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The Very Best Christmas Beers

Updated December 15, 2018 3.4k votes 512 voters 22.6k views40 items

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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    Delerium Noel

    10% alcohol
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    134
    51

    Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

    5.8% alcohol
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    88
    28

    Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holiday Quadruple Ale

    11.1% alcohol
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    98
    42
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    87
    36

    Rogue Santa's Private Reserve

    6% alcohol
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    73
    26
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    108
    58

    Great Lakes Christmas Ale

    7.5% alcohol
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    66
    27
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    99
    61

    St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

    10% alcohol
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    61
    25

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale

    8.7% alcohol
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    54
    23
  • 12
    51
    24

    Sweetwater Festive Ale

    8.6% alcohol
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    80
    54
  • 14
    51
    25

    Alaskan Winter Ale

    6.4% alcohol
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    64
    39

    Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale

    5.5% alcohol
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    68
    50

    Troegs Mad Elf

    11% alcohol
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    56
    39

    Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

    5.6% alcohol
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    55
    40

    Bell's Christmas Ale

    5.5% alcohol
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    31
    19

    Southern Tier Krampus

    9% alcohol
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    35
    25

    Full Sail Wassail

    6.5% alcohol
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    31
    21

    Left Hand Brewing Co. Snow Bound

    8.6% alcohol
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    17
    6

    Flying Dog K-9 Winter Warmer

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    29
    22

    Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday Porter

    6% alcohol
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    29
    24

    Magic Hat Feast of Fools

    6% alcohol
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    45
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    Samuel Adams White Christmas

    5.8% alcohol