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 beerhan
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of beerman207
1.78/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up in Indiana this weekend while I was traveling for a wedding. It looked pretty good with lots of sediment so I thought - why not? Should have went with FFF instead.

A: Pours a deep orange into the glass - decent head left behind - lots of floatees which isn't a problem for me but wow - it's kind of crazy with how much it has in it.

S: Smells like fruitcake - pretty festive. Almost makes me long for Xmas in May.

T: What the hell is this? Taste is like tangy with a sharpness that just rings out winter warmer? Who made this thing? Seems like someone cooked it up in the backroom of a restaurant of something.

M: Terrible - probably the highest carbonation I've ever been subjected to and just no good reason for it in this beer. Makes the brew taste like seltzer.

D: Poor - no way am I finishing this. My drain will enjoy the rest of this beer. So bad that I would rather drink Colt 45 right now as opposed to this.

Avoid this like the plague.

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Photo of armystrongmd
2.02/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Picked up a 6-pack from Kroger in Perrysburg 11/28/15. Bottle states 7.7% ABV and 20 IBUs.

Look: Hazy deep amber/brown color. Thin white head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Caramel malts, light cinnamon and honey, slightly bitter smell that's hard to describe.

Taste: Strong cloying sweetness. Incredibly boozy. Some honey, not really getting any cinnamon. Dark cherries, sweet caramel malts. I can't understate cloying sweetness. Cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel; Fairly thick and heavy mouthfeel that lingers for quite some time. Fairly flat as the level of carbonation would indicate.

Overall: I bought it because I used to live in Perrysburg and was passing through, definitely never would again. I'm giving half of the bottles away for others to try. Honestly, it's the worst holiday beer I've ever had, and I like Maumee Bay Brewing Co. I'll stock to Great Lakes Christmas, Sam Adams White Christmas, or my personal favorite, Southern Tier 2Xmas.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
2.29/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of rwilde
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of leinie13
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appears a crimson blood orange juice hue with a large light tan head, lacing is sporadic and uneven. Aroma has ample spices mainly cinnamon with alot of honey and orange peel added to the mix. Something in the flavor brings on a whiskey sour feel and the stomach starts turning, as I adjust to that sourness some pleasant orange peels and a mix of Christmas spice kick into effect. Spicing is unbalanced it lays heavy with spice bitterness causing a cloying experience overall but the nice parts of the brew which are the orange peel and mild caramel malt experience with a touch of whimsical alcohol burn run free. For only 4.99 a bomber it's not that bad but in the end it leaves me with a glorified homebrewer experience. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cloying with spices on all fronts, pretty sick stuff. Drinkability doesn't get any worse than this if you make it through 22 ounces I applaud you, their Buckeye beer is equally as shitty within it's on style I probably will never stop in Toledo for a beer.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of wagenvolks
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2008 bomber into a Corsendonk tulip. Thanks to hopsleeroy for the hook-up!

A crisp, clear copper-amber body fills the glass. The crackling custard head drops quickly to a small patch and ring of tight bubbles. Holy crap, this is a big aroma, even after 9 months! Overly sweet fruitcake instantly comes to mind, followed by sugar-coated, artificial orange gummies, cinnamon spice, cider-ish alcohol, and a hint of chamomile. The smell is literally making my head spin, and not exactly in a good way.

Thankfully, the flavor is more subdued, but it still echoes notes of citrus and holiday spice. I like my Winter Warmer's a bit heavier on the malt and sweetness, and much less on the spices. Finishes slightly sour with a voraciously fizzy carbonation level that expands as it travels down the throat. Fruitcake lingers after each sip. Not a great attempt at a Winter Warmer, although the age may have affected the body a bit. Still, I can't imagine how aggressive with the spice & booze this beer was when fresh. Nor am I sure that I'd want to. Drain-pour after half a glass.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Has a ruddy amber color, slight hazy, which has a greenish tinge when viewed from man angle.

Has a spicy apple cinnamon smell, but smells sort of fakey.

Overly sweet, cloying, with much honey and orange peel.

Medium bodied.

Not too drinkable, won't be having another.

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Photo of SerialHiker
2.87/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deeper, reddish copper color…medium transparency…a thin layer of off white head did form , but nothing really to write home about…(3/5)

Smell: Holiday spices and candy sweetness right off the bat, though I wouldn’t call it lively…basic sweet malt undertone…light cinnamon aroma…again, nothing overly special about it, basic holiday ale smell…more sweetness does come out as it warms, which is nice…(3.25/5)

Taste: Rich, sweet malt…cinnamon & sweet dark cherry candy play way background…orange peel shows up later, but to varying degrees with each sip…earthy hops play complimentary role, very malt forward…mild alcohol heat…there really isn’t anything to this flavor and is rather mediocre…some sourness…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body but does fluff up much more than expected…orange peel resin on my lips…wet and watery…mild hops bitterness…(3.25/5)

Overall: Well, this is a mediocre beer at best…it’s not bad, but there’s nothing really good about it, except maybe the mouthfeel, that’s surprisingly nice…it’s got the basic winter warmer/Christmas ale flavor, which I do like, but this is a non-descript brew that I’m pretty sure I won’t try again…(2.75/5)

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Photo of atomicbeer
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at the Maumee Bay Brewpub downtown Toledo. Poured from a bomber into a mug. Hazy brown-orange color with a thin yellowish off-white head. Very little aroma at first. Pick up a bit of boozy candied orange and malt and very faint cinnamon notes. Very sweet almost cloying malt flavor backed by just a bit of orange and a whisper of cinnamon. With warming pick up more of the malty aroma. Not really getting any of the honey aroma or flavor unless its additive to the sticky malt. Not real sure to make of this one, got its pluses and minuses. 16 oz may have been enough.

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Photo of Try-em-all
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

That I am drinking this in May is a horrible decision. But it turned cold here, so I can pretend it is Winter. You taste just enough cinnamon to appreciate it with touches of orange and honew. Dark orange in color with a combo of the aforementioned flavors when you dip your snoot into the glass. Thick, two-finger head which dissipates in a few minutes. Definitely seasonal, but lacks that something special, not one of my favorites.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Abrahaam
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goofy silkscreened bottle with a reindeer and lots of text.

Murky orange with a collar of lacing. End of the bomber so there was more sediment than usual. Opaque orange with a thin layer of foam across the surface.

Lager derived aroma, some light spice, mostly nutmeg. Sort of odd and swilly from the beginning. Some orange peel comes out at room temperature after sitting with it for a bit.

Big butterscotch diacetyl notes, sweet with some lingering spice: cinnamon and nutmeg. Not much malt present at all, dominant spices and sweetness. Low to medium carbonation, the sweetness keeps the drinkability low unfortunately. The lack of depth is a dealbreaker, and not conducive to drinking much of it.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured Blitzen's ale into a freshly washed pint glass. Poured a cloudy amber with a one inch white head that quickly reduced to a ring with slight lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malt, orange zest, cinnamon, clove and some other mulling spices.

You can really taste the sweetness of the malt. The orange zest and clove are the most apparent spice. The orange and cinnamon linger in the aftertaste.

I would say this is medium bodied with a slightly below average drinkability.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of kegger22
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Maumee Bay Blitzen was a copper color with a two finger beige head that displayed decent retention.

What came through strongest in the aroma was the cinnamon, maybe a little orange in the background.

The taste was orange (as in orange soda), honey added to the sweetness, but over-carbonation defeated the taste buds attempt to go any further.

The mouth feel was medium bodied and, as mentioned, over carbonated.

The drinkability was OK; it suffered some from the mouth feel.

It would have been nice to have fallen in love with a beer brewed in Toledo, just a few miles away. But such was not to be the case.

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Photo of 2-star
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesMantooth
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Some cinnamon, although it had some sprinkled on top and I dont think it was very strong in the beer itself, and orange along with nutmeg and sugar. Pretty sweet. Overall the flavors are pretty muted and I am not a bit fan of the orange.

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Photo of JDV
3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Kryptic. Thanks for this extra!
Clear amber pour. Spicy nose of cinnamon, honey and citrus. Taste is sweet but drinkable and flavors of cinnamon orange and honey are all definitely present. This was nicely spiced and I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle courtesy of raznug!

A- Body is a muddy murky brown color. Pours with a small off-white head that immediately fades completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Smells like a nice, spicy winter warmer. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins hit the nose first with a big malt and slightly yeasty backbone.

T-Upfront is a big dash of spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon which balance with the fruity raisin flavor. In the background is a big dose of biscuty malt and yeast. Spices come through more for this finish along with a hint of alcohol. Some spiciness lingers.

M- Medium tingly carbonation and a body loaded with biscuty malt and yeast consistency. This is a consistency which I have found in many beers of many different styles that I am not a fan of.

D- This is overall a nice winter warmer as far as flavor and smell are concerned, but the mouthfeel brings it down a notch. Other than that; this beer has a lot going for it. Its something that isn't overpowering, but one has to try hard to ignore. Definitely worth a try but I probably won't be having this again.

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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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