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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

824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
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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Photo of Brian700


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves behind some nice lacing. There is some yeast floating around in there because I wanted it there.

The aroma is of orange peel, coriander, citrus. Very refreshing.

The flavor is also of refreshing wheat malt and orange peel, coriander, yeast, and there is an amazing Chamomile finish. This is a great twist on a White beer. I want to try my hand at brewing one of these.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and great for the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 04:30:46 | More by Brian700
Photo of bluejacket74


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours from the bottle a slightly cloudy yellow/orange color. There's a small white carbonated head that disappears pretty quickly. It smells like citrus, bread and coriander. This beer has a lot of flavor, I can taste lemon, orange, wheat, coriander and another spicy flavor, with a small bitter aftertaste which lingers for a little while after taking a drink. It's easy drinking with a light, crisp mouthfeel. Another good beer from Great Lakes. This is definitely something I would drink more of, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 22:54:34 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of PartyHatjo


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that laces well.

Aroma: Floral aroma from the chamomile backs up the typical Belgian spicy yeastiness.

Taste: Very prominent chamomile, not one of your typical herbs/spices found in a wit, but I'm liking it. The yeast character isn't as prominent as I'd like it in the taste of a wit, very mild. Bitter/sweet balance is good (though not much of either, I'd prefer a bit sweeter wit).

Mouthfeel: A bit lacking in body for what I'm looking for in a wit. Nice tartness present, though.

Drinkability: Light body does make it an easy drinker. Nice crisp brew that I wouldn't mind having as a session brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 20:30:48 | More by PartyHatjo
Photo of schenked


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this fine beer at Armenetti's this weekend. The beer is very, very pretty. That golden, translucent quality you want in a Wit. You know a been looks nice when you find yourself staring at it. It had a nice aroma, hints of lemon. I was really happy with the taste. I detected more lemon, the coriander, almond was in there. There was a lingering pepper flavor on the palate, especially as the beer warm up, with a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel was soft, with a medium body.

I would definately drink this again, which is good since I have five left. I great example of a Wit. I need to spend more time with Great Lakes brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 19:26:42 | More by schenked
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange with a creamy white head that leaves a good bit of lacing. Very cloudy.

Spicy smelling, hints of orange. Some spicy wheat. Not really my kind of beer.

Pretty smooth. A nice earthy malt taste that I can't quite pinpoint. Some bitter tasting hops as well.

Pretty carbonated, but that could be the spiciness. Medium mouthfeel. Not bad.

This isn't exactly my kind of beer but its the best i've had in this style. I don't know, maybe I need to try some more of this style to really appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 04:23:41 | More by trep
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a two finger head that recedes to 1/4 inch surface skim that lingers and some lacing here and there. Is a cloudy pale yellow-gold with tight streams of tiny bubbles throughout.

Smell - some bready malt and yeasty spiciness.

Taste - similar to smell. doughy , bready malt with hints of coriander, the orange peel mentioned on the label and a spice taste that I don't recognize but suspect is the chamomile also mentioned on the label. This is fairly good but it doesn't really come together the way it should, it's sort of not balanced and the spices are fairly weak.

Mouthfeel - halfway between full and thin, mostly smooth, medium carbonation ( but much less than it would appear to have ).

Drinkability - goes down smooth, but is not as a flavorful as it could be. Would get something else for the next one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 21:34:36 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Bierguy5


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before June 28 06. Hazy yellow golden color, with a very thick white fluffy head. Great retention and lacing as the beer disappears. Flowery and zesty citrus aromas. Tart, while showing just a hint of that GLBC bready malt. Flowery and zesty. Pretty easy to drink and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation. Has a good amount of the spices that characterize the style. Overall another good brew from ZGLBC. Not my favorite style, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 16:03:41 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Crosling


3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yelllow in color. Dulled chamomile, coriander and orange peel in the aroma, with a lack of honey, which I have grown to expect in Belgian white beer. Fresh spicing and floral hop flavors, with a light hint of butter toffee and caramel. A pretty nice white beer overall, though nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:10:56 | More by Crosling
Photo of beakerboy


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Liquor Barn Brew Crew selection April '06 Wheat Beers

A: Pours with a small, but dense head. The head fell and left behind a repectable lacing. Cloudy amber color.

S: Strong flower notes from the chamomile, not overwhealming.

T: Good coriander spice, but it hangs around a little too long, becoming a quite tannany aftertaste. Good wheat flavor.

M: Good body.

D: All around it's OK. The only other Wit Bier I've had is Hoegarden and Blue Moon, two very different Belgian style wheats.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 00:09:29 | More by beakerboy
Photo of Zorro


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
Photo of ProfessorHops


2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- hazy gold.

Smell- bitter sharp.

Taste- fruity and very bright. Has an awfully big bight that doesn't let up.

Mouthfeel- thick and round.

Drinkability- hard to drink. Much to bright and bitter. The combination between this and the thickness of the brew makes it a task to get to the bottom.

A good full flavored brew. Defiantly a sipper not a quencher.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 07:36:27 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of cameraman


3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lite colored yelow, with a small white forming after the pour, that disappears quickly. The aroma has strong citrus scents and is accented by several spices. The taste of lite wheat and citrus dominate the flavor, then the twang of the spices ends on the palate. In the mouth, it is lite at the start and gains some weight to its consistancy as it is swallowed. The spices tend to demenish aby hop flavor, the wheat gives it that lite flavor that makes it easy to sit down and have several.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 15:32:55 | More by cameraman
Photo of budsboy


4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours murky yellow, topped with a healthy white head. Lots of bubbles float around a swirl of boney white cloudiness.

Bready, spicy smell, with a corriander and lemon zest aroma mix. Hints of other fruits lay deeper ... banana, maybe even raisen or plum. Very interesting.

Traditional wheat flavors come through a first, with spices chasing aggressively. Lemon and corriander on the finish. What's left is perhaps the most flavorful aftertaste known to man (at least this man). A citrusy zest with banana and a zap of alcohol. Ahhh.

Soft and fluffy mouthfeel with damn near perfect carbonation that keeps this not-so-light beer refreshing. How'd they do that?

I could drink this stuff all day long. One of those rare refreshing but not simple brews. It's also one of those "I can't believe I haven't reviewed that yet" beers. A staple at our home, my wife and I usually have a few six packs in the cellar, and it's name has been shortened to "Moses." It is available all year now, even at my house. Stop on by. It's that kind of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:43:39 | More by budsboy
Photo of beermanbrian


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with bone white head. Beer is clear which goes against the style. Heavy level of carbonation bubbles streaming to the top. Smell of yeast and light malts. Slight citrus orange peel smell. Spices come through in the taste, but the level of spicing is nicely done. Slightly bitter aftertaste but certainly not excessive or bad. Very crisp mouthfeel and finish to this one. A nice example of this style. Gets me in the mood for those warm summer days and a nice light bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 01:54:00 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of bashiba


3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice cloudy yellow with a thick white head.

Smell had a nice blend of citrus, wheat, and coriander going on.

Taste was dominated by the coriander and wheat flavors. Little else coming through, not the spiceness or citrusyness I would expect for this style, but still decent.

Moutfeel was light and crisp.

Drinkability was good, but I don't think its up to the high standards of the other Great Lakes I have had.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2006 02:34:55 | More by bashiba
Photo of maddamish


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this served to me in a pint glass at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.

This beer is a bit better on tap. It has more of a body than the bottled version and I did detect some sort of spiciness going on.

I may have to pick up a sixer of this again and see if I need to rereview this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2006 20:31:28 | More by maddamish
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy Moses pours from the 12oz brown bottle a hazy sunny yellow with a taut bubbly white head. Aromas of pale sun-dried grains along with a zesty coriander and citric conglomeration. Yeasty, mildly peppery phenols waft upwards along with a mild sour aroma. It comes off fresh and vibrant which is always good!

First sip brings a lemon zesty pale wheat that carries plenty of coriander flavor as well as citrusy tones. Mellow pepper and cloves mix in and the yeastiness makes itself known on the way down. Crisp and a bit dry, there's a great meeting of flavors here. Another nice brew from GLBC.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather light with a plentiful blast of co2. This would make a great summer time brew and I could see a sixer going down quite easily. A nice wit and one I'll look for again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:59:06 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking creamy, with big initial head. Cloudy orange. Lacey.Banana wheat aroma. Good slightly acidic and herb tea, subtle clove, corriander, ginger, with lemon with orangey aftertaste. Nicely carbonated.Thanks DavidR from Toldeo. Great Lakes has another winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 03:54:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy shade of corn yellow. Small white head.

The aroma is a bit citrusy and otherwise similar to other wheat beers I've tried. The aroma reminds me of blue moon and it has a few spices that remind me of the bells wheat series.

The taste is huge up front, and almost non-existent in the finish. Very odd palate arrangement. One second its bursting with flavor, but then just before I can label it, the flavor is gone and washed away. It has a mild sour over-ripe fruit taste at first which is washed away by a bubbly club soda kick and ends with a yeasty/bready aftertaste, or atleast a hint of one.

The mouthfeel is pleasant and the drinkability is decent. I do wish I had another one of these so I could experiment a little more. This is an interesting beer if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 03:39:33 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of Tallboy


2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

MY Beeradvocate.com buddy mpingjr brought this up for the weekend for me to try.

Appearance: It poured a pale straw-golden color, with a nice white sized head that forms and leaves a thick trail of lacing on the rim.

Scent: Wafting citrus type aroma reminded me of ...lemon and orange peels, and to many fresh spices herein to list lol.

Taste: Sweet with some tangy tasting citrus flavours, and abundant spices that blended realy well together.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth

Drinkability: Was way better than I expected. Will drink it again soon hopefully.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 20:05:41 | More by Tallboy
Photo of nlmartin


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy yellow coloration. The head was about a finger width and quickly desolved into a honey colored foam.

Smell: There is a big interplay between lemony citrus and spicy yeasty goodness.

Taste: Delivers as the smell promised on a citrusy beer with coriander. This beer is very balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is light to meduim bodied. The taste is very crisp and finishes dry. The beer is a very drinkable brew and I look forward to more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 13:27:17 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid witbier. One of the best offerings i've had yet from GLBC. Pours out to a light gold color with a haziness to it, and some notes of sediment lingering in the beer. Medium low level of carbonation, with some notes of lacing. Smell was very nice, yeast, floral hops, sweet citrus. Taste was mildy complex yet remained on the high end of the flavor scale. Light hops and spices blended with mild malt flavor and lemon elements to create an very refreshing experience. Mouthfeel was light, like a liquid beer cloud, if you will. A very good level of drinkability. I will be back to this in the summer months. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 04:59:53 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a pale straw-golden color, foamy white head forms and leaves a thick rim of lacing...bubbly and alive

smell: fresh and clean, crisp citrus aromas - lemon peel, orange...lots of spice - clove, coriander. fair smelling wit

taste: crisp and clean...citrus flavours are abundant...lemon peel, citrus, light grape...some nice spices in the background, very floral, coriander, spicy hops...nice tasting but lacking something

mouthfeel: crisp and clean, light bodied, typical to the style

drinkability: as expected, easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 02:57:29 | More by dirtylou
Photo of amicar


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a bit of wit haziness and nice fine white head. Smells nice and spicy orange with flowers in the background. A wonderful spice taste. The label says chamomile and I believe it. There's just layers and layers of different spices in there and I can't identify them all. They're playing the clove a bit in this one for effect, and I like it. Really amazing taste. Feels nice and crisp in the mouth. Going down easily, but can get a bit old after two.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 01:38:15 | More by amicar
Photo of MaltyGoodness


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a hazy straw color with a white head that fades.

A very delicious bready aroma with a rich yeast smell. A nice scent of corriander is also present. Quite appealing.

Nice fresh bready flavor with just the right amount of corriander. Finishes dry.

Medium body, which is about perfect for the style.

Nice and easy to drink wit. I went back for seconds and thirds on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 23:11:32 | More by MaltyGoodness
Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.