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RATINGS: 268   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamP01 (546) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Pours a dark cloudy brown, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of orange peel some cinnamon and sweet spices, some fruitiness, caramel malt. Taste is bitter orange peel, some sweet spices, dark toasted malts. Moderate carbonation and full body. Finish is sweet dark malt with bitter orange peel and sweet spices. The alcohol esters really come thru in the end. Overall an interesting and complex brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. This one’s been sitting in the liquor store cooler probably since at least last year, so its had some time to mellow and consolidate itself. Pours a cloudy, deep reddish-brown with purple-ruby highlights; head is surprisingly dark brown, but dissipates quickly. Nose is heavy with cloves, ginger, and raw honey...slight nutmeg in the sinuses. Taste is more balanced, with honey and cinnamon coming through, evening everything out. Mild but noticeable hop profile. A bit fruity; plums and dark apple cider notes. I’ve been disappointed in many "winter warmer" beers, but this one really stands out, possibly due to its ABV. Really excellent, though I do recommend trying to get ahold of at least a year-old bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Pours dark mahogany with a thick frothy head of tan foam. Nose is cloves, spice and malt. Very palate pleasing- thick viscosity and creaminess. Taste is sweet- of malt, honey, caramel with hints of ginger, clove and cinnamon. A surprisingly good beer that will leave you wishing for the holidays all year long.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Ooh! Now thats a great smelling beer. Cinnamon and all sorts of fun spices. Has a cloudy brown color. Mmmmmmm...a cinnamon beer. There’s other flavors in here too, I’m noticing the honey in particular, but the cinnamon is really what makes this beer. This is delicious. I’m drinking my only bottle of this, I’m going to have to find more while it’s still in season.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Beautiful mahogony color with a big spice aroma (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toasty, warm malt. Intensity of flavor though it is incredibly balanced between malt and spice. Malt sweetness provides a perfect foundation for the spices. There is a crispness and the smooth character of a lager but I notice a fruity flavor like that of an ale (maybe it is the honey or the orange doing this). This is great with a fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
This beer poured a murky amber color and formed an off white head that formed a nice circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of cinnamon(?sp) and nutmeg that kind of sneaks up on you. The flavor is of cinnamon, nutmeg and some citrus. An interesting finish to the beer that features element of the nutmeg and is a touch astrigent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (473) - Madison, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Pours dark ruby almost brown. Opaque lacing tan head. Aroma is full of christmas charm. Apples, cinnamon, orange, and a bit of nutmeg pervade. Moderately to heavy sweet with a crisp finish. Medium body and a slight tinge of alcohol near the end. I love christmas!

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHANER4 (471) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Poured a dark crimson color with small head. Initial aroma I could detect was oranges along with honey and also ripe banana. Taste is ripe banana with cinnamon and more cinnamon. Really a nice brew when I first took a drink but the aftertaste is overpowered by cinnamon and ripe banana. Reminded me of eating gingerbread cookies.

1.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 I enjoy many Lakefront beers but this is not one of them. I even tried it twice just to make sure. Thin white head with too much spice and not enough lager almost like drinking a ginger beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrana (413) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad.


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