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! 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.
ChrisSc (465) - 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. 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. MaltOne (412) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours clear light chestnut, with brief whitisk head. Sweet spice aroma. Flavor is pumpkin pie spice, light licorice/anise, vanilla. Palate is unctuous, sweet, a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, nice seasonal, above average spiced xnas brew.
ryrpat (403) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Not a huge fan of highly spiced beers but for my palate this was just the right amount. Well balanced with a nice warm feel to it. Would have again in moderation
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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. 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. dekester1 (371) - Town of Maple Creek, 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. spilledpint (352) - 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.