Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 881
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of carolinahophead
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is always a beer that's always hard to get here .
The color is a bright copper , poured a nice head with bold lace .
Tight nose here , you do get nice malt aromas with spice added in .
This is a big holiday brew .. good flavor with sweetness and a little bitterness as well .
The beer has a medium mouthfeel and a surprising long finish .
It's a good beer .. Let's say we will be having one Christmas Eve to enjoy the holiday .

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Photo of ReverendTrips
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A - looks really nice, somewhere between red and coppery, nice amber 2 finger head

S - this beer smells delicious, smells like caramel, cinnamon, and honey.

Taste - tastes sweet to start and then has a bitter aftertaste, can definitely taste the spices with the cinnamon being the strongest and the others less so.

Mouthfeel - really smooth, feels thick as it goes down and really coats your mouth.

O - My friend just convinced me to buy this beer and I cant say I'm disappointing. Ive passed on great lakes a lot of times in favor of imported English ales but this is up to par or better than a lot I've tried and I'd reccommend it to anyone

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2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of CleJB
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer. Every late October/early November is like Christmas for me. The minute you crack this beer, it smells like the holiday season. The cinnamon, ginger, and honey blend very well together. This beer goes down extremely smooth for the 7.5% alcohol content, so drink with care. This beer goes well with Turkey, Ham, or pretty much anything you would eat around the holidays. Christmas in a bottle. A little pricey at between $12 and $13 a 6 pack, but worth every penny. Christmas in NE Ohio isn't Christmas without Christmas Ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 1/11/13
Poured into Lagunitas mason jar

Appearance: A cloudy copper color reminding me of ice tea. Created a finger to finger and a half of off white head that faded quickly. Moderate amount of lacing upon initial pour.

Smell: Big sweet spices here with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and the sweet honey come through. It really reminds me of sugar cookies with a kick of cinnamon. A very unique and pleasant smelling beer.

Taste: Sweetness hits first with a quick hit but this is followed up by the spices almost immediately. The cinnamon is the most forward of the spices but the clove, ginger and nutmeg mingle among it. Mid palate I get a small hop bite? Then the honey comes through on the tail end leaving a nice sweet, spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I'd call this one pretty sticky as it does coat my mouth with a candy like sweetness. Alcohol is well integrated.

Overall: I've passed on this one in the years past but saw it this year fresh so I thought I'd give it a shot. Glad I did because I did enjoy this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of pschul4
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice ruby red with a 1/4" off white head that dissipates quickly

S- Christmas cookies forsure. Honey and cinnamon and dark malts. So enticing

T- Wow, just like the scent except more intense. Lots of honey and cinnamon and nice malts wrap everything up. Perfection

M- Super smooth, works perfectly with the rest of the beer

O- Best example of a winter warmer out there. Seek out at all costs

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.4% out of 100 with 3,074 ratings
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