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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

2,724 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

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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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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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4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a very nice dark goden orang color with a very thin white head.

S: Man this beer has the best nose of any winter warmer I have ever smelled in my life. There is so much spice, some clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Man this taste is amazing. I am getting a lot of cinnamon and some other spices. This is just a very great taste.

M: The beer is pretty crisp and even can feel the tingling on you r tongue.

O: This is a very good beer. One of the best winter warmers I have ever had. Its an all around great beer and there isnt a part of it that lacks.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Ale.

A: Clear amber with one-finger, off-white head that lasted a couple of minutes. Nearly no lacing.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit, and spice. I do detect the honey, but just barely.

T: Medium sweetness. Toasty and spicy. Mostly cinnamon. The honey takes a back seat again, which is fine with me. Overall, nice sweet malt.

M: Very smooth. Slightly dry, and goes down warm.

O: I give this a slight edge over the Winter Solstice. Very good winter warmer.

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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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: lighter color than expected-copper/bronze. Clear. No head whatsoever.
S: definitely ginger. Honeyed malts and baking/dessert spices.
T: saa. Medium to full sweetness. Very little to no hop bitterness, spices bring a little counterbalance. Sweet finish. like drinking a flat sweet mead.
M: I drink at this bar weekly, so I doubt its the taps...this has very little to no carbonation, which would have helped to balance out the sweetness and made for a less sticky sweet mouthfeel.
O: carbonation please.
update: had it on bottle. regardless, CO2 issues on tap-must be a problem w the tap, not the keg i figure.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Transferred from the recent Christmas beer session in my tasting notebook.

Pours out nearly dead flat. No head at all, period. Only a few sad spartan bubbles occasionally rise from the bottom of the tulip glass. I am disappointed. This lack of carbonation causes the heavy body of this beer to feel unpleasantly syrupy in my mouth. Now that I've gotten all the bad things about this brew out of the way, lets talk about the good things. Color is a brilliant ruby/amber with minimal haziness, smells of honeyed ginger and spice exactly as promised on the label, flavors of gingerbread and spiced Christmas cookies come through cleanly just as promised by the nose, fresh, sharp, and clean flavors overall that really make me feel like the holidays... If only there was carbonation, it could have been something stellar.

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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%

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

Best by 2/24/12 into a Killian's Pint

A- Pours a clear copper color with maybe a finger of off-white head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

S- Sweet malts and maybe some honey? I definitely get the cinnamon and a bit of ginger. Really comes on strong on the back end.

T- Again, big sweetness followed by waves of cinnamon. I can really pick out the honey subtlety along with a bit of the ginger, but I have to work for it.

M- Pretty thin with high carbonation. I expected it to be thicker/fuller for a winter warmer.

O- This is a pretty one-note brew. I think I came into it with too high of expectations generated by this site. I really think that Lakefront Holiday Spice is still the king of winter warmers for me, but this isn't a bad brew by any means. Really drinkable with a deceiving ABV...perfect for the cold months.

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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a nice copper amber. Has a bubbly light cream colored head, real nice carbonation with some lively action. Leaves a nice sticky ring along the edges. Head settles to a pocketed wisp lace. Good looking brew.

Brews smells nice and malty and spicy as well. Subtle honey and ginger is noticed as advertised on the label. Good smelling brew.

Brew is nice a spiced; ginger and honey are in the forefront of the flavors. Good peppery spice and very nice creamy middle. A very nice balance to the feel of this one. Good creamy smooth malts and some nice hops peak through. Brew finishes slightly dry and leaves the tongue peppered. Wow good stuff here.

This brew is an excellent holiday treat. Great complex flavors here and a nice hidden higher abv. Great stuff here - highly sessionable.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

12 oz. Brown bottle with GLBC Christmas label. Classy look. I poured one into the proper Great Lakes Christmas Ale snifter and one into a standard pint glass.

A - dark translucent red with some hughes of dark copper. Great clarity with a nice rising bubble effect. Thin off white head and lacing.

S - all of the holiday spices one could ask for. Cinnamon, all spice, and ginger. Sweet whiff of honey and maybe some nutmeg. Good fruity aromas of what reminds me of cherry pie. Smells a lot like Christmas!

T - lots of spice. Clove, cinnamon, ginger, and all spice. Nutmeg notes give the sweetness needed to give it the balance needed. A hint of caramel just before a somewhat light spicy hop finish.

M - nearly full bodied. A little thin, but a very smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol isn't noticed at all. Though it still provides that warming feeling in the throat and stomach. Which is nice this time of year.

O - best winter warmer I've ever had. Period. Continues to be my Christmas ale of choice. This beer just screams Christmas. This is the brew that's meant to be experienced on that cold christmas eve night. It has the look, smell, and taste of the holidays. This is the best of the best this time of year.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,724 ratings.