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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Witbier
Ertvelde, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen

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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unfiltered in bottle and keg.
Pierre Celis created the original Hoegaarden beer in the early 1960’s. Interbrew-Labatt bought the brand and the brewery in the 1980's. Pierre Celis formed a new brewery in Austin Texas, brewing the same beer but under the brand name Celis White. Miller bought the Celis brewery and the Celis White brand-name in 1996. The brewery closed in 2000. In late 2002 Michigan Brewing bought the Celis White brand from Miller. Brouwerij Van Steenberge is now brewing the original Pierre Celis White under the brand-name Celis White in Europe and Ertveld's Wit in North America.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohhnyB (144) - CROATIA - APR 17, 2016
On tap. Pours hazy yellow color with medium white head. Aroma of reisin, herbs, banana, coriander and hint of citrus. Refreshing and drinkable. Suiting for hot summer days.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobyFischer (296) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2016
Incomparablement fruité, complexe, floral, doux, léger, désaltérant. Bien citronné et qui évite l’écueil des saveurs artificielles et superflues. Ma meilleure blanche àlabelge pour le moment.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GoufCustom (1572) - HONG KONG - APR 12, 2016


250ml bottle bought at Gorgeous Wine & Cigar in Yuen Long.

Cloudy hazy pale straw golden colour with traces of yeast sediments; Half finger head with crumpety white foam which last for 1 minutes; Very good sticky lacing and zero carbonation; Fragrant aroma of malt, with very strong wheat and tartness, orange peel, coriander, light banana, floral, light sugar, spices, lemon and grass; Mid to light sweet taste of light malt, with strong wheat, thin tartness, light coriander, light oranges, fair molasses, strong earth, light spices, thin lemon, thin bitter hops and faint grass; Close to light body. Slick and creamy palate; Mouth feel is light maltyness in a thick and smooth background. Lots of wheat but tartness is light. Light but fair amount of coriander and oranges, mixed with nice molasses, pretty strong earth and fairly tasty spices. Very light lemon to round. Pretty good!... Hoppiness is spices, lemon and grass in nose. Strong earth, spices, light lemon in taste; Bitterness is very low for an abrupt, nil astringent wheaty spicy finish; Fairly dry after taste. Smooth and very easy to mouth.

Comments: This is almost like the bottled Hoegaarden, but with better fruity estery aroma, and a bit more spicy character in taste. Very quaffable, although a bit more expressive in spice and herbs will be better!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (3375) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2016
Bottle. Hazy golden body with a thin white head. Steady carbonation. Faint lacing. Aroma of pollen, banana and corn flakes. Flavour of tangy lemon, bergamot, flower petals and Earl Grey tea. Medium body with a creamy texture. Soft fizz. A tangy, floral Witbier.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2016
25cl bottle at ’t Oud Liefken in Waarschoot (1 IV 2016), shared with a friend. An off-bright yellow coloured - fluorescent even - pale looking wheat beer with a soapy white foam on top. This classic Celis White has some very atypical white beer flavours. It has loads of lemons and sourness in the nose, yet the taste artificially like javel. And still... the taste is not that unamusing. The carbonation is high. Really not the typical wheat beer we all know nowadays. Is this the traditional Hoegaarden taste?

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lloydy (100) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2016
250ml bottle. Refreshing. Hints of pepper and strangely... cinnamon. Very similar to Hoegaarden. Nice, but why the tiny bottle?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iznogud (2390) - CROATIA - MAR 21, 2016
On tap at Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours cloudy yellow with medium white head. Citrus, fruit, spices, wheat notes, coriander, yeast. Medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle at home. Hazy golden with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast, big herbal notes, dough, plastercine and light citrus notes. Flavour is light moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cyano22 (26) - SOUTH KOREA - MAR 9, 2016
This didn’t last long, but I managed to save the final bottle for review. This 12 ounce bottle has no freshness date, alas. Nevertheless, into my lovely Tripel Karmeliet glass it goes! A. Purty! Huge, 3 inch white head is quite foamy and dies quick, leaving tons of succulent looking white lace... could hardly ask for better. The beer itself is a mildly unfiltered dull, bubbly yellow. S. Bold. Really reminds me of La Fin Du Monde, minus that Unibroue yeast... loads of wheat, lemon, coriander, crisp honey-apple sweetness and just a hint of pepper. Classic and tight, nothing wrong here at all. Maybe a touch too sharp? But that’s quibbling. F. Classic Witbier here - honestly one of the best I’ve had from any country. Starts off thin (refreshing) and crisp, but not too sharp - the wheat softens it I think. Then a rush of gentle, yet insistent sweetness, tempered by a good dose of lemon-orange spritz. It is important to note that this is not really sour per se, nor acidic, but it does have that citrus and lingering sour finish. Otherwise, a good amount of coriander is present here, and a green apple ester (no apple sweetness) along with just a smudge of sulfur. The whole experience is drastically refreshing. M / O. The finish on Celis White is soft, with an extremely long, lingering lemon-esque note and some white bread dough. The carbonation is equally soft / light, I personally would prefer a bit more... but that said, one could hardly ask for a better Belgian-style summer beer. This is both to style and excellent, and right up there with Allagash White for contention as the best Belgian Wit I’ve had out of my home country. In fact I feel like I prefer this to Allagash... guess I’d better acquire some more and find out, huh?

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
xfire73 (70) - - FEB 28, 2016
25cl bottle hazy golden yellow color, short head retention major aroma of honey and spices also weak orange/citrusy aroma as well flavor of lemon, sourness with light honey taste dry finish with high carbonation medium bodied


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