Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.95/5
Very Good
3,146 Ratings
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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

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 11-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,560
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
3,146
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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Ratings: 3,146 |  Reviews: 896
Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 6 of 6 from the US. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Have enjoyed this greatly over the past month or so.

Appearance - Dark bronze i color , clear, middling carbonation and topped with a finger of off-white head. Moderate retention and lacing is minimal.

Smell - Smells wonderfully of Christmas, caramel, dark fruit, fruitcake, ginger, with trace of other spices of cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. A plethora of spices here, yet with sufficient malt comes together marvelously.

Taste - Like the nose, with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon shining through, yet enough caramel and bitterness to make this seem balanced. Ends with a slightly bitter near coffee flavor, and certainly with enough spice to be considered either a spiced beer or a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, enough carbonation for a style that is traditionally on the lower end, medium dry finish.

Overall - Seriously underrated and one of the best winter warmers out there. Delicious enough as a traditional Christmas treat but certainly drinkable enough to be a regular mainstay. A winner and something I'm going to look forward to as the days get shorter, the leaves fall and snow starts accumulating around these parts.

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Photo of jenrhart
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tlinc
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth

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Photo of BEER88
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spotrebor
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amber/reddish hue in color tastes of honey, ginger and maybe little of corriander. Not a bad beer but definiately a good winger beer to get you through the day

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

Photo of Walleye1
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's run is as good as ever. Malty, sweet, rich flavors

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Photo of Qback5
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's Christmas Ale! You cannot rate it like another beer - it's designed for a purpose...to ring in the Holidays! The 2017 brew tastes a little more cinnamony than last year's, but maybe that's just me. I love this brew on tap...nothing rings in the Holiday's like GL Christmas Ale!

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Photo of bumbledink
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a nice red. Not too dark. Smooth flavor and finish.

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Photo of grawp57
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lovely amber. Berry/ cherry dominates. Pleasing, sweet, berry, but definitely beer! Smooth. Excellent beer!!!

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Photo of MattReily
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is an absolutely fantastic beer!!! I look forward to it coming out every year!!!

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Photo of MeIquiades
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sully194
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Winter Warmer got me so into the Holiday spirit that I almost started going to church again.... almost.
Had this one on a 20 oz. draft last weekend at the local pub. Got barely a sip into it before it was promptly BOGARTED by some drunk bottom-feeder at the bar (don't act like you don't know). The crazy bag-o-fleas ran off with not only MY Christmas Ale, but my drinking pal's beer as well. Not wanting to risk getting herpes, we both ordered another. After all, they say it's better to give than to receive. Say what you will about alcohol killing germs-this one was NOT worth the risk; despite her provocative dance moves, she was a real Train-wreck.... Meet Virginia!

Anyway, this beer is great for a cold fall/winter night, especially when the bar is mostly empty. I just hope next time I am able to drink more than one, and a Merry Christmas to the poor Uber driver that had to take her ass back to whatever rock she crawled out from under. 4 Stars!

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Photo of tcorbs88
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crobinso
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imanidiot777
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddieeight
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JoeLev
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,146 ratings