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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

2,723 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,723
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 508 | FT: 10
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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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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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of garuda
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear deep copper, white head that retains well with little lacing.

S/T - It's like Christmas in a glass. Graham cracker, ginger snaps, sweet bready malts with low hop bitterness, just enough to balance out the finish.

M - Medium body, carbonation is a little higher than I would have liked.

O - I'm not really a fan of the style overall, but this gets it right.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of 33nickadams
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper amber hue that has a about a finger of head that dissolves rather quickly. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves- similar to pumpkin ales that I have tried. Interesting taste. Very balanced malty spicy sweetness with a slight earthy bitterness that follows. Mouthfeel has a medium body and well-carbonated. Overall, too similar to other pumpkin ales to set itself apart for me.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ChiBeerKM
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass

appearance is a copper color with a deep red hue. about a half inch of white head which dissipates quickly and doesnt leave much lace.

smell is just like a winter ale should be. sweet bready malts with a nice dose of honey. ginger and cinnamon are prevalent in the aroma as well. a slight citrus hop aroma on the back end

taste is awesome. the malts combined with the honey make for a great combo. this beer is surprisingly sweet, but in a good way. the ginger and cinnamon are definitley there but they play a supporting role and are great compliments. a little hop bitterness comes through at the end, but not substantially.

mouthfeel is medium with a good deal of carbonation. the beer feels smooth on the tongue and the carbonation does well to give this beer some life while drinking.

overall this is one of my favorite winter ales and i look forward to it every year. a bit pricey (13.99 for a six in chicago), but worth it and a great brew during the holidays. highly recommended!

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3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a Founder Snifter. Best by 2/22/12.

A- Pours a translucent amber with a two finger head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Caramel and bready malt, cinnamon, ginger and vanilla.

T- Sweetness upfront with Caramel and bready malt with some subtle spices including cinnamon, ginger, orange peel and vanilla.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a lighter body. Finishes slightly bitter. Pretty watered down.

O- A decent spiced forward beer, but nothing memorable. After having this the last couple years, I much prefer Anchor, which is much easier to get than this beer. Not really sure what all the hype is about with this one.

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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could have swore I reviewed this one. Apparently not! On draft at Fathead's at lunch on Friday November 18. Poured into a Nonic glass...

A - Presented a deeper copper color with a 1 finger beige head with slightly good retention. Some slight lace as well.

S - Lots of spices right off the bat. Ginger is taking the stage here with connamon, clove and some slight nutmeg. Some sweet, toasted malts in the background, but the spices really take the stage here.

T - Spices come out even more on the palate with ginger and clove standing out the most to me. Sweet, bready malts back it up as they tie the spices together well.

M - There is a slight burn here and there from the spices. Medium bodied with a soft, but continued carbonation.

O - Really a nice winter warmer. One of the better ones that I have had, but still relies on all the spices without much else to make it really pop.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear lighter amber color with a two finger soapy head

S- Huge aroma of cinnamon, ginger, citrus, and floral notes. This smells like Christmas at home

T- Big on the cinnamon, ginger, citrus and honey notes, great balance among those flavors. Sweet biscuit and cracker like malt flavors. Finishes on a nice bitter note

M- Smooth, pretty high carbonation, effervescent

O- This beer is the holiday season in a glass, a cornucopia of holiday flavors and spices. A beer I look forward to every winter. Very good out of the bottle, even better on tap.

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Crundy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright and clear amber color with a foamy cream colored head, lots of visible carbonation

Smell: Bready, orange citrus hop, spices, feint malt flavor

Taste: Nice hop flavor, feint malt, bread, and nutmeg and cinnamon spices

Mouth Feel: Nice bite, medium bodied, dry

Overall: good beer, more hoppy than malty but it does have a good balance of flavors. Great Christmas beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

at chappys taproom and grille south of dayton ohio. I missed this on the menu the first time I read it, glad I took a 2nd glance (not sad I had an old rasputin first though).

The smell was very light, nor me or my wife were getting a lot from it. I think the pour could have been better to leave more of a head, which there was none. The smell i did get was that of a cinamon and honey, but it took a while to get that.

I really loved the taste. Clove, pine, cinamon, honey, caramel. amazing. holidays in a bottle.

overall it was pretty easy to drink but the cloves kind of made me need some water in between to clear it out, and start over, it seemed like it built on top when I didnt have water and it made it harder to drink.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,723 ratings.