Great Lakes Christmas Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Christmas AleGreat Lakes Christmas Ale
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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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Ratings: 3,074 |  Reviews: 881
Photo of lovindahops
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, first Christmas beer of the season!

A- a perfect copper color with a great head of foam that laces the sides. A solid look when it comes to a winter brew

S- the spices are absolutely enormous. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey are placed perfectly with the brew. The malt mingles with all these flavors to create the perfect XMAS brew. It's really the envy of spiced brews.

T- a warming spice fest of cinnamin and ginger swirl all over the mouth providing flavor unlike anything any other seasonal can offer. There are medicinal attributes of the brew, but the flavor is absolutely fantastic. The malt and spiced combo is unprecedented

M- syrupy and full of flavor

D- the spices attack the palate and burn a little. The problem is the brew is so tasty I want to keep slamming them. The alcohol is the interloper. This will forever be the centerpiece at Christmas for my family and I

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Photo of edhizdeid
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Poured into tulip glass. The color is a lovely rosy-red with a thin, milk-white head and thick lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The smell is mostly malt with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a trace of caramel. The taste is malty with caramel, cherry, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There is a slight bitterness at the finish. It's a nice, medium-bodied ale, with moderate carbonation, and the 7.5% ABV is just noticeable enough to give it a kick. Overall, it's a pleasant drinking ale; not overpowering but with a nice flavor. I'm not sure I would seek this one out but if offered, I'd gladly accept.

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish amber color and formed an amazing off white foamy head that left some circular lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of malt and cinammon. The flavor was of malt, cinammon and touch of ginger. A good beer from Great Lakes, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Etan
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Cycle69
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of ajm5108
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with moderate head. Cinnamon all over the aroma, along with some cardamom, spicey phenols and amber hops. The cinnamon is definitely the major note on the tongue, and the honey really comes out as well. The malt profile isn't very hefty or bready, just enough to anchor the spice. It segues into a clove spice at the end, less sweet and a little huskier. Finishes very clean. Overall I enjoyed it, but there is definitely a lot of the cinammon. It isn't a subtle beer, and I like a sprinkle of cinammon on plenty of refreshments, but this beer comes tad close to going overboard with it, even if for me it stayed on the good side.

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Photo of micropale
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Josholson666
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TooGood
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KAP1356
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could have swore I reviewed this one. Apparently not! On draft at Fathead's at lunch on Friday November 18. Poured into a Nonic glass...

A - Presented a deeper copper color with a 1 finger beige head with slightly good retention. Some slight lace as well.

S - Lots of spices right off the bat. Ginger is taking the stage here with connamon, clove and some slight nutmeg. Some sweet, toasted malts in the background, but the spices really take the stage here.

T - Spices come out even more on the palate with ginger and clove standing out the most to me. Sweet, bready malts back it up as they tie the spices together well.

M - There is a slight burn here and there from the spices. Medium bodied with a soft, but continued carbonation.

O - Really a nice winter warmer. One of the better ones that I have had, but still relies on all the spices without much else to make it really pop.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with dark tones, a creamy two finger head that fades quickly but leaves nice rings of lace.

The aroma has ginger, cinnamon and allspice but in a nice subtle way on a caramel, brown sugar backbone.

Some notes of honey and brown sugar, caramel and brown bread notes. Cocoa hints with vanilla and cinnamon notes. Nice balance. Some earthy, herbal notes balance things.

Medium bodied, nice balance. warming.

Sublte and warming. Nice and easy drinking spicy seasonal.

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Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - this beer is kind of a root beer/mahogany color, atop sits a half finger of light tan head, below average amounts of carbonation

S - big spice elements, especially ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the bottle mentions honey as well, there is a nondescript sweetness, could be honey, as well as a roasted nuttiness from the malt backbone

T - as it should be with a quality christmas ale/winter warmer, the spices element hits the palate first, followed by a rich earthy sweetness, must be from the honey and the roasted malts, quite a flavor combination

M&D - smooth and easy drinking, full bodied and warming, again as a winter warmer should be, a well brewer beer, a nice introduction to GLBC for me

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Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber coppery color with a slight greenish tint. Very lightly carbonated. Nose promises cookies and nutmeg. Nice rich malty flavor. You get nice flavors of gingerbread, honey and cinnamon. I thought this beer would be really sweet, but it's very well-hopped and finds a good balance. Mouthfeel is a bit firm, but not too syrupy.

This beer is very popular around here and flies out of the store when it's available. I'm glad I managed to score some.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-translucent copper colored with a decent dark cream colored head. frothy with lacing

S-light scent of vanilla, ginger, and other christmas spices. i'm getting mostly vanilla though. okay scent, very malty. doesn't seem to have a high quality.

T-comes in tasting like cinnamon and ginger bread. very malty. somewhat bitter. not much of an after-taste. unique gimmicky taste with out much depth.

M-low creamy carbonation with a semi-dry finish

O-your non beer drinker friends might appreciate the novelty in this, maybe some girls would. its not terrible really. its okay to drink, it goes down easy, but its not a good beer. it focuses more on the holidays than beer, and we should never lose sight of whats most important. definitely doesn't drink like 7.5% though. it tastes more around 5%.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle served in a tulip. I know the glass recommendation is tumbler/nonic for this beer, but I'm now more sure it's wrong. GLBC has the beer shown in snifter, and after drinking it once in a tumbler I can say that a snifter or Tulip is really the way to go with this beer.

The beer poured a 1/4" thick foam that died down to a nice thin foam across the top. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass as you drank it down - which I didn't notice so much in the tumbler. A nice copper orange color, with plenty of little bubbles moving up through the beer. The foam is a very light tan fine bubble foam, a little bit of a sparkle to it as you hold it up to the light.

Smell - I only got ginger with the tumbler but with this I get a hint of ginger and a nicely strong cinnamon. No hops or malt really in the smell.

Taste - quite nice. A sweet ginger flavor up front, followed by the cinnamon and then a slightly bitter finish followed by nice malty aftertaste. Really a great beer for sipping and savoring slowly.

Mouthfeel - because of the tulip I think its holding onto the carbonation more - so spicy on the tongue but otherwise nothing really special to me.

Drinkability - I could easily have another. I think I will. A nice holiday treat and I'm glad I was able to get a six pack while in Cleveland earlier this month because I cannot find it now in Dayton.

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Photo of IndyDad
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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