is really strange. Take, for example, my quest to track down a bottle of
Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak Lager. Now, I’m not quite sure what
inspired me to desire a Michelob beer so much. Perhaps it was the attractive
bullet-shaped brown glass bottle. Or the allure of the big brewers trying
their hand yet again at something different.
At any rate, I was going crazy trying to find the stuff since I first heard
of it before Thanksgiving. But it was nowhere to be found at all the liquor
stores I had visited. Then Christmas came and went, and I had pretty much
given up hope on finding any this year.
But as I said, life is strange, and when I was out after Christmas trying to
find a certain shop for my wife, I chanced to stop at a gas station to ask
for directions (something we men are admiitedly loathe to do). When I did,
there on the counter stood before me a single gift box package of Michelob
Celebrate Vanilla Oak, Michelob Celebrate Chocolate Lager, and a few special
insignia beer glasses. It was the last one they had, and it was even marked
down $5 for that reason. As I said. Life can be strange. Of course, I
pounced on it.
Anheuser-Busch says about the beer:
Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak features distinct vanilla, caramel and
aged oak flavors for a full-bodied, well-balanced taste and warm aroma.
Celebrate Vanilla Oak is brewed using two-row barley, caramel malts,
carapils malts as well as imported hops. It is aged on whole vanilla beans
and bourbon barrel oak. Ideally served with dessert or as an after-dinner
drink, Celebrate Vanilla Oak is also enjoyed in a snifter, allowing the
beer’s aromas to be intensified.
Upon getting it home, I pried the plastic top off of the 24 ounce bottle,
only to find a 40-ounce style twist off cap underneath.
Michelob Celebrate Vanilla Oak Lager pours to a translucent
ruby-brown color with a thick creamy head formation that fades as quickly as
it forms. The nose hints at sweet malt and vanilla with maybe a touch of
caramel thrown in for good measure.
The first sip reveals surprising depth of flavor, with some dark nutty,
caramel and chocolaty malt notes highlighted against a deep vanilla flavor
and aroma and woody oak notes. The body of the beer is medium rather than
full bodied on the tongue, almost thin at times. One can even detect a few
adjunct flavors and a taste reminiscent of straight up Michelob lager pokes
its head up if only briefly.
The finish is very warming (the beer weighs in at 10% alcohol by volume) and
this allows for some balance of the sweetness. I don’t get a lot of hops, of
course. Overall, however, Michelob Vanilla Oak is rather enjoyable and a
welcome libation on a cold winter’s night.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For
reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.