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 ThatWineGuy
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -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 sarahspat
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +3.3%
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 -8%
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 +0.3%
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 -4.7%
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 -20.5%
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 KeefD
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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 -3.6%
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 +17.2%
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 Generik420
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +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 Traquairlover
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +4.7%
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%
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 +26.1%
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 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 KarlHungus
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +12.2%
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 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 FightingEntropy
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -34.4%
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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