Holiday Spice Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Holiday Spice Lager BeerHoliday Spice Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spice beer brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel, and clover honey.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-03-2002

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Photo of dbmdbm
1/5  rDev -73%

Root beer flavor. Excessively sweet.

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1/5  rDev -73%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.48/5  rDev -60%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The website states that this beer weighs in at 11% abv it's hard to believe that one. All I get fron the nose is holiday spices with a bit of honey sweetness, dark fruits. Mind numbing spices including cinnamon, ginger, allspice etc. Hints of vanilla and clove dance around as well there was a thread about some guy talking about how he was able to finish a whole six pack of this beer and he called it the Holiday Spice six pack challenge now that's what I call the Biggest Loser. Cloyingly sweet honey tones coats the palate with this shite, what a mess of a beer. Dark syrup with spice infused layers some orange peeel and honey with holiday spices. I can't finish this is pure shit. Mouthfeel is like lighter fluid with spice and booze burn as it warms. Drinkability sucks and I can't make it any more intricate than that.

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Photo of ch473
1.6/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer pours a cloudy burnt sienna with cream colored foam. An unusual looking beer, but inviting.

Smell consists of banana, clove and brown sugar. The scent does make me want to drink it. Smells very sweet, but I don't pick up much of the added flavors like clove and cinnamon. Maybe a bit of nutmeg.

The taste is terrible; I taste metal (like a penny) and cherry cough syrup. I can barely finish this one. The lackluster aroma was much better than the flavor. I don't even get a hint of the 11% alcohol content because it's completely covered by the cloying sweetness.

No way I would drink another one of these, I can barely finish one. The sweetness is overwhelming. I could never drink this to complement any food. It reminds me of overly sweet, cheap whiskey. It's not enjoyable to drink; I found it hard to get down. I don't often give bad reviews but this beer is nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
1.71/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark copper with OK carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is a overly spiced malt, Hops are hard to get.

The taste is gross, like spooning pumpkin spice. Just nasty.

The mouthfeel is, yuck just can't get that taste out of my mouth, body ok, carbonation, ok. Yuck.

Drinkability... NOT

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of Pauly2X
2.37/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Cloudy deep amber color, half finger head faded fast to a wisp.

S- Strong smell of cloves, followed by lighter honey aromas. Hmm Ham anyone?

T- A dance of sweet caramel malts being drowned out by cloves, hops are forced into hiding.

M- Smooth moderate carbonation.

D- No thanks, I'm good with one.

I think this beer would be much better if the spices were toned down to work with the malt and hops, rather than trying to bully them out.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown, with reddish edges and a black center. Very little head. Big spice aromas first off -- nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice -- and something that reminds me of diacetyl that I can't put my finger on. The spice smells get in the way of the malt smells, which show through with only the faintest glimmer. On the palate, huge, bludgeoning sweetness hits at first... though you become habituated to it with time. Cloying spicyness melds with the sweetness, yielding something like spiced eggnog mixed with a can of One Pie. Not too appetizing. Thick mouthfeel, relatively mild carbonation. With this and many other winter warmers, I keep thinking of the word "restraint!". As in, the brewers should use some. Too much spice, too much sweetness, nothing subtle or balanced here.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of aaronbeach69
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance: good appearance nothing amazing, a cloudy hazelnut brown, off white yellow/creme with decent lace

smell: this is the most definitive part of this "spice" lager... sooo much spice... oh wow... where to start cinnamon... almost egg noggish.. bananas... peanut butter cookies.. .they stuffed christmas dinner in the bottle... and it's too much for me to handle

taste: the smell seeps into the taste, wtih any beer tastes being completely muffled by the strong alchohol and the much stronger spices..

mouthfeel: mouthfeel?? no mouthfeel, becuase all nerved in my mouth were rendered useless by the spices and alchohol

drinkability: well after the first few you just can't taste or anything so then it's OK but in real respect this beer is just not drinkable at all

notes: sorry for saying such things about a beer respected by others.. maybe I got a bad pack but I struggled through these beers honestly, I just couldn't handle the smell, if others can I could see them really enjoying this around chrsitmas.. maybe mix it with egg nog or something .. but I cant' handle it

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Coppery exit from the bottle turns a deep christmas burgundy in the glass with a dark tan head that is skimpy, washy, and quick to dissipate. Large collection of macro-bubbles stick to the glass walls.

S: Cinnamon, cold cola, and nutmeg are very soft, low key with no real contributer stepping up.

T: Flavor was spicy, with some cinnamon-nutmeg, toasted caraemel sweetness and a hint of clove and toffee. Cypress and some saffron are also evident. The spicing is heavy handed, perhaps a bit to much so. The flavor is sickening sweet, with some dry cherry coughsyrup and a touch of pine-scotch alcohol coming there-after.

M: sticky, bubbly on the tongue with a medium bodied with some alcohol warmth.

O: Overall a bit unbearing sweet and over-spiced and one that didn't sit well with me. A hot mesh of spicy sweetness, unbalanced, a hard one to consume and not one that i will miss next holiday season.

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Photo of mikereaser
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a nice chestnut brown with about a 1/4 inch of off white foam that quickly disappeared and left only a ring of fine bubble around the glass

S - strong smell of spices that almost smell chemical, sort of funkiness to it that just doesn't seem right for this one

T - licorice, hints of alcohol, and spiciness.

M/D - A little bit too fake spice for me. I like winter beers, but this one just seems a little bit over the top and reduces its drinkability to just one and probably not again.

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Photo of WJVII
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a deep orange, red tint color, with a off white head that leaves minimal lacing and doesn't last long. The aroma is extremely strong with orange, spice, honey, and clove very present. The taste is very over powering with spice notes. This is just not my style. It is hard to say if this represents the style b/c it is not a usual brew for my taste. It seems to stand for what it is and I respect that.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jeffmonarch
2.79/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark semi cloudy red/brown. Tan head that thins out quickly.

S - Lots of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves.

T - Taste them all. Ok flavor. There's too much going on here.

M - Too overpowering and too much going on. Slight after taste that lingers.

D - Not great. This beer smells great and looks good but the flavor is so confusing for you tastebuds. One or two strong flavors with a bunch of supporting spices is ok but this has a ton of all of the spices. It's too much.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, reddish brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, clove, and citrus

Taste: toasted malt, cinnamon, clove, brown sugar, and citrus

Mouthfeel: sweet start with slightly bitter end, medium bodied, medium/low carbonation

Drinkability: An average winter warmer that is at minimum slightly overspiced. I have had way better this holiday season. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would search for again.

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