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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


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1144) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $0.99 Very good!

3.5
   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%.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with nice head and lacing. Smells of ginger, cinnamon, and malt. Taste is like a liquidfied iced gingerbread cookie with honey and a bit of acidic orange in the background. Hides the alcohol REALLY well. This was almost a drain pourer. Too many spices thrown into this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1135) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
I find 2 things very intreging about this beer, that it is reall 9.5% and its brewed with a 2:1 ratio honey per # of malt, that is alot. I popped this open thinking it was just a spiced session lager, there is all the spice in aroma not too much head.Mahogaony color, slick smooth mouthfeel . I was detecting some vanilla but suspect it is from the honey,the rest is a big carmelly sweetness with lots of orange notes and a semi balanced bittering with herbal earthiness, a little bit of chocolate. It has a very nice finish though, but the rest seems a bit carmelly barleywineish that maybe could use some more herbal bittering to balance the thick malt. It seemed pretty pumpkiny at first but then gets pretty barleywineish. You end up with a pretty sticky sweet mouth in the very end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2002
This is the perfect beer for the holiday season. Spices are well balanced with sweetness of the honey. This is similiar to Lakefronts Pumpkin Lager.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1082) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and earthiness. Sweet resinsy, caramel taste, with some grapefruit notes mixed in. Really excellent. Has the characteristics of a hoppy red ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2006
thanks goes to ughsmash for this beer. poured a brown copper with a small off white head that left no lacing. aroma sweet cinnamon, honey, ginger, alcohol got most of that before it got close to my nose, than got raisins, caramel. flavor honey just jumps out there in 1st place than all those spices the alcohol is well hidden, nice dryness good beer, wish I had this at the holidays

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
The last christmas beer in my cellar. I’m really sick of them, but I’ve saved a good one for last (I hope)
Deep copper with a huge head. Good lacing. Aroma of Christmas spices (Oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg), brown sugar and sweet malt. Very sweet taste. A little too sweet, but it covers up the high alcohol nicely. Medium body and a little bit syrupy. Pretty good, but it would of been better around christmas.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Pours a very dark brown/red. No head. Aroma of cinnamon, other spices and alcohol. Flavor is very subtle, spices and warming alcohol, almost like a brandy. Very tasty winter brew!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 12 oz bottle, 2006 version. Now this is a Christmas beer! Pours to a slightly hazy burnt orange color, with a tall, white head, that fades, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Lots of zesty and spicy aromas of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel, mix with some honey sweetness and peppery alcohol. The plate is rich, and oily on the tongue, with lots of good sweet malt, toffee, orange flavor, and honey sweetness that coats the tongue. This beer finishes with more wonderful spicy flavors of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger that linger with some soothing, peppery, alcohol. This beer is Christmas in a glass. The perfect beer to sip and savor next to a roaring fire, and a beer I will enjoy while reading Charles Dickins’ classic A Christmas Carol.


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