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Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,700 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,700
Reviews: 831
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 145
Gots: 483 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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Ratings: 2,700 | Reviews: 831 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwhancher
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with nice frothy white head. Ample lacing clings to the glass sides. Smells as descripted: honey, ginger, and cinnamon. Spices are all very nicely balanced and not too overpowering. Some light alcohol in the nose. An underlying caramel malt sweetness seems evident.

Taste has upfront honey sweetness then ginger then cinnamon. Spices seem a little more dominant in the taste. No hop flavor, but bitterness seems to balance the malts well. Alcohol seems well in check for 7.5. Feels medium to full.

Overall, a nice and pleasant Christmas beer. Spices seem well balanced and an interesting selection at that. While spiced beers aren't my everyday cup of tea, I could enjoy a few of these annually over the holiday season.

Photo of 29mikoyan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good holiday ale. You can definitely taste the cinnamon, ginger, and spices. The beer is moderately malty. The aroma is very weak though.

Photo of Moe_Lasses
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlema1
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnthonySkatz
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kkosh
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigbeers84
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dlaib_26
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of HopRoddy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jammyman
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phocion
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Live review. 12 oz. bottle dated enjoy by 2/20/15 poured into a dimple mug. Bronze hue with a finger of creamy off-white head with medium retention.

The nose is of malts, spice, and alcohol. Tons of ginger and cinnamon dominate along with a good amount of caramel malts. Alcohol aromas very noticeable for a 7.5% beer. Touch of floral, honey, and biscuity aromas as well.

The flavor is more mild than the nose would indicate. Toasted and coffee malts slightly outplayed out by the spice. I remember more ginger when the beer was a little more fresh, but it's still very evident. Brandy-like alcoholic sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and a bit warming from the alcohol content.

Overall an enjoyable beer, but there are better warmers out there.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeremy3311
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barnoloid
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A real winter warmer here, and an annual favorite. Bottle pour - kicks up a nice off white head with clinging lace. Deep copper/orange in color with a slight unfiltered look. The nose is ginger, orange peel and christmas candles. Taste wise, the nose sits true, with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon and a dollop of honey - maybe a tad more here than previous years, which have had a little more heat. Quite a heavy mouthfeel, which has a thick throat covering sensation which seems to come from the honey. This is a satisfying festive ale with pronounced spices.

Photo of Jasonkyeager
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first "Christmas Ale" I've tried so I have nothing to compare it with but I thought it was a really good beer.

Photo of thdude5
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Xmas ales.

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice brownish orange color, with a light head. Fades fairly quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Sour notes, along with spices and a caramel maltiness.

T - Following the nose, with a sour fruit note suggesting cherries or cranberries, and a sweet malt backbone of caramel and yeasty bread. Spice comes in light, slightly peppery, ginger and cardamom.

M - Easy drinker, perhaps a bit too light for the style.

O - My only problem is the sour elements almost eclipse the spice and sweet malts. Rather than complimenting the bread and spice, it tugs against it, leaving me wishing I could dial down this element.

Photo of AD17
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGB
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with an off-white head that fizzes away rather quickly. The smell is full of sweet aromas such as vanilla and sugar. The taste was not as sweet as I thought with some of the vanilla and caramel but then balances with some spice that makes it much more drinkable. There was a bit of a creamy aftertaste which was very nice as well.

Photo of tkruseic
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pouch
2.03/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very bitter. Doesn't leave a nice after taste either. Friends and family like it but I'm not a fan. Not a fan of the spice.

Photo of Winger42
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,700 ratings.