Great Lakes Winter Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mick303
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into stemmed glass. Colour is a medium chestnut brown with fairly good lacing and retention.

S- has some cinnamon spice to it, dry caramel malt, dry orange citrus, ginger has a light influence, but altogether it makes an appetizing warming holiday spice over a fairly neutral malt base.

T- starts with a mainly malty flavour then eventually. Some of the spice kicks in on the palate with ginger dominating. A hint of cinnamon but at the start it is very caramel heavy then as some of the earth hops come the ginger really is the single note.

M- moderate body, light carbonation and a bit of a watery feel initially before the finish, which is a bit drawn out and dominated by the spices. Some of the honey gives a cidery feel.

A lot of promise on this but altogether it fails to deliver a complete package, good melange of spice notes on the aroma then the flavour while tasty is muddled and the mouthfeel doesn't compensate to make an outstanding winter ale. I would seek other examples of the style, but if the recipe was tweeted I would try this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of podes
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mooseface
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of lgmol
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of randallpink
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kremlock
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Dalia
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of SebD
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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
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