Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,074 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
Ratings:
3,074
Reviews:
881
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
780
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 881
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 rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of srw
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Eman17
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mschrei
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprised by the sub4 rating on this. Poured into Solemn Oath snifter. Beautiful appearance-golden brown on edges, lighter hues in center, lots of particulates floating after the head rush dissipates. Spice on smell, spice on taste. Pouring takes some of the harsh edge off, but drinking it from the bottle is enjoyable to the taste buds too. Crisp with a warming feeling, really glad I got a sixer but hoping I can get some more.

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Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of brother_rebus
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AltBock
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap at a local sports pub that served to me not too cold in a 12oz. American pint glass.

Poured a wonderful ruby red color with a nice head of white sticky foam. The aroma to me was like a lot Christmas, some pine, spices and hops in the background. Up front in the taste were spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and then after all those spices a strong hoppy citrus flavor emerged. A strong hop aftertaste lingered on for a while after that. This goes down nice and smooth, but be careful this beer hides it alcohol content very well. I learned that the hard way. This was a nice Winter Warmer and would also make for a nice Christmas Day drink.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great clear ruby orange color with minimal white head.

Scent of bready malts, cinnamon, ginger and a hint of peppermint. Great for getting in the holiday mood.

Taste of bready malts, ginger and cinnamon with a little more spiciness. The spices are slightly overpowering here, but it is a good beer and I will be having some more as the day this beer celebrates comes closer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, but carbonation gives it a nice edge.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It seems like a great year for Christmas beers, I like Great Lakes BC beers quite a bit, so this seemed a natural to try.

The beer pours a copper red color. A pretty good head, with fairly week staying power. This beer leaves rather little lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet and vaguely of cider and cinammon.

Taste is almost cidery...vaguely apple with cinammon notes. This is fairly well balanced with a maltiness that keeps this tasting like beer rather than cider. Not a lot of hop character to this. I can definitely imagine drinking it hot (I'm not).

Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky, the way that a cider would be. In terms of drinkability, I think I'd pass if offered another of these at the moment.

This is not one of my preferred Christmas beers.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Hophead717
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A: A nice amber/ruby red, with a one finger foamy head on top. The head hangs around for a bit, before dissipating to a cap on top of the beer.

S: A heavenly aroma that just screams Christmas. Perfect ratios of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg first (mostly cinnamon), with biscuity malt notes. Overall, a nice sweet scent, with light hints of fruitness, and just the right amount of spices. Perfect for a winter warmer.

T: Yummy. Great mix of spices, with the cinnamon leading the way, without being overly dominant. Hints of ginger and nutmeg are most pleasant. The beer has the perfect level of sweet maltiness, enhanced by the spices. It tastes also like a gingerbread cookie! Nothing present from the hops. The finish is of the spices.

M: Perfect. Medium body, with enough carbonation, but not too much. Somewhat creamy body overall.

O: Winter warmers are far from my favorite style, but Great Lakes makes a wonderful one. Highly recommend.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orange caramel color with a short lived 1/4" head of off white foam. It is gone within about 20-30 seconds.

Aroma: My first impression is of fresh spices mixed with some sweet caramel. The spices also contribute a floral presence. I am not too good at picking out particular spices, but they are definitely there.

Taste: The flavor is rather dry from the spice, and the mix of sweet toasty malt gives it the balance of some kind of breakfast cereal. It quite distracting to me, but it is not bad. There is a bit of a roasty note here, but it takes a back seat to the spice additions. The finish has malt and spices sharing the stage. I don't pick up the 7+% alcohol.

Opinion: This is an OK beer, but I don't really like a beer that you can positively identify the spice additions. It is OK, but it reminds me more of a food than a beer. I am not going to pour it out, but it isn't one that I will be drinking again anytime soon. Once is enough for a while.

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Photo of Raime
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear amber with a very thing off white head resting on top. Loads of carbonation bubbles continue to rise from the bottom. Very spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malt, slight cinnamon, slight nutmeg, small amounts of gingerbread.

T - Moderate sweet malt, slight toasted malt, small amounts of cinnamon, a perfect small to moderate amount of hoppyness. Finishes with a small amount of gingerbread. The flavors are perfectly balanced and not a single one overpowers the other.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy as well.

O - Overall, this was a solid, tasty offering from Great Lakes with a very fitting name. Would go perfectly with a well seasoned, well done steak. I'd have it again.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with a BB date of 3/18/14.

Poured into a Town Hall pint glass this brew has a thin finger of off-white head topping a clear copper brew.

Aromas of toasted malt dominate. A little cinnamon and sweet notes detected.

Taste is similar, very malty with plenty of sweetness with hints of warm spices (nutmeg and cinnamon).

Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of carbonation zing in the finish. Really smooth stuff. Daddy like. Well done for 7.5%

Overall this beer is malty, sweet and simple, but damn its pretty easy to drink and goes down smooth.

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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jason.

Pours a golden orange bordering on copper, with good clarity and carbonation. An ample off-white-bordering-on-khaki head settles on this beer, barely dissipating and leaving good lacing.

Smells like a spiced brown ale, with caramel malts, spices, a subdued hop presence, and holiday nuts.

Tastes about the same as the smell, a lot like something like Rogue Hazelnut or Moose Drool. I've always dug the smell of brown ales more than the taste, and this beer is not an exception although I like the taste on this one, just not the finish. The malts are sweet, the hops are there and pleasant and not bitter, but there is a slight lingering spiciness and bitterness that is unpleasant.

MF is light to medium, feels chalky at times and finishes slightly watery. Carbonation is low to medium.

Overall I think this is a pretty good beer, and probably very good fresh. Not my favorite but solid.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was an exaggerated gold color with a modest white head. The ale left a thin lacing on the glass, giving reminders of your drinking progress. When sipping a winter warmer, this is a plus. The holiday aroma peaked my interest, with scents one might expect from a holiday beer including cinnamon, pine, ginger, and a hint of cookie. In the taste, one gets sweet and spicy cinnamon and honey a little later. The thickness of the ale allows this one to linger for a while. The staying power becomes nicer when one experiences the pleasant warming sensation toward the end. This is a nice warming seasonal with a pleasant aftertaste. I believe I could enjoy this one again in the future.

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

Photo of Stignacious
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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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