Atwater Brewery has announced a new Christmas ale based around a classic German treat.

Coming in at 6.5 percent ABV and 28 IBUs, Lebkuchen Christmas Ale is brewed with Maris Otter pale malt alone with a “light spicing of ginger and almond”.

The beer’s name and profile are centered around “der Lebkuchen,” a German cookie that is served at Christmas time. The treat is believed to have been invented in the 13th century by monks in Franconia, Germany, but the roots of the treat go back even further.

Atwater Lebkuchen Christmas Ale

“Legend has it that the Lebkuchen honey cake traces back to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and was a gift of the deities that had magical and healing powers,” said Mark Rieth, Atwater owner, in a press release. “We’re not saying our beer is magical or has healing powers but we know that it’s unique and refreshing and will add a lot of spirit to any holiday festivities.”

Lebkuchen Christmas Ale was released on tap at the Detroit, Mich.-based brewery on Nov. 1 and will be distributed across 23 states in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

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