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Blitzen Holiday Ale - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Blitzen Holiday Ale
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Ellbert on 12-24-2003)
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4.72/5  rDev +31.1%

mattolotto, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of wolfthebeerman
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have not enjoyed this beer for at least 3 years, however I recently purchased a 6 and I believe they have continued too improve on it. Enjoying It.

wolfthebeerman, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of aussieyank
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

This is a nice full bodied ale. It's a bit on the rich side, but it is well rounded. It reminds me of a Scottish Ale.

aussieyank, Nov 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

spycow, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of N_Overholt
4/5  rDev +11.1%

N_Overholt, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

mrebeka, Dec 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

AJ_Nyit, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Chris_Panos
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Chris_Panos, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

trebud, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Tony19
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Tony19, Oct 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

meetyouoverboard, May 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BamfBacon, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mtooman, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of atomicbeer
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

atomicbeer, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deeper, reddish copper color…medium transparency…a thin layer of off white head did form , but nothing really to write home about…(3/5)

Smell: Holiday spices and candy sweetness right off the bat, though I wouldn’t call it lively…basic sweet malt undertone…light cinnamon aroma…again, nothing overly special about it, basic holiday ale smell…more sweetness does come out as it warms, which is nice…(3.25/5)

Taste: Rich, sweet malt…cinnamon & sweet dark cherry candy play way background…orange peel shows up later, but to varying degrees with each sip…earthy hops play complimentary role, very malt forward…mild alcohol heat…there really isn’t anything to this flavor and is rather mediocre…some sourness…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body but does fluff up much more than expected…orange peel resin on my lips…wet and watery…mild hops bitterness…(3.25/5)

Overall: Well, this is a mediocre beer at best…it’s not bad, but there’s nothing really good about it, except maybe the mouthfeel, that’s surprisingly nice…it’s got the basic winter warmer/Christmas ale flavor, which I do like, but this is a non-descript brew that I’m pretty sure I won’t try again…(2.75/5)

SerialHiker, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Extrajoker00, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

brian48195, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

abankert12, Jul 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a visit to Toledo, my bro brought back a few bottles from Maumee Bay. This was the best of his selections.

Pouring a nice copper color, the ale produced a healthy head in its pint glass. Immediately, a massive honey aroma was present. The very sweet aroma was attractive to the senses. The initial taste brought a strong dose of honey along notes of orange. It would be accurate to describe this beer as tangy because of the level of orange flavor. Leaving a nice coat on the tongue, the tangy sensation lingers. In the after taste, the cinnamon really throws a strong punch to the back of the throat. It almost borders on being spicy, though it is certainly not too overwhelming.

As a fan of winter warmers, this is a pretty solid effort. I would certainly drink this again.

JohnnyHopps, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

rwilde, Jan 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

leinie13, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Atyoungberg, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

tat2dhllblly, Nov 15, 2011
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Blitzen Holiday Ale from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.