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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 1960ís. 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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2006
Draught at Tolkienís House, Zagreb. Muddy ochre coloured, small white head. Slight watery, yeast with strong notes of coriander and orange peel, very refreshing but nothing more than that.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (14127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle. Yellow/ orange colour with a white head. Aroma is banana and yeast. Flavour is the same. A little bit thin but still drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Cloudy yellow in appearance, with a thin white head. Aroma is a touch buttery, waves of alcohol and some malt syrup. Smooth and thick in the mouth with a pronounced sweet body, slightly oily/buttery, tropical fruit and some spice. But all those nice flavours are rather subdued and overall this just feels dead average.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 First sampled from draught at the Royal Harbour Brewery in Ramsgate but purchased from Utobeer many times since. This beer is a staple in my diet. Clean, creamy, crisp and refreshing. Citrus aroma and hints throughout. Opaque yellow with a thick white froth of head. More of a soft drink than a beer really, could drink it all day long.
Re-Rate - Well, several rates on and nothing much has changed besides the number arrangement...Still hella refreshing and a staple in my diet. Pale and hazy gold with a foamy white head. Nose of wheat, bubblegum and citrus fruit. Taste is similar with coriander notes. At a recent tasting Phil L asked us all what our everyday drinking beers were, besides Alchemists Ale or Brewers Gold, this is up there...I love this stuff...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 2015 rate:
Celis White has for some reason become the darling of the Croatian craft beer scene during the past two years, with many people, some of which I trust, hyping it. I remembered it as being distinctly sub par back in the day, but hey, 9 years have passed, letís rerate it!

Misty yellow body with a medium sized, thick head, more or less as it should be. Dusty aroma, coriander, sweetish, fruity, pretty much classic and better than I remember. Sweet aroma, coriander again,medium fullness, smooth, like it should be basically, very, very juicy fruitiness, actually tasted like fruit juice here and there (lemon/orange). Quite interesting really. Definitely raising the score.

2006 rate:
0.5l draft at Tolkienís House, Zagreb.
So, I finally got to try this... I really wanted to see how this compared with the InBev Hoegaarden, which is one of my staples (mostly because I can get it easily, and Iím a sucker for wits of all kinds). This was served in a big Celis Brewery, Texas glass (hm), but Iím sure that this is the Steenberge version. Lovely, completely opaque apricot juice/ochre colour, very thick, small white head that left a blanket of white around the glass as it descended. Nice. The nose was nice, chalky and lactic, yet sweet, resembling a strawberry flavoured yoghurt of all things. The taste was disappointing and quite weak. Coriander, I guess, some lemon, obvious lacticity, with some unidentifiable sweetnes showing through from time to time. Damn refreshing and thirst quenching, true, but, then again, soís water. The InBev wit beats this. Iíve caught some interesting flavours here, but none were allowed to "bloom". Shame. 5/4/5/2/10

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2006
12oz bottle pours hazy amber with a short white foamy head that stayed pretty well. Aromas of orange, corriander, and yeast. Flavor is right in line with the aroma. Yeasty with some definite orange peel and corriander. Pretty lively carbonation giving this a light mouthfeel and a crisp finish. Refreshing on the deck on an 80+ day in Ohio.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2006
(Draught.) Cloudy, light pastel-yellow color, thin white head. Dryish, citrus aroma, lightly yeasty, with a hint of coriander. Flavor likewise dryish citrus, lightly yeasty. Short citrucy aftertaste. Lightish body, lively carbonation, clean mouthfeel. A very typical witbier -- not terribly interesting, but exceptionally refreshing even for its type. I appreciate itís dryness compared to many popular wheatbeers. Perfect on a hot summer day.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BB Sep 06). Citrussy aromas with light spice and some staleness. Light fruity body with slight sourness but unfortunately marred by the staleness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
Hazy pale orange/yellow with a thick white head. Spicy, banana-ish, clove nose with some hints of almond and sugar. Quite full bodied flavour, with some notes of wheat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2006
Light citrus, a little spice, refreshing brew, Very fresh. bought in luxembourg.


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