I had the opportunity to taste all 3 of these great beers side by side yesterday, along with Nancy, Mark & Stacy. Thanks to Randy, I've got 2 six-packs of the Celis White, which I've noted previously had been my favorite beer of this style. I had not been able to have any of this great beer for a number of years, up until this years Bourbon Festival. In my mind, it was still as good as ever. Due to an earlier post by Gillman, I was inspired to compare the Celis White with the Brooklyner Weisse, and I was lucky enough to find the Blanche de Brooklyn was still available on tap at my local distributor. So enough of this already, here's what we thought...
The Celis White was as good as ever. It was absolutely delicious. It has a very light color and was cloudier than the Blanche, and much lighter in color than the Weisse. It had a sweet & fruity flavors that included lemon notes.
The Blanche de Brooklyn was also very good, with more sweetness, akin to a honey flavor. This beer was very clear, but as light in color as the Celis.
The Brooklyner Weisse is a Bavarian style Wheat beer. It is considerably darker in color than the Belgians and it had sharper flavors than the others, with minimal hop bitterness. It was also very good tasting, with fruity flavors.
The unanimous consensus that of these 3 beers, Celis White was the favorite. Given the styles, we thought that the White and Blanche were very similiar, with a slight edge to the Celis. Everybody enjoyed the Weisse, but we all agreed that it was different enough in style to not be easily compared to the Belgians. That said, since we were comparing all 3 beers, the Celis still came out on top!
Now, all we have to do is get Celis here in NY!