Celis White (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Celis White – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 5% ABV – 25cl, (Belgium)

On the back label:

“This wheatbeer, developed by the CELIS BREWERY (Austin, Texas), combines the 500 year old brewing art of Hoegaarden (Belgium) with the modern brewing techniques.”

interesting tidbit from ratebeer.com:

“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.”

  • Style: Witbier (Wheat Ale)
  • Taste Profile: fizzy dry wheat -> wheat malts/lemon/sour yeast -> banana/light hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4, Sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange with minimal head, some lacing , thin ringed retention, some activity. A bit of sour yeast on the nose.

Attack: mildly fizzy dry wheat

Mid-palate: wheaty malts, light lemon citrus, sour yeast

Finish: mild banana with just a light hit of hops

A very clean and refreshing beer. Too bad it’s only 250ml as it drinks so darn easy.