Raise a Glass: The Top Christmas Ales of 2022!

Christmas is here, and that means it's time to enjoy the best Christmas ales! Whether you're a connoisseur or just looking for something festive to sip on while you celebrate the holidays, there are plnty of great options out there. From spiced brown ales to Belgian-style blonde ales, we've rounded up the 13 best Christmas ales available in 2022.

First up is Anchor Christmas . This spiced brown ale has become a holiday tradition for many beer drinkers. It features a blend of fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors. The roasted malts create notes of caramel and chocolate, while the Chinook and Mt. Hood contribute a spicy quality for balance and a clean finish.

Next we have Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Belgian-Style Blonde Ale. This festive ale has an aroma of clove and banana, with notes of pear and honey on the palate. It has a light body with low bitterness, making it perfect for sipping during the holidays.

For those looking for something on the lighter side, Estrella Inedit Damm is an excellent choice. This light beer is brewed with wheat and barley malt, giving it a slightly sweet flavor without being overly heavy. It also has very low bitterness levels, making it great for those looking to cut back on calories over the holidays.

Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier is another great option if you're looking for something German-style this holiday season. This classic wheat beer features flavors of banana, cloves and spices that pair perfectly with seasonal meals like roast goose or potato pancakes (latkes).

The Toppling Goliath King Sue is another excellent choice if you prefer hoppy beers during the holidays. This double IPA has a tropical fruit aroma with notes of peach and mango on the palate. It's also bold enough to stand up to heartier holiday dishes like pork loin or beef brisket without feeling too heavy or overwhelming in flavor.

Sour beer fans should definitely check out Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale as well as New Belgium Tartastic Sour Lemon Ginger Ale this season! Both beers have refreshing tartness from natural ingredients like lemon and ginger that pairs perfectly with savory dishes like roasted vegetables or turkey sandwiches during your holiday feasts!

Finally, don't forget about Lagunitas DayTime IPA if you're looking for something low-carb this holiday season! This golden ale features citrusy hop notes that are balanced by light malts which make it incredibly sessionable (meaning it's easy to drink) while still having plenty of flavor!

No matter what type of beer you prefer this season, there's certainly something out there perfect for your festive celebrations! So grab your favorite bottle (or cans) of these delicious Christmas ales and cheers to happy holidays!

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Is Christmas Ale Different Every Year?

Yes, Anchor Christmas Ale is a different beer every year. Since 1975, the recipe has evolved over time and each new release is unique. This festive ale is a spiced brown ale that changes every year, featuring aromas and flavors that vary from year to year. The new beer each season includes a blend of ingredients that are inspired by the spices and flavors of the holiday season, creating an exciting experience for lovers.

What Flavors Can Be Found in a Christmas Ale?

Christmas Ale features a delicious combination of flavors to get you into the holiday spirit. It is brewed with fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger that all work together to create a unique and enjoyable taste. The honey provides a sweet base while the cinnamon adds just the right amount of spice. Finally, the ginger adds an extra layer of flavor that really helps to bring out the other ingredients. Combined, these flavors create a delightful blend of sweetness and spice that is perfect for any holiday gathering.

What Characteristics Define a Christmas Ale?

Christmas Ales are special beers made for Christmas and New Year celebrations and typically feature a higher content than most other beers. The flavor of these beers is usally quite distinct, with dark-flavored malts, spices, herbs and fruits used to create a unique taste experience. These beers often have a deep copper color and a rich malty flavor with hints of spice. Many brewers also add some form of fruit or herbal addition to the beer, such as orange peel, ginger or cinnamon. This gives Christmas Ales a distinctly festive character that makes them perfect for the holiday season.

What Is A Christmas Ale?

A Christmas Ale is a type of beer that is brewed with spices and malt to give it a unique flavor for the holiday season. The spicing typically consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and clove, alog with hints of orange or lemon peel. These spices are used to create a warm and comforting flavor profile that is perfect for wintertime. Christmas Ales often have a deep amber color and a medium-high alcohol content. They can range from malty and sweet to hoppy and depending on the brewer's preference. The end result is usually an aromatic beer with a pleasant balance of spice flavors.


Anchor Christmas Ale is a holiday classic that has evolved over time and become a must-have for many beer lovers during the festive season. This spiced brown ale has fresh honey, cinnamon, and ginger flavors that make it stand out from the crowd and its roasted malts create notes of caramel and chocolate, while Chinook and Mt. Hood hops provide a spicy balance for a clean finish. For those lookig to celebrate the holidays with something special this year, Anchor Christmas Ale is an excellent choice. Additionally, there are several other great beers to choose from such as Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Belgian-Style Blonde Ale, Estrella Inedit Damm, Lagunitas DayTime IPA, Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier, Toppling Goliath King Sue, and Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale. These beers will make any celebration memorable.

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Thomas Ashford

Thomas Ashford is a highly educated brewer with years of experience in the industry. He has a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry and a Master Degree in Brewing Science. He is also BJCP Certified Beer Judge. Tom has worked hard to become one of the most experienced brewers in the industry. He has experience monitoring brewhouse and cellaring operations, coordinating brewhouse projects, and optimizing brewery operations for maximum efficiency. He is also familiar mixology and an experienced sommelier. Tom is an expert organizer of beer festivals, wine tastings, and brewery tours.