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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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89
very good

2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 89
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002)
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottles purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

A classic Christmas seasonal that people seem to go gaga over.

Pours a basically clear copper amber/brown, with a half inch head and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like cherries, cinnamon, sweet malt, and caramel.

The taste is similar. Much more restrained than the similarly adored Christmas beer, Mad Elf, from Troegs. Some light Maraschino cherry flavor, some slightly more tart cherry flavors, some caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and other holiday spices. Not much hop flavor.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, very drinkable.

Not my favorite style of beer, the winter warmer, but this is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 01:00:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-04-2013 03:56:09 | More by comfortablynirm
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

03-03-2013 22:48:31 | More by mmsimmons
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pottergator

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-03-2013 21:30:11 | More by pottergator
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MostlyNorwegian

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-03-2013 19:12:56 | More by MostlyNorwegian
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-03-2013 16:08:45 | More by dailyminefield
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ACY73

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

03-01-2013 04:24:17 | More by ACY73
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ecut11

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-01-2013 00:39:22 | More by ecut11
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speedvagen

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-28-2013 04:29:43 | More by speedvagen
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Adkins1203

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

02-27-2013 01:11:37 | More by Adkins1203
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-27-2013 01:09:54 | More by HeyYoMar
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Brownsfan13

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-25-2013 00:52:15 | More by Brownsfan13
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CDK

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-21-2013 23:10:27 | More by CDK
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juicebox

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.3%

02-21-2013 17:29:49 | More by juicebox
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-21-2013 01:39:31 | More by THECPJ
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SEG1975

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

02-20-2013 02:03:12 | More by SEG1975
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HoodieNinja


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-19-2013 05:05:46 | More by HoodieNinja
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TonyY

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

02-18-2013 19:18:43 | More by TonyY
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AceMan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-18-2013 01:44:51 | More by AceMan
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

02-17-2013 22:27:33 | More by BamfBacon
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Cincy_Joe


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-17-2013 14:24:39 | More by Cincy_Joe
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damngoode

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-17-2013 04:51:44 | More by damngoode
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maznblue80

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-16-2013 05:50:04 | More by maznblue80
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-15-2013 15:06:32 | More by ROBSTARR
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CHickman

New York

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear amber copper color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that had lots of bubbles in it and faded very slowly, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides.

Smells of spices up front, like cinnamon, clove, ginger and allspice, followed by honey, flowers, toasted grains and caramel. Borders on too spicy for my liking, but it’s soft enough for me to tolerate for this style and the brewer’s design.

Tastes like it smells, with spices up front including cinnamon, allspice, clove, ginger and nutmeg, followed by honey, flowers, herbs, toasted grains, hay or dry grass, yeast and caramel. As much as I try, I just don’t dig all the spices and the cinnamon and ginger are very strong so this was not my cup of tea. It is very complex, and like a fruitcake soaked in water for a month, but just not my favorite style. It is what it is, so I’ll plow through it.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a buttery feel, a medium chewy body, nice carbonation that was just lighter than average, but then came the spices that lingered in the aftertaste.

I would not seek this out again and did not enjoy this beer, but being subjective I’d say that fans of this spice filled style will thoroughly enjoy this beer; too bad I’m not one of those fans.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:03:40 | More by CHickman
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.