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RATINGS: 275   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


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmcgavin12 (492) - 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 (483) - 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.

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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnymusky (470) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
outlawskies (454) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says hmmm most be alcohol content warm and thicker nicer malt unsure if she likes the spice it gets a 3.0 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2003
This smells fantastic! Just honey and cinnamon all over. It doesn't taste quite as amazing as it smells, but still very good. A pleasant surprise.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2005
I got this for $0.39 and can understand why it was marked down, over and above the typical seasonality basis. This is a beer with a somewhat drab brown appearance yet has a great head and very thick lacing. Aroma starts off pleasantly spicy but mutates into a malty version of the smell of changing a vacuum cleaner bag. Flavor is very Campari-like at the start but mutates into a very unpleasant, cloying honey-and-grits finish. Perhaps a good beer for intelligent winos who want to try something different and get smashed on a cheap 6-pack, but beyond this Lakefront Holiday Spice is nothing to write home about.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (377) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head. Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish. Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish. Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Notes from 12/23/2010 12 oz. bottle Ar: Heavy spice aroma, cinnamon & nutmeg. Cloying but in this setting it’s fine. Ap: Deep brown, 1" creamy head lasts a while. No lace. T: Huge spice sweetness - almost cloying, but it works here. Cinnamon, orange, clove. For 11% the alcohol burn is mild. P: Sticky, chewy body with mild carbonation. O: Surprisingly enjoyable. It’s cloyingly sweet and cloyingly spicy, but overall enjoyable on a cold winter night.


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