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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,072
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 89
Gots: 169 | 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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the1hammer

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49.5%

12-12-2011 15:28:46 | More by the1hammer
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Dr. K. This could possibly be the best Festivus ever.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) It's a rusty kind of copper color. It's pretty clear. About a full finger of foamy white head, which settles to a dusting. Decent lacing.

S) Really nice aroma here. Fresh cut ripe pear, with just a little spice, mostly cinnamon. I really enjoyed this aroma. It left me thinking that this could be warmed up, placed in a thermos and taken to a Christmas parade.

T) Good, but at optimal temperature it is very good. The bottle recommends 55 degrees. The ginger zing and honey give this a nice balance.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. It is actually pretty smooth, even with the ginger. That zip just seems to mellow as it warms. Nice finish and aftertaste.

O) I really enjoyed this one. It's a festive beer. It kind of made me want to decorate the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, that was done already. If I had like five more of these, I could probably fall into it.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 04:09:30 | More by RoamingGnome
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sgoro

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-12-2011 02:55:24 | More by sgoro
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

12-11-2011 22:04:18 | More by xdefeatsy
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Jose Andres' America Eats Tavern into a pilsner style glass.

No foam or head presented. Clear dark orange body with some slow rising carbonation coming up. Since there is only the body to describe there's not much else to say.

Nose is pretty muted. There's faint dry malt, and some mild nutmeg. But really it's a pretty closed nose.

Taste is mild bread dough, mixing with not clove spices. Sweetness comes on the aftertaste more so, even some fruity cherry sensations. Mouthfeel has some sticky like quality but it's also a bit wet, carbonation seems a little fizzy but tolerable.

Overall, not sure how much this was opened up on the pour, but it seems like I am preferring Great Lakes out of the bottle than on tap based on my experience.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 14:41:44 | More by smakawhat
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areich6

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-11-2011 03:18:13 | More by areich6
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Atyoungberg

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-11-2011 00:47:23 | More by Atyoungberg
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cystal clear copper color with a tight one finger head which gives way to almost nothing. There are strings of lace left on the glass. The aroma has a biscuit malt backbone with hints of honey, ginger, and cinnomon. There is also a hint of spruce and piney hops. The taste follows suit, there is a biscuit malt backbone with a cinnomon and a big ginger taste to it. At the very back end the ginger gives way to a spruce hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly dry. Overall it is a solid beer, near the top of the class, but not the top of the class.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:27:14 | More by goblue3509
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copper color with an off white two finger head with decent retention and minimal lacing. The aroma has light amounts of cinnamon, ginger, and honey with caramel and biscuit malt. Not much aroma coming through, hopefully the taste will be bolder.

The taste is mostly biscuit malt. I can taste some cinnamon, ginger,honey, caramel malt and some hops, but the biscuit malt taste is the dominant flavor. I was hoping the caramel malt would stand out, but no such luck, at least not in this bottle. I also don't care for the taste of spices trying to interact with biscuit malt. Doesn't work for me.

Light side of medium bodied, with average carbonation. The aftertaste has some spice, but not much else. Not my favorite Great Lakes beer. It is drinkable, but there are better Winter Warmers than this.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 22:49:28 | More by hardy008
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-10-2011 19:57:11 | More by fuzzcherry
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-10-2011 15:37:39 | More by JustinMatthew
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DannyDan

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out an amber hue with a thin white head that leaves little retention and some lacing, nothing special here. The aroma has some spices to it along with caramel. The taste starts out with cinnamon followed by some ginger and than the honey and caramel come in the middle and finishes off with more honey and ginger. There seems to be a hint of hops in the back. The mouthfeel is rather sticky and chewy and leaves dryness in the mouth. Overall a nice beer to enjoy during the cold winter days. Drink this and you will have a Merry Xmas :).

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 09:45:44 | More by DannyDan
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saburky

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

12-10-2011 05:58:02 | More by saburky
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IlPostino

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

12-10-2011 04:49:09 | More by IlPostino
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mwbeerman

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper color with a full head that dissipates rather quickly. Crystal clear with very little visual carbonation. Lots of spice in the smell, cinnamon being the most prevelant with a complementary sweet spice (cloves?). Caramel and sweet malt also in the aroma, along with a slight roast. Altogether a very fragrant beer. Cinnamon hits the palate right off the bat, transitioning into a a sweet malt/caramel flavor, creating a very enjoyble contrast. Finishes with an unappealing bitter spice aftertaste (think the bitterness in cinnamon without the sweet). Spices are aggressive in this beer, but not in a bad way. A nice medium body, though I would have preferred a thicker beer (On the other hand, I have had thinner winter warmers...). Very nice balance to this beer, mixing the bitter spice and the sweet malt. The carbonation in the beer brings forward the spice bite, aiding in the contrast through most of the sip. I will be revisiting this beer throughout the winter, although I would like to see a tiny bit more hop presence in the beer. A great beer to keep you warm.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 01:13:13 | More by mwbeerman
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reeemer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-09-2011 09:30:55 | More by reeemer
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wchasejr

New York

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-08-2011 21:45:46 | More by wchasejr
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danielnovak3

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-07-2011 21:14:17 | More by danielnovak3
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adamk1978

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-07-2011 21:07:28 | More by adamk1978
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2011 06:17:42 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and lightly cloudy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin white layer. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Bready caramel and toffee malts along with a pretty strong mix of spices. Hints of ginger and cinnamon along with a subtle hint of sweet honey. The spices stand out the most in the aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a full bready taste of toasted caramel and toffee malts with a strong combination of spices. Lots of cinnamon and ginger which remind me of pumpkin beers. Also some hints of honey and berries adding to the sweetness. Finishes with some grassy and piney hops. Its almost bordering on too sweet but its balanced enough to be drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy and finishes dry.

Overall: A good take on a winter warmer. Spices and sweetness is heavy but the hops help balance things.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 06:01:15 | More by MattyG85
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Scoot1969

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-07-2011 03:11:21 | More by Scoot1969
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ehammond1


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Bodega
Columbus, OH

Deep, dark orange and auburn with a thin off-white head that eventually leaves small spots of lace down the glass.

Mildly spiced aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps a bit of peppermint. Nice and appropriate per the style--not overly aggressive.

The flavor is a touch more bland than the aroma might indicate, which is to say a bit disappointing. Fruit cake, cinnamon, and mint combine for a pleasant, though mild Winter warmer.

Thin to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

A nice Winter warmer. I could drink this on Christmas.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 02:34:06 | More by ehammond1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bumping up the taste score after having a few more bottles, the spice mix started really working for me

Pours a amber with cream color head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Holiday spice & faint metallic notes

T: Follows the nose, hints of brown sugar, plus a bit of cranberry up front. Hints of gingerbread as this warms, plenty of spice & a touch of herbal & woody spice sneaking through the back door. Finishes with some hop bitterness, but mostly gingerbread & spice, would probably work great as a mulled be type of libation

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Drinks easy for the style, I am bit saturated with this style of beer right now, fairly typical of the style. Expected more from these guys...

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 02:32:38 | More by russpowell
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2011 21:58:34 | More by kayrex
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.