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  1. Sammy J
    December 12, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    What about O’Dell Isolation Ale? I love this stuff. NB 2 Below is amazing stuff also.

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  2. Bobby
    December 6, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    1. Hopworks Abominable
    2. Cascades Lakes Brewing Santa’s Little Helper
    3. Widmer Bros. Brrr

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  3. crai burt
    December 29, 2009 @ 11:18 am

    Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper

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  4. fender
    May 4, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    Just looking at some old polls. Great Lakes Christmas Ale must be on the list next year. I’ve tried dozens of beers in the style and it is still my favorite, hands down.

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  5. Tom MacDonald
    February 8, 2009 @ 10:01 am

    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice, I live CT and it is not sold here so my wife an I always order a case from a liquor store in NY to get us through the winter..

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  6. BJ Bubala
    January 28, 2009 @ 8:49 pm

    Insanely Bad elf

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  7. David Jensen
    January 25, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

    I’m surprised that Full Sail Wassail came in last place. That is one of my favorites for the year but my all time favorite winter warmer is Anderson Valley Winter Solstice. I really like that creamy and caramel flavor.

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  8. dave
    January 22, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

    celebration without a doubt

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  9. Mills
    January 12, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice by far

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  10. steve k
    January 12, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    troegs mad elf without question.
    2nd place: great lakes christmas ale

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  11. JD Ginsberg
    January 10, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    Long Trail Hibernator, one of my favorites for a long time, but also

    Ommegang Double Chocolate Indulgence, my god is it delicious!!

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  12. Smitty
    January 6, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

    Hmmm. Toss up between Shiner Holiday Cheer and Gordon Biersch Winter Bock with Pyramid’s Snow Cap right in there, too. Forced to choose one, I’ll go with Winter Bock from Gordon Biersch! Whew!

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  13. josh
    January 2, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

    I think the best holiday beer would have to be LEINENKUGEL’S [FIRESIDE NUT BROWN].I had never even heard of leinengel before but i seen it at the gas stop and had to try.This stuff is brewed in wisconsin by the linenkugel family.Everyone please try this beer you’ll love it

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  14. Danny Ramos
    December 31, 2008 @ 2:51 pm

    The Abyss has been the most sought after beer at our bar (Davis Grad in Davis, CA). Also, the hop heads have been drinking up the Mendocino’s Imperial IPA. My personal fav this season has been Anchor Xmas. I never liked Anchor Steam or any of the Xmas beers before, but this one is my pick. Although Ten-Fidy from Oskar Blues arrives next week, so we’ll see at that point.

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  15. Shannon Rhae
    December 27, 2008 @ 10:29 am

    Tommyknocker Cocoa Porter is the most delicious thing I have ever put in my mouth.

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  16. Shawn Manges
    December 24, 2008 @ 10:20 pm

    Samiclaus and Samiclaus Helles are the best christmas beers handsdown and real christmas beers only brew one time year

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  17. Bill Wolfson
    December 24, 2008 @ 9:13 am

    Best beer marketed as a holiday beer is Troeg’s Mad Elf.

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is the best winter seasonal beer hands down.

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  18. Dirk
    December 21, 2008 @ 7:09 pm

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale

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  19. Wassail Willy
    December 18, 2008 @ 8:03 am

    http://www.captainlawrencebrewing.com/beer_list.html
    CANT WIT TILL CHRISTMAS EVE FOR THIS BADD BOY !!!!

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  20. Don
    December 16, 2008 @ 6:03 am

    The Anchor, by miles and miles.

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  21. billywa
    December 15, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

    Frambozen raspberry brown ale from New Belgium! So good I have to road trip from Oklahoma to KS, texas, or Colorado to get it every year!

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  22. Max, Denver CO
    December 15, 2008 @ 7:46 am

    Over the weekend, I had a pint of Full Sail’s “Wreck The Halls” at my favorite beer mecca here in Denver, The Falling Rock Tap House. A wonderfully rich drinking experience and a hoppy one, too.

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  23. Wassail Willy
    December 14, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    WINTER ALE FEST #13
    Finally tally of the tasting
    1 Saranac Seasons Best
    2 Southern Tier Old Man Winter
    3 Southampton Christmas Ale
    4 Insanely Bad Elf
    5 Aventinus Doppelbock ~~~Outstanding !!
    6 Grand Teton 20th Anniversary Double Wheat
    7 GULDEN DRAAK VINTAGE ALE 2007 ****
    8 Yulesmith
    9 2006 Alaskan Smoked Porter
    10 St.Bernardus Christmas Ale
    11 Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer ***
    12 ANCHOR OSA 2008

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  24. Doug
    December 12, 2008 @ 7:50 am

    Southern Tier – Krampus. It is an Imperial Helles. Nicely balanced taste. Enough Alcohol to keep you warm.

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  25. Kevin McKinnon
    December 11, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

    You CAN’T beat the Shiner Holiday Cheer…..Brewed in Texas with pecans and Peaches………..YUMMMMM!!!!! Apperently, Their 100 year anniversary is upcoming and THAT ONE is VERY SPECIAL!!!!

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  26. Anderson
    December 11, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Another vote for Sam Adams Old Fezziwig, with Lost Coast Brewery Winterbraun as runner up.

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  27. Hobbes
    December 11, 2008 @ 6:23 am

    Happy to see Great Divide Hibernation Ale in this forum.. stumbled on that at Half Time Beverage outside Poughkeepsie, NY… haven’t found it in my neck (PA) o’ the woods yet. Perfect balance of hops and malt.

    The Mad Elf is also outstanding.

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  28. Boof
    December 10, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

    BRRR is outstanding!! My new fav holiday seasonal 4 sure.

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  29. Smugg
    December 7, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    Boulevard Brewery’s Nutcracker Ale is great (Kansas City)

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  30. Otto
    December 5, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    Hands down, Bridgeport Ebenezer. It’s like Christmas day when I find it one the shelf for the first time every year.

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  31. Angelo
    December 2, 2008 @ 4:36 pm

    Some of our favorites: Alesmith Yule Smith. Port Santa’s Little Helper, Scaldis Noel, Full Sail Wreck the Halls, Affligem Noel, and Ridgeway Rudolph’s Revolt, almost everything at the holiday ale festival in Portland.

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  32. chris
    December 2, 2008 @ 9:50 am

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale.

    I must say – SS WW is by far my least favorite of the list.

    And props to NB Frambrozen!

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  33. cole
    December 1, 2008 @ 11:12 am

    love that sammy smith. we always come back to it every year.

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  34. James
    November 30, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    Cascade Lakes – Santa’s Little Helper – Redmond, Oregon… Buy a growler full. 🙂

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  35. Mike
    November 29, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

    Port brewing Santas little helper is a fantastic imperial stout . It will keep you warm and happy on acold winters night.

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  36. Sarah
    November 29, 2008 @ 11:20 am

    Bell’s Winter White

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  37. AKPandaMan
    November 29, 2008 @ 11:18 am

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale for sure.

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  38. Brian
    November 29, 2008 @ 11:14 am

    “Snow Cap Ale” from the Pyramid Brewery is the best holiday beer.

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  39. Colby
    November 29, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    Roots Epic

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  40. Barbara
    November 28, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

    Winterbraun from Lost Coast Brewery is the bomb! Really yummy this year.

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  41. jason
    November 28, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale keeps me warm in the winter!

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  42. Mike
    November 26, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

    I found a beer from Norway that is definetly worth mentioning . It is called nogne o Winter Ale

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  43. Jason
    November 26, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    When I want something warm in my tummy….I reach for a Smith Winter Welcome.

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  44. Jay
    November 26, 2008 @ 8:44 am

    By far the all time best holiday beer would have to be Samuel Smith Winter Welcome.

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  45. John S
    November 26, 2008 @ 6:10 am

    The Best Holiday Beer is the Sam Smith Winter Welcome. This beer is it

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  46. Beerjudge
    November 26, 2008 @ 5:23 am

    Anchors Christmas Ale. It is the oldest and “holiday-est” beer of all. But as with all the spiced or fruited beer they have a limited drinkability so I enjoy other beers for my holiday session choice. Sierra’s Celebration Ale is good for repeated gulps. I seen Duvel’s Noel listed ,a very nice choice as is so many Belgian holiday brews. My on-going holiday wish is to attend the Belgian Christmas/Holiday BeerFest.

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  47. Bill
    November 25, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    John,
    I am so glad you chimed in !!
    The Jolly Roger is one that has been on my list forever to try !!!
    I have been searching in vain for some AND the JOLLY ROGER FLAG
    Any help would be most appreciated …Thanks,Bill

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  48. John
    November 24, 2008 @ 9:56 pm

    I have to say that, while I love almost all winter beers, far and away my favorite is Maritime Pacific’s Jolly Roger Christmas Ale. It’s rich and malty and ages really well. It doesn’t hurt that their brewery and taproom is only a couple miles from where I live in Seattle.

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  49. Bill
    November 23, 2008 @ 8:20 am

    I host a annual Christmas Ale Fest every year.
    Always end up with a few new ones that I have never had.Celebration by far is the MOST drinkable .The Belgian corked finished are the most decandant.Alaskan Smoked Porter should get a nod here also.New brews on deck for this years festival 3 Floyds Alpha Klaus, Troegs Mad Elf ,CAPT.LAWRENCE’S Nor’ Easter Winter Warmer 07 Batch 2.
    LOVE ANCHOR OSA !!!!

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  50. Dale
    November 22, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    The Sierra Nevada and the Bell’s Christmas ales are decent but the one that has really impressed me this season is the Great Lakes Christmas ale. Honey & cinnamon nuances that actually remind me of the holiday more than the other two I’ve tried this year so far.

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  51. Stacy
    November 20, 2008 @ 9:22 am

    Winter Warmer from Upland Brewing Company (Bloomington, IN)

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  52. Jason
    November 19, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    Shiner Holiday Cheer nuff said,
    German Dunkelweiss maed with Tx peaches and roasted pecans

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  53. Dustin
    November 18, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    Tough choice between two Belgian favorites: De Dolled Stille Nacht, and N’Ice Chouffe.

    Locally, have to give props to Southampton’s French Country Christmas, which is another favorite.

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  54. Chris
    November 17, 2008 @ 4:41 pm

    3 Floyds – Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter, Nice dark brown color w/ 2″ tan head, aromas of Chocolate, Roasted Malts, English Toffee with a nice bitter coffee finish. Perfect for winter drinking!

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  55. EricRules
    November 16, 2008 @ 8:33 am

    SANTA’S PRIVATE RESERVE ALE FROM ROGUE IS THE BEST HOLIDAY BEER! IT TASTES LIKE CHRISTMAS.

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  56. AJ
    November 15, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

    I’ll agree with Troeg’s Mad Elf. It’s a great brew for the cold winter months.

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  57. Randy Clemens
    November 15, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    Scaldis Noel Premium for sure! St Bernardus and Gouden Carolus Noel close after. On the homefront, Yulesmith and Port Santa’s Little Helper are awesome!

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  58. David
    November 14, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    Goose Island Christmas Ale!!!

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  59. Roguemike
    November 14, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

    My new favorite has to be Brrr from Widmer. It is high on the hops which is everything in a beer for me. My favorite befor this was Wreck the Halls from Full Sail, much better than the Wassail they produce in my opinion.

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  60. wallace
    November 14, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

    samiclaus!

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  61. HP
    November 13, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    Full Sail Wassail ROCKS!!!

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  62. JD
    November 12, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice

    It tastes like Christmas!

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  63. JacLWin
    November 12, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

    Butte Creek’s Cranberry Ale is my favorite!!!!
    I also like their organic barleywine, TrainWreck!

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  64. Kenda
    November 12, 2008 @ 2:55 pm

    So glad to see other Clevelanders listing GLBC Christmas Ale. I’m not allowed in my inlaw’s house unless I bring it to share for my brother in law in WV. But if I was not lucky enough to live in Cleveland..I would resort to Sam Adams Old Fezziwig..

    PS Posted by the only girl on here – it seems..

    REAL WOMEN DRINK BEER!!

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  65. Markymark
    November 12, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    Affligem Noel.

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  66. Don
    November 11, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

    My Choice for 2008 is Widmer’s Brrr, a very hopped up red ale. Great taste.

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  67. rob
    November 11, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale really should have been on the list. I’ll add another vote for that one.

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  68. Erik
    November 11, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

    New Belgium Brewing!!!

    Damn Good!

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  69. Sonnett
    November 11, 2008 @ 10:39 am

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale – But hey, I love all things Cleveland.

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  70. Jay aka Ziltoid the Omniscient
    November 10, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

    Sam Adams Winter Lager

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  71. Marc
    November 8, 2008 @ 10:32 am

    I second the Troeg brothers Mad Elf, at 11%abv and the surprisingly smooth taste of honey and cherries it was my 2007 winter warmer!

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  72. John
    November 8, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    Full Sail Wreck the Halls is excellent!!!

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  73. jeremy
    November 7, 2008 @ 3:17 pm

    what about Frambozen by New Belgium? That is their true holiday beer.

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  74. Don E. Gates
    November 6, 2008 @ 9:53 pm

    Chipper Dave,
    What Holiday Porter do you speak of mang?

    Don E. Gates

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  75. Laura
    November 6, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

    Troegs Mad Elf is the best holiday beer!!!!!!!!

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  76. Chipper Dave
    November 6, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

    I enjoy a Samuel Adams Holiday Porter or the occasional New Belgium Frambozen.

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  77. Andrew
    November 6, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    Schell’s Snowstorm, different every year. Delicious every year.

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  78. Shawn
    November 6, 2008 @ 6:02 am

    I really enjoy a lot of Christmas Ales but the one that sticks out every year is Sam Adams Old Fezziwig. Yum!

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  79. Dan
    November 6, 2008 @ 5:47 am

    Goose Island Christmas Ale

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  80. Mario A.
    November 5, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

    Delirium Noel is hands down my alltime favorite Christmas beer! Then again…you can never go wrong with any of the Delirium beers! Cheers! 🙂

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  81. Matt
    November 5, 2008 @ 9:37 pm

    Frambozen raspberry brown ale from New Belgium… but I like 2 Below as well and gave that my vote. Great poll, CHEERS!

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  82. Sean
    November 5, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

    Schlafly Christmas ale, local beer from St. Louis. Awesome stuff.

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  83. Will K
    November 5, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

    Great Lakes Brewery Christmas Ale. Yeah, it’s regional, but it’s the best. Period.

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