Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
3,074 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Ultimate
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jwinship83
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a best by date of 2/12/10 on the back. drank from a ruination pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear amber colored body with a small quickly fading beige colored head. the head leaves behind small spots of lacing. a stead stream of carbonation can be seen racing to the top of my glass.

S- bready and fruity malts. cherries and raisins. lots of spices, ginger and cinnamon are the most pronounced. cloves and nutmeg also. very christmas like.

T- the taste is very spicy. the malts take a distant back seat to cinnamon and nutmeg. strong notes of ginger as well. a little too heavy on cinnamon for my liking but it does capture the essence of a kitchen at christmas.

M- medium to full bodied with a nice low level of carbonation. a small warming from the alcohol.

D- christmas in a glass. this beer is a little heavy on the spices for me, but its exactly what one would expect a christmas beer to be like. im not sure i understand the cult like following this beer has. one is plenty in a sitting and possibly a year.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a very clear lighter amber color with a two finger soapy head

S- Huge aroma of cinnamon, ginger, citrus, and floral notes. This smells like Christmas at home

T- Big on the cinnamon, ginger, citrus and honey notes, great balance among those flavors. Sweet biscuit and cracker like malt flavors. Finishes on a nice bitter note

M- Smooth, pretty high carbonation, effervescent

O- This beer is the holiday season in a glass, a cornucopia of holiday flavors and spices. A beer I look forward to every winter. Very good out of the bottle, even better on tap.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a copper color with a decently sized fizzy head.

The nose is strong of honey and has a nice yummy sweet aroma.

Flavor is sweet of cinnamon, honey, and ginger. Very fresh tasting. Very delicious. And just in time for Christmas.

Although this is very warming, I must say its much different than other winter warmers I've tried. It's lighter in color and has a large Ale appeal to it all around. Maybe its not true to style, or maybe its just expanding my horizons a little.

The mouthfeel is great, nice body and great carbonation. Excellently done. Drinkability is great too. I have a couple other beers to drink tonight, but I'd love to trade them in for more of these. Great Offering. Get it while you can!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mecmd
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: January 13, 2017... OCCASION: Watching Avatar with the boys for the first time... special stuff... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf snifter... pours a dark amber body with a scarcity of bubbles... a thin ring of white encircles a small island of patchiness... at 7.5% ABV, expectedly short on head... cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pear, rum, bright citrus (orange peel, lemon)... first sip is vibrant, warming, effervescent and driven to the tongue... a robust, full-bodied sipper that leaves a palatable aftertaste... cherry, apple, cinnamon, light nutmeg, light bread malts, and a sweetness that entices... a BIG flavored ale that warms and welcomes without weighting you down... doesn't compare or compete with more nuanced or developed seasonals...still, quite solid...

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Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured very crisply with a small amount of head. For some reason I expected this to be darker but its a reddish amber

Aroma- Mostly just cinnamon and honey. The spices are mostly lost to the smell

Taste- very tasty combination of spices. The hoppiness is a bit strong but the spice blend pairs well.

Mouthfeel- A bit bitter (I plan on buying another bottle or two to try in a few months)

Drinkability- The alcohol is barely detectable... this beer really truely tastes like christmas to me!

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Photo of Angerhaus
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- Cloudy, dark copper with a 2 finger tan head. Small layer of lacing remains.

S- Sweet candi sugar, and lots of spices (cinnamon, clove).

T- Almost a quick sweet citrus before the spices take over. Predominantly spice forward but nice balance.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight creaminess with a tingly finish.

O- Good winter warmer, but not waiting for it next year by any means.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 3,074 ratings.
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