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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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St. Bernardus Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

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Great Lakes Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Great Lakes Christmas Ale

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Troegs Mad Elf is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Troegs Mad Elf

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

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Bell's Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Bell's Christmas Ale

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

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12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
12 Dogs Of Christmas Ale

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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

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Affligem Noël Christmas A... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Affligem Noël Christmas Ale

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Goose Island Christmas Ale 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
Rogue Santa's Private Reserve

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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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Anderson Valley Winter Solstic... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Saint Arnold Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Abita Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Abita Christmas Ale

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

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

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Samuel Adams White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Samuel Adams White Christmas

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Magic Hat Feast of Fools is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Magic Hat Feast of Fools

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Alaskan Winter Ale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew 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
Breckenridge Christmas Ale

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Full Sail Wassail 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
Defiant Christmas Ale

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

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Sly Fox Christmas Ale is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Sly Fox Christmas Ale

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Golden Road Back Home Gingerbr... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Amy Boal added Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout

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Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Ridgeway Santa’s Butt Holiday Porter

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Snow Bou... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Left Hand Brewing Co. Snow Bound

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Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holi... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
Karl Strauss Two Tortugas Holiday Quadruple Ale

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De Struise Tsjeeses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Very Best Christmas Beers
De Struise Tsjeeses

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Redhook Winterhook Winter Ale 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
Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale

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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
Coors Winterfest