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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Timed to coincide with the holiday season, a very special lager is brewed with honey, oranges, and spices. This beer uses two pounds of honey per pound of malt in its brew, making it an exceptional fortified holiday specialty beer which will keep for years. The spices and hops balance the sweetness of the honey and malt to give this lightly hopped beer its perfect flavor.
Alcohol ABV varies from 9.5% to 11% each year

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 YOu want what Ole Fezziwig drank? YOu want the epitomy of a winter holiday brew? This IS it! Donít ask questions,just keep it in mind and when winter comes find it and buy it. 2004 edition doesnít seem as in yer face. That is either good or bad depending upon how wild you like yer brew. My rating is down graded for the new edition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Sort by:† Latest High Low Top Reviewers † feloniousmonk (1291.4) ( Minneapolis, Minnesota ) [ 4.3 / 5 ] Dark brownish color, lighter-red at glassís 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. Thatís just me feeling the lager of this brew, but the thinness I detect at times doesnít 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 All my old anti-Winter-Lager prejudices are rescinded and I can enjoy this brew in full.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 donít mind saying! Mmmm, this was a bottle whose contents did not falter at all throughout itís stay on my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Pours a rich brown color, not quite a chocolate hue. The aroma is filled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is quite similar with a little extra in the malt department. I would certainly not drink this all the time, but it was very good. I will be sure to find some next winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2004
From a bottle... this brew poured with a small, rapidly diminishing head and gave off a unique banana-cinnamon-allspice aroma. It's taste IS different - kind of brown ale mixed with cinnamon and allspice. Overall, it was tasty but not the sort of beer I'd enjoy drinking every day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Whoa, this is unique. Deep amber body, slightly cloudy (unfiltered?). Thin dense head. Aroma is mostly spice (cinammon), which left a BAD first impression because it was so similar to the Pumpkin Lager's aroma and that's nasty stuff in this raters opinion. Flavors expand a bit, however, and include strong orange notes, honey, and toasty malts. Long sweet finish waxes cloying near the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Brownish plum body with a quickly diminishing foamy white head. Aroma is pleasant with canied fruit and nutmeg. The flavor is a little less pleasing, but interesting. Dark bread malts take up the start and are replaced by alcohol and nutmet. The finish strongly exhibits orange rind. This beer is a bit overdone. The nontraditional flavors are interesting but just don't appeal to this rater (give me hops!!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
It wasn’t all that bad….. Overly spiced actually I think it was just their Pumpkin Lager with more malt and extreme spices.
Rich mahogany body, syrupy looking body, small light tan head too assist. The aroma is a spice bin of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange zest, and pumpkin. The flavor is similar but with a sweet, dry, warming finish. A respectable medium palate and random sheets of lacing.
Like I mentioned, I think it’s just the Pumpkin Lager with a ampped ABV%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Stumbled across this one in a health store of all places. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Aroma is full of holiday spices as promised. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg you name it, it's all there except for the 9.5 Abv. Body is medium to light and smooth finishing with a crispness. Flavor is on the sweet side with most of the spice coming on top of a light hop flavor. Warming alcohol in the finish. Overall a fairly decent winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Totally wacky spiced beer packed with flavor of clovey spice and orange rinds. Has Lakefront's trademark crystal clarity. Finishes so damned strong with spice, alochol and fruit (but not the same orange rind flavor). Wild, boozy and fun. Like my favorite women. Huge thanks to Capt. Cougar.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
12 oz. bottle Unbelievable! An aroma of baking gingerbread adorns this dark golden brew. Despite the amazingly heavy spicing and intense fragrance, this beer maintains a balanced body and proper flavor, with no cloying aftertaste. Quite simply the most dramatic yet drinkable spiced specialty beer I've had. I hope you like cinnamon!

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