Celis White | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian version. For the US brewed version go here: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/565/5222

Added by Todd on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Todd
2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 25cl brown bottle with "Austin Texas Beer" adorning the label. 28/05/03 best by date. Had this at the Kulminator in Antwerp, BE.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale straw coloured wit with a creamy head and a pretty decent level of retention.

Smell: An unexpected aroma. Soft, grainy, touch of spice and a dose of diacetyl that wasn't invited to the party, but showed up anyway.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, turning with a sharp and crisp bitterness and feel on the palate. Splash of orange. Buttery diacetyl follows, which is both odd and out of place. Phenolic clove, yeasty with a raw and bitty / coarse finish.

Notes & Drinkability: This is "the original" Celis White by Peter Celis and contract brewed for the European market. I expected a lot, but the diacetyl was simply overwhelming ... making of a highly disappointing beer.

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Photo of Bierschenker
2.49/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The colour is quite clear and not so misty as other witbieren. Quite some carbonation flowing through. I know how to pour a correct wit so I got a big firm head. It’s snow white. The head diminishes and a thin creamy white layer stays on top.
The odour was great, a rich sour fruity smell: vanilla, herbs, hop and citric fruits.
Taste is rather neutral at first. Opens with a little lemon, but quickly turns to water and bread.
Aftertaste is bread, hop and some lemon.

I don’t know what happened here. This is terrible! Has the bottle gone bad? I am going to an other one soon, because this can’t be. It started so wonderful, a great appearance and smell, but no aroma at all.

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Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of MaSaiani
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of WOLFGANG
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of korene84
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of schwee
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of rork
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The colour is yellow with a tint of white-orange; the liquid is very hazy. The head is finger thick, white and firm, it builds a nice crater.

The smell is loaded with yeast, green apples, wheat dough, herbs and sour with some interesting bitter flavours.

The first flavour that hits the mouth is the one of banana flavoured marshmallows. There is some sour notes; green apples, wheat flour. The aftertaste is quite mild (and surprisingly short) with some sourness, apple pie with cinnamon and a hint of cream.

Carbonation is strong – large bubbles. The mouth feel is dry and a bit rough.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of charlzm
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The battle of Wits... Back-to-back-to-back with Hoegaarden (Interbrew, Brussels) & Blanche de Chambly.

25 cl bottle, best before 17/02/06 (17BE 15:42).

A: Surprisingly, the fluid looks the same as the Hoe (I thought the oats would make it murkier). It doesn't produce or retain as much head as the others, but it does leave a little lace.

S: Plenty of aroma, with the most citrous. A tarte/sour smell that's unique among the three.

T: In comparison, there's more citrous, but otherwise the taste is a little bland. It has a tarte, slightly sour aftertaste (which probably isn't meant to be there).

M: Lightest body and carbonation, slightly acidic.

D: Alright.

I expected more.

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Photo of haz77
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale cloudy gold with an inch of fluffy white head and high carbonation.

S - Wheat, yeast, lemon, pepper.

T - Becomes crisp after an initial smoothness. Citrus comes through in the middle and it finishes watery and yeasty.

M - Light with moderate carbonation.

D - OK, but nothing worth rushing back to.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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

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Photo of henkmudi
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of freemanj
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of abijen
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of GiaLvo
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Celis White from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.66 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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