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RATINGS: 269   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dekester1 (312) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a very dark brownish red with a beige lacing. Aroma was of malts, spices (e.g. clove, cinnamin, etc.) with a slight fruity tinge. Taste is extremely rich - malt and spices with a heavy alcohol backdrop but not really ’fuelish’ taste of a HG malt liquor. I also caught a slight prunish hue due to the mix. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, basically a nice holiday season meal-in-a-bottle. Be prepared, this stuff has punch as well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a very slightly hazy red, with very little head. Aromas are banana and nutmeg, some orange, and honey. Cool! Taste is a bit boozy (for a second), followed by a light caramel flavor, more banana and spices, with a solid chunk of orange zest in the finish, along with some more booze. Delightful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Poured this lager too fast as I was confronted with a overwelming head which ran over my mug. Usually this would irq me really good but the smell left on my hand was delightful. A smell of orange and spice was delicious. The taste was excellent also as I had no problem finishing this one off. I don't think this one would be any good later on in the year. They ought to make it a Halloween thru St. Pat's day mandatory drinking only!! LOL.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjaxson (294) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Two great signs of the holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the return of Lakefront’s Holiday Spice. One of these years, I’ve got to try them together.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (290) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Very flavorful, great winter warmer on Christmas morning. ABV packs a wallop, unexpected for a lager. Caramel base with winter spices. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel, in a good way.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours orange with smallish light tan head. Nose is very spicy, of oranges, grapefruits, nutmey and honey. Slightly floral. Flavor reminds me of cinnamon apples dipped in light caramel. There is a clean, sweet finish. A good beer to enjoy over the holiday season, when trying to get into that festive mood. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Hazy darker reddish amber with a large frothy light brown head. Slightly musty aroma of gingersnaps, molasses, nutmeg, clove, caramel and a hint of orange. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and alcoholic. Very spicy flavor of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, cookie, and orange peel. The name Holiday Spice is very apt. The flavor doesn’t hold up to the aroma, it is overpowering and a little confusing - although the obviousness of the 9.5% dissapears after a few sips. Either way, a decent beer for the holidays. Good.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnymusky (245) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
A pretty nice seasonal brew. This beer pours a very nice dark amber with a thick tan head and a spicy pumpkin like aroma. The flavor is spicy, with a strong yeasty nose. There is almost a marmalade or candied orange taste to it, though it’s not something that could be described as citrusy. This beer is also exceptionally smooth for its alcohol content, and in some ways reminds me of a barleywine.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cblado (240) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Immediate spice aroma. Taste is a ginger/orange flourish, surprisingly flavorful, but not overbearing. "Wow, this goes down easy!" as a friend put it.


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