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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

2,720 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 833
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 506 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is light brown with a medium head that had some staying power and left pretty good lacing.
Odor is sweet. Many holiday notes (of course) with nutmeg, cinnamon and others. Mostly sweet smell with hint of hops/pine in there as well.
Taste is sweet and caramel at first. The spice is prevalent as well, but I really like both of these is a Christmas beer. Some minor notes were gingerbread, toffee, and a touch of hops/ pine coming thorough at certain points(mostly middle end). Ends with cinnamon and spice that lingers for a bit.
Mouth feel is very good. Not too much carbonation and reasonably smooth.
Overall, it is a Christmas beer and brings what might be expected. Plenty of seasonal spice and sweet flavor. Perhaps my favorite Christmas beer!

Photo of AaronBurr
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of greenlab
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes of 11/2/10 with a best by date of 02/02/11

Aroma - Spice and sweet notes dominate the nose. Particularly cinnamon.

Appearance - Golden red with a quickly dissipating white head but an OK level of carbonation.

Taste - Cinnamon sweet and smooth at 55 degrees or warmer. I really recommend drinking this beer at cellar temperatures. Overall the flavor profile is heavy on spice and sweetness with hints of ginger.

Notes - The best Christmas Beer I've ever had but it really beats you over the head with all that spice and sweet flavor.

Photo of bezakjon
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of orm56
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Etan
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose smells like candied apples and toffee with a sweet malt base.

T: The taste is pretty much a mirror of the nose with big flavors of candied apples, light caramel, and sweet malt.

M: The feel is on the lighter side of medium with a tad bit of creaminess.

O: Pretty good christmas ale. It's pretty similar to Saint Arnold's christmas ale.

Photo of 1Adam12
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color. Lots of bubbles. Smells awesome. Smells like blended honey, gingerbread, and cinnamon. Loads of cinnamon. Tastes much of the same. Possibly some lemon in there as well. Has a bit of a ginger snap cookie to it as well. Very good. Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated, but full. Very crisp. This is by far the best Christmas Ale I've had this year. Thanks to JohnPPutz for the extra.

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of atr2605
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wagner237
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of kristenrae8
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.