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Great Lakes Winter Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Inspired by the long, cold and seemingly endless Canadian winter, our 6.2% alcohol Winter Ale is a true winter warmer. Handcrafted with specialty hops and malts, combined with generous amounts of cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel, this unique beer is brimming with flavour.

(Beer added by: pootz on 12-10-2006)
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Reviews by nokes:
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this out of wine glasses, as a few of us were sharing this one. Interesting colour...almost a red-orange when held up to the light. Very clear, and with a head that stuck around a while before eventually dying down to a swirly bubble film that never really went away.

The smell was actually a fair bit more delicate than I had anticipated. Expected heavier cidery/cinnamon after reading the bottle, but it was lighter than all that; almost floral in a way. Nice smell, but for some reason, not better than nice to my nose.

Taste was good, better than the smell for me. Slight sweetness up front, but then the other tastes came on to balance it out. The cinnamon and orange peel were quite helpful there; this brew is pretty smooth and reasonablly balanced all in all. The 6.2% ABV isn't apparent in the least. You'd never know it. No rough edges. Finish was just faintly bitter. Nice.

Mouthfeel was good; I would prefer just a touch more carbonation, but certainly can't complain. This is a nice beer, and easy to drink. I'm not sure I'll be seeking it out, but I wouldn't turn away a pint of this brew on a winter evening. Especially with some pumpkin pie or something to eat alongside...

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Second review, a year or so after the first one

(4) Poured a deep amber, even a bit orangey towards pumpkin. Foamy head reducing to a thin film and leaving nice lacing on the glass. This is a very nice looking brew.

(3.5) On the nose, there's a fair bit of spice...cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg maybe? and some floweriness

(3) Taste is pretty much what you'd expect from the smell...a bit too sweet, I think, and not as well balanced as I remember this one being. Maybe the batch was a touch off this year? Cinnamon and honey, some spicy gingery tang...but not as nicely put together as I thought it would be.

(2.5) Mouthfeel is thin and watery, again, not like I remember. Could definitely use more carbonation. Not altogether pleasant.

(2.5) Drinkability...well, I guess you could go on drinking it, but I don't find myself wanting to.

...just looked back at my previous review of this, and no, it didn't fare nearly as well this time around. I guess there's maybe some variability that comes of having that many ingredients, but I don't think Great Lakes pulled it off this year like they did last year.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 18:17:35 | More by nokes
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep copper with two fingers of foamy beige head.

Smell - Cinnamon, ginger, honey, orange peel, malts, slight leafy hops.

Taste - Warm winter spices (cinnamon, ginger, clove) with a touch of honey sweetness. Good malt and hop balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A cohesive blend of classic winter spices and flavours. Well balanced and a tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 19:36:05 | More by leaddog
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Ontario (Canada)

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

02-05-2013 00:43:13 | More by wizo
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%

01-31-2013 09:51:53 | More by KrisDLSmith
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-24-2013 15:17:14 | More by tbeckett
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper and hues of amber in colour. Pours a nice thick (1/2 inch) head that is off white. sort of Irish cream diluted with some milk. There is a bit of a haze and the beer lacing continues through the end.

S: Spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, ginger right off with loads of bread and caramel. Smells like creme brule and has a bit of alcohol in the background.

T: Ginger and cinnamon come threw very well with some ginger in the back. Hints of oranges mingle with the bready and toffee flavours.

M: Med-low body, has good carbonation, dry finish with a lasting bitterness.

O: I love this Winter Warmer. It has the spiciness you'd expect, the bread/caramel/toffee flavours to balance it and it has loads of hops for a nice bitter end. This is perfect for our weather.

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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Appearance: It has a nice merky amber color to it. It has a nice thick light beige head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, honey, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and oranges.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some sweet honey, some caramel, bready malts, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and some light oranges.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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12-13-2012 22:39:17 | More by SebD
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.0) A: Attractive clear burnt amber coloured with a puffy cappuccino foam head. Good retention and very good lacing down the glass.

(3.5) S: Tangerine, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon/pumpkin, burnt caramel, grassy, and generally quite floral. A bit of a soapy aroma but not a negative, rather more reminiscent of those floral qualities.

(3.5) T: Gingerbread, cinnamon, pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, and some citrus qualities that are more subdued than aroma indicated. The gingerbread taste is quite dominant and appealing, yet a bit overpowering in my opinion. Detecting some hefeweizen-like qualities with cloves and fresh grasses coming through. Tasty.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Slick and semi-oily with a fairly clean texture.

(3.5) D: A good offering from Great Lakes but not quite my cup of tea. The gingerbread/cinnamon taste was very good at first sip but became a bit too dominant for my liking. A bit one dimensional overall.

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Great Lakes Winter Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.