Holiday Spice Lager Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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4.31/5 rDev +16.2%
This is my first time with a holiday lager. It pours dark brown with a thick beige head that takes a little while to settle down. Not much lacing on the drink down but some.
It smells of Christmas/Thanksgiving spices with a little roasted maltiness.
Big spicy flavor mixed with honey. I didn't taste as much orange as some of the others have noted. Long malt and spice finish. The blend of flavors hides the high alcohol content.
A substantial, medium body without lager's usual crisp/dryness. Excellent mouthfeel.
Make sure you have something to eat before you try drinking this. It WILL knock you on your ass if you aren't careful. I love the flavors and the smell. They say holidays to me. Had I not read the label I would have thought it to be a dark, winter ale.
01-11-2014 19:31:57 | More by mnredsoxfan69
4.06/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured this into a shaker pint. Bottled on 11/18/13.
It is surprising how dark this holiday lager is: very dark cola brown with orange-tinted highlights only showing at the bottom of the glass. You have to give props to the tawny head: it builds to almost two-fingers of fizz before receding to a ring around the glass.
The aromas are very malty and only lightly spiced. It takes some serious agitation to get out the clove, nutmeg, and barely perceptible ginger. The orange peel is very subtle, but it is there. The cinnamon is buried by the sweet and brown sugary nature of the bouquet. That has to be the melding of the bready malt and gobs of honey that are in the nose. Very spiced or not, this beer smells great.
This Holiday Spice Lager Beer starts on the palate with the orange peel and brown bread malt. A quick and sharp bite of ginger hits strongly on mid-palate, with the finish including the nutmeg and clove bittering things up. There is a pervasive sweetness throughout the drink, and again, the cinnamon does get lost, but flashes every once in a while. It is very welcome how easy it is to pick out the spicing with each subsequent sip. Palate shift does muddle the spicing a little, and makes the clove-y-cinnamon bittering on the finish more pronounced.
Lakefront's holiday beer is more creamy than anything else. It has a slightly dry finish as well. This feel would be perfect if the finish emphasized the honey and fruit cakiness as opposed to the bittering clove and nutmeg.
Hands down, this is the most well spiced holiday beer I have had yet. Next year at Christmas time, I will be eagerly looking out for this beer. It is one thing to have nice spicing, it is another thing entirely to have that and a solid malt base to build off of, which Lakefront definitely does with this beer.
01-10-2014 08:13:18 | More by Pintofbrown
2.65/5 rDev -28.6%
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.
01-08-2014 00:35:38 | More by beerthulhu
3.74/5 rDev +0.8%
This came from a 12oz bottle but I don't think it was completely full so it was more like a 10.5-11oz pour. It tastes good. I am a fan of spiced beer and this was unbelievably drinkable. I love the tingle of the spice on the after taste and it reminds me of a gingerbread house. Or a gingerbread home rather. I don't know what makes it a gingerbread home but lord knows I've been trying for some time...sigh...I wish I was better at things.
12-28-2013 19:02:44 | More by DerekQXQX
3.59/5 rDev -3.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Sweet with caramel, fig, molasses, cherry pie filling and nutmeg
T: Sweet, a bit boozy but flavorful with notes that largely match the nose: caramel/molasses, fig, spice particularly nutmeg. A touch bitter on the finish
M: I think the alcohol is what contributes the most to this beer, in both a good and bad way. Yes it's a bit hot. Fairly full-bodied, but also somewhat smooth. All of those attributes are from the alcohol level IMO
O: Definitely worth a try... smells good, tasty but I think it wuld be better balanced if the alcohol were a point or two lower
12-18-2013 14:11:44 | More by ONUMello
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is a really dark mahogany with ruby hues. A cream colored head recedes to a light wisp, little or no lacing.
The aroma is a blend of ginger, faint orange peel, brown sugar, and some booziness from the 9.4% ABV.
The taste spicy cinnamon, ginger, and again, some booziness.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, not that complex. The high ABV helped keep this beer from a lower score.
12-15-2013 01:55:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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