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Celis Grand Cru | Michigan Brewing Company

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Celis Grand CruCelis Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 04-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear shiny yellow gold body. Soft white fluffyhead. Lazy rambling carbonation streams.

Extremely spicey nose, plentyof pepper. Fruity too - lemons, tangerines, and apricots.

Taste is a well mixed blend of fruity and spicey. Lemon pepper comes to mind. Spices are near-perfectly integrated, contributing without dominating. Its a fine golden ale with a bit of zip, not a glass of spices and herbs which comes off as dusty. Dry finish. This is refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light-plus. Fine for summer drinking.

As I said, refreshing, not chewey. Goes down well with a sunset.

The move from Texas to Michigan has not harmed this beer.

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Photo of nicksta
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours a deep gold color. It has a small, thin head on the top, that leaves lacing on the glass as you drink. It doesn't remind me of a Witbier because it isn't cloudy, and has a small head.

S: The smell starts out kind of Macro laggerish, but after a few tries I pick up some banana bread and coriander.

T: The first taste is heavy on bananas. Then it moves on to orange peel. These taste combine for a fairly sweet expierence. It also has a pleasent banana/citrus twang. On the not so good side, the 8.00% abv is not hidden very well and, combined with the orange peel, creates a burn that is almost as bad as drinking hard liquor. It gave me heartburn. It does get slightly more tolerable as it warms up.

M: The mouthfeel is very good. It is thick enough for the style, with no residue of any kind.

D: That burn really kills the drinkability, it is still a good session beer.

Did not somebody say this could be a double white? That could be accurate because it is like no Witbier I have tried before.

There are some postive, but unratable, qualities to mention. The beer pairs well with tenderlion steak and the 8% abv relaxes you very quickly making it a good session brew.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewery.

A: Krystal-clear yellow with a white head. No retention, but it tries to leave a little lace.

S: Pleasantly light sour-tartness with a little bready malt.

T: Not as sour/tart as the smell suggested. I wouldn't have guessed there was any wheat here. It's perfectly clear (kristal), and has more of a pilsner-malt flavour (light bread & toffee). Mainly a sweet/sour balance, but there's some crisp bitterness in the finish. Slight earthy hop flavour with a prominant alcohol presence and a little smoke. The flavours are interesting and it's well-crafted (perhaps deserving a higher taste score), but it doesn't really do it for me.

M: Moderate body. Light to moderate carbonation (I think it might be livelier with a little more carbonation).

D: It's a sipper.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having no prior experience drinking a wit grand cru, this one appears a fizzy yellow deep golden with a fizzy white head carbonation seems high. Aroma has upfront banana, pear, and other tropical fruit notes with alcohol infused with apple tones and finishes with a nice grassy hop finish. Taste has a syrupy malty touch of honey with all of those fruit tones shining through, in addition a flowery grassy hop mix. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation a bit high the head dwindled quickly a bit sticky on the palate. Drinkability very tasty treat quite an experience I hope to try more of this style, a solid version in my unexperienced opinion...I liked it.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color with a pillowy, bone white head. Very active carbonation, pushing the envolope of what is acceptable. Some subtle spicing comes through in the aroma as well as a light maltiness and breadiness. Slight wafts of bubblegum, yeast and sublime hopping. The active carbonation actually fares this ale well, keeping any maltiness or spicing from becoming too cloying. A little sticky in mouthfeel, but not too bad. Alcohol presence is kept to a minimal level. A pretty decent, hefty witbier.

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Photo of ahking
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer exhibits a super bright golden color with soapy white head. Lots of carbonation in this beer. Flavor is complex with dry apple ciderishness, zesty citrus, with a tinge of hops. It can taste sweet at times, but the finish is very dry. I would say this beer is almost champagne like with its color and finish.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with the familiar old graphics from when this was brewed in Texas. Pours light and clear, a wit beer? I dont know, this one seems more like a Belgian Pale or Triple style brew. Notes of crisp apples, gin, yeasty phenolics, Belgian all the way. Alcohol quite present in this tasty Belgian style sipper from Michigan. Worth a try.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a translucent golden with a lacy white head.
the aroma is sweet and spicy with a hint of sulphur.
the flavor is malty, citrus, corriander, hint of hops, and a spicy finish
the mouthfeel is a little watery.
beer is very drinkable best enjoyed on a cool night.

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Photo of Naes
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a very clear golden colored ale with a one inch white head.
Its aroma is mostly of yeast with a little spice and wheat.
The flavor does not match the aroma at all; this is much better than I expected judging by the smell. The Belgian yeast is apparent and there are slight tones of alcohol and dark fruit.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

Not too shabby.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kinda excited to try this because of the history with the original Celis.

Rather plain label pours out with a pale straw, tiny bubble beads rising to a spotty ivory wafer thin head cap leaving some drippy lace.

Doughy scents with the coriander are rather effervescent. A bit airy with some cloves and a bit on the hefeweizen meets meade side. Dry mineraly aroma.

First swigs: Instant boozy gin awl-kee-hawl flavors. Pow! Dry chardonnay, white wine vinous and clocking in at 8% with a light body puts this right smack dab in the wine realm. Just a marshmellow fluff of meade and hefeweizen.

Feel is medium bobied with a brisk carbonation.

Last swigs: Meade and chardonnay dry.
Might be a good beer for a white wine fan. Didn't butter my biscuit.

Beer is good. Happy rekindled beering.

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Photo of Marty
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so surprised by this beer! Bought it on a whim, mostly because it was cheaper ($1.50) than most of the bottles at the store. The name "Celis" registered vaguely somewhere in the recesses of my brain, but it wasn't until I logged on to BA that I remembered: this is the brewery that used to make a great white beer, then was either bought or actually moved to Austin, TX. Now it's being brewed in Michigan? Whatever.

This beer was great! Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a big head of crispy bubbles. And by crispy, I mean that the bubbles were popping pretty loudly... like Rice Crispies. Yeah, there, I did it. I just compared a beer to Rice Crispies. What I mean is that the bubbles were slightly larger than normal, and the head dissipated fairly quickly and loudly.

Anyway, moving on. I was first impressed with this beer's taste. What a great, spicy beer! It smells great, too. Reminds me of other, more expensive, Belgians.

I don't know how strong this beer is, but I'd guess it's over 7%. The alcohol is not the overriding characteristic of this beer, though. Overall, very balanced, VERY drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sopor
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't say as I agree with "Witbier", a Belgian-style Pale or Golden Ale is more fitting IMO. Very pale yellow with a thin frothy head and semi-fine sediment staying well suspended. Yeasty notes and tangy fruit esther carress the nose. Tangy fruit with hints of white grape and an undertone vinous quality at the tip o the tongue. Fruity, but on the dryer sidewith notes of yeastiness. Hops come in after a finishing touch of candy sweetness, soft but slightly bitter. Spices and herbs present, but nestled among the fruity esthers. Light slightly slick brew has delicate but lively carbonation that foams on the tongue. A wonderful Belgin-style Pale. Perhaps too drinkable for its 8% abv?

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very pale with a foamy head that quickly dissapears

Spices are very present when smelling this beer, some shy coriandre flavours are present, a mellow bitterness is also present.

Very spicy at first when sipping on it, ethyl esters flavors are there, alcoholic notes plays with the whole.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Pale semi-transpartent milky golden straw colored. Thin layer of head, not much lacing.

Smell = Sour citrus flavor, bubblegum like scent with malt dominating. Not much hops presence. Spicier than average.

Taste = Can taste the alcohol but it's blended in nicely with the sweet malt. Could be a bit smoother but it's not that caustic. There's almost a salty taste that comes in initially before the alcohol hits. I did not find this aspect appealing. This is a strong witbier.

Overall = OK but nothing spectacular. A litlte stronger than it should be, and the salty alchool flavor should be more subdued. It's drinkable though.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear light amber color with modest white puffy head, that almost immediately fell to a thin ring. Slight glass coating.Smell is nice and spicy but strong alcohol smell in background. Taste is pleasant at first but rapidly very strong notes of alcohol assert themselves (I guess this is to be expected from an 8% beer). The spiciness is overpowered. Finishes with more alcohol notes and a slight dryness. This is a potent beer. The label states "Belgian Style Ale with spices". Maybe this should not be listed as a witbier. It seems to be more like a strong Belgian ale with the added spices.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, these guys at Michigan Brewing are crankin' out some real quality here. This is an amazing beer. Poured out to a medium yellow color with medium carbonation. Some notes of lace around the glass. Odors of biscuits and malt, mixed with raw yeast and fresh hops. Very nice. Taste was smooth and complex, with dry notes of hops, yeast and malt. Some aftertastes of spices and citrus. Finished dry, with some bite. Good drinkability, this could be a session beer if it wasn't for the 8% ABV. Nonetheless, this is a staple brew for the Michigan Brewing Co. Recommended.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I want to thank TripelJ for bringing this back from his recent trip to MI.

Pours a straw color with a smallish head that dissipates to large islands of film.
Smell is malt, hops, "herbs and spices" of which I detected a blend of spices with none standing out and a hint of grass. Good balance.
Taste is, in order of appearance, hops, malt, spice, alcohol (big presence although the label does not indicate ABV). Flavors came and went like meeting people at the door, "Hi, I'm hops, see ya later. Hello, malt here, good to meet you.", etc. Aftertaste is spice, alcohol then eventually hops.
Medium bodied with effervescence on the tip of the tongue. A bit of a greasy feel on the tongue and roof of the mouth after swallowing. Not bad, just unusual. Overall, a good beer but hardly a standout. Nothing great. The flavors are good, the nose well-balanced, the alcohol bloom is a bit overdone though, considering it's only 8 %.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx to DonOfBeer for bringing this back from a Michigan excursion.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with a foamy white head of medium bubbles.
Smell is spicy through the malt; and first taste is spicy, Corriander I would guess.
Taste is crisp and spicy, perhaps a hint of licorice. I cannot detect or identify the hops in this beer.

This beer is listed above at 8% ABV, but I don't get the alcohol; but a good mouthfeel.

Nice enough; Seems like a good summer ale; would be nice with a BLT for lunch !

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy bright gold color with a small white head that sticks around for a moment before fading into a small film. Nice rings of sticky lacing are left on the walls of the goblet. Tiny amounts of bubbles make their way up to the top.
Smell is of rich wheat, orange peel, and coriander.
Taste is of bold, sugary wheat with an awesome blend of orange peel and coriander bouncing off the tastebuds and sides of the mouth. Friggin awesome!
Mouthfeel is spicy and fills out the palate with the beautiful flavor. Slightly crisp brew with a bit of an alcohol bite and semi-dry finish. Man, this "double white" is supreme! I'm not really sure why there's lack of love for this one. I've had 7 of the top ten rated witbiers on this site and I would personally rate it as high as, if not higher than most of them. I'm telling you that it's...

Finger licking good!

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Photo of nortmand
4.69/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I guess this is a witbeer, although rather strong.
Appears crystal clear. I gave it a 3.5, but only for the comedic effect of fooling your beer buddies into thinking that you are drinking piss water. Guess I would expect more cloudiness. Thin, white head.
Smells intensely spicy, the usual banana, clove, coriander and licorice?
Taste is similarly spicy, huge beer, deceptive appearance, and taste. I just absolutely adore the flavor of this beer. There's just something about it.
Slight astringency in the afterglow. Warming alcohol flavor as well.
Smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel, no complaints there.
Very drinkable, dangerously so. A strong brew that is deceptively light in color, and mouthfeel. Even the taste, in all it's spicy glory can fool the uninitiated. I suspect that this isn't actually a witbeer, but closer to Belgian style strong pale ale. But with Belgian and Belgian style brews, does it really matter?
It's pretty cheap in East Lansing, and Crunchy's has it on tap, so I've come back to this beer again and again, and plan on coming back to it in the future. Easily the best offering from MBC.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and fruity wheat malt scent with a Belgian yeast aroma. It also has a bit of spice scent as well. The taste is good. It has a light, smooth wheat malt flavor along with a light spice taste. It goes down easy and finishes a bit warm and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good grand cru/witbier. It has a light, yet warm wheat malt flavor with a bit of spice; a good drinker.

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Photo of kegerator
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not what i would expect in a grand cru at all but.

pours a yellow hazy color with a small head and no real retention.
smell was spicy with some herbal hop notes and a bread character.
taste started out beligian with a hit of bread and spice, mostly coriander and clove with hints of citrus lingering then in the middle you get hit with more citrus and a grassy hop flavor and it finishes slightly dry with another hit of the spices and bread. actually reminded me more of a pilsner however its strong. watch out. this one will sneak up on you.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with poor clarity seeming to result more from chill haze than skipping the filtering process. The lack of any yeast at the bottom of the bottle leads me to believe that this was definitely filtered - kind of a letdown for the style. Grassy aroma contains some herbal spices and lemons. Taste beins malty with hints of wheat, assertive spices and bold lemony hops blend with a reserved blend of fruits. Taste is somewhat complex, but a little too bitter for what I've come to expect form a witbier. Mouthfeel is satisfying, good carbonation is spot on for the style. In my opinion, the bitterness is a little too bold for the style and slightly hampers the drinkability. A decent wit if you are into big lemons and spices.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice large long lasting head, somewhat off white color, aroma of spice, coriander,cloves, wheat. Color golden, sweet,spicy, slight malt character some lemon, coriander, clove prevalent in flavor. Mouthfeel smooth, phenols in the finish, with some cloying inthe mouthfeel. Slight vanilla in the finish. Slightly higher than stated alcohol, guessing around 9.5% give or take but definitely higher than normal for Celis from Austin or Michigan. Well the first and second tasting at Michigan Brewing. Overall a nice drinkable, very drinkable beer. recommend for lawn mower beer, or every day sipping.

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Photo of nomad
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A double wit indeed, it pours an odd but gorgeous light golden-yellow, clear as day and glassy all get out. Typically don't see such clarity with wits, but its nice regardless, as is the small and crunchy head.

Smells barely of vanilla and soft phenols set off against a larger presence honey-dipped pils malt and a small zing of coriander. Altogether a little weak and not terribly active. With time most of the profile falls away to the malt.

Tastes like coriander! Goodness, gracious it comes on strong at times, though the deep pils base does provide ample ballast - you just have to wait. Some sugar-based hum of alcohol in the finish, which unfortunately picks up the coriander even more, combining also with a little hop zing to create a mighty lemon flavor. Yeast character is a little low in the bottle while the draught versions tended to show more wit characteristics of vanilla, clove, and ambiguous fruit-like tones. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, very nice and even better when on draught, drawing the soft and sweet character of the malts out.

A good beer to grab when you're on the go and don't what to pick. At $8 a sixer at that strong a bite, its a sweet and smooth choice, good for warmer weather. But if I could take the coriander out... then we'd be talking.

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Celis Grand Cru from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 217 ratings
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