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Celis White - Michigan Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
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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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

04-30-2012 01:42:41 | More by deapokid
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-29-2011 14:07:55 | More by cdwil
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Pours a hazy light straw color with two fingers of bright white head. Great retention and nice lacing.

S - Coriander dominates the nose, followed by Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is similar to smell with a slight amount of citrus acidity, wheat and some pepper. Nice.

M - Crisp medium mouthfeel.

O - Overall, this is a very nice, flavorful witbier. Very sessionable.

02-27-2012 01:10:46 | More by warnerry
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argock

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy pale yellow with strikingly white, 1 finger head and ample lacing.

S: Less prominent than I imagined bu still lots of tangy wheat, faint clove and coriander, and soft fruity flavors with a lemon zest.

T: Lots of esters with less on the spice front than I would have imagined from the aroma. Quite a bit more tangy citrus flavor with a bit of pepper on a backbone of wheaty fruit flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth with exceptional feel and great soft fruit and tangy aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are a wheat beer or witbier fan. Nice soft and unassuming blend of flavors.

03-21-2008 05:57:40 | More by argock
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4%

Pours out a hazy pineapple-juice yellow under a thin wispy head that leaves lace chains all around the glass.

Strong spice in the nose, and even bigger fruit (peach, pear). Not as subtly flowery as the best wits, but this does have the yeasty mineral quality of the style.

More mineral in the flavor, although not metallic or chemical. Fruit comes through strongly--peach and pear again, also citrus and crisp green apple. Some flowery elements, some doughy goodness, some light sweet spices. Metallic sheen comes back to haunt in the finish, and some fruity tartness, but the metallic element isn't overpowering or even all that off-putting.

Soft yet prickly...the mouthfeel achieves an interesting balance between the two, with light to medium body.

Interesting. Not a classic witbier in terms of flavor--something seemed to go astray here and go for a more universal Belgian golden/pale ale thing. For what it is, though, it's indeed refreshing and well-made.

11-21-2008 22:53:29 | More by Metalmonk
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-23-2011 04:46:59 | More by jmdrpi
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to HeatherAnn and Heidi & Tom for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy pale gold color with a small off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Aromas of orange peel, coriander, toasted malt, and a faint cereal sweetness.

T: See above. Slightly tart and sweet citrus, toasted malt, sweet caramel, and mild spices.

M: Spicy and peppery/dry with a sweet smoothness for great balance.

D: Very enjoyable and quite sessionable.

08-12-2008 23:18:06 | More by GbVDave
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +19%

Beautifully cloudy, straw golden with a meringue-like white head atop fine bubbles. Retention is good, with minimal lacing. The look of this brew conjures up fine memories. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of smoke, sharp cheddar cheese, cloves, sweet vanilla, wheat crackers, and pineapple in that order. Mouthfeel is soft, wet and effervescent, with a light body. Taste is lightly sour and acidic with light cloves and a crisp, watery finish with a hint of grainy astringency. There is a hint of lemon towards the end with mild breadiness. The hops are very delicate and mild.

This is just great stuff...unique, tasty, and very easy to drink. I drank this about 10 years ago when it was brewed by Pierre in Texas, and I can't recall any specifics. I can't say whether the MBC version is true to the original or not, but it doesn't matter cause it's good enough to stand on it's own. A classic...better than Hoegaarden IMO, and replacing Oberon as my standard summer brew.

05-04-2003 19:03:31 | More by Mitchster
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

Clear golden pour with a fluffy white head that laid down some decent lace. Crisp aromas of wheat and citrus (perhaps orange). Lovely clean lemon and wheat flavours, with notes of corriander. So crisp and refreshing its marvellous. The body is on the light side, with medium carbonation, but I feel this suits the style well. A very nice Belgian wit.

02-21-2009 22:25:39 | More by bobsy
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birchstick

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4%

Poured a hazy faint yellow with a very small head. Smelled sweet, with coriander and orange, as well as some clover and other spices. It tastes good, with orange peel and citrus up front, followed by some banana tones and a hint of hops at the end. It has a very long and dry finish as well. This beer is a bit thin and pretty carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty good witbier and is very enjoyable to drink.

07-06-2008 23:42:53 | More by birchstick
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allengarvin

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

03-31-2005 02:34:25 | More by allengarvin
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beerguy101

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Light gold color. Large Head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet yet there is a touch of a slightly burnt undertone (?) A medium bodied wit. Malts are sweet and fruity. There are hints of orange and coriander. Rolls around on the tongue with an aggressive spiciness and lively carbonation. Nice. Hops are a touch spicy. Well balance. Lively, bright and flavorful. Very drinkable. Hope this one gets into wider distribution Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

10-08-2003 03:17:08 | More by beerguy101
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Celis White has a cloudy body that is somewhere between dull yellow and dull gold. The white head is large and solid looking, with a rocky top. The retention is solid, and ample lacing is left behind.

The aroma has a good bit of wheat to it, with notes of fruit and a hint of pepper. Pretty traditional and quite nice.

This beer is a well-made white. The wheat probably provides the most flavor for this one, with notes of bread and a little bit of twang. Orange and lemon both make an appearance, but without adding any sweetness. Coriander and general peppery flavors are more powerful in the flavor than the aroma. A hint of green apple comes through from the yeast in the finish.

Very smooth from the carbonation, with a substantial feel to the body.

This beer was left behind in my fridge after having some people over, so I didn't really have any expectations for it. I am glad that I tried it, because it turned out to be a well made witbier.

01-29-2012 15:37:33 | More by Hojaminbag
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mcallister

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

The appearance and smell are the similar to the draft version of this brew. Taste still has the nice wheat and citrus balance but it is much lighter and seems to have a lot more sugar in it. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a low carbonartion. It is still a drinkable and decent brew but it doesn't have the complexity of the draft version and it is much thinner. I was somewhat dissapointed with the bottled version since this is one of my favorite draft brews. I guess it is like Yuengling. Great on draft and ok in a bottle.

08-08-2007 05:06:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

02-03-2006 17:56:04 | More by bditty187
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-17-2012 02:25:25 | More by cliff1066
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: Cloudy medium golden color with a fairly large snow-white head, which soon collapses to scattered patches of foam. Very slight carbonation with only fair lace. A portion of the beer was swirled during the pour to release the sediment, which was present in a generous quantity.

Aroma: Lots of cracker malt, with cloves and citrus notes.

Taste: Begins with a crisp and tart lemon and orange note, soon followed by spicy clove notes and coriander. The combination of the wheat malt, spices, and citrus yields a refreshing sweet and tart effect. There is a brief note of pepper at the close of the taste. The finish is dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very solid.

Drinkability/notes: In my opinion, the quintessential summer style beer style. Although I tried the original Celis White years ago, I really do not have a perspective by which to compare the original to this beer, too much time has passed – and at the time the original Celis White was available, my beer knowledge was far too limited. Nonetheless, this is an excellent white, surely worthy of a try.

05-10-2003 21:57:41 | More by Pegasus
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-27-2011 04:13:19 | More by StoutHunter
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JayQue

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white head that disappears quickly. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is ok, but does not prepare you for the strong flavor.

The taste is very pronounced unlike some American versions of the style. Strong taste of citrus (orange?), cloves, hint of bubble gum sweetness and an astringent tartness that reminded me of Koenig Ludwig.

Mouthfeel was rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is good but as a session beer I would prefer to sip rather than guzzle. The taste is strong enough to make you take notice. I was very pleasantly surprised and would seek it out again as a summertime refresher.

05-11-2007 23:57:42 | More by JayQue
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a very pale shade of yellow. The aroma is of wheat and Belgian yeast. I get some spiciness, but not the orange that I was expecting. The taste in some citrus with a little banana thrown in there. There is a carbonation bite. It has a grassy presence to it as well. It would prbably go down better in the summer.

10-01-2010 22:10:02 | More by buschbeer
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of wheat malt with citrus and spice to it

T - The spice is the first thing I notice followed by the citrus flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with higher carbonation to it

D - I really enjoyed this beer it has a great taste thats very refreshing worth a try

08-12-2008 23:23:38 | More by armock
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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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bashiba

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured a cloudy pale orange color with a light white head leaving a bubbly ring.

Smell has a funky yeast quality to it along with a strong lemon peel odor.

Taste is mild with a light sweet malt base and flavors of yeast and light citrus.

mouthfeel is light and dry.

A slighty above average wit, but nothing special.

09-17-2006 22:21:37 | More by bashiba
Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.