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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

2,082 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,082
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 90
Gots: 175 | 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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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-28-2013 01:14:10 | More by BostonPhilly
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-28-2013 17:05:12 | More by Pellinore1
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-13-2013 00:17:06 | More by Brushkanna
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beachbum1975

Ohio

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
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

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
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zimm421

Ohio

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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mralphabet

Virginia

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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davemathews68

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-13-2013 23:48:02 | More by davemathews68
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beergod1

Ohio

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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bschinelli

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-02-2013 21:22:21 | More by bschinelli
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-02-2012 00:42:25 | More by LarryMyers
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-26-2012 01:07:40 | More by tmars13
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Bill235

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-11-2013 13:38:56 | More by Bill235
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mpenning13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-21-2014 02:50:49 | More by mpenning13
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-11-2014 20:40:16 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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jcalabre

California

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
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juicebox

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.3%

02-21-2013 17:29:49 | More by juicebox
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scootercrabb

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

01-17-2012 18:34:14 | More by scootercrabb
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Slynger

Illinois

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
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minterro

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mix and match six pack from Oades

This beer is an annoying phenomena in Cleveland, I’ve had it before (first time rating it) and it’s not as good as people make it out to be. I’ve witnessed at least 5 or 6 facebook pictures of people getting this beer, it’s like a status thing in Cleveland. Its not bad to become aware of microbrews but to do it to be in the “in” crowd is irritating.

A & S: Sweet malts, burnt sugar, ginner, and a bit smoky. Fizzy light tan that pours ½ a finger and fades really quick. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom. Clear orange colored beer. No real lacing present.

T & M: I’m tasting a lot of ginger in this batch (its overpower). Pretty spicy. Not a whole lot of cinnamon and the honey is more there but just in the aftertaste. I think I’m tasting a bit of nutmeg also. Not overly sweet with is nice. No real Pretty crisp (maybe after letting it cool a bit it wont be so much), not smooth. Letting it warm helps with the crispness. Medium bodied.

O: above average beer, no debating that. It’s overrated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:43:07 | More by minterro
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Roger85

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

03-08-2014 04:27:25 | More by Roger85
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PEBKAC

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

JohnGalt1 comes through with long-awaited seasonal for my slurping pleasure. My first Great Lakes brew.

I rode around town today trying to stock up for the beer apocalypse, with 50mph gusts going up-hill in first gear, on one of the deadliest boulevards in the country. I honestly almost feel like boiling this one first, but I'll reserve that idea for another time.

The beer pours out pure copper, about 10 degrees off my prescription, I can read the monitor just fine through these beer goggles. No head to speak of, but the bubbles underneath speak for themselves. The smell coming off this glass is engaging. Let's focus on that.

It almost smells like a heather ale. Spices are very soft & floral. Something like lavender, gale, & an oddly soothing mix of caramel & pine oil. A faint trace of alcohol lifts off the top. Slightly muted overall in scent, but much better then so many over the top winter spiced beers that are more like over-saturated potpourri then anything else. Comparable to the medicinal smell of Fantome Strange Ghost in my opinion, just not as intense.

Taste has a light nutmeg character upfront, with an intense pumpernickel sweetness. It moves into an extra toasty(but not roasted) crust, & brings along a mild lettuce-like bitterness to close things out.

Dry & a little low on carbonation, it still flows really easy. Low in the hop department almost always equal in me having another. There's a reason it's available in six packs. :) Alcohol really is all to quiet. Why did I only get one?! :P

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:51:31 | More by PEBKAC
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

11-24-2011 04:56:51 | More by EasyReader
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

09-16-2013 17:44:13 | More by Ncpogs
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Reddish/copper, and quite clear. Pours with massive 3+ fingerss of creamy, tan head. Fades slowly into a nice, thin cap. Excellent head retention. Heavy lacing.

S- "Christmas" spices (think allspice/ginger/cinnamon), with a nice sweet maltiness.

T- Well moderated spices blend superbly with sweet malty backbone. Minimal bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium feel.

D- Quite good. The spices are well represented, but not overdone, allowing this one to be quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Great Lakes rarely disappoints, and this is no exception. A superb warmer that I'll be happy to have again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:55:55 | More by DoctorDog
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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