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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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very good

2,706 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,706
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 491 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of songoose
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Can certainly taste all the spices: cinnamon, ginger, and also the honey is very prominent (which is probably why this drinks so smoothly, even at 7.5%).

The ginger was a little off-putting for me - not that it was overwhelming, just that I didn't feel it was quite the right spice choice for a Christmas Ale. Even so, this is one of the better Christmas Warmers out there.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 :).

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mwbeerman
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,706 ratings.