Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
BA SCORE
3.95/5
3,077 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:
#4,776
Reviews:
881
Ratings:
3,077
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
782
Trade:
10
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,077 |  Reviews: 881
Photo of Quesophresco
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear. Gingerbread brown with amber highlights. Weak head and no lacing, so this btl at least poured a bit flat. I find the label artwork minimalistic and amazing, so I think that must count for something here.

S: I'm enveloped by a flowery, honeysuckle sweetness. Hmm...must be the copious amount of honey; orange blossom honey maybe. Ginger follows suit with a hint of cinnamon--atomic fireball--heat. A warmer it is.

M: It's soft but chewy like a hot biscuit. Maybe a little low on carb, but the spices contribute a certain dryness.

T: Picked up a malted nutty flavor that initially reminds me of a marzen. The sweetness of the honey quickly follows, and is strong, remaining on the palate for the remainder of the session. However, I also pick up a bit of dark treacle, which is a tad bitter, and when combined with the chitrus contribution from the hops provides an alter dimensional sweetness. A drying ginger comes into play along with roasted malt. Overall, it's like an old-fashioned spiced ginger cookie with gads of orange-honey icing. It's one of the few beers I'll actually buy a full six pack of, but it's very enjoyable cozied up under twinkling Christmas lights watching a holiday classic. In other words, it's a fantastic seasonal, but rather okay otherwise.

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Photo of jmg480
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of heddar33
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of crow
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 13tido
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

A-clear dark amber with a fingers worth of white head

S-caramel malt with honey and spices

T-similar to the smell with a caramel malt backbone, cocoa, spices, and honey

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall an enjoyable Christmas beer though not spectacular

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Photo of MikeWard
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

six pack purchased from weis markets in pottsville, pa. consumed over the holidays. best by feb 2017, so plenty fresh.

looks great in the glass, reddish amber hue, crystal clear, good off white head which persists leaving excellent lacing.

aroma is primarily cinnamon and a bit of malt comes through. not really finding the honey and ginger on the nose.

taste is again mostly of the cinnamon, but a good sweetness comes through from the honey and malt. alcohol is 7.5, but is well hidden.

finish is a little above medium.

overall, good spiced beer for the holidays. personally i prefer straight winter warmers, but this one is enjoyable.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nihilistic
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of foglemgs
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This offering from Great Lakes has a fairly high (7.5%) ABV that they try - pretty successfully - to mask with spicy flavors. However, there's a sweetness to this beer that I'm not a fan of, but the overall flavor isn't too bad. There are other, better, Christmas beers out there.

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Photo of spencermacko
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Great clarity on this reddish amber hued brew, lacing does a great job sticking around. Ginger, than cinnamon in this honey malty sweet nose... some fruity esters in the back as well. Semi-chewy mouth feel in this full-ish bodied ale, smooth with some crispness. A hefty malt backbone, big enough to hold up against the spice and warming alcohol. Modest hopping which really works here, as the spicing and the malt battle it out. Perfectly balanced, this is pretty much what I look for in a spiced Winter Warmer.

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Photo of waterski
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 2016 vintage. Colors is light copper even amber in the light. Nose of cloves, cinnamon, figs, and light honey. First taste reminds me of light Belgian ale with hints of dried fruit and holiday spices. I often wondered where the leftover fruit cakes landed. I think this beer would pair well with Christmas baked treats. Slightly chilled at 55 degrees seems to provide the most robust flavor. No milk with my cookies this Christmas season.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peyton5410
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MMOSNN
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look - a clear deep orangish ruby with a small off-white head with little retention and basically no lacing.
Smell - not very strong, but you get some spiciness, sweet honey, and caramel and toasted bready malts.
Taste - pretty much follows the nose in that there's some vague spiciness, sweet notes but pretty undefined, and a slight malty backbone, but nothing really sticks.
Feel - low carbonation, medium body but bordering on the thinner side.
Overall, I don't know if I have a bad bottle, but this is very underwhelming. I'd like to try it again just to compare.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 3,077 ratings
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