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The best Christmas beer includes a wide range of domestic and imported beers. Many breweries are making special seasonal beers to appeal to holiday drinkers. Some of these brews combine various Christmastime flavors like vanilla, ginger and cinnamon to give the beer a nice, high-quality flavor. Others are just dark and stout, offering up a classic winter beer to please even the pickiest beer connoisseur. This list includes some of the best beers offered during the holiday season, so be sure to vote for the ones you've tried and loved (and vote down the beers you don't think even Drunk Santa would imbibe).

Some of the most popular, perennial favorite Christmas beers include Tröegs Mad Elf (a wonderful mix of sweet and sour), Goose Island Christmas Ale (a spicy, aromatic brown ale), St. Bernardus Christmas Ale (a creamy, fruity holiday beer) and Anchor Brewing Company's "Our Special Ale," which is slightly different each year. Anchor's been making their Christmas beer since the mid-1970s, by the way. Whether your taste runs more to a lighter, Belgian blend or a dark, hearty stout, there really is a Christmas beer for everyone.

One thing to note about many of these Christmas beers: The alcohol content may be slightly higher than a traditional, domestic beer. Keep that in mind, because once you find the perfect Christmas brew, it's quite easy to overdo things. Nothing squelches a great holiday gathering among friends and family like a killer Christmas hangover. Ho ho ho!

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Delerium Noel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Bell's Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Troegs Mad Elf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Goose Island Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Affligem Noël Christmas A... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Rogue Santa's Private Reserve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Deschutes Jubelale Festive Win... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Great Divide Hibernation Ale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Anderson Valley Winter Solstic... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Abita Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Sweetwater Festive Ale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Alaskan Winter Ale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Samuel Adams White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Magic Hat Feast of Fools is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Full Sail Wassail is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Breckenridge Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Southern Tier Krampus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Defiant Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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The Bruery 4 Calling Birds is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Golden Road Back Home Gingerbr... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Sly Fox Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holi... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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De Struise Tsjeeses is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Redhook Winterhook Winter Ale is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Snow Bou... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Anheuser-Busch Winter's Bourbo... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Coors Winterfest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers