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Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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835 Ratings
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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 28
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003)
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Photo of bashiba
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

bashiba, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of maddamish
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

maddamish, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

orbitalr0x, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

Sammy, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

jasonpeckins32, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%

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.

Tallboy, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

nlmartin, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

Frozensoul327, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.6/5  rDev -5%

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

dirtylou, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of amicar
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

amicar, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of veggiemafia
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a pilsener con los yeasties. Very clear best by date.

The only word I can use to describe the head on this one is moutainous. Big fluffy wit goodness.

Smell is a big part floral and citrus with a nice yeasty backing.

Taste is a little disappointing given how much I totally love this smell. Citrusy, and coriander, definitely, but mostly just the yeast. Kind of bland, but still really pleasant.

Crisp, smooth, fresh. Very good mouthfeel. Good beer for winter or summer, I think.

Good session beer, but not the best witbier. Could easily drink this with some good cheeses or some fall fruits.

veggiemafia, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of ToggleEyes
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

The lable on the bottle and its name drew me to this beer first. It pours out a golden orange color almost like a cloudy pilsner. Its an easy beer to drink; although I think I would rather have one on a hot summer afternoon, then a dreary November day. It has a floral / citrice aroma and a sweet nose and a bitter hoppy finish, good carbonation. It reminds me of Bell's Oberon. A good choice for some one who might just be getting into "better beer".

ToggleEyes, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured with the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. This beer sits a fully hazy, orangish gold color with a frothy white head. The aroma is quite spicy with notes of citrus, both orange & lemon, a bit of a hot spicy pepper like note and even a bit of ginger at the end. This is quite spicy overall, even for your typical Wit.

The taste is lightly sweet throughout, but is balanced by a spicy astringent note and a bit of acidity / tartness. The orange character is evident in the taste, perhaps even dominant, but it is not quite as evident as it is in the finish. The beer has a full compliment of spicy notes though; with notes of spicy pepper, even a bit of hot alcohol that is reminiscent of ginger and perhaps even a bit of chile-like heat thankfully it is missing that earthy, distracting note that is characteristic of your typical American coriander, which I don't think belongs in beer except in minute notes. This beer has a slightly fuller mouthfeel to it than some Wits, but it is still quite light and refreshing.

Gueuzedude, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of becktone
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%

Holy Moses pours to be a cloudy golden yellow color. It looks quite appetizing. I would describe the color as the color of a lemon. To be more specific I would have to say that the color is exacly the same color of Lemon squares. There is a small head that quickly diminishes to a thin white lacing around the edge of the glass. The beer has pretty good head retention concerning the lacing.

The beer smells average for the witbier style, the basic citrus smell is evident. In addition to the citrus aroma I can detect a hop like aroma as well as an aroma of spices.

The beer is a bit different than I expected. I expected this beer to have more of a citrus flavor and to therefore have a more potent taste than Blue Moon. The two beers, while under the same stylistic category, differ more in taste than I expected. This beer has more of a spiced taste than Blue Moon. One can also taste the hops more in this beer, overall I think that it is much more balanced than Blue Moon. It also has a crisp taste to it.

I like the mouthfeel of this beer. The level of carbonation in this beer is moderate and it has a full body. It is not heavy on the palate but is between light and heavy. I like this beer and think that I would definitely buy it again. This beer is easy to drink and I could drink it all night if i were in the mood for it.

becktone, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Another one thanks to Buckspin...I am becoming very envious of his ability to snag GLBC's brews whenver the mood strikes.
Love the artwork on this one....
Pours a pale straw yellow with less than a half finger of bright white head...disappears very rapidly with no apparent lacing.
Attractive aromas of spice, bananas, and roasted pecans.
The taste is great...slightly sweet with a generous spiced up flavor. Almond flavors like the cookies I enjoy after my chinese dinner...that is where the flavor take me as odd as that sounds.
Lemon zest in the finish with a subtle hop bitterness drying out my pallet after each swig.
Mouthfeel is decent and the carbonation is not overbearing...a nice interpretation of the style and one more solid offering from Great Lakes.

warriorsoul, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%

from the bottle. poured a cloudy yellow with a white head the left a small amount of lacing. aroma floral, citrus, wheat, ripe fruit. flavor, citrus on the (orange side), spicey, ripe fruits, wheat, pepper. not to bad of a beer. not to bad of a beer. glad I bought a six pack.

walleye, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

Thanks to battlekow for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a a small white cap and spotty lacing.
Smell is of wheat, coriander, orange peel, and pepper.
Taste is of canned corn with dry cardboard coming through.
Mouthfeel is dry with not a whole lot going on.
Drinkability...nothing special other than the label.

weeare138, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of beck4020
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Although I am not one for a Belgian ale, Great Lakes does a good job here of maintaining the Witbier tradition. Two main characteristics of this beer are immediately apparent. First, the excessive cloudiness of the ale leads one to think that the appearance is not the primary concern here. Indeed the positive qualities of ale are the smell and taste. With a medium head, this ale gives off a rather refreshing sent of orange and has a crisp, citrus taste.

beck4020, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Murky gold with nice lace. Smell is clean saltwater with some astringency. Lemonny citrus too. Malty taste with some standard Belgian-style floral essences. Wheatty for sure--would make a good liquid for pancake/waffle batter. Somewhat of a prickly mouthfeel up front. Quite cleansing--nice.

rousee, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of UDbeernut
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance: a light yellow color with a 1/4" head that reduces to lacing. A little bit of carbonation

Smell: nothing special to it, just hops and malt.

Taste: very good. The hops used have some zest to them and make this brew interesting yet refined

Very drinkable. Deffiantly a session beer.


UDbeernut, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of kdog630
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured a nice straw color with a good head. The head lasts until the end of the glass but didn't leave a lot of lace.

Smells of citrus but had a slightly bitter aftertaste that I really didn't care for.

Not a bad beer. I'd compare it to the Berghoff Solstice but not worth the couple $ more per six. Very refreshing after an afternoon of painting a house.

kdog630, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of burnstar
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a cloudy hazy yellow with a small white head. Smell is yeasty, sweet, and a little spicy and herbal. Taste is a bit sweet at first becoming tart with some herbal spicyness. Tastes a lot like it smells actually with a little less sweetness. Dry and well carbonated. Quite easy to drink and pleasant overall.

burnstar, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of Sixpoint
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%

Hazy straw bursting with rapidly disintegrating lily-white whispy head. Active carbonation present in pour.

Very clean smell, slight unmalted wheat detection and a hint of grainy softness.

Very clean, dry, and crisp taste. A summer quaffable. The delectable undetectable.

A thin to medium mouthfeel; light in body and straightforward and uncomplex.

A drinkable brew, if only to quench your thirst at the very least.

Sixpoint, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.98/5  rDev +5%

Picked up a single from Riley's. Only my second GLBC brew, has a lot to live up to their Edmund Fitzgerald.

Pours a pretty golden straw yellow with a multi-finger head and probably the best lacing I've seen. Smell is spicey with hints of citrus and olive oil, like a saison. Taste is fruity, spicey, and refreshing, again with floral, herbal, and olive notes. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but bubbly and crisp. This was a pretty tasty wit. Could use some beefing up, but overall another solid brew from GLBC. Kudos, boys.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 14, 2005
Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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