Celis White
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Celis WhiteCelis White
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #450
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,213
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 13.33%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
86
From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  6
Gots
  12
SCORE
82
Good
Celis WhiteCelis White
Notes: Belgian version. For the US brewed version go here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/565/5222
View: Beers
Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Gravy09
Gravy09

4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

L – Hazy yellow color, fluffy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lacing

S – Citrus, yeast, coriander, malt

T – Balanced elements of lemon, coriander, spice fruit, grain and wheat

F – Creamy, medium bodied and soft carbonation

O – This was the second witbier I had ever tasted back in the early '90's and I loved it. I knew that the brewery had been bought and it was being produced again but I couldn't get my hands on it where I currently live – until my friend moved to Austin TX. I immediately sent him money and had him ship a case to me. I was slightly anxious that it would taste different than I remembered or that I had “built it up” in my memory to be something so good that I was bound to be disappointed. Well, I need not have worried. Celis White is as wonderful as I remember it being. A truly great American witbier right up there with Allagash White. It's going to be very difficult making this case last for any appreciable amount of time. I wish someone would distribute it where I live.

Nov 25, 2019
Photo of REVZEB
REVZEB from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So all of the traditional belgian wit elements are here. Light cracker malts, lemon, belgian spices, dollop of wheat on the finish, but there is also a formaldehyde aftertaste that is foul. Not detectable on the nose, which is floral and lightly pleasant.

Sep 21, 2018
Photo of SpongeHop
SpongeHop from Belgium

3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - straw-like, slightly opaque, sunny yellow that happens to look extremely pretty against a bright blue sky. White head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Very inviting and summery.
S & T - nice lemon zest and wheaty tartness. Slight generic pale ale maltiness, but not very sweet. The tiniest hint of banana.
F - nice and spritzy, almost soda-like. Does dry out the tongue a bit.

O - Not super duper complicated or refined beer, but a solid refreshment. Might as well be a replacement for a soda.

I'd recommend this one.

Aug 16, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From elcervecero. In Teku glass. After dinner. Very pleasant aroma and taste, with just the adequate amount of coriander. Very refreshing and drinkable. A shame its too short bottle size

Apr 27, 2016
Photo of TheManiacalOne
TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/4/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, some Belgian yeast, light caramelized malts, citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out with some tartness from flavors of citrus and wild Belgian yeast. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The sweetness and the hops presence are mild but bring some balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Oct 04, 2015
Photo of PlutonowyManiek
PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: light yellow, straw, cloudy. At the large, white foam appears cloudy suspension.
Faint aroma, really feel the only wheat, until the time of consumption nose reaches the delicate scent of lemon peel.
Taste: here like in flavor, mainly wheat and lemon peel very gently with a distinctive oily.
Gentian minimum, citrus. Saturation medium very cool. Alcohol undetectable.
Beer very pleasant, although it may surprise delicacy of flavor and taste. What surprised me is the consistency, creamy, full and dense.

Sep 29, 2015
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celis White has a thick, white head, a murky, yellow appearance, lots of powdery sediment throughout, and thin lacing left on the glass. Once the caked sediment is swished and poured in, this beer clouds up, considerably. The aroma is of sweet, white bread, coriander, banana, and other spices. Taste is of those elements, with bubble gum and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Celis White finishes dry and easy going.
RJT

Sep 26, 2015
Photo of Flounder57
Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, wheat, spices, yeasty esters, and green apple.

Taste: Vanilla, wheaty, pale malts, spicy, yeasty, green apple, and chewy characters.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, crisp, refreshing, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: To be the first and original witbier made, I do have to say I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Will look for more of this in the near future.

Mar 21, 2015
Photo of GiaLvo
GiaLvo from Italy

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Belgium.
The beer description itself describes it as a fruit of the 500-year-old tradition of Hoegaarden brewing techniques. As a big fan and lover of Hoegaarden's amazing Witbier I agree, but must add that sadly real life isn't like Star Wars and the apprentice seldom becomes the master, especially when you're talking gastronomy. Therefore I must say that although it certainly takes on the Hoegaardeny taste the Celis White fails to develop an indendepent style or taste and ends up being a variation of the Hoegaarden, to whom one just has to prefer the original.
That being said it is a very good beer.
Appearing as a pale and faint whiteish color with a foamy and farly quick to disapper head, it introduces the drinker to a simple, refreshing and pleasant fruity taste.
The smell preludes to it with a vague fruity inspiration. It's easy on the palate and is an easy and nice beer to drink alone or with a meal.
3,50/5

Jul 01, 2014
Photo of henkmudi
henkmudi from Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy and opaque, but smells nice. Musk at first glance, sour later. Taste evaporates quickly as well as memories. Flower aroma brings beer more to weak fruit beers and ciders. Refreshing but much less than other wheat beers. Warming at room temperature doesn't change a taste. Works well with vegetables, not much with meat.

Jun 16, 2014
Photo of janubio
janubio from Spain

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

25 ml. bottle. Hazy pale yellow colour, good head, but not much retention. Big lace. Smell is faint in comparison to some others belgian white: orange, coriander, fruits, some spices and pepper. Normal carbonartion, medium body. Fizzy. Taste is the same as nose. Being the "original" white belgian I was expecting much more. It pales in comparison to Hoegarden, IMO.

May 11, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Kind of an unassuming bottle, compared to the other Belgians around it at Total Wine, but I'm willing to give it a chance regardless. It pours a cloudy straw-orange topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, orange zest, clove, light melon rind, and a pinch of black pepper. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a few twists of lemon for good measure. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty tasty wit. It's pretty easy to see how this style caught on here in the States, given the precedent set by this little guy.

Oct 07, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Grandaddy of the style.

Pours a straw color, very pale. The head is all of a few millimeters in height. Just some sheeting on the surface.

Prominent notes of orange rind, lemon rind, pale wheat malts, and coriander. The nose of a prototype. Mild, lightly sweet, faintly tart, and quite familiar.

Sweet/tart lemon and orange citrus with a very pale grain character of tangy wheat and grassy pilsner malt. Low bitterness, with some flaring in the finish. Quite tasty, in fact. A sturfy example that's lighter than most. Very summery flavor and feel. Body suffers from thinness. Not a crime for a wit, but I do prefer some milkiness. Carbonation is down-pat with high efficiency. Almost, too high. A bubble burn is felt in the sides of the mouth.

I'm so glad to have access to this classic again. Celis White will always stay true to my heart.

Aug 23, 2013
Photo of safaricook
safaricook from Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 250ml bottle into my tasting glass on one of those few sunny days this year welcoming what seems to be summer finally. I left the yeast sediment in the bottle because I think this wouldn't fit for a witbier.

Appears murky orange with some fine carbonation, 2 finger dense white head that reduces after some time to a thin layerleaving the occasional lacing

typical aroma for a witbier: ripe sweet oranges, less coriander

orange sweet with some sourness to balance it, again very faint coriander, ends with some sweet but drying bitterness

thin body, refreshing, very fine tickling sensation, with the carbonation thinning out after a while the body gets a bit watery, unfortunately

All in all a great summer beer. I almost gave up on my quest for a witbier that I liked. What appeals most to me is this great subtly orange flavor and aroma paired with the refreshing champagne-like carbonation.

Jun 04, 2013
Photo of charlzm
charlzm from California

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I suspect this is the American Celis White, but Beer Advocate doesn't allow reviews of that beer, so it might be this one?

Consumed at Steingarten, West Los Angeles on February 25th, 2012. Reviewed from notes.

Clear, lemony yellow appearance. More clear than a typical witbier. Fine one finger white head provides moderate sheeting. While not a bad-looking beer, it doesn't like "right" for the style.

Banana, lemon, coriander aromas.

Flavor is much like smell with a slightly grassy note as well. Lacking in yeasty character or wheat notes.

Carbonation prickle. Smooth drinking.

Good hot weather beeer that went with my dinner quite well but not very authentic. Still, enjoyable on its own terms.

May 17, 2013
Photo of abijen
abijen from Netherlands

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Banana smell. Appearance: Pale color, hazy and sparkling liquid. The head is minimal white. Taste: light sweetness with an average duration Palate: light body, thin watery texture and a fizzy carbonation Overall: a light white beer. Nice for in the summer but I prefer a beer with more body.

Mar 15, 2013
Photo of deebo
deebo from Michigan

4.97/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in Bruges and loved it. This review is from a bottle with a BB date of 3-30-12.

A-Yellow/golden color with a fair amount of haziness. Pours 2 fingers of fluffy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S-Yeasty, the fruity esters are remniscent of lemon. Sweet bready malt.

T-Similiar to the aroma. This beer has lots of character. The malt bill is heavy for a 5% beer. A slight sour end note that is not bitter.

M-Great, body is rich, creamy and delicious. The carbonation is medium and carries the flavors of this beer well.

D-I would make this a staple if I could get more of it.

O-Could be my favorite version of the first style I fell in love with when discovering that not all beers taste like light lagers. Great complexity and balanced perfectly.

Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, California. Reviewed from notes. This is the Belgian brewed version.

A: Pours a two finger head of white colour, slight cream, fair thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a cloudy yellow.

Sm: Lemon peel and clean barley. A mild strength, boring aroma.

T: Tame lemon peel over a barley foundation. Simple. Balanced. Decently built for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nicely thick without being overbearing. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I might get it again if I was in a witbier mood.

High C+

***
July 29th, 2016: 2nd impressions from a draught pour at La Trappe in San Francisco ("as House Witte").

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

Mar 23, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I ordered this, I was suitably confused about where it was actually from. The bottle stated that it was brewed at Van Teenberge for "Celis Europe", but then spent most of its time talking about Austin, Texas. Interesting pedigree. Drank at Cambrinus in Bruges on a very hot day outside. Witbier was the charm.

Poured half, swirled, and poured the other half. My efforts result in chunks of sediment floating in a very cloudy, opaque lemon-juice yellow colour. Head is fine and full, although collapsing in the humidity after a while. Lace is patchy. Looks pretty good for a wit. I'm not sure I've had a cloudier or more sediment-riddled one at least.

Nose is fruity and citrussy, with sweet orange and marmalade dominant. Some apricot comes through as well, and although there are some light yeasty phenols, there's minimum true spice. Not bad, but very light on, though.

Taste is sweet, with floral honey characters and flavours of dried apricots. Finish is clean and dry, with a hint of yeast and a slight musty bite. The crisp finish is refreshing on such a day, but it didn't have much of the citrus or spice I'd like in the style.

Not a bad wit, and a slight deviation from the style, which I take as a positive thing. Perhaps a little too sweet, and lacking some complexity, but it ends up a pretty refreshing brew, nonetheless.

Jul 18, 2011
Photo of sfprint
sfprint from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat cloudy slightly dark yellow. Carbonation sticks to edge of glass, 1 cm micro carbonation head.

S: Lemon meringue, vanilla sugary icing.

T: Soft, lemony wheat and refreshing. Gradually becomes more bitter toward the aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth, though slightly mouth puckering.

D: Easy going down. Different and worthwhile.

Mar 01, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250ml bottle - why the tiny serving size, to go with the regular price?

This beer pours a hazy pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves some decent padded lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of crisp wheat grain, citrus, and coriander. The taste is sweet wheat malt, orange pith, and a mild coriander/pepper spiciness. The carbonation is present, but quite mild, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat silky. It finishes off-dry, and mostly clean.

I don't know where the "modern" brewing techniques come in; that aside, this is a pretty enjoyable witbier - maltier than the norm, with the expected fruit and spice quite, but not overly, reserved.

Dec 07, 2010
Photo of OskarL
OskarL from Sweden

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with best before date 15/02/11.

Pours a cloudy yellow/straw color with a three finger head that has good retention and leaves lacing.

Smells of wheat, orange and some corriander.

Taste is wheat, some malt, citrus, corriander and sweet orange.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation that makes it feel quite thick.

Sep 02, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
IronDjinn from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 250 ml brown bottle, best before date on back label is 15/02/11. Pours out a cloudy opaque straw colour, tight creamy white head that slowly settles.

On the nose is light tart wheat, some sweet bready malt, light white pepper dryness, faint citrus and coriander. All very clean.

Flavour starts with some tartness from the wheat, some citrus rind, bready sweet malt rised up in the middle, soft dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, soft creamy texture, light crisp finish.

A refreshing well put together Wit, the flavour is pretty mild and subtle but it all works together.

Aug 08, 2010
Photo of scott451
scott451 from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 15/02/11. Swirl poured from a 250ml bottle into a glass beaker. A very fine three finger white head on a hazy, dirty yellow. Lots of lacing. Head diminishes to a strongly ringed layer. Fresh citrusy smells. Tastes of coriander with a citrus finish. Quite mild flavour. Grains dominate. Mouthfeel is medium weight, lightly carbonated. Drinkability is high. Could drink these all day.

Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund from Norway

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, as Celis Wit. Pale whitish-yellow colour, moderate white head. Lovely aroma of burnt caramel / treacle and spices. The flavour was not nearly that exciting, this was a fairly watery and bland wit. Pierre Celis deserves kudos for reviving the the witbier style at Hoegaarden, but this one is not the best witbier around anymore.

Jul 01, 2010
Celis White from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 86 ratings