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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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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Photo of Gemini6
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of nyrblue2
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

Photo of torwart68
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BB1313
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing auburn similar to the color of honey; light tan head that fades leaving bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are faint with lots of caramel malts. Lots of orange too. The flavors are bold and have alot going on. It's on the sweeter side. Lots of honey. Spices are there in the finish. Cinnamon is definitely there. Hints of ginger. Lots of malts. More caramel with hints of butterscotch. More orange notes. Slightly syrupy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slick with lower carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Solid holiday brew. It's a little rough around the edges, but I enjoy the flavors.

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

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

Photo of DougT
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 beerhan
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mattolotto
4.72/5  rDev +35.2%

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