Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,074 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,074
Reviews:
880
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
153
Gots:
779
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 880
Photo of Lance_Hathorn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ledouge
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrKarl
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antg8989
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice little bottle of holiday cheer right here. Aroma is creamy and fruity. Taste is a bit spicier than the nose indicates. Overall, it's worth a try.

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Photo of stanale
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 2/7/16"; drank 11/21/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE off-white head; a curtain of lace.

Allspice, cream & faint mango notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Cream & cinnamon flavors up front; spiced apple notes on the finish. A nicely balanced sweet, spiced ale. I'd have another.

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Photo of kraut6363
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texter
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Great mouth feel had a smooth creaminess, they don't go overboard with the spices like some Christmas Beers. Overall all and excellent beer.

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass and given time to warm up a bit.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd assume this doesn't get as high marks just because people have gravitated toward big stouts and IPAs. This used to be the most sought after beer in Ohio, when in season, and it's still great to me. It's a dark amber with a decent head. But the taste is unique, and at least at the time was pretty original. Honey really balances out the spice. Always great to drink at Xmas!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm. Curious that no review exists for this one when I am nearly positive that I wrote one back in 2007. Y'see, between June 2006 and August 2008, I visited all 50 U.S. states & most of the CANadian provinces as a part of the Woody Him Forward tour, staying with fellow BAs as well as Couchsurfing in its infancy and then chronicling the exbeeriences both here and elsewhere. In August 2007, I was in Kleveland and GLBC held a second Tuesday of the month Beer School as well as a third Wednesday of the month Beer Dinner which just happened to be on back-to-back nights that year and I partook of both! It happened that they were brewing that year's batch of Christmas Ale and the air was redolent with ginger and cinnamon. While on a tour, one of the assistant brewers was pulling a basket filled with huge cinnamon sticks and what looked like balls of soap ala soap on a rope, but were actually balls of ginger (!) out of the boil kettle as we passed by. One woman exclaimed when she realized what it was and asked what was to be done with the spent materials. When she was told that it would be consigned to the garbage, she nearly cried. Some, not all of it, was set aside for her and she took it home, dried it out, shaved it down, added lavender and made potpourri sachets for her family, friends, the brewery and everyone in attendance that evening. Mine was mailed to me along with a Christmas card that November. I know that I wrote about this in reviewing that year's iteration. Very curious.

From the bottle: "Do not open 'til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn't tasted Christmas Ale's fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors."

I Pop!ped the cap with great anticipation and gave the bottle a hard pour in greater anticipation of what was to come. I got two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Nose smelled beautifully of the cinnamon and ginger and I was transported back nine years to the day when that sachet arrived. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was spicy, but tempered by the sweetness of the honey, which was eminently noticeable in the mouth and on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry, again with the spices being tempered by the honey. This is an entirely mellow drink, not at all indicative of its ABV, and kind of tea-like. I am always put in mind of one of Celestial Seasonings' blends when I drink this beer. Sadly, Christmas comes but once a year ...

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MNAle
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Golden amber, lightly carbonated. 1 inch slightly off-white head receding to a foamy cap. Spicy aroma, ginger, with a mix of perhaps floral-ish notes. Smooth feel. Taste follows the aroma, with the ginger / spice dominating, but to me it just tastes a bit odd; I can't pin it down. No bittering to speak of, with the ginger lingering into the finish and aftertaste. There is no sense of alcohol warmth, either. Overall, disappointing.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KingBiscuit
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Irish57
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sokol_1993
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strange minty taste in the body. Quite warming. Very malty, little presence of hop.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours a clear maple amber, white lacing retains indefinitely.

Smells of biscuit, honey, maple, and brown sugar.

Flavor is of biscuit, honey, brown sugar, toffee, and a slightly fruity finish. Some spice.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A solid flavorful winter warmer that is lower on spice and a bit richer than most in the style. For that is my favorite so far in this style, a style which I'm not usually fond of. If that sounds like you, definitely seek this out as a decent Christmas treat.

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Photo of Hephaestos
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of uncleotis
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jraiona
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a Nonic

A- Clear amber with a full frothy head with moderate retention and wonderful lacing

S- The aromas of malt, caramel, and spice are very up front with a subtle bready note

T- The flavor of malt is quite prominent with a honey like sweetness with is nicely rounded out by a spicy bitterness

F- Lively on the tongue with moderate carbonation.

O- Complex and nicely balanced.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jonnystorm777
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer is a Christmas delight. I opened the bottle to a surprisingly delightful aroma. The smell of Pine, gingerbread and cinnamon punched me right in the schnozz! Pours tenderly at a 50 degree angle and leaves an enticing bold 1/2 inch head. The rush of this beer ran smooth and crashed into my uvula with endless delight. It has a really full and baritone taste and feels more like a bark cider than an Ale. Santa should be proud to drink this and deliver presents. It really packs a punch.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 3,074 ratings.
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