Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 422 | FT: 9
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at hawthornes in philly

Pours a deep copper color with some brighter reddish hues. A nice beige head rests on top, retaining for a while and leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Rich and malty in the nose with toffee and caramel. Some bready notes with cocoa and and sweetness. Light alcohol warmth.

Malty and rich up front with toffee. Some dark fruit notes with a touch of burnt sugar. Some pine and spruce-like spice. Burly backbone with bready and caramel tones. Decent amount of sweetness, but not overwhelming. Finishes a bit warm and chewy.

Fuller medium body, well carbonated, a little chewy and sticky on the tongue. A pretty tasty beer for the season, something I'd definitely have again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark, reddish brown. Great fluffy tan head. Good lacing and retention.

S: Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. A little roasted malt.

T: More of the winter spice taste. Great combination and well balanced. Alcohol is basically non-existent.

M: Nice and smooth with just a kick from the spices.

O: Great winter warmer, could drink a million of these. At least a million. Alcohol is well hidden as well.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Reddish amber appearance with a one finger, fast breaking white head.

S. No doubt about it - this is a spiced beer. Some type of mint - maybe peppermint or spearmint comes to mind. Some cinnamon and clove are also in there for good measure.

T. Mint flavors dominate with plenty of sweetness from the malt bill. Some lingering baking spice and the slightest amount of bitterness are present on the finish.

M. Medium bodied but quite lacking in carbonation.

O. If the carbonation level was amped up a bit more, I would find this much more to my liking. I can understand why people clammer for this beer - it is easy drinking and is likely something casual beer drinkers would enjoy. Personally, a couple of these each Christmas Season is plenty for me.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.