Great Lakes Brewery – Winter Ale

March 17th, 2014 by in Beer Reviews, Everything

It has been way too long since there has been a beer review, so I’m pulling this one out of the memory banks.  This beer was drank back on Christmas eve 2013, the only way i know that is the properties on the picture I have on my phone.   You have to love technology now a days, you don’t have to remember anything anymore!!!! What was I doing again….


Oh Yes, the beer the below is going to be about is from Great Lakes Brewery, and their Winter Ale.  Good timing since we hope winter is done!!!


Great Lakes Brewery is an independently owned brewery which was founded in 1987, so somewhat new, but not new new…  The beer they produce is small batch brewing, with local produce used to make the beer up.  You can read more about the company on their website 


Now to the beer.  The Winter Ale is a stronger beer with a 6.2% Alcohol percentage.  The beer is infused with a mixe of cinnamon, honey, ginger and orange peel to bring in a very nice and different flavour.  After a long ride it hit the spot from what I remember.  But really after a ride anything will hit the spot as long as it is beer!!!


We actually poured this beer into a glass, so we stepped up and are becoming more sophisticated!!!  Soon there will be Scotch reviews, and maybe the odd article from the New Yorker or something like that… You can’t see it now, but it took me 4 tries to spell article… So maybe the New Yorker is a far stretch…  Anyways, when poured into the glass it had a very dark deep colour, with a little bit of foam.


When sipping on the beer you definitely had a hint of the cinnamon for sure.  Other flavors didn’t come out as prominently but there were hints of the ginger and orange.  Nothing too crazy though.


All in all this was a great beer in the dead of winter, and nice to change it up every once and a while.


Beer Rating:  3.95 out of 5


Was the Beer Hoppy:  Not at all, more cinnamonny… thats a word, look it up…

Would you Recommend this beer to a friend:  I would, in the middle of summer when they are complaining about the heat, this may bring them back to reality and think about the winter…

Are you Bitter about the winter:  Not at all.  Why do you ask?

Just Curious.






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