Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
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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:
Do not open ‘til Christmas? Whoever coined that phrase obviously hasn’t tasted Christmas Ale’s fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors.

A Yuletide’s worth of holiday spices and sweet honey to keep you a-wassailing all season long.

World Beer Championships 6-Time Medal Winner Since 1999 (Gold, Silver)

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,457
Reviews:
905
Ratings:
3,179
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
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163
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835
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Ratings: 3,179 |  Reviews: 905
Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

THIS is an incredibly GREAT Christmas Ale. Very non-beer-like and a good brew to serve at holiday parties and such. I can see non-beer drinkers liking this. Will be picking up a case to serve on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It's quite "Festive".

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Photo of bigbutter
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mase8
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mj24053
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good Winter ale. Can really taste the spices. Good hop and malt balance. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Perfect blend of just enough spices but it still tastes like a beer. Medium to high carbonation. Alcohol taste is noticeable. Very good. If I want a winter ale this will be on my short list

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kaitjs7
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bumping it up a bit. Did a blind taste test against 12 dogs in the office today. 9/11 participants including myself preferred Great Lakes.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lfeinauer
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickLipaj
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Foxman27
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flathead5173
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some light malts. Taste is malts, ginger, a bit of cinnamon and cherries, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of themayorkoch
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

The very beer that took my craft virginity about a year ago, I was used to the oh so dull flavors of college piss water when I went to a friends house for New Years and unwittingly picked up a bottle that would end my tragic relationship with macrobreweries. Poured into a glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar, this brew knocked my socks off! Strong cinnamon and ginger flavors are potent, but entirely pleasant and slowly dissipate into a dry aftertaste. Surprised my parents with this on Christmas Day, and it went perfectly with the holiday meal. Highly recommend making this a Christmas tradition!

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Final getting around to reviewing this ale. Have had it several times, but must have forgotten to rate. On tap at Washington PA Ablebee's for lunch date with Leah. Great color, good mix of spices for a great winter choice!

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Photo of citizencane
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with minimal to moderate head and a decent amount of lacing. Tastes of spices...nothing I can detect specifically, but a melange of Christmas spices. I think there are cinnamon, nutmeg, and something bringing smoothness, either cherries, or honey, maybe both or something different? Feel is crisp and thirst quenching but not dry. Doesn’t feel like toothpaste or a Christmas tree was left in my mouth either. I’m picky as hell about Christmas beers, but this is a good example of the style and I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCon5
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Leo_Blanke
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to Christmas Ales look no further. Pours a beautiful dark copper, the nose is dark caramel, stone fruits, holiday spices. The taste follows the nose but with a richer flavor profile. This tastes like a much bigger beer than it is. One that I look forward to every Christmas.

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Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,179 ratings