Blitzen Holiday Ale | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Blitzen Holiday AleBlitzen Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blitzen is a robust holiday ale specially brewed with Orange, Cinnamon, and Honey. Once each year we handcraft this tasty ale to celebrate the holiday season. It contains a masterful blend of dark malts, Willamette and Bullion hops and just the right amount of orange, cinnamon, and honey. Lightly filtered and bottled fresh this is the perfect beer for the holiday season.

Added by Ellbert on 12-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Ellbert
4.85/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great. The appearance was a nice brownish color with a decent head that turned into a beautiful lace with a nice thin layer of foam to the last drop of the glass.

The smell was of nutmeg and other spices. Very nice.. it smelled just like Christmas.

The taste was great. I have never been a fan of the herb/spiced beers but this was magnificent. As I said, it smelled like Christmas... well, if Christmas had a flavor I would say that it tasted like this. There was the perfect blend of malts hops and spices in this beer... superb!!!

The mouthfeel was great... A nice amount of carbonation and a great body to the beer. Twas wonderful.

The drinkability was great. I had a pint and then my buddies and myself got a pitcher to split... I must go back and get a growler of this!!!

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Photo of mattolotto
4.72/5  rDev +35.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of bigbubba
4.44/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2005 bottle of Blitzen. The beer is a nice clear dark amber with lots of red highlights. The head was small and was gone almost at once leaving a small ring around the glass. The smell is great, almost like a cinnamon roll, very appetizing. The taste is excellent, not too sweet with lots of different flavors. The cinnamon is the most obvious, there is a bit of chocolate and vanilla also. The hops are very light but they take the sweet edge off leaving a nicely balanced beer that lets it's unique flavors show. The beer is full bodied and smooth. Very easy to drink, in fact it is hard not to gulp it down.

I am a fan of only a couple Christmas beers and this is definitely one of them.

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Photo of craigo19
4.44/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this year's version at the Brewpub and while it is not as good as Great Lakes' Christmas Beer or SN Celebration, it is still a very good beer. You can really smell the cinnamon and taste the blend of malts and spices. If you are in the Toledo area it is worth the stop at Maumee Bay Brewing Co. for a pint or three or maybe a stop at The Andersons or other store for a bomber.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of aussieyank
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

This is a nice full bodied ale. It's a bit on the rich side, but it is well rounded. It reminds me of a Scottish Ale.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 offering, presented in a 22oz bomber...

Quite beautiful deep dark red color with thin, quickly dissipating head, even after a vigorous pour. Smells of sweet malt, honey, caramel, and hops, along with some spice. Taste was unexpectedly complex. Lots of honey and spices provide an immediately sweet sensation. Almost mead-like. Good blend of pale and darker malts balance well with a slight piney hop profile. Finish is sweet citrous and spice, with the honey hanging on til the end. The honey provides a thick mouthfeel, complemented by brisk carbonation. Although this is fairly sweet tasting, its surprisingly drinkable. Cheers to Maumee Bay for this one! I'll look forward to the 2005 offering.

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Photo of Ellis134
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Christmas beer. Cinnamon sugar rim on the punt glass makes it special.

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Photo of bfortun
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 13tido
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wolfthebeerman
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have not enjoyed this beer for at least 3 years, however I recently purchased a 6 and I believe they have continued too improve on it. Enjoying It.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is mix of honey, cinnamon, sugar and alcohol. The flavor is a mix of honey, dark fruit, cherries and cinnamon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of N_Overholt
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Tony19
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of shanegatter
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark tea color, with a nice, sturdy head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Orange and cinnamon notes.
Taste-Toasted malt, orange, cinnamon, and honey.
Subtle hop note. A bit light bodied for a winter warmer, but very fresh and flavorful and very easy to drink. A bargain and good value at $3.99 a bomber here in Toledo.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2007 offering. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an orange/copper color with a small off-white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, honey, orange and nutmeg. The bottle says there's cinnamon in the beer, but I don't notice it in the aroma. However, I do notice it in the taste along with nutmeg, toasted malt, honey, orange and a bit of hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has a bit above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it has just the right amount of spice to make this interesting. I'll have to make sure to pick up a bottle of this next year.

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Photo of bassmantin
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish orange with minimal head. The bottle says orange, cinnamon, and honey, and I definitely detect all three of those, with honey by far the strongest.

The malts taste very Belgian. This reminds me of the Sapient Trip-ale.

Pretty good. A little too much honey for my taste, but other probably won't mind that. Good mix of drinkability and flavor.

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Photo of APH
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cinnamon, orange peel, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cinnamon, orange peel, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, cinnamon, orange peel, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English winter warmer style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a lovely plumb and amber color with a field of bubbles sustaining a light film of off white.

I took a sniff of this and my mind exploded with long-lost memories of passed relatives' fruit cake. There's a sweet and sticky base of zucchini bread, bananas, ginger bread and, well, fruit cake. There's a touch of coriander and cinnamon here, but what blows my mind is that it's all topped off with a dry brandy snap of alcohol. This one is just too much!

The tastes really shocks me as it is quite sour and pungent with a lightning bold of lime that steals the show. There's a softer beady sweetness, but this is decimated by what reminds me of lime rind and what appears to be all of the negative stinging qualities of cinnamon. Yikes! My tongue is all numb now. I'm also getting under-ripe oranges in the finish.

Feels dense and confident with a flash of carbonation. Again, this leaves me with an odd numbness that I don't really care for.

Yup, this one's a "huffer." Just sit around and smell this one for a while and it will pay off.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Blitzen Holiday Ale from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
3.49 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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