Holiday Spice Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by pmcadamis:
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A - This holiday brew is dark chestnut brown with a hint of deep beet color when held to the light. The head is very small and short lived after pouring. Oddly, a quick swirl brings up a beautifully thick beige head. That's really strange since I poured this one relatively aggressively. Huh. To be fair, I'll score this one on the head that built up after the swirl. The lace is silky and finely bubbled, and sticks well too. Nice looking brew!
S - Before putting my nose to the glass, I can already smell mashed brown-spotted bananas or banana baby food (my personal favorite). Getting closer, I pick up a ton of banana, hearty yeast (almost hefe-like), and super-ripe fruit notes. Big time apricots, dates, and maybe even a little maraschino cherry/grenadine. This is delicate, but still deep and brooding. Outstanding.
T - Mashed sweet-potatoes with marshmallows, dried apricots, prunes, dates, fruit cake, and minty spruce. This is screaming "HOLIDAY BEER" big time. Soft and juicy orange flavors remind me of those little sugary jelly orange wedges crusted in sugar: the ones that are made of the same stuff as gummy bears but look like an artificial orange wedge. Some spices make things interesting, but never overpower the nice dried fruit notes. I wish more spiced holiday brews had this kind of restraint.
M - Full bodied and sugary. This one is slick like sweet sugary candy, but has a touch of dryness from the spice. Would be a little better if it weren't so cloying, but then again this beer is all about a Christmas pudding/desert vibe and the mouthfeel matches the flavors. The high ABV is totally hidden. I was completely surprised when I read the label after taking a few sips. I was expecting maybe 6%, but 9.5%... daaang!
D - This is a great desert brew or nightcap for a cold winter evening spent in pajamas. I wouldn't want more than one, but that's okay. This one will last me a while as I swirl sniff, and slowly sip. I've been less than impressed with Lakefront in the past, but this is a really well built brew.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2010 17:54:58 | More by pmcadamis
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3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle for $0.99 on clearance at Groppi's? Why the heck not. Poured into Mr. Pint
Appearance: Deep reddish-brown with virtually no head. Very fizzy.
Smell: Lots of holiday spices. Honey? Check. Ginger? Check. Cinnamon? Oh yes. Nutmeg, cloves, and orange cloves? Yup, yup, and yup. Smells delicious.
Taste: ... something seems amiss here. The spices seem muted compared to the heavenly smell. Flavors are understated. Not bad, but not spectacular like I was expecting from the smell. Sigh. For something that's 9.4% ABV, I'm pleasantly surprised with how well the alcohol is hidden, though.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for sure. Sticky.
Worth $0.99 for sure. Not worth $9.99 for a 4 pack in-season. Maybe I'll grab another to age for a year, but... eh.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 01:20:36 | More by don1481
3.86/5 rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Surprisingly dark brown body that pours with a nice, light brown head that has horrible retention. Good carbonation. No lacing.
Here is where this one shines. Very sweet with gobs of spicing. Looking for truth in advertising? Here it is - everything the label calls out is detectable. Nutmeg and cloves are the most prominent. Honey is noticeable with a hint of orange. Very clean.
A pleasant bitterness right up front followed quickly by a full on assault of spice. Tons of nutmeg and cinnamon lace a very sweet, lightly roasted malt backbone.
Big body for a lager. Spritzy carbonation. Sweet finish.
I found myself enjoying this concoction of spices. It's easy to drink considering its' big body.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 18:58:48 | More by alphagnome
Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 257 ratings.