Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
3,137 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:
#5,146
Reviews:
893
Ratings:
3,137
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
154
Gots:
807
Trade:
10
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,137 |  Reviews: 893
Photo of TogaDoolz
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of reino4
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Zormac
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of McTavern
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mtooman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JohnnyFire44094
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Hopmarc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of FEUO
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Envelopes
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Luigi
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a rick clear copper color with a two to three finger (depending how aggressive you pour) off white head. Lacing stick all around the glass with each sip as the head retains as a thick blanket until the last drop.

The aroma is sweet but not over whelming. A perfect blend of honey, brown sugar, cinnamon. and ginger.

The taste reflects the aroma. Ginger bread, honey, cinnamon, hints of caramel, and a soft biscuit And toasted bread malt.

There is a light yet syrup texture on the palate. Mildly dry finish with lingering spice.

The Great Lakes Brewing company has yet to disappoint me. This brew is prefect to these cold fall and winter months and with a healthy ABV at 7.5%, it truly warms you up.

 715 characters

Photo of ng85
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of theHoff77
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A - A light red amber color. Doesn't get much of head unless you pour aggressively, and even then it doesn't keep long. Spotty lacing.

S - Seems almost entirely malty in smell. Nothing memorable.

T - Very mild flavors on this. Slight cinnamon, caramel, brown sugar, and malts.

M - Nothing aggressive about this beer, which makes it an easy drinker.

O - Pretty underwhelming given the hype. I was expecting bigger flavors and smells. The way I would describe it is Lagunitas Brown Sugga's little brother. Sadly, I spent more on this then Brown Sugga'. I decided not to review this until after my fourth over the course of the week, and my impression of it hasn't changed a bit even trying it in four types of glassware.

 747 characters

Photo of Lookjoesays
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of oxfordmini
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Nutwood
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of equincel
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tastybeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Ruby-auburn color, crispy clear, warm and inviting. The orange/peach tinted white head is a tasty looking mix of large and fine bubbles. Big at first and then quickly becomes a thin sheet with a frothy ring. Lace is spotty and shifting.

S: Delicious holiday smells all over. Thyme, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, honey, sugar, candied lemon, cardamom, sage, doughy bread... Lots of smells (perhaps some by association) come to mind. All ties together surprisingly well too. Delicate and soft.

T: Taste is perfect for the season. Spicy, flavorful, easy on the palate, and super smooth.

M: Very light feel to it. Almost light bodied but softly thickened with honey syrup. Oddly, I kind of like the syrupy-ness. Carbonation levels are perfect. Interesting and enjoyable.

O: Good stuff.

 790 characters

Photo of MisterWalk
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Awesome winter warmer. Had it yesterday on tap in a 23 oz glass. Lots of cinnamon and clove flavors. Nice malt balance. No hop bitterness at all but anything but sweet. Really nice Holiday beer that you find yourself looking forward to year after year.
Loved this beer to death and will be looking to pick up a case as soon as I can!

 334 characters

Photo of Yusko
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of OneTrickPony
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of adamant1912
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,137 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded 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.