Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 812
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 144
Gots: 422 | FT: 9
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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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of afksports
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened Great Lakes' Christmas Ale about half a year past it's "enjoy by" date of 12/25/2010, but to be honest I think with the style not being overly hopped, and the alcohol at 7.5%, I could keep it pretty well. What I found inside the bottle was a drinkable beer that certainly has its strong points, while still falling a little short of one I'd want again.

It poured a copper to red hue with minimal lacing but a lovely deep appearance, in a weird way almost bright. It smells of yeast, ginger honey and spice, with the minimal hop presence due to both style and age. Definitely a winter warmer. The taste follows with the spice, and gives a mid-palate sweetness that's not unwelcome for the style, but also not my thing.

It's very nearly full-bodied, and would certainly be warming in winter months, but ultimately I'm not impressed enough to seek this one out over other local winter warmers, or even over Sam Adams'. Good, but not better than good.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Delicate aromas of cinnamon, ginger, honey and caramel malt. Medium bodied with an oily feel up front, a tangy feel at the finish, and subdued carbonation. Spicy flavors across the roof of the mouth with sweet dark fruit, honey and caramel malts over the tongue. Finishes cleanly with a subtle hop bitterness. Great balance of spicy, sweet and bitter in my opinion. This was an awesome easy drinking winter warmer!

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

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of chilidog
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got ahold of a couple of these for some of the GLBC limited offerings I have to search for out of town. Anyway, I'll gladly make thisone a yuletide tradition. It pours a burgundy, if not a dark cranberry color with a smaller than expected off-white head. The heads fades to a thin film although the carbonation is mild (no fizz) on this full bodied beer. Lace dose manage to dress the glass nicely. The aroma is spice and ginger. The taste is also packed with ginger, spice, cinnamon, caramel malt while backed by a slight alcohol hop. The 7.5abv. dose a nice winter warming job while not overpowering the mouth. A great beer with all or most holiday eat treats.

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Dr. K. This could possibly be the best Festivus ever.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) It's a rusty kind of copper color. It's pretty clear. About a full finger of foamy white head, which settles to a dusting. Decent lacing.

S) Really nice aroma here. Fresh cut ripe pear, with just a little spice, mostly cinnamon. I really enjoyed this aroma. It left me thinking that this could be warmed up, placed in a thermos and taken to a Christmas parade.

T) Good, but at optimal temperature it is very good. The bottle recommends 55 degrees. The ginger zing and honey give this a nice balance.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. It is actually pretty smooth, even with the ginger. That zip just seems to mellow as it warms. Nice finish and aftertaste.

O) I really enjoyed this one. It's a festive beer. It kind of made me want to decorate the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, that was done already. If I had like five more of these, I could probably fall into it.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of whitenads
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

A: A clear copper color. A white/off-white head.

S: Took awhile for the scents to come through, once they did was malty and cinnamon scents. Some hints of ginger as well.

T: A good amount of malt flavor up front. Lots of cinnamon, honey and spice. The flavors combine well and it is not too spicy.

M: Just a tad thin, but a good amount of carbonation.

D: A high ABV keeps this beer from being a session beer, but a good winter warmer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 3/1/15 at 45 degrees into shaker
Aroma subdued, no hint of ginger, slightly sweet odor, probably vestiges of the honey
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy with large bubbles, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – virtually none
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins sweet but not cloying, muddled spices with none standing out or even identifiable; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.25

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper red, very small head even after a quick pour. Dissipates into a thin lace rather quickly.

Smell is all honey to me. Tastes good, nice and smooth up front with a spicy back end that blends in well with the ginger.

In the end, it satisfies - super mild for a winter warmer and very easy to drink. Why did I used to hate this stuff?

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong smells of spice are present as soon as I popped the cap off the bottle.

Poured a brilliant amber in color that doesn't leave much head.

Smells of ginger and allspice with some fruity esters.

Full bodied and smooth. The spice hits on the tip and back of my tongue while the ale smothers my tastebuds. Really a tasty winter warmer. Loads of fruity esters and a nice noble hop note. Bits of apple and pear come through. There is plenty of biscuity malt character here. You almost need a knife to cut through it.

The mouthfeel and body really make this winter warmer. the 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden. This drinks like a meal and I could get used to it.

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3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.