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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,347 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 124
Gots: 293 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Rod_J, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Joey1566
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Joey1566, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of mj81
4/5  rDev +1%

mj81, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Fergyx825
2.25/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: a brownish red beer, with some head on the pour. It sticks around for a bit around the edges of the beer and on the surface of the beer. This matches the description of a winter warmer.

Smell: at first you can smell the spices in this beer, they smell rich and thick. Cinnamon and nutmeg, and then you can smell the light hops of the beer, and some maltyness in it.

Taste: the rich spicy flavor is evident, the beer is spicy like fire sauce. Its very high in alcohol content. This is not enjoyable whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and a medium thickness beer. These match each well.

Overall: This looks good, smells good, but it tastes terrible. I was looking forward to this too.

Fergyx825, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of miwestcoaster
4/5  rDev +1%

miwestcoaster, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

lobos62, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4/5  rDev +1%

TheMultiYeast, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of jman005
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

jman005, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +1%

Morakaton, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure ruby red color, which is festive and beautiful. I get some spices on the nose. Not a big aroma at all. I get some orange, cinnamon spice, and a bit of pie spice in the body. It's really a bit flat for me. Mouthfeel is normal for this style. Overall, I don't think I'd go for this beer even during the holidays. It feel short in the base beer for me, so the minimal spices just didn't elevate it enough.

PHBoiler, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

lcdawg, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa yesterday, being told that that was enjoyable and a good seasonal beer. While I didn't know what to expect with this, I can honestly say that I've never had anything like this before. This was certainly spicy but not to a large extent and because the alcohol was quite recessed, those notes shone through quite nicely. This was a bit light in hue for a Winter Warmer but certainly full and worth savoring, after the adjusting to the slightly unusual notes in this beer!

The pour to this was a light hazelnut with a moderate amount of head that quickly dissipated and some lacing that slid down the edges of my pint glass after every sip. Loads of ginger in the nose and more of a gingerbread in the taste, reinforced by cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of lemon pepper, and other wintry spices. Some graham cracker in this too but this never felt too thick or chewy - the mouthfeel was quite nice and pretty balanced, with just a hair too much carbonation. A bit of lemon zest and ginger lingered in the aftertaste, leading me to want to take another sip to subdue it just a bit.

The alcohol was present but because the spice was so pronounced, I felt that it did more of the warming than the booze did. By the end of the bottle, the strength of this could be felt but not to the point where I wouldn't have another one of these. Two would be just about it though, as this would not be a beer to chug in large quantities. If you're decorating a gingerbread house or having a plate of cookies around the fire, grab this beer and enjoy. It's a good choice for this time of the year and not like anything else on the shelf, all while staying stylistically and seasonally true to form.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

heerboth, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

intothepit86, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of loupap
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

loupap, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of brewtus
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours copper brownish orange with a singe finger white head. Smell is tons of nutmeg, heaps of ginger, plenty of honey, malty, bready. Tastes as promised , very fresh ginger, smooth honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet brown sugar. Carbonation is nice. Overall I like this beer, I don't think it's the greatest Christmas ale out there. If you're not aware, people go a lite overboard for this, but hey I'm all about supporting a great Ohio brewery. A little sweet for me, but a very enjoyable seasonal .

brewtus, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Sparty55, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

roastedcoconut, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Jeeb, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of THFCBeerBQ
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6-pack of 12oz bottles at my local Wegman’s supermarket. Drink by date of 3/20/14 stamped on label. (More than three months from now so this is pretty fresh)

Poured semi-vigorously into a pint glass.

A-Light brown in color. Super filtered with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Quarter-inch head present with some lacing. (good, not great)

S- Sweet smell, predominantly gingerbread, cinnamon and other holiday spice. While it’s more of a sweet, caramel, malty nose there is a faint floral hop aroma present as well. I often find that Great Lakes’ brews are light on aroma but BIG on taste, let’s hope this is the same.

T- Sweet caramel flavor hits your palette first and carries all the way through this brew. Spice comes into play pretty early with gingerbread and nutmeg. The swallow releases a faint ginger and honey, hop flavor before leading into a slightly toasted aftertaste that’s lightly sprinkled with cinnamon.

M- Light-to-medium mouthfeel with textbook carbonation.

O- I never thought honey and ginger would go with cinnamon and holiday spice and I am still not overly convinced. This is a pretty good brew because Great Lakes is a pretty good brewery but I am not sure how many of these I would have back-to-back. I think this flavor combination would wear out on me sooner rather than later. Still, I am glad I gave this one a go.

86/100

THFCBeerBQ, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Tom_Gilman, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

ryand14, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

RichH55, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of coldy
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its that time of year, and I was reminded of my annual treat of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. As craft beer continues to grow, the shelves are packed with winter/Christmas varieties, but this particular continues to be an all time favorite. This beer has a wonderful balance, with just enough fruit/cherry without it being over powering.
The aftertaste has a light wheat, and the overall taste is a great representation of what a Christmas Ale should taste like. Delicious

coldy, Dec 01, 2013
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.