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Great Lakes Winter Ale | Great Lakes Brewery

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3.56/5
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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
Ranking:
#38,181
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
119
pDev:
13.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of Jtee
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 650ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. No date information on the bottle.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled deep amber/light copper with 3cm of frothy, deep tan head which fades into a craggy cap in 2+ minutes. Good lacing and decent overall head. Good-looking but not as handsome as some of them come.

Smell: Medium-light and sweet. Assertive spices which are reminiscent of the mulled kind. Punchy cinnamon with muted ginger and faint toasty-sweet malts. Quite nice, however the spices don't make much room for the actual beergredients to come through.

Taste: Follows the aroma with moderate strength and decent balance. The spices dominate the palate leaving very little space for other ingredients to make their appearance. The malts provide a platform for prominent cinnamon with hints of ginger and something citrusy which I find difficult to identify. The label says orange peel and I suppose my brain agrees with that. The finish is long with moderate intensity, lingering spices and faint minerality.

Feel: Medium body with moderately low carbonation. Creamy and smooth with restrained alcohol warming. The mouthfeel promotes drinkability and has nothing unpleasant about it.

Overall: December is finally here and I'm welcoming the beginning of the holiday season with GLB's Winter Ale which represents the winter warmer style very well. Quite enjoyable a beer even though it lacks some complexity. The drinkability is decent as there is no evidence of a struggle to finish the bottle in one sitting. The spices do overwhelm the base beer which is where the brew loses some points. I'm happy to have enjoyed this bottle however I'm in no rush to pick up another one. Worth a try.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice medium brown in color with a two finger head. Head breaks somewhat fast, and there is some lacing left behind. The smell is that of Christmas/seasonal cooking. There is a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and honey balances it out. The taste follows the nose, but I get cinnamon as the dominant flavor. Oddly I get a bit of cocoa, not mentioned in the description. The feel is medium with good carbonation.

You either like winter warmers or you don't. I am one who does. This is a good example of a winter warmer. Well done.

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Photo of StormAles
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bryanzk
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Electros
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRObighit2
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of al_al1357
3.17/5  rDev -11%
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 +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roby923
2.92/5  rDev -18%
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 +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
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 +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hunterjames
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 119 ratings
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