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 rah1734bones
1/5  rDev -70.3%

Photo of CharlieMopps
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep auburn hue, a bit of transparency, topped by about a centimeter of head that recedes quickly. Somewhat of a lackluster appearance.

S: A breadiness that is drowned out by sweet malt aromas, don't seem to gel together very well. Not very appealing in the nose.

T: Everything seems off about this beer. Malt tastes very underrepresented, hops add a strange bitterness, and is a little to sharp toward the middle.

M: Carbonation seems a bit too bubbly and crisp, too sharp, and does not complement the beer very well.

D: Not a very good bock-style beer at all. The palate characteristics, when blended together, seem too off-base to be enjoyable, and the flavors that are present aren't very tasty. Not recommended.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A little better than the Raspberry with the same weird musky/cocoa flavor profile. Decent appearance with mild lacing & a thin head, mouthfeel akin to a maibock, wild swweness not much hops in this bottle but damn there is that taste again. Haveing a hard time giving this one a thumbs up, as I just cant get over "that" taste. I guess if you're taste buds are not affended by this then it would be a decent brew...but just not for me I guess.

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Photo of mactrail
2.26/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Golden amber in the glass with very little foam. Aroma is wet cardboard. The long bitter and dirty aftertaste is the deal breaker for me. Flavor of flat soda water. Strangely bitter, and then the metallic taste you can't get out of your mouth. No date, so maybe this has been around a while. Tastes like the flavor was wrung out of it by some chemical process, like a really bad near beer.

This is baffling. I like decent low-alcohol beers, but why would you want to brew a lite version of a style that needs some warmth and malt?

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Photo of tgbljb
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a rich deep color with sparse white head.
Smell is very mild for bananas and a slight yeasty scent.
Taste is nothing like I expected. It is so dry as to almost burn the mouth. This burning sensation overwhelms any other taste.
The burning sensation lingers in the back of the mouth and makes the beer even less tolerable.
Drinkability is poor.
I don't know if this beer went bad. It looked fresh and poured fresh. The glass will be difficult to finish.

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Photo of faernt
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The name Celis still rings positively in my ears. I remember drinking Celis White in the mid-nineties and not being able to get enough of it. I enjoyed the Grand Cru and when the brewery was purchased by Miller and then closed I was sad.

So when the beers reincarnated themselves in Michigan I was eager to try them again. I forgot the taste of the Pale Bock and looked forward to trying it again. My trading buddy, Morris 729 sent me one (Thanks, Jim) and here we go.

The pour is golden amber (no redness). The head is short and subsides to a ring. The smell is slight but (this is me here) my nose seldom picks up a big bouquet.

The taste is a little bitter and stays that way. I await a little sweetness and almost none comes. I get a bit of bread and the sparkle of the persistent carbonation tells me that more flavor is approaching but, sadly, none comes.
I find this to be a Maibock and await a little spiciness and none comes. I'm disappointed.
I could try this with food but I know of other beers that are good alone and also with food. I think that in the USA today we have so many great beers that one that needs food to work is weak. I probably won't be trying this again soon. I'll wait a few years.

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Photo of Derek
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up from the brewery.

A: Copper/amber with an off-white, yellowish head. Very little retention, hints of lace.

S: Malty (caramel & bread).

T: Caramel & bready malt, some earthy spicyness, slightly metallic.

M: Moderate body is slightly syrupy, and doesn't seem to be quite all-together.

D: Easily approached, but the flavour starts to wear...

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Photo of midaszero
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Mostly clear yellow amber (copperish) with one finger of tan head

S - Some malts and caramel

T - Malty for sure. Also a little sweet. Finishes with an off taste

M - Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, feel weird

D - Easy to drink but very meh on the taste. Worth trying but not something I would regularly buy

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Crystal clear bronze. Head settles readily into a loose, soapy layer that yields frothy lace. Grassy hop and vague whiffs of light toffee in aroma. Vague hint of biscuit. Underwhelming aromawise. In flavor, prevalent is a corn like sweetness bolstered somewhat by dilute, but perceptibly toasty Munich hints. Medium caramel notes augment as the beer warms, but the malt character is vapid overall. Mildly bittered, but very highly attenuated and dry. Watery mouthfeel with no appreciable viscosity. Finishes bland and parching, save a quickly fading trace nutty malt and simple maltose combination. A yawn inducing brew, akin to a helles bock diluted with seltzer water. Thirst quenching at best.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color bordering on orange and yellow, good head. Couldn't put a finger on what I was smelling, lots of stuff, old fruit, alcohol, wood, chemicals.

Taste was all over the place too, metallic, pruney, then dry apples? Unique I guess, but nowhere near as good as their white ale. Kind of a weird aftertaste too, you just never know which aspect from the profile will hit you, and they aren't consistent with any style altogether, and definitely not a bock. I mean, if you're gonna throw all that out the window, the least you could do is add some hops.

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Photo of Stigs
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pint glass

A - pours with barely a quarter inch of white fizz, settles to a thin layer and ring within a couple minutes. the beer is hazy, burnt copper in color. BPA?

S - lightly sweet caramel malts, some belgian yeast and a thin spicy finish.

T - very malty...toffee, caramel, brown sugar - slightly artificial. grains and nary a bit of hop bitterness, light metallic finish.

M - light body with firm carbonation. a little sticky.

D - well, its not awful but doesnt really fit the style at all...more like a bock (surprise). ill finish this and leave the rest for someone else.

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Photo of chriscolby
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pale ale, although it says "Pale Bock" on the label.

The beer is amber, with a tinge of brown in the hue. Clear and pours to a moderate head. There's a cheesy hoppiness in the nose mingled with some faintly "biscuity" malt notes. The malt/hop balance is good, although neither the malt nor hop character is particularly inviting. The beer has a moderate body, but there's something about the mouthfeel I don't like (but can't really describe adequately).

When the Celis Brewery was in Austin, they made one world-class beer (Celis White), a couple of really good beers (their Grand Cru for one) and some beers that, unfortunately, just weren't very good. The pale bock was one of the latter and nothing seems to have changed now that the brewery has moved to Michigan.

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Photo of RonJon24
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light Brown almost copper color. Appealing at first. Little head but good visual carbonation.

S - Almost no smell at all. A little malt comes through.

T - Well balanced, but very little flavor at all. Slight malty after taste. Sweet flavor stays in the mouth quite a bit

M - Very light, little actual carbonation feel in the mouth

D - Good drink-ability like a domestic light, but does make me want to drink more than 2 though.

Overall I am not a big fan.

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Photo of bashiba
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark hazy amber with a small ring of bubbly head.

Smell was musty with a touch of oak.

Taste has a grainy malt quality with a slight yeasty funk and a bit of earthy hops.

mouthfeel is light and dry.

Bland and average. Nothing I would be seeking out in the future.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a transparent amber colored body with thick foamy off-white head. Head subsides quickly and becomes very thin. Decent retention. Lots of lacing left behind in the glass. Pale bock. Doesn't look like a bock or a blonde maibock...has a color similar to dead guy but this one is one dimensional and completely transparent.

S- not to much to pick up. Some grainy malt and hints of hops. Rather boring.

T- not too much here either. The big taste is the malt. Tastes similar to a bland cereal. Hints of hops pop up but not too much. Finish is clean and dry.

M- Medium carbonation and very watery.

D- This beats a macro anyday but is rather bland. Its quite drinkable but not enjoyable. Very unoffensive and there's nothing to hate about it.

Not sure what style this would fall under. Not belgian-not bock either.

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2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is fixing to be gone from our market (San Antonio). I have not had it since it was brewed in Austin. I was lucky enough to drink it at is freshest out of the brewery tap. I figured I better get 6 before it was too late.

The beer poured an amber-orange color and is clear. The head is decent, about 1/2" and retained well with good lacing.

The aroma was hard to pinpoint. The flavor was very good, malty without any cloying aftertaste. Not much of a hop flavor or aroma, but that is not missed on this style of beer. I seem to remember when it was brewed locally this beer tasted a little richer with a more pronounced caramel flavor, almost rich and buttery. This was lacking here, but this beer is no slouch. I could see this being a nice session beer. I am sorry this is not going to be available in SA anymore, but we will have Celis White and Raspberry (review forthcoming!) to fill the void.

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Photo of Realale
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pure clear copper. Raspy white head settles quickly to a complete cap.

Nose is bready malt with a touch of caramel. Touch of earthy hop as well as a bit of chalk.

Nice maltiness in the mouth, but there's not a lot going on here. Touch of candied fruit with time. The chalkiness is a bit much, and dominates the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit soda-popish, and too chalky to really be enjoyable for me. This wasn't my favorite when Mr. Celis was brewing it, and Michigan Brewing has not done anything to change that (although I don't like this one any less).

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Photo of phisig137
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear reddish dark amber color with a one finger head that lasts a decent while. Falls into a nice blanket over top of the glass.

Aroma is very faint, but smells bready and ever so slightly alcoholic. I'd like to smell a little more malt, and have a fuller nose... this smells a little thin. The flavor again is bready and dry, with notes of toasted grain, and a relatively hoppy finish. Very mild and light. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with large bubbled carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

Not fantastic, but not bad either. It's worth a shot, but I don't see myself buying much of this.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm on a quest to find a pale bock without a weird aftertaste.

I drank this right out of the bottle so I'm not sure about the appearance.

Smell was average and nicely balanced with a slightly sweet aroma.

Taste was kind of mild with that weird aftertaste I mentioned above. Nice balance of hops and malt with the malt coming out the winner.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were right down the middle.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy caramel brown with a redish tint. Head dissipates quickly to a thin soapy ring.

Smell is on the sweeter side. Malty and slightly fruity.

Taste caramel malt, and a strong grainy bready presence. Finish is quite minerally, and has mild bitterness with lingering nut flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall a pretty average offering. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of granger10
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one poured an amber color with a nice sized tan head that stayed around for awhile. But the nose was of an off flavor, a mixture of yeast and malts that I did not like. I was hoping the taste would be different but it was similar to the smell. Strong yeast flavor mixed with medium strength malts. Very chalky in texture. I just had an aged Aventinus that was chalky in texture and was very good, but the chalkiness did not work well for this beer. In all respects it wasn't horrible and tasted good after my taste buds got accustomed to it. But I probably won't get this one again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear light maple bronze. Slightly off-white head is sudsy at first and retains as a film.

Smells coppery and a bit malty, like molasses.

Taste is grainy and mildly tart, like soured grapes. There's a subtle lager bitterness.

Body is moderate and carbonation is mild but consistent.

Meh. It does okay, but it doesn't really stand out in any way. Would be easy to drink a few, and there's no reason why you would turn up your nose at it, but there's nothing to make you seek this out ahead of a hundred other beers either.

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