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Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Brenden
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes seem pretty old, but they're plenty legible...

The color is a golden amber. The head pours nicely and retains well, leaving some spotty lacing.
This one's got what I expect in a winter warmer: a nice, firm malt backing with gentle caramel and toffee notes and light, subtle spices underneath.
Cinnamon comes out a little more strongly than it does on the nose, and the result is positive. Otherwise, that caramel / toffee malt backbone. Fairly standard stuff.
The body is medium, and carbonation is moderate.
This is a strong, tasty winter warmer and a good example of the style.

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Photo of Magery
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bushbeer75
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Great Lakes Christmas Ale a poured clear/clean copper color that produced an off-white 1-finger head with good retention. The nose was dominated by caramel malt followed by citrusy hop aroma with a cinnamon background. The taste matched the nose with stronger sweet caramel and spices. Also hints of toast and biscuit flavors were detected. The finish has a moderate amount of bitterness and just a touch of alcohol Mouth feel was crisp, with medium carbonation and slightly sticky.

Overall, Great Lakes Christmas Ale is an easy drinking holiday ale that has just the right amount of spice for my palate.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass.

Ho Ho Ho, what a day to review a Christmas ale.

A- pours a clean and clear chestnut red with a 1 finger head that sinks to a thin tight bubbled ring around the glass.

S- Sweet malts and sugary spice all around this one, festive. Cherries, clove, ginger with an overwhelming Vicks vapor rub/cough medicine smell. Breathes winter to me.

T- Brown sugar, huge nutmeg ,honey, cherries, clove, hints of peppermint, and rum. Well balanced sweet malts, and sugary spice. Tastes like a holiday cake or pastry of some sort.

M- Medium on the body and feel, goes down like syrup sugary and over sweet.

O- Overall, this is a fuzzy warming beer, the smell maybe enough to make you not want to sip it due to its medicinal like qualities but the taste makes up for it. Not sure if i could enjoy more than one of these at a sitting, very syrupy and sweet. But well worth a try.

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Photo of Foam
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ginger fruit.
flower blossoms .
olive brine ?
sea salt .

that great lakes-ian soul that their brews posess .
best of all, got a bunch of single bottles for $1.00 since it's way out of season .
a spicy nutmeg and ginger-malt finish concludes the taste profile of this Cleveland-brew .
definetly a weirdo/geek even amidst the X-mas beer world .

a few will do ya .

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with an off-white head.

Smells of citrus, pine needles, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Certainly a Christmas bouquet.

Tastes of pine bitterness up front backed by warming spices of ginger and cinnamon, then fills out to a chewy grain mouthfeel, finishing with a slight caramel note. A very nice, festive beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich amber color with foamy white head that fades immediately.

Malt notes and spices come through big, clove and cinnamon especially.

A bit on the light side for a winter warmer. Rich malt notes and spice are huge. Really, comes across like a spiced Marzen to me (even if that's completely wrong, that's how it feels and tastes).

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Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table a nice deep amber/medium copper color. Excellent head and nice lacing, as well. Decent smell, a nice malt/hop mix. Great taste. A very deep ale taste with a wonderful honey kick. I caught a little of the ginger, but not much else over the honey. Goes down very easy, I will definitely have this one again.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mosca
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours transparent amber with off white head that settles into a nice mist. Aroma of spices, maple, and slight booze. Tastes of spice, cinnamon, maple, gingerbread, brown sugar and slight tang with alcohol. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A refreshing winter warmer: tasty, filling, the flavors rush on the palate but then recede gently leaving you wanting another sip. My favorite winter warmer so far.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. People around here ask for it by the case. About time I reviewed this one. From notes....

A- Pours a nice light orangey copper color with red hues on the sides when it is held up to the glass. No real head to speak of...just a light white skim covering the beer. No real lacing with this beer as well.

S- There is a hop presence in the front of the nose and is followed by spices. Upon a couple more sniff I can pick out a light sweet malty underbody to the aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon along with some light brown sugar (I think) bring up the spice profile.

T- The taste is kind of odd for me. With the hops in the nose I figured they would come out in full force with this beer. The front was more sweet malts along with said spices in the Smell catagory. The hops come in at the tail end of the beer and just linger around there until all the way gone.

M- Light mouthfeel to this one. Carbonation is good for the stlye. A little watery in the mouth. Palate and aftertaste was mostly sweet malts with some nutmeg. Crisp and clean tasting.

D- This was a smooth tasting beer that is worth the money. I now understand why people buy this by the case. Very good drinking beer that everyone can drink.

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3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bamadog
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very interesting beer that sat really warm in my stomach -- the "winter warmer" is definitely the best way to describe it.

Appearance: Dark coppery red; a nice 2 finger head that was thick and pillowy -- the carbonation was clearly visible and looked like it was going to last throughout the drink.

Smell: Couldn't get much out of it at all -- there was a very slight hoppiness to it as it warmed, but nothing overly discernable.

Taste: Bitter, cinammon is very pronounced and that added to the slight sting on the tongue from the bitter. Some slight sweetness was up front as well, but I'm not sure what the source of it is.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and a little oily -- I felt like I needed to cleanse my palate after a bit which is kind of odd to me as I typically like the stickiness; however, the spiciness lingered nicely because of it and that was nice.

Drinkability: Fair enough I would say -- I could easily sit down and drink two or three of these. The spiciness was very interesting and the physical effect of it on the stomach makes it more worthwhile -- definitely a seasonal drink though.

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Photo of zkane98
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olafphysics
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mflamar
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AGB
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peyton5410
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy copper color with a one finger off white head. There is not much retention and spots of chunky lacing. Smell is cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and caramel. Taste is the same. Feel is light with not much carbonation. Overall good, but not great. I should add this was served on draught with some cinnamon sugar around the rim of the glass, which was not requested and certainly unwelcome.

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Photo of jrb378
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,091 ratings
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