Blitzen Holiday Ale - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bigbubba:
4.45/5 rDev +24.3%
This was a 2005 bottle of Blitzen. The beer is a nice clear dark amber with lots of red highlights. The head was small and was gone almost at once leaving a small ring around the glass. The smell is great, almost like a cinnamon roll, very appetizing. The taste is excellent, not too sweet with lots of different flavors. The cinnamon is the most obvious, there is a bit of chocolate and vanilla also. The hops are very light but they take the sweet edge off leaving a nicely balanced beer that lets it's unique flavors show. The beer is full bodied and smooth. Very easy to drink, in fact it is hard not to gulp it down.
I am a fan of only a couple Christmas beers and this is definitely one of them.
02-11-2006 23:45:32 | More by bigbubba
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4/5 rDev +11.7%
Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is mix of honey, cinnamon, sugar and alcohol. The flavor is a mix of honey, dark fruit, cherries and cinnamon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
07-05-2010 02:24:04 | More by Mora2000
2.53/5 rDev -29.3%
Appears a crimson blood orange juice hue with a large light tan head, lacing is sporadic and uneven. Aroma has ample spices mainly cinnamon with alot of honey and orange peel added to the mix. Something in the flavor brings on a whiskey sour feel and the stomach starts turning, as I adjust to that sourness some pleasant orange peels and a mix of Christmas spice kick into effect. Spicing is unbalanced it lays heavy with spice bitterness causing a cloying experience overall but the nice parts of the brew which are the orange peel and mild caramel malt experience with a touch of whimsical alcohol burn run free. For only 4.99 a bomber it's not that bad but in the end it leaves me with a glorified homebrewer experience. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cloying with spices on all fronts, pretty sick stuff. Drinkability doesn't get any worse than this if you make it through 22 ounces I applaud you, their Buckeye beer is equally as shitty within it's on style I probably will never stop in Toledo for a beer.
12-08-2008 18:21:12 | More by WVbeergeek
3.8/5 rDev +6.1%
The color is a clear coppery amber. At first there's absolutely no sign that a head ever existed, to the point of first concern and then wonder. As it turns out, our new waitress was concerned that head was a bad thing. Okay. Anyway, I got a bit of head when I got another, but it was thin and little lacing was left behind.
Surprisingly, the aroma was weaker but didn't suffer from being overly spiced, but the flavor was improved. With my bottle review, the concern was an overabundance of spicing that detracted from the beer aspects, but here it all evens out. Improved scores result in aroma and flavor. The rest is the same as my bottle review. The improvement in flavor does increase drinkability, though.
11-16-2010 17:49:29 | More by Brenden
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Silk screened label shows a head on shot of a reindeer.
Appearance: Pours with under 1 finger of light tan head. This dissipates to nothing quickly, leaving no lacing behind. The beer itself is a slightly reddish brown and perfectly clear. However, the last 1/4 of the bottle brings much chunky sediment.
Smell: Sweet malt and honey aromas upfront with slight sourness in the finish. Some hints of cinnamon and bitter orange peel.
Taste: Mild malt with overtones of cinnamon and clove. Fairly middle of the road and unexciting here.
Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is pretty good.
Drinkability: Nothing special on this one. Not disappointed I bought it, but not something I will seek out again.
05-29-2009 21:45:33 | More by beveritt
3.05/5 rDev -14.8%
Goofy silkscreened bottle with a reindeer and lots of text.
Murky orange with a collar of lacing. End of the bomber so there was more sediment than usual. Opaque orange with a thin layer of foam across the surface.
Lager derived aroma, some light spice, mostly nutmeg. Sort of odd and swilly from the beginning. Some orange peel comes out at room temperature after sitting with it for a bit.
Big butterscotch diacetyl notes, sweet with some lingering spice: cinnamon and nutmeg. Not much malt present at all, dominant spices and sweetness. Low to medium carbonation, the sweetness keeps the drinkability low unfortunately. The lack of depth is a dealbreaker, and not conducive to drinking much of it.
03-07-2011 01:48:20 | More by emerge077
3.98/5 rDev +11.2%
22 ounce bottle, 2007 offering. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/copper color with a small off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, honey, orange and nutmeg. The bottle says there's cinnamon in the beer, but I don't notice it in the aroma. However, I do notice it in the taste along with nutmeg, toasted malt, honey, orange and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a bit above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has just the right amount of spice to make this interesting. I'll have to make sure to pick up a bottle of this next year.
01-04-2008 00:48:14 | More by bluejacket74
3.65/5 rDev +2%
Dark copper in color, light white head of 2+ fingers. Lacing is nice.
Aroma is nice and malty, with a hint of yeast and citrus, honey and a bit of that cinnamon.
Tiny bit of tart on the taste, with some honey sweetness and malts. Some nuttiness, and sweet citrus along with some yeast.
Very upper light in body, creamy, smooth and slick. Carbonation is elevated.
Drinkability is good. A very different take on the style, but it's not bad and very drinkable despite.
01-08-2011 23:40:50 | More by EgadBananas
3.48/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours with a small head no lacing , decent red color.
Aroma of citrus , some bourbon like alcohol tones.
More citrus , and the nutmeg comes though on tasting. Alcohol is apparent.
Mouthfeel is medium , not as sweet as I'd expect. Under carbonated.
Overall a pretty easy drinking beer I'd like to try out fresher.
10-13-2008 00:32:53 | More by shroompod
3.78/5 rDev +5.6%
This one pours a lovely plumb and amber color with a field of bubbles sustaining a light film of off white.
I took a sniff of this and my mind exploded with long-lost memories of passed relatives' fruit cake. There's a sweet and sticky base of zucchini bread, bananas, ginger bread and, well, fruit cake. There's a touch of coriander and cinnamon here, but what blows my mind is that it's all topped off with a dry brandy snap of alcohol. This one is just too much!
The tastes really shocks me as it is quite sour and pungent with a lightning bold of lime that steals the show. There's a softer beady sweetness, but this is decimated by what reminds me of lime rind and what appears to be all of the negative stinging qualities of cinnamon. Yikes! My tongue is all numb now. I'm also getting under-ripe oranges in the finish.
Feels dense and confident with a flash of carbonation. Again, this leaves me with an odd numbness that I don't really care for.
Yup, this one's a "huffer." Just sit around and smell this one for a while and it will pay off.
08-15-2009 03:15:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3/5 rDev -16.2%
Picked up at the Maumee Bay Brewpub downtown Toledo. Poured from a bomber into a mug. Hazy brown-orange color with a thin yellowish off-white head. Very little aroma at first. Pick up a bit of boozy candied orange and malt and very faint cinnamon notes. Very sweet almost cloying malt flavor backed by just a bit of orange and a whisper of cinnamon. With warming pick up more of the malty aroma. Not really getting any of the honey aroma or flavor unless its additive to the sticky malt. Not real sure to make of this one, got its pluses and minuses. 16 oz may have been enough.
01-02-2013 02:32:34 | More by atomicbeer
2.83/5 rDev -20.9%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Has a ruddy amber color, slight hazy, which has a greenish tinge when viewed from man angle.
Has a spicy apple cinnamon smell, but smells sort of fakey.
Overly sweet, cloying, with much honey and orange peel.
Not too drinkable, won't be having another.
12-25-2010 04:39:38 | More by TheHoppiest
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.
Bottle says this is brewed with orange, cinnamon, and cloves. No ABV noted on the bottle.
Pours an amber color with a thing white head and decent carbonation.
There is heavy spice in the nose--cinnamon, orange peel, honey richness, dark fruit, sage, dark candy sugar, and grainy malts.
The flavor is quite rich...very spicy. There is a bit of a funky flavor in this which is not harmonizing well with the seemingly pleasant spices. It's like holiday spice and stinky socks, an odd balance of spice and funk. There are hints of cinnamon, caramel, allspice. The body is sweet and malty, and oddly funky.
Overall, a decent beer from Maumee Bay. They keep trying more and more things, as recently I saw they had an IPA on store shelves in bottles in Maumee. I like that they are expanding their available beers to the public, not just at the brewpub, as they are capable of making some very good beer. Blitzen is a fine Winter warmer, good and local.
01-02-2011 14:24:19 | More by movingtrain
4.88/5 rDev +36.3%
This beer was great. The appearance was a nice brownish color with a decent head that turned into a beautiful lace with a nice thin layer of foam to the last drop of the glass.
The smell was of nutmeg and other spices. Very nice.. it smelled just like Christmas.
The taste was great. I have never been a fan of the herb/spiced beers but this was magnificent. As I said, it smelled like Christmas... well, if Christmas had a flavor I would say that it tasted like this. There was the perfect blend of malts hops and spices in this beer... superb!!!
The mouthfeel was great... A nice amount of carbonation and a great body to the beer. Twas wonderful.
The drinkability was great. I had a pint and then my buddies and myself got a pitcher to split... I must go back and get a growler of this!!!
12-24-2003 04:31:06 | More by Ellbert
3.83/5 rDev +7%
something on a cool day to throw back to xmas times.. carried this bottle back with me from the brewpub. 22oz pours a christmasey clear red, like mulled cider. no head or carbonation except for a ring of bubbles. smells spicy.. orange essence and pine needles are big in the nose. tastes like a mix between potpourri and perfume. think of iced herbal tea with generous portions of clover honey. cinnamon adds a nice bitterness as does clove and anise. nice and light but super spiciness limits drinkability.. this would be the perfect bottle to split into 8oz pours on christmas eve before bedtime.. i will be sure to acquire a bottle for this purpose. one of the more creative and adventurous xmas beers ive ever encountered..
08-23-2005 13:24:39 | More by goodbyeohio
Blitzen Holiday Ale from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.