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Celis Pale Bock - Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis Pale BockCelis Pale Bock

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78
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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  3.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-26-2003)
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Reviews by JMad:
Photo of JMad
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pub glass...

The beer is an amber/ copper color with a thin off white head. It smells of over-ripened fruit, some apricot and caramel malt, it's almost candylike. The beer is kind of watery, I could taste some nutty roasted malt and Belgian yeast, that's about it. The beer is thin and watery with lots of carbonation and kind of musty. This is a beer that I wouldn't want to drink again.

JMad, Jul 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep orange color with medium head that left quickley.Smelled of caramel,fruit,and had some underlying buttery notes,taste was malty and fruity,almost orangy.Pretty darn drinkable,great to see Pierre Celis tradition living on,a small brewery here in Michigan giving it a try.Good job guys and keep goin.

oberon, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Beautiful clear ruddy brown color with a reasonably good white head that fades quickly to a thin white layer of bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Light malt on the nose, caramel mostly.

T: Light caramel toasted malt is prominent leaving a sweetness on the tongue. There is little bittering noticeable at all until the finish where there is just enough for a quick finish and then back to a lingering maltiness.

M&D: Light to medium mouthfeel. Not a ton of depth to the brew but it's very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation is a good match.

SIRIUS2, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dracula68
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celis Pale Bock by Michigan Brewing Company tastes like a beer that wants to be whiskey, and who am I to discourage such a noble ambition! I am required by the site to base the rating partially on appearance and, again, I must admit to drinking straight from the bottle. So I trust others who say it has an orangeish or amber hue, and that this is normal and correct. It smells like a fine whiskey, tastes like same and drinks like same (just "lighter", of course. After all it's a beer). I don't know whether a "bock" is supposed to taste like that, as this is the only brand of bock I've tasted so far. Carbonation is just right for this interesting and winning combo of flavors (beer meets whiskey). It's not so carbonated that it has a rough or burning finish, and it's not so flat as to suggest stale soda. The very first one I drank helped inspire two poems and a declaration of love that I came to regret the next morning. What more can one ask from a fine brew?

dracula68, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into large tulip glass from a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Cloudy,light copper color,creamy off-white head,very lively with lots a tiny bubbles stringing together racing to the top,with a retentative head..
A very fruity aroma,with notes of caramell and chocolate and a candy-like sweet smell.
A nice balanced taste that was nutty,fruitty.with hints of toffee,a bit syrupy a pleasing bittersweet finish thats clean and refreshing.
A medium mouthfeel,thats fizzy,slightly cloying,a bit dry at the end.
Drinkable,enjoyable,couldn't drink all night,but would enjoy more than one. Reminassant of a Cosendonk,but not quite up to par with one.
A beer i would drink again though.

jcdiflorio, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of sarahspat
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark iced tea color with orange highlights. Small off-white head. A few strands of lacing appear.

Smells floral and musty.

Taste includes notes of raisins, spices, sweet dark fruits, tart apples, caramel, and flowers. There is a little bit of an unpleasant metallic characteristic to the finish. Overall, meh; not really bad, but not good either. The flavors are pretty subdued. Not impressive. However, the flavor profile is a good example a Belgian PA, from what I understand. It's just more weak than I would like. Almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.

I somehow accidentally ended up with two bottles of this while hurriedly mixing sixes. Ugh. I will probably drink the other one, but I predict that it will be more of a chore than a pleasure. This is not a bock by any stretch of the imagination. I don't understand why the brewery insists on labeling it as such.

sarahspat, May 03, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color bordering on orange and yellow, good head. Couldn't put a finger on what I was smelling, lots of stuff, old fruit, alcohol, wood, chemicals.

Taste was all over the place too, metallic, pruney, then dry apples? Unique I guess, but nowhere near as good as their white ale. Kind of a weird aftertaste too, you just never know which aspect from the profile will hit you, and they aren't consistent with any style altogether, and definitely not a bock. I mean, if you're gonna throw all that out the window, the least you could do is add some hops.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper amber hue with an off white colored head as it dwindles fine scattered lacing clings to my pint glass. Aroma has mildly metallic tone with strong malty layers and a flowery herbal hop mix the malty nose brings a touch of alcohol with apple notes in there. Taste has a vibrant flwoing malty layer matched with herbal grassy hops a touch of caramel and tart apples in the finish very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied brew although the carbonation was sorta harsh it didn't hurt overall drinkability too much flavor stays on the palate it's resilient. Drinkability is good and I find this one to be refreshing and flavorful there are flaws here good be a bit smoother but I still enjoyed it definitely worth the experience...now it's time to try the new Celis brewery in Austin, TX where he'll be marketing his wit as Brussels witbier.

WVbeergeek, May 06, 2006
Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep coppery orange in color. A white head stands about one finger tall without ever really fading away and leaves fairly thick, spotty lacing down the glass as the beer recedes.
There's a bit of fruity sweetness on the nose beneath a toasty malt and a touch of herbal spiciness. Overall it's a bit faint up close and could use just a bit more balance.
The flavor is also mainly sweet and spicy beneath a malt backbone. There is a bit more hops presence in here than in the nose and balances better with the toasty/bready malts. There's a bit of odd spiciness lingering with hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel starts off with a crisp bite and gets smooth in the finish, but not before hitting a rough patch of graininess. The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is moderate.
This beer has an impressively low ABV, and given that it's pretty good overall it's highly drinkable.

Brenden, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Stigs
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pint glass

A - pours with barely a quarter inch of white fizz, settles to a thin layer and ring within a couple minutes. the beer is hazy, burnt copper in color. BPA?

S - lightly sweet caramel malts, some belgian yeast and a thin spicy finish.

T - very malty...toffee, caramel, brown sugar - slightly artificial. grains and nary a bit of hop bitterness, light metallic finish.

M - light body with firm carbonation. a little sticky.

D - well, its not awful but doesnt really fit the style at all...more like a bock (surprise). ill finish this and leave the rest for someone else.

Stigs, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of RonJon24
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Brown almost copper color. Appealing at first. Little head but good visual carbonation.

S - Almost no smell at all. A little malt comes through.

T - Well balanced, but very little flavor at all. Slight malty after taste. Sweet flavor stays in the mouth quite a bit

M - Very light, little actual carbonation feel in the mouth

D - Good drink-ability like a domestic light, but does make me want to drink more than 2 though.

Overall I am not a big fan.

RonJon24, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange brown that is slightly reddish in the light with lots of tiny bubbles rising to a 1/2 finger tan head. Some huge swaths of lacing coat the glass.

S - Biscuits and toast with some sweet honey and caramel undertones. The hop profile is very mild.

T - Musty and dank hop oil with big burnt caramel notes and some very bitter leafy flavors. A bit mouldy and dank. It is pretty unique, I'll give it that. Gets better with warmth as grapey fruit flavors show themselves.

M - Feels thinner than I think it should be. The finish is extremely dry and bitter. Nice.

D - This is a near miss. It's almost good, but somehow falls short.

pmcadamis, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only assume that Pale Bock was intitially intended to compete with Shiner Bock, as Michelob's ZiegenBock now does. But I'm not sure of that. What I am sure of is that Michigan's version is slightly different, and more harsher than Pierre's was. It has more bitterness (Pierre's was in the 22 IBU range, but this seems more like 28-30). Of course, that could just be perception due to the hardness of the water, or something else (spicing level, residual malt, etc). It does have it's good points though. It pours a deep copper color, and the creamy ivory head holds fairly well. The nose is delicately sweet with a touch of caramel malts, candyish with a hint of clove, and generically herbal and spicy. The flavor is fuller, and adds a spark of citrus that helps to enliven it; and the spicing is fuller. It's dry and herbal and spicy with yeasty phenolic undertones. Not a bad tipple. Makes a good apertif or after dinner drink.

NeroFiddled, May 27, 2007
Photo of Rootdog316
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, candi sugar, nectarine/peach, caramel, bread. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some caramel, herbal/earthy, metallic. Creamy light-medium body with light acidity. Not bad, but for from great.

Rootdog316, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

cliff1066, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The owner, Bobby Mason, told me this was actually a pale ale, but some quirk in Texas law requires it to be labeled as a "Bock," and most of their production is still shipped there. It's darker than the Amber Lager I had just sampled. Still and all, its profile is a rather plain ”beer,” but it is malty and a little roasty.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of bashiba
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark hazy amber with a small ring of bubbly head.

Smell was musty with a touch of oak.

Taste has a grainy malt quality with a slight yeasty funk and a bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is light and dry.

Bland and average. Nothing I would be seeking out in the future.

bashiba, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of stouty1
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a rusty brown with a small foamy head. Not impressive, but too cold (I am still trying to cycle in my fridge). Nice lacing around the rim.

Smells sweet with apple the prevailing fruit.

Sweet tasting maltiness. A bit of caramel coming through. Leaves with a slight bitterness. Can definitely taste the hops in the final swallow.

Very light beer but fully carbonated.

Drinkable but probably would get overpowering after a second. Don't think I would order two in a row.

stouty1, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Generik420
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tonight I tried the lone bottle of Celis Pale Bock that my dad brought down from Michigan for me. This is another beer from the Michigan Brewing Company in their Celis line-up. This beer is a fiery copper color when held up to a light and is very clear. A very solid stream of carbonation bubbles drifts to the top and there is a huge pillowy tan head that dissipates at a nice but not too fast pace.

The aroma was really difficult to nail down. Seems to have a really malty, almost sweet bread scent with a touch of maybe brown sugar and nutmeg. Really very unusual to get this type of aroma from a beer this color that didn't have 'Holiday' somewhere in the name. I am dealing with a touch of summer cold so I could be a bit off on this too.

Celis Pale Bock is a semi-sweet beer that has touches of maple syrup, raisin and maybe even the barest hint of cinnamon all floating around. There is a bit of lemon peel bitterness on the tail end of a swallow to round this out. I found it to be medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish. Interestingly enough, that steady stream of carbonation that you can see seems to disappear during a drink. This didn't feel flat, but it was fairly light on the carbonation which went against what the eyes tell you.

All in all, not a bad beer but it didn't do a whole lot for me. I personally think the other beers I have had in the Celis line-up are better then this one. Specifically the Celis Grand Cru and the Celis White. If I had another bottle I would actually like to compare this to the JW Dundee's Pale Bock that is routinely in the Dundee's Craft Pack sampler. I think they would probably be fairly close to each other.

Generik420, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a small off-white head that dissipates to a film after a few seconds. Minimal lacing. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt and some grain--not a lot there, really. Tastes follows suit, with sweet, lightly roasted malt dominating a somewhat florally hoppy, spicy finish. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty decent.

philipquarles, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of buschbeer
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a small off white head. The beer is amber colored. The aroma is spicy with sweet malt. The taste is spicy up front and finishes with caramel malt. This is a pretty bland beer. I guess I could drink a lot of it if I was in the mood for something boring and tastless.

buschbeer, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Clear medium amber with foamy bone white head, medium retention, light lacing.

S = Lots of malt, slight cinnamon notes, like cinnamon roll dough before it is cooked but very light on the cinnamon. Also get some fresh grains, a light floral almost soapy smell.

T = Light bread malt flavors with light spiciness of cinnamon, honey, fair bitterness in finish, also distinct earthy notes of hops together with more grassy hops flavors. Well balanced.

M = Light to medium-light bodied, fair mouthcoating, low carbonation feel.

D = Good drinkability, a pleasant flavored, low ABV beer.

Traquairlover, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of santoslhalper
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a simple copper with a thin bubbly white head. Nice carbonation and clarity.

Smell: The smell is a nice mix of rich malts and bitter, balancing hops. Some sweetness is present, with loads of fruitiness. Very complex and tasty smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Simple malt flavors, balanced by simple hop flavors. Nothing over-the-top or crazy. The malt flavors are grainy, raw, and rich, balanced nicely by a little bit of hop bitterness and citrus flavors Some sweet bubblegum and cotton candy notes as well. The mouthfeel is full bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: Definitly achieved it's goal: an easy drinking, full-flavored, session brew. Nothing special or stand-out in anyways, which makes this one special, and stand-out to me. Simple, subtle, and delicious.

santoslhalper, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of umustdrink
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color. Offwhite head settles at an eighth inch. Thin spots of lacing.

S - Rich caramel aroma with sweet, toasty and lightly smoky malts. Light corn and a very mild diacetyl smell is there as well.

T/M - Starts out smooth and thick feeling with a light caramel malt flavor. A sharp bitterness and carbonation bite hit and the malty flavor increases and becomes sweeter. Finish leaves sweet malts with some bitterness.

D - I see nothing "Belgian" about this beer, but for a bock I think its very good. Even has low alcohol so you can have a few.

umustdrink, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a 3 finger off-white head that slowly fades into a chunky head of sea foam. Sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grain, cocoa, toffee, warm peanuts, and mild cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some bitter grassiness interfering with the malty grains and cakey yeast. This needs to actually be less complex, IMO, to be a standout beer. Keeping it simple isn't always bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a feel akin to a small porter. Light sweetness, and a gummy dougheyness makes for an odd blend.

weeare138, Aug 16, 2007
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Celis Pale Bock from Michigan Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.