Advent Beer Calendar: Day 22: Holiday Spice Lager

Lakefront Brewery's Holiday Spice LagerToday’s beer is Holiday Spice Lager from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin. You don’t see too many lagers as holiday beers (or at least, I haven’t come across many while doing this), especially one as potent as this: brewed with honey, oranges and spices, it weighs in at an astounding 9.5% alcohol by volume! The website says:

This beer uses two pounds of honey per pound of malt in its brew, making it an exceptional fortified holiday specialty beer which will keep for years. The spices and hops balance the sweetness of the honey and malt to give this lightly hopped beer its perfect flavor.

Wow. That’s a serious beer. BeerAdvocate scores it 88, with 97% approval. Most of the reviews I looked at agree that this beer is heavy on the spices, though not in a detrimental way, and the high alcohol content is well-hidden. I guess that means you’d better watch out when drinking this if you don’t already know how strong it is. :)