Celis White | Michigan Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
michiganbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
325
Reviews:
263
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 325 |  Reviews: 263
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 ElGrecoVerde
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this one a few times, and really enjoy it a lot. It pours a soft off white/yellow, and seems much more yellow once it settles.

Smells much like it tastes, spicy and citrusy. It is a lot like Hoegaarden, though I would say the Celis White is a little spicier. You can taste fruit peels (orange and lemon), and it's well balanced.

Drinks like a wheat, maybe a bit smoother. Excellent choice.

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

Nice, unspectacular offering from Celis, the White remains true to Celis form--thin head, nice color, pretty good taste. There's not enough smell for me--some mild fruit such as bananas, maybe a hint of orange; certainly lots of malt, whiffs of spices such as pepper that emerge in the aftertaste. These carry forth in the taste well, particularly the malt. This improves as it warms to room temp. Rather good, and easy to knock back a few of these.

Right in line with my Celis experiences--nice beers, nothing that knocks off the socks, but steady and tasty. Give it a go.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This whitbier pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow wheat with a light effervescent head. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. No too impressive but still fairly characteristic of the style.

The aroma is primarily of grassy wheat notes. There is a bit of banana and grainy/cereal character. Very mild but pleasant.

Bright grainy wheat in the flavor. Also yeastiness, banana, citrus and lots of grassy notes are present. Just a bit of spice as well. Sweeter with honey notes in the finish. A slightly vinous quality emerges at the end too. Accurate to the style but certainly on the lighter, more mellow end.

Light airy and crisp on the palate. Thickens a bit as it warms and becomes medium bodied by the finish. Medium to high carbonation. Well done but nothing really jumps out at me.

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Photo of berserker256
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow-gold with a thick but quickly-gone white head. Clove spices seems to jump out more than any other odor. That "wheat beer banana" smell is present as well. But it doesn't tastes quite like a typical wheat. It tastes more like a La Fin Du Monde Belgian Tripel minus the warmth of the high alcohol. It's an easy drinking sweet beer. My wife likes it more than I do so I'll let her drink the other ones. I like my beer a little less sweet.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat and Belgian yeast with some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a strong wheat flavor up front and complimentary flavors of Belgian yeast, spice and a little citrus. The malt character is just slightly heartier than most Witbiers and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, the kick is pretty mild which makes it a very poundable beer. Personally, however, I would prefer something a little bit stronger even within the style. Overall, though it’s a pretty good beer.

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Photo of benito
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Celis White, Michigan Brewing's re-incarnated version of the Pierre Celis original, is a citrusy, light and easy-to-drink wit; it also doesn't hold a candle to the better versions of this style that are out on the market these days.

It's pale golden and transluscent with a good head. The bouquet showcases lemon and apple, along with the hint of plastic and orange that I expect in a wit. Unfortunately, Celis White doesn't hold together on the tongue--it's overrun by lemon flavors and lacks any malt presence to balance out the sweeter flavors. It's not sweet or spicy enough to be cloying, and the lemon flavors give way to a watery finish. It's thin and unbalanced...a disappointing wit all around. For Michigan wits, I'll stick with Bell's Winter White from here on out.

Not recommended.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After not seeing this beer on the market for almost 10 years, I was very excited to se its return. Besides the interesting Celis/Hoegaarden backstory, this was always a very respected label. Michigan Brewing has succeeded in rejuvinating this brew. In comparing this to others in the witbier catagory I'd have to say its right there with Hoegaarden and Leine's Sunset - with more to offer than Blue Moon, but not overly Spicy, Chunky, Fruity or flavorful as to impede its drinkability, but has a nice flavor and begs you to have another.

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

Poured a hazy golden yellow with a medium head and lacing. The head left after a few sips while the lacing dissipated but didn't fully leave.

You could, of course, smell the wheat in this beer and maybe a little bit of a citrus aroma to it as well. Very inviting beer.

The taste was fantastic, I really enjoy lighter beers and this was for sure one for remembering. It's nothing special or out of the ordinary as it tastes like a witbier but that's what I like about it. They didn't try to "kick it up a notch". As a matter of fact this tastes almost exactly like the Belgian Whitecap I had while in Traverse City.

I would definitely drink this beer again. I went to a store to create my own 6-pack and chose this beer as one of them and when I returned home, I was surprised/excited to see I had forgotten I had already purchased one a few months back! I didn't have to wait for it to get cold!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale straw with a touch of white head on top. Nose is lots of wheat, light salt, a nice hit of citrus. There's a hop bite to the taste, which balances well with the plentiful wheat and lemon kick. Feel is creamy with solid carbonation. This one's a pretty solid beer. I had preferred this to the Wittekerke we had in the same session.

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

This beer pours out with a hazy golden straw-like color with a thick creamy head that is very well retained. The aroma is a nice combination of wheat malt, coriander and hints of orange. The taste is much like the aroma with has a tangy wheat finish. The spices are nicely balanced with the wheat malt. It has a creamy, smooth medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice witbier. It's very reminiscent of Hoegaarden, but this makes sense as it's endorsed and (supposedly) formulated by Mr. Celis himself. It's quite a wonderful summer beer.

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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 umustdrink
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale cloudy dark orange color. White head fades to a film, thicker around the edges. Little to no lacing.

S - Fruity yeasty banana scent, with some earthy wheatstalk notes.

T/M - Starts out with a crisp carbonation hit, medium consistency, flavor is creamy with sweet yeast. As carbonation flattens out the yeast flavor becomes more earthy, bready, with a nice banana flavor.

D - Overall very easy drinking with a low alcohol content. I would recommend this.

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

Pours a light yellow, off orange color with a white thick and fluffy head that dies down to leave a thin white head. Smell is orange peel, clove, spices. Taste is similar to smell with wheat and spices, as well as some coriander also. Light carbonation makes this a light and very nice refreshing drink on a hot day.

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Photo of eberkman
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy straw-yellow with some orange tint. Leaves a substantial head with decent retention and lacing.

Smells are exactly what you'd expect from a witbier -- wheaty yeasts, orange peel and coriander. Very pleasant and inviting -- it hits you right when you open the bottle. The taste is similar without as much of the coriander as in the smell. Very citrusy tanginess balanced out by a good dose of malty sweetness that isn't overpowering or cloying.

Pretty light-bodied feel with a snappy, refreshing crispness. Not the strongest beer in the alcohol sense but complex enough to hold your interest, making this a perfect summer session beer.

Possibly my favorite in this style, though I can only find it at one place around here, and they seem to only carry it during the late summer.

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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 matsputis
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy and golden color. The head froths up a little and fizzes out quickly, no lace.

S - A good mix of coriander and orange peel. Not overpowering, but pleasant and soft.

T - The difference between this and some other whites I've had is the prominence of the orange peel. It's got a bitterness to it that I attributed to bitter orange peel, but it could be hops - I don't know. It played down the sweet and sour, and stepped up the bitter to make it very refreshing and unique.

M - A medium-light body - middle o' the road.

D - Very nice. The balance and flavors were all there. I would be happy with a case of these.

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

Has a beautiful, sunny, coloring, a bit cloudy.

Has a citrusy smell, with a heavy orange peel scent.

Has a delicious orange flavor to it. As far as witbiers go it is above average, but doesn't really blow you away. Definitely a refreshing brew that I would recommend to a lover of wits or flavorful fruit-tasting beers. Does not have an overwhelming aftertaste and goes down smooth.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember fondly the times in the early 1990's when I'd drive from central Illinois to Austin on vacation and bring back cases of this stuff to share with my friends..

I was excited when the bottle I cracked open looked, smelled and poured just like the original. But I found the sourness of this beer overwhelming compared to my fond memories. I could smell the coriander, but didn't find it in the taste.

Not that this is necessarily a bad beer. I'd rather drink this than a Blue Moon when I'm in the mood. I just remember a much more mellow beer with subtleness that is missing. My wife hated the original Celis White but is more than happy with this version.

I tried the Celis Grand Cru and it actually seemed closer to what I remember the White tasting like.

I wonder if I mix the two...

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Photo of boelker62
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a hazy straw under w fluffy, small head, poured into a pilsner glass.

S - too faint for the style, gave off notes of fruits and light spices, but overall, not aromatic enough.

T - I will give credit where its due, and the distinct, imported, dried apricot taste that comes through mid palate is very pleasing, however...

M - there is a long, long metallic finish for a wheat, more like an abbey. It's a bit off for me.

D - due to the finish, it's drinkability is reduced t average, where any wheat whould be higher, to me.

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Photo of psinderson
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tall pilsner glass. Added a few drops of water to remove the final yeast that had settled to the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden/light orange color, a good cloudiness from the yeast. Medium white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom.

Smell: Strong orange with a coriander background. A bit grainy, but not overpowering. Definitely yeasty. Great combination of aromas.

Taste: A really nice combination of orange tartness and sweetness. The finish is slightly bitter and a bit yeasty, bready. I really like the orange flavor throughout. Not overwhelming, but just enough to know it's there. The slight bitterness in the end sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Feels about right for a witbier. Mostly clean.

Drinkability: Unfortunately, the lingering bitterness lasts a bit too long. Otherwise, this would be a perfectly drinkable beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 5-31-07

Pours a nice clear gold, with a super-thin head and no lacing.

Smell is a little light Belgian, with an easy amount of spice and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste is alot like the smell, spices and citrus, with a well-balanced sweetness. Nothing overpowers, all the flavors add up nicely.

Mouthfeel is perfect, the carbonation is light, but leaves just the right amount of thickness.

Drinkability is also very good, the flavors meld well and the lightness makes it easy to drink. This, and the low abv make this a great session beer.

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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 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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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours somewhere between yellow and straw, a little white head forming but not lasting, no lacing and a ring of thin foam around the edge. The aroma starts off decent but gets more vague as it warms, citrus in oranges, some spices like cloves, and some other unidentified funk, like a banana-ish yeast gone weird.

The taste is a little better, lots of cloves and oranges peel, almost too much, feels a little overdone, but perhaps its the big carbonation that brings it out more. Overall, its a decent American interpretation of one of my favorite styles, but could be toned down a bit. I feel odd saying that, but its true.

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