It’s the holidays, and it’s time of the year where everyone makes their lists of the top things of the year. So, let’s make our own! This is the list of the top ten hall rated beers, which have the word ‘holiday’ in their name.
The highest rated Holiday Beer currently in the Hall of Taps, is Stone Brewing Companies Stone Xocoveza For The Holidays & The New Year, coming in at a Hall Rating of 92.76. According to the Hall Rating, it’s the best holiday beer out there. It’s only one of two stouts that round out the top 10 holiday beers.
Here are the rest of the top 10:
2. Old Friend Holiday Ale 63.07
Dark enough to feel wintry, but light enough not to offend those who don’t think they like dark beer, the brew is a perfect peacekeeper for those family gatherings when the last thing you need is something else to argue about.
3. Shiner Holiday Cheer 62.92
We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.
4. Festivus Holiday Ale 60.54
Smooth, spicy (allspice, ginger & cinnamon), malty with an elegant finish thanks to caramelized wort and a bit of brown sugar, this beer is sure to make the holidays better. According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances,” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned.
5. Jingle Java Holiday Stout 56.14
6. Holiday Ale From To (Til Fra via Mikkeller) 52.00
A spiced porter with fine malt background and lovely hop aroma and flavor. The label is designed as a ‘From To’ card – fill in the names and put the bottle under the Christmas tree. The perfect gift for the lazy man/woman…! Ingredients : Water, malt (pale, smoked, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, dark cassonade, hops (amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (star anise, clove, cinnamon and coriander seeds) and yeast.
7. Special Holiday Ale 51.43
Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers
8. Red Nose Holiday Wassail 49.19
Great Basin’s Red-Nose Holiday Wassail has kept its base recipe each year – sweet, malt-forward with a biscuity finish – while the spices continue to change year after year. This year we’ve included honey, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orange peel, chamomile, woodruff, heather tips, elderflowers, maple, and vanilla. Each of the very limited (only 300) 22 oz. hand-filled bottles is personally signed by Great Basin’s Brewmaster & Owner Tom Young.
9. Hoppy Holidays 46.36
A rich, malty beer with an assertive but balanced hop character. Hints of chocolate and dark fruits greet you on the nose. Roasted malt undertones play over your tongue and finish with an earthy hop finish.
10.Holiday Ale 45.74
Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, a subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as “Christmas Beer,” tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde.
In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.