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Michelob Celebrate Cherry LagerMichelob Celebrate Cherry Lager

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KI9A on 10-09-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by cvstrickland:
Photo of cvstrickland
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I have no idea the age of this brew. What I do know is that it is a pre-production sample, in a generic white-labeled, brown longnecked bottle from the mysterious holdings of my enabler in Ayden. It was clearly not intended for public release, and is not the bullet/suppository shaped bottle pictured. All that said, let's give it a whirl!

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this (from the label)"...superior lager aged on real cherries with natural flavors" yields a sparkling-clear rosy body with a multitude of streamers of active carbonation feeding a creamy white cap that retains at a sheet.

The smell of the drink is predictably fruity, but not obnoxiously so. A bit of maltiness keeps the cherries in check.

The taste is sweet and fruity, with plenty of cherry juiciness competing with a dry malt backbone. Fake cherry syrup makes an appearance here, and clings to the drink and the mouthfeel ever after. A bit of metallic astringency makes my teeth squeak, and alcohol lingers in the flavor profile while it warms the tummy.

Somewhat full-bodied and very sticky-sweet, the drink was fun to sample. Thanks for the opportunity, other Chuck!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, cherry-esque body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish cherries, though a touch medicinal, with a background of grainy, pale maltiness.

Taste: Sweet dark cherries, like either sparkling cherry juice or, perhaps, a cherry-flavored soda. Some faroff hints of candied caramel malts. No hop flavors or real bitterness present. Again, it's a bit medicinal, primarily on the finish, like they added a few drops of Robitussin in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine, though it'd be a good bit better sans medicine. Nice bottle presention I must say, though not one you'd want to accidentally sit on.

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Photo of generallee
2.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought this as part of a gift set, however the two glasses were the only highlights. The cherry lager poured a lovely reddish brown color with a minimal white head that quickly fades. The aroma was strong, full of sweet cherry cordials and roasted malts. The aroma was this beers best attribute. The flavor is dominated by a fake syrupy cherry that covers up the malts and hops. The finish was long with some bitter notes at the end. The palate was medium to full with a sticky texture. Overall I was looking forward to something much better. Well at least I got two nice glasses in the gift set.

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here they come again. I call them bullet bottles although they look like artillery shells. Dark enough to be called tawny, the clarity is good and the head is not bad either. Smells of Sucrets ® with some alcohol and caramel malt in the back. Very smooth and creamy with a thick body. Sweetness is all in the front with refined honey and maraschino cherries. Some alcohol warmth comes through. Clean and sweet. Maltiness is a bit restrained but throws some vague toasted notes out there. Finishes sweet with more light cherry flavor.

Decent, without a doubt this is a beer to have with sweets and not on its own. The sweetness quickly gets to you so make sure this is shared.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle (2007)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

(Aged for 4+ years)

This delight pours a murky, slightly muddy dark ruby and violet. Strange (and scary) looking.

The aroma is a combination of sweet cherry, Fruit Stripe gum, lime, and slight hint of sweet bread.

The flavor is cherry-forward certainly, with a bit of syrup/cough medicine/cherry Kool Aid.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

This actually wasn't nearly as terrible as I had anticipated. That being said, I would not drink this again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy pinkish foam is the pour. Bubblegummish cherry aroma. Taste is lagerish overrid by cherry essence. Like a mild kriek though very sweet.Medium at best body. A sodalike mouthfeel, though not overcarbonated.A beer for the sodapop, nonbeer drinkers. Not bad.

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Photo of mdvatab
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Packaged in a 24oz. Bottle shaped like a giant torpedo with a plastic nose cone. Regularly $12.99 bought on sale for $9.99. Twist off cap (just thought I mentioned) fancy beer, fancy bottle, same ole twist off cap.

A: Poured a dark cherry-apple color. An aggressive pour yielded a solid 1 finger creamy beige colored head that had good retention. A light visible carbonation with a light haziness was observed. The lacing was a broken band around the rim of the glass. Really liked the coloring of this.

S: fresh cherries with a soft rose scented aroma. Perfumy, aromatic, and pleasant. Simple yet nice executed for what it is.

T: starts off with sweet fresh cherries, very smooth flavor wise. Some honey, candy canes, add some sweetness while some alcohol is noticeable (cherry flavored cough medicine) but wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Some sugary notes and syrupy cherry juice notes linger about. A soft rose and floral hopping compliments the flavor. Overall was a pretty decent attempt for what it is. Some childrens cherry flavored cough medicine are evident from the 8.5%abv but only moderatly distracts.

M: a light viscosity, smooth and slides effortlessly around on the tongue with a nice tart cherry fade and lacing from the alcohol.

D: Drinkability was average, not bad, but not an all night drinker but more of a curious try, Pretty impressive and drinks rather smooth for its 8.5%abv nature. Overall an above average beer in every respect with the aroma being its strongest point. At $9.99 a bit pricey, perhaps at 2-3 dollars cheaper may inspire more tastings, and a little boozy at times.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, 24 ounce bottle with a twist-off cap. Served in a Michelob Celebrate! chalice that came with the holiday gift pack the beer came in, the brew pours a reddish/brown color with about a half inch off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Lacing is average. Aroma is light, it smells like artificial cherry syrup. Not much else from what I can tell. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like artificial cherry syrup/juice and some sweet malt. There seemed to be a bit of an "off" taste at first, but it did get better as the beer warmed up some. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, the alcohol is well hidden and it's not hard to drink. I think it's an OK beer, but I would pick plenty of other fruit beers before this one. I know this beer is almost 2 years old, but it certainly could have aged worse, although I do think the Chocolate beer in the gift pack was better.

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Photo of altgeeky1
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a bottle design that's all look and little function... twist off the top 'cone' and it severs from the actual beer cap. The beer cap's the kind of twistoff you find on a liter of soda pop. It's just over the top cheesy and poorly designed... they should have just used a flip top or even a cork.
Served about 60F, pours thick dark cherry with caramel notes, heavy body and generates a tan head that falls quick, but leaving a stable lace around things. This is super clear for such a heavy brew. Smells like a sweet bock with cherries... you know you're getting cherry sweetness, some malt, and little hops. Tastes mostly as it smells, but you notice more how unbalanced this brew is. It's just too much sweet. Even real cherries have some tartness built-in, and this doesn't. This is supermarket maraschino juice. There's a little bite of heavy alcohol vapors at the end. Mouthfeel's too sticky sweet. not too drinkable... I feel like I drank those cherry flavored syrups provided at the local pancake joint...

Less sweetness, more bitterness, and different/more complex taste is needed.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.73/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was a 22oz bullet shaped bottle, with a twist off soda cap, which y the way is not the way you want to package a beer if anyone reads this, just came off as way too cheesy, would have had a better effect had there been a cork underneath of it, that was purchased with its chocolate counter part in a combo pack with the glasses when I was in Ohio a few weeks ago. It was sitting in my closet, until I moved it to the fridge to give a try. Served right out of the fridge, and also allowed to warm up a few degrees for the second pour. Serving was done in a Rodenbach Grand Cru chalice.

A - This one poured a weird color to be honest. It was a very clear cherry tinted orangey amber if that makes any sense. It was kind of odd right from the start. A nice head formed on top, reaching a height of about two inches, before finally settling down and leaving just a thin layer of lace across the top that stayed with it for most of the session, though by the end there was really nothing left of that either. There was a small amount of side glass lace that persisted for a good little while along the sides, however this faded as well after not too long leaving a weird, almost cough syrup looking liquid inside. Some carbonation bubbling up from the bottom, but to be honest not too much at all, it was rather flat looking. Overall, I have seen better things in my times; this one just looked weird to me.

S - The aroma was really all about being a mess here. It started out poorly as the first smell I could pick up was like a generic cherry cough drop, really just not what I was looking for here and not a fun way to start the whole process. I let it warm a bit, and predictably, it got a bit sweeter, but it was a sickeningly artificial sweet that was lumped on top of a generic malt liquor type of base, just a real utter disaster to be honest. It never did get any better, as the grain sort of alcohol started to swirl in the aroma as well. This was just not the way you wanted to go here at all.

T - The next one up was the big one, the taste test, how good of a fruit beer could A-B make, the answer, not a very good one. The flavors were an even bigger disaster then the smell was, really just becoming unhinged here and throwing around a good bit of just nasty, grainy malt liquor. There was some cough medicine thrown in here to, just a bad flavor for me overall. A cherry nightmare, so fake with the flavor that I pondered throwing it away, but I hate doing that so I begrudgingly kept drinking it, hoping it would warm and turn better, but it never did. It just kept up with this nasty flavor that just kept getting worse. Lots of grain and malt that was just so generic and unbalanced and just had this artificial cherry juice dumped in it, not cool at all.

M - The feel was ok, I mean, and what do you really expect coming out of this anyway. It was decent enough, though not really well carbonated, as by the end of the session it was essentially flat. It was smooth, if not a bit dull, and felt a bit thin at times. Overall not really that terrible, but a far cry from being good in any way.

D - None, there is no drinkability in this one at all. I tried different temperature, and it just was a mess, I finished the bottle, though I really did not like it at all. There was just something about this that I would in no way ever want to drink it again.

Overall, if it had a decongestant in it, it would have been wonderful; unfortunately, it did not, so it was not so good. I would never get this again, and I cannot in good conscience recommend that anyone else get this either. Just a real mess and I am glad that it is over.

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Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holiday edition 2007:

Pours reddish amber with a bubbly off-white head (almost pinkish - not quite) that thins to a patch. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of faint tart dark cherries - a bit of sour with a lager-ish background.

The taste is of sweet cherries (darkish) over a grainy background. Not much depth to it, with just a touch of tartness that doesn't balance sweetness enough. Alcohol comes through.

Sticky-ish body - light-to-medium building to medium. It's not fizzy or watery, but stickiness and booziness linger without a hefty support.

Well - like the chocolate, I give them credit for trying something new. This one is just too sweet and boozy without balance or depth. Interesting - and maybe as a side to cherry pie - but, even then, don't know if this probably wouldn't be the one I grab...

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of shadow1961
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Michelob Celebrate 2007 Cherry Lager pours
a stiff tan head over a clear deep red brew. The
nose is malt, lager yeast, and yes, sweet cherries.
The flavor is slightly sweet malt and cherry up front,
balanced by a somewhat medicinal combination of
herbal hop and alcohol, and there do seem to be
woody notes as well, a very healthy 8.5% alcohol.
It's interesting- sort of a cherry cordial malt beverage.
If this were in a corked and caged bottle it would seem
a lot classier. Instead it's in this container that might be
a 50's science fiction rocketship or a very large sex toy.
Slight consumer note- under the nosecone is a conventional
plastic pop bottle screw cap- if you open that expecting a
crown cap underneath you'll be sorry. On the whole, problems
with the odd packaging and the fact it's from Anheuser-Busch
aside, it's an interesting brew worth trying. And if you're not
sure, waiting a bit won't hurt.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Came in a gift set with two artillery shell type bottles, one chocolate, one cherry, and two nice Michelob sifters. I decided to crack the cherry first, and I did, no, I mean I broke the plastic top trying to unscrew it. Oh well, here goes.

A - Nice dark ruby coloration which produced a small bit of head that faded fairly quickly. No lacing here. Looks very impressive in the sifter.

S - Smells incredible too, like fresh maraschino cherries and malts.

T - Ouch, this is tough. It tastes decent, kinda like those chocolate covered cherries that have liquor inside of them. If this was in fact a shot of liquor I'd be very impressed, but as far as consuming an entire glass of it, ummm no. The sweetness is far too overpowering. The slight malt Michelob beer presence seems like it will be refreshing, them WHAM! You get smacked in the face by a blast of cherry syrup.

M - Sticky medium body, with a cherry residue coating the mouth. Not very pleasant.

D - I once knew a guy who could eat all the cherries out of a maraschino bottle and then drink the juice. He would probably love this beer, and if that's your thing too, you might as well. As for me, I'm glad I tried it, but wow, it's simply too much artificial flavoring. If it's not artificial, and was actually brewed with cherries, than they accidentily dropped an extra crate in there. Try it at any rate.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I didn't like the Mich holiday beer in '06, and passed on the $9.99 tag in November '07. Patience has paid off, nabbed one in March '08 for $5 at Party Source. It has some tough competition in NG Belgian Red and Quelque Chose, but I'll give it's fair chance.

Appearance - pours a reddish amber into the Michelob Specialty glass. A medium flat white cap, loosely formed and sinking fast. Manages a few flares of lace. Looks appealing enough.

Aroma - syrupy sweet, smells like Wild Cherry LifeSavers. For using real cherries and natural flavor they sure candied it up. No beer elements detected as of yet, but for a fruit beer I'll allow some leeway.

Taste - some light grain, slick and sweet. Cherry flavor is similar to the smell, candied and sweet. A breath of toastiness on the swallow, but the aftertaste has a cough sryup cherriness instead of a citrusy, pithy cherry. Downer. Were this my first cherry beer, I'd like it better. Belgian Red and Quelque have set the bar too high for this one. Some alcohol elements come out with warming, helping a little.

Mouthfeel - somewhat crisp, average weight, no problems.

Drinkability - nah, 0-for-three on the Mich holiday beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.37/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I kinda wondered what it would taste like if I poured cherry soda-pop into a weak Amber lager. Now I know.

The beer, despite the low malting rates and artificial cherry flavor, turns out quite enjoyable. The dark amber beer sprints out of the 'bullet' with great clarity and a loosely knit head formation which faded quickly and shows no lacing or other evidence of meaning texture or protein content. A malt-grain mix blended well with the syrupy-sweet cherry flavor (kinda jolly rancher-like), was not supported by any malty textures or creaminess; instead, fell with a residual sticky coating to the mouth. Not much quality to celebrate here, but I can't help to say the beer was enjoyable.

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Photo of SamN
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into a Michelob Celebrate snifter

Celebrate pours out a cloudy red color, pretty bright. Fair just-tan head dissipates quickly, but this beer looks pretty good. Smell is half and half artificial cherry syrup and slightly sour natural fruit aroma. Sweet, tart and very cherry. Some robust pale malts can be found in the way back. It tastes pretty fruity, too, but there is a very nice oakiness in the front that fades into mellow caramel malt, cherries and some slight booziness. Finish isn't bad at all, a little tart. Still a little too fruity. Reminds me just a little bit of Samichlaus Bier, actually, though not nearly as good. It feels spritzy, I'm surprised there's this much carbonation left in a 2007 bottle.

Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised with this Michelob product. Though it's far from spectacular, I could see drinking this at holiday time with loved ones. Sweet and fruity, with just enough complexity underneath to make it a mellow sipper.

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Photo of Duff27
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of facesnorth
2.24/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of darktower
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did like the color and smell of this beer quite a bit but the flavor was quite lacking to me. Out of the three "Celebrate" beers I felt this was the worst. The cherry flavor felt added-on and didn't seem to mesh well with the beer in general. I actually don't mind the cough syrup taste but this wasn't good, even for me. It was a little too cough-syrupy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased during Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

2007 vintage.

Pours a hazy honey brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of artificial cherry and cherry cough drops. Taste is of oxidized malt and fake cherry flavors. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is not a good beer but an interesting and funny tick.

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Photo of beerking1
2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an interesting red-amber. Aroma is pure maraschino cherries, no malt, no hops apparent. Flavor is sweet maraschino cherries, but with noticeable alcohol, which actually seems to balance the sweetness some, but not enough. Overall, tastes like a cherry soda with a kick. This bottle was shared between 6 of us, so there was not enough to give it time to warm up.

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Photo of KI9A
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved this new for '07 sample bottle from a friend at AB.

Pours dark red, amber, with little head.

Word of warning, temp REALLY changes the taste of this one. First try was right out of the fidge, and tasted like a cherry cough drop. Almost dumped it, until I tried it again a few min later, temp maybe 45 f or so. What a difference. Turned into a smooth, malty/cherry candy flavor.

Not my style of beer, but, i can see myself having a glass of this after Thanksgiving dinner, instead of wine.

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Photo of armock
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes a 2007 bottle tasted at a Christmas beer dinner party in 2008.

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a fake cherry nose like the ice cream syrup

T - Follows the nose with an artificial cherry taste but its not bad

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

D - I kinda enjoyed this stuff sure its not a bottle of Belgian Red or Cantillon but it was pretty decent not sure how its holding up but if you get offered a glass I'd take it to give it a try

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