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Blitzen Holiday Ale - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Blitzen Holiday Ale
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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 28.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer | 7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ellbert on 12-24-2003

Blitzen is a robust holiday ale specially brewed with Orange, Cinnamon, and Honey. Once each year we handcraft this tasty ale to celebrate the holiday season. It contains a masterful blend of dark malts, Willamette and Bullion hops and just the right amount of orange, cinnamon, and honey. Lightly filtered and bottled fresh this is the perfect beer for the holiday season.
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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 66
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Chris_Panos
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Brenden
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of armystrongmd
2.02/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Picked up a 6-pack from Kroger in Perrysburg 11/28/15. Bottle states 7.7% ABV and 20 IBUs.

Look: Hazy deep amber/brown color. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Caramel malts, light cinnamon and honey, slightly bitter smell that's hard to describe.

Taste: Strong cloying sweetness. Incredibly boozy. Some honey, not really getting any cinnamon. Dark cherries, sweet caramel malts. I can't understate cloying sweetness. Cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel; Fairly thick and heavy mouthfeel that lingers for quite some time. Fairly flat as the level of carbonation would indicate.

Overall: I bought it because I used to live in Perrysburg and was passing through, definitely never would again. I'm giving half of the bottles away for others to try. Honestly, it's the worst holiday beer I've ever had, and I like Maumee Bay Brewing Co. I'll stock to Great Lakes Christmas, Sam Adams White Christmas, or my personal favorite, Southern Tier 2Xmas.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

Photo of beveritt
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of DougT
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EgadBananas
3.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of shroompod
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 version

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.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing auburn similar to the color of honey; light tan head that fades leaving bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of caramel malts. Lots of orange too. The flavors are bold and have alot going on. It's on the sweeter side. Lots of honey. Spices are there in the finish. Cinnamon is definitely there. Hints of ginger. Lots of malts. More caramel with hints of butterscotch. More orange notes. Slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick with lower carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Solid holiday brew. It's a little rough around the edges, but I enjoy the flavors.

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Blitzen Holiday Ale from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.