Celis Pale Bock | Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis Pale BockCelis Pale Bock

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Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 01-26-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of dracula68
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Celis Pale Bock by Michigan Brewing Company tastes like a beer that wants to be whiskey, and who am I to discourage such a noble ambition! I am required by the site to base the rating partially on appearance and, again, I must admit to drinking straight from the bottle. So I trust others who say it has an orangeish or amber hue, and that this is normal and correct. It smells like a fine whiskey, tastes like same and drinks like same (just "lighter", of course. After all it's a beer). I don't know whether a "bock" is supposed to taste like that, as this is the only brand of bock I've tasted so far. Carbonation is just right for this interesting and winning combo of flavors (beer meets whiskey). It's not so carbonated that it has a rough or burning finish, and it's not so flat as to suggest stale soda. The very first one I drank helped inspire two poems and a declaration of love that I came to regret the next morning. What more can one ask from a fine brew?

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.29/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a simple copper with a thin bubbly white head. Nice carbonation and clarity.

Smell: The smell is a nice mix of rich malts and bitter, balancing hops. Some sweetness is present, with loads of fruitiness. Very complex and tasty smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Simple malt flavors, balanced by simple hop flavors. Nothing over-the-top or crazy. The malt flavors are grainy, raw, and rich, balanced nicely by a little bit of hop bitterness and citrus flavors Some sweet bubblegum and cotton candy notes as well. The mouthfeel is full bodied.

Drinkability and Overall: Definitly achieved it's goal: an easy drinking, full-flavored, session brew. Nothing special or stand-out in anyways, which makes this one special, and stand-out to me. Simple, subtle, and delicious.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date stamped on bottleneck.

A: Soft leather-brown shade with tall light caramel colored 1-2 finger head with lots of lacing.

S: Abundant sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas.

T: Sweet bock lovers will have a great time with this beer. Great sweet candy malt flavors mix with buttery caramel and just enough hops to mute the sweetness a little.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with even carbonation and delicious sweet caramel aftertaste.

D: A really great bock beer that blends the best features of a lager with sweet caramels to produce a smooth, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear amber color with a huge rocky head that fades quickly that retains well and leaves layers of lace

Smell: Rich fruity caramel aroma with hints of cocoa

Taste: Starts out with a mouthful of toffee character that moves in a herbacious directon by mid-palate, with orange peel elements as well; after the swallow, an earthy fruitiness takes over and overwhelms the sweet malt

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A whole lot of flavor for a low alcohol beer; I think this beer is mis-understood as many ratings here are looking at this as a Belgian and downgrading it - read the label (it says it is a bock) and go to the website (it has Belgian spice) and then wrap your mind around what this beer is about; it is clearly a hybrid and a pretty interesting one at that

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Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange color. Offwhite head settles at an eighth inch. Thin spots of lacing.

S - Rich caramel aroma with sweet, toasty and lightly smoky malts. Light corn and a very mild diacetyl smell is there as well.

T/M - Starts out smooth and thick feeling with a light caramel malt flavor. A sharp bitterness and carbonation bite hit and the malty flavor increases and becomes sweeter. Finish leaves sweet malts with some bitterness.

D - I see nothing "Belgian" about this beer, but for a bock I think its very good. Even has low alcohol so you can have a few.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep orange color with medium head that left quickley.Smelled of caramel,fruit,and had some underlying buttery notes,taste was malty and fruity,almost orangy.Pretty darn drinkable,great to see Pierre Celis tradition living on,a small brewery here in Michigan giving it a try.Good job guys and keep goin.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good offering. Poured out to a dark and clear amber color with a short lived medium bodied head. Medium low carbonation. Aromas of dark fruit, malts and yeast. Taste was along the same lines as the smell; fruit, bread and malt blended well with some bitterness toward the finish. The mouthfeel was slightly weaker than I would've liked, as it was on the thin side, but still good enough. High level of drinkability, this could be a great session brew considering the low ABV. Hopefully the bottled version is as good as the tap. Recommended.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A medium-sized, noisy, cream-colored head collapses fast (almost like soda pop). There's no lacing to speak of. The beer is a gorgeous copper color.

Mmm. Malty, nutty smell. There's some fruit in the front, with a toffee/malt middle. The finish is nutty, malty, buttery with nicely balanced hop bitterness. This is a nice, well-balanced, darkish session.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a tasty find, Celis Pale Bock is smooth, fruity, and easy to consume. The presentation was nice, with one finger of off-white froth capping a clear amber body. The nose was very fruity, with a hint of roasty malted goodness. I like the taste, with the fruit predominant. I detected a good deal of cranberry, cherry and grape, with a modest peppery taste to finish. Well done.

The carbonation was decent, a little on the weaker side, which I find characteristic of Celis's concoctions, honestly. Yet this is easy to enjoy, and worth grabbing a six, or mixing and matching with other fine Celis creations. A good beer on a cold day.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium amber color with just a touch of haze. The head is off-white, about a half-inch in size; it slowly fades to a paper-thin layer. Lots of quite small bubbles rise lazily to the surface; the lacing is quite good.

Aroma: Strong caramel, home baked bread, and nutty notes; quite pleasant.

Taste: Intensely rich toasted malt flavors usher in the taste, followed by a masterful use of mild citrus hops, which play off the malt especially well. Finishes with spicy, peppery notes and nutty flavors.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: This beer seems as good as it was when it was brewed in Austin by Celis; although I have no data to support this conclusion. At that time, I lacked even the barest rudiments of beer tasting ability, alas. This is an excellent beer that will reward the effort of seeking it.

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Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Pours out to a bright amber to almost bronze in the glass with a very, slight head. Aroma is that of malt, caramel and citrus. The taste is very good. A generous amount of malt shines through with a slight taste of caramel. For a minute, I thought I was drinking an Octoberfest. Very well done.

Thanks to trbeer for the sample.

-Darren (proc)

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Photo of inebrius
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty amber in the psuedo Belgian tradition. Bright burnt gold, weak skull. Big chewy caramel nose wheezing notes of watermelon bubble gum and spring buds. Sips toffee smooth, buttery, a mildly hopped ESB? Never had a true Celis Pale Bock back in the day, but if it was anything like this one it was a most definite English style ale. Smooth and yummy, but the labeling conjured higher expectations. Thanks trbeer.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper color, with quarter inch of froth atop it. Smell is sweet malt with a fair amount of fruity yeast nose. Decent bitterness at the front, accompanied by a floral hop flavor and a touch of ripe apple fruit flavor. Moderately malty, but finish is dryish.

Not a traditional bock at all, this top-fermented beer is still a quite drinkable session brew. It's too bad it's no longer made down in Austin, though.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep amber color, with a shortlived white head. There are very strong malt and hop smells, along with a slight fruit smell. Upon first taste the balance of malt,spice and hop is very much appreciated. After the taste buds get past the well balanced malt and hop, there is a citrus fruit flavor that hits the tongue and finishes quite pleasant. Overall I would say this is a very excellent beer, very well balanced, yet complex.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy copper with off-white head. It smelled like rich roasted barley and sweet caramel malts with a bit of lemon hops and wheat. It tasted like barley and caramel malts blended with sweet citrus hops. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste (briefly bitter, then lasting sweetness). Overall this had a very nice and clean flavor - I couldn't decide if it was simple or very subtly complex. But either way, it was really easy to drink and to enjoy.

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Photo of Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a frothy off-white colored head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malt, wet hay, and nutty yeasts. Moderate in body with lots of sweet malt in the beginning followed by some spicy notes of coriander and pepper. A nutty yeastiness comes through towards the end along with some citrusy hops leaving a crisp finish. A very enjoyable brew. Unfortunately, I never tried this beer when it was brewed here in Texas, so I can’t compare the two.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a tulip.

Clear amber with minimal carbonation and an off white head that, despite its small size and short lifespan, leaves a decent broken sheet of lace as it goes down.

Buttered biscuits and some caramel malt in the nose. A pinch of dry hops underneath.

The hops are more pronounced in the taste. They don't dominate as there is just enough carmel malt to give it a backbone. Overall its pretty dry. Nice crisp clean finish. Good flavor plus a low abv equals a really good session beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy orange brown that is slightly reddish in the light with lots of tiny bubbles rising to a 1/2 finger tan head. Some huge swaths of lacing coat the glass.

S - Biscuits and toast with some sweet honey and caramel undertones. The hop profile is very mild.

T - Musty and dank hop oil with big burnt caramel notes and some very bitter leafy flavors. A bit mouldy and dank. It is pretty unique, I'll give it that. Gets better with warmth as grapey fruit flavors show themselves.

M - Feels thinner than I think it should be. The finish is extremely dry and bitter. Nice.

D - This is a near miss. It's almost good, but somehow falls short.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can only assume that Pale Bock was intitially intended to compete with Shiner Bock, as Michelob's ZiegenBock now does. But I'm not sure of that. What I am sure of is that Michigan's version is slightly different, and more harsher than Pierre's was. It has more bitterness (Pierre's was in the 22 IBU range, but this seems more like 28-30). Of course, that could just be perception due to the hardness of the water, or something else (spicing level, residual malt, etc). It does have it's good points though. It pours a deep copper color, and the creamy ivory head holds fairly well. The nose is delicately sweet with a touch of caramel malts, candyish with a hint of clove, and generically herbal and spicy. The flavor is fuller, and adds a spark of citrus that helps to enliven it; and the spicing is fuller. It's dry and herbal and spicy with yeasty phenolic undertones. Not a bad tipple. Makes a good apertif or after dinner drink.

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Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale bock isn't so pale, clear copper color with a small white colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a strong fresh bread aroma. Bruised banana scent and a little almond. Hops are of the Nobel type.

Starts out a little sweet with a nice toasted whole grain bread flavor. Slight bitter bite in the aftertaste but is by no means harsh and is about right. Slight banana flavor but not quite Banana Bread.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall , Impressive for the low alcohol content. Tasty let something you can drink all night.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Beautiful clear ruddy brown color with a reasonably good white head that fades quickly to a thin white layer of bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Light malt on the nose, caramel mostly.

T: Light caramel toasted malt is prominent leaving a sweetness on the tongue. There is little bittering noticeable at all until the finish where there is just enough for a quick finish and then back to a lingering maltiness.

M&D: Light to medium mouthfeel. Not a ton of depth to the brew but it's very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation is a good match.

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Photo of berserker256
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice color and head. Hazy copper and thick rich whitish head. Smells malty and sort of sweet. It tastes light and malty with a carmel-like sweetness. A bit thin but quite easy to drink. It's lighter and weaker than any other bottle of beer that said "Bock" on it but it's actually a Belgian Pale Ale, I guess. Still, it tastes pretty good.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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Celis Pale Bock from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 96 ratings