Great Lakes Winter Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Winter AleGreat Lakes Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada
greatlakesbeer.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the long, cold and seemingly endless Canadian winter, our 6.2% alcohol Winter Ale is a true winter warmer. Handcrafted with specialty hops and malts, combined with generous amounts of cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel, this unique beer is brimming with flavour.

Added by pootz on 12-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
64
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Electros
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served from bottle; appears cloudy with no head. On the nose there are strong notes of cinnamon, ginger and honey. A strong gingerbread flavour on the palate with spices that follow. Light to medium body finish. Overall, an interesting beer by Great Lakes Brewery and a nice pairing with Christmas/cinnamon/gingerbread cookies.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roby923
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was looking forward to a winter warmer in this brew from Great Lakes. The brewery has some really great outputs and put the confidence behind this one. Loved the pour and color, but that's about it. The smell was of soapy chemicals, the taste built on the soap. Couldn't finish the 750ml bottle from the LCBO. Not a big fan.

Please bring back the Thrust Ale and modify into a winter ale powerhouse.

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Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Great Lakes (who produces some great beer) decided that Winter is about ginger and cinnamon. Sure, there are claims for other added surprises but those two kill them all.
Many here voiced their opinion on Winter Warmers and I tend to agree. Haven't had a great one yet.

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Photo of 4ster
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served cold into a standard pint glass. Purchased for approximately $6 CDN from the local LCBO. It's snowing outside so this seems appropriate today.

Appearance - the beer pours a semi transparent brown beer with Amber hues. A small half finger of head is poured, which disspates quickly leaving behind only a small wisp of foam. Visible carbonation is hard to tell due to the murkiness.

Smell - butterscotch, toffee and a few other Christmas like spices, maybe a pinch of cinnamon. Some dark fruit like plums in the undertones. Nothing overwhelming but certainly a nice bouquet that I expect will be a malt bomb. Slightly reminiscent of a malty english pale ale with some spices.

Taste - starts mild with a bit of butterscotch but sweetness is really reigned in. Then comes a sort of dry spice, again sort of all spice and cinnamon mixture that tastes dry.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, moderately thin body for the style and a dry finish. The spicy mixture with the dryness leaves a zippy feeling on the tongue.

Overall - pretty good stuff, and one of the most drinkable winter warmers I've had. I find this style doesn't lend itself to drinking any more than a bottle, but this one from Great Lakes, if it came in a smaller package, I could see myself drinking a couple in a sitting.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunterjames
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mick303
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into stemmed glass. Colour is a medium chestnut brown with fairly good lacing and retention.

S- has some cinnamon spice to it, dry caramel malt, dry orange citrus, ginger has a light influence, but altogether it makes an appetizing warming holiday spice over a fairly neutral malt base.

T- starts with a mainly malty flavour then eventually. Some of the spice kicks in on the palate with ginger dominating. A hint of cinnamon but at the start it is very caramel heavy then as some of the earth hops come the ginger really is the single note.

M- moderate body, light carbonation and a bit of a watery feel initially before the finish, which is a bit drawn out and dominated by the spices. Some of the honey gives a cidery feel.

A lot of promise on this but altogether it fails to deliver a complete package, good melange of spice notes on the aroma then the flavour while tasty is muddled and the mouthfeel doesn't compensate to make an outstanding winter ale. I would seek other examples of the style, but if the recipe was tweeted I would try this again.

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Great Lakes Winter Ale from Great Lakes Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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