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Holiday Spice Lager Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

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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#28,992
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
313
pDev:
16.22%
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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagerish mouthfeel and above average with surprisngly sourness within a lager. It works, with orange and spices following. Imagine a toned down honeyed up cantillon.Some beige transparency and quality aromas. Yeah cloves, honeyed over, and worth trying this beverage.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled during the 4th week of October.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and lots of spice aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, honey, and a spice overload. There is no real bitterness per se but the spices do linger on the palate with each sip. This beer has a crisp mouthfeel which feels weird with the spices in the beer. Overall, this is a pretty good Winter warmer but nothing I would buy again. None of the spice smells and flavors really stand out which creates a muddled spice quality.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours as a deep amber color with a nice white head on top that doesn't leave much in way of lacing. The aroma is heavily spiced to the point where it almost doesn't really have aberration aroma. The taste was pretty strong, found that this beer goes well with food because the spices are really powerful in this brew. The mouthfeel was a little thick and very warming. Not a terrible brew, I'd drink it again.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Toasty, spicy and sweet, the brewers at Lakefront Brewery take all the wintry flavors of spicecake and roll them into a savory, peppery and succulent lager. That's right- lager!

Deep amber in color, the beer pushes against bronze and brown hues, darkened by its bright clarity and shadowed with a creamy ecru lather. Spicy aromas of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove are wrapped in the floral perfume of honey before diving head first into a malty sweet taste. Flavors hit the tongue with the savory toastiness of gingersnaps, caramel, toffee and the expected spice cake backbone.

And as the beer opens up, its those holiday spices that go from Yankee Candle fragrances toward a spicy offset to the malt sweetness. Woodsy, herbal and spicy, the warm middle palate remains sweet, malty and savory with those cake like flavors as the simple balance works across the middle palate.

Medium full on the body, its amber-like demeanor suggests a more medium bodied taste, but its long draw of sweetness hints toward strong ale. Spicy with rum to close, the beer extends graciously with gingerbread and spice cake once more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a burgandy color (a little lighter at the bottom of the glass). It had a one-finger, white head that left ncie rigns of lace.

S - It smelled of nutmeg!! There was also noticeable ginger, cinamon, and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of nutmeg, clove and citrus (from the orange peel). It had a light maltiness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. It had a warm alcohol presence. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good winter brew. One of the better ones that I've had this season.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal/spice earthiness. Slight spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent winter spiced ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle of 2012 (October) Lakefront Holiday Spice served in a Unibroue snifter.
A: clear mahogany color, with a fine but too perishable head.
S: Excellent aroma [4.25] of cinnamon and other "holiday" spicing in good combination.
T: Citrus, bready malts, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg all in evidence and in rather good balance. Lightly bitter-sweet.
I was about to write that the ABV is poorly hidden, then I checked it (ABV = 11%!) so I will instead say that it is partially hidden and that this beer is highly (dangerously) drinkable for the ABV. Although quite fresh, this is sufficiently mellow and smooth to suggest it has already been properly aged a while.

O; LB manages to pack a lot of flavor in this holiday lager without going over the top on spicing. Should age well: I need to try to get a few more for my cellar.

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Photo of russpowell
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface by stating if this is 9.5abv then they have hidden it extremely well ( was thinking 6 to 7)

Appearance: Copper color which pours bright and throws minmal head and not much more lacing

Smell: Ginger, cinamon, honey, malt and alcohol

Taste: Cinamon, ginger, brown sugar, slight peppery taste and alcohol

Mouthfeel: A little slick, more carbonation please, nice balance

Drinkabilty: Not my kind of session beer, but appropriate for the holidays, would work well with ginegrbread or a nice pork roast!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Work has been anything but a holiday these last few weeks and I feel like I could use some spice in my life. My local trader, tone77, dropped this off for me recently and as I trudged home from another day of drudge, the thought of a big, spiced beer held a good bit of appeal for me.

From the bottle: "We at Lakefront wish you and yours a truly joyous and prosperous new year."; "Brewed with honey, oranges & spices".

My aggro pour revealed a VERY active beer that was capable of creating an abundance of deep-tan head with great retention. In fact, there was initially so much head that the beer seemed to be cascading as it settled. A good whiff of the nose led me to believe that (at least) clove, cinnamon and allspice went into its production. There was an orange-citrus scent also, but the honey was lost in the mix. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a lot of spice evident in the mouth. I stand by my claim of cinnamon and clove, since they were the most powerful flavors on the tongue. Finish was dry, spicy and pleasant. My headache began to subside and I was ready for another beer, not necessarily another of this one, but another beer all the same.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Gracefully slips out of the bottle a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with no so much of a head as a sustained, thin, white ring of bubbles along the inner edge of the glass.

Smell: Heady, aromatic combination of toasty malts, sweet-scented honey, fruity orange peels, and a very generous dose of various counter-top spices. Now there's a nice, holiday-type nose for ya!

Taste: Lusciously sweet blend of delicately toasted maltiness and gobs upon gobs of wildflower honey stolen straight from the tiny, stupid mouths of those dumb-struck drones and mindless workers. But this is all a nice counter to the heavy, flavorful blend of spices, with cinnamon and ginger being the more prominent of the mixture. It's nice to actually have a winter beer that doesn't try to pass off a weak beer with an all-too limp malt profile and nary a spice in sight as something 'festive'. Fruity tastes of candied apricots and juicy orange peels. Sweetish, spicy, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carboantion. Delightfully smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Why, bless my soul, that was all kinds of alright and one I'd recommend, provided you're in the mood for something sweet, spicy, and warming. Generally, Lakefront's brews neither please nor displease, being very middle-of-the-road for me, but this, this Spiced Lager, much to my surprise,

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Festive reddish orange with a bronze-like glow when backlit with sunshine. A stationary storm of fine yeast makes the beer look even more attractive. The golden beige crown doesn't look tremendous, but it gets the job done, laying down streamers of suds as it starts to fade.

Holiday beer rule #1: spices should be present. Holiday Spiced Lager contains cinnamon and cloves, in addition to orange peel and honey. I probably couldn't have identified the ingredients if blinded, but the combination of sweet, fruity and spicy is very nice.

This is an exceptionally well-crafted winter warmer. My only (minor and nitpicking) quibble is that it would have been better as an ale. The proportionality of the extra ingredients is right on the money. Some might think it's too heavily spiced. I think it's juuust right.

HSLB doesn't drink anywhere near its 9.5% ABV. The lagerilicious mouthfeel is build for speed (incredibly smooth and silky, with no rough edges in sight) and there isn't even a smidgen of alcohol. Now that I'm into the middle portion of the bottle, there's no doubt that the taste score deserves a bump. This is compulsively drinkable beer.

I don't want to simply recite the ingredients listed above when describing the flavor profile, but they're all present and accounted for. A thick layer of clover honey and spiced orange marmalade on toasted bread gets it about right. What a fantastic combination of sweet, bitter, citrus fruity and spicy.

Holiday Spice Lager is Lakefront Brewery's best offering by a country mile. I'm amazed at how seamlessly integrated and how delicious it is after a mere six months in the bottle. It probably ages exceptionally well, but I can't imagine that it'll be any better in the future than it is right now. This is a 'case' beer for sure.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Seems a bit early for something like this, but I don't care enough to argue. It pours a murky burnt auburn topped by a mere few layers of small glowing off-white bubbles. The nose comprises cinnamon, nutmeg, mandarin oranges, some pinches of brown sugar, and an underlying aquifer of bland liquid pumpernickel. Honestly, I think I was expecting a bit more in my 'strils. The taste reminds me of gingerbread drizzled with a tropical fruit cocktail, the kind Dole likes to overcharge for. You know what I'm talkin' about. A hint of what seems like spearmint comes forth in the finish, but luckily this is a minor occurrence. Unfortunately, following this is a blast of sickly sweet nothingness. Those were the words my brain formulated on the spot, and those are the words I'm gonna stick with. Suffice it to say that the back end of the finish is rather cloying. The body is a lumbering medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly wet feel. Overall, what was probably a delicious-sounding recipe comes out a bit below par. I hope this is just last year's vintage; if it is, I'll make a second visit and see if things are any better fresh.

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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 imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of malfunxion
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at 3 Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours amber with a thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of "holiday spice" - cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, clove.

The spices blend together well. Not too overspiced, but certainly present. A firm malt backbone that is slightly toasted pulls the spices together. Honey sweetness mixes in. Alcohol warmth is noticeable in the finish, and adds more than detracts.

It is lager smooth.

A well-made, well-balanced (for the style) "Holiday" lager. The spices do grow as the beer warms. Alcohol is very well-integrated, adding a bit of "winter" warmth rather than "heat". Nicely done!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish color, lighter-red at glass's foot, with a nice, tight, tannish ring of foam above.
Aroma: an instant stand-out, with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, big, beautiful spiciness, quite nice. I love it!
Taste: verrry nice, deep and hearty, fully spiced, full-bodied, with a medium finish, and thoroughly tasty, if at times a touch hollow. That's just me feeling the lager of this brew, but the thinness I detect at times doesn't detract from the fullness of the flavor. All my old anti-Winter-Lager prejudices are rescinded and I can enjoy this brew in full. Really, a wonderful creation, not too far away from the likes of Anchor OSA, I don't mind saying!
Mmmm, this was a bottle whose contents did not falter at all throughout it's stay on my palate and I hoist my glass to Mr. Jeffboo for providing this sumptuous repast!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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