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Great Lakes Winter Ale - Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Winter AleGreat Lakes Winter Ale

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pootz on 12-10-2006

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.
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 61
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4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cold into a standard pint glass. Purchased for approximately $6 CDN from the local LCBO. It's snowing outside so this seems appropriate today.

Appearance - the beer pours a semi transparent brown beer with Amber hues. A small half finger of head is poured, which disspates quickly leaving behind only a small wisp of foam. Visible carbonation is hard to tell due to the murkiness.

Smell - butterscotch, toffee and a few other Christmas like spices, maybe a pinch of cinnamon. Some dark fruit like plums in the undertones. Nothing overwhelming but certainly a nice bouquet that I expect will be a malt bomb. Slightly reminiscent of a malty english pale ale with some spices.

Taste - starts mild with a bit of butterscotch but sweetness is really reigned in. Then comes a sort of dry spice, again sort of all spice and cinnamon mixture that tastes dry.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, moderately thin body for the style and a dry finish. The spicy mixture with the dryness leaves a zippy feeling on the tongue.

Overall - pretty good stuff, and one of the most drinkable winter warmers I've had. I find this style doesn't lend itself to drinking any more than a bottle, but this one from Great Lakes, if it came in a smaller package, I could see myself drinking a couple in a sitting.

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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mick303
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -1.1%

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3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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Great Lakes Winter Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.