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Holiday Spice Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2002

Spice beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel, and clover honey.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had one of these last night. Gave weaker head than I remember from last year, so tonight I poured it a little more aggressively. I was rewarded with a finger and a half of head the color of banana pudding. Color is a nice rich brown and there is lacing; albeit weak; noted throughout consumption. When held up to the light a stream of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom center of the glass and disappearing up into the body of the beer.

Banana tannins are strong on this beer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger are main spices noted, with clove playing second fiddle. A little dark fruit and malt are noticed in the background as well. Very complex as winter warmers go.

Malt, a pervading banana flavor and mixed spices are the main flavors. The taste is good but doesn't seem as complex as the nose. I catch some dark fruit in there as well the more I search.

This is a medium bodied beer that goes down very quick and easy for 11% ABV. It does develop the alcohol burn in the back of the throat, but hey, winter WARMER, right?

This is my favorite winter warmer. I like most of the ones I've tried, but this one I keep on coming back to. I do have to second that note on the side of the page that says it isn't recommended for cellaring. I attempted to cellar a 6 from last years batch, and it just ended up tasting like bad bananas with some spice. So don't ruin the beer, drink it while it's fresh.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No date, just says 2011.

A: Pours a dark copper with a thin off white head.

S: Lots of nutmeg with hints of ginger and cinnamon.

T: The nutmeg comes out first and is quickly followed by ginger and cinnamon with a bit of orange zest. Finishes with a bit of hops and some dark fruit along with caramel malt. Lots going on.

M: Just heavy enough for a cold winter night with a perfect amount of carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warming.

O: One of the better winter beers I've had this year.

Photo of zeledonia
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of znichols
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark red, like rudolph's nose. A baby off-white head that quickly dissipates. Not a whole lot of lacing. Regardless of the head/lacing (or lack thereof), this beer still looks like its got some great body and flavor.

S- Complex aromas here. Lots of spice; big orange and clove with a hint of cinnamon. A touch of nutmeg in there too. Some alcohol in there as well. A little bit of sweet chocolate malt subtle hops finish it out. Really, really nice smell to this beer. Slightly reminiscent to the spices used in their Pumpkin lager.

T- The flavor is akin to the aroma, but not as pungent. More mellow and smooth flavor of orange, nutmeg, and a little cocoa. This one could use a year of aging to lighten the alcohol, but its really not that distracting. Little to no bitterness here. This has a nice flavor that screams holidays.

M- Very, very smooth mouthfeel. Sorta boozy and slick, but the moderate carbonation makes it creamy and rich. This is a festive treat.

O- This beer bring much merriment. Probably my favorite holiday beer (which i tend not to like). I would say its a doppelbock lager thats got the perfect amount of spices; not too much but you can notice them. Maybe not the best beer for the new craft drinker due to the heavier body and powerful flavor, but aficionados will appreciate it. Get a six pack for a loved one, or a case for yourself. Either way, this lager is a holiday must.

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Otis77
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of bkonk10
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mariposafan
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a whisp of creamy head over a murky mahogany body and that whisp fades almost immediately.

Interesting aroma. Some alcohol there but also a lot of orange oil and honey. Some spices as well but they're not at the forefront.

The flavor isn't nearly as orangey as I expected after the aroma. It is rich and malty. The orange and honey are still there but they're in balance. I'm not getting any nutmeg but some cinnamon for sure and maybe a hint of ginger. The alcohol is there but it's not hot, just a lingering aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is actually quite pleasant. Thicker than I was expecting but the alcohol and the fine carbonation cut through it just fine.

Overall it's my favorite winter warmer so far. This is closer to what I was expecting from the others. The lager part of it comes through as it's very like a dopplebock that's been dressed up for the holidays. I think I need a 6 pack of this around.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red, with rich foaminess. Not any detectable retention, though.

The aroma is definitely spices -- I get coriander, nutmeg, allspice...an appealing mix, and certainly reminiscent of other winter spiced ales (though much stronger at a startling 11% ABV).

The flavor profile is big, with fruits and spices figuring prominently. The finish is dry and boozy. One to sip, but quite enjoyable.

Photo of jmbranum
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought in Manhattan, KS but enjoyed at home in OKC.

Pours a dark coffee brown into the glass with a big fluffy tan head. Pleasant spicy aroma, but fairly subtle.

Flavor is rich and deep. Raisins, nutmeg, cloves, and hint of cinamin, lots of maltyness, tiny bit of lingering chocolate, maple syrup, caramel, tiny bit of orange, just a bit of black pepper and ginger. Very complex. Some nice balanced toastyness, but not too much. Very smooth. Maybe even a little bit of cream in the mix.

Mouthfeel is glorious. Perfectly smooth.

Long linger aftertaste. Alcohol is high but you can't taste it. Very well hidden. Dark chocolate and pepper is what lasts.

Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy brown, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of orange peel some cinnamon and sweet spices, some fruitiness, caramel malt. Taste is bitter orange peel, some sweet spices, dark toasted malts. Moderate carbonation and full body. Finish is sweet dark malt with bitter orange peel and sweet spices. The alcohol esters really come thru in the end. Overall an interesting and complex brew.

Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger tan head that fizzes and crackles away until all that is left is a thin dusting covering a blood clot-red body. Lacing is nearly non-existant.

The first thing noticed is bananas. They are ripe, ready for eating, and beckoning. A sweet maltiness, and some spices (nutmeg and clove, specifically) are also noticed. Which is rather odd as I can normally pick up cinnamon.

Dark and sweet malt flavors hug your taste buds leaving little (but some) room for the spices. Clove and cinnamon are quick to join the party but fall into the shadow of a long-lasting banana note. Odd though it may be in a dark lager, I really enjoy the banana as it plays quite nicely with the spices and sweet malt.

Thick and full bodied, this beer hits your mouth hard. Sticky and somewhat syrupy, it coats your mouth very well, but decent carbonation helps to prevent this brew from being too sticky.

The 11% ABV is completely masked and is nearly undetectable. The thick mouthfeel makes this a definite sipper but the excellent flavors and smells keep me wanting more. This will definitely be in my glass next Christmas morning.

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  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.

Photo of tone77
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of devinoconnor
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you want a very delightful winter/holiday beer this is certainly one to try.

It pours a dark brown. Much darker than what you'd expect from a typical lager.

Smell is intense ginger, cinnamon, and spices.

Taste is just like it smells. Lots of distinct flavors colliding.

Great beer for the holidays.

Photo of mountdew1
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into imperial pint glass. Color was a dark caramel brown that was very slightly opaque. Thin caramel white head that clung nicely. Aroma was banana bread with some cloves with some nice spiciness. Taste was very nuanced. Tastes started as a milky lactose, then shifted to a banana bread, and then finished up with a peppery spice. Outstanding mouth feel. Coated very well, but wasn't too thick. Slightly bubbly in the mouth. Great for a winter warmer. Very drinkable. A solid sipper that kept me wanting more.

Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy dark red-brown with a two-finger light tan, creamy head. Retention is good. Lace coat towards the top but nothing down the glass.

S- Banana is coming off this thing in waves. Raisin and spice as well, making it remind of me banana bread or pumpkin pie pretty much. Cinnamon, slight roast. Alcohol as it warms

T- Well, the 11% now makes sense, very strong flavor to it. Kind of feels like a really strong pumpkin ale. Lots of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Raisin and banana notes as well. The alcohol can be tasted but for 11% it's not too bad. Dark, slightly medicinal fruit dominates as well. Slight roast cocoa.

MF- Creamy body with high-end carbonation, silky feel to it. Warm from the alcohol and slightly bitter.

DB- One of the better Winter beers I have come across. The alcohol builds with warmth and makes this a one bottle experience.

Photo of mooseisloose
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a gift form upper Midwest relatives, when here at Christmastime, oh my Gawd, didn't know this was 11% until I opened this review page, might be a record for me (on second check it's #2 on my personal ABV). Well then, let's give it a whirl! Serving slightly chilled, not cold as this should bring out what this selection has to offer. Popping the top I get a big waft of cloves, allspice and cinnamon, not unlike a pumpkin pie. Pours into a tulip glass a deep root beer color with a medium bubble head that wisps away. On the taste, this brew start with a big syrup-thick mouthfeel, very high viscosity. The taste has an upfront spicyness just like the smell. The middle taste has some roasted malts, then the finish has a dry chocolate slight bitterness. All this while maintaining spice flavors through the whole taste. This is one holiday brew.To sit next to the fireplace or as a desert beer, I don't know how this brew could be beat. Outstanding.

Photo of tapman
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with plum colored highlights, got 1 finger head out of an aggressive pour and thick, creamy lacing afterwards. Carbonation appears moderate.

In the nose I get pumpkin pie spice, or the collection of spices in pumpkin pie spice rather, a little warm alcohol, vanilla, banana, clove and a slight roast aroma.

This tastes like a mix between bananas foster and creme brulee to me. I barely taste the alcohol at all and I am hard pressed to believe this is 11%. Spices are blended well with the big malt profile, which I would assume left plenty of extra maltose in this brew, and some Noble hops. Almost belgiany in character and my theory is that the spices imitate the by products of belgian yeast pretty well.

Perfectly chewy for this type of beer with enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy.

This beer is pretty good. I couldn't drink too many as the high alcohol is getting to me already. I compare this to Anchor's Christmas ale which in my opinion has a better appearance, a richer, more unique aroma and taste as well as a silkier mouthfeel, but that's it. I like this one better than all the rest of the winter warmers I have had this year next to Anchor's.

Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.