Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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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
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.