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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Jester King pint. (not knowing that this was 11%)

A- Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Minimal lacing on glass.

S- Big spice aroma! Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- Sweet amber malts, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg. Don't really get a lot of orange.

M- Medium body and low carbonation. You would have no idea this was 11%, as I did not until I rated it!

O- Good winter warmer, but even better considering the abv. Will have to look for this next winter.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to trying one of these since it was available via the single bottle in Totowa. This wasn't the best Winter Warmer that I've had since it was lighter in hue, body, and less spicy than others that I've become accustomed to. Still, this was extremely easy to enjoy given how much alcohol was in this and in true Winter Warmer fashion, this did warm me up with just enough spice and body to it to make it worth finding this late in the season.

The hue to this was a deep almond with not a lot of carbonation nor lacing. It was heavy, with a big malt presence and strong in the cinnamon and nutmeg departments as well. Not a strong nose to this either and for such a strong beer, the alcohol was pretty well hidden.

Most Winter Wamers that I've had went down slowly since they felt so strong and spicy. This was not easy to quaff since this had a heavy feel to it. Still, it was a good beer and fans of the style won't be disappointed here. I could see myself having this again next year, with a nice plate of oatmeal cookies. This isn't a must-try but I don't think anyone would be let down by this either.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep slightly hazy copper color with two fingers of off-white head.

Smells of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon with caramel and dark fruit notes.

Big spice (see above) and dark fruit with a light crispness and some alcohol on the finish.

Light yet sticky with moderate carbonation and an alcohol warmth.

Very drinkable for 11%... I enjoyed the spicing on this one; it didn't overpower the base beer but was prominent enough to be easily noticed.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. Just half a finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly, leaving no lacing.

4.0 S: Very nice mix of spices. Nutmeg stands out the most, followed by cinnamon and honey. Clove adds that extra something to really make this a great spice blend. Orange is somewhere underneath. Malts give a pleasant caramel aromas. Quite clean overall.

4.5 T: I didn't expect a lot from a brewery that I've never heard of, but it appears that this is a sleeper. I have to say this is the best winter warmer I've had this year. Spices follow the nose and as an added bonus, the cinnamon isn't strong enough to add that goofy flavor that cinnamon tends to add. Caramel maltiness with a slight graininess. Again, quite clean allowing the malts and spices to do their thing.

4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy given the body. Super smooth.

4.5 D: I'm going to have to look for this next year. I only wish I drank this a few weeks ago when I first bought it so I could buy some more. Very good example of the style.

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3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - murky brown color with a beige head that thinned to a layer leaving a few specks of lacing.

S - lots of spices in the aroma ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg stand out the most.

T - the taste is full of spices from the start to warming finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, glad to see this one available in the Southland, I'm always up for a new winter beer,

A: Pours a deep red to brown with a medium off-white head. Good head retention, spotty lace.

S: Lots of winter spice. Sweet orange peel and cinnamon, light notes of honey.

T: Good malt flavour, the complexities of the spice isn't quite up to snuff as it was in the nose. A bit of muddled cinnamon, some heavy clove especially on the back end.

M: Medium-bodied, lightly boozy, some biting carbonation, spice heavy finish. I'd never guess this was 11%.

O: There's some good stuff in there, but something that really shines on the nose. Perhaps it's a lot harder to make a winter warmer out of lager. Nevertheless, this is a solid effort and worth a single pickup.

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Holiday Spice Lager Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 313 ratings