Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Celis White Ale

Tasted earlier this week with grilled vegetables from the garden. Thanks to Joshua Schipp for picking out this beer from the Rock Island Hy-vee.

Appearance: Hazed yellow with a massive accumulation of bubbles on the side of the glass. A soapy foam white head layers the top, but quickly dissipates into a spotted film. Clarity is high, but still maintains a relative turbidity, similar to chill haze.
Aroma: Very lagered in smell, as it perceptively resembles a stale pilsner. Light leafy hops along with a peppery lemongrass undertone. Basic honey/pilsner malt present and a unique bready spice undertone.
Taste: Fore taste lets on a light bready sweetness, but much of the flavor resides in the aftertaste as clovish lemon and herbal hops transpire into a very quenchable taste. A finishing spice of light coriander or bittering orange peel is present, though noticeably masked by that herbal lemon pepper finish. Still the overall flavor is a bit lagered and pungent - even staled from the Belgian yeast. a bit phenolic by way of cloves too. Aftertaste is minimal but paralleled to lemon rind.
Mouthfeel: Light body but full texture from the carbonation as it foams up in a microbubbled fashion throughout the palate. The beer remains crisp and very drinkable with a bit of a spike at the tip of the tongue. The end is dry and a bit
Overall Impression: Light and very drinkable, more emphasis on the spicing and body than anything else. Complex in its own way. I wasn't a fan of the aroma though, which reminded me of stale Miller Light. Nevertheless the lemon and peppery hop finish contribute well, especially for quenching thirst on a hot day.


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