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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
propsync (33) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Boozy, honey, spices. After two you start forgetting how dysfunctional your family really is. It's perfectly paired for dysfunction. If I could rate that, it would be 11 on a 10 scale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4837) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Jan 25: Rating is for a 1998-9 bottle, sample Jan 1999. From my notes: incredibly strong orange/honey/date aroma and flavor gives this beer the distinction of being the closest thing to fruitcake I"ve ever drunk. Nice orange-red color, large but quickly-diminishing head. Could have a stronger body, and perhaps a more assertive ending. 2002-wish I could get this in Vermont! Judging from the way other Lakefronts have held up as I"ve resampled them, this could be my favorite holiday brew out there. Very very strong in recent years -- 2001 was 9.5%. 9/4/8/3/16

2002: 2002-3 edition. Dark brownish/brick color, medium fast-dying head. Strong clove/orangepeel spicy nose, cinnamon, malt, slight alcohol. Just wonderful ’holiday’ flavor, not as thick or spicy as Anchor, but very creamy and full-flavored, with ginger, cinnamon, and cloves prominent but not overpowering. Great warming finish. The only beer from this brewery that has improved on a recent tasting; I"m hopeful, though it is no longer my favorite US brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle courtesy of StewardofGondor. Bottled the first week in November. Hazy reddish/brown pour with huge fluffy sandy head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, cloves and some citrusy hops present in the nose. Smooth and easy drinking. Tons of cinnamon and ginger linger on the tip of the tongue. Like licking a gingersnap cookie. Sweet, medium/full body with a spicy, somewhat bitter hoppy finish. High ABV is well-hidden. Only a little warming at the end. This would’ve made my Christmas much more enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2009
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Gracefully slips out of the bottle a clearish, dark mahogany-hued body with no so much of a head as a sustained, thin, white ring of bubbles along the inner edge of the glass. Smell: Heady, aromatic combination of toasty malts, sweet-scented honey, fruity orange peels, and a very generous dose of various counter-top spices. Now there’s a nice, holiday-type nose for ya! Taste: Lusciously sweet blend of delicately toasted maltiness and gobs upon gobs of wildflower honey stolen straight from the tiny, stupid mouths of those dumb-struck drones and mindless workers. But this is all a nice counter to the heavy, flavorful blend of spices, with cinnamon and ginger being the more prominent of the mixture. It’s nice to actually have a winter beer that doesn’t try to pass off a weak beer with an all-too limp malt profile and nary a spice in sight as something ’festive’. Fruity tastes of candied apricots and juicy orange peels. Sweetish, spicy, warming finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carboantion. Delightfully smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Why, bless my soul, that was all kinds of alright and one I’d recommend, provided you’re in the mood for something sweet, spicy, and warming. Generally, Lakefront’s brews neither please nor displease, being very middle-of-the-road for me, but this, this Spiced Lager, much to my surprise,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours gingerbread brown with a nose of gingerbread, pumpkin, and cinammon. Flavor tags along. Slick on the tongue. GREAT seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Not a bad christmas beer. Pretty heavily spiced but not in an unbalanced fashion. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Potent and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arojewski (58) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Truly a holiday beer! Strong cinnamon and spice notes in both aroma and taste. It’s like Christmas in a glass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. The nutmeg and cinnamon really come through in the finish. Full bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Awesome beer. I grab me some every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Sort by:  Latest High Low Top Reviewers   feloniousmonk (1291.4) ( Minneapolis, Minnesota ) [ 4.3 / 5 ] Dark brownish color, lighter-red at glass’s foot, with a nice, tight, tannish ring of foam above. Aroma: an instant stand-out, with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, big, beautiful spiciness, quite nice. I love it! Taste: verrry nice, deep and hearty, fully spiced, full-bodied, with a medium finish, and thoroughly tasty, if at times a touch hollow. That’s just me feeling the lager of this brew, but the thinness I detect at times doesn’t detract from the fullness of the flavor. All my old anti-Winter-Lager prejudices are rescinded and I can enjoy this brew in full. Really, a wonderful creation, not too far away from the likes of Anchor OSA, I don’t mind saying! Mmmm, this was a bottle whose contents did not falter at all throughout it’s stay on my palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1104) - 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.

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