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 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 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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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 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 mschofield
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper gold topped with a two finger light tan puffy head. Leaves this webs of lacing.
Saaz like aroma, with toffee, herbs slight spice.
Tastes like a toffee flavored pilsner. Spicy and herbal hop. Toffee with slight butter. Good balance between the hop and malt flavors. Fruitier as it warms.
Medium bodied, not a bock at all, more of a Belgian pale (as agreed to by the BA listing.)

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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 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 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 beergeek279
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a goblet. The color is amber, with a wispy white head. The smell is fairly malty. The taste is a fairly dry malt with a good bit of hop to it, and leaves a very long and lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe another.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. Not a great beer, but unique, and I'm sure there's people who'd enjoy this...I might have another if I saw it, but I wouldn't hunt it down.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The owner, Bobby Mason, told me this was actually a pale ale, but some quirk in Texas law requires it to be labeled as a "Bock," and most of their production is still shipped there. It's darker than the Amber Lager I had just sampled. Still and all, its profile is a rather plain ”beer,” but it is malty and a little roasty.

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Photo of marburg
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Someone wake me up when this beer is over.

Just not terribly exciting. May be an OK conversion beer because of its grainy blandness.

Hazed amber/light brown. Head was tough to form despite adequate carbonation. Eh.

Malty, mildly grainy, bread aromas. Slight caramel/sugar sweetness as well. Mostly bland. Eh.

Grainy incoherence. Very rich and powerful malts -- just not sure I like what they're saying. Finishes a little sloppy with a wet, bready sweetness that's uninspired.

Despite its lack of excitment, this beer is certainly drinkable, providing a decent early fall generic brew. Certainly not bad, but not exactly a triumph.

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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 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 Mitchster
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber, forming a good-sized light beige head atop small to medium-sized bubbles with decent retention and lacing. Aroma is odd with cotton-candy, astropops (does anyone remember these?), and butterscotch. Carbonation is mild with a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Taste is nice enough..delicate munich and amber malts with a lightly husky note towards the finish. The finish is wet with a well-balanced earthy bitterness and hint of grain husk. Interesting, but not something I would care to drink much of.

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