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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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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
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.

3.1
ryrpat (372) - 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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
MaltOne (371) - 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.

3.4
dekester1 (366) - 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.

3.4
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.

3.7
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottle. 2010. Dark brown with light beige head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, orange, allspice, tobacco, leather, honey. Flavors of toffee, allspice, cocoa, tobacco, orange, honey, alcohol. Sweet finish, slightly cloying. Full body with oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

3.3
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Drinking this is kind of like putting a few juicy oranges into an old sock (for that spicy kick!), pouring in honey until it begins to ooze out the heel, and then smacking yourself with it in the face. This is the most extreme over-the-top OMG’d bloody saccharine beer I’ve ever tasted. In order of noticing: Orange, honey, nutmeg, licorice, alcohol, molasses, raisin, apricot, cinnamon, ginger, pine. Smells awesome, though.

3.5
DMLINAZ (332) - 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.

3.3
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Thanks to the Dallas crew! Medium to dark brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with drying spicey finish.


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