Celis Raspberry | Michigan Brewing Company

Celis RaspberryCelis Raspberry
121 Ratings
Celis RaspberryCelis Raspberry

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 07-27-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of SkeeterHawk
2.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pinkish orange color with a quarter inch of small white bubbles on top. The head maintained for 30 seconds or so to end up as a small ring around the top that is not maintained well by the few bubbles that are rising.

Aroma: Very fresh fruity aroma along with real bready contributions made by the yeast and what seems like wheat. There seems to be a citrusy hop component along with a floral note to give complexity. As the beer warms, the Raspberry comes out more as a tart and dry element.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the fruit flavors, and the Raspberry is so intense that it finishes tasting chemical like I just ate some sort of breakfast cereal (Fruity Pebbles comes to mind). There is little contribution from the hops in the flavor as well as the malt is reserved in its own right. The body is rather wet without much in the way of sweetness. There is a little bittering at the finish of the beer that comes across to me as much from astringency from the fruit as from hops.

Opinion: Well, I am not a huge fan of flavored beers, but I thought I would give this one a shot. It isn’t gross, but it isn’t great either. I don’t like the chemical flavors that you get from the raspberries. This is a light beer so it showcases the berries well. This is one that you could give to wine cooler drinkers to help sway them to the side of beer. It’s OK, but I won’t be drinking it much in the future if something else is available.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.97/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample poured carefully from 12 oz bottle, bottle was approximately 6 months old at time of sampling. A very slight haze in a medium carbonated beverage capped by a small head. Color is copper to slight amber. Nose is sweet beery like, flavor starts malty sweet but is balanced by fruity berry bitterness, nice balance in flavor, finish turns sweet and long, nice beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle, showing no freshness indication. Pours a softly cloudy light tangerine tone, minor pinkish white tiny bubble head and some sticky lacing left behind. Nose is the expected fruity sweet stuff. It swell like fuity lifesavers candy. This is a sweet, fruity ale. Raspberry flavor is subtle and not over powering. Pleasing slight dryness in the finish. Nice summer beer or with dessert. Worth a try for fruit beer enjoyers. Good to try on the fairer sex and/or with newbies.

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Photo of Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with reddish highlights and a very thin head that soon vanishes. Nose has a sugary cotton candy sweetness with a bit of coriander in the background. The taste begins with the same syrupy sweetness that was present in the aroma along with notes of vanilla. This is followed by a tart raspberry flavor that balances with the sweetness quite nicely and leads up to a bit of spice in the finish. I don’t drink a lot of fruit beers, but this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a ever-so-slightly hazy golden color with a pure white head of foam. Fair amount of raspberry aroma. Taste is full of raspberries as well, both tart and sweet, but it's well-balanced with clean malt and a light bitterness (with no hop flavor). Body is medium with a crisp texture.

This seems quite a bit different than the original Celis Raspberry as brewed in Texas, which was overflowing with raspberry flavor and also almost cloyingly sweet. I appreciate this version's drier, less sweet character, but I somewhat miss the raspberries-out-the-wazoo of the older one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.03/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured a light reddish color ale with a bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma is totally dominated by fake raspberry cough syrup. The chemical smell is overpowering and gross. Taste is also exclusively dominated by this horrible smell. This is a shame that Celis name is attached to such a foul drink.

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Photo of WesWes
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light pink color with a 1/4" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is a light raspberry scent. This is a scaled down version of the Celis I rememeber from Texas. The aroma is less intense. The taste is good. It has a smooth, fruity flavor along with light pale malt taste. Again, the TX version was fruitier; better. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It has a light fruit character along with a light malt taste.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.58/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There is minimal head: fizzy, white. The beer itself is very clear, amber with just a hint of rosiness. Smells of cotton candy, Belgian spice and strong corn. This is quite syrupy sweet smelling, with just a little tangy raspberry. The front is vanilla ice cream with corn and spice and cloves. The middle is spritzy and medium-bodied. Corn and butter, too, with a little chalk. The finish is spicy with lightly fruity raspberries and more cloves. It's a bit of a strange vanilla/spice/corn drink. Unusual, but tasty. Light on the raspberries, but still a little too ice-cream-sweet for me.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out nice, with slight reddish tinted head. Moderate lenght of head rentention, somewhat effervescent. Red color, raspberry aroma some citrus apparent. High carbonation, with spritzer and somewhat tart mouthfeel. An enjoyable brew for any one into fruit beers/lambics.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very nice color. I ws put off a bit at first but it really is quite a lovely beer. Pale pink with a slight golden tint to it. Aroma screams rasberries with a slight yeasty-ness to it. Flavor is a crisp, rasberry upfront. Theres a slight maltiness/wheat in the backround. Somewhat dry in the finish. Good body. Overall an enjoyable brew. I dont know how many I could do in a sitting. Good beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light pink in color with excellent clarity and a small head with a pale pinkish cast, which gradually collapses to a collar and scattered islands of foam. The carbonation is somewhat profuse and champagne-like.

Aroma: Strong tart and sweet note of raspberries with a slightly musty, yeasty note, very authentic.

Taste: Prominent yeast note in the opening, which soon gives way to tart raspberries, finishes quite dry with a mildly bitter medicinal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, with a slight tingle of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, very nice, somewhat like a light version of Lindeman's Lambic Framboise. A pleasant dessert beer and might well appeal to those who generally dislike beer, such as girlfriends.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a pop off crown, served in a standard pint tapglass.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.58/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of a kind. It pours a bright clear pink with a fluffy head and vibrant carbonation. The head actually stands up well. The aroma is a sharp raspberry aroma. The flavor is light with a tangy raspberry flavor. It seems they may have modified their wit to make this one. It has a mildly spicy wheat character and soft mouthfeel.

Overall its a good fruit beer. Light in flavor and thirst quenching. Its worth a try.

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Photo of danadeny
2.67/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First off the two celis beers I have had have tasted better when drank from the bottle. Pouring them into a pint glass seems to dull everything. This review is when poured into a pint glass. Pours a bright pink body, like a watermelon martini. Little head, medium carbonation. It smells malty, seltzer like, little raspberry. Flavor is malty, seltzer, more like a soda than a beer. Very little flavor of raspberry. Mouthfeel is of seltzer. Hard to tell it is a beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer (?) is a reddish pink color and ... GASP has a pink head. The aroma was a musty smoky scent with a raspberry fruit hint in the background. The taste starts out with that musty smoke stuff. Then the raspberry comes thru followed quickly by a sour finish. Don't like the look, smell or taste of this. Is this some backyard attempt at a Lambic?? The label calls this a malt beverage with raspberry juice added. I'm kind of surprised "Celis" allows his name on this!

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Photo of vitesse
4.39/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served from brown 12 oz. bottle.

pours a bright bright red color. not just reddish, but really red! pinkish creamy head. very high clarity. appears to be pasteurized, but maybe just filtered.
smells de-frickin-licious. bouquet of fresh, ripe raspberries hits you. no cheapo artificial syrups here.
the raspberry flavor is what you first taste. but this is nothing like lindeman's framboise. it's not at all a sweet, syrupy beer. it's actually very dry and it tastes like celis may have used aged hops. the dryness really makes this one drinkable. there's nothing artificial about the taste, so don't expect a desert!
mouthfeel is a bit watery, but nice fine carbonation helps this. i can't help but wonder if it would be even better if it were bottle-conditioned.
overall, this is an insanely drinkable fruit beer. i absolutely love the all-natural raspberry flavor in this one. supremely drinkable.

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Photo of edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An above average brew that was abit different. Pours a light cranberry with minimal head and lacing. Smell is a pleasant blend of raspberries and light wheat...a definite warm weather type brew. Taste was similarly a gentle mix of raspberries and wheat..not great...but not bad either. Mouthfeel is light with a pleasant dry finish. Easy enough on the drinkability scale..overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.85/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a goblet. The color is pink, with a wispy white head. The smell is a Kool-Aid raspberry. The taste starts with the raspberry, but the wheat takes over as the beer warms, and both meld quite well into the beer. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, probably have a few.

I first had this one at Michigan Brewing, but decided to bring the beer home to write up. A nice little raspberry beer, with a good bit of flavor mixed together, and I'd likely have this one again.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at MBC and remembered liking it, so I picked up a bottle. I was totally surprised when it poured out pink! Very cool. It's pinkish-orange, forming a large pink-tinged white whipped head with very good retention and decent lacing. Aroma is very piquant, with strong raspberry notes, but also that cheesiness and funk that I like about the MBC Celis products. Carbonation is moderate. Tastes very good...at first a little cheesy and yeasty, with a touch of pale malt and clove notes before the semi-sweet and very fruity raspberry finale. The finish is just lightly candy-ish and soapy, but is not detracting. Mouthfeel is lightly spritzy and tart with a medium-light body and lightly ruddy coriander finish.

All in all, a very enjoyable beer. A dessert beer that will appeal to my girlfriend. Interesting character. This beer would be great on a hot summer day while lounging on the beach. Yummy.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.76/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, it certainly smells nice, but this became the first of 3 "Michigan Raspberry" beers I tried in one day that were kind of a letdown. This had a pale pink cast to it that detracted from the nice berry nose. Can't say I see much Belgian in it, and sorry to say it's close to a Leinenkugel Berry Weiss.
Being as most of the Celis production goes back to Texas, which restrictions on how beer should be labeled, I would be uncertain about the label referring to it as a "malt beverage with natural flavors." Actually had this bottle right at the brewery taphouse; they brought it out because it was off the taps. The manager told us this is the beer that the bikers always get when they roll by.

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Photo of granger10
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i just dont know what to say about this beer. It poured pink in color! Is this a beer? Tasted more like what a wine cooler would taste like to me. Strong raspberry prescense. Had a tart flavor to it. Now I know what to get a girl if she wants a beer, because this was definitely a girly beer. Not bad I just dont know if I can accept it.

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Photo of marburg
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is vastly different from how I remember it being the last time I had it which was on-tap, not in the bottle.

Poured a darker shade of pink, none of the residual yellowness I picked up in my first tasting of this beer months ago. Head is a light pink, raspberry smoothie color. Big and fluffy. Sickly raspberry syrup aroma dominates.

Flavor seems a bit forced. I just can't put my finger on it, but it's hardly what I remembered. The tart balance is nowhere to be found, and this brew finishes with a confusing melange of raspberry and generic light ale flavors. Shades of poorly made raspberry jello shots.

The odd taste really hampers its drinkability. I couldn't have more than one. A bit disappointing considering how much I loved this the first time I had it. Was I on crack then, or is this beer really different? I'm sure the former is possible, but the latter seems likely.

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Celis Raspberry from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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