Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian White (Witbier)
Ertvelde, Belgium
Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8248) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2003
Very pale yellow, fully hazy; white fluffy head. Nose of chalk, wheat, curaçao, lemongrass. Coriander dominates the taste (the more as it warms up), more lemon than curaçao. Wheat character obvious; very light peppery finish. Light but not empty; refreshing. OK wit - but too much soupy coriander all the same. I just don't dig the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2003
Light cloudy blond beer with a medium head. Aroma and taste of tea, citrus and yeast. Refreshing taste but on the light side. Maybe a bit too much flavours added. Ok, but nothing more.
Earlier Rating: 10/17/2003 Total Score: 3.1
Cloudy blond beer with a small head. Strong aroma of tea, yeast, tobacco and citrus. The taste is rather mild with dominating tea and citrus flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2003
A different tasting Belgian white . Citrus, lemon, and coriander flavor. Finishes dry, tart, and crisp.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2003
An unclear light yellow beer with a fine head. The aroma fruity and dominated by lemon. The flavor is rather sour and like lemon. In the middle it is a little wheaty flat and sweet. In the end the flavor is slightly acidic wheaty. A very fresh beer. I think the Belgian version is more sour than the American version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Huge coriander aroma. Very faint malt and no hops. Some phenols evident. Very pale gold color, with no haze (there should be a haze in this style). Big, fluffy white head. Flavor is all coriander and phenol. Too much coriander, comes across as soapy. The spice and the phenol is overdone, without enough real beer character to make up for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Pours the color and texture of a thin pineapple juice. A thin layer of white foam sitting on top. A strange aroma of melon, pineapple, yeast, bubblegum, lemon and cinnamon. No real banana or clove. A strange flavor that replicates the nose. Fairly easy to drink, but man, is it one weird beer or what? I will probably pass on this one in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2003
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Tap, Hazy lemon yellow, good lasting white head and moderate condition. Lemon-grapefruit citrus aromas with a spicy corriander note and a touch of honey. Thin in the mouth with more honey and citrus and a slight metallic twang. Finish is spicy and citric with a chalky dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2003
No haziness (=bad). Looks like an American Light. Straw colored. Bubblegum, yeasty aroma. Sweet. Suggests beer might make a come back from poor aesthetics. Fair amount of carbonation. Quickly diminishing head. Boring palate. No sweetness. Overall a very boring beer. Nor does it taste good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
At the Palace Hotel in Poperinge - Slight diacetly in aroma. A bit light in body, flavors not as full as they used to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2003
Pale cloudy straw colour with a sweet vinegar aroma. Biscuits, vinegar, sugar and coconut milk make up the rather soft palate, not really interesting.

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