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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Photo of Generik420
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tonight I tried the lone bottle of Celis Pale Bock that my dad brought down from Michigan for me. This is another beer from the Michigan Brewing Company in their Celis line-up. This beer is a fiery copper color when held up to a light and is very clear. A very solid stream of carbonation bubbles drifts to the top and there is a huge pillowy tan head that dissipates at a nice but not too fast pace.

The aroma was really difficult to nail down. Seems to have a really malty, almost sweet bread scent with a touch of maybe brown sugar and nutmeg. Really very unusual to get this type of aroma from a beer this color that didn't have 'Holiday' somewhere in the name. I am dealing with a touch of summer cold so I could be a bit off on this too.

Celis Pale Bock is a semi-sweet beer that has touches of maple syrup, raisin and maybe even the barest hint of cinnamon all floating around. There is a bit of lemon peel bitterness on the tail end of a swallow to round this out. I found it to be medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish. Interestingly enough, that steady stream of carbonation that you can see seems to disappear during a drink. This didn't feel flat, but it was fairly light on the carbonation which went against what the eyes tell you.

All in all, not a bad beer but it didn't do a whole lot for me. I personally think the other beers I have had in the Celis line-up are better then this one. Specifically the Celis Grand Cru and the Celis White. If I had another bottle I would actually like to compare this to the JW Dundee's Pale Bock that is routinely in the Dundee's Craft Pack sampler. I think they would probably be fairly close to each other.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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 Traquairlover
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Clear medium amber with foamy bone white head, medium retention, light lacing.

S = Lots of malt, slight cinnamon notes, like cinnamon roll dough before it is cooked but very light on the cinnamon. Also get some fresh grains, a light floral almost soapy smell.

T = Light bread malt flavors with light spiciness of cinnamon, honey, fair bitterness in finish, also distinct earthy notes of hops together with more grassy hops flavors. Well balanced.

M = Light to medium-light bodied, fair mouthcoating, low carbonation feel.

D = Good drinkability, a pleasant flavored, low ABV beer.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a nice deep amber color with solid carbonation and a 1 finger off-white head that steadily fell to a thick lace that left nice sticky rings on the glass.

S- It was initially quite sweet. There was a full caramel aroma that mixed with other candy scents.

T- There was more malt in the flavor. The caramel was present, but was met with more of the dough-like malts. Hops were present, but were overshadowed by the sweeter malt flavors.

M- It had a nice feel. It had a full body and was a little grainy.

D- It was a fairly easy drinker. It was missing a "wow" factor that would make me want to pick up another one right away.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, candi sugar, nectarine/peach, caramel, bread. Taste is medium sweet, spicy, some caramel, herbal/earthy, metallic. Creamy light-medium body with light acidity. Not bad, but for from great.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
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 SIRIUS2
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
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 KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy pale amber color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and anise. The taste is yeasty with a mild earthiness, and some caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but there are better Belgian Pale Ales out there.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, some Belgian yeast, fruit, caramel, spice and a bit of hops.

T: The taste malty but light with flavors of caramel, Belgian yeast, spices and some fruit. There's a mild hops presence that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easy, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a nice lighter beer with a little substance but it wouldn't be my first choice even if I were looking for something easy-drinking.

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Photo of berserker256
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Gehrig
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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 FightingEntropy
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: pint glass poured from an bottle acquired at Dennis Brothers Liquors

A- orange/copper ale with a rocky barely off white head which lingered for a bit--good lace

S: not a strong nose-light malt sweetness-slight spicy, peppery evident, metallic note inside the mild fruity esters

T: metallic/minerally taste contiues inside of the spicy pepper that's even lighter than expected from the smell. Some alcohol present, but not much. A bit of hop blended with yeasty estery, but balance is off.

M: a little thin and watery, and slight astringency.

D: overall, not a bad beer, but something is off with the metallic taste and then mouthfell--taste and smell are muted and not very rich or complex for the style.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
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 Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark copper into brown, big, fluffy tan head topping it off. Caramel malt nose, hint of roast. Full malt flavor, caramel, nuts, touch of hops rounding off the finish. Medium bodied, kinda creamy. I guess the style listed here is a belgian pale ale, I would stick more with the bock designation (based on taste, the pros can discuss the stylistic differences that resulted in the pale designation). Not bad, won't ruin your day.

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Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a semi-transparent copper toned amber with a 3 finger off-white head that slowly fades into a chunky head of sea foam. Sticky streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of grain, cocoa, toffee, warm peanuts, and mild cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some bitter grassiness interfering with the malty grains and cakey yeast. This needs to actually be less complex, IMO, to be a standout beer. Keeping it simple isn't always bad.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a feel akin to a small porter. Light sweetness, and a gummy dougheyness makes for an odd blend.

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Photo of dracula68
4.3/5  rDev +28%
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 CharlieMopps
2.08/5  rDev -38.1%
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 PittBeerGirl
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber-reddish coloration, large, creamy, rocky head. Lookin' good.

Fragrant nose, herbal and malty, but not too sweet, rather dry. Smells of cereal.

Dry on the tongue, too, then wet....and smooth. Clean. Some malty flavors, hints of spice. Does feel like a Belgian pale ale done as a lager, maybe, but not much like a bock. Strange name.

Grainy grit in the texture lays on the tongue at first sip, then fades slowly. Minimal hops in this, and a bit too light in body for me. Extremely drinkable, and subtle. Enjoyable in it's way, but a little disappointing for me.
Just a little, though...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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 brdc
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a strange beer.
It is not pale, it does not look or taste like a bock, but has some qualities nonetheless.
Golden with a reddish hue, it has a plentiful white head with a very good retention.
Nose is not very prominent, but it contains malts, yeast-like fruitiness, bread, some alcohol.
Light to medium, it has a palate that is mostly well balanced, with bread, malts, some hops and fruitiness; however, despite pleasant, it is still a very "light" and quickly fading taste.
It is very easy to drink, but not exactly something I would pursue on a frequent basis.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: LIght haze in an orange-rust body, big head, slow fade, symmetrical and admirable lacing.

Smell: Raw citrus and vegetable funk. Tart, with a little sweet fruitiness in the background. Light grains.

Taste: Smooth yet citrusy and grainy. A little bland, maybe? A quencher to be sure, nothing really wrong with it, just needs more flavor.

Drinkability: Middle of summer beer, no problem, lacks definition of flavor.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice amber color with medium off-white head that lasted through half-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was faint, and what was there was slightly carmel, with a hint of grassy notes as it warmed. Initial taste tended to almost be spicy, like cinnamon, but again was faint. Body was a bit too thin for my liking, which led to a short, watery, metallic finish. Not really much to this one.

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Photo of Alkey
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured a deep red/amber with a nice white fluffy head that leaves lots of lace around the glass. Smells sweet and malty. Taste seems a little bland with watered down flavors of malt up front and a slight hop bitterness towards the end. The mouth feel is light and seems a bit foamy sort of like a whipped cream feel. This brew is easy to drink but is to pale and flavorless for my taste. I do however really like the way this one looks and feels with all the frothy foam and lace.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Subdued fruit flavors and a touch of sweetness along with some nice toffee malt. Some balancing dryness and a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

A bit confused by the “Bock” label, it’s definitely more along the lines of some sort of Belgian ale. Interesting level of dryness in the finish considering the mellow ABV. Not stellar, but very solid and enjoyably drinkable.

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Celis Pale Bock from Michigan Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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