DMLINAZ (267) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two great signs of the holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the return of Lakefrontís Holiday Spice. One of these years, Iíve got to try them together.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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 doesnít 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.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 itís 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.
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a dark amber with little head. has a spicy aroma. has a sweet, spicy nutmeg flavor. almost like nutmeg. bit of a bitter aftertaste. not as good as expected.
cblado (229) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 One of the best smelling beers Iíve had, itís very tasty and thick with tons of spices. It tastes like they shoved pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies in a beer form. The honey isnít too prominent but I do agree it balances the malt taste and makes for a very smooth feel on the tongue (especially on the finish). The alcohol is masked perfectly where it isnít overwhelming. I would buy it again if I want a very "pumpkin spicy" type beer.
delacerveza (157) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow...datís watt iím talkiní about. for a holiday beer, anyway. VERY heavy clove/cinnamon aroma and a cloudy cinnamon brown color. thin head. tasted like an unsweetened apple pie, heavy on the spices. really, really good. i had no idea what the alc content was til i hit this review page, and the alcohol taste was well-hidden, no vinous taste at all. iíd want to drink more than one, but itís fairly rich. sorta like a jaegermaister/eggnog combo. yummy. thanks ecvrich!!
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a thin white and quickly dissipating head. The aroma is like a kitchen during Christmas...full of wonderful smells of nutmeg, orange spice, corriander, and ciannamon. All of these aromas become apparent in the flavor as well, especially the cinnamon. Surprisingly the higher alcohol content is masked by these wonderful flavor...I think it would actually be slightly better if the alcohol flavors were allowed to shine through, this is my only criticism. What a wonderful brew for a cold Wisconsin winter around a blazing fire.