White | Celis Brewery

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Celis Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kkarimi on 07-16-2017

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Premo88:
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3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass
(9/26/17 born-on date)

L: milky yellow out of the bottle, cloudy pale yellow in the glass and over 50% opaque; pushes up over 1/2-inch head of white foam that sticks a little; keeps a thick collar and most of a skin; a little bit of lacing; classic witbier look all around

S: can smell clove as you pour, some banana once it's in the glass

T: light wheat banana, clove aftertaste ... almost earthy ... and a little grain but only a little; the coriander is adding something, I think, but it's mixing with the other notes and hard to call anything other than "a spice" note

F: light, fluffy, almost slick with a thin layer of crispness that makes it super drinkable and easy to handle; the carbonation feels made up of tiny little bubbles; a highlight

O: there's something about this brew ... I'm generally not a big wit fan and only like hefeweizens when I'm in the mood for them, but something about this beer makes me want to explore more witbiers — or at least drink a lot more Celis White; part of it is the mouthfeel, a multilayered gem, and another part might be the bit of grain flavor in the clove/banana/spice flavor; bottom line is this beer is very good and I imagine a sixer or two will find their way into my fridge from time to time

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Photo of HardTarget
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Editorial note: I'm nervous. Back almost 2 decades ago (late 90s) when Celis was putting out it's iconic White, it was a different time in beer. Macros were king, craft beer was European and expensive, if available at all. Celis White was an important beer in Texas, proof you could do something different and make a living. It was one of the few options for those of us that valued flavor, it was cherished. Then, Miller bought them out and closed them down. I will to this day not spend money on a Miller product. So, I'm nervous this new edition can live up to the legend this beer became. Michigan Brewing put out a nice wit in it's name, but it wasn't the same. I fear this too will be something different.

Appearance: Cloudy bright yellow glass holds a pure white foam throughout the glass but doesn't lace.

Aroma: Yes... yes this is right. Coriander, banana yeast, hint of lavender, slight twang of lactic, it does smell familiar.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt base goes a bit earthy and acidic at the same time, slight tonic bitter balances the bready hefe like yeast esters and sweet base.

Mouthfeel: A bit frothy, medium body with firm carbonation and a slightly dry, satisfying finish.

Overall: I'm happy. It reminds me strongly of the old Austin version, the lactic twang in the finish with the light herbal note to balance out the sweet wheaty base. If anything I'd like it a bit grittier, but am so happy this classic is back with us. Very drinkable, try it and recommend it to friends.

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3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of needMIbeer
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trevor_martin
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bundy462
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lloyddas
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a decent head. Lemony smell. The taste varies from the top to the bottom. Only got the taste corriander and orange at the end which was disappointing. Mouth feel thick and substantial .

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Photo of greenspointexas
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the High Dive Bar (Marriott Marquis, Houston), served in a plastic beer cup. Cloudy golden yellow with a lush head of white foam and streaky lacing. Fruit and spice throughout the nose and taste: lemon, banana and apricots with clove and coriander. Flavor rounds out with some soft wheat and pale malt. Light body with crisp, refreshing carbonation. Flavorful witbier that’s terrifically balanced and drinkable - perfectly refreshing while poolside in 90 degree Houston heat.

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Photo of Shawnspl
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. And especially tasty on xmas eve. Honestly, despite the season, I was in the mood for something summery and thirst satisfying.

Step in the first time I've seen this little Austin brewery, and the fabulous brand ambassador shilling for this brewery. Well they chose wisely. She was hott hott (with two t's twice), and Im in love. Even bought some beer.

However she really sold something that sells itself to beer dorks everywhere, good beer. She wasn't stingy with the samples either.

But the beer really does speak for itself. Thick and rich, smooth and satisfying, this is a great witbier. And next time I'm trying the pale bock.

Rating: Kick Ass

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Photo of cgrunin
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have only had Michigan Brewing's version of this, but have always had a very deep reverence for the legacy. I have heard from multiple people that 512 White is not a clone in any sense, but an homage which I would agree with. Until this was released again, 512 would be my standard for the style in the state.

A: Pours with a nice chilled haze that lasts for a while. That clears up just a touch as this warms. Golden/yellow color. This has a dense two finger white head with excellent retention and a touch of spotty lace.
S: Banana esters and lemon rind pops up front. That yeast is excellent. Peppery spice, more lemon tang. Bready, husky wheat. Oh this is amazing.
T: Like the nose, everything pops. Banana esters, tart lemon rind, yeast, and bread. Zippy wheat, peppery spice, clove, lightly sweet. Love it.
M/O: A medium body with perfect carbonation. Crisp, effervescent, but ridiculously smooth at the same time. So moreish, and something I can't wait to come back to.

Yeah, this is a classic. Along the like of Live Oak. I got so much pleasure out of this. I know the history shouldn't come into play, but when something is this classic and this well made at the same time, you realize the classics are that for a reason. Beyond impressed here and this will be a regular in my fridge once this is packaged.

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Photo of ryan_sprayberry
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ElleLand
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.08 USD (incl. tax) on-draught @ Hat Creek Burger Company, Austin, TX.

Hits all the marks of a witbier proper. Spicy clove, lemon peel, soft wheat, pale malt/2-row. Balanced. Not boozy or faulty (i.e. no off-flavours). Not the most intricate witbier out there, but it's damned dialled in. Incredibly true to style.

Mouthfeel is well executed though it suffers from obvious overcarbonation. Smooth, refreshing, wet, light to medium-bodied. Not oily, gushed, harsh, astringent, hot, or otherwise problematic. The softness of the texture teases out the refreshing quality of the wheat.

It's my first time having this and I nabbed it for a buck at a child-ridden burger joint where I'm drinking it out if a shitty plastic cup...and it still holds up to its historic reputation. After some swings and misses trying to reboot the Celis brand and live up to her father's reputation (I mean a Belgian IPA as one of your first beers? Come on!), Christine Celis has finally delivered a competently made true to form brew in a style if not pioneered then popularized by Pierre.

Not to get too effusive... it's still no Allagash White. But for a buck a pop on-draught it's damned respectable (though price doesn't affect my rating) and I'll accelerate my plans to visit Celis' taproom.

High B- / WORTHY

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