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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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2,724 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 510 | 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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3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body with a thin off white head that quickly disappears leaving only faint traces of lacing behind.

Pleasant spice aromas of cinnamon and ginger float from the glass with hints of sweet honey beneath and a touch of toffee as it warms.

The flavor is very well spiced featuring a malty palate with cinnamon, ginger, and honey as advertised. There is also something slightly earthy or piney to this beer at the finish.

The warming body is on the fuller side with medium carbonation and a spiced finish.

Great winter warmer. Worth buying a whole case to share meal after meal.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 11/12/11
*From notes

A: A darker, golden color. Huh...there's a part of me that would like to see my Xmas ale with a reddish hue...or maybe green. A good pour yields a tight 2.25 finger head and above average lacing.

S: Cinnamon and the traditional holiday warming spices.

T: It kinda tastes like I'm chewing on a piece of Big Red. It's pretty cinnamony, with a generous dose of mulling spice to boot.

M: The texture's decent, but this time of the year I'd like a bit more weight. It's a bit thin, especially for the ABV and style.

O: Great Lakes doesn't disappoint with their Christmas Ale. If you're looking for a well spiced winter warmer, this is for you. I don't foresee me knocking back many of these, but if I was gonna reach for something spiced, this would certainly suffice.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of bound4er
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
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 2,724 ratings.