Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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3.95/5
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3,137 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:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,135
Reviews:
893
Ratings:
3,137
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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154
Gots:
807
Trade:
10
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Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favorites for the Holiday season year after year.
A - Pours a deep copper in color with a little tint or amber red
S - Smells malty with a lot of cinnamon, honey and spice
T - Tastes a bit sweet with a cinnamon finish. the honey comes through more in the nose than it does on the tongue.
M - A bit watery, My main wish is for a little more creaminess here, but it's not a huge negative
O - Overall this is a staple in my fridge over the winter, but it's more of a one and done beer for me. The cinnamon honey and spice start to wreak havoc after two or three bottles

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Photo of jpro
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sixer from Salud Beer Shop. 12oz poured into a snifter...

A: Rosy copper; one-finger, off-white head; no lace; no retention; unique color.

S: Toasted malt; gingerbread; light cinnamon notes; not overly spiced, though; brown sugar.

T: Cake; honey roasted malt nuttiness; brown sugar; light nutmeg and allspice; cinnamon; again, not overly done with the spice; not much alcohol.

M: Medium feel; moderate carbonation with a little zing; not heavy at all.

O: A great Christmas beer - one of the best; quite drinkable, too.

*from notes 01.08.14

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Photo of boszormeny
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Josbor11
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DustinSWB
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of CGiusti23
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With so many Christmas beers out there, I am so glad I snagged Great Lakes Christmas Ale up! Its a perfect mix of spices and flavor that just gives this Ale such a perfect taste. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good beer around the holidays. Even light beer drinkers will enjoy this at a family party. Either way its a win win, great beer.

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Photo of LP_Tyler
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of MarkGutz
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of magictacosinus
2.94/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Alright, time to get back to reviews. Thanks, Todd! Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a wine tulip glass. Freshness date is "1/18/14." Consumed on "1/25/14." Shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Pours an amber golden color with a decent white fizzy head that whittles down to a tiny, thinned ring over the course of consumption. It may be the glass or the age on this, but lacing is minimal as are any noticeable legs. It is, nevertheless, quite viscous, especially for what seems to be an apparent run-of-the-mill winter warmer.

Smells extremely sweet - notes of honey, butterscotch, and toffee are all up in this, with the spices pushed way to the back. It's difficult to find them, but eventually they come around: ginger peel, cinnamon, brown sugar, as well as apples and bananas. Very sugary and not very spicy or zesty from the spices this was brewed with. The alcohol, alas, is well hidden. It's a different take on the style, but perhaps one that would appeal to fans of sweeter seasonal ales.

The flavor is the same story, with, as far as I can tell, far more muted spices on the palate completely taken over by the sugary malty profile. Honeyed, alongside sweet notes of toffee and butterscotch that last on the palate for a good long while. Finishes slightly fruity, as well as mildly spicy from the ginger and cinnamon, but the honeyed profile of the beer is victorious - as is the sweetness. Slight oxidized notes of sherry are definitely present. Isn't too much of a chore to drink, although it definitely gets more syrupy the more it warms up. The alcohol comes around over time, which only increases the sweetness. As a result, it's a bit difficult to finish.

As much I have been happy with Great Lakes in the past, I feel like as much as I should have probably had this a bit fresher, I don't think this would have been any less sweeter in the end. The ingredients are thankfully well presented, but the amount of residual sugars I had to wade through to get to them did not make it wholly worthwhile. Nevertheless, I'll happily give this a re-review when it comes out this year if I'm able to get my hands on a fresh bottle.

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Photo of IpaRay
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tonyh
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Have enjoyed this beer on several occasions this holiday season. Both bottle and on tap.
It pours a beautiful amber/red color, with a nice light brown head.

The smell is not overwhelming, with only hints of spices.

The taste is wonderful. No one spice or flavor over taking the others. Crisp.

With one sip you will taste the holidays. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AricGresko
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,137 ratings
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