Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak

Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak

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Brewed by Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

St. Louis, MO, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Similar to a fine cognac, Celebrate is a smooth, robust and complex sipping beer carefully hand-crafted in small batches using generous amounts of dark caramel and carapils malts, imported hops and gently-milled imported whole vanilla beans carefully selected for their rich aromatic character. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), this brew is aged on heavily toasted bourbon oak barrels that contribute to its depth of flavor, aroma and full-bodied dark color. Ideally served in a large snifter to open up the brew’s rich aromas and flavors while directing bourbon-like, caramelized notes toward the nose, Celebrate is a truly special and unique style of beer unlike any other currently available.

ID: 19554 Last updated 12 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank43186
Overall Percentile8.7
Style Rank1130 of 1213
Style Percentile6.8
Lowest Score1.9
Highest Score3.3
Average Score2.815
Weighted Score2.850
Standard Deviation0.488

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 1.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    You give a beer a great name like Vanilla Oak, and then you put it in a nice bottle.....and then you kill it with a screw on cap. Way to go Michelob. The presence of alcohol is notable in both the aroma and taste. If you can get around that, you may be able to drink it. I couldn't.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    similar to fine cognac???? are you freakin kidding me?! not as bad as i thought it may be, but definitely not worth the $$$. Vanilla anyone? that's about all you can taste here. if you like creamy it's not terrible. otherwise avoid.

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 2.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Bottle shared by Robert at SL via sloth, a big thanks to both of them. The pour was copper to amber. Aroma had lots of candy, vanilla, marshmallows (Bert nailed that one), corn grains. The flavor was toasted marshmallows, cotton candy, caramel, vanilla, bubble gum, and fruits. Body was barely carbonated, a bit sticky, but not too thick. Drinkable, but not something I'd return to. Many thanks to both Robert and Bert on this one!

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 2.2 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    I've had multiple chances to consume this beer and have skipped it either on purpose or by chance each time. So now the beer finds it's way to our tasting and while it's not horrible, it's nothing to shout about either.

    The beer pours out a clear, orangeish/amber color with a one-finger thick head. Aroma is vanilla-extract like. Cheap vanilla-extract to be specific. A bit of buttered bread, and grains and caramel also show up in the background, but the vanilla is so over the top...not in a good way. Mouthfeel is watery. Flavors are vanilla, waffle-cones, and alcohol. Now there's good ways to use vanilla beans (see Schooners VBOS) and bad ways. This is the bad way. Ew.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    A bright orange appearance with almost no head. A caramel, raisin, and alcohol aroma. The flavor is quite interesting with vanilla, oranges, honey, and lemons. The alcohol really shows through from beginning to end on this one. The twist off cap is still cracking me up. Overall it was not as bad as I had feared.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    After a long 17 hour day of bartending I am finally home and wanted something tasty to drink before bed and I chose this brew because I have not drank all day and I am very tired so I will probably be more receptive to this brew being that it is the best Michelob has to offer so here it goes. The aroma is actually pleasant and full of sweetness and is malty and barleywine-esque-like with some considerable vanilla bean coming through and is very pungent and brandy-like and the aroma is evidence of how strong this brew really is. The appearance is a glowing mahogany to burgundy when held to the light with a small head on top which is not surprising considering how strong this brew is and bubbly lacing becomes evident and sticks to the glass and is off-white in color. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and is interesting and is almost watery with some decent malty complexity with reasonable balance taking the brewer into consideration and has a palate that is almost watery and oily as well as resiny. The flavor is full of vanilla bean and fresh malts as well as sweetness and maybe brown sugar with definite alcohol presence in the aftertaste and is thin with a finish that is warm, of vanilla, and maybe some oakiness but is not too terribly bad. Overall, the alcohol makes itself known for sure and this brew actually is not that bad, once again; taking the brewer into consideration, and has reasonable complexity and is done half way decent. On a final note, I would not drink this brew all the time but it is a nice experience to have and I would recommend it just to say you had this brew.

  • MMOONSHAKERR 195 reviews
    rated 3.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Dark amber color...looks like bourbon with a small white head. Aroma is mostly vanilla. No hops at all. Mouthfeel is THIN. The flavor is mostly vanilla, caramel and alcohol. Not very impressed by this attempt...i guess its good they made an effort, but it wasn't a very good effort...IMO

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.3 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    this is probably the best buosch-ae beer ever made..i mean that u can actually tell they put some thought into one of there beers...that said, its really really sweet and the alco has a bite, but a nice change and actually, the label says what u get, cool idea a.b...

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 3.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Poured a deep burgundy/mahogany with a tiny cap of tope head. Reeked of vanilla, like I was smelling a bottle of extract, unfortunately the syurpy nature carried over in mouthfeel and flavor. Low carbonation, high vanillin. I like the winters cask bourbon better.

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 2.2 15 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 4

    09.30.05 From bottle, A-B booth, GABF. Nice enough color is quite obviously colored to make it appear darker than it is. Thick with an artificial vanilla flavor and aroma. Tinny with undertones of pitch. Loads of heat, the alcohol is intensely burning the eyes and nose. Wood only barely noticeable. Vanilla will not go away, lingers with sweetness of corn and metallic tinge. Odd stuff that I never would have tried if it wasn’t at GABF.

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