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

i'm biased: wit isn't my style. all the same, holy moses was tastey. glad i tried it, won't be having any more

arrived at the bar an opaque pale straw color with a half thumb of head that diminished into a misty collar, but left real nice lacing down the glass
nice yeasty aroma with the citrus promised by the menu (though i never found it on my tastebuds). the menu also promised coriander (good thing...what's a whit w/out coriander?), which i did come across—good zing from it—and chamomile. i have no idea what that tastes like, so i can't comment

every sip dragged on with some lingering bitterness, and the beer was sweeter than most wits, with a slightly larger mouthfeel

bruachan, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a very cloudy amber/yellow beer with an slightly off white head. There is also a visual appreance of yeast sediment. The head also sticks around and laces down the glass. There is a strong aroma of floral hops, grass, cleanser, rose, and peanut butter. The taste is a hit of strong floral hops, which over powers the malt. it is also slightly holiday spicy. The mouth feel and drinkabilty of this are sumed up in the same phrase, "easy and smooth". Very refreshing beer.

quasimoto, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a boring and surprisingly mediocre beer from Great Lakes. It smelled and tasted like overripe fruit and had no standout qualities what-so-ever. As a beer it’s not too bad but as a Wit one of the worst examples that I have tasted. I’m going to stay away from it and hope that Great Lakes will stop making it. They’re one of my favorite breweries and it saddens me to know that they make a beer this average.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A white drift of dense snowy head caps the hazy grapefruit juice / that poured clear straw until I swirled in the yeast into the 4-5 fingered head and watched it cloud the bottom half of the 0.5 L Rastal Paulaner WeiBbier glass. Rings of heavy lace that drupe icycles of lace to the surface cap of foam with a pillow the size of a marshmallow from the slowly consolidating topping.

5.4% ABV. Brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt, raw wheat and oats, orange peel, coriander seed, and chamomile flowers. Perfect blend of spices.

Much of the inital show leaves a medium carbonation. Aroma is very fragrant blend of coriander, orange peel and faint chamomile.

Mouthfeel is tart with a medium-light body and smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of coriander, orange peel, and chamomile follow the nose and blend with wheat and pale malts. Finishes dry and slightly bitter with some spicey tangs.

One more great one from GLBC!

karst, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a hazy lemony orange color with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly.

S- The sweet perfume smell of oranges and chamomile and roses are very fragrant.

T- The taste is not as sweet as the smell. A very dry tartness with a light hop finish makes this beer interesting. A light wheat softness helps this beer and a very faint pickle spice in the hops at the finish but it may be more of an earthiness as it warms.

M-This has a medium full mouthfeel that has a nice smoothness to it. There is a bit of fizziness due to the high carbonation.

D-This beer has a wonderful smell that is very different from the taste. It would be nice if more of the smell qualities were in the taste aswell. Good wit but could use some tuning.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of crzyd12
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For starters this beer, like most beers from GLB has a cool name. A beer is always more interesting to me if it has a cool name and story to go with. Shows the brewer thinks about the details. As for the beer I like it. the apperance is that of a good belgian white. I was able to pour a good head without any trouble and I noticed that I missed some of the yeast in the bottle. The smell is nice and even, but to be honest my sense of smell is still in training so I couldn't pick out any details. The taste is smooth but a little crisp, probably from the citrus. The wheat is present but not in the boldest of ways. The beer certainly does go down easy, I had no trouble finishing one and I felt like I could have another.

crzyd12, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

White-ish apricot color with a full creamy slightly off-white head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. flowery perfumey chamomile aroma. Chamomile flower pedals ... all flower; little spice and not very fruity for a Wit. Light-medium bodied with a light creaminess but kinda flat considering carbonation.

An interesting variation but a bit too far from the style...

Label states: "White Ale with Spices and Chamomile" & "Citrus flavor with coriander, orange peel, and chamomile"

Per GL website:
ABV: 5.4%
ABW: 4.3%
IBU: 30

Enjoy By: 01/25/06
Tasted: 08/14/05

(C. Barclay)

RBorsato, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt character dominate the aroma initially, esp. with a grainy and sour tone. Strong sweet fruit presence. Spiciness appears in time. Yeast qualities too.
Poured with a huge very white head. Pale gold. Cloudy/hazy look.
Nice mix of flavors from yeast and wheat. Mild dryness. Malt, spice, slight fruit. Greatly blended.
Moderate body. Heavy enough, yet smooth. Nice refreshing quality.
Well made. Well blended. Nice job. Kudos to the brewers on this nice summer brew.

garymuchow, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with an orange tint and opaque after the yeast pour. Dense, two-finger head with excellent retention and abundant spotty lacing. Medicinal phenolics in the nose, with a load of coriander and citrus. Wheat and phenol flavor upfront, followed by a zesty blend of mild citrus, herbal chamomile, and faint coriander. The spices are overdone but fade, and the phenols hang on too long in the aftertaste. The carbonation is low, and the body is thin, but it gets some texture from the wheat and yeast making it smooth if not a little too tart. The phenols dry the finish and the wheat/yeast become slightly chalky effecting drinkability- but I would still consider it an above average warm-weather beer.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of MDekker
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy and straw-colored, with a little head, but not much. Fine bubbling. The aroma was mostly a wheaty citrus smell. Almost a little buttery, too. The taste was just what I expected from a witbier, with just a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, quite good. I consumed the bottle without a flinch, as it went down very nicely. Overall, a satisfying summer beer (although I think it might be better enjoyed outside, not in my air-conditioned home).

MDekker, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of battlekow
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, dull yellow color, but with a moderate head and good lacing. Smell is primarily of malt and yeast, with some citrus and floral notes. Taste is malty more than anything. There's some lemon and bubblegum flavors, but they're in the background. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. I'm certainly not a connoisseur of witbiers--in fact, I've tried very few--but I get the impression that the fruity and spiced flavors are supposed to take prominence over the maltiness. Still, there's definitely some character here, and it's very easy to drink.

battlekow, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale,hazy yellow color. Nice tight,white head. Slightly phenolic aroma-somewhat citrusy and lemon-like. Malty and spicy flavor. A touch of tartness. Fairly crisp considering the tartness. Good body-holds up well for a decent thirst quencher. A very drinkable beer. I dont know how many I could have in a sitting as this isnt my favorite style but quite nice overall.

lackenhauser, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Enjoy by Sep 6, 2005.

Cloudy lemon yellow. Thin ivory white head. Lace is adequate. Dull smell of stale malts and over-ripe lemon. Dull taste as well. Can't find the spices. Just some stale malt tones and slight lemon tones. Nothing bright about this one. I just had the Lake Louie Farmhouse Wit and this is on the total opposite of the spectrum when it comes to wits. Louie being the absolute best and this being one of the worst I've had. My first disappointment from Great Lakes in a long run of very solid brews...

Thanks for this sample Cokes. (But moreso, thanx tenfold for the Louie Growler...)

Bighuge, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of Illinick
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a pale, hazy yellow/orange with a nice white head and decent lacing.
S: Typical witbier nose, but you can really smell the added chamomile in the backgroud. A very nice nose.
T: Awesome, flavorful witbier. Really well balanced, w/ nice carbonation and a smooth finish( a little semi-dry but that's how I like it). Typical flavors are present, but again you can really taste the added chamomile and its delicious-typical coriander, floral/cirtus with a little spice.
MF: Almost a chewy mouthfeel, medium body.
O: Overall a fabulous offering from a fabulous brewery. One of the better american wits available. Definately worth a try-its one of my favortie brews for the summer.

Illinick, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in the Great Lakes Brewing Company's restaurant in a standar pint glass.
The beer was a hazy yellow color with a white head that strong clung to the glass. I received an excellent pour, and the beer really had some spectacular lacing. It smelled of citrus with some maltiness. A very good beer with a medium bodied mouthfeel. A lemony/citrus taste that dulls nicely as it passes over the tongue. A great summer beer. This is a great beer to drink on the deck as the sun sets and the crickets start creaking, and the sky out towards that old Lake Eerie starts turning that amber red of late summer.

edmundfitzoil, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Manos
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seeing that I live near Great Lakes Brewing, I am slow to getting to their
complete listing. I've had each(most) so many times, I feel that I need to branch out to other breweries. NO? Logic? Bah, anyhoo...
Getting to this one here, Holy Moses! Good. Almost too subtle
hot day beer, but a thirst quencher. Not over the head strong a taste, but that's okay here. Lawnmower beer for sure, just right on a hot day(currently hotter n hades here, with bonus humidity to boot). Honey, floral a bit, lingering soft flavor.

Manos, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautifully, light straw, golden with a bright white airy head. The head was not as present as I would expect in this. The small head did, however, leave some lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was very fresh and spicy. Cloves, hay, and lemongrass made it a treat for the nose. The body was clear with a small amount of haziness. A spicy and crisp taste hit the tongue with a very clean finish. A wonderful summer beer that could, potentially, be a very nice crossover beer due to its smooth finish. Well done!

ALESwhatCURESya, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden and cloudy, with a wisp of white head.
Nose is a sweetly bread yeast spiciness.
Oh. My. God. This beer tastes freakin awesome. Very floral taste, sweet like wild honey, almost spearmint. Ends in a tannic bitterness probably coming from the chamomille that makes the first sip so delicious. Absolutely the best tasting wheat beer I've ever had.
Rich, yeasty mouthfeel with a nice, carbonated feel.
Very drinkable and jam packed with flavor. Highly recommend.

nortmand, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright hazy yellow with a thick fluffy white head.

S- yeast, banana, bread and malt dominate

T- lots of fruit, bread, some hints of spices. tiny hop presence at the finish

M- medium body with a little chewy character. exteremely smooth.

D- balanced flavors and smoothness make this very easy to drink

Overall- i had been passing this beer up because i didnt want to be dissapointed, but im glad i finally got it. light, but not too light and smooth, even flavor make this a great choice for a hot day.

Gritsak, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of tom444
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting bottle art, with someone standing on a rock, parting what appears to be Lake Erie, with the Cleveland skyline in the background, silhouetted against the setting sun (or maybe rising, but geographically impossible either way).

Pours a cloudy gold, with a decent off-white head. Decent head retention, good lacing.

Aroma is fairly malty, with plenty of fruity and spicy notes.

Taste is quite smooth, with a good malty sweetness, nicely complimented by the fruity notes. Not too heavy, thanks to the wheat. A bit of spice flavor, and not too much hops. Finishes very cleanly, with almost no aftertaste, just the sensation of my tongue begging for more.

A well balanced ale, great for a hot summer day when you don't want to stoop to drinking watered-down macros.

tom444, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle in a Great Lakes Sampler 12 pack.
Appearance: A nice cloudy yellowish-white with an inch of white foam that left little lacing. It had plenty of carbonation bubbles when poured into the glass.
Smell: When I swirled this beer to get a smell, it smelled a lot like Fruit Loops. It must have been the yeast combining with all the spices and fruit.
Taste: The taste was bready with lots of citrus and spices. It also had a slight bitter aftertaste that made this beer stand out.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a good style of beer from Great Lakes that would make an excellent summer beer. I think Moses Cleveland would be proud that his name is on this beer.

AltBock, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark straw (not quite golden) yellow with a generous head and substantial amounts of carbonation bubbles rocketing through the beer.

Smell is a light banana bread with some light spicing. Nice restraint in the use of spices.

Taste banana bread with some zing from hops and spices. Finishes slightly bitter causing me to want another sip. Very god.

It has a moderate body with some creamy carbonation. Slick.

Every time I crack one of these open I find myself staring at my empty glass thinking "Gone already?!"

silenius, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of twelvinlucifer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh.. let's see
(poors beer).
Head is quite impressive! Very little lace, settles nicely leaving behind a very impressive 1/4 inch or so.
Smell is very interesting. orange jumps out of the smell immediately!
Smells almost like liquid bread with spices and orange.
mouthfeel is a bit unimpressive, almost like it's flat. No funky after taste though which is nice.
taste is good. You can definitely taste the gains (wheat,barley, yeast, and hops). very citrus-y, alcohol is extremely well hidden. This is about as smooth a beer as you'll get. Finishes well. I could drink a hundred of these.
I will be buying this beer again soon.

twelvinlucifer, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice pale yellow color with 2 finger head that falls to a moderate coating over the beer. The nose is rich with coriander and creamyness from the wheat. I like it. The flavor is really nice ans well, with a healthy orangey dose of corainder and orangepeel. Very spicey and very refreshing. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. This is a find example of the style. The only thing I have against it is the color. Not quite white enough for me.

kmpitz2, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dating, 10/17/05

spectrum of color varies from clear white to light orange. retentive one-finger of foam rests. looks refreshing.

smells of wheat, yeasty and alive with tart buttery notes. light and crisp aroma.

taste benefits from a bit of citric essence, but dwells in the general belgian white world. heavier on the more berry fruit accents. typical of great lakes, this beer is average but a perfect exercise in the style. it was far, far superior on tap at the brewpub.

goodbyeohio, Jun 06, 2005
Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.