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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 29
Gots: 13 | 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:
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(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, May 21, 2011
Photo of Mdog
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow, thin head.

Smell: Yeasty, spices, clove.

Taste: Mild sweetness, good yeasty flavor, mild spices with some clove.

Drinkability: A nice witbier, now we just need some warmer weather.

This is a pretty good wit, plenty of flavor. Might be a little heavy for a longer session, but putting down 2 or 3 shouldn't be an issue. A nice option to have for the summer months.

Mdog, May 20, 2011
Photo of dtivp
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light straw yellow with a one finger bright white head, very nice retention and light lacing.

Aroma of wheat, spice and hints of citrus.

Taste of sweet fruits with wheat a touch of spice and orange peel.

Mouthfeel was smooth light bodied with moderate carbonation and a very nice crispness.

Overall a very refreshing and enjoyable Witbier.

dtivp, May 20, 2011
Photo of gatornation
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle BB 100811

A- poured a hazes golden yellow color with a small white head and limited lacing it left a fresh looking white collar thru-out

S- was citrus peel ,coriander,clove,wheat and fruit

T- was very good .. floral and fruity upfront.with wheat then spices of clove and coriander come in ,bananas and bubblegum ,bananas and apples

M- was medium carbonation with lots of spices,very refreshing

O- a great witbier with alot of spice ,very drinkable

gatornation, May 14, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellowish tan, cloudy. White creamy 1 inch head. Plenty of lacing.

Smell - Floral yeast, corriander, some banana, orange, wheat and some pepperish spices.

Taste - Very wheaty and floral, plenty of corriander and banana. Smooth and light, lemon also shows up with the yeasts and spices. Lots of orange adds more fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - Really light and refreshing. Some wheat boldness mixed with fruit sweetness makes this smooth and light on mouth. Aftertaste is very quickly gone. You could taste anything after this beer.

Overall - This beer is what summertime is all about, only problem is its released to early and done too soon. This needs to come out june-ish and finish up in august, so you could drink this at bbq's, at the beach and at summer gatherings. This beer crushes blue moon with it smoothness and fruity flavors. Very nice witbier that anyone can enjoy.

wvsabbath, May 14, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very palatable take on a witbier with a nice soft touch of chamomile in the finish.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Black design with white lettering and an image Moses Cleveland opening the waters to the city. Side narrative notes main characteristics, inspiration, and main ingredients. Neck label notes environmental practices regarding spent grains. Notes freshness date (10/03/11), and Alc. by Vol. (5.4%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy straw to pale gold pour, rich frothy head with persistent retention, good surface memory, and lacing.

S - Sweet wheat, faint banana, coriander and citrus.

T - Nice wheaty sense, expected notes of clove, soft banana, coriander, orange peel, and a nice floral chamomile touch in the finish, soft but present and quite nice.

M - Light/medium body with soft-medium carbonation, smooth and creamy as it freshly finishes.

O - This drinks very well for a US wittier, nice range and fresh sense to the flow.

Notes: Again pleasantly surprised by one of the most unassuming Great Lakes brews. Another quality offering worth keeping in mind for a fresh and quaffable wheat drink.

Daniellobo, May 12, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into my Summit Scandia chalice. Enjoy be October 8, 2011.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw-gold with nice stark white head and light lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and orange mostly. Some wheat and spicy characteristics (clove, coriander, pepper).

Taste: Strong banana and wheat upfront, but then turns drier, spicier and more complex, with coriander, clove, pepper, hops and a nice orange peel snap. Maybe slightly flowery (from the chamomile?).

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: This is a great Witbier. Summit Scandia was my favorite Wit (RIP, but I have the nice glass as a memento), but this is probably now the next best thing. My only gripe (and it is a minor one), is that it could be a tad drier.

bsp77, May 11, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a stemless Tulip shaped wine glass

A - Beer poured with a cloudy golden colored body; good amount of carbonation formed from the bottom of the glass; frothy, 2 finger head formed and held very well; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Sour; spice scents of coriander and some orange peel; lemon; flowers; grainy with some subtle hints of corn; wheat

T - Tastes of nice floral notes compliment the deep malt flavor; light grainy and corn taste washes over the middle of the tongue; spices like coriander and lemon brush up with the front of the tongue and wash away rather quickly; wheat

M - Moderate level of viscous consistency from start to finish; slightly effervescent

D - Another quality brew from Great Lakes; probably the best Witbier I've had

ferrari29, May 09, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a very white thin head. Very light aromas of cream, lemon, orange and spice. The taste is still fairly light, but more robust than the aromas. More lemon and orange, not much spice, and a nice creaminess. Not quite as effervescent or crisp as some Wits, but some nice subtle creamsicle notes going on here. Nice summer beer.

Georgiabeer, May 08, 2011
Photo of sitarist
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color. It is slightly hazy. A fingers worth of white head falls rather fast to a cap. It leaves some spots of lacing.

Aromas of coriander, fried eggs, orange, fresh baked bread, and sulfur. Its flavor falls in line with the aroma. I taste a lot of spice, and bread like flavors. It has a dry, spicy finish.

A great beer to enjoy after mowing the lawn!

sitarist, May 06, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a yellowish cloudy body with a thick whitehead that has good retention, lacing and carbonation. The smell consists of some spices, orange peel, yeast, and bread. I could picture myself enjoying this with some orange, or lemon flavored bread or muffins. The taste starts out with a biscuit like taste that quickly follows with some citrus, and orange peel. After that the spices and coriander takes over and finishes off with a nice bread taste. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and has some bite to it thanks to the spices. Holy Moses, this has got to be perhaps the best witbier I have tried and the taste is much more balanced than some other ones that either had too much spiciness or too much citrus in it. I'll gladly be drinking this one many more times in the upcoming months.

DannyDan, May 05, 2011
Photo of brown2cu
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Truly a "white ale"; I have never seen a beer pour quite so pale, very hazy though. Pretty good head retention on this too also a lot of lacing. I am really not used to this appearance from this style but it is a nice change.

S: A lot of coriander in the nose. The wheat is also detectable it lends a spicy almost meaty quality to the nose. I don't notice any of the orange peel in the nose, there is, however, an almost plastic quality in the nose that I do not necessarily care for.

T: It's got a lot of flavor surprisingly. I actually really enjoy drinking this compared to other examples of this style. The flavor is strange I have never had something that quite tastes like this, but it is definitely something pleasant.

M: Fizzy but pleasant; a lot of character for a summer bear. The only thing that I find complaint with is that it is not a quencher like some other summer styles.

O: Good, another fantastic style from great lakes.

brown2cu, May 02, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottles into a pint glass

A: This is a straw yellow beer with just a slight bit of haze to it. There is a foamy white head of maybe one finger which disappears fairly quickly with little lacing to a ring of white around the edge. It looks like there is very little carbonation.

S: The smell is fragrant and spicy. There is a wheat backbone and notes of orange peel and coriander.

T: The taste is crisp and warm. This tastes like a pilsner with more spices. It begins with a light lemony zest followed by chamomile, sweet orange peel and wheat. The finish is dry and mild.

M: The mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is mild but enough to give a little sensation on the tongue. Very drinkable.

O: A zesty, drinkable summer beer.

WankelEngine, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw muted yellow, mild cloudy/bubbly body, trace head, random lacing

S: wheat, coriander, chamomile, slight lemon zest

T: sweet orange/lemon front, firm earthy wheat, lingering mild dry bitter finish

M: med/light body, light tongue prick

O: Great Lakes has done well here. Nice newbie, sessional and Summer beer here. I could drink this all day.


BeerLover99, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso in DC.

A one finger almost rock white head but more foamy with pinsized uniform bubbles. A cloudy but not totally opaque body gold dark lemon body with that glowing orb character to it. Some visible carbonation from the bottom and some lacing while drinking. Real good looking here.

Woah what is that smell. Holy movie theatre butter popcorn it's a friggin diacetyl bomb! Rich and buttery, lemon slightly, but also very veggie smelling. Slight hint of baked sweet bread.

Once again taken over with thick rich movie theatre style butter. Some malt and sugar rich bakers white bread and dense. Cooked butter veggies in taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good though. Butter smell just dominates everything though.

Too bad this thing was loaded with diacetyl it just overpowered everything. It even had a veggie character to it which reminded me of melted butter on top of cooked veggies, such as brussel sprouts. In a way I don't mind it, but something is off here.

smakawhat, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into a nonic glass at Great Lakes Brewpub.

A-Hazy straw yellow color, not as hazy as some other witbiers I have had, almost translucent. One finger and a half of sudsy, bubbly white head that left good lacing.

S- The orange wedge on the glass kind of obstructed the aroma, I mostly picked up orange peel and some coriander.

T- Orange peel, yeast, bubblegum, some spice, and mild hop presence.

M- Dry, crisp, refreshing, and a great beer for summer in Cleveland.

O- A refreshing witbier that tastes pretty traditional and is a fantastic spring/summer brew.

Hoptometrist, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a pint glass it has a nice hazy orange color with a little white head that lays down to a nice thin lace around the top. The aroma is nice and inviting with some spices and coriander. The taste is nice a crisp, i taste some clove and banana. Goes down nice and smooth with not flavors that linger. Very nice mouth feel and is overall a good beer.

chefhatt, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice hazy yellow w/ nice white fluffy head and decent lacing. Smells like yeast, coriander and other faint spices.. great scents! The taste is clean, but faint; slight citrus notes. Finishes somewhat dry, I wish the flavors would linger. Nonetheless, absolutle nothing offensive. Mouthfeel is carbonated, and definitely more on the "thin" side. Pretty easy to put this one back; refreshing. Solid brew for the spring time.

This has always been a goodie from Great Lakes. Yes, they have better offerings.. but if you're into witbiers, it's a must.

BB1313, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours hazy amber color with a small white head that recedes quickly. Aromas of spices, floral, and citrus. Taste of nice herbal spices and citrus. Light to medium carbonation with medium body. Citrus and herbal flavors linger on the finish. This is a very good Witbier!

superspak, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on a trip to OH. 12oz bottle best before 11/17/10...

A: A nice light golden honey yellow with a tall 1+ inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some coriander spices upfront with some pineapple citrus in the middle. Some breadiness hidden in the back. Decent.

T: I get some hidden citrus upfront with some spices upfront. Some breadiness in the middle and some faint watery banana. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A thick finish. Good.

D: Goes down veyr easy.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but good to try once if you like lighter, less intense beers. Not overwhelming flavor, but decent flavors kicking around. Try once if you like the style.

steve8robin, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of aranheaney
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle labeled best by 11-2-10 into a Guinness pint glass

A-really transluscent, nice, two fingers of head with lacing that holds up and hangs on, classic opaque Witte

S-great citrusy, clove, coriander and some malt

T-follows the nose, clean and consistent

M-good, very nice aftertaste

D-high, I was a bit put off by the date and the fact that it's November, but if I could find this throughout the summer, I'd try to always have it around....

aranheaney, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of ryantaussig
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden straw color. Quite standard for a wit. One finger head is relatively sturdy.

S: Boy do I love the smell of witbiers. Spicy with notes of coriander and citrus taking over the nose. Yeasty notes also quite strong. Slight hops in the background.

T: Not at all struck, thank goodness. Slight spice, not nearly as much as a Hoegaarden if you'd like a comparison. Citrus and coriander are present at the start. Yeast takes over from there and rides out to the finish. Hops are hard to detect, perhaps they've mellowed a bit. Finish has a not-so-great bitterness to it.

M: Less than stellar. Carbonation is a bit low for the style leaving the body rather thin. Finish is fine except for a slight bitterness I don't expect from the style. I'm used to a dry to medium sweet and spicy finish.

ryantaussig, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really psyched to get my grubby MA hands on this one, a gift from my mid west connection. Poured into a goblet, pours an opaque, cloudy orange wiht a nice fluffy head. Smells of bananna, clove and bubblegum going on. Nice sweet taste with a mild hop profile, real nice balance. Definitely another great beer from one of my favorite breweries, if I could get my hands on it it would be in the fridge all summer.

mirish72, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an ovesized becker.

Pours a hazy, clouded orange colored brew with a creamy white head that is about 1 finger thick, leaving minimal lacing and a thin, wispy layer.

Smells of wheat, grains and citrus.

Tastes of wheat, spices, bitter orange and citrus. Also some cloves as well as some peppery flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium light with ample carbonation.

This would be a great summertime brew - as expected. Highly drinkable, which is no suprise. Overall definitely worthy of a case if you're looking for the style.

ujsplace, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single 12ozer poured in a standard pint glass, best by 11/02/10.

A moderate pour yields a half inch of white foam that settles to a single layer. Brew is hazy yellow and fairly carbonated, ton of bubbles on the glass, but it settles down after a few minutes. Smell has a light sweetness, yeast, citrus, spice. Taste as a good bite of cinnamon/ clove and mixed hop, fairly light sweet body. Feel is a bit thin. Finishes with lingering stale cinnamon and a bit of citrus rind.

BeerNinja007, Oct 07, 2010
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