful. Still, the beer is good enough that I couldn't linger too long between each bend of my elbow.

I'm glad to have you back, old friend.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 03:53:56 | More by GnomeKing
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.