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Review by joe1510 on 12/10/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 8 15 4 7 2009
12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

Best Before 12/31/07

Let's see how the first Christmas beer of the season goes down. Great Lakes Christmas Ale pours a stunningly crystal clear copper. A one finger head formed as I poured but fell to a solid crown in no time. A good amount of carbonation streams to the surface keeping what head is there alive.

According to the bottle this has a combination of cinnamon, ginger, and honey. The cinnamon and ginger are definately there in the aroma and actually are the spotlight of this brew. There's some toasted malt in the background but it's only there as a backdrop for the spicing. I can't pull any honey out of the smell. It does smell like Christmas. As I was about finished with this review it dawned on me the aroma has a strong aroma of gingerbread. Don't know how that didn't register a little quicker.

The honey shows up in the flavor faintly. Toasted grains are the malt backbone. The spicing is, again, the highlight of this beer. Ginger, cinnamon, and honey glide over the maltiness in that order of intensity. A mouthful of gingerbread greets you and slightly fades toward the finish. The honey is mellow and ends things off nicely.

Medium bodied and coating on the swallow. This beer has a solid carbonation that keeps things moving but there is a (just short of) sticky quality on the finish that actually goes nicely with the body and spicing.

Tonight is downright cold and this is a good brew to enjoy as the holiday season quickly comes into view.

My first Christmas brew of the season and a good way to start things off. The aroma of this beer screams Christmas and it doesn't dissapoint.

Reviewed: 11/24/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass