Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak | Anheuser-Busch

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Michelob Celebrate Vanilla OakMichelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ghurux86 on 11-20-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.32/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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1.64/5  rDev -41.8%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +41.8%

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of darktower
3.74/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the three "Celebrate" beers I've had (Cherry, Chocolate and Vanilla), this was definitely the best. It was a unique flavor that's hard to describe. I'd say it was akin to sugar laced with vanilla bean flavor. I actually enjoyed it. It wasn't something I'd drink over and over again but at the time, it was...different.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The poured out of this torpedo like looking bottle with a twist off cap... Ok. The beer poured out as a deep brown color with a light brown head on top. The beer smelled of lager yeast and heavy sweet aromas of vanilla. The taste of the beer was decent in my opinion. I felt that the beer was at it's best when it was on the warmer side. The flavors of vanilla dominate just about everything else in the brew. Not able to pick up much oak at all here. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but drinkable to me. Overall I felt that this was decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of SnaxStL
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

reviewed from notes, i was given this one as a xmas present from a co worker, poured into a snifter.

dark pour with a light brownish color to the sides that can best be described as light hazelnut in color shining through. smooth light tan head faded almost instantly and left a bare topped liquid in its wake.

aroma is vanilla, sweet, artificial and so strong it starts to make you a bit sick. hints of hot alcohol, bourbon, notes of leather as well, but the sweetness is so overpowering it is nearly impossible to get past. the flavor was even worse, it seemed like all this was was a one sided sweet monster, huge notes of vanilla and hot alcohol made me wince with every sip, it was just straight wrong. finish was sweet, full of alcohol and again just not at all where i wanted to go with this.

overall never again, the thought was there, but wow, just not cool at all.

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Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of armock
3.47/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes a 2006 bottle tasted at a Christmas beer dinner party in 2008.

A - Poured a hazy orangish color with a thin white head that faded quickly to a ring

S - The vanilla scents from the oak are the strongest and predominant scent

T - Was actually pretty good a lot of vanilla flavor with some bourbon taste getting through

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - These Celebrate bottles were a big surprise to me I expected absolute crap but they turned out to be pretty good if you find one of these or get offered some to try take the chance on it

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2005 vintage

A- murky brown color with a creamy beige head that dissipates quickly but leaving a decent amount of lace

S- very sweet vanilla and high end bourbon like knob creek. milk chocolate, maple syrup, fruit cake, and a whiff of alcohol. oak aromas stand out as well.

T- sweet and candy-like, so similar to those goetz caramel chews with the cream center. nearly a mirror of the smell. full of vanilla and woodsy flavor yet ver bland and watery on the back side. how can that be? such a big beer exhibiting characteristics of its weaker cousins. as if the cost of vanilla was so high that the budget couldn't permit any hops. the notion also arises that this could be another beer brewed for the masses... but if that is so, then why even bother going all fancy and brewing a big beer in the first place knowing that your standard BMC drinkers would scoff at this attempt anyway? i don't intend to slam here, but any hard core michelob fan wouldn't like this beer and certainly wouldn't grab a bottle to ring in the new year and think 'damn i wish i could get a 6-er of this stuff!' it seems as if delusions of grandeur have spawned a failed attempt. alcohol flavors pull through as well and i'm wondering how much sugar was added for the yeast to snack on. finishes sweet and vanilla with some woodsy flavor and floral alcohol bitterness.

MF- full and soft up front becoming thin and watery on the way down. carbonation is on the low side of medium.

D- it blows my mind that when setting out to brew a beer of this caliber that the final result is so much like a high alcohol vanilla infused mich light. these guys have to, HAVE TO be able to brew something that could compete with great american craft or foreign brewers. so why not do it? maybe someday we will all get a big surprise, but until then i remain a skeptic. thanks to my man flea market rich the wizard for giving me this bottle. hell of a try buddy.

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2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

750mL screw top wine bottle. No bottled date, but says its 2005. Thank you to BeerFMAndy for sharing this with me.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish to orange amber color that produced a quickly dissipating tan head.

(S)- Musky caramel & butterscotch aromas with hints of toffee. Very sweet & sugary smelling.

(T)- Extremely sugary candied butterscotch & caramel. Kinda watery sugar taste. Kinda has a fig & raisin-like, but just plain sugary.

(M)- Has a good carbonation level, but its really just like flavored sugar water to me.

(D)- Way too sugary sweet for me. You might as well just eat a spoonful of sugar instead. Couldnt really drink more than a few sips.

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2.34/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

24 oz screw-top bottle split and poured into a KBS glass. 10% ABV, 2005 Vintage.

Received in a trade with Seldomsthristy and shared with Sweemzander.

A - Pours a totally hazed (scary) dirty apricot color with a large toffee head. Loose bubbles lead to little retention and specks of lacing. Just a ring is left.

S - There is a small bit of oak in the aroma but its totally lost in a light, sweet vanilla, toffee and butterscotch, and pungent fruity aroma. Fruity like a sugary fruit punch soda. It's got a really funky old ale-like aged nose. The aroma is all over the place but not in a good way. It needs to keep its ADD in check.

T - Lots of sugar with a fruit punch flavor blend with a toffee and butterscotch attributes at the same time. A little bit of the vanilla bean comes through in waves but none of the oak is noticeable. Just way too sweet. As if the 10% ABV came from sugar additions as opposed to malt.

M - Overly sweet with a rich and fuller-bodied feel. Smooth with a decent carbonation finish for it's age.

D - Drain pour. Not worth drinking unless you're an alcoholic humming bird. If I had to consume it, I wouldn't cry but the sugar is overly cloying.

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1.5/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

'05 750(Twist Off)

Not super impressed by this one. Not even sure where this bottle came from. Pours an orangish brown with a thin tan head. Nose has lots of vanilla and alcohol as well as sugary malts and very faint oak. The taste has a consistent cloying sweetness, vanilla and faint bourbon oak. Thick, syrupy body is under carbonated and has a boozy bite. It goes downhill form there.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a 7-oz. bottle that has the 3-13-05 on it. My little Michelob Oak-aged Dark Vanilla is officially four years old. I picked this up at Whip-In in Austin about a month ago.

Poured into a snifter, the Celebrate is a dirty apricot color. When held up to the window, it actually shows off some pretty colors, but at eye level with no natural light shining through, it's rather dull looking. Not much head or lace (but after four years, I wasn't expecting much). The nose is a faded vanilla scent. Boozy, but probably not as strong as it was when first released. Mixed fruit medley includes apples and cherries, but it's overtaken by that dull vanilla/molasses aroma. I'm not a fan of this smell, but it seems that it might have been interesting some years ago. The taste is syrupy sweet vanilla with a hint of fruit and spices. There is a boozy tanginess that lingers in the back off the mouth. Some carbonation is still detectable, but not much, leaving the mouthfeel thin and watery (again, somewhat to be expected considering how old the beer is).

Not really what I would call a drinkable beer, this is more of a novelty beverage. I like the concept, and it's good to see Michelob trying to break some of their big beer mold, but after four years a 10% ABV beer should, in my opinion, hold up better than this. This one does not. Still, I'm glad I tried it, and would consider trying it again if it was fresh.

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Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really not too bad in spite of our prejudice. This is the 2005 version. Called on the label a "dark" beer and I guess it's darker than a pilsner, buttt... Aroma is vanilla and a hint of spice and malt. Flavor is a little too sweet and too vanilla, but there's a real nice bourbon characteristic that comes thru in the finish. Can't sense the booze at all. Not a session beer. We sure don't see how this is classified as an "American Pale Lager" here though.

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Photo of midaszero
2.78/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

7 oz bottle from 2005

A - Cloudy light brown with almost no head but the little bit of head it did have for half a second was tan.

S - Vanilla cherry sweetness and a little booze. Surprisingly pleasant.

T - Dark malts with vanilla. Hotter than the noise would suggest.

M - Light medium body with no carbonation

D - Not horrible but needs more carbonation and is to hot to really enjoy. Never tried it fresh but from look over the other reviews I am guessing age did it a little bit of good.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Different bottle from last year, but the same as the Celebrate Chocolate: a 24-ounce artillery shell-style bottle. Last year's version was interesting, to say the least, with mega-overwhelming vanilla notes. Let's see if things have changed.

The lace is minimal, even after a hard pouring and good amount of foam creation. The reddish orange brew is bright, with a fi ne clarity. Aroma of silky vanilla and faint bourbon, but without much of the fusel oils associated with aging beer in barrels of this sort. With each sip, the taste buds have to endure an onslaught of sweet creamy vanilla bean flavor. Are there any hops in this beer? Deceiving alcohol, and with each sip, it becomes more apparent that this beer has some strength. The finish goes straight to dry; any lasting vanilla flavor has vanished and left the palate with a fume of alcohol and clean grain. Hmm. A beer to have with sweets or a cigar, but after half a glass, we've had enough.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I enter, with an open mind, and thirsty belly...

24 ounce plastic cover wrapped bottle, decently designed graphics, clearly stated "Oak-aged dark vanilla: premium lager", 2005. I don't know what possessed me to stash this in the cellar... probably a mixture of curiosity and dread.

Into a tulip, pours a clearish russet amber, a creamy off-white head forms form little, then settles to little more than a film at best, with pretty decent lacing. Upon second pour, the head reappears, for half a minute.

The aroma is rather pleasant, the vanilla bean quite enticing, with faint bourbon and oak, toasted malts, but really its a lot of vanilla, which in this case, ain't that bad.

The taste doesn't live up to the nose, or, perhaps, the vanilla comes on a little too strong, where in the nose, it seemed about right. This isn't to say I don't like it, its actually surprised me here. The oak and slight bourbon come out, despite the vanilla onslaught, and there is some nice toasty malts here too. I don't mind that the hops are lacking, really, quite nonexistant. But I need more malt, some bigger body to balance out the vanilla's grip on things.

The mouth is a pretty smooth, decent enough body, still with good carbonation. The 10% abv is silent, but lurking.

In summation, I was pleasantly surprised about this beer, for it given another label, I'd guess it'd get higher ratings. The vanilla can get a bit cloying, could use a bit more complexity in taste, and I found it a bit of a task to finish the second half of the bottle (whether because it warmed to much, or the vanilla got to me... probably both working together). But all around, I enjoyed it, it was tasty, smelled quite nice through and through.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. 2005 edition.
A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with almost no head.
S: Strong vanilla with secondary bourbon notes and alcoholic esters.
T: Honestly, better than I expected. Sweet bourbon and vanilla predominate. Notes of apple and nut too. More complex than anticipated.
M: Very light body. Disappointing.
D: ABV well hidden, but this is still a sipper. OK brew...nice attempt...but not something I'd actively seek out. Aged well.

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Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 110 ratings