Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 3,074 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 881
Photo of OUJayhawk1799
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Tack
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of buzzy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BeerLovinBuckwildUnicorn
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Full Disclosure: This is absolutely my favorite beer. Perhaps because I had such a wonderful time being introduced to 'Christmas Crack' by amazing people. Perhaps it's because I no longer reside in an area where it's available, or perhaps it's because it's a great fucken beer.. I dunno.

A: Depending on the year it has varied from medium copper to dark amber

S: Slightly metalliac, hints of clove & pine

T: DEEELIIISH!!! Christmas in a bottle (or out of a tap if yer lucky). Hints of clove,orange, carmel. The spice is well balanced with a sweet finish.

M: The spice ignites the front while the carmel, malt smooths out the back. Overall happiness.

Overall: See Disclosure. Pairs wonderfully with Thanksgiving turkey, football chili or Jameson neat.

 756 characters

Photo of bbrown12
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of utopiajane
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a burn orange or brick orange and has golden hues. A stream of bubbles make their way to the center of the glass to meet a creamy head of tinged off white foam. Good retention and great lacing on this one. There is a hefty amount of yeast or sediment floating around in this one and to call it hazed would be to undermine the substantial particles that are floating in this glass.

The nose is rich with malt. Caramel, bread, nuts, and a fain dusting of cocoa powder. There is a fresh light citrus and the scent of raw honey. There is a faint cinnamon and nutmeg and if you really dive deep the very faint scent of fresh ginger.

Taste is rich and malty. Thick, chewy and nutty. The citrus keeps it moving and the chocolate is as mellow as the spices. The honey adds a bit of sticky quality to the mouthfeel but the beer does not get terribly sweet. It finishes not quite dry and with a mellow and subdued aftertaste .

This one had a full malt mouthfeel. A grainy texture of caramel and nuts. The honey and the fruit could have been more powerful but they laid out restrained and somewhat flat. The spices were too faint in the drink to make a difference in the taste. It drank a bit heavy and slow. It needed something to contrast the nutty bready flavor and give it a lift on the palate.

 1,303 characters

Photo of Ebbs
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of Givemebeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of markarizmendi
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of dataylor21
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of wildcatboy
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of bralston345
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of AHeaston8
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BA_Berto
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Xandrose
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer holds almost a filtered look as the Amber color is Crystal clear with limited bubbling in the body. The head was light and airy as it fluttered away quickly.

The scent is light and spicy with some strong nutmeg but underlining cinnamon. There's a lot of malt fruitcake and roasted nuts.

The flavor is on par with the aroma as the nutmeg holds a prevalent face. The cinnamon and spice is evident but laid back. The malt is slightly caramel not too sweet but the fruit cake and toasted nut is very tasty

The feel is not thick but not thin either with a nice ease but a nicer fullness.

I had the 2012 and was nit as I.pressed but 2013 was full of flavor and much better.

 681 characters

Photo of Evoforen
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of edhizdeid
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HollywoodNate
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cw13
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.4% out of 100 with 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.