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100 best winter warmer beers for the holiday season

  • 100 best winter warmer beers for the holiday season

    With winter upon us, ‘tis the season for spending time indoors with family and friends—and for keeping warm with a few favorite libations. Chief among these are winter warmer beers; a distinctive class of malty, sweet brews marked by full-bodied flavor, deep and rich color (from brownish-red to black), and delightfully balanced overtones.

    These robust brews celebrate the season with words in their names like “fireside,” “Christmas,” and “bonfire.” English varietals often come unspiced, while others carry traditional “wassail” flavors like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Stacker scoured the Beer Advocate to curate the 100 best winter warmer beers for this holiday season. For the purposes of this list, only winter warmer beers with 50 or more ratings were considered, and ties were broken by the number of rankings available. Check out this slideshow to see if you’re favorites are among it—and to find a few new varieties to try before spring.

  • #100. Snow Cap

    Brewery: Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
    ABV: 7.0%
    Score: 3.51
    Ratings: 874

  • #99. Fireside Chat

    Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery
    ABV: 7.9%
    Score: 3.51
    Ratings: 1,327

  • #98. Blitzen Holiday Ale

    Brewery: Maumee Bay Brewing Company
    ABV: 7.7%
    Score: 3.52
    Ratings: 74

  • #97. Dundee Festive Ale

    Brewery: Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
    ABV: 6.2%
    Score: 3.52
    Ratings: 162

  • #96. Christmas Ale

    Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery
    ABV: 7.1%
    Score: 3.52
    Ratings: 1,126

  • #95. Young's Winter Warmer

    Brewery: Wells & Young's Ltd
    ABV: 5.0%
    Score: 3.53
    Ratings: 243

  • #94. Hoppy Holidaze

    Brewery: Marin Brewing Company
    ABV: 7.0%
    Score: 3.55
    Ratings: 108

  • #93. Wassail Ale

    Brewery: Woodstock Inn Brewery
    ABV: 8.0%
    Score: 3.56
    Ratings: 104

  • #92. Great Lakes Winter Ale

    Brewery: Great Lakes Brewery
    ABV: 6.2%
    Score: 3.56
    Ratings: 121

  • #91. Slick Nick Winter Ale

    Brewery: Sebago Brewing Company
    ABV: 7.2%
    Score: 3.58
    Ratings: 136