Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.

A Yuletide’s worth of holiday spices and sweet honey to keep you a-wassailing all season long.

World Beer Championships 6-Time Medal Winner Since 1999 (Gold, Silver)

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,453
Reviews:
904
Ratings:
3,178
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
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163
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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elminy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioBeerFan
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a nice copper with a light tan head.

S: Smells of holiday spices. Aromatics are half of the experience so make sure to use a nice glass. I used a simple pint glass.

T: Tastes of holiday spices, not subtle but not in your face.

F: Medium carbonation, medium body

O: This is one of the best Christmas Ales I've had. Many did not have a very good flavor profile. Its a Christmas ale, I want nutmeg cinnamon! This beer delivers that and then some. I highly recommend this beer for a quality, flavorful Christmas Ale. That 7.5% ABV should sell it on its own too :D.

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Photo of jdwpgh
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date mentioned on label is '02/11/19'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Not much of a head, just some fizziness upon pouring, which results in a very thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma is malty with spices of cinnamon.
Taste is honey sweet, with good level of malts and spices of ginger and cinnamon. Taste profile is much the same throughout.
Medium mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
From the appearance to the smells and flavors, this is qualifies as a very well done Christmas holiday beer. Probably should remain a seasonal beer because it so well fits the nuances of the dark winter holidays.

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Photo of dwillie733
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Christmas ale. Good spices and great taste. Would buy again. Great lakes needs to produce this beet on a regular basis. Smell is good and aroma awesome.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and festive. Doesn’t feel like 7.5% which is a good thing. Nice color and head when poured into a glass. Taste lingers in your mouth for a while. It’s a good aftertaste.

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Photo of rpjterp
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Clear, dark copper color. Head was minimal and had zero retention. Left some spotty lacing.

S---Strong cinnamon. Bready malts as well.

T---Cinnamon & ginger are prominent. Some cherry also. A little bit of booziness is smoothed over by the honey. A very nicely done combination of flavors.

F---A little syrupy. Not very well carbonated. No alcohol burn.

A big hit in the category that matters most, taste. A little hit & miss in the other categories. Still seems like a solid Christmas Ale.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trentontiger
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dtevans5
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NCSapiens
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 02/11/19. So glad this makes its way to Florida! Gorgeous burnt orange color. Looks like whiskey/bourbon. This is a great winter warmer. Super festive. Makes me want to listen to Christmas music. All the aromas and flavors are there, with a delicious malty and spicy finish. For some reason, I was more hyped for this than most seasonals, and this really hit the mark.

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Photo of Drank
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful color. Malty but dry. Very nice beer.

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Photo of steveymac
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the only reason I look forward to Winter. Among the best of the bunch, great blend of spices that don't go overboard.

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewTheBrew
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OhioKevin4
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Overall great Winter Ale. Very drinkable. Had my first one over 15 years ago... a goto staple in my Winter drinking lineup.

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Photo of Jlswen2945
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vylo
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS is an incredibly GREAT Christmas Ale. Very non-beer-like and a good brew to serve at holiday parties and such. I can see non-beer drinkers liking this. Will be picking up a case to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It's quite "Festive".

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Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,178 ratings