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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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Chestnut-brown with a light tan head; very little retention or lacing. {Nice gift set with a corked bottle & two glasses}

S: Cinnamon & spice, orange zest, dark caramel, bread.

T: It seems to be their orange-peel ale with ginger and a bit of cinnamon. Light breadyness (there's some quality malt here), balanced bitterness and only a hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated with only a touch of residual sweetness.

D: I'm not loving it, but it's quite drinkable for its strength.

01-09-2008 22:59:52 | More by Derek
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention but no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt with light spice mix is weaker then anticipated. Taste is a mix between some nice caramel malt with some notes of cloves and ginger. Body is thinner then expected with some medium carbonation. I was expecting a bit more character from this one but enjoyable nonetheless.

01-03-2008 15:33:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Starts with a thick head, good retention and lacing. Has a clear dark red color. The eyes are happy.

The first thing I smell are spices, then fruits, doughy malt and a good dosage of hops.

Tastes of dried fruits, spices, good malt and hop balance. All in all I enjoyed this offering from Great Lakes and will wait to see how my other two bottles do. Now I just have to figure out what the hell am I going to do with six of these crappy glasses.

12-05-2007 05:33:37 | More by irishkyle21
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

Corked, capped and foiled 750 ml bottle, from the gift pack. Had on tap a few times last year but never reviewed.

Pours a clear red/brown, decently thick off white head, some lace spots, okay retention. Smell is sweet, some caramel, gingerbread, oranges, some spice, bit sickly sweet, pine tree, okay. Taste is similar, sweet caramel maltiness, pine tree, oranges, weird citrus and spicy bitterness, dirty finish, a bit tart, kind of weak flavour but what sticks out isn't all pleasant. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. These guys always seem to have some potential but never follow through.

12-01-2007 01:47:52 | More by Viggo
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

750ml bottle, corked and caged with a white champagne wrapper on top. purchased in november 2007 as part of a gift pack with two glasses.

pours a nice red colour with just a wisp of dense white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. lots of christmas spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maybe a hint of clove. slightly floral and a bit perfume-like - one of the traits that i'm not especially fond of in pumpkin/christmas brews. hint of alcohol. multi-grain bread.

taste is ok. medium-low bitterness. lots of spice. floral. slightly soapy and perfumey. bit of alcohol. bit of multi-grain bread hidden behind the wash of spices. not quite my thing.

mouthfeel is ok. medium carbonation level. medium body. lingering and slightly clingy mouthfeel from the spice that isn't entirely pleasant.

drinkability is ok. this one has far to much spice for me, but seems ok otherwise. if you like these sorts of strongly spicy christmas and/or pumpkin type brews, feel free to ignore my rating.

11-29-2007 02:30:05 | More by grub
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -28.2%

The large corked, bottle came in a gift pack at the LCBO with two tasting glasses included. The look was an effervescent, spritzy dark cherry hue, it reminded me of prune juice, then maybe a cherry cola gone flat. No head, murky appearance, it smelled feintly like a pink grapefruit, the taste is a bit of sour and bitter, not very appealing. Gassy mouthfeel. The taste has this kind of "clunk" to it that I eventually traced to the large ginger presence, that's a taste in food and drink that I can take only in small doses. It's my personal bias but I found the ginger over bearing and a bit too pronounced. Not being a ginger fan, the beer was less palateable to me personally. For the style of beer, it's not out of the ordinary and the orange peel and the cinammon ensure it's true to it's winter warmer roots, but my bias here doesn't allow me to mark it much higher, with apologies to a brewery that produces some fine stuff of late.

11-27-2007 03:30:59 | More by ThatWineGuy
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Purchased bottle at NSLC in the Christmas giftpack selection. 750mL bottle, white foil, corked.

Appearance: Pours a really nice deep red colour, clear. Off white head is creamy and sticks around.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity, fair amount of cinnamon and candied orange.

Taste: Has a malty character behind the spices and orange flavour. I don't understand why brewers put so much spice in their christmas ales.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation.

Final Statement: Definately not a bad beer but also not a great beer IMO. I personally like less spices and a higher alcohol content in a winter warmer.

11-10-2007 03:10:11 | More by MMansfield
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Best beer by far I've had from Great Lakes and worth a try.

Amber red with a generous head on pouring, but really spritzy and full of snap like a can of sode pop. That was a bit worrisome, but the head settled down nice and firm and beer's carbonation was good.

Malty, fruity nose. Initial taste was interesting, but a bit metallic. Malt, citrus, spice, hops. Interesting, but thin to start. The serving tip provided earlier is critical. This beer has to work its way towards room temperature for the flavours to really come out.

Wonderful mix of malt, fruit and spice, noticeably but not overpoweringly orange. Well done.

12-16-2006 01:27:58 | More by TerryW
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev 0%

Reddish amber colour with nice head and lace. A full mouthfeel bready malty concoction, spices and citrus are quite the secondary. Fresh, I was the first on Ralph's tap and nice fruity drinking, fruity aftertaste refreshing.

Bottle at RPM Club seasonal party, near the brewery. Decent spiciness, mouthfeel bulked by caramel. A hlf pint is about right.

12-12-2006 01:34:19 | More by Sammy
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at the Brewery and bottled in 750 ML stenciled corked bottles for cellaring:

You get a rich copper colored ale in your glass with a substantial puffy cap which lasts...Aromas of the honey, spices and malts give an impression of an Xmas pudding with oranage sauce.

Decent malt spine, smooth palate, spicey-bready character.

Up front the cookie dough malts are there to chew on then the balance comes from the spices which seem to blend nicely with the hops chosen for this brew. Mid palate you get the fruitiness and citrus peel tastes developing...finished clean, slightly sweet and warming with a tang from the spice and hops.

A very well done winter warmer ale.

***imbibing tip: serve this ale at about 50 deg.F and let it warm as you drink it to get all the spice and citrus flavours.

12-10-2006 15:21:52 | More by pootz
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Great Lakes Winter Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
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