Great Lakes Christmas Ale

The Data

Country   USA

Style   Specialty

Retail Price   $13.99

ABV   7.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Deep amber, reddish color with a thick and persistent head.

Aromatics

The nose is dense with rich, sweet malt with accents of brown baking spices, ginger, cardamom, and pine cone.

Flavor

The palate is in full agreement being rich while never cloying. A harmonious brew with great length and balance.

Intensity & Texture

Rich and mildly spicy with warming malt notes and just enough hops to add a crisp edge.

Cool Factor

A

The tradition of Christmas brews is carried out by both New and Old World brewers. In America there are a handful of brewers who are now making holiday classics.

Value Grade

B

The Great Lakes Beers are all decent values considering their quality and integrity.

Analysis

Established in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLB) became the first microbrewery in the state of Ohio and today remains one of Ohio's most award-winning and trusted brewers. The GLB Dortmunder Gold is part of their regular line-up and has been since nearly the begining. This great lager takes its name from the German city that is most recognized for this style.

How to Enjoy

Enjoy cool in a tulip glass. The nose is dense with rich, sweet malt with accents of brown baking spices, ginger, cardamom, and pinecone.

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