Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
3,067 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 murraymj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub, poured into a bulbed Great Lakes Pint glass (also purchased at the brewpub). Liquid portion comes out a nice amber that kind of totes between a hearty orange and autumn brown. Nice orange cremcicle colored head that's frothly looking with mostly small bubbles. Crazy good clarity on this beer, can see right through it.

This isn't a strong Christmas beer in the nose, but it still smells good. I like it that way, some breweries will over due it with the spices. Like caramel and toffee malts sprinkled with more cinnamon than nutmeg, then drizzled with some slightly milky honey. Some spicy hops to follow at the end.

Taste is on par with the smell. Lots of spiciness and the cinnamon seems stronger in the flavor than the smell. Got some natural sweet and somewhat bitter breadiness followed by some earthy hops. Christmas spiciness is the dominant feature here though, cinnamon, nutmeg, ect, then followed by a creamy honey glaze.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean crisp nice balance from the hops, slight bite from the alcohol. Clean and a gentle bitterness at the final feel; slightly spicy and even a little creamy. Pretty drinkable, one bottle is enough for me and I'd only drink it around the holidays, hits the spot when looking for a nice Christmas Ale.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a faint amount of copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramelized and toasted malts with slightly stronger aromas of ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of caramelized and lightly toasted malts with a touch of sugar cookie sweetness. There is a nice combination of spices which follow that includes ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Overall the flavor of this beer reminds me of a combination of gingerbread and sugar cookies - one of the better Christmas beers that I have tried. Easy to drink and enjoyable with very well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of FinchSCF
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sarch
2/5  rDev -48.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of tgoldian
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Pellinore1
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a murky orange brown color. More towards th brown side.
The head formed was tall and beige in color with a dense body that was pocked with large bubbles.
A pretty good amount of lacingf was left behind.
The aroma was of sweet malts. Slight roasted malts intermingled nicely with the sweet malts. Hints of bitter chocolate were noted too.
Taste was like the nose wih a sweeter malt taste that had some underlying roastedness.
A little bit of cococa came through too.
There is a fairly large alcohol presence that puckers the tongue and probably takes away from the taste.
Overall I liked it. Good flavor but too much alcohol presence.

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Photo of JackRB
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Zanico
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thedifferencemaker
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sarbast
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer! The appearance is cinnamon, as is the aroma, as is the taste. It is not as sweet as many of the other spiced/winter warmers. There is a smokiness to this, not overly so. Frankly, I could drink this all day. Wonderful taste, lighter than anticipated, but packs a wallop.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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