Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,067 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:
3,067
Reviews:
879
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
778
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 3,067 |  Reviews: 879
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is transparent amber, lighter on the edges; head is tan, mixture of bubble sizes, good lacing and lingering top.

Smell is spice forward, nice blend of ginger, nutmeg and clove, hints of cinnamon; malt is present, light bread, biscuit and maybe some sweeter caramel, but light.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but a bit amplified: spices are popping but not overwhelming, good blend of clove, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and lighter cinnamon; malt is a good balance to the aroma, bread and biscuit hints of caramel - this beer does not taste anywhere near its strength as the spice covers the sweeter notes below.

Mouthfeel again mixes the spice and malt well, spices cover and dry out the strength of this beer making it very easily drinkable.

Overall, a very, very good winter/christmas ale; heavier spice doses work well in these ales compared to pumpkins because of the heavier malt flavors, a great brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Cheld
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- A light red colour, nice for the season. Very clear, with a small head that dissipated quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell- Spices, as expected with the style- cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg. But unlike many other seasonal beers where the spices dominate, these are still pretty mild.

Taste- Like the smell, the spices are clearly there, but not overpowering. A nice reprieve from the spice blasts I'm used to in holiday beers. Instead it has a nice well rounded malt flavour, with more hops apparent than I'm used to in winter beers.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp.

Overall- My favourite of the style, and a very enjoyable beer. That said, its lacking a character that really makes it stand out above the crowd. So for me, enjoyable, but not stellar.

On a different note, it is good to see this beer in Upstate NY, as it has typically been a very hard beer to find here.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date of 03/18/14. poured into pint glass.

small head, mostly clear, orange-amber color, not very dark. smell is light: wheat, gingerbread, spice, maybe some hops. crisp, clean, honey-sweet and malty at first, aftertaste has some christmas flavor (clove, ginger, frosting). feel is a slick medium, alcohol is hid very well.

Doesn't do much to stand out... a rare miss from Great Lakes Brewing co.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 3,067 ratings.
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