1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

2,704 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 143
Gots: 488 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,704 | Reviews: 832 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Xmas ales.

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pouch
2.08/5  rDev -47.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FFCaldwell
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my favorite Christmas / Winter warmer for the 2014 season. Just the right amount of spices, but not too overbearing.

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

Photo of Brewlinson
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopmeplease
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buzaglod
2.86/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I've enjoyed the GL xmas ale in this past however this year I was disappointed. It overall felt very heavy, too dark and was not as enjoyable to drink as it has been in previous years

Photo of uwmgdman
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shadowyee
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mtomlins
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice, pleasing Xmas ale, but a little too much nutmeg/clove for my taste. Otherwise, a very pretty beer with a pleasing nose (holiday appropriate!) and is relatively easy drinking.

Photo of rockernino
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,704 ratings.