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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses

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very good

484 Reviews
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Reviews: 484
Hads: 935
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003

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Reviews: 484 | Hads: 935
Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a GLBC beer I am not surprised that this is a decent beer. It's not amazing but it is ok for a Belgian witbier. Orange zest, coriander and herbal flavors. Nice touch of Belgian yeast gives it an authentic feel to it. Pretty good for a summer beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma has orange peel, lemongrass, nice earthiness, peppery and pungnant spices, belgian phenols.

Flavorful yet refreshing, lots of wonderful spices, definetly get the chamomile and coriander, zesty citrus notes, very well done.

Excellent spring/summer beer, packs a lot of flavor yet refreshing and sessionable.

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Photo of atypicalmaverick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1st time trying from the variety pack. Did not catch the citrus taste as much as the coriander and chamomile but overall this is a very good beer. The label says best served at 48 degrees. I poured this at 52 degrees and this difference was of no significance to me.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I thought the pungent taste of coriander and cardamom were overwelming to the point of overpowering the beer.
It must be quiet a balancing act to get the spices right on this style because there are very few that are balanced.
Chuck an orange slice in and you'll be fine.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Holy Moses brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.4% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color, with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. Holy Moses has the look of most Witbier brews on the market. The smell is sweet with citrus ,some grains, and malts. Now for the taste, it is sweet with some spices and malts. There is also a nice citrus flavor in the taste. Holy Moses has a lot going on in it. The mouthfeel of Holy Moses is rich smooth and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Great Lakes Holy Moses a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's finely porous white head is two fingers thick with solid lacing, and a hazy light golden body.

Smells like bright grains long with the citrus spice mentioned on the label a la orange peel and chamomile.

I taste grains of a livelier variety, along with just the right amount of "zip" on the tongue from the elements described above

The mouthfeel of this beer is clean and light.

Overall, I'll give Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co. a 4.25. This came as part of the spring variety packs, and as far as I'm aware as of this review, this is the only way to acquire this choice brew besides going to the brewery itself. Pick this up in the sampler& part the waves of bland witbiers.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and malty, wheat and honey. Reminds me IG a Belgian with more of a mouth feel. Good head and hazy, lacking in scent and overall burst of flavor.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cloudy bright yellow brew. Finger and a half of head on the pour which stuck around. Moderate active carbonation. Sticky layers of lacing left behind.

Smell: floral notes and balanced spices warm up the front. Light citrus, butter, dough, and evolving floral aromas carry into the body. Some cinnamon and nutmeg round this one out.

Taste: the front is similar to the aroma, fresh floral flavors really dance on the palate with well rounded spices warming to the drinker. Fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit add a nice punch on the body. The spices take a darker turn on the back end with some herbal and black tea leaf flavors.

Mouthfeel: supremely drinkable which is always more impressive with the notable spice additions. Carbonation is right where it needs to be.

Overall: through and through a really solid beer. When spices are well done in a beer they add so much to the complexity and texture. This beer is a prime example. Great Lakes continues to deliver great beer.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice surprise. Poured nice and clear, big foamy head that didn't last. Citrus rushed my nose and the cold crisp smooth taste filled my mouth. sweet, not too bitter with a nice dry, crisp fresh ending. This may be a mainstay at the BrewPub!

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original Review: 02-26-2006

Served in a pint glass at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

This beer is a bit better on tap. More body than the bottled version and the coriander and cardamom was more pronounced. One of the better witbiers out there. Good in the bottle; great on tap.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice light straw golden with no clouding. Thin bright white head that disappears quickly. No lacing about halfway through.

S- Smells of coriander and a Belgian yeast

T- Pale dough like malts, hints of coriander. Belgian yeast

M- medium carbonation, light body, lingering finish

O- I enjoyed the wit, nice and clean. I really enjoyed that there was no spent yeast in this beer. Had a hard time finding the chamomile in the beer, though I'm not familiar with chamomile.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale hazy golden. Head is two fingers and white. Drops down to a slick and stays there. Minimal lacing.
S- Wheat, a touch of spice, and this odd lingering wet dog aroma.
T- Wheaty breadyness up front. There's a quick flash of spice in the middle, before a well-made balanced banana and spice finish.
M- On the fuller side for a wit. Crisp but not quite sharp carbonation.
O- A solid wit. The finish on this beer really makes it great.

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Photo of fields336
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color, light yellow. with 2 finger fluffy white head. leaves sticky lacing all over the sides

S: creaminess from the wheat, spices, coriander, citrus, orange peel, floral

T: sweet, bready, slight yeastiness, coriander, spicey, orange peel, lemon, slight tartness,

M: creamy full bodied from the wheat but not overly sweet. one of the best mouthfeels I've ever had

O: great beer, picked a case up on clearance for $20, even better deal

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-gold in color, hazy

Smell: Belgian spices--coriander and cardamom

Taste: Belgian spices--coriander and cardamom, orange, lemon, and a bit of creaminess

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A very good wit that quickly became my go to beer after hikes in a recent western trip. The creaminess does distinguish this one from others in the style. Very refreshing, I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of deebo
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try a different version of this style This brew looks and smells like a typical wit. Compared to some of my preferred versions of this style this one is a little too tart and heavy on the lemon and the finish is on the long side. A solid beer but not outstanding for my taste.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a glass stien.

enjoy before date of 9/23/12.

Appearance: straw yellow boided beer with a slight hazy to it. 2 fingers of white frothy head that drops quickly to a thin cap. very little spotty lace.

Smell: mildly spicy yeast, biscuits, bananas, conander, cloves, oranges, and lemons.

Taste: Fresh doughy biscuits, and bananas. Yeasty spiciness, wheat, black pepper, and a hint of clove. Oranges, lemons, and white grapes with grassy, floral, and earthy hop notes. Finishes with spice and mild banana notes.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with high end of moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean, bright, and refreshing beer.

Overall: Another really nice hot weather beer pick up the six if you see it. This beer is better and a light lager on any hot day when you just want a cold refreshing beer. Solid witbeer made by great lakes!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a pale yellow color, cloudy with a small white head and no lacing.

S- citrus hops, and coriander and lemon peel. Also a buiscuity yeast.

T- spices up front with notes of citrus and coriander, classic wit style. followed by a bready malt that balances it out well. Herbal and spicy notes, finishes with a slight linger.

M- medium carbonation, foamy and light bodied. Very drinkable.

O- this is a good summer seasonal choice. Refreshing and easy to drink, classic witbier with a malty backbone.

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Photo of srv33
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden pour, cloudy, light very fine lacing. paper thin head. Fragrant smells of chamomile, peach, pine, and a hint of something spicy, perhaps cardammon. Taste is light, fruity, and sweet. Not quite sure if this is really my thing, its very different from what I usually drink. It reminds me an awful lot of Trois Pistoles, and at such a lower price, might be called it's cheaper relative. Doesn't quite have the same depth, and is more lightly carbonated. Very drinkable, its well balanced, but in closing, not quite my thing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a one finger white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a very nice level of lacing.

Smell - The smell was of a yeasty and light biscuit aroma. Mixed with this were some hints of lemon and banana giving a more classic wit aroma.

Taste – The taste begins bready with a lighter citrus lemon flavor. As the taste advances a nice yeasty taste mixes with the bready and lemon flavor. Some orange then begins to enter the tongue and balances out the slight bitter of the lemon. In the end a citrus and yeasty flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average with the carbonation level slightly above average. For the citrus flavors the carbonation level is great and the body makes for it to be an easier drinking brew. Quite nice.

Overall – A good easy drinking brew and one to go for if you have the chance.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best-by date is 9/29/12.

Appearance: pale light-golden hue with a light haze that yields the look of a soft patina on metal. There's lots of effervescence present, and a thick finger of frothy white foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: very satisfying refreshing wheat aroma with hints of banana and clove. The coriander and other spicing is light but present; overall it's a nice composition.

Taste: wheaty flavor with a nice maltiness. Most of the flavors carry over from the aroma, though are a bit lighter in intensity. A nice witbier indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it a lot.

Overall: a very refreshing and drinkable witbier. I will definitely have this again when I can get a hold of it.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy golden color, white head

Smell - coriander, ginger, wheat, orange peel

Taste - wheat, orange peel, coriander, flavors come in a bit faint vs. Other witbiers

Mouthfeel -
Refreshing, light bodied, moderate carbonation, flavors don't linger long, I need to deduct for this fact

Overall - decent beer worth trying, though not as flavorful as some other wits out there

Price point - $1.75/single 12oz

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Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light haze on a banana yellow body. Fine white head with great retention and ok lace.

S - Nice banana lemon nose. Touch of green vegetable.

T - White bread, tart white grape, and banana up front. Smooth and sweet yeast and potato bread through the center. Apple and bread on the backend. Touch of a green pepper off-note as it warms.

M - Great mouthfeel. Bright medium-full body with great carbonation.

O - Full bodied for a wit. Nice flavor profile. An off-note floated in and out of the profile, but it wasn't terribly distracting.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 9/2/12. Pours a cloudy dark gold/yellow. Inch-thick white head on top. Lace left behind. Nose if a bounty of yeast, coriander, lemon, citrus. Great mouthfeel - good carbonation, smooth finish. Nice tart yeasty quality starts this one off, clean refreshing citrus - orange, lemon - and a mild earthy finish from the spices. This is a refreshing Wit that I would like to revisit again and again.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 9/23/2012. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Pale straw liquid that oddly glows a pale green-ish pear when held to a light. A small off white head of merengue sticks around for a while then recedes to a lasting soapy collar. Delicate lacing.

Coriander, orange peel, fresh wheat, and lemon zest in the nose. Faint floral notes as well.

Sweet, bright, and floral palate entry with citrus and spices along with the chamomile melding together in the flavor profile. Superb balance with light tartness from wheat, a merger of coriander and yeasty phenols, and secondary notes of lemon, orange, and chamomile. Bright yet soothing finish.

Creamy, effervescent, yet somewhat light mouth-feel.

The chamomile is subtle but adds interest to what is already a very good witbier. The yeast is not quite as strong as some Belgian examples, but I'm quite impressed and refreshed by this ale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome golden color with pleasant foaminess. Mouthfeel is rich and almost creamy. The classic Wit taste and feel. Slight aroma of citrus and nice nose of malt.

Overall, a very tasty and richly flavored Wit. Just a hint of orange and the spices are very light. Maybe one or two petals from a hop cone. The chamomile fortunately is so faint that you forget about it. One of the better examples of the style. I like the maltier flavor. It's a little more sweet with malt, which seems to go with the bubbles.

From the 12 oz bottle.

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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.