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Holiday Spice Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.71%

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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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagerish mouthfeel and above average with surprisngly sourness within a lager. It works, with orange and spices following. Imagine a toned down honeyed up cantillon.Some beige transparency and quality aromas. Yeah cloves, honeyed over, and worth trying this beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 20:33:28 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during the 4th week of October.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and lots of spice aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, honey, and a spice overload. There is no real bitterness per se but the spices do linger on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel which feels weird with the spices in the beer. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but nothing I would buy again. None of the spice smells and flavors really stand out which creates a muddled spice quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 02:01:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Festive reddish orange with a bronze-like glow when backlit with sunshine. A stationary storm of fine yeast makes the beer look even more attractive. The golden beige crown doesn't look tremendous, but it gets the job done, laying down streamers of suds as it starts to fade.

Holiday beer rule #1: spices should be present. Holiday Spiced Lager contains cinnamon and cloves, in addition to orange peel and honey. I probably couldn't have identified the ingredients if blinded, but the combination of sweet, fruity and spicy is very nice.

This is an exceptionally well-crafted winter warmer. My only (minor and nitpicking) quibble is that it would have been better as an ale. The proportionality of the extra ingredients is right on the money. Some might think it's too heavily spiced. I think it's juuust right.

HSLB doesn't drink anywhere near its 9.5% ABV. The lagerilicious mouthfeel is build for speed (incredibly smooth and silky, with no rough edges in sight) and there isn't even a smidgen of alcohol. Now that I'm into the middle portion of the bottle, there's no doubt that the taste score deserves a bump. This is compulsively drinkable beer.

I don't want to simply recite the ingredients listed above when describing the flavor profile, but they're all present and accounted for. A thick layer of clover honey and spiced orange marmalade on toasted bread gets it about right. What a fantastic combination of sweet, bitter, citrus fruity and spicy.

Holiday Spice Lager is Lakefront Brewery's best offering by a country mile. I'm amazed at how seamlessly integrated and how delicious it is after a mere six months in the bottle. It probably ages exceptionally well, but I can't imagine that it'll be any better in the future than it is right now. This is a 'case' beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 15:11:57 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gracefully slips out of the bottle a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with no so much of a head as a sustained, thin, white ring of bubbles along the inner edge of the glass.

Smell: Heady, aromatic combination of toasty malts, sweet-scented honey, fruity orange peels, and a very generous dose of various counter-top spices. Now there's a nice, holiday-type nose for ya!

Taste: Lusciously sweet blend of delicately toasted maltiness and gobs upon gobs of wildflower honey stolen straight from the tiny, stupid mouths of those dumb-struck drones and mindless workers. But this is all a nice counter to the heavy, flavorful blend of spices, with cinnamon and ginger being the more prominent of the mixture. It's nice to actually have a winter beer that doesn't try to pass off a weak beer with an all-too limp malt profile and nary a spice in sight as something 'festive'. Fruity tastes of candied apricots and juicy orange peels. Sweetish, spicy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carboantion. Delightfully smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Why, bless my soul, that was all kinds of alright and one I'd recommend, provided you're in the mood for something sweet, spicy, and warming. Generally, Lakefront's brews neither please nor displease, being very middle-of-the-road for me, but this, this Spiced Lager, much to my surprise,

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 20:49:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Seems a bit early for something like this, but I don't care enough to argue. It pours a murky burnt auburn topped by a mere few layers of small glowing off-white bubbles. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, mandarin oranges, some pinches of brown sugar, and an underlying aquifer of bland liquid pumpernickel. Honestly, I think I was expecting a bit more in my 'strils. The taste reminds me of gingerbread drizzled with a tropical fruit cocktail, the kind Dole likes to overcharge for. You know what I'm talkin' about. A hint of what seems like spearmint comes forth in the finish, but luckily this is a minor occurrence. Unfortunately, following this is a blast of sickly sweet nothingness. Those were the words my brain formulated on the spot, and those are the words I'm gonna stick with. Suffice it to say that the back end of the finish is rather cloying. The body is a lumbering medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly wet feel. Overall, what was probably a delicious-sounding recipe comes out a bit below par. I hope this is just last year's vintage; if it is, I'll make a second visit and see if things are any better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:28:09 | More by TMoney2591
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish color, lighter-red at glass's foot, with a nice, tight, tannish ring of foam above.
Aroma: an instant stand-out, with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, big, beautiful spiciness, quite nice. I love it!
Taste: verrry nice, deep and hearty, fully spiced, full-bodied, with a medium finish, and thoroughly tasty, if at times a touch hollow. That's just me feeling the lager of this brew, but the thinness I detect at times doesn't detract from the fullness of the flavor. All my old anti-Winter-Lager prejudices are rescinded and I can enjoy this brew in full. Really, a wonderful creation, not too far away from the likes of Anchor OSA, I don't mind saying!
Mmmm, this was a bottle whose contents did not falter at all throughout it's stay on my palate and I hoist my glass to Mr. Jeffboo for providing this sumptuous repast!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 09:12:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface by stating if this is 9.5abv then they have hidden it extremely well ( was thinking 6 to 7)

Appearance: Copper color which pours bright and throws minmal head and not much more lacing

Smell: Ginger, cinamon, honey, malt and alcohol

Taste: Cinamon, ginger, brown sugar, slight peppery taste and alcohol

Mouthfeel: A little slick, more carbonation please, nice balance

Drinkabilty: Not my kind of session beer, but appropriate for the holidays, would work well with ginegrbread or a nice pork roast!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 03:49:33 | More by russpowell
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy color (a little lighter at the bottom of the glass). It had a one-finger, white head that left ncie rigns of lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg!! There was also noticeable ginger, cinamon, and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of nutmeg, clove and citrus (from the orange peel). It had a light maltiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. It had a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good winter brew. One of the better ones that I've had this season.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 20:57:51 | More by zeff80
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3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as a deep amber color with a nice white head on top that doesn't leave much in way of lacing. The aroma is heavily spiced to the point where it almost doesn't really have aberration aroma. The taste was pretty strong, found that this beer goes well with food because the spices are really powerful in this brew. The mouthfeel was a little thick and very warming. Not a terrible brew, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 00:34:07 | More by Knapp85
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1.4/5  rDev -62.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 06:39:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber in color with a 3" thick head. Some nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: holiday spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: mild malt presence with some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, plums, and a decent bitterness to balance it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lighlty crisp to start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkabiliy: nice beer for a cold winter day. Slow sipping but more than one could be enjoyed in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 12:45:46 | More by Gavage
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, glad to see this one available in the Southland, I'm always up for a new winter beer,

A: Pours a deep red to brown with a medium off-white head. Good head retention, spotty lace.

S: Lots of winter spice. Sweet orange peel and cinnamon, light notes of honey.

T: Good malt flavour, the complexities of the spice isn't quite up to snuff as it was in the nose. A bit of muddled cinnamon, some heavy clove especially on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly boozy, some biting carbonation, spice heavy finish. I'd never guess this was 11%.

O: There's some good stuff in there, but something that really shines on the nose. Perhaps it's a lot harder to make a winter warmer out of lager. Nevertheless, this is a solid effort and worth a single pickup.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 06:20:54 | More by Halcyondays
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Work has been anything but a holiday these last few weeks and I feel like I could use some spice in my life. My local trader, tone77, dropped this off for me recently and as I trudged home from another day of drudge, the thought of a big, spiced beer held a good bit of appeal for me.

From the bottle: "We at Lakefront wish you and yours a truly joyous and prosperous new year."; "Brewed with honey, oranges & spices".

My aggro pour revealed a VERY active beer that was capable of creating an abundance of deep-tan head with great retention. In fact, there was initially so much head that the beer seemed to be cascading as it settled. A good whiff of the nose led me to believe that (at least) clove, cinnamon and allspice went into its production. There was an orange-citrus scent also, but the honey was lost in the mix. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a lot of spice evident in the mouth. I stand by my claim of cinnamon and clove, since they were the most powerful flavors on the tongue. Finish was dry, spicy and pleasant. My headache began to subside and I was ready for another beer, not necessarily another of this one, but another beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:45:14 | More by woodychandler
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown appearance, like a hearty brown ale, almost no head or lace or retention. Smells of holiday spice type stuff, cinnammon, nutmeg, you get what I'm getting at.

Smooth taste, you have got to be shitting me if this is actually 11% alcohol, I thought it was more like 6 or 7. Slightly sweet, lightly warming. Consistency was thinner than most beers of this alleged strength. Maybe some orange peel in it. Cocoa powder? Honey seems to smooth this one out.

Really, one of the more enjoyable winter beers out there that is easy to get a hold of.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 16:40:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears to be a nicely carbonated, chill hazed, dulled scarlet red. A slight ivory white film coats the surface. The aroma is nice...cinamon, orange and toasted malt. The taste is all about the spices. Cinamon is dominant. Ginger is there. And seemingly nutmeg. The malt base is very sweet. The honey adds some sweetness as well. Even with the sweetness and spice, this beer is pretty drinkable. A holiday favorite of mine.

Thank you Pieman for the sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 20:48:27 | More by Bighuge
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New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:35:38 | More by beerthulhu
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4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 6 pack from sadhannas for like 6.50

appearance: pours a lovely amber with a fluffy white head and impressive lacing. looks quite nice

smell: cinnamon, honey, brown sugar...a very festive malty beer, smells sweet and toasty and very appropriate for the season

taste: this is classified as a winter warmer, but it certainly branches out a little. very nicely spiced...cinnamon and honey are dominant, sweet fresh fruit flavors and some grassy hops

mouthfeel: cinnamon burn, alcohol hidden quite well

drinkability: pretty darn drinkable

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 03:55:58 | More by dirtylou
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3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have really enjoyed trying all of the deifferent holiday beers I have been finding lately. This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin light beige head. Aroma immeditattely reminded me of cinnamon-flavored dental floss. Orange smell was also present. The flavor consisted of spices, hops and honey and while slightly unbalanced it was still enjoyable with a rather dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 08:59:23 | More by Dogbrick
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light brownish, burnt orangy yellow color thats quite clouded and has a strange glow from the bottom up with a medium ivory colored head from a vigorous pour, sits soft and thick but dwindles down somewhat fast; minimal stringed lace. Aroma is a whole lotta spice! Allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, fly across the air and is very fresh and lovely into the nose, a light touch of dulled plum and sweet potato and toasty malts are in the back but are hard reaching due to the very spicy array this holiday keeper has. Taste is much more subdued then the smell gives way too, which is a good thing, I don't think I would like a glass of allspice, would you? But the spices are there but favorably mixed with a soft toasted Vienna-like maltyness with a slight sweetness underneath some of the allspice and ginger. Quite a nice semi-milding taste thats very pleasant and subtle. Good medium body feel and has a lingering spiced dryness for the finish. The 9.5% ABV surprised me, its no where to found if that is truely the ABV, no where. This was gone in no time and goes down super easy with a good little zip of spice. More please. Thanks jeffboo!!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 04:34:41 | More by tavernjef
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4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
11% ABV, Vintage 2012, Bottled on 10/23/12 printed on the neck.

A - Holiday Spice pours a beautiful and dark crimson amber color that is briefly topped by a thin ivory head which, due to the alcohol, disappears rather quickly leaving little lace on the glass. A good swirl reveals some lingering alcohol legs with dribble down the glass slowly.

S - The aroma is close to the epitome of a holiday beer. Spices flourish in the nose with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A kiss of hops imparts a small earthy pine cone hint before moving to orange peel that gives the nose a nice citrus zest. Toasted wheat and oat bread with some warm biscuit provide a great base for the medley of scents and provides a nice transition to the honey-filled mead-like warm alcohol finish.

T - Despite the spice-rich aroma, the flavor is much more "beer-like" with spices as an afterthought making way for toasted, bread-like malts. Strong alcohol interrupts with a strong presence initially that fades quickly, blending into a sweet, honey coated biscuit malt flavor. Well balanced spices but a bit sweet.

M - Very smooth and robust, this is a full-bodied brew that's finishes with an almost cloying level of sweetness and faded dry spice that lingers on the tongue. Warming alcohol almost becomes solvent-like with a strong presence and finish.

O - Nothing ushers in winter and the Christmas spirit better than some Kenny G holiday classics and a snifter of Lakefront's soothing Holiday Spice. The beer's spicy aroma and full, rich flavor work well with it's high alcohol and warming feel but I seem to enjoy this (especially when compared side-by-side) with a year on it. Luckily Lakefront released a plethora of Vintage 2011 where the alcohol is more subtle and the spice, believe it or not, seems to shine with a little more cheer. Whether you enjoy it fresh or aged, this beer is certainly a holiday staple, worthy of any celebratory occasion!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:30:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Well doesn't look like a lager but I guess for 11% it wasn't meant too. Orange honey amber, clear and dark with little head that falls to a sticky lace ring.

S - Smell is light almost like an English brown with herbal tea malts and a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg. Smells mild with little notable ABV.

T - Well it's not bursting with flavor most notable is the English like brown malts, nutmeg, and mild cinnamon tones. Maybe it's the orange peel that provides an almost hop bitterness. I applaud that it's very balanced.

M - I don't know where it is but if I were to guess (and you have to since it's not listed on the bottle) it seems around 8%. A fine winter warmer,

Overall I tried their other beers and it seems this has the most balance and taste I ever tried from them. Worth picking up a single which was hella cheap at around 2 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 22:13:14 | More by DrDemento456
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4.9/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite winter beers I've tried...I'd love to have a keg of this $hit on tap for the cold winter months....hard to believe this is close to 10%..thanks to BigHuge via Pieman for the bottle...

Aroma is awesome...strong strong spicy ciniman and nutmeg...The aroma is dang near perfect and I'm rating it that way...I could smell this b!tch all night long....

The taste isn't far behind..for a winter beer it is spectacular...make that for a spice beer it is spectacular...amazingly the spiciness does not overwhelm...there is a incredibly tasty bready malt base to go along with the excellent spicy flavor..

It poured a dark cloudy orange...feels nice in the mouth...not overly sweet or overloaded with spices...I rate drinkability very high as this may be my favorite winter of the year along with Winter solstice from Anderson Valley...

I've found Lakefront to be a bit of an odd brewery...their regular beers are solid but not worth jumping up and down over...but their hard to find seasonals like this...their Bee Line Barley Wine and their Big Easy Blonde Doppelbock are truly special...

I'd pay up to $20 for a sixer of this I love it so much...What I wouldn't do for a kegger of this on tap in my basement....2-or 3 a night would help me fight through these -25 below Northern Minnesota Winter nights...If you see this buy it and drink it...and hord it for the future...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 22:20:12 | More by ZAP
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very spicy, nutmeg and ginger standing out. Taste is also full of spice, some oranges, lots of flavors blending well together here. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 14:58:31 | More by tone77
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3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep tawny brown hue with a haze-free body and a robust effervescence. The head poured a finger of creamy ivory foam but doesn't have a lot of retention. That color is just so rich, though.

Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon and clove are all right there. I feel like the underlying beer is quite sweet smelling, like a bock; I suppose it could be a lot worse, though, at 11%.

Taste: sweet, almost sickly sweet, brew. The spices don't work as well in the flavor as they do in the aroma. Upon further tasting, the disappointing beginning actually ends in a decently spiced pumpkin-pie-type finish. Not the worst thing in the world, although I don't love that start.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation, just as you might expect from the strong apparent effervescence. There's a really good level of creaminess here, which works well in the style.

Overall: an interesting beer, definitely one to limit to once a year. It is a lot like a pumpkin beer without the pumpkin (read: cinnamon and nutmegy), and has some flaws, but overall it is drinkable and perhaps worth a try if you're into this sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 19:16:34 | More by flagmantho
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4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. The metallic brass colored crown cap has the Lakefront Brewery Logo on it; a red ‘LB’ with a mug full of golden beer. A single 180° obverse label has a red background with a green wreath which has the Lakeland Brewery logo above it. The words ‘Holiday Spice Lager Beer’ rotate around the edges of the wreath. ‘Seasons Greetings’ is emblazoned across the middle whilst it is described as ‘Brewed with Honey, Oranges & Spices’ in the center. No listed strength, yet it does have a punch marked system on the right hand side of the label that shows that this was Bottled During Week 1 of November – 2004 I assume.

Appearance: Thick whiff of spicy carbon dioxide fills the air above my desk. Pours with a lovely dark copper body that is perfectly clear. The head is off-white and ½” thick at first. It calms down but stays at ¼” and uniform throughout. Nice carbonation, finely attenuated, bold and supportive.

Nose: Honey, Orange and Spices. Well the nose has a thick Christmas Spices odor, lots of Cinnamon and All-Spice soaked in warm toasted malts. Oranges are there, they are of the Orange Liqueur type though - pungently alcoholic. Thick nose that doesn’t disappoint.

Taste: The oranges and spiced Satsuma zest fill the taste profile at first. Toasted malts bring up the middle with some Cinnamon and a light honey sweetness. Orange marmalade finish that has a nutmeg skid mark. Sweet at times but never in an annoying way…I’m no fan of sweet brews but I enjoyed this one, the honey sweetness mixes with the toasted malts well and provides a nice balance to the sharp oranges and spices. Really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Solid feel, a strong 4.0 no doubt. The body has lots of density but is not overpowering. Oh the alcohol – yeah, where the hell is it?!?!

Drinkability: Rather well put together I have to say. Bloody quaffable.

Overall: NICE!! And a Lager to boot!! Impressive. I liked this. A tasty high octane Crimbo brew that pleases. Nicely balanced too.

Another Spicy-Cinnamon-Honey-Roll-Hesperidium BigCheers to Sir BigHuge for this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 05:39:29 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.