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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

309 Ratings
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Ratings: 309
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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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a firm white head. Good retention leaving very nice lace.'

S: Oranges and pastry. Wheaty and flowery.

T: Classic unmalted wheat flavour with a fair bit more coriander than I got in the nose. Some orange throughout, well balanced, hint of hops.

M: Light to medium-bodied, crisp. Very creamy.

O: Quite a good wibier, glad I finally got to try the legendary Celis.

10-25-2011 01:39:10 | More by Halcyondays
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

There are a few noble and illusive beers out there that I haven't had the pleasure to sample. This is one of them. But with the history, infamy, and legendary status of the history of the beer, how can the flavors compete? As do most Witbiers, this opens with a silky looking pour, giving a lot of airiness and froath to the glass. Softly carbonated and canary yellow in color, the beer has an impressive look. Aromas of corriander, oranges, and wheat dominate the nose and carry over to the flavors nicely. Lightly estery, peppery, and phenolic, the beer balances with the sweet pilsner malts well without the slightest hint of graininess or astringency. Light lemon flavors prevail in the finish, giving the beer high marks for drinkability. The texture is as smooth as it looks with a powdery, thirst quenching finish. The beer certainly meets the hype.

07-21-2008 15:51:54 | More by BEERchitect
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A. A pale yellowish body with a thick white head that has good retention, lacing and carbonation.
S. The smell is a pleasant scent of wheat, spices, , coriander, bananas and lemon.
T. The taste is a pleasant mix of wheat and spices at first followed by a hint of orange, some banana, some coriander and finally a lemony finish to it. The taste is well balanced and the orange in it is not over done like it is in some beers.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth creamy medium bodied drink that clings to the tongue and the crisp clean smoothness makes this a nice drinkable summertime beer. I'll be enjoying more of this in the future.

12-11-2010 06:26:20 | More by DannyDan
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spointon

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a medium golden straw color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head quickly dropped to nothingness and left zero lacing doiwn the glass. The lack of head made me think this beer was too cold at fridge temp, so I let it warm a bit before proceeding.

S= All of the expected aromas present: orange peel, coriander, lemongrass, and wheat malts - all mild and balanced.

T= I found the taste profile to be a sweetish mix of orange, honey, and wheat malts up front and a mildly spicy coriander finish. Lacked the slight sourness in the finish so common among Belgian wits.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied, with a slightly too-edgy amount of carbonation. Soft on the tongue, but not as much as I would have expected for the style.

D= A damn fine example of a Witbier. I don't like it as well as an Allagash White, but very drinkable all the same. A perfect hot summer afternoon session beer.

09-06-2008 19:43:41 | More by spointon
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Presentation: Brown pop top 12oz, nice label, just past the best by date

Appearance: Hazy dark gold beer, a hard pour produces a big soapy white cap with large bubbles that fades fast to a thick film and ring

Smell: Simultaneously sweet sugary/tart orange aromas, backed with a bit of wheat and lemon...nice, but pretty standard...only mild hints of spice

Taste: This is nicely balanced, though definitely a bit more in the "tart" than "sweet" category (which I like). A bit of funky tart lemon up front, followed by a light bitter hoppiness, wheat malt on the middle, and a touch of fresh orange peel on the finish. Just a hint of pepper at the end, otherwise not much in the way of spice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and incredibly refreshing; this would make an awesome hot weather quaffer

Drinkability: Quite high, especially with the tart refreshing nature of the beer and low abv

Conclusion: Nice, simple, way drinkable, and immensely refreshing; how have I not tried this before? PERFECT summer quaffer, this beats the crap out of most highly-marketed "Summer Beers"

06-30-2009 04:46:43 | More by BedetheVenerable
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ztoellner

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

A - Pale straw yellow, thin white head that is gone in a flash.

S - Love the smell of this brew, citrus with a touch of yeastiness. Very refreshing.

T - Lemon and citrus, with some spice to it, probably coriander.

M - Thin, but very drinkable.

Overall this is a decent beer, definitely nothing I would turn down. A very accurate representation of a wit.

05-11-2011 01:30:15 | More by ztoellner
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

clear, straw-yellow color, active carbonation, big, fluffy white head, very nice looking...
Aroma: a burst of coriander bombs the nose, accompanied by citric fruit, orange and a hint of lemon, beautiful combination, nearly ethereal, but definitely uplifting and lively. Gorgeous.
Great blast of spice and citrus on the tongue, lush, creamy texture...big fruit, nice hops, just enough tasty malt. Body is light to medium, finish ias a bit complex and lemony.
Classic witbier. Very tasty, and extremely drinkable.
I could down this by the case-ful in the summertime.

01-31-2005 10:04:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Appears a cloudy yellow with a fizzy white head and hardly any lacing.
Smell is of heavy, pleasant whiffs of orange peel and clove.
Taste is of the same pleasant aromas that grace this glass, along with a slight taste of white pepper along with the clove.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and flavorful with a spice and orange taste coming through the body.
Drinkability is excellent. This is a nice treat on draft.

Finger licking good.

06-02-2005 17:57:14 | More by weeare138
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Dubblebock

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Oh, Celis, how I've missed you these past few years. Other reviewers have already chronicled the past for this storied brand. I've lived in Texas all my life, and in the Austin metro area since '96. I remember many a summer afternoon spent nursing a cool mug of Celis beer. Until Miller bought them and shut the doors. NOT a good day.

But let me tell you, Celis brewed some monster beers, and the witbier was one of their finest. And now it's back, sort of. Michigan Brewing Company is one of the licensees of the original recipe, and they don't do a bad job with it at all. I drank gallons of the original Austin version, so I feel qualified to say that while it doesn't quite live up to it's predecessor, it'll do in a pinch.

I picked up a six-pack in San Marcos and took it home with some trepidation. Celis has been back on the shelves here for a while, but I've avoided them out of respect for the memories of the original brews. But I was pleasantly surprised. It poured cloudy and with a fragrant aroma of spices and citrus. Not much head, though. I remember the original having more head. Tasted a lot like I remember, but the wheat really displays on this version. Cloudy appearance gave way after a while as the beer settled. Not an overpowering mouthfeel. Finished dry without wasting away...aftertaste was bittersweet and spicy.

It's a good beer and I can recommend it, but it's not the same as it was. The Austin version was truly a world-class witbier, this is just a really good witbier. Still lots of fun, though, and I'd hoist a few of these with some nice seafood or chicken/pasta dishes.

09-22-2003 02:42:07 | More by Dubblebock
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Even with a violent pour a small head was produced.Very cloudy appearnace with no head and spotty lacing. Very strong aroma with a ton of different smells, including banana and wheat with a yeast aroma. The color is a straw yellow. The mouthfeel has a strong bite to it. Doesnt lack in carbonation at all.The overly carbonated mouthfeel might take away from the creamy texture I love in Wheat beers. Could use more spices that make an authentic wheat beer. The bottle says Authentic Belgian-style Wheat Beer.It lacks in comaprison to some of the real Belgian Wheat beers i've had. I think they could do better. But not bad for an American beer.

12-06-2005 06:54:28 | More by kelticblood
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

Many thanks to trbeer for shipping this to the Commonwealth. Looks like grapefruit with a small head that didn't last long. It kind of glows. The smell is yeasty and fruity. The taste is smooth!!! Citrus, orange, lemon, corriandor and something peppery. The ending is even more sweet. I can't even imagine having this beer on tap. I bet it is even better. Reminds me a lot of Blanche De Chambly from Unibroe.

02-06-2003 16:38:11 | More by CharlesRiver
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a modest white head. Little lacing or retention.

Smells like a close sousin to the boys down the street at Allagash. Orange, lemon, coriander, and grass. Deelish.

Tastes like it was born for massive summer consumption. Big gobs of sweet/tart citrus with an underlying grainy feel. Spicy, again wth an undercurrent of sweetness. Finishes lemony dry with the pause that refreshes.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. Built to be drank as a monster session brew. We still have a few weeks of summer here in Maine and I am on this one. I feel like I stumbled on to one here completely by accident. Glad I snagged a six of this.

08-10-2004 00:35:51 | More by yankeeheel
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FFudnam

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Had this at home after a long day at work....

Pours a hazy straw-color with minimal head, what little there was appeared cream in color. Tiny yeast particles float happily in the bubbly concoction.

Smells of coriander, ORANGES, lemons to a lesser extent.... a yeasty breadiness asserts itself throughout.

More of the same in the taste, although more tart than I expected. Only a minute flash of hops shows itself in the finish. Very effervescent, almost too bubbly. Overall, very good, tasty authentic Belgian witbier.

Very refreshing, an excellent session beer. Can't wait to try it on tap very soon.

01-21-2004 06:37:47 | More by FFudnam
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours very cloudy, but with some transparency around the edges. Deep gold color with bone white head that fades to a collar. Quite aromatic, with plenty of malts amidst the spices -- orange peel, coriander, white pepper -- that lend a hugely refreshing feel to the nose. On the palate, excellently balanced between sweetness and acidity, with each one seesawing for influence in turn. Mouthfeel takes over at first -- it's thick for a witbier, and quite carbonated. At the finish and in the aftertaste the real flavors of this beer come out: sharp spices, a citrusy tang, and clingy wheat malts. Overall, this is a very good witbier. It's got some spice and some maltiness, refreshing acidity and drinkability. At low alcohol, it's also great for summer consumption. I'm impressed.

01-15-2007 23:44:32 | More by geexploitation
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%

Pours a very bright yellow but light in color almost clear. The white head on this one makes it look like a lemon merigune pie. Smell is lemony and sweet. Also an aroma of corriander. First sip revelas a grassy and lemony taste. Very refreshing and crisp an easily drinkable beer. I know it comes with a high expectation due to the previous history of Celis. However, I like this beer. It is good with food like cheese and bread. I can easily drink this. The corriander might be a bit cloying after a few however. Corriander taste is coming through deeper into the glass. Still I paired this with a combination goats, sheep, and cow cheese with a rustic Italian bread and it held up well with the grassy taste. I really wanted a Hennepin and this filled the gap when I couldn't quite get what I wanted.

06-09-2005 03:00:52 | More by mjohn27603
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matsputis

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

08-02-2007 01:38:18 | More by matsputis
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color, with a nice white fluffy head. Very good head retention. Floral and spicy aroma. Slightly tart and sweet, some floral flavors and some spice, like corriander. Light to medium body, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. I enjoyed this because it is not overdone with the spices, there is just enough there for flavor. Pretty thirst quenching and refreshing served cold. Pretty well done, considering this is not typically one of my favorite styles.

07-29-2006 17:48:26 | More by Bierguy5
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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?

09-01-2011 21:02:53 | More by kkipple
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riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

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

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

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

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

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%

Ah, Celis White. The beer with the mythical Belgian and Texan lineage...

Pours out to a muddied yellow in the glass with a slight head. Smell is that of light yeast, wheat, lemon and some spice I couldn't put my finger on. Taste is wonderful. Clove, coriander and lemon are all present with a finish so smooth, it begs for another sip. I don't know how this version from Michigan Brewing compares to Pierre's former Texas variety, but it has to be very close. A fine beer.

Thanks to trbeer for hooking me up with this one.

04-08-2003 17:37:46 | More by proc
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bearbreak

Korea (South)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-11-2014 07:42:15 | More by bearbreak
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

11-14-2008 23:29:51 | More by elniko
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kbub6f

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

03-17-2003 08:14:30 | More by kbub6f
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.