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Holiday Spice Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Holiday Spice Lager BeerHoliday Spice Lager Beer

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266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spice beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel, and clover honey.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2002)
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1/5  rDev -73%

apmcpm, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%

tfsimpkins, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.4/5  rDev -62.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The website states that this beer weighs in at 11% abv it's hard to believe that one. All I get fron the nose is holiday spices with a bit of honey sweetness, dark fruits. Mind numbing spices including cinnamon, ginger, allspice etc. Hints of vanilla and clove dance around as well there was a thread about some guy talking about how he was able to finish a whole six pack of this beer and he called it the Holiday Spice six pack challenge now that's what I call the Biggest Loser. Cloyingly sweet honey tones coats the palate with this shite, what a mess of a beer. Dark syrup with spice infused layers some orange peeel and honey with holiday spices. I can't finish this is pure shit. Mouthfeel is like lighter fluid with spice and booze burn as it warms. Drinkability sucks and I can't make it any more intricate than that.

WVbeergeek, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of ch473
1.58/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy burnt sienna with cream colored foam. An unusual looking beer, but inviting.

Smell consists of banana, clove and brown sugar. The scent does make me want to drink it. Smells very sweet, but I don't pick up much of the added flavors like clove and cinnamon. Maybe a bit of nutmeg.

The taste is terrible; I taste metal (like a penny) and cherry cough syrup. I can barely finish this one. The lackluster aroma was much better than the flavor. I don't even get a hint of the 11% alcohol content because it's completely covered by the cloying sweetness.

No way I would drink another one of these, I can barely finish one. The sweetness is overwhelming. I could never drink this to complement any food. It reminds me of overly sweet, cheap whiskey. It's not enjoyable to drink; I found it hard to get down. I don't often give bad reviews but this beer is nearly undrinkable.

ch473, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with OK carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is a overly spiced malt, Hops are hard to get.

The taste is gross, like spooning pumpkin spice. Just nasty.

The mouthfeel is, yuck just can't get that taste out of my mouth, body ok, carbonation, ok. Yuck.

Drinkability... NOT

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Mikedux30
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Mikedux30, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of BeccaH
2/5  rDev -45.9%

BeccaH, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Pauly2X
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Cloudy deep amber color, half finger head faded fast to a wisp.

S- Strong smell of cloves, followed by lighter honey aromas. Hmm Ham anyone?

T- A dance of sweet caramel malts being drowned out by cloves, hops are forced into hiding.

M- Smooth moderate carbonation.

D- No thanks, I'm good with one.

I think this beer would be much better if the spices were toned down to work with the malt and hops, rather than trying to bully them out.

Pauly2X, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown, with reddish edges and a black center. Very little head. Big spice aromas first off -- nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice -- and something that reminds me of diacetyl that I can't put my finger on. The spice smells get in the way of the malt smells, which show through with only the faintest glimmer. On the palate, huge, bludgeoning sweetness hits at first... though you become habituated to it with time. Cloying spicyness melds with the sweetness, yielding something like spiced eggnog mixed with a can of One Pie. Not too appetizing. Thick mouthfeel, relatively mild carbonation. With this and many other winter warmers, I keep thinking of the word "restraint!". As in, the brewers should use some. Too much spice, too much sweetness, nothing subtle or balanced here.

geexploitation, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of AlphaKing414
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

AlphaKing414, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Garrett092112
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Garrett092112, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Chucker17, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of aaronbeach69
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: good appearance nothing amazing, a cloudy hazelnut brown, off white yellow/creme with decent lace

smell: this is the most definitive part of this "spice" lager... sooo much spice... oh wow... where to start cinnamon... almost egg noggish.. bananas... peanut butter cookies.. .they stuffed christmas dinner in the bottle... and it's too much for me to handle

taste: the smell seeps into the taste, wtih any beer tastes being completely muffled by the strong alchohol and the much stronger spices..

mouthfeel: mouthfeel?? no mouthfeel, becuase all nerved in my mouth were rendered useless by the spices and alchohol

drinkability: well after the first few you just can't taste or anything so then it's OK but in real respect this beer is just not drinkable at all

notes: sorry for saying such things about a beer respected by others.. maybe I got a bad pack but I struggled through these beers honestly, I just couldn't handle the smell, if others can I could see them really enjoying this around chrsitmas.. maybe mix it with egg nog or something .. but I cant' handle it

aaronbeach69, Jul 29, 2004
Photo of mikereaser
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice chestnut brown with about a 1/4 inch of off white foam that quickly disappeared and left only a ring of fine bubble around the glass

S - strong smell of spices that almost smell chemical, sort of funkiness to it that just doesn't seem right for this one

T - licorice, hints of alcohol, and spiciness.

M/D - A little bit too fake spice for me. I like winter beers, but this one just seems a little bit over the top and reduces its drinkability to just one and probably not again.

mikereaser, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Coppery exit from the bottle turns a deep christmas burgundy in the glass with a dark tan head that is skimpy, washy, and quick to dissipate. Large collection of macro-bubbles stick to the glass walls.

S: Cinnamon, cold cola, and nutmeg are very soft, low key with no real contributer stepping up.

T: Flavor was spicy, with some cinnamon-nutmeg, toasted caraemel sweetness and a hint of clove and toffee. Cypress and some saffron are also evident. The spicing is heavy handed, perhaps a bit to much so. The flavor is sickening sweet, with some dry cherry coughsyrup and a touch of pine-scotch alcohol coming there-after.

M: sticky, bubbly on the tongue with a medium bodied with some alcohol warmth.

O: Overall a bit unbearing sweet and over-spiced and one that didn't sit well with me. A hot mesh of spicy sweetness, unbalanced, a hard one to consume and not one that i will miss next holiday season.

beerthulhu, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark semi cloudy red/brown. Tan head that thins out quickly.

S - Lots of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves.

T - Taste them all. Ok flavor. There's too much going on here.

M - Too overpowering and too much going on. Slight after taste that lingers.

D - Not great. This beer smells great and looks good but the flavor is so confusing for you tastebuds. One or two strong flavors with a bunch of supporting spices is ok but this has a ton of all of the spices. It's too much.

jeffmonarch, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of WJVII
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep orange, red tint color, with a off white head that leaves minimal lacing and doesn't last long. The aroma is extremely strong with orange, spice, honey, and clove very present. The taste is very over powering with spice notes. This is just not my style. It is hard to say if this represents the style b/c it is not a usual brew for my taste. It seems to stand for what it is and I respect that.

WJVII, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

GRG1313, Feb 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Acforster2, Dec 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

liqman612, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of nheinzie57
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

nheinzie57, Jan 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

t0rin0, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of cyraxx
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This ones been sitting around for a while, so I finally got to it...
12oz bottle poured into my Mad Elf snifter:

A - Best part of the beer. Pretty chestnut/ruby color with a bit of eggshell foam that lingers.

S - Blast of artificial cinnamon with most other spices faded and a bit of caramel malt aroma.

T - Sweet up front with the cinnamon from the nose which then moves into a decently sour flavor, which I am assuming is not intended and out of place. Pretty odd, and isn't terribly lager like. The flavors are pretty muddy and not clean.

M - Decent mouthfeel with decent prickly carbonation on the tongue.

D - Drinkability is fairly high considering the ABV, but the tasted kind of knocks it down for me, personally.

cyraxx, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of vibrant cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, with a firm malt backbone. The taste is even more spicy than the aroma, and I'm not sure that is a good thing. I really like the aroma, but the taste is just too much. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this would be a really good beer if it were a bit mellower. As is I don't think I'll be drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, clove, and citrus

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: An average winter warmer that is at minimum slightly overspiced. I have had way better this holiday season. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would search for again.

tigg924, Dec 16, 2009
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Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.