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RATINGS: 1017   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
It has a cinnamon and ginger spice flavor, a rich copper color, and a medium body that will fit with any holiday meal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Thanks to OhioDad for this. Drinking this beauty is like watching Tony Danza sing Silent Night. Poured amber with an off white head. Glows orange when held in the light. Aroma is superb: cinamon, nutmeg, clove, gingersnap, bread, and other spices I canít place my finger on. The flavor was a smooth blend of spices with a pumpkin flavor. This is like a beefed up Anchor Merry Christmas. The taste is what I would call "After thanksgiving, before Christmas" whatever that is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2006
body is clear and appearance is amber...small white head...aroma is very nice...caramels, spices, sugary malts, and alcohol....flavor is tasty as well (wonderful sugary malts, spices, caramels, ginger)....great palate and a wonderful beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Nice deep, clear amber/copper color. Thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet with spices... maybe honey and allspice / cinnamon. Its a bit of warming in the belly... nice sweet flavor, complimented with spices and some hops around the edge. To me, this is a [mostly] great example of a holiday spice beer. Its pleasantly sweet and nicely spiced without being overdone in any area.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Wonderful warm spicy nose. Alder, spruce boughs, light pine resin, juniper. Herbal grasses, Ricola cough drops. Light herbal hoppiness. Mild sweet malts and curacao. Brilliant golden amber clear with creamy off-white lasting lacing head. Medium bodied with medium carbonation and light alcohol warming. Starts with decent sweetness and herbal grassy notes that remind me of a saison, but heavily spiced with lemon grass, juniper and curacao. Good mellow spices, warming. Mild dry bitter finish and herbal bitter after. This is a very enjoyable Xmas beer. Toward the end it was a bit watery but the flavor is really enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Pours a darkish amber with a nice thick head. Spicey aromas mix with a sweetness that dominates throughout. Taste is of apple, caramel, sugar and maybe ginger. Well balanced but it tastes/feels weaker than it actually is. Smooth mouthfeel and warmth as it goes down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2006
12oz bottle from OhioDad. Pours a bright ruby amber color with a think frothy off white head. Nose is typical holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, light ginger, and some caramel malt. Taste is lots of honey and clove, some light caramel, very sweet sugary notes, A light bitterness in the finish. Has a very smooth palate, quite creamy but with a fizziness in the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy and opaque orange color with not much of a head or carbonation. Faint aroma of spices and sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey in there somewhere. Good amount of spice in the taste; flavors of clove, cinnamon and honey throughout with a sweet finish and aftertaste. Full-bodied and very creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2006
bottle. from Premier Gourmet. the body pours a clear copper brown with a short-lasting small head. the aroma is soft and restrained with bread notes along with honey and light spices (ginger, mint). the honey flavour provides a nice smooth, quaffable palate. warm cinnamon spice, alcohol, and chewy malt. itís not overly complex but for what it is itís very nice and drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is a really wonderful, rich, malty, warming brew spiced with ginger and honey. It is perfect for sipping during the holidays, and the cold winter months. Christmas Ale pours to a beautiful, opaque caramel color with a nice white head and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Really big sweet caramel malt aromas marry with some ginger spice character, and peppery hints of alcohol. The palate is rich, and delicious. More big sweet malt flavor, a touch of toffee, a hint of chocolate, and traces of honey flavor. Honey gives this beer a nice warming alcohol boost, but in general honey really doesnít impart all that much flavor to a beer. The body is hefty, and slightly syrupy. This beer finishes with more sweet malt up front, then ends with some nice ginger spice and a warming, high octane burn. This is a fantastic winter warmer. I would match this beer with desert. It would work well with mince meat pie, or ginger bread men. I look forward to this beer every Christmas. This beer is hard to find, it can only be found in Great Lakes market, which is a few Midwestern states. So if your lucky enough to get Great Lakes beers, keep a eye out for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2006
In the bottle. Picked this up as a Christmas Sampler pack at Roof Bros. in Paducah, KY. This pours a dark golden to something of a copper color. Head is fluffy and white. Aroma is very strong with herby fresh ginger. Strong ginger flavor in the taste. For a beer with this strong of an unbalanced spice, it was surprisingly tasty and drinkable. If there ever was an "everyday of the year" ginger beer, this might be it.

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