beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Light brownish, burnt orangy yellow color thats quite clouded and has a strange glow from the bottom up with a medium ivory colored head from a vigorous pour, sits soft and thick but dwindles down somewhat fast; minimal stringed lace. Aroma is a whole lotta spice! Allspice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, fly across the air and is very fresh and lovely into the nose, a light touch of dulled plum and sweet potato and toasty malts are in the back but are hard reaching due to the very spicy array this holiday keeper has. Taste is much more subdued then the smell gives way too, which is a good thing, I don't think I would like a glass of allspice, would you? But the spices are there but favorably mixed with a soft toasted Vienna-like maltyness with a slight sweetness underneath some of the allspice and ginger. Quite a nice semi-milding taste thats very pleasant and subtle. Good medium body feel and has a lingering spiced dryness for the finish. The 9.5% ABV surprised me, its no where to found if that is truely the ABV, no where. This was gone in no time and goes down super easy with a good little zip of spice. More please. deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2004
12 oz. bottle Unbelievable! An aroma of baking gingerbread adorns this dark golden brew. Despite the amazingly heavy spicing and intense fragrance, this beer maintains a balanced body and proper flavor, with no cloying aftertaste. Quite simply the most dramatic yet drinkable spiced specialty beer I've had. I hope you like cinnamon! gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Found this one bottled at Binny’s in St. Charles, Illinois. Hazy copper red pour with a thin white head, profound spiciness in the nose and body, with a bit of citrus and lots of ginger, nutmeg and clove. Sweetness comes on late. This is a phenominal beer. grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
I had this in the cellar for about two months. Pulled it out, spiced lager. Didn’t have much hope it’d taste good. Nice aroma, cinnamon and other spice. Citrus and a bit of the honey in the background. Didn’t notice it is almost 10%. Good stuff. propsync (35) - 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.
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ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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, 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. ads135 (5207) - 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. arojewski (72) - 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! jmagnus87 (3302) - 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.