Brew Review

Beer Review – Great Lakes Christmas Ale


Since January 6th is the 12th day of Christmas, I thought I’d finally publish a review of the Christmas Ale that has been in my fridge for the past two weeks.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

We’ve been having a bit of a freshness problem with our Great Lakes beer purchases. Although Great Lakes is an excellent brewer, the residents of South Jersey have been a bit slow to take their beers off the shelf. Luckily, the expiration date on this bottle is 1/19/2011!

  • Appearance: Clear copper color. Very little head which dissipates rapidly and leaves minimal lacing.
  • Aroma: Honey and spice notes that remind me of Drambuie.
  • Taste: Medium carbonation. Malt sweetness up front. Some spicy flavors in the middle, much like you would experience from a ginger beer. Very mild bitter finish.

I first had this beer on draught at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ during a Sunday night drinking session with The Wookie. I liked it so much that I had to pick up a couple bottles during a recent beer run. The Great Lakes Christmas Ale is equally delicious in bottle form. For a beer that has an ABV of 7.5%, it is exceptionally smooth and easy drinking. Although I generally prefer a more hoppy brew, there are enough spices in this beer to keep the overall sweetness from becoming overbearing. I give it a B+.

12 replies »

  1. Yo Stan!

    Freshness is definitely key when it comes to beer. That is definitely one advantage that booze has over beer. Much less volatile! 🙂

    Cheers!
    G-LO

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  2. My father also claims that Great Lakes’ Christmas Ale is excellent. He still lives in Cleveland (which works in his favor) but also used to think Carling Black Label was a good beer (which diminishes his opinion somewhat).

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    • Now now. Not nice to pick on poor Papa! The fact that a former Carling Black Label drinker would even consider a Great Lakes Christmas Ale suggests that his tastes have most definitely evolved. 🙂

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  3. I’ve had a ton of xmas ales. My wife is from Cleveland. I was introduced to this baby two years ago when take a tour of the brewery.

    By far, this is the Best xmas ale. Delicious. I’m dying here in Philly looking for it.

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