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Celis White | Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis WhiteCelis White

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 10-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 263 | Ratings: 325
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, seethru orange with small head and little carbonation. A good lemon zest along with other citric fruit smells (orange, banana peel) and some clove and minor pepperiness. Orange and lemon combine with some clove and pepper with wheat and some sweet malts for a relatively medium-bodied wit that also contains a little hop prickle on the backend. Goes down smooth and creamy with mild sweetness, and holds true to the style. Not the best wit I've had, but still pretty good.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy straw under a white 1” foam cap that takes 3 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. S: Fruit, spice, some banana, citrus and light grains. T: Fruit and spice, citrus, orange, coriander some light sweetness. F: Light and refreshing with above average carbonation. O: a classic wit that is easy to drink.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow color not clear by any means with at least an inch of white foamy head.

S - Smells of orange and coriander with a nice yeast smell.

T - Well it's good. I get a nice orange and yeast with a bit of lemon and coriander. Flavor is light and refreshing.

M - Light and drinkable.

D - I was impressed by this. Low 3.9% abv with full flavor means very successionable. Price of a sixer is reasonable too at 10 bucks a sixer. Would drink again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazed lemon yellow sun. Medium sized dirty white head. The stick is pretty good. Retention nice as well.

Aroma: Wheat tanginess, a little tart character and some subtle, yet evident, spicing. Some nice fresh yeastiness here too. Quite the nice nose.

Taste: Tart, spicy, refreshing. Nice doughy yeastiness here on the palate as well.

MF/DK: The carbonation gives a spritzy feel to the beer. Light-medium body. Flavorful and quite drinkable. Good Lawnmower Beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, pale golden orange color, mostly clear with just a little haze, almost no head. I think the smell is more German weisse than Belgian wit, not as much coriander or orange or yeast as I expected. Still good aromas but not quite what I expected based on my memory of the Celis-brewed beer from TX. The taste is Americn wheat / German weisse, not wit (same as aromas). Refreshing and light bodied, a very good summer beer that misses the mark of the style for me.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw/yellow. A large pillowing and fluffy head forms a sticks around for a bit. Light lace is left behind.
S: Musky and funky hey aroma. Some yeast, banana, and citrus aromas.
T: Banana and clove with some citrus flavors. Some doughy malt. Not very complex, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body. Well carbonated and creamy. A very easy witbier to drink. This is something that I could session.

A really good Witbier. I am usually not a fan of this style, though I if I had more of this quality that would change. I wish I could of tried this when it was the Celis Brewery in Austin though.

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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer after dislodging it self from the 12 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a crystal clear gold color, the head smallish and bright white, the texture semi-creamy with the lace a thin velum like sheet. Nose is citrus crisp, sweetly malt with a trace of wheat, start is quite sweet, nice grain profile, and the top is light in its feels to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style. I suppose it is a good representative to the original, but it’s hard to beat a brewing icon like Peter Celis, well at least in my humble opinion.

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Photo of ZAP
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking whit....a lot of spicing (cloves/corriander) in the aroma along with some orange peel..the taste is also big on the spcies and fruity orange peel and orange juice....citrus components stand out...

Another good drinker although I enjoyed their hefe a little better..solid but not special

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark hazy wiezen gold with a decent but short-lived white head.

Smells of strong wheatmalt. White pepper and light citrus fruit. Nothing exceptional, but I do like a nice wheatmalt smell. Distinct white wine yeast comes through as it warms.

Tastes firm but smooth, if that makes any sense. Orange peel, white pepper, cloves, and lemons. Ends on a very refreshing, fruity note. Nice.

Not as smooth and creamy (and flavorful) as a good wiezen, nor as firm and fizzy as a nice sessiony white. This falls somewhere in between, and while it's nice and all, I kind of wish I would figure out what it was trying to be. Still, you get an awful lot of flavor for a beer that's under 4.0, and at 6 bucks a sixer it's a pretty damn good deal.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bummer this one is not as rich and flavorful as the old Austin Celis, I wasnt able to fully appreciate how great it was while in college...anyway, this one aint bad though!

Appears a hazy yellow color and a heavy pour yields a thin, large bubbled head that fades to a sheen rapidly.

Plenty of delicious smells in this brew. The obvious coriander and orange peel are most prominent, but of note is the softening and roundness of them here. Also has some bready and biscuity notes and something that hints at soapiness and cantaloupe.

A veritable party of flavors in the mouth - tart, sweet, spicy and sour. Nice blend of refreshing and full body characteristics.

I'm a sucka for a good wit, and while this one is not as good as it's predecessor, it is still a really good beer...especially for our 12 month summers here.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light straw color with two fingers of bright white head. Great retention and nice lacing.

S - Coriander dominates the nose, followed by Belgian yeast.

T - Taste is similar to smell with a slight amount of citrus acidity, wheat and some pepper. Nice.

M - Crisp medium mouthfeel.

O - Overall, this is a very nice, flavorful witbier. Very sessionable.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pal yellow color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of orange peel with a hint of coriander, and is quite vibrant. The taste is a bit mellower than th aroma. There is still a lot of orange peel, but the coriander seems to be a bit covered up. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice witbier. I could certainly drink this again on a hot summers day.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple juice yellow with a firm starchy white capping of half an inch height. Fades slowly to a large collar and whisps of spotty lacing are minimal across the glass.

Aroma is sticky of lemon coated soft breads with a stint of banana and clove.

Taste is crisp and tangy upfront with a quick tangle of the tongue with a danse of firm lemon and snappy wheat. Just past midway it gets a smoother envelopement of creamier wheat and banana tones. Ends with another tang of returned lemon and wheat. Quite tangy, rich, and bouncy overall.

Feel is about medium with a strong tang of lemony wheatyness that really grabs hold for good length. Snappy, smooth, and tangy rich with a certian ease to its glide.

A pretty decent Wit. Surprisingly lengthy with a good tone and body of tang. Drinks down just fine.

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average white beer. This beer poured a translucent colour with a pretty nice, white, cap of foam on top. It had the aromas of citrus (orange), yeast, candy sugar, and curacao. It tastes a lot like Hoegaarden but it was little too heavy on the citrus flavors for my taste. The mouthfeel was pretty creamy and smooth but a bit thin as well and the drinkability was marred by the taste.
Decent, overall.
Cheers to Morris729 for the sample!

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Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy pale yellow with strikingly white, 1 finger head and ample lacing.

S: Less prominent than I imagined bu still lots of tangy wheat, faint clove and coriander, and soft fruity flavors with a lemon zest.

T: Lots of esters with less on the spice front than I would have imagined from the aroma. Quite a bit more tangy citrus flavor with a bit of pepper on a backbone of wheaty fruit flavors.

M: Very creamy and smooth with exceptional feel and great soft fruit and tangy aftertaste.

D: Pretty drinkable if you are a wheat beer or witbier fan. Nice soft and unassuming blend of flavors.

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

Poured a hazy faint yellow with a very small head. Smelled sweet, with coriander and orange, as well as some clover and other spices. It tastes good, with orange peel and citrus up front, followed by some banana tones and a hint of hops at the end. It has a very long and dry finish as well. This beer is a bit thin and pretty carbonated. Overall, this is a pretty good witbier and is very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white head. It is a very pale shade of yellow. The aroma is of wheat and Belgian yeast. I get some spiciness, but not the orange that I was expecting. The taste in some citrus with a little banana thrown in there. There is a carbonation bite. It has a grassy presence to it as well. It would prbably go down better in the summer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold body--a bit darker than other examples--with slight haze. Sticky, gauzy white head that laces well. Candied wheat malt on the nose with freshly ground coriander, orange peel, lemon zest, and delicious yeastiness. Very aromatic and inviting.

Rich wheat malt with notes of toffee, wheat bread, and candied banana. Coriander and citrus zest come in nicely. Medium-bodied with refreshing carbonation. Very nice witbier!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Red Bones.

This white poured a cloudy, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was yeast and citrus with a very light sweetness. The taste was citrusy (lemon) with flavors off yeast, wheat, light sugar, and very, very faint spices. The mouthfeel was smooth though a bit tart with medium body and good carbonation. The lemony citrus flavor dominated the finish. This was an OK witbier.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light straw yellow body with a small white head that quickly diminishes into some patch and sheet lace.
Nice Wit aromas of lemon, orange, pepper, clove, wheat, and a note of yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium light in body with ideal carbonation.
Very tasty, with lemon citrus, wheat grain, coriander, white pepper, and appropriate notes of malt and yeast.
Crisp and refreshing, as a good Witbier should be. Very sessionable, and well constructed. Thanks to mentor for the hookup.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a cloudy light amber color with modest white head that was retained throughout the glass. The smell is strong of spices and corriander and excites the nose. Taste is fantastic and really pleases the mouth. Aftertaste is superb with a slight dryness. Great drinking beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance and smell are the similar to the draft version of this brew. Taste still has the nice wheat and citrus balance but it is much lighter and seems to have a lot more sugar in it. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery with a low carbonartion. It is still a drinkable and decent brew but it doesn't have the complexity of the draft version and it is much thinner. I was somewhat dissapointed with the bottled version since this is one of my favorite draft brews. I guess it is like Yuengling. Great on draft and ok in a bottle.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully cloudy, straw golden with a meringue-like white head atop fine bubbles. Retention is good, with minimal lacing. The look of this brew conjures up fine memories. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of smoke, sharp cheddar cheese, cloves, sweet vanilla, wheat crackers, and pineapple in that order. Mouthfeel is soft, wet and effervescent, with a light body. Taste is lightly sour and acidic with light cloves and a crisp, watery finish with a hint of grainy astringency. There is a hint of lemon towards the end with mild breadiness. The hops are very delicate and mild.

This is just great stuff...unique, tasty, and very easy to drink. I drank this about 10 years ago when it was brewed by Pierre in Texas, and I can't recall any specifics. I can't say whether the MBC version is true to the original or not, but it doesn't matter cause it's good enough to stand on it's own. A classic...better than Hoegaarden IMO, and replacing Oberon as my standard summer brew.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite pale yellow, hazy, with a moderate initial head that fades all too quickly. Vanilla fruitiness and a light coriander define the nose. The flavor, too, has a lot of coriander, strong even for the style. Apple, or maybe banana, fruitiness abounds, with a touch of honey or bubblegum. The finish is tart, lightly citric. Mouthfeel is moderately full, creamy and well-carbonated.

Celis White has been one of my favorite beers for more than a decade. The Michigan Brewing example tastes just like I remember the original, when it was made down in Austin. I hope they'll bring back the Grand Cru to Texas someday. It's basically a very strong, extremely tasty version of the white, with more coriander than I've ever found in another beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a medium size white head that disappears quickly. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is ok, but does not prepare you for the strong flavor.

The taste is very pronounced unlike some American versions of the style. Strong taste of citrus (orange?), cloves, hint of bubble gum sweetness and an astringent tartness that reminded me of Koenig Ludwig.

Mouthfeel was rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is good but as a session beer I would prefer to sip rather than guzzle. The taste is strong enough to make you take notice. I was very pleasantly surprised and would seek it out again as a summertime refresher.

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Celis White from Michigan Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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