fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
Beautiful amber color. Some malt aroma. Strong lager, a bit malty, smooth enouth, with a light Bourbon vanilla flavor, more artificial than from the wood. Not bad. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
To this point, a festival special for the GABF but they envisioned marketing it this coming Christmas, so we’ll see. Dull amber colour. Light vanilla and caramel aroma with a hint of booziness. The flavour is very sweet and really heavy on the vanilla. Combine with a rather thick body and it’s practically ice cream. Light caramel and oak background thankfully keep things on the beery side. It’s a bit simple overall, though, and I’m not a huge fan of vanilla in beer so that doesn’t help win me over either. Ratman197 (14686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a clear copper with a small, diminishing amber head. Aromas of vanilla, carmel, brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of brown sugar, vanilla and a hint of wood with a warming, lingering sweet finish. Tmoney99 (14372) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured hazy brown color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate vanilla and nuts aroma. Medium body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet vanilla flavor with a sweet short finish. Not my style. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
(Bottle, from backlog…sampled in 2006) Pours a hazy amber body with small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, and some plastic. Flavor of caramel, vanilla extract, bourbon, and brown sugar. A cloying, sticky mess.
hopdog (12372) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks Eric!). Poured a darker copper color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of burnt vanilla beans, oak, acorns, and a little buttery. Tastes of lighter vanilla, oak, caramel and nuts. Cloyingly sweet. When I saw this was from AB and read vanilla, I expected an artificial and overpowering vanilla quality but was pleasantly surprised that the vanilla portion was done nicely. Gotta love that screw top... Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
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.
slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
"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." daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Better than the chocolate, but not all that great. Too much to ask for a brewer of this size to make something like this taste great. Just too sweet and not well balanced. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Michelob Celebrate Vanilla
Source: Tasting, Bend Brewing
muddy amber, whispy beige head, bits of drippy lace, huge sweet vanilla aroma along with some sweet fruity malt, sweet malt flavor, lots of vanilla character, oak shows up in the finish and adds a bitter edge, gets tiresome quickly
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20