1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,173 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,173
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 107
Gots: 213 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,173 | Reviews: 773 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a ruby red with a one finger head.

S: Smell's like straight up Christmas. Pine, honey, ginger, cinnamon, the whole deal.

T: Really good stuff. Lots of malty goodness, sweetness, but not cloying. Very fruity and tasty.

D: Drink's extremely easily. Has a creamy mouthfeel, too.

Overall: This is a downright tasty beer! I had both a '10 and '11 on Christmas Day 2010. A lot of people say that the spice character fades and it should be drunk fresh. I disagree. The year old one was even better than its younger brother - more blended and subdued, but still rich and spiced. Great beer and a Christmas classic.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

1Sundown2C, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of stogirelli
4/5  rDev +1%

stogirelli, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of kylemckinnis
4/5  rDev +1%

kylemckinnis, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +1%

Iamjeff6, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev +1%

ScottP, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of dailyminefield
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

dailyminefield, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of beeragent
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep copper, forming a 1/4 inch off-white head which quickly fades. Very light lacing on the glass.

S - Strong malty aroma mixed in with the usual holiday spices, mostly of cinnamon. Perfect aroma for a Christmas beer.

T - Sweet, bready malt body coats the palate, followed by a wave a holiday spices. The cinnamon appears to be stronger than the rest of the spices, but not overpowering. No hop presence noted. Very matly.

M - Heavy bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very smooth with the spices lingering after the swallow.

D - Awesome Christmas beer, and one of the better ones out there IMO. Everyone has an idea of what a holiday beer should be, but to me any Christmas beer should include the holiday spices and a heavy body which this beer possesses both of. Maybe a little more hop presence wouldnt hurt, but a big malty beer still works.

beeragent, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of alex_hart
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

alex_hart, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp and clear, copper in color, only a little bit of head that goes flat quickly. No lacing.

The aroma and flavor are really well done. Subdued spices provide character and a warm feeling without overwhelming my palate or my nose. Cinnamon is more evident than the other spices, but ginger comes through too. A prominent malty sweetness is evident throughout, but there is also a dry finish.

Slick and little bit flat, the mouthfeel is a disappointment considering the other solid qualities of this beer. Still, a very nice winter warmer, and no doubt, I will drink this again.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Envelopes
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Envelopes, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +1%

Hopsiam14, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev +1%

Sturmthis, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of dataylor21
4/5  rDev +1%

dataylor21, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of LutherBrau
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

LutherBrau, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle into pint glass.

Clear,medium copper color,off-white head,creamy,layer of foam throughout the beer.Lots of carbination,lively looking.
Sweet honeyied malty aroma,spicey,a candy-like smell,hints of vanallia,cinnamon,nutmeg,ginger,complex and inviting.
A spicey taste,lots of cinnamon,a sweet malty taste,vanallia,a bitter taste of the ginger,but just a hint,a sharp,clean,spicey,bitter finish.
A medium body with creamy texture.A very good winter ale with a lot of holiday flavors,but not overdone,very drinkable and enjoyable. Give it a try.

jcdiflorio, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

whitenads, May 05, 2014
Photo of Pellinore1
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pellinore1, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bill235, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of beachbum1975
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, lightly hazed coppery red with a huge, aggressive frothy head with excellent, light mocha lacing.

Smells of muted cinnamon, nutmeg, lightly toasted malts and a trace of pumpkin.

Light to medium bodied with medium flavor. Tastes much like the nose, only richer. Cinnamon and malts dance around with an aftertaste of an all-spice/pumpkin blend.

Crispy, mildly dry mouthfeel with ample carbonation throughout.

Drinkable, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

beachbum1975, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

riemster, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of bigdeuce
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an incredibly easy drinking Christmas winter warmer. Has lots of cinnamon flavors in it and some ginger as well. Pours an oft-red color with some head, not much, doesn't lace much either. Of course the one I had was way too cold. Very smooth and clean taste. Very potent, although it doesn't initially seem like it as the alcohol is barely detectable. I highly recommend this one!

bigdeuce, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

mrchrisray, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev +1%

jakecattleco, Nov 25, 2013
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,173 ratings.