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

2,641 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,641
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 146
Gots: 439 | FT: 9
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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Photo of TheHopQueen
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mecmd
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hail_seitan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, I'd never thought I'd ever get to try this. A buddy of mine got this in a trade.
Bottom right corner reads "Please enjoy by 02/20/15."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a hazy bronzed brown color with a light carbonation seen rising to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Light stringy lacing stuck finely to the sides of the glass.
The smell, hot damn, wow. Well, it had a nice sweet cherry to light spruce and combined with a super nice sweet honey.
The taste takes those previously mentioned flavors to combine and make lip smacking sticky tasting. I like it. A nice sweet honey aftertaste leads to a sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionable aspect to it. The carbonation seemed fairly appropriate for the style and for me, slightly smooth and honey sticky.
Overall, hot damn, wow and holy crap! This is probably one of my favorite winter warmers I've ever had. I wish I could get this on a regular basis.

Photo of MikeThumel
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SJCash
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgal4297
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Inglum515
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Waveoff
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Qbdoo
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of akttr
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerCrack
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDominator
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beersnake1
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidzord
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcconnell325
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of frlrv1020
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xJMFCx
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber brew, topped with a light, cream-colored head. Poor retention and almost no lacing. Almost completely transparent.

Spices (especially cinnamon) dominate the aroma, with sweet notes of honey and brown sugar behind. A bit of vanilla. In a blind smell test, it would be easy to convince people this is a pumpkin ale.

Flavor is more complete and nuanced than the aroma, but cinnamon still dominates from start to finish. Lots of caramel malt and brown sugar lend a body to complement the spice. I don't get the ginger, and I really only detected honey in the aroma, although it could easily be blending in with the sweet malt body.

Very easy to drink. Nice and smooth, with a warm finish. Dry, spicy finish of cinnamon and nutmeg, yet cloying and sticky. Very lively with moderate sting.

This is pretty tasty, although I generally don't run out to buy spiced beers. It's easy to drink, sweet, and pretty interesting.

A brew like this highlights the fact that during the Fall, people don't like pumpkin; they like pumpkin spice. This beer has almost the exact same flavor profile as most pumpkin beers, albeit with a much smoother and sweeter malt base (and obviously, no pumpkin).

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,641 ratings.