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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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 96
Photo of Realale
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +8%
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 +21.4%
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 +19%
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 +19%
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 +19%
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 +16.7%
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 +18.2%
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 +19.6%
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
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