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:
154
Gots:
779
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 880
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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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, earthiness, slight yeast, slight alcohol, and spices. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, earthy malt, grass, and slight alcohol. Overall, mostly spice and earthiness, good blend, but not to my personal taste.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Calraven
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheeseMonger75
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Christmas Beer on the market. So refreshing and beautifully crafted it's hard to compare others when this one is so far above the rest. This is the best beer Great Lakes brewing produces and they nail it again and again. A robust blend of holiday spices, caramel malts, juniper, hints of clove and slightly hopped to give this beer it's uniqueness.

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Photo of BraveGator
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of beagleyx2
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GlennWB
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of skrabbenhoft
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Quesophresco
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear. Gingerbread brown with amber highlights. Weak head and no lacing, so this btl at least poured a bit flat. I find the label artwork minimalistic and amazing, so I think that must count for something here.

S: I'm enveloped by a flowery, honeysuckle sweetness. Hmm...must be the copious amount of honey; orange blossom honey maybe. Ginger follows suit with a hint of cinnamon--atomic fireball--heat. A warmer it is.

M: It's soft but chewy like a hot biscuit. Maybe a little low on carb, but the spices contribute a certain dryness.

T: Picked up a malted nutty flavor that initially reminds me of a marzen. The sweetness of the honey quickly follows, and is strong, remaining on the palate for the remainder of the session. However, I also pick up a bit of dark treacle, which is a tad bitter, and when combined with the chitrus contribution from the hops provides an alter dimensional sweetness. A drying ginger comes into play along with roasted malt. Overall, it's like an old-fashioned spiced ginger cookie with gads of orange-honey icing. It's one of the few beers I'll actually buy a full six pack of, but it's very enjoyable cozied up under twinkling Christmas lights watching a holiday classic. In other words, it's a fantastic seasonal, but rather okay otherwise.

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Photo of jmg480
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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