Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.95/5
3,077 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
Ranking:
#4,769
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
3,077
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
782
Trade:
10
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2.41/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: a brownish red beer, with some head on the pour. It sticks around for a bit around the edges of the beer and on the surface of the beer. This matches the description of a winter warmer.

Smell: at first you can smell the spices in this beer, they smell rich and thick. Cinnamon and nutmeg, and then you can smell the light hops of the beer, and some maltyness in it.

Taste: the rich spicy flavor is evident, the beer is spicy like fire sauce. Its very high in alcohol content. This is not enjoyable whatsoever.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and a medium thickness beer. These match each well.

Overall: This looks good, smells good, but it tastes terrible. I was looking forward to this too.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure ruby red color, which is festive and beautiful. I get some spices on the nose. Not a big aroma at all. I get some orange, cinnamon spice, and a bit of pie spice in the body. It's really a bit flat for me. Mouthfeel is normal for this style. Overall, I don't think I'd go for this beer even during the holidays. It feel short in the base beer for me, so the minimal spices just didn't elevate it enough.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa yesterday, being told that that was enjoyable and a good seasonal beer. While I didn't know what to expect with this, I can honestly say that I've never had anything like this before. This was certainly spicy but not to a large extent and because the alcohol was quite recessed, those notes shone through quite nicely. This was a bit light in hue for a Winter Warmer but certainly full and worth savoring, after the adjusting to the slightly unusual notes in this beer!

The pour to this was a light hazelnut with a moderate amount of head that quickly dissipated and some lacing that slid down the edges of my pint glass after every sip. Loads of ginger in the nose and more of a gingerbread in the taste, reinforced by cinnamon, nutmeg, a bit of lemon pepper, and other wintry spices. Some graham cracker in this too but this never felt too thick or chewy - the mouthfeel was quite nice and pretty balanced, with just a hair too much carbonation. A bit of lemon zest and ginger lingered in the aftertaste, leading me to want to take another sip to subdue it just a bit.

The alcohol was present but because the spice was so pronounced, I felt that it did more of the warming than the booze did. By the end of the bottle, the strength of this could be felt but not to the point where I wouldn't have another one of these. Two would be just about it though, as this would not be a beer to chug in large quantities. If you're decorating a gingerbread house or having a plate of cookies around the fire, grab this beer and enjoy. It's a good choice for this time of the year and not like anything else on the shelf, all while staying stylistically and seasonally true to form.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,077 ratings
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