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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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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 124
Gots: 298 | 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:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002)
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Mtooman, Nov 17, 2012
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Envelopes, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rick clear copper color with a two to three finger (depending how aggressive you pour) off white head. Lacing stick all around the glass with each sip as the head retains as a thick blanket until the last drop.

The aroma is sweet but not over whelming. A perfect blend of honey, brown sugar, cinnamon. and ginger.

The taste reflects the aroma. Ginger bread, honey, cinnamon, hints of caramel, and a soft biscuit And toasted bread malt.

There is a light yet syrup texture on the palate. Mildly dry finish with lingering spice.

The Great Lakes Brewing company has yet to disappoint me. This brew is prefect to these cold fall and winter months and with a healthy ABV at 7.5%, it truly warms you up.

Luigi, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

ng85, Nov 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Doughbodyboy, Nov 13, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - A light red amber color. Doesn't get much of head unless you pour aggressively, and even then it doesn't keep long. Spotty lacing.

S - Seems almost entirely malty in smell. Nothing memorable.

T - Very mild flavors on this. Slight cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, and malts.

M - Nothing aggressive about this beer, which makes it an easy drinker.

O - Pretty underwhelming given the hype. I was expecting bigger flavors and smells. The way I would describe it is Lagunitas Brown Sugga's little brother. Sadly, I spent more on this then Brown Sugga'. I decided not to review this until after my fourth over the course of the week, and my impression of it hasn't changed a bit even trying it in four types of glassware.

theHoff77, Nov 13, 2012
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equincel, Nov 12, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-auburn color, crispy clear, warm and inviting. The orange/peach tinted white head is a tasty looking mix of large and fine bubbles. Big at first and then quickly becomes a thin sheet with a frothy ring. Lace is spotty and shifting.

S: Delicious holiday smells all over. Thyme, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, honey, sugar, candied lemon, cardamom, sage, doughy bread... Lots of smells (perhaps some by association) come to mind. All ties together surprisingly well too. Delicate and soft.

T: Taste is perfect for the season. Spicy, flavorful, easy on the palate, and super smooth.

M: Very light feel to it. Almost light bodied but softly thickened with honey syrup. Oddly, I kind of like the syrupy-ness. Carbonation levels are perfect. Interesting and enjoyable.

O: Good stuff.

tastybeer, Nov 12, 2012
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MisterWalk, Nov 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome winter warmer. Had it yesterday on tap in a 23 oz glass. Lots of cinnamon and clove flavors. Nice malt balance. No hop bitterness at all but anything but sweet. Really nice Holiday beer that you find yourself looking forward to year after year.
Loved this beer to death and will be looking to pick up a case as soon as I can!

StretchZep, Nov 11, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you live where they distribute Great Lakes beer, then you look forward to their yearly release of Christmas Ale. This is my favorite seasonal beer.

great lakes christmas ale

Christmas, it seems... pours a beautiful clear and copper color. So long green and red.

The head is a nice off white foam. The foam dissipates, and turns into a thin coating on the sides of the glass, and in the center. Nice amount of lacing sticks around while you drink.

The nose of this brew is heavy on the honey and ginger spices it is brewed with. Malty, but a sweet and pleasant blend of fragrances.

The taste of Christmas follows the nose. The sweetness of the honey hit me first, followed by the spices, and then a bit of the hops bite at the end. This is a truly wonderful flavor combination, and the ratio is just right.

Not a heavily carbonated beer, but just enough to make it tingle in your mouth and make the flavors stand out. Very crisp for all the malty tastes, not sticky at all.

Great beer! Although at 7.5%, you need to be careful how fast you put them down.

If you have not tried this seasonal, and can find it near you..I highly recommend checking it out. I would lay money on it becoming one of your favs.

davecavemaster, Nov 10, 2012
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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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