Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
3,073 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Christmas.

Coppery color. No rising bubbles. Tall pour inhibited the head formation, but a thick ring is long-lasting. 3.0

Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, maraschino cherry, light vanilla, and toasted malts. 4.0

Hearty flavor with loaded spiciness. Layers of cinnamon and coriander with light vanilla and nutmeg notes. Warming alcohol is a tasting note, as well. Backend hops offer some leafy green essences. Fusel bite is still agreeable. 4.0

Medium body with some fullness. Carb is lacking. Booze is right there with you. 3.0

Tasty December staple. Recommended. 4.0

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of scottyb88
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.
A- pours a brownish orange color with a creamy head and decent lacing

S-orange peel, honey, nutmeg, and a little brown sugar

T-the aroma flavors are prominent in the taste, but not one ingredient over powers anything else; there's a sweet, almost candied pecan flavor that lingers, which blends nice with the honey

M-nice, medium to full body and creamy mouthfeel; a lingering dryness from the hops

O-I feel like I've had a better version of this beer in years past, but it's a decent offering. The alcohol is well hidden and it's not too sweet

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer deserves a bit of a better rating than (currently) an 88. As far as Christmas Ales go, this one is pretty damn good. I am a huge fan of Great Lakes beers and this one does not disappoint!

Normally when you think Christmas Ales, the taste of overpowering spice comes to mind, but this beer is smooth and taste really nice from start to finish. You can definitely taste the spices, but to an overpowering level. Subtle hints of honey round this beer out nicely!

Overall, a great Christmas beer from a great brewery! Very nice

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ Black Rock, Chicago, IL, into a pint glass

Pours a very clear amber color. A nice 1.5 finger head the color of buttermilk (it could be whiter than that; the lighting is odd in this bar).

The aroma is not a blast of spices like Anchor's winter warmer. It's mostly an amber malt, breadcrusts type malt-forward smell...that's had a Christmas tree car air freshener dipped into it for a few seconds. Fruitcake spices, cinnamon stick, etc.

Upon first sip I know that this is one of my favorite Christmas ales. Not because it's an incredible beer but because the spices don't come first. This is an amber ale, folks. It's bready and malty with a touch of honey. The spices are just accent marks that make the malt flavors more accentuated.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. I had no idea this was 7.5% ABV because of how loose and wet the mouthfeel is (no alcohol burn either). Overall this is a darn solid winter warmer. It doesn't fatigue the palate, so I could absolutely have a couple of these in a sitting.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich in flavor but not heavy. Alcohol content of 7.5% will keep you from drinking too many.

A: A very beautiful copper with an off-white head. Head disappears very fast.

S: A nice caramel smell mixed with cinnamon and honey.

T: Ginger comes through along with honey and cinnamon.

M: Carbonation tingle on the tongue but an easy swallow.

O: Slightly bitter finish, medium body.

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 3,073 ratings.
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