Celis Pale Bock | Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis Pale BockCelis Pale Bock

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 96
Photo of mactrail
2.26/5  rDev -32.7%
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 Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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 JMad
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pub glass...

The beer is an amber/ copper color with a thin off white head. It smells of over-ripened fruit, some apricot and caramel malt, it's almost candylike. The beer is kind of watery, I could taste some nutty roasted malt and Belgian yeast, that's about it. The beer is thin and watery with lots of carbonation and kind of musty. This is a beer that I wouldn't want to drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a nice amber color with. Yellowish tan head on it. The smell of the beer is sweet and had a slight funk to it. The taste of the beer was of sweet roasted caramel and rich malts. I found this to be decent to say the least. It wasn't something I'd need to have again.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A soft, two-finger muted white head tops this brew, with glass stickers as it recedes. A clear amber color, active carbonation with very small bubbles keep the head around awhile.

The aroma of hops comes through in the scent, with a hint of citrus. First sip brings bright, bitter hops up front, with bread and malted grain flavors mellowing the middle of the palate. Lingering grapefruit notes in a hop accented finish, reminiscent of an ESB.

Well received in the mouth and a generally decent brew.

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Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep coppery orange in color. A white head stands about one finger tall without ever really fading away and leaves fairly thick, spotty lacing down the glass as the beer recedes.
There's a bit of fruity sweetness on the nose beneath a toasty malt and a touch of herbal spiciness. Overall it's a bit faint up close and could use just a bit more balance.
The flavor is also mainly sweet and spicy beneath a malt backbone. There is a bit more hops presence in here than in the nose and balances better with the toasty/bready malts. There's a bit of odd spiciness lingering with hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel starts off with a crisp bite and gets smooth in the finish, but not before hitting a rough patch of graininess. The body is on the light side of medium and carbonation is moderate.
This beer has an impressively low ABV, and given that it's pretty good overall it's highly drinkable.

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Photo of RonJon24
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
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 DannyDan
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into an amber bodied brew with a creamy white head that has good retention, good lacing and good carbonation. The smell consists of tart apples, caramel, some flowers and some sweet malts. It has a nice smell to it, but the taste is not nearly as good as the smell. I taste some spiciness right away followed by some tart apples, caramel, dark fruits and hops. The aftertaste is of old apples and the mouthfeel is a creamy light bodied and is very drinkable since it is rather light. This beer in taste and feel does not do much for me, but I only have this one that came in the Michigan Brewing Company Sampler Pack.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
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 buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a small off white head. The beer is amber colored. The aroma is spicy with sweet malt. The taste is spicy up front and finishes with caramel malt. This is a pretty bland beer. I guess I could drink a lot of it if I was in the mood for something boring and tastless.

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Photo of Stigs
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Cylinsier
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber, clear body with a pretty standard head.

S- The smell clean with smells of biscuit dough, caramel, and a hint of apple

T- Taste is a light with a cracker-like grain quality and some moist hay flavors. Slightly floral hops

M- Ultra light and clean with minimal carbonation.

D- Pretty easy to down a few but nothing exciting enough to make me want to buy another 6-pack

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beware the singles bin: I noticed after purchasing a BB date of 05/31/06. Regardless, this beer held up in most respects. Hazy, dark honey / amber colour with one finger off-white head that left a ring and wispy surface featuring several large bubbles sitting still atop the brew. Some sheet lace. Smell was sweet with honey dew and vanilla wafer, a bit spicy, overall very pleasant aroma. Taste was tart and a bit sour, dark fruit, roasted malt, increasing oak with air. Texture was syrupy and a bit too boozy. Still, the style was recognizable as a bock and still quite quaffable, a bit too much alcohol but not bad. Interesting, to say the least.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-15-09

Pours a hazy but bright amber color, with a pleasant filmy head that sticks to the surface.

Smell is very sweet, with a nice burnt malt and fruity hops combo. Maybe just a bit too sweet.

Taste is more malt than I expected, with a subtle burnt quality like the smell. The finish is slightly bready with a little kick of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated, but not bad.

Drinkability is very good, just a bit too bland to get excited about.

Overall, a good beer, but whatever.

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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 sarahspat
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark iced tea color with orange highlights. Small off-white head. A few strands of lacing appear.

Smells floral and musty.

Taste includes notes of raisins, spices, sweet dark fruits, tart apples, caramel, and flowers. There is a little bit of an unpleasant metallic characteristic to the finish. Overall, meh; not really bad, but not good either. The flavors are pretty subdued. Not impressive. However, the flavor profile is a good example a Belgian PA, from what I understand. It's just more weak than I would like. Almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.

I somehow accidentally ended up with two bottles of this while hurriedly mixing sixes. Ugh. I will probably drink the other one, but I predict that it will be more of a chore than a pleasure. This is not a bock by any stretch of the imagination. I don't understand why the brewery insists on labeling it as such.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass; best by 5/17/09.

From the label:
Celis Pale Bock--Authentic Belgian-style Beer.
Dual emblems of Texas, but brewed in Michigan.


Blatant paradoxes aside, this beer pours beautifully with a bright, fiery orange body laced by tiny chunks of yeast and pushing a hefty carbonation level. The eggshell-creme head builds to a sizable 2" before slowly receding to a thick cap of tight foam; good lacing to boot. Aroma starts out with sweet adjunct corn grains that balance with notes of toffee malts and fruity yeast esters (apple, raisin, and prune).

The flavor profile starts out quite nicely, actually, with some toasted toffee and caramel malts and a pinch of floral hops. A good burst of fruits from the yeast, too. The finish could use a bit of work, as it leaves the palate with notes of semi-stale grains and wooden vegetation. Mouthfeel does little to help: although the body packs a good carbonation level and crispness, the watery-thin finish leaves much to be desired. Nevertheless, this is a fairly good beer that could go great with a light summer lunch. I probably won't be having it again, but I'd recommend it as a good intro brew for newcomers to the craft scene.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a decently clear copper with an average sized head.

S: This beer's aroma consists mostly of a faint malt smell (maple syrup maybe); even fainter in the background are hints of hops and spices.

T: Decently balanced beer between hops and malts, but not very complex. A nice mix between malts and hops hits the tongue immediately and lingers. There is no aftertaste or changes in the flavor.

M: Very watery and too much carbonation.

D: This beer is balanced and it has a decently low alcohol content making it drinkable.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a small off-white head that dissipates to a film after a few seconds. Minimal lacing. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt and some grain--not a lot there, really. Tastes follows suit, with sweet, lightly roasted malt dominating a somewhat florally hoppy, spicy finish. Moderate carbonation. Actually pretty decent.

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Photo of aeminter
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice clear, clean, copper color. Thick foamy head and nice lacing.

Malty with some hop and herbal smells in the background.

My initial reaction is "did someone give me water?" This is a very mild flavored beer. Give it a little time to warm and the malt sweetness starts to appear. The after flavor has a bit of a waunkiness.

All around not a bad beer...maybe even a gateway beer...

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Photo of midaszero
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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 KeefD
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, hazy copper amber color with a big head that slow to recede leaving some generous lacing. Aroma of some sweet malts, hints of caramel and spices. Taste is of some pale and caramel malts, a little bit of fruitiness and very light hopping. A little watery, no much flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated. An ok brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A bit of head forms and recedes to a fine film. Slightly cloudy pale orangeish.

S. Smells of bready roasted malts. Some caramel malt and burnt brown sugar sweetness. Slight coffee in the background.

T. A fairly flavorful beer, though a bit watery around the edges. Some toasted grain and caramel malts. Hop is medicinal and barely noticable. Bock beer? I've had better.

M. A bit slick but good level of carbonation. On the light side of full bodied.

D. This would be a good session beer towards the end of the night. Not the best Ive had from Celis, I would reccommend the Grand Cru.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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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