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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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2,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,045
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 89
Gots: 165 | FT: 4
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%

03-01-2014 20:23:50 | More by Knoxrb12
Photo of wattoclone


3/5  rDev -24.2%

09-12-2012 02:15:24 | More by wattoclone
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-17-2013 22:27:33 | More by BamfBacon
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crisp and clear, copper in color, only a little bit of head that goes flat quickly. No lacing.

The aroma and flavor are really well done. Subdued spices provide character and a warm feeling without overwhelming my palate or my nose. Cinnamon is more evident than the other spices, but ginger comes through too. A prominent malty sweetness is evident throughout, but there is also a dry finish.

Slick and little bit flat, the mouthfeel is a disappointment considering the other solid qualities of this beer. Still, a very nice winter warmer, and no doubt, I will drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:53:16 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-20-2014 04:01:01 | More by mattreitz49
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

11-15-2012 03:36:23 | More by Envelopes
Photo of Sturmthis


4/5  rDev +1%

11-02-2012 03:11:06 | More by Sturmthis
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle into pint glass.

Clear,medium copper color,off-white head,creamy,layer of foam throughout the beer.Lots of carbination,lively looking.
Sweet honeyied malty aroma,spicey,a candy-like smell,hints of vanallia,cinnamon,nutmeg,ginger,complex and inviting.
A spicey taste,lots of cinnamon,a sweet malty taste,vanallia,a bitter taste of the ginger,but just a hint,a sharp,clean,spicey,bitter finish.
A medium body with creamy texture.A very good winter ale with a lot of holiday flavors,but not overdone,very drinkable and enjoyable. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 00:58:30 | More by jcdiflorio
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

07-13-2013 05:17:32 | More by rxthree
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-28-2013 17:05:12 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orangish color. good clarity. almost no head that quickly fades.

Smell: ginger, cinnamon and sweetness. fairly weak but smells pretty good

Taste: lots of ginger. cinnamon is weak and hidden underneath. not a lot of malt profile but some sweetness. not the strongest tasting beer especially for its strength

Mouthfeel: fairly light, ginger lingers behind.

Overall: i found the flavors to be nice in this one but it was just too weak in flavor and smell for me. a lot tastier that the other spiced winter warmers ive had

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 16:25:27 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of beachbum1975


3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful, lightly hazed coppery red with a huge, aggressive frothy head with excellent, light mocha lacing.

Smells of muted cinnamon, nutmeg, lightly toasted malts and a trace of pumpkin.

Light to medium bodied with medium flavor. Tastes much like the nose, only richer. Cinnamon and malts dance around with an aftertaste of an all-spice/pumpkin blend.

Crispy, mildly dry mouthfeel with ample carbonation throughout.

Drinkable, but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:44:13 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of webmanspidey


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Chimay chalice. This is translucent, and a pink/peach color. Smell is sweet and fruity with hints of berries, pomegranate, honey, and cinnamon. Taste is well balanced and drinkable with a slightly bitter finish. The spices are definitely present but not as intense as in the smell. Great drinkability for the ABV. Nearly no alcohol presence.

I haven't been too big of a fan of this style in the past but this one's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 04:10:28 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of sendsilk


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra ina recent trade. 12 oz. bottle siad best drank by 3/3/11 and todays the 28th, close enough.

A- Beautiful appearance. A lovely burnt amber. small head with nice lacing on the glass

S- Good, smells like a spicy ale and sometimes these thing just kick your ass with spice so I am a little hesitant.

T- Nice. mild and well balanced. A very pleasant surprise. This is not normally my style but I can sure dig on this beer for a while.

M- Good

O/D- A surprisingly easy to drink spiced ale. The first Grweat Laked beer that I have had, it set the stage for some better Great Lakes beers I have heard about. Next I will try to acquire their porter, Nosferatu, Eliot Ness and some others I have heard about.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:40:27 | More by sendsilk
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4/5  rDev +1%

12-04-2012 05:58:01 | More by SaxmanRick
Photo of bigdeuce


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is an incredibly easy drinking Christmas winter warmer. Has lots of cinnamon flavors in it and some ginger as well. Pours an oft-red color with some head, not much, doesn't lace much either. Of course the one I had was way too cold. Very smooth and clean taste. Very potent, although it doesn't initially seem like it as the alcohol is barely detectable. I highly recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 21:10:55 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of mralphabet


3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into Pilsner Glass

A: Ruby red. Poured not to gently and got about 1 fingers worth of head... Nice white head with good retention.

S: Different... the aroma of cinnamon, ginger spice, maybe some nutmeg.... Very spicy mix... and clean smelling

T: Catching floral hops right upfront... then some cinnamon, ginger.... ends with a little bitterness... Somewhat complex. The ABV is very warming.... so Winter Warmer fits.

M: Medium bodied... good bit of carbination.... Goes down smooth... with just a little bit

D: Take your time with this one... becomes a little better the more it warms up.... For me this one is not a multi drinker... I would add this one to my winter mix any time.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 04:02:15 | More by mralphabet
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful red hue with quickly fading white head. Aroma of ginger, some other spices. Some lacing and rings around the glass, reminds me of snow. Flavor is nice balance of cinnamon, ginger, and sweet honey. Very drinkable, and at 7.5% abv. it's very sessionable, for about 4 beers (230z. brewtus at applebee's), then it's nap time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 15:25:34 | More by beergod1
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-26-2012 01:07:40 | More by tmars13
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-21-2014 02:50:49 | More by mpenning13
Photo of zimm421


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark copper colored with a thick, foamy, white head that dissolves slowly, with some remaining the entire time. Leaves little lacing.

S - Ginger, with a little bit of honey scents. Not a lot that stands out here

T - A lot of taste, hard to pick out a lot of specific tastes, but there are certainly ginger and honey, following the nose.

M - Thick and creamy with some good carbonation.

D - Not difficult to drink at all, but definitely something that would go better with a meal, rather than on it's own.

A good Holiday beer, but definitely not the best holiday drink I had this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 23:35:54 | More by zimm421
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-13-2013 00:17:06 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of jcalabre


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 3 December 2002.
Appearance: This has a clear copper color with a long lasting off white head.
Flavors: great cinnamon/nutmeg flavors. very different, very enjoyable
It's medium bodied and what I liked is that it didn't overpower me with the cinnamon/spicey winter beer thing. Good job

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 21:00:20 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Bill235


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-11-2013 13:38:56 | More by Bill235
Photo of Slynger


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crystal clear light copper color with a small, slow rising, fuzzy white head and some lacing to boot.
The first whiffs deliver some sweet caramel and honey along with lightly toasted malts. Subtle cinnamon and ginger spices meld this into a solid and well balanced nose.
The taste is every bit what the nose suggested and more. Lightly sweet honey along with caramel and toasted malts. A faint white grape fruitiness makes an appearance accompanied by ginger and cinnamon, with a very mild bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is excellent as great lakes always is. Perfectly medium bodied; honey smooth yet creamy from modest carbonation.
Bottom line, GLBC rocks and so does their winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 05:21:39 | More by Slynger
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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