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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 880
Photo of harrylee773
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AJmon13
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Number3red
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of AdamSteve
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of AGB
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a clear cranberry amber with half inch white head. Wispy on the top and spider webs down.

Aroma mainly of cinnamon powder and ginger snap. Smells deceivingly full bodied. Basically a full onslaught of holiday spice and sweet malt.

Tastes pretty darn close to a lot of pumpkin ales I've had this year. Cinnamon is the first spice to come to my mind. Candy spice drops and crystal ginger essence. I'd say its Christmasy alright.

Mouthfeel is of medium body and is actually refreshing. Nothing overbearing or heavy laden.

Again, this reminds me of a lot of the pumpkin beers yet the ginger, for me, gives this the edge to give this that christmas feel. Shared some this year with my BMC friends who all agreed this was a quality beer. Nothing is worse than weighing your friends and family down with heavy beers. GL Christmas ale is a great choice for yourself and to share during a festive time such as this.

 916 characters

Photo of charlesjwinkler
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of malcontent
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2006 incarnation of one of my favorite beers, I can't wait!

Deep amber liquid capped by a foamy head that holds together beautifully. Sticky lacing creeps down the side of the glass and holds its form perfectly.

Hops, grapefruit and cloves are just some of the key components of the scent although some soft malt and pepper aromas linger as well.

Not as hoppy as the smell would have led me to believe but tasty nonetheless. Very well-rounded malt sweetness with delecate use of spices and some wonderful tree fruit flavors. Totally tummy-tingling.

Not syrupy but not that crisp either. If there is a downfall for this brew it's just that it doesn't lend itself to all-night consuption. However, I would still try!

 730 characters

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exp 01/02/09, hope I'm not too late, thanks to biegaman for this treat. Clear copper colour with glimpses of orange. Half finger head, off white, settled quickly as did the initial flurry of small bubbles that slowed but persisted throughout the tasting. A wispy, cloudy surface remained with some lacing, a quick swirl reproduced a healthy head and it sure looked promising.

Smell of honey predominated with muted spice - spearmint, cinammon, all spice. Taste is honey sweet and the spiciness quite a subtle backdrop. Silky textured mouthfeel impresses and the honey is not so sickingly sweet as those macro lagers I try to avoid. The mouthfeel is slightly cider-like but with a balanced sweetness that is endearing. This is a very pleasant winter warmer with well hidden alcohol, very tasty ... I could enjoy this all winter if it was available. Thanks, Jan.

 862 characters

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lauries444
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Danno48
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Steve_Trick
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Nyrangersgrrl
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zacky_U
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of deakin
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep honey-amber color with a tall frothy tan head. Aroma is spicy with sweet malts, cloves, faint yeast and fresh gingerbread.

Taste is frosted gingerbread cookies and malt. Nicely seasoned, not too sweet, good flavors of allspice, cinnamon and honey. A gentile, mildly bitter hoppiness arrives as it warms, towards the end of the glass. Might be a good candidate to try warmed a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth but not real heavy. No trace of alcohol in the taste despite the ABV, very soft on the palate, very drinkable. An excellent pale winter ale, one I would drink seasonally if I could. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

 651 characters

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a copper hue, very clear. A creamy off white head of two fingers has excellent retention, and leaves some nice patchy lacing. Some noble hops and pale malt in the nose, but mostly ginger, cinnamon, annd some indistinct holiday spices. The sweet toasted malt flavor melds ginger and faint pine into the taste, and the bittering hops cleanse the palate leaving a dry aftertaste, with some residual honey. Appropriatly spiced, but leans towards the bitter side. The spice and pine flavors become cloying, even with good carbonation and a medium body. A harsh finish detracts greatly from the drinkability.

 608 characters

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of TheBronze
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.