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Great Lakes Winter Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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81
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mooseface
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

mooseface, Nov 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Bf_89, Nov 21, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.3%

kinguy, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

stevergca, May 12, 2014
Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

boszormeny, Jan 25, 2014
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.

leaddog, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

lgmol, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

randallpink, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

KeKeKumba, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

timiskin, Mar 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

wizo, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

KrisDLSmith, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

tbeckett, Jan 24, 2013
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.

Kremlock, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Dalia, Dec 22, 2012
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.

SebD, Dec 13, 2012
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.

Digimaika2, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Vyronian, Nov 29, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

oldp0rt, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

hopsolutely, Aug 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

batmanbach, May 07, 2012
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Great Lakes Winter Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.