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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

2,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 90
Gots: 178 | 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:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002)
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: pours a clear dark copper hue with an off-white, frothy, 4-finger head that quickly dissipates into a solid persistent lace leaving a nice trail all the way down the glass.

S: spicy aroma with hints of ginger and honey with alcoholic overtones.

T: crisp and slightly sweet and bitter. Smooth and malty and nicely spiced. Hints of ginger, cinnamon, and bitter.

M: medium body and medium carbonation.

O: this is the best Christmas ale I've ever had. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 18:56:36 | More by ckollias
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle in a tulip

A- Clear dark Autumn orange with a small quarter finger head that dissipates quickly.
S- Very interesting smelling beer. Bizarre ginger up front followed by a tiny amount of cinnamon. Some alcohol. I cant really get a good Idea on how the malt/hop smell is because the ginger just overpowers the rest of the beer. Im not crazy about this much ginger.
T- This is a spicy beer, the cinnamon certainly gives this one a nice kick. Cloves, honey and cinnamon are all apparent in the taste but just like the smell, I think its too heavily dominated by ginger. A very sweet beer by the way.
M- Medium bodied and good amounts of carbonation, higher in alcohol then your average brew so it warms the tummy. Interesting texture that hits somewhere in between creamy, gooey and smooth.
O- My first winter warmer so yeah, Im pretty disappointed. I feel like this is a pretty decent beer and that this just isn't my style. I will probably try again next year and hope my taste buds have had a change of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 12:08:51 | More by TwelveOunces
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oline73

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy reddish amber with a finger of creamy off white head. The head fades to a small layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet with some bready malt and a strong fruity presence. Definitely picking up some spice, mainly cinnamon.

Taste: Not as sweet at the smell. Bready malt with the fruity notes. Still picking up some spices, but there is a bitterness in the finish that wasn't in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice Christmas beer. Always try to get a hold of one during the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:46:47 | More by oline73
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atr2605

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice amber with a 1.5 fingerwidths off white head with great retention that fades into a small lace around the glass
S-honey, straw, cinnamon, nutmeg
T-Wow. tasty. The spices are very noticable but not overbearing and blend great with the malt flavor and gives a nice sweetness, but not a sugar sweetness, just nice subtle malt sweetness. The hops provide the perfect amount of bitterness.
M-medium-light bodied.
O-Extremely well crafted. I went into this with pretty high expectations since the recent Great Lakes beers I have had were fantastic and this one did not fall short. Great winter session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:18:31 | More by atr2605
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WeckBrew

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-21-2011 03:33:16 | More by WeckBrew
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fergster75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-21-2011 03:15:18 | More by fergster75
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-20-2011 01:51:14 | More by NoProblem
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-20-2011 00:06:07 | More by ATPete
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otrejo

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-19-2011 15:24:43 | More by otrejo
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a tiny bone head. Bubbles move through it like champagne.
Smells spicy. Clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, honey. Not overbearing.
Tastes of honey mainly with the spices in the finish. Very smooth & well balanced. There's a lot going on but it's not overbearing.
The carbonation is refreshing and it feels creamy.
Overall it's a great winter beer if you can find it. I'd have to say it feels kind of watery compared to something like 12 Dogs of Christmas, but it's easy to put several of these down in a row.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:42:39 | More by vrbulldog22
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wagner237

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-19-2011 01:32:12 | More by wagner237
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-18-2011 23:34:49 | More by djrn2
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-18-2011 19:58:41 | More by ADTaber
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schoun

Texas

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-18-2011 19:50:34 | More by schoun
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kristenrae8

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really loved this beer. From first sip.

Poured from bottle to snifter/beer goblet

Apperaance: Medium Amber/ 1/4 inch cream colored head - faint lacing.

Smell: Ginger/Spice/Cinnamon/Winterwonderland/ Honey. This is not a sugary beer, it's sweet with the spices. I'm amazed by the balance. I had two in a row because I was so impressed.

Taste: Perfect. Spicy, sweet, malt/hop balance.

Mouth Feel: Not over carbonated - not under cabonated.

Overall: This is the best winter warmer I've had this season. I'm kinda sad that even if I start stock piling now- the shelf life is only good til the first part of March This will be my go-to winter warmer next year, once the temps are below 32 or as available.

Pairings: Good with carbs - all winter warmers are good with something savory in my honest opinion. It's the charm of the winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:57:15 | More by kristenrae8
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huadog

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-17-2011 06:26:40 | More by huadog
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GoSabres87

New York

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-17-2011 02:01:48 | More by GoSabres87
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cld253

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-17-2011 01:58:17 | More by cld253
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TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-17-2011 00:28:15 | More by TasteTester
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CaptainHate

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2011 19:44:16 | More by CaptainHate
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2011 18:13:34 | More by tclapper
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-16-2011 14:53:57 | More by Goldfoot
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured a clear golden color with a thin white head that retained well. Minimal lacing. Had an aroma of HONEY, cinnamon and sweet malts. The honey is even more prominent in the taste. The spices are certainly there as well, but wow...I have never so clearly tasted honey in a beer before. Certainly smooth and enjoyable.

Medium in body with pretty high carbonation. I finished this one pretty quickly because it was so smooth. I've had better Christmas Ales...but this one is still quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 00:43:39 | More by MsRif
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-16-2011 00:19:22 | More by bmoney
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: This beer is gorgeous. It just looks like Christmas, pouring a beautiful, clear copper brown color, with a starkly contrasting two finger white head. The head slowly settles to a quarter finger. Really nice sticky lacing on the glass. I really love how it looks.

S: A lot of honey, cinnamon, and ginger. Some nice sweet malt. Smells like their Oktoberfest with spices added. Nice.

T: Follows the nose, with a lot of honey, ginger, cinnamon, and just a bit of toasted malt. Very easy drinking. Good.

M: It's creamy and well-carbonated. The finish isn't particularly lasting or satisfying, though. A bit watery on the back-end.

O: It's got a bit of a disappointing mouthfeel, but the rest of this beer is spot on. One of the prettiest holiday beers I have seen. Not the most complex, but sometimes that's not needed. An enjoyable winter warmer, with enough alcohol and spice to keep you toasty on a cold night. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:33:40 | More by siege06nd
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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