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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

Celis WhiteCelis White

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BA SCORE
85
very good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Prominent white colour, wheat sour and strong carbonation worked. Coriander and orange taste, some pepper and spiciness. fresh tasting though it's the Fall. Rounded with malt and smooth and drinkable. Light-medium mouthfeel. Tangy acidic aftertaste, drying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2005 03:19:01 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of 5/12/12.

Pours a murky yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, celery, lettuce, and spices. Definitely some weird aromas going on here. Taste is of grain, yeast, spices, and a very slight vegetal flavor but nothing like the smell. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer flavor wise but the aromas of leafy vegetables are definitely quite odd.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 05:13:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent straw--that resembles Chablis--with a bright white cap that is large, fluffystiff and styrofoam-like. Unfortunately, it deflates within minutes, isn't the least bit tacky and leaves nothing more than a short, scalloped collar of lace. The nose consists of clove (primarily), orange zest (secondarily) and a lightly funky yeastiness that is the best part of the whole deal.

The wheat malty backbone is firm enough to provide a more than acceptable amount of body and sweetness. I'm finding it hard to nail down the body/mouthfeel and have decided to land on medium-full for the style. The sweet maltiness gives it an expansive, slightly viscous feel while the carbonation is abundant enough to keep it on the quaffable side.

The flavor is good, but not outstanding. Clove is still the dominant actor, but it isn't so strong as to overpower the orange zest. Even though the various elements of the flavor profile really do work well together, something seems to be missing. The 'impressed' signal just isn't making it to my brain for some reason. Note: enough voltage got through by the bottom half of the bottle for me to kick the taste score up a notch. More yeast perhaps?

It's a shame that none of us will ever be able to sample the original Celis White. This version is tasty though and even if it doesn't make it into my witbier upper tier, it should please most lovers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 20:08:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well there's not much to be said here that hasn't already been said; and I wish I could avoid the comparison to the original and just let this beer stand on it's own, but I can't. It's more malty than the original, and that drags down its drinkability a bit. Otherwise, it's pretty much right on as I remember it. The yeast is not quite the same, and the coriander was a touch heavy handed, but I'll certainly have another! I'm glad to see one of my favorite beers revived; and quite relieved that it's been done fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2005 11:27:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 00:13:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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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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WesWes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy super pale yellow color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has an intense wheat scent with a nice fruity yeast aroma. The taste is great. I've always been a fan of the Celis line of beers. It has a light and refreshing wheat flavor that goes down easy. It is fruity on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This beer drinks well. It is true to style and good tasting; a fine wit.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 02:36:39 | More by WesWes
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured out as a decent looking hazy yellow cold. The head was foamy at first before it sunk into the glass. The lacing was decent. The smell of the beer was citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer was light, fruity and had a touch of spices in it. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad for this style. Overall it's not a bad attempt at making a Belgian White.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 03:49:11 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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

Okay, okay. So that thing I said about the last wit I had being the last of the season wasn't so true.

Pours a clouded yellow with athin white head. Nose is like popcorn. Minus the buttera and salt of course. Citrus is there as well. It's present in the flavor, but guess what else is there. Popcorn again! Ha! That's a new one. Overall though it's a nice earthy citrus mix. Quite citrus forward really. Feel has a fairly full and biting carbonation. Liquid is typical for the style. This is a good witbier. A spot on interpretation IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:57:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: So far dead on as far as appearance looks like a hazy glass of lemonade with a big fluffy white very carbonated at that head leaves behind thick full patches of lace. Aroma: Sharp spritzy sweetness from the malted wheat with the coriander, zest, and yeast driven citrus like tones all there classic aromatics much like the original witbier. Taste: However varies a bit much more pronounced tartness with a creamy slightly chalky yeast profile lightly hopped in the finish with citrus and the coriander coming to play on the palate. Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Extreme carbonation tickles the back of the throat lighter bodied session ale made to be drank in number as refreshing summer brew, nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 02:00:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 15:03:43 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky golden color with one and half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate to high carbonation evident. Nice lacing.

s - Smells of bananas, yeast, spices, fruity malts, and citrus. Also some cloves.

t - Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast, and light citrus.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - Not a bad witbier at all. This is probably the best beer I've received in the beer of the month club since I started getting it in February, and it reminded me a lot of Southhampton's Double White Ale. Lots of nice bananas, and Belgian styule spices and yeast in the smell. Would definitely have this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 22:05:44 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating. I enjoyed this years ago when it was brewed in Texas, cant say I remember exactly how it tasted, but I was psyched to try this latest incarnation. This one pours the expected very cloudy dull yellow, with a bright white head and leaving some scattered lacing. Nose is all about cloves, pepper and some orangy bananas. Pleasant light bodied ale, more cloves, ripe bananas and pepper picked up. Finishes, smooth and slightly dry. Fine warm weather brew and with all sorts of salads, cheese, fish etc etc.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 21:01:45 | More by Billolick
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Zorro

California

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

A beer I have wanted to try for sometime that just showed up in the most run down liquor store in town. I only stopped to take a look because there was a "Under New Management" banner at the store.

In the glass this is a pale cloudy yellow beer with a white head a little dark for a Witbier.

The smell is sweet and spicy with a big bitter orange aroma and a smattering of other spices. Hard to pick the scents apart except for the big citrus aroma.

The taste begins sweet and spicy with a good orange taste to this. Spices are there but mostly this reminds me of vanilla. Decent wheat malt taste definitely on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Witbier but not as good as Wittekerke in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 01:50:07 | More by Zorro
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after dislodging it self from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystal clear gold color, the head smallish and bright white, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a thin velum like sheet. Nose is citrus crisp, sweetly malt with a trace of wheat, start is quite sweet, nice grain profile, and the top is light in its feels to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style. I suppose it is a good representative to the original, but it’s hard to beat a brewing icon like Peter Celis, well at least in my humble opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 18:04:37 | More by Gusler
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegarden style glass.

Appearance is pretty decent. Head is tight bubbled with a real small bubbled foamy white head. Body is a typical cloudy lemon yellow and gray, but the head leaves some minimal lacing and a decent puck throughout drinking.

Nose is distinctly buttery with a small wheat chew fairly pleasant but sort of faulty.

Taste is chewy sweet with a sugar sense. Palate texture feels solid and fine, but grain and wheat angle seems a bit burried. Citrus angle seems strangely artificial if not totally non existent.

Overall a mild buttery but also overly sweet Witbier that is missing wheat backbone and a citrus angle.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:24:58 | More by smakawhat
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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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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Clear pineapple juice yellow with a firm starchy white capping of half an inch height. Fades slowly to a large collar and whisps of spotty lacing are minimal across the glass.

Aroma is sticky of lemon coated soft breads with a stint of banana and clove.

Taste is crisp and tangy upfront with a quick tangle of the tongue with a danse of firm lemon and snappy wheat. Just past midway it gets a smoother envelopement of creamier wheat and banana tones. Ends with another tang of returned lemon and wheat. Quite tangy, rich, and bouncy overall.

Feel is about medium with a strong tang of lemony wheatyness that really grabs hold for good length. Snappy, smooth, and tangy rich with a certian ease to its glide.

A pretty decent Wit. Surprisingly lengthy with a good tone and body of tang. Drinks down just fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 02:23:19 | More by tavernjef
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Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.