Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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3.95/5
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3,137 Ratings
Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,139
Reviews:
893
Ratings:
3,137
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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154
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807
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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Final getting around to reviewing this ale. Have had it several times, but must have forgotten to rate. On tap at Washington PA Ablebee's for lunch date with Leah. Great color, good mix of spices for a great winter choice!

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Photo of citizencane
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with minimal to moderate head and a decent amount of lacing. Tastes of spices...nothing I can detect specifically, but a melange of Christmas spices. I think there are cinnamon, nutmeg, and something bringing smoothness, either cherries, or honey, maybe both or something different? Feel is crisp and thirst quenching but not dry. Doesn’t feel like toothpaste or a Christmas tree was left in my mouth either. I’m picky as hell about Christmas beers, but this is a good example of the style and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCon5
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leo_Blanke
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to Christmas Ales look no further. Pours a beautiful dark copper, the nose is dark caramel, stone fruits, holiday spices. The taste follows the nose but with a richer flavor profile. This tastes like a much bigger beer than it is. One that I look forward to every Christmas.

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

L: Hazy, yet transparent dark amber with a foamy off white head. Medium-poor retention; a thin film remains, leaving occasional splatters of lacing.

S: Tons of pickled ginger, hints of toasted brown bread, and cinnamon.

T: Lots of pickled ginger, a big toasted brown bread malt, hints of cinnamon, smooth honey sweetness, and then sweet cherry on the finish.

F: Medium, moderately carbonated, oily, slick, with some residual sugars.

O: A solid Winter Warmer, but more importantly, a great ginger beer!

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Photo of claminat420
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

*2017 edition* enjoy by 02/11/18 21239FM marked on bottle. hardy pour into a pint glass.

Appearance- transparent amber color with a off white head that leaves some decent amount lacing.

Aroma- oddly enough spiced cherries. really good.

Taste- get a slight cherry note up front and a nice pleasant honey taste in the finish. abv is well hidden. caramel malt in the middle. really nice.

Mouthfeel- medium/ heavy bodied. alil over carbonated.

Drinkability- hopefully gonna pick up another sixer.

Overall- this is a nice winter spiced ale. honey is the key player and is nice when it's -3 outside. I tip my hat to the 2017 edition.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a nice fluffy mouthfeel, smells like sweet malts and spices. Tastes like spice up front but has a really peculiar almost metallic finish. It's tasty but not my favorite Christmas ale.

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Photo of haines710
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking dark Amber beer. Smell and taste is too metallic for me. I am not a huge fan of this type of beer. Burns a little going down. This is a warmer that is good for the holiday season. Nice night time feel but still not one I would want to have again.

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MKrauss
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of khargro2
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RollDamnTide
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mds1101
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMe8
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of christimm
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of darktronica
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _ascags
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bankboy66
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great color and caramel on the nose. There is something a little metallic on the taste that is distracting. For me there are better choices

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,137 ratings
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