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The Very Best Christmas Beers  

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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
Great Lakes Christmas Ale 7.5% alcohol
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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale 10% alcohol
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Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale 5.5% alcohol
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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale 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
Bell's Christmas Ale 5.5% alcohol
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Troegs Mad Elf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Troegs Mad Elf 11% alcohol
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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holiday Quadruple Ale 11.1% alcohol
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Delerium Noel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Delerium Noel 10% alcohol
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Samuel Adams Holiday Porter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Samuel Adams Holiday Porter 5.8% alcohol
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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale 8.3% alcohol
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Deschutes Jubelale Festive Win... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Samuel Adams White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Samuel Adams White Christmas 5.8% alcohol
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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
liplip added Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig 5.9% alcohol
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Flying Dog K-9 Winter Warmer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
ScarTron added Flying Dog K-9 Winter Warmer
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Affligem Noël Christmas A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Affligem Noël Christmas Ale 9% alcohol
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Goose Island Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Rogue Santa's Private Reserve is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Rogue Santa's Private Reserve 6% alcohol
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Anderson Valley Winter Solstic... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Great Divide Hibernation Ale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Great Divide Hibernation Ale 8.7% alcohol
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Alaskan Winter Ale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Sweetwater Festive Ale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Sweetwater Festive Ale 8.6% alcohol
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Breckenridge Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Breckenridge Christmas Ale 7.4% alcohol
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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Abita Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Abita Christmas Ale 6.1% alcohol