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:
777
For Trade:
10
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,067 |  Reviews: 879
Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-12-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear tawny-mahogany with a 1/2-finger light tan head that fades very quickly and leaves just a smidgen of lace.

S - Candied apples, cinnamon, cherry, pumpkin bread, ginger. Inviting aroma although not real strong.

T - There's a lot more bready malt than the smell would indicate. There also a shot of citrus and bitterness that wasn't evident in the smell. That being said, the cherry, candied apple, ginger and cinnamon make their presence known. It's a pleasing flavor that dries nicely and thankfully, isn't too sweet.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Syrupy but not cloying. There's a nice bit of resin that clings briefly. Leaves you wanting another sip.

O - This is a very enjoyable holiday ale. It's got some seasonal spicing but you still know you are drinking a good quality ale. I'll look for this again.

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Photo of northstar23
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of colbster92
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SourAddict
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of redmaw
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Trfagan3
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerMeColorado
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not sure why all the high scores.
Light amber. Crystal clear. Poor head retention.
Malt forward. Alcohol warmth comes through.
Decent mouthfeel.
Irish Spring soap?
Overall an average winter warmer for me.

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Photo of traviswhillier
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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 MarkQ617
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a growler for our Christmas party, enjoyed out of a pint glass. The color was actually pretty nice, a good looking brownish amber with an off-white head. The flavor had the requisite spices, particularly cinnamon and nutmeg, but it was a bit weak for my liking.

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Photo of osuskin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose—ginger and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems a bit more complex with additional hints of cinnamon sticks and caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit mire than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an interesting winter warmer that has some nice holiday spices and seems easier to drink compared to other beers in the style since it isn't that heavy in body.

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Photo of Benny3000
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lukateake
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lewdd
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of csrbv
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Michigan_Beer420
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of dannycohen62
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - burnt orange, quickly dissipating head
S - honey, perfume-like notes of cinnamon, candied apple, caramel,
T - biscuity, caramel, dark honey, a touch of cinnamon, gingerbread
F - low carbonation, smooth, relatively thin mouthfeel
O - on the sweeter side, this beer is incredible fresh but quickly loses its magic - they call it a Christmas Ale, but drink it by Thanksgiving

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of MidtowneMarket
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Schmuckles
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mve102
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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