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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses

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804 Ratings
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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Photo of DavoleBomb


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.5 A: Well hazed bright yellow color, whatever that means. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is very good and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Smells great. Perfect yeastmanship going on here. Peppery with corriander. Orange peel and just a hint of chamomile. Incredibly clean with a pleasant neutral maltiness. Well done.

4.0 T: Tastes just as good. Super clean without a hint of any off flavors. Corriander, peppery, orange peel, chamomile, and neutral maltiness. Delicious.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Wonderfully creamy. Very nice here.

4.0 D: Tasty clean beer. It's hard to make a "normal" witbier stick out, but this does. Great craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:18:01 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bought a single of the 2012 batch

A- Pours hazy grey yellow with a half finger of quickly dissipating head. Not a beauty but its a Witbier unquestionably.

S- Smells very yeasty and a lot of wheat in here. A spicy fruitness. Pretty decent stuff.

T- A light bitterness up front and a Belgian yeast taste. A lot of spicy wheat in here. A light fruitiness in here. Not a strong taste but fairly pleasant.

M- A smooth body and good carbonation, leaves behind a pleasant aftertaste. A good light feel but still pretty tasty.

O- A good witbier but nothing special to be honest. A little disappointing from Great Lakes but I only bought one so I cant complain.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:08:11 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of pschul4


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Last beer (maybe) before DLD 2012 so hopefully its a good one!

A- Nice crisp gold, with a fluffy white head that exibits decent retention.

S- Incredibly faint on the nose. Unfortunately I'm not picking up anything at all

T- Don't mind the nose, the taste makes up for it. Tons of wheat/banana/clove flavor in the mouth which is just downright tasty!

M- Pretty smooth for the style, I like it

O- This one did not disappoint in the least. Way to go Great Lakes!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:16:27 | More by pschul4
Photo of dorianmarley


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy yellow with some head and bubbly lacing.

Nose is plenty of wheat, with not much else.

Taste is light malt, wheat, and oak.

Mouthfeel is mild with mild carbonation.

Overall, there is not a lot going on. It is on-point for style, but lacking memorable texture or flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 14:39:14 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of ONUMello


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: Light yellow with a 1/2 finger head and plenty of carbonation
S: Tons of spice, particularly coriander and clove. Orange peel and bread dough round it out.
T: Spicy up front like the nose, coriander and cloves. Then an orange midpalate with yeast/bread towards the back.
M: A bit thinner than I remember from previous years. Light and crisp.
O: This and Oberon always mean summer is right around the corner. Overall a well-seasoned light easy to drink beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 19:29:42 | More by ONUMello
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes last summer.

Pours a white head. Color is a clear dull golden yellow.

Aroma: Very Belgian like. A lot of spices. Cloves, coriander, orange peel, and lemon zest. Bready and yeasty.

Taste: A lot similar to the nose. Belgian-like with a lot of spices. Fairly fruity as well. Orange and lemon citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Light bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, a nice easy drinking wit. Decent amount of flavor. Good beer for the hot days.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:03:21 | More by mothman
Photo of raznug


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a hazy pale golden color and is topped with ¾” of white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer of tiny bubbles.
Smell: This beer smells just like I would expect, spices. Coriander, orange peel, and maybe a flowery scent that I can’t place blast that sinuses right off the bat.
Taste: The taste follows the smells lead and this tastes just like a white ale should orange peel and coriander blend with that yeast flavor that sets a white ale separate from other ales.
Mouthfeel: This is a beer that I prefer to be a bit thinner than normal and it doesn’t disappoint my thinking easy drinking and rather smooth a very well made white.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 15:34:58 | More by raznug
Photo of siege06nd


4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a British Pint.

A. Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color. A nice finger of white head that dissipates to a quarter finger and lingers. Good lacing.

S. Very good. Banana, clove, some candied yeast. Sweet and bready. For style, this is excellent.

T. More banana bread, some light creamy orange peel, a slight peppery finish. Not overly complex, but good.

M. Finish is a touch thin. Crisp and refreshing, but lacks some complexity.

O. A solid wit. Perfect for a summer session. I'd take this over Oberon, and just about any others of this style save Dancing Man Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 19:12:41 | More by siege06nd
Photo of thain709


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a semi-hazy, golden yellow body that showed some carbonation bubbles...the white, two finger head quickly receded to a thin cap...there was minimal lacing left

S - The nose was a bit musty...some bright lemon broke through as well as a melody of Belgian spices

T - Those Belgian spices kick things off on the palate...right up front is some coriander followed by some clove...the wheat and yeast are present in the middle and they add some body as well as some chewiness...citrus flavors (mainly lemon) roll in towards the finish...but the beer finishes with some soft, sweet honey

M - Light bodied...soft carbonation, bright citrus, slight spice, and sweet honey

O - This one started out just average, but things picked up at first sip...everything worked together here and you were left with a refreshing taste

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 15:40:59 | More by thain709
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy light yellow

S: Nice corriander up front and a hint of orange citrus to finish off.

T: Nice cirrander spice up front, almost a little bitter. Good sweetness and orange peal citrus to finish off.

M: Light body beer with good carbonation and balance. Very smooth.

O: I like this one. This is one of my more favorite summer beers on the boat or when I finish mowing the law. Nice and smooth and always refreshing. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 22:20:35 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of thegodfather1076


4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
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
Photo of BBP

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours white gold with slight amounts of sediment. Vigorous carbonation kept a steady head for the duration of the drink. Slight lacing as well.

The aroma is led entirely by spices on a foundation of wheat sweetness.

The taste is light and flavorful at the same time. The beginning is full of wheat and a hint of biscuit malt. The spices are light in the beginning, but show through in the aftertaste and stack up after a bit of drinking.

The body is medium full with slightly over-aggressive carbonation which enhances the fullness a bit.

Overall, it was a leaning to the side of spiciness which is not really my cup of tea. I thought it was good and refreshing, but I don't expect to pick it up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 19:50:28 | More by BBP
Photo of WoodBrew


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Holy Moses Witbier is quite tasty!!! the appearance is a cloudy yellow beer with good carbonation that forms a nice frothy head that dissipates and laces throughout the draw. The smell includes spice, clove, and hints of citrus. The taste starts with clove, then lemon citrus, then finishes with a punch of spice which comes of the pallet clean. The mouthfeel is very good, at 5.4% it makes a decent session ale especially on a warmer day. Stay thirsty my friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:54:55 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of McNealc31


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy transparent gold with a fluffy white head. Smells of fresh citrus and coriander that carries through to the flavor. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, and not the least bit watery. The coriander and hops add a necessary spicy kick at the end. It becomes more herbaceous over time, but not quite to saison status.

A style that isn't a favorite of mine, but this one is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:04:57 | More by McNealc31
Photo of NeutroMan


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color with a solid white head. Rather bubbly. Spicy and citrusy in the nose; some coriander and orange peel. Has a flavor of breaded malts, yeast, and wheat. Citrus less apparent than in the aroma. Slight hint of chamomile. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with the right amount of carbonation. A very well-done wit.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 21:18:10 | More by NeutroMan
Photo of tjacobs610


2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw yellow color, with a white and foamy one finger thick head. It has a fairly good amount of retention as well. The lacing is quite thick as well

Smell: Has a light spice smell, also hints of citrus maybe orange. Has a great hoppy smell too

Taste: A very sweet wheat flavor that has hints of citrus as well. The taste is very similar to aroma in this case

Mouthfeel: Has a very frothy feel, with medium carbonation. Has a very nice crisp feel to it as well

Overall: Not much here to this beer, has a good feel and color but other than that it leaves a lot to be desired

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:41:40 | More by tjacobs610
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi cloudy pale straw yellow in color, enormous fluffy clouds for a head that settles down into a standard froth, leaves behind some decent lacing patterns as well, pretty!
Smell is really quite heavy on the yeast factor. And I do indeed smell a medium strong amount of chamomile tea and orange peel...the coriander...not so much....taste follows the nose pretty accurately, only with stronger wheaty biscuit malt presence. The finish shows up with a new element: lemons.
Light bodied, a very summery beer, refreshing! The chamomile scent is quite interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 20:30:50 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Hazy, but clearer than typical for the style. Bright gold colour with a nice head that recedes fairly quickly but never completely dissipates. Lots of carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell - Not particulalry aromatic, but pleasant with sweet wheat malt, coriander, yeast and a little orange.

Taste - Corainder, chamomile, and bread with a nice spike of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:39:03 | More by
Photo of falloutsnow


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour two-thirds of beer, swirl bottle, pour remaining into glass. Yields dense 3cm head, meringue-like, white in color, recedes over a few minutes. This recession leaves sizable continents of lacing all over the glass, which are broken down and renewed with each sip. Body is semi-cloudy, semi-transparent golden straw yellow in color. Carbonation is visible, looking a little sluggish (perhaps due to cloudiness I'm not seeing it all).

Scent opens with yeast and coriander, also revealing a faint hint of orange rind and wheat malt sweetness. Good, but could be a little more aggressive in the nose, I think.

Taste begins with floral and herbal (chamomile and oregano) flavors. This progresses to coriander, citrus rind, and wheat malt. Aftertaste is of lingering floral hoppiness, residual wheat malt sweetness and a little yeastiness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is fairly medium, even medium-heavy, but carbonation levels are a bit sluggish for this, leaving things a bit tired. Finish is quite dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:50:04 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale straw yellow with three fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with little lacing.

S: Light spices up front like coriander and cloves. Sweet biscuit aromas follow along with just a hint of orange citrus.

T: Similar to the aroma, lightly spiced notes come up first followed by a sweet and slightly bitter biscuity flavors. Again, just a touch of citrus.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and crisply refreshing.

O: A pretty decent witbier. Light and refreshing, though not terribly complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:14:16 | More by n2185
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours bright gold in color, not my favorite thing to see, but it sounded good and I think I will survive. Very little head that quickly fades, leaving just the lacing along the glass, very carbonated.

Smells of chamomile, citrus, coriander, bleached flour, and cut grass.

First taste reminds me of a lemon cake! Mix of flavors do complement one another. Lemon zest and chamomile are strongest. Reminds me of a lawnmower style beer.

Mouth-feel is thin,beer is refreshing, leaves little other than lemon peel behind on the tongue. AN easy to drink wheat beer, this would make an decent drink for a hot summer day outdoors.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 15:32:36 | More by LadyOfMuchBeer
Photo of lurpy1


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle over a taco (yes, tacos) dinner

Pours a thin, light, Corona-y yellow, but with a nice 1-finger head that retains for a while.

The smell is spicy, perhaps cinnamon, nutmeg...cumin??? Man, I hope I did not backwash tacos into it!

Good stuff - very good stuff, going on in terms of taste. A light hop and malt profile and some citrus, par for a white. But Holy Moses crosses you up with chamomile, lavender?. Almost like a teabag was dunked in the beer.

Excellent summer beer and a good take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 13:09:37 | More by lurpy1
Photo of Bucknutty24


3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Pours a light cloudy yellow with a thick white head.

Smells of spice,wheat and citrus

Chamomile and wheat hit the most in the taste with a small citrus on the backend.

A really light summer time brew.

Overall this was pretty good. I will be drinking this again next summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 16:50:58 | More by Bucknutty24
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory 44 restaurant in Minneapolis, MN.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a creamy foamy white head that recedes to a nice frothy cap.

Smell: Citrus, yeast and hops all blend together for a good witbier aroma.

Taste: Coriander and citrus are well pronounced, along with sweet wheat flavor. The yeast is subtle, but adds a nice spicy clove flavor and some sweet banana and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-Medium body and good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: A good summer brew, and tasted very fresh on tap. Would definitely drink this one again when offered on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2011 04:56:42 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Chili's in Williamsville, NY. The new bar manager chatted me up at our table - he's a craft beer nut as well, and worked hard to make rooms for four new craft brew taps - good on him! Happy to show my support with a pint. The waiter erroneously called this a pale ale so my first sip was confusing, until my wife remembered this was a Wit.

Hazy golden, decent head on this, thin ring and lacing.

Nose was quite nice: pear, apple, lemon, wheat malt, mild funkiness.

A solid, easy-drinking Wit with flavor notes that reminded me of a tripel. Apple, lemon, wheat malt, yeast, spices, coriander. Thin bodied, mild carbonation. Great way to beat the heat.

A nice, unexpected find on tap, and an enjoyable brew for first Great Lakes offering!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 23:33:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
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