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Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak - Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Celebrate Vanilla OakMichelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 110
Avg: 2.82
pDev: 25.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ghurux86 on 11-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Hand-crafted by A-B master brewers with real vanilla beans and aged on bourbon barrel oak. Richly aromatic with distinct vanilla & oak flavors. Available as a single 24oz bottle or as a gift set with two imported 13.5oz Ritzenhoff Crystal snifters and a 24oz bottle.
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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appears with an amber hued body and a thin artificial off white head pretty fizzy with bubbles streaming not effervescence people. Aromatics are really syrupy in nature with sweet vanilla seems really vanilla extract depsite the labels claims and evident alcohol to cap this very uninteresting brew. Flavor is cloying definitely induces a gag reflex with overly sweet creamy vanilla and a touch of oak this really is that bad even medicinal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and the texture and flavor just won't leave my palate...drinkability I'd rather chug a bottle of Nyquil b/c I hear codeine is a better than alcohol...but really why do this to beer and package it in a missile bottle. Thank god they have seen the light and are bringing Michelob back to the basics. Oh and then we cracked the Chocolate to compare, complete drain pour.

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Photo of koolchas
1.26/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

while stocking up on some belgians, something drew me to try this and i am sorry to say i did.

bottle was 24oz and shaped like a lava lamp. this was actually sold as a gift pack with a chocolate version and two glasses. the store where i purchased this broke the gift packs open selling the bottles for $9.99/ea but, the very good deal out of this was the two glasses for $0.99!

a: poured a dark amber. light head. little carbonation.

s: the alcohol smell was jumping out when poured. a very faint hit of vanilla and oak but, for me the alcohol was overpowering what could have been a much better smell.

t: like very strong, cheap alcohol. some hints of carmel and vanilla extract. think of baking extract.

m: strong, hot, alcohol after taste. not pleasant in the mouth for me at all.

d: only if your name is "willy the wino." it was hard for me to finish my glass and the rest of the bottle went down the drain. i actually got a headache shortly after too.

for a $10 bottle this is a slap in the face and a total rip off i.m.h.o. i expect a lot for this price and michelob did not deliver. $1.00 40oz malt liquor bottles are better than this stuff.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
1.18/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

served from a cylinder shaped bottle with a cone shaped cap,a plastic twist-on cap under the cone,this is a malt licquor bottle with a fancy black plastic wrap,the cap had a piece of clear tape on it?. Poured into a nonic glass.

Clear,amber red,very lively.many strings of carbination streaming to the top.Very little head if any.The carbination was quick and fizzy, like soda.

Faint aromas candy like,vanallia aromas,a hint of oak

Candy-like taste,lots of vanallia,hot alcohol,oaked tastes,sweet tastes throughout.
The taste was a cross between vanallia creme sode and cough syrup.

The mouthfeel was cloying,sticky,chewy,rough,not a good mouthfeel.
Couldn't finish this one,made me start feeling ill. A very expensive malt licquor.
My boss gave me this beer for a gift,it's ashame this was such a bad beer. I hope he don't ask me how I liked it.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this as a gift and hadn't even heard that michelob brewed seasonal beers. The taste was bitter halfway thru the glass as you kept drinking it went away but you had to get over that bitterness.The smell was very rich like coffee. This is a darker beer if I remember and is worth a try. They sell for about $10.00 a bottle when I got mine.

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Photo of Drew966
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Michelob Celbrate Vanilla Oak pours a couple shades darker than a typical macro lager, being copper with a white head from a brown bottle with a twist off top. The smell is vanilla, as is the taste. This beer really is much better than I expected, I split this bottle with a couple of friends, and I really couldn't drink a whole bottle, but it is fairly decent.

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Photo of taez555
3.65/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the 24oz artillery shell style bottle with “40" style screw top into the Michelob celebrate glass.

This beer poured a clear bright reddish amber body with a white head that died almost immediately but left a white lace around the edge.

Nose has a strong vanilla extract type smell at first. Rich malt, slightly medicinal and even some faint hints of caramel. Very buttery with touches of toffee, but mostly the strong rich vanilla smell. Believe it or not an extremely inviting nose.

Full bodied and syrupy sweet at first. Very rich and at first reminds me of drinking melted vanilla ice cream. Alcohol is completely hidden in this beer which is seriously scary for 10%. Butter, toffee and some caramel hint at a malt base but the rich milky vanilla beans completely overshadow everything. Touches of fruit throughout. Little to no bitterness and absolutely no hop taste at all. Some subtle warmth and touches of bourbon or oak sneak up in the finish and as it warms.

The vanilla is a bit over the top giving it a cream soda sort of flavor, but you know what.... this is actually a very good beer. I honestly wouldn’t mind having this again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.35/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-red translucent body with pretty much no head and little lacing to speak of. Smell is dominated by vanilla with some wood/oak notes. Malty sweetness, vanilla, and hints of oak dominate the flavor. Light to medium bodied. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, really... Vanilla, oak, with some malt dominate the flavor. Not as drinkable as it could be. Reminds me in a lot of ways of Winter's Burbon Cask Ale, More complexity with a little less vanilla and oak would make this beer but not quite as good. Worth the 9$ per bottle? Not sure, An okay beer anyway, but not sure I'd get it again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.07/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bourbon and alcohol in the smell. Also over-the-top vanilla aroma and taste. Significant white head on lagerish body. Lagerish below medium body and sweet sugary finish. Little carbonation. The kids liked it. A bit much but interesting coming from Michelob.

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Photo of peabody
2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours out like reddish orange ice tea.
Not much smell but you can detect yeast sugar and alcohol.
Strong taste of alcohol here. Not masked well at all. You have the sugar and the vanilla extract and that is about it.
Very watery in the mouth then the burn of alcohol is the aftertaste.
I bought this as a pair with the chocolate.
Just don't buy it would be my suggestion.

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Photo of scottoale
2.95/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up in the gift set at my main liquor store, having mixed expectations and balking at the price...

Came in a fancy 24fl.oz. bullet shaped glass bottle covered with black plastic label and a twist-off cap. This Michelob version being called "Vanilla Oak" and stated as " a superior lager aged on bourbon barrel oak and real vanilla beans"...what the hell does aged "on" mean??? Shouldn't it be aged "in" oak bourbon barrels with real vanilla beans, or something like that?

On with the pour and into the 13.5 oz. gift snifter is a rather nice looking reddish-copper lager with a 1/4' of just off-white foam head. The short lived head leaves a bit of lace behind, the carbonation is adequate.

The smell is appealing...not your typical AB macro lager blandness of a beer, but a slightly bourbon, vanilla sweet aroma coming through, hmm...might not be a bad brew here.

Wrong, sort of...the actual taste is a very sweet and cloying marshmallow riddled malt that didn't taste aged at all. It wasn't horrible, just annoying and disappointing. It didn't even seem to be as strong as the claimed 10% abv though you could taste it.

Medium light body with a synthetic kind of flavor, wouldn't want to drink to much of this stuff and I think they need too improve the taste in order for it to live up to it's name...more craft, less hype. None the less, a turn in the right direction.

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Photo of xav33
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak
Bullet bottle (750 ml)
Recent bottling, celebrated 12/06
Moderate pour into accompanying tulip glasses.

Poured a clear dark amber with an average mostly diminishing head.

Smelt of strong fake vanilla extract and faint bourbon.

Taste was upfront strong sweet imitation vanilla followed by more sweet fake 'nilla, although more subdued and a light grain and bourbon oak bitterness. Palate was medium light to medium bodied, creamy, lively carbonated, lightly alcoholic.

Overall, a sweet vanilla beer. Too sweet and cloying. It covers up any other taste that could be found, although I doubt there is much to uncover underneath. Bourbon oak taste seemed more present last year.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.03/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a bright, clear ruby with mahogany highlights and pretty much no head. Smell is of very pungent, raw vanilla with little in the way of malt or hop backing... it's a pleasant enough smell, as vanilla smells good, but with nothing else besides the vanilla, I'm left a little apprehensive about what awaits on the palate. Tastewise, it reminds me of vanilla cream soda -- slight bitterness up front, then *whoomp* there's the cloying vanilla sweetness, almost syrupy in character. The aftertaste is even like vanilla cream soda -- it coats your mouth and leaves kind of a chemical, plasticky note. Overall this is a very unpleasant beer. It's more like a vanilla-flavored "malternative" beverage than a beer with vanilla notes. I suggest avoiding this... although its badness is car-wreck compelling. You might have to look for yourself.

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Photo of GeneralZod
1.86/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Looks ok, but.... not too fizzy. Clear lager with low or no head retention.

Smells like it advertised... vanilla and oakie.

Smells are deceiving... This beer taste awful. I don't like putting beer down, but this was plain disgusting.

Very smooth, watery and flat.

Tried it and regreted it. Needless to say, this is bad.
One good note... It has 10% alcohol content!!!

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Photo of shaggy151
1.97/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Got this beer in a holiday two pack along with a Chocolate beer and two glasses. The bottle was nice but a screw top was a bit odd. The beer had a nice amber color. Smell was mostly vanilla and alcohol. The beer was smooth but i really didn't like the taste. It was alright to try once but i wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 24oz bottle(room temp) an amber gold with a small head of foam that shrank to just a fine ring clinging to the edge of the glass.

The smell is of vanilla and alcohol.

The taste is very strong on the vanilla, perhaps too strong even for a lager that uses vanilla in the name; I can taste no other flavours..oh wait, I'm getting some fruitness now. Sour cherries. Hmm, that helps a bit when it comes to complexity but the alcohol is starting to make its presence known both in the taste and the warming and that's really hurting the drinkability. Still, at least it does have some substance to it so I'm liking it a lot more than the Chocolate Beer that came with it.

Bottom line: It's worth a try.

Bottom line:

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Photo of icefisherman
3.62/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i bought this in a holiday 2 pack with 2 glasses, this beer, and a chocolate version. when you first open the bottle it gives off a huge vanila burst under the 40oz style twist off cap from then on it smelled like whoppers the candy i dont know why but thats what it smelled like to me. poured nicly in to a regular pint glass as i was to lazy to remove the fancy glasses from the packaging a nice brownish red color. taste like holy fucking vanilla batman then slightly more burbon flavor came out but still verry verry sweet not a very drinkable brew but damn good in small doses

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Photo of n0rmann
1.68/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I went into drinking this with an open mind, I really did, but I barely could finish the 24 ounce bottle.

It tasted, to me, like it was Michelob with vanilla syrup poured into it. The smell of vanilla was overwhelming, as was the taste.

And that was not a good thing. It tasted to me like vanilla extract was just poured into the bottle.

The beer had almost no head and there was nothing spectacular or even decent about this beer.

I've tried a vanilla ale before, which worked as a nice, drinkable beer, but this one failed.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear fiery reddish orange with a decent head that doesn't last long and minimal lacing.

A huge vanilla pressence in the nose, along with notes of bourbon, fruit, a little spice, and some alcohol.

Taste is vanilla and lots of it, a little fruit and a lot of alcohol, and some grassy notes. No malt presence to note, likewise for the hops.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice. OK once, but not something I would want to drink much.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a 24 oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Not much head. You can notice a very slight cloudiness in the beer.

S- Smell is rich with vanilla with undertones of alcohol and oak.

T- Much like toasted marshmallows. The vanilla is a little much, overpowering any kind of other taste. The alcohol is very, very conspicuous though.

M- Sticky sweet, coating the mouth. Very flat and plain as far as depth goes.

D- It was nice once, but probably not again.

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Photo of mentor
3.19/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle obtained for my volunteer efforts at the 2006 GABF. This bottle was left over from the serving floor and was one of the bottles later distributed to volunteers who helped with set-up and tear-dwon. Thanks a million to AB and to GABF for the opportunity.

Pours a thin tan head that quickly settles to a ring. Crystal clear amber brown liquid with a couple bubbles persistently racing to the top. Smells potently vanilla. Not much else. I searched and search and found no malt and no oak. A touch of alcohol sting

Tastes like a brown ale to start with a very strong vanilla kick and a chocolate that struggles for an appearance, before drowning in the vanilla. Aged on vanilla beans, the bottle says, but I suspect supplemented with vanilla extract. Grassy drying with a tiny alcohol sting by the tonsils during the aftertaste. In the aftertaste, the front roof of my mouth is wet sweet with dark caramel or toffee. Woody and dry on the flat of my tongue.

Not quite a Vanilla wine cooler, IMO. Not cloying on the sweet (as I was afraid), but, instead cloying on the vanilla. Yuck. Md thick body was chewy and I found modest carbonation to be fitting. Dumped the last few swigs. Too much sweetness to stand alone. Serve when a desert wine would be appropriate and try to share with one or more guests.

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Photo of beerphan
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle->goblet
no date.

This is a sample 12oz bottle i got from an AB rep. It is undated with a black and white label which reads
(sample lager)
Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak
'A superior lager aged on bourbon barrell oak and real vanilla beans.

Pours an deep amber with a head that acted and sounded like a soda. Popped and fizzed for about 30 seconds and was gone. Lace? None to be had. Carbonation goes from super heavy upon the pour, to almost non existant in an instant.

Nose: Bourbon and Vanilla in the nose. The vanilla steps forward first, then slowly the bourbon overwhelms.

Taste: The heavy dose of vanilla hids the alcohol pretty well but it hids everything else as well.

Mouthfeel is not bad, a tad watery and no aftertaste.

Drinkability is low unless you a vanilla nut. I didn't finish the bottle as the vanilla was just too much.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.33/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a ruby orange red color with a belgian like head of white foam. No lace. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation. Aromas of raw sugar cane and unsweetened vanilla. Some malty grain and bread notes. Not bad. Taste is fair, but far from exceptional; earthy spices, vanilla bean, yeasty malts, dough, a touch of light wood. Interesting, and very craft beer-esque. Mouthfeel is pretty good, but slightly syrupy, which turned me off. Drinkability isn't up to par. It's not bad, but once in a blue moon would be enough for me. Worth trying once.

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3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off white head that faded immediately to a cap. No lace. Clear, glowing amber-orange.

S - Sweet vanilla. Tangy, boozy whiskey. Banana shake.

T - Big vanilla, sweet banana. Dark rum. Caramel.

M - Between thin and medium bodied. Mid-level carbonation.

D - Decent drinkability. Definitely different. I do not pick up on any oak aging. I would also not guess this to be 10%.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.13/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy amber with a ring instead of a head. Aroma is some malt, some hops, lots of wood and bourbon with a sickly sweet vanilla element.

First sip is wildly alcoholic, just like watered-down bourbon. Some sweet malts are quickly overcome by a syrupy vanilla flavor. For all the "premium ale" this purports to be, it could just as easily be cheap scotch and a little vanilla flavoring cut to a barley wine percentage.

Mouthfeel is rather thin with a strong alcohol burn in the finish. No depth of flavor at all. Drinkability? Let's just say I am fortunate to have found a tiny 7-oz bottle of this stuff (with a twist-off cap, mind you -- that's classy) so I didn't have to finish much.

A decent attempt at a barley wine but they ultimately fumbled the ball.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Elegant bottle with a screw-cap. This brew pours a light amber color with a slight, wispy head. The aroma is overwhelmingly vanilla. The vanilla is intriguing and actually pretty enchanting, but it’s hard to get through that smell to get much else. After a while, a little malt comes through, but no hop aroma. Slight alcohol in the smell, but it’s well hidden given the ABV. I couldn’t believe it, but the taste is even more dominated by vanilla. A little malt is detectable too, but the taste is hinged on vanilla. The taste is pretty good, but it’s best enjoyed in small quantities. So much vanilla becomes oppressive after a while. There’s surprisingly little alcohol taste…it’s very well hidden. A solid warming is the best indicator of the strength of this brew. I hoped to get some sense of the oak aging, but couldn’t pick up any oak flavors through the vanilla. This is a fascinating and enjoyable (in small quantities) brew.

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Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.