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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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2,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 99
Gots: 198 | 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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Swag Brewery pint glass. Celebrating MLK Jr. Day with brews and Xbox 360. This is leftover from the holiday season, so some flavors may be a bit faded.

Pours an almost crystal clear copper color with one finger cream colored head.

Nose is very strongly pumpkiny, giving off notes of ginger, cinammon, and perhaps nutmeg.

Taste is quite spicy, with the abovementioned smells coming through in the flavor with a significant amount of lingering bitterness. Rather sweet with a slight soap taste and slick finish.

Overall the spices in this are blended quite well but do not make for a very drinkable beer. After a few sips of this one I'm looking for someone to share it with.

syrupjoe, Jan 17, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a gift from the ever so generous staff at Winthrop Liquors.

Pours an amber color with a tiny head. Aroma is very sweet and spiced - honey and a ton of holiday spices dominate the nose here for sure. The taste is very sweet and very spiced. It's almost like an imperial winter warmer, if such a thing were to exist. It's very well-done though, with a cutting, slightly alcoholic finish that stops it from becoming cloying. The mouthfeel is rather thick, but has a pretty good level of carbonation. It's also fairly drinkable, especially considering the sweetness. Overall, a solid winter beer for sure. Every beer I have from GLBC makes me kinda sad I'm outside of their distribution, as they'd be a staple in my fridge for sure.

shand, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

oldsmuggler, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from the tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. The beer arrived in a house pint glass, and looked the color of light copper. It held a one finger beige head, which receded slowly, leaving thick lacing, and an even thicker film over the top of the beverage. Carbonation was highly active, and no sediment or haze was noted. The aroma was of thick malts, steel, and a faint caramel. Once those initial notes cleared, the beer smelled like a holiday fruitcake. It gave off synthetic sweetness and candied cherries. On the far back were deeper notes of cinnamon, light clove, and finally a faint grassy hop, with inviting warm citrus. As we sipped, the taste began with beautifully deep malts that were a bit salty and cooked, but not to the point of smoke or char. Mixing in was a dried cranberry sourness, and an oaky smoothness. The peak of flavor was a veritable spice rack. There was gingerbread, nutmeg, bittering cinnamon, and an almond nuttiness, all mixing in with the deeper malts from the front. The finish was of soap and pine, as the hops roll through to take the malts by surprise. There was an additional orange cleanliness, with medicinal phenols and coppery grain to round things out. The aftertaste breathes of salty malts, clean citrus, warming fusel alcohols, and more “Christmas” spice and fruitiness. The body was medium, but thicker, and the carbonation was high to the point of being prickly. There was a steely coating and cooling to the sip, with a warming to the belly. Each sip had fine slurp and smack. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the spicy, warming finish. It really does taste like winter and Christmas. They were able to maintain such stark spice, without forfeiting the other important qualities to the beer. The malts remained robust throughout, and the hops were appropriately light. This is the exemplary winter warmer.

TheBrewo, Jan 14, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle, Jeff!

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of off-white head. Lots of cinnamon and ginger aromas, especially ginger. There is a nice bit of sweet malt and bread going on as well. The flavor has plenty of bready malt sweetness as well as some toffee. The ginger is fairly assertive, maybe a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg in there as well. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 08, 2012
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.