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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

821 Ratings
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Ratings: 821
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 27
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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KarlHungus

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4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is coriander, lemon, bitter orange peel, and tangy wheat. This is exactly what I want in the aroma of a witbier. The taste is a bit spicier than the aroma with a lot of coriander and a hint of cardamom. It also has a strong wheat presence, and some lemon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high refreshing carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this just might be the best witbier I have ever tasted. I will be drinking a lot of this while it is around.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:03:05 | More by KarlHungus
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Really great artwork on label in the GLB tradition.

Appearance - Pours out a hazy cloudy golden straw yellow color with a nice 2 finger airy white foam head that dissipates into a thin foam ring. Has a nice amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Smells of mostly orange citrus and yeast with a peppery spicy hint. Slight hints of hops in the aroma as well.

Taste - Like the smell, tastes of mostly orange citrus with a nice combination of coriander, pepper, and clove for a spicy bite. A great wheat undertone throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth and tasty with great balance making a highly drinkable brew.

Great overall beer that is very refreshing. It is perfect for summer but would be great at any time of the year. A very good example of a wit-bier. One of, if not my favorite all time beer!!! Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 01:00:54 | More by thegodfather1076
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Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one excellent beer, pours a goldish yellow hue with a white head. Smells of wheat malt, coriander, and yeasty spices. This stuff tastes just as good as it smells. Refreshing spiciness mixed with wheaty maltiness. I'd recommend this to anybody who has a chance to try it.

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4.7/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into an octagonal pint glass.

Appearance: It pours with a thin foamy white head that fades to thin covering of bubbles and leaves behined little to no lace. The body is cloudy with a cool pale yellow straw color.

Smell: Its aroma has an aromatic Belgian style yeast with a lemon and orange citrus scent. Also there some leafy hop notes and a heavy dose of spice.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a spicy character. There is smooth coriander and yeast with a mild peppery kick back full of mild leafy and herbal hops and chamomile flavors. Some mild citrus notes mingle in and out nicely. The finish is mildly herbal and bitter as it fades out on a slightly dry note. Its palate is smooth and creamy with a medium body and playful carbonation that tingles on the tongue.

Notes: This is one of the more complex witbiers that I have tried so far. It also had a nice calming effect on me that after a long day of work. (It must have been the chamomile.) Well done, I will need to get some more of this ale.

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Ohio

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle featuring Moses Cleaveland, the city's founding father, with a freshness date of 2/15/07. The color is a hazy, pale straw color. The is exceptionally creamy, stiff, and voluminous, forming a cap rising above the rim of the pint. It shows great retention, leaves plenty of fluffy lace.

The aroma is dry and floral, some rose and violets, corriander and spiced yeast. The flavor is reminiscent of traditional witbiers, with plenty of corriander and some pepper, lemon and orange peel, complex strains of grain, yeast, and a subtle flash of hops.

The mouth is light yet complex, very vibrant on the palate and carbonated. The dry, slightly bitter finish, following the spice and citrus, keeps dancing on the palate for a considerable time.

Drinkable? hell yeah, and this is by no means my favorite style. And it is flavorable and weighty enough to make you want to keep drinking it. As strong as any witbier you likely to pour into your head. Another great one from GLBC--I think I end all my reviews of their brews this way, but by Zeus' beard, it's true.

Serving type: bottle

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Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden and cloudy, with a wisp of white head.
Nose is a sweetly bread yeast spiciness.
Oh. My. God. This beer tastes freakin awesome. Very floral taste, sweet like wild honey, almost spearmint. Ends in a tannic bitterness probably coming from the chamomille that makes the first sip so delicious. Absolutely the best tasting wheat beer I've ever had.
Rich, yeasty mouthfeel with a nice, carbonated feel.
Very drinkable and jam packed with flavor. Highly recommend.

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07-10-2005 01:44:49 | More by nortmand
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Zorro

California

4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

Pours a cloudy pale gold colored beer with a thick long lasting white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a clear smell of coriander. Very floral aroma and slightly lemony. Citrus rind and powdery yeast aromas. Malt doesn't feature here except as a slight sweet aroma it simply hides and lets the spicy scent dominant.

Taste is mild and slightly sweet and bready with a big hit of spice and lemon flavor at the start. Coriander and vanilla seem to be the largest flavor here but the flavor doesn't stop there. Orange and lemon and faint black pepper too. Quite stout hop bitterness in the after taste for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a superior Witbier here. Tasty and full flavored this is a beer that a BA and you mother can like equally well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 21:34:06 | More by Zorro
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy Moses pours out very bubbly down the side with a storm of bubbling in the bottom of the glass at first. Once the level in the glass reached the pour point I moved the flow to the middle. Kind of minimized the head, and that's okay. Very thin head, within two minutes all that is left is a ring around the outside.

A mild yeast aroma. I can't tell if it's my allergies or because the beer is rather cold, but I didn't get much else.

The taste is a very nice blend of coriander and chamomile, the orange peel gets lost in the main flavor, but I pick it up in the aftertaste, the way your mouth kind of puckers if you eat a piece of orange rind and get that bitter, orange oil aftertaste. There is so much other stuff going on, it's easy to forget you're drinking a 'yeasty' style beer, until you get to that last swallow, that is. There is little if any hop element, the orange is too much to allow any of that. A superb beer tasting party selection.

This is to date the most surprising Belgian styled ale I've had, a wonderful mix of spices to create a unique beer within the class.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 11:37:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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chilidog

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy Moses!! Parts the waters to a good beer. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head thats fair on its lace. The aroma is great for this well balanced, moderatly carbonated wit. Your greeted on the nose by citric spice & the zest of lemon. The taste carries that bold citric zest with a touch of corriander and light wheat. The finish is slight bitter dry, leaving a refreshing mouthfeel. A very drinkable summer wit and another great offering from a Great Lake brewer!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 00:04:35 | More by chilidog
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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 821 ratings.