Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a deep amber with a half finger dull white head, very little retention or lacing.
Aroma of malt, honey and strong cinnamon spice.
Taste follows the nose with sweet honey, malts hints of caramel followed by cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mouth Feel was the light side of medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth with a nice holiday spice flair.
Overall this is a nice Christmas Ale that does not go overboard with the spices as some other Christmas Ales tend to do.
03-31-2013 22:22:19 | More by dtivp
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a nonic pint glass.
A- Pours a nice clear orange body with two finger of foamy white head.
S- Smells a lot like a sugary soda at first. Honey and ginger come out as I take few more whiffs. A little molasses is in there as well. Smells inviting.
T- I'd be willing to be the flavors have dissipated somewhat since this one came out. That said, it is still tasty. This one is mostly malty with a subtle hop aftertaste. Faint amounts of spices poke through, but aren't enough to discern what they are exactly.
M- Medium body and lightly carbonated, but smooth.
O- Overall, this beer is just OK for me. I'd like to try it more in season to see if there is a noticeable difference in flavor.
03-24-2013 22:20:13 | More by tviz33
3.84/5 rDev -3%
Bottles purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.
A classic Christmas seasonal that people seem to go gaga over.
Pours a basically clear copper amber/brown, with a half inch head and a little bit of lacing.
Smells like cherries, cinnamon, sweet malt, and caramel.
The taste is similar. Much more restrained than the similarly adored Christmas beer, Mad Elf, from Troegs. Some light Maraschino cherry flavor, some slightly more tart cherry flavors, some caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and other holiday spices. Not much hop flavor.
Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, very drinkable.
Not my favorite style of beer, the winter warmer, but this is one of the better ones.
03-06-2013 01:00:38 | More by GreesyFizeek
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,112 ratings.