Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
3,073 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

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

Bottle with a BB date of 3/18/14.

Poured into a Town Hall pint glass this brew has a thin finger of off-white head topping a clear copper brew.

Aromas of toasted malt dominate. A little cinnamon and sweet notes detected.

Taste is similar, very malty with plenty of sweetness with hints of warm spices (nutmeg and cinnamon).

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of carbonation zing in the finish. Really smooth stuff. Daddy like. Well done for 7.5%

Overall this beer is malty, sweet and simple, but damn its pretty easy to drink and goes down smooth.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, first Christmas beer of the season!

A- a perfect copper color with a great head of foam that laces the sides. A solid look when it comes to a winter brew

S- the spices are absolutely enormous. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey are placed perfectly with the brew. The malt mingles with all these flavors to create the perfect XMAS brew. It's really the envy of spiced brews.

T- a warming spice fest of cinnamin and ginger swirl all over the mouth providing flavor unlike anything any other seasonal can offer. There are medicinal attributes of the brew, but the flavor is absolutely fantastic. The malt and spiced combo is unprecedented

M- syrupy and full of flavor

D- the spices attack the palate and burn a little. The problem is the brew is so tasty I want to keep slamming them. The alcohol is the interloper. This will forever be the centerpiece at Christmas for my family and I

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was an exaggerated gold color with a modest white head. The ale left a thin lacing on the glass, giving reminders of your drinking progress. When sipping a winter warmer, this is a plus. The holiday aroma peaked my interest, with scents one might expect from a holiday beer including cinnamon, pine, ginger, and a hint of cookie. In the taste, one gets sweet and spicy cinnamon and honey a little later. The thickness of the ale allows this one to linger for a while. The staying power becomes nicer when one experiences the pleasant warming sensation toward the end. This is a nice warming seasonal with a pleasant aftertaste. I believe I could enjoy this one again in the future.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Raime
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear amber with a very thing off white head resting on top. Loads of carbonation bubbles continue to rise from the bottom. Very spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malt, slight cinnamon, slight nutmeg, small amounts of gingerbread.

T - Moderate sweet malt, slight toasted malt, small amounts of cinnamon, a perfect small to moderate amount of hoppyness. Finishes with a small amount of gingerbread. The flavors are perfectly balanced and not a single one overpowers the other.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy as well.

O - Overall, this was a solid, tasty offering from Great Lakes with a very fitting name. Would go perfectly with a well seasoned, well done steak. I'd have it again.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with dark tones, a creamy two finger head that fades quickly but leaves nice rings of lace.

The aroma has ginger, cinnamon and allspice but in a nice subtle way on a caramel, brown sugar backbone.

Some notes of honey and brown sugar, caramel and brown bread notes. Cocoa hints with vanilla and cinnamon notes. Nice balance. Some earthy, herbal notes balance things.

Medium bodied, nice balance. warming.

Sublte and warming. Nice and easy drinking spicy seasonal.

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Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer is kind of a root beer/mahogany color, atop sits a half finger of light tan head, below average amounts of carbonation

S - big spice elements, especially ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the bottle mentions honey as well, there is a nondescript sweetness, could be honey, as well as a roasted nuttiness from the malt backbone

T - as it should be with a quality christmas ale/winter warmer, the spices element hits the palate first, followed by a rich earthy sweetness, must be from the honey and the roasted malts, quite a flavor combination

M&D - smooth and easy drinking, full bodied and warming, again as a winter warmer should be, a well brewer beer, a nice introduction to GLBC for me

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Photo of mschrei
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the sub4 rating on this. Poured into Solemn Oath snifter. Beautiful appearance-golden brown on edges, lighter hues in center, lots of particulates floating after the head rush dissipates. Spice on smell, spice on taste. Pouring takes some of the harsh edge off, but drinking it from the bottle is enjoyable to the taste buds too. Crisp with a warming feeling, really glad I got a sixer but hoping I can get some more.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-translucent copper colored with a decent dark cream colored head. frothy with lacing

S-light scent of vanilla, ginger, and other christmas spices. i'm getting mostly vanilla though. okay scent, very malty. doesn't seem to have a high quality.

T-comes in tasting like cinnamon and ginger bread. very malty. somewhat bitter. not much of an after-taste. unique gimmicky taste with out much depth.

M-low creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-your non beer drinker friends might appreciate the novelty in this, maybe some girls would. its not terrible really. its okay to drink, it goes down easy, but its not a good beer. it focuses more on the holidays than beer, and we should never lose sight of whats most important. definitely doesn't drink like 7.5% though. it tastes more around 5%.

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Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IndyDad
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orangish color. good clarity. almost no head that quickly fades.

Smell: ginger, cinnamon and sweetness. fairly weak but smells pretty good

Taste: lots of ginger. cinnamon is weak and hidden underneath. not a lot of malt profile but some sweetness. not the strongest tasting beer especially for its strength

Mouthfeel: fairly light, ginger lingers behind.

Overall: i found the flavors to be nice in this one but it was just too weak in flavor and smell for me. a lot tastier that the other spiced winter warmers ive had

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is gold with suspended yeast and low carbonation. The head is small off white and left little lace.

The Smell sweet holiday spice and caramel

The taste follows, Nice caramel, and spice is ok but maybe a little too much spice in the after taste.

The mouthfeel is good. Medium body and the low carbonation does not pull it down here.

The drinkability is ok, The beer is nice but the lingering spice in the after taste hangs on too long. Prosit. MK

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

Single bottle served in a tulip. I know the glass recommendation is tumbler/nonic for this beer, but I'm now more sure it's wrong. GLBC has the beer shown in snifter, and after drinking it once in a tumbler I can say that a snifter or Tulip is really the way to go with this beer.

The beer poured a 1/4" thick foam that died down to a nice thin foam across the top. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass as you drank it down - which I didn't notice so much in the tumbler. A nice copper orange color, with plenty of little bubbles moving up through the beer. The foam is a very light tan fine bubble foam, a little bit of a sparkle to it as you hold it up to the light.

Smell - I only got ginger with the tumbler but with this I get a hint of ginger and a nicely strong cinnamon. No hops or malt really in the smell.

Taste - quite nice. A sweet ginger flavor up front, followed by the cinnamon and then a slightly bitter finish followed by nice malty aftertaste. Really a great beer for sipping and savoring slowly.

Mouthfeel - because of the tulip I think its holding onto the carbonation more - so spicy on the tongue but otherwise nothing really special to me.

Drinkability - I could easily have another. I think I will. A nice holiday treat and I'm glad I was able to get a six pack while in Cleveland earlier this month because I cannot find it now in Dayton.

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Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of pirmannt1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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