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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

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 jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.4%

jaidenjb, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As you would expect, this is a light, straw-colored beer with a white head.

Smells good, peppery hops are at the forefront, with subtle notes of citrus in the background.

A little more bitter than I expected. Again, the peppery hops dominate.

There is some complexity in the mouth. Initially, the bitterness is mild, but it gains strength in the finish.

This was a reasonably drinkable, refreshing beer.

RickS95, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a very dull yellow hue. very cloudy, as they do. billowy bright white head sits on top.

S: lemon, clove. there is a definite acidic smell here. maybe a little barny. there is an earthy and chalkyness from the yeast.

T: similar to the nose, the acidity comes across the palate in the form of limes and lemons. there is a minor bready, malty backbone, but oh so light. a little bit of ginger.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on one of the lightest bodies ive come across.

D: super light body with a decent amount of flavor certainly makes this drinkable. the tart acidity is a nice touch. from what i understand, one of the classics in witbiers. glad a friend made me pick one up.

Jimmys, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a hefe glass. It was a hazy pale straw color with good carbonation and lacing. It had a thick white head that settled into a collar with some certain foam from the carb.

The aroma was heavy on the coriander and clove with orange peel in the back. Could smell the dryness as well. The taste really followed the aroma. Heavy on the spices. It had a very dry finish that for me was a little too dry which hurt the mouthfeel.

They just re-introduced this to Texas - about damn time. I've gotten used to the less dry/sweeter wits since it left here so not in my upper tier but still a damn fine beer. Highly recommend. I see this in the regular rotation.

TexIndy, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy, but very bright yellow. Head dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is quite lemony, with mild citrus aroma of orange and apricot. Underlying spices, including corriander, nutmeg, and cinnimon.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Spices present a stronger bite than the nose led me to expect. Finish is sour, with surprising bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Slightly watery.

Overall a drinkable brew, but nothing to get too excited about. Worth a try.

Blakaeris, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

jasonjlewis, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

As expected, this poured to a hazy cloudy golden color with thin white head, that dissipated quickly and left little or no lacing. Aroma was a veryu pleasant mix of oranges, cookie dough and and a hint of clove spice. Flavor followed true to form with more of the clove-orange mix. At 4.25%, the alcohol never made itself known. To me, the mouthfeel was somewhat chewy, due to the dough taste, and the finish was somewhat stale.

This beer, while pleasant, did not finish nearly as well as it started.

kimcgolf, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really the essence of what a good Witbier should be.
Cloudy and pale...but still inviting. Probably a little to dark for the style, but still fine.
Yeasty without being overkill. Lots of tropical fruits and dessert spices without being too sweet.
Dense without being too thick and drinkable without being too weak.
Balance. This beer has it.

Domingo, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of putnam
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pastel manilla-folder yellow with a lively white head that resolves into a loose splatter of islands.
The aroma is mostly of bitter orange peel. Not orange liqueur. Not oranges. Not orange juice. Orange peel. Breathy clear coriander lifts the edges up nicely, emphasizing clean images of linen, branches and cut grass.
Broad-textured, it rains tart orange, bitter seed and sugar flavors onto my palate. Slightly briny too. Pretty aggressive, hungry yeast here. I say that because of the vigorous gas and the very dry, carbohydrate-poor texture. And yet, there is an impression of residual sugar. I'm afraid of what might have hapened to this beer since it left the brewery.
Still, nice wit fix.

putnam, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/7/2005 (bottle):

Pours a slight white head, that is quickly diminishing. Body is cloudy pale yellow in color. Has an aroma of floral and lemon scents. Mouthfeel is strong carbonation. Taste of floral and spice flavors, with a smooth finish.

jujubeast6000, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of bruachan
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
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

bruachan, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of dfillius
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tumbler. Trying it for only the second time after my first one 5 years ago at the Dog and Duck in Austin, TX.

A: 3/4 finger pure white head. Cloudy bright yellow with gold core! This is definitely a Belgian white from the master!

S: Coriander and limey-citrus and maybe I smell a tad of orange. Some great malt.

T: Delicate and complex. Wheat malt with coriander and citrus brightness holding it in check. Lots of checks and balances in this beer. Maybe just a little too much coriander.

M: Good carbonation, but slightly prickly and a little over bitter from the spices.

D: Very good, but not great. A little deterrent from over spicing.

dfillius, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, unspectacular offering from Celis, the White remains true to Celis form--thin head, nice color, pretty good taste. There's not enough smell for me--some mild fruit such as bananas, maybe a hint of orange; certainly lots of malt, whiffs of spices such as pepper that emerge in the aftertaste. These carry forth in the taste well, particularly the malt. This improves as it warms to room temp. Rather good, and easy to knock back a few of these.

Right in line with my Celis experiences--nice beers, nothing that knocks off the socks, but steady and tasty. Give it a go.

Gehrig, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

roadhouse, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

drtth, May 01, 2012
Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to HardTarget for this great suggestion and lovely brew.

Appearance: pours a hazy straw yellow with a beautiful amber glow. The carbonation is champagne-like as it cascades up the glass.

Smell: A very refreshing, spring-like blend of spice and citrus beckon me to quaff this yummy looking brew.

Taste: A refreshing wheat bread-like taste with a citrus after taste. I'm guessing the one taste that I can't identify is coriander but I'll have to rob a spice rack before I know what it's supposed to taste like.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent, light and very refreshing!

Drinkability: An elegant and complex ale that witbier that went down very quickly and made my grilling so much more enjoyable.

Thanks again to HardTarget for that one!

mattcrill, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of goochpunch
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

goochpunch, May 31, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Let the flaming begin? I can't be the only who feels this way...

Appearance: light straw color, lustrous snow-white resilient head, bubbly, tasteful amount of haze (after swirling the last bit of beer and dumping it in)

Aroma: very subtle aroma of honey, coriander, wheat, some appley fruitiness, wet cardboard (oxidized), musty

Flavor: tastes sweetened, some orange coriander and a whole lot of orange-peel, a strange sourness followed by an even stranger bitter aftertaste (like a bar of soap) that hits in the back corners of my tongue, little to no hop flavor (but that's expected in this style)

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation

Overall Impression: Man, was I disappointed in this beer! While I never tried the original Celis, I can't say whether or not the new owners botched it up, but I do like Hoegaarden Wit. The aftertaste is very off-putting, somewhere between chewing on orange peels and sucking on a bar of lye soap -- seems to me like this would stem from using way too much bitter orange peel. Also, it seems llike it's been sweetened slightly with artificial sweetener. I actually had to dump it! I wonder of Pierre has tasted this version...

Perhaps it was a bad bottle?

GreenCard, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of BMoney575
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-31-07

Pours a nice clear gold, with a super-thin head and no lacing.

Smell is a little light Belgian, with an easy amount of spice and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste is alot like the smell, spices and citrus, with a well-balanced sweetness. Nothing overpowers, all the flavors add up nicely.

Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation is light, but leaves just the right amount of thickness.

Drinkability is also very good, the flavors meld well and the lightness makes it easy to drink. This, and the low abv make this a great session beer.

BMoney575, Jun 02, 2007
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 beergeek279
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is a heavily spiced wheat. The taste is very heavily spiced wheat..a lot of corriander with a good bit of citrusy tartness as well. Mouthfeel is well-carbed. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. A solid wit, especially for those who like the heavily spiced wits, and a nice tribute to a true beer innovator. Quite good, and certainly one I hope to get again!

beergeek279, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This used to be my favorite bottled beer brewed in Texas until Miller bought them and closed them down (bastards!). In fact, I remember after my last final of the semester during grad school going to one of the local bars and drinking 9 half-yards of the stuff. I would have gone for 10, but they ran out! The bartender actually came over to shake my hand and to tell me how impressed he was. Anyway, I’ve been waiting for a somewhat happy occasion to review it, and low and behold, I finally finished up my taxes today and for the first time in many a year, I’m actually getting a refund rather than having to pay! So, enter Celis White. Pours a beautiful light golden color with a creamy white head. Nose is spicy with some strong lemony aromas. Taste also has lots of spice—clove, nutmeg, allspice, and coriander—followed by some nutty yeast flavors and lots of lemony citrus. Finish is very crisp and refreshing. A marvelous beer and every bit as good as I remember it being when it was brewed here in Texas. Thank God it’s finally back!

Morris729, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle marked 3/14/11 so it is a bit old.

Pours to a fine creamy white head that laces gently and easily down the glass. Classic whitish yellow hazy color. Aroma is wheat, coriander and muted orange. Flavor is a nice blend of tangy citrus and spicy coriander on the tip of the tongue with enough malt and wheat to balance. Mouthfeel is light, yet creamy and refreshing. Overall this version does not have the complexity of the Austin original but it has some redeeming qualities.

EagleTalon, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of marburg
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

marburg, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of kkipple
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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?

kkipple, Sep 01, 2011
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.