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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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Ratings: 307
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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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 01:37:13 | More by emerge077
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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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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A beer I have had a few times back in the day and now I see its new to western NY on tap,poured a slight hazed dirty blond with a thin white head.Lighter aromas of coriander spice and lemon rind with some toasty wheat malt underneath,somewhat watery going down when compared to the Rocky River SubChaser I had before but it lended to its drinkability a bit.It seemed a bit lighter in flavor than from what I remember light citrus and toasty malt with hints of coriander.Its refreshing and very delicate but I could use some oomph but it is good for what it is no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2006 01:39:02 | More by oberon
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teg8612

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 15:40:00 | More by teg8612
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy straw color with a crisp white head and solid lacing. The aroma of this beer is citrus (lemon, orange) and some spice notes. The taste is equally pleasing with definite lemon zesty taste and orange along with notes of corriander and wheat. The body is rather light but the active carbonation in the body makes the mouthfeel solid and a wonderful summer brew. This is one of my favorites for the summer and tailgating at a game.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 02:17:58 | More by ggaughan
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i've heard the legends so i jumped at the cahnce when i saw a sixer of this. i guess it's not what it once was, but i can only comment on how it is

looks as i would expect a wit to, except the head is kinda lame (maybe they usually are): filmy with a couple of skylights and some ringy patches. upon further investigation it's a bit too sweet for my liking. the nose doesn't convey this as much, but it's very sweet with a not unpleasant but too magnificent apricot and pear thing. fairly spicy too. clove, appropriately enough, in the nose, though it's not isolated: maybe some cinnamon? no...allspice

well, the flavor is definitely full of pear, slightly prickly despite its lack of dryness, and fairly spiced. with a touch of bitterness. by no means great but bad would be unfair. i will enjoy drinking the other 5

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 02:32:40 | More by bruachan
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thaichile

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a matching cloud sitting on top. Nose is bready with lemon curd. Delicious, light citrus and banana wit, spicy and very creamy for the style. Great summertime refresher/quencher. Thanks alot to Kramer17801 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 18:24:13 | More by thaichile
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mcallister

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First thing you notice upon pouring is the flurry of tiny carbonation bubbles that seem to keep going like a certain bunny. An orange/yellow color with some cloudiness. Clean white head leaves no lacing and has little retention.

Smells of lemon rind, orange, wheat obviously, very clean aromas, with a hint of banana and clove.

Much to be desired in the taste. Very one dimensional, more clove, than anything, with the wheaty, lemon aftertaste. Finish could be a little longer and more pleasing.

Thin mouthfeel shows from the low alcohol. But because of that low alcohol I suppose this would be a good candidate for a day on the lake.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 22:24:35 | More by mcallister
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 22:21:57 | More by brentk56
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shererjt

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very cloudy light yellow with little carbonation and not much head. Aroma was malt and fruit; coriander was rather subdued. Some wheat in there as well. Medium body, and quite tart. On a sweet/bitter scale, it definitely leaned to the sweet side though it was balanced by the sourness. Again, lots of orange but the spice was not very apparent. Couldn't really expand on the mouthfeel any more, so let me reiterate the tartness. Drinkability was slightly better than average.

I like this one, though it is tough for me to not compare it to Hoegaarden, a personal favorite. This one has more body, more orange smell and taste, more sourness, less coriander, and is not as drinkable and refreshing. The last of these is the biggest difference. I'd say it's a good beer but would stop short of calling it great.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 02:51:34 | More by shererjt
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goochpunch

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy peach/nectarine with a good deal of carbonation. Appearance is really hurt by the total lack of head soon after the pour. Aroma is candy sweet with a big presence of coriander that stands above all else. Yeast spiciness mingles well with it and there is a sharp wheat twang as well. Tastes like highly sweetened lemonade with some coriander dumped in. I also taste some mango and pineapple. I'm surprised the coriander didn't stand out as much as it did in the aroma, but I'm pleased with this, nonetheless. Very bright and tart in the finish. Refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft yet tingly with carbonation. A very good balance. I wish I'd bought more than a single of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 03:42:11 | More by goochpunch
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from the brewery (a few months ago, but it's been kept at 45F).

A: Wonderful hazy straw appearance. A fizzy, yet somewhat fluffy, slightly off-white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: Some wild, tart aroma with a little spicy, somewhat phenolic character. Lemon. There's a good amount of aroma (especially for its weight), but personally, I don't find it overly inviting.

T: The balance is slightly tart. Clove, a little corriander, slight pineapple, some yeasty flavour (mostly metallic, slightly earthy), noticable wheat (not much malty flavour). Considering its weight, there's quite a bit going on here!

M: Light body, quite dry, a little silk, moderate carbonation, prickly, a little acidic.

D: Good thrist quencher. I could see having this for brunch. The tartness ruins the sessionability for me though.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 01:19:40 | More by Derek
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a 1-finger white head that disspates quickly leaving some moderate lacing along the glass. Aroma is of light yeast, citrus and coriander. Taste is crisp and clean, with the citrus and spice on top of a base of light cashew-nutty yeast. Mouthfeel is peppery and well-carbonated, goes down smooth. Not my favorite wit, but very refreshing on warm days, a drinkable witbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 01:00:46 | More by kosmoraios
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Crosling

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that I have heard about since I began studying beer. Cloudy pale with absolutely no head and nearly no carbonation. Pleasant aroma, though light, of curacao and orange peel, along with a light hint of butter toffee. Well intricated spice, malt and light hop flavors. Butter toffee flavors, light caramel and pit fruit, with "orangey" spice flavors and hints of tropical fruit snacks. Big flavor for its size.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:15:34 | More by Crosling
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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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nicksta

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a very cloudy, banana yellow. It has a thin head and the lacing evaporates, but it still has more character than the average white.

S: The smell is very smooth. I smell citrus, banana and spice. Few beers can offer this complexity in the taste, let alone the smell.

T: It is very sweet and very wheat. I can taste citrus, coriander, wheat and banana. On another very good note, there is no orange peel burn common in most white beers. It also finishes with the sour twang of a lemon-lime soda.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thicker. It reminds me of a banana-citrus smoothie except it doesn't weigh me down.

D: It is very drinkable with no afterafects. I had already suffered through the Michigan Brewing Co.'s Porter and AIPA and I was still able to enjoy this.

The Irish Dry Stout is still the best style but this may be my new favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 02:19:45 | More by nicksta
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky white head over a hazy honey-infused light straw colored body. Head recedes fairly quickly, but leaves some fairly hefty bands of lace. Aromas of coriander, earth and a faint trace of citrus. A bit musty too. Spicy flavor—citrus, more pronounced coriander and pepper , and a dollop of earth for good measure. Quite acidic. A touch of yeast as well. A crisp, yet quite light, mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Crsip and refreshing as a good wit should be. The body was a bit light even by with standards—although that could increase its refreshment value during lawnmower season.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 00:39:34 | More by Shovelbum
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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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walleye

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow, with a small white head that left no lacing. aroma, sour, wheat, fruits that are not ripe, citrus (,lemon) spices like cloves and got some orange. flavor, alot better than I thought it would got a nice sweet and tartness, orange, wheat cloves, sugar after taste. nice clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:32:11 | More by walleye
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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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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 23:48:26 | More by chOAKbarrell
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 17:56:04 | More by bditty187
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 04:01:10 | More by plaztikjezuz
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.