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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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89
very good

2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 89
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002)
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Icedogs

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite Christmas/holiday/winter seasonal of them all, by far. I crave this beer, I stalk it. Yes, I am quite biased in favor of Great Lakes Brewing Company because one of my best friends worked there for nine years and I've spent many a fine afternoon/evening at the place. But my preference for GLBC beer is primarily because the beers are almost always outstanding. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:19:18 | More by Icedogs
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mashedpotatoes

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is truly an incredible beer. Definitely one of my new favorites. The balance is perfect. Beautiful copper color pour with a medium to thick head with perfect lacing. Smell is subtle but intriguing. Taste is very smooth, very clean yet a bit complex. The ginger doesn't come through until later. When finishing off your first bottle the cinnamon is much more pronounced at the bottom. The finish is incredible and really keeps you coming back for more. Highly, highly recommended. Seasonal availability Oct through Dec.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 04:18:23 | More by mashedpotatoes
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bcray

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Jakes in Ashland Ohio. This is by far my favorite offering from GL though I enjoy many of their other beers.

The spices really sit upfront without being overbearing. The balance of this brew is darn near perfection. Very drinkable considering it has a slightly higher ABV.

I wish it were Christmas all year long! Also delicious in bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 16:34:06 | More by bcray
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pschul4

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice ruby red with a 1/4" off white head that dissipates quickly

S- Christmas cookies forsure. Honey and cinnamon and dark malts. So enticing

T- Wow, just like the scent except more intense. Lots of honey and cinnamon and nice malts wrap everything up. Perfection

M- Super smooth, works perfectly with the rest of the beer

O- Best example of a winter warmer out there. Seek out at all costs

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:59:23 | More by pschul4
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jkwuc89

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have sampled several Christmas ales and Great Lakes easily bests them all.

The appearance in the glass tempts the drinker with what's to come.

The warm aroma of Christmas spices greets the drinker. This carries over to the wonderful but not overpowering taste of Christmas spices when this ale reaches your palette.

This is definitely a winter warmer not only with the feel in one's mouth but also with it's ABV. This is not a session beer. It is an ale that should be enjoyed slowly.

I have found this on tap at the Winking Lizard near Columbus and Average Joe's in Dublin, OH.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 02:02:33 | More by jkwuc89
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sublimesipping

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap and quaffed at Bado's in the Iron City on boxing day. I have had this beer a number of times before, and it has always been at the top of my christmas ale list. The pints tonight absolutely knocked my socks off as well as knocked me on my a--. Very clean lines at this here establishment and the keg seemed very fresh as well so ratings are given as such. Apearance absolutley beautiful reddish mahagony color with good billowy head and eferesence. wonderful notes of the usual spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc but this beer was extremely well balanced with great harmony of flavors- excellent body and high, high drinkability. Great Lakes has always been one of the top notch midwestern brewers; these pints confirmed their rep in my mind and palate as well as reiniforced my view of this beer as the creme of their rotation. Drink it while you can and happy holidays.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 06:47:46 | More by sublimesipping
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Tronix

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich Copper Color.

Decent head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is just what you would expect from a Holiday Seasonal. Honey, nutmeg.. maybe a little cinnamon.

Very nice bite to this beer. It is one my favorites. Mix this with a Blackout Stout or Guinness for a traditional Black Christmas and you have a beer that's all around tough to beat.

From the feel of just one I continue to believe that Great Lakes understates their ABV by almost 1%. But the taste is very smooth considering the ABV.

GL is one of the best brewers in a top to bottom lineup comparison and This one is their Crown Jewel.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:36:00 | More by Tronix
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

11-30-2012 23:38:49 | More by reitzbrewing
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TCJosh

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

11-22-2012 02:28:25 | More by TCJosh
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clevelandhops

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

01-20-2014 21:33:44 | More by clevelandhops
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09robejo

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

01-11-2014 23:30:19 | More by 09robejo
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XUJOE

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

12-23-2013 02:05:25 | More by XUJOE
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wilsmith481

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

12-20-2013 20:37:22 | More by wilsmith481
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dhep16

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-08-2012 05:59:46 | More by dhep16
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TonyY

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

02-18-2013 19:18:43 | More by TonyY
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cmonfradi

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

11-29-2011 02:43:09 | More by cmonfradi
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Listers

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

12-05-2012 07:45:58 | More by Listers
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RWACKO

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

11-28-2011 00:44:06 | More by RWACKO
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krome

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

07-29-2013 13:04:12 | More by krome
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drwatson32

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

06-22-2014 17:46:33 | More by drwatson32
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - creates a large 3 finger creamy tan head on the pour, very dense on top. Golden orange color with some visible carbonation. A good looking beer.

Aroma - first impression of fruit and cinnamon, very spicy and sweet. Mmmmm....

Taste - nice malty base, but the cinnamon and spice flavors hit the taste buds full force. Some alcohol notes are present, though short-lived. A pretty solid hop presence follows, with just a barely detectable trace of ginger. Smooth aftertaste, a pleasing blend of hops and spices.

Mouthfeel - Solid body, coating the mouth with a bit of a drapy feel, but not overly done.

Drinkability - As it warms, the alcohol presence comes out more, but it can be difficult to have any left by the time it gets to room temperature! A wonderful beer for relaxing with in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 15:48:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BrianMurphy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

01-09-2014 18:33:31 | More by BrianMurphy
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ecut11

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-01-2013 00:39:22 | More by ecut11
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Sartorious

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

04-23-2014 02:51:54 | More by Sartorious
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twh7

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

10-06-2012 21:48:35 | More by twh7
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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