Holy Moses White Ale
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Holy Moses White AleHoly Moses White Ale
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #61
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,743
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 12.34%
Reviews:
515
Ratings:
1,072
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
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SCORE
86
Very Good
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

surprising taste. definitely has a very tart flavor. tastes like a sour beer mixed with unfiltered wheat beer. the aftertaste has lemon sour notes. this is a unique beer and i really enjoy it

Jan 31, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is nicely golden and cloudy, more than a finger thick of fluffy white head that has good retention and lacing.

Smells like a Belgian ale, also real Christmas-y. Lots of spices and notes going on here. Coriander, nutmeg, cloves, lemon tart, orange peel, banana/banana bread, orange peel, yeast, marzipan, and cantaloupe.

Can taste the alcohol and spices pretty well. Pretty peppery too, with touches of chamomile. Nice moderate wheat body, and the rest of the notes and spices mentioned altogether provide another "half" to the flavor. Beer feels medium-bodied on the palette.

Jul 18, 2020
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BeerBaronBear from New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I just drank a Hoegaarden and Pearl from Tree House the other night, and this isn't even in the same league. That being said, it's not terrible. I would say the strongest aspect is the smell - it has a very appetizing spicy smell to it, but the taste just doesn't follow suit. It's very flat and dry, and the taste is basically gone before you've swallowed it. I'm a fan of a number of other Great Lakes beers, but this is not one I'll seek out again.

May 07, 2020
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rileyaware from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank out of a bottle.
This was my first from Great Lakes Brewing, and a great first impression! Very crisp beer with a pleasant note of banana at the front end and a bit of spice, specifically clove, at the back end. It has a refreshing mouthfeel, though a little dry. Overall a very fine beer!

Apr 27, 2020
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sseisele

2.32/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Thin white head which dissipates quickly. Hazy color. Mild lacing on the glass.

I am not a fan of white ale, Belgian styles, or Heffeweizzen due to their "milky" aftertastes. People say "bananas and cloves." Maybe my palate is terrible but I get none of that. I need a malty and hoppy mouthfeel but here I just get heavy and gritty.

Nov 17, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle from Ohio served in a lager glass. 30 November 2019 BB date stamped.
Hazy but not cloudy, pale golden body with a decent white head.
Aroma: Belgian yeast and spices with too much earthiness.
The flavor is better than the aroma suggests and has little earthiness, moderate spicing, and a solid base of bready malts.
Medium-light body with lively but soft, medium+ carbonation.

Sep 18, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a 16 oz (473 ml) shake pint at Rappourt in The Traver Village shopping center, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one half finger, white head, solid retention and complex lacing.
S: Very light nose. I thought I could pick up aromas of caramel and maybe banana and spice (?cloves) at points.
T: Semisweet. The palate basically follows the nose but far more banana. Less than subtle bitterness, actually a touch peppery.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit watery for this style.
O: A touch too subtle for a Belgian Witbier without being flavor forward (more flavor backward). Drinkable, but just.

Jun 19, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a deep orange color that is cloudy. A strong head.
Aroma: Flowers and spices. Coriander and some clove. A flower aroma too.
Flavor: A floral perfume presence. A little funkiness from the flower. Lots of clove and some coriander. Flavors are otherwise somewhat weak. Little to no fruit. Yeast on the back-end. Little malt presence. Mostly flowers and clove on the flavor. Sort of reminds me of an artificial banana pancake wrapped in a band-aid.
Feel: Medium bodied for the style. Good carbonation. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden. Some residual Belgian spice flavor on the tongue.

Overall: Not sure what is off about this witbier The chamonille is a nice addition, but otherwise it's kind of weak on flavor. Fruit and malts are not there, and so you've got a bitter flower taste cleaned further by dry by clove and yeast. It needs another element. It has the spices, just not the flavor. Nice flower and Belgian spice flavors, but lacks roundness and just doesn't hit it for me.

Jun 12, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about this one. Pours light and hazy. Smells like piss. Light raspberry flavor. Tastes thin with a tart finish. Quite smooth. Not bad but not great. Moses would be dissapointed.

Jun 02, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a. Enjoyable beer in that it had a nice medium body and just above average carbonation.
Aroma is yeasty,doughy,bread with spice and a very noticeable chamomile
Taste was mostly similar to aroma,just a bit sweet. Would never put beer and chamomile togethor but for this it added a nice flavorful touch

Dec 16, 2018
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jpkand from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pineapple juice/ goldenrod yellow, with a nice white head. Citrus and spice on the nose, which matches the taste. Great deep clove flavors amid mild citrus. This is a really nice lighter beer for the holidays. Really easy to drink with a lighter body. Super refreshing, which is more of what I look for in a summer beer, but the clove adds a nice warmth to it. Solid beer

Nov 28, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, please enjoy by 08/25/18 - uh oh... poured into a Gibraltar glass)

L: Hazy, jade-yellow liquid; some speckled sediment; thin cap holds, then migrates out to thick collar; little lace

S: lemon tart, apple butter, rubbed flower petal, sort of spicy oatmeal cookie malt background... light, breezy aromas; chamomile later hovers at back of nostrils

T: doughy underbelly wiped over with a hard cut of lemon meringue; cool lemon-lime essence in aftertaste... thick core to flavor concentration, with edges rather faded, dry... coriander relegated to background shading

F: light, gummy-foam-bodied; bit of bounce in the middle... relatively reigned in, tacet drop at the back; chiseled, terse dimension

O: very floral, lemony flavorings, with ideal soft, lightly-baked wheat foundation; altogether dense yet restrained...

Nov 18, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Because my copy is a month past its Best By date, I'm drinking an ale that is slightly not-as-good as most other ratings.
However, this wit's blandness does not mean it is not well-crafted; sometimes requiring skill in this difficult and subtle style.

Looks are average. But Smells offer the common wit aromas, plus some banana. Tastes follow, but the fruitiness and spices and malts all play nicely, balanced and nothing tries to over-assert itself. Yet it is still refreshing. As a wheat beer, the mouth is soft.

Glad I Had it, but probably won't again.

Sep 11, 2018
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Michelleroo from Michigan

4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really, really liked this! Easy going down...like 3-4 easy in one sitting...
Smelled really good...I knew it was going to be a winner just based on my sniffer. I'm stocking up!

Jul 27, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turbid pinkish orange body with a coarse pinkish head that fades, leaving minute lace. The nose gives a burst of raspberry and flowers, sweetness, spice, and mild wheat. The taste is nicely beer-y, with wheat and clove, nutmeg (white ale) with a hearty, assertive, but not over-the-top helping of delicious raspberry. Off-dry. Slight powderiness. The body is light, with sharp carbonation.
This is the most assertive but balanced fruit beer I think I've ever had. Raspberries are predominant throughout, but there is plenty of uncontested beer flavor to ground it. Wonderful, will be returning.
Oh, but please filter this shit. Looks gross as-is. Thanks.

Jul 19, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy golden pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Wheat/grains and spice. Light yeast, citrus, and banana.

T.F: Follows the nose. Grains and wheat... lemony citrus, coriander/spice, and faint banana. Crisp and clean... refreshing. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A pretty outstanding Witbier. Not my favorite style and a hard one to make exciting, but this is one of the better ones I've had in awhile. Good stuff.

Jul 07, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is hazy straw gold, great dense looking brew; head is brighter white with fine to small bubbles, presenting at least 1/2 inch thick and then dissipating to a thin, solid top.

Smell is quite pleasant - nice breadiness, then some light to moderate spice with clove, banana, maybe some allspice, light floral chamomile.

Taste follows aroma with bread and wheat, light toast, then some yeast and yeast based flavors of spice, clove, banana, light chamomile.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light lingering sweetness, then a quite sharp dry finish that lingers on the tongue.

Overall a quite good american Witbier with great aroma and flavor but just bit of lingering dry presence.

Jun 24, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 7/23/18, so about a month inside the line here.

hazy yellow body with a lot of small floating particulates (unfiltered beer) small head leaves good lacing initially.

pleasing faint aroma of oranges.

a very refreshing drink. orange peel comes through, but not heavily citrus. camomile is faint, and coriander is hard to detect, but the drink doesn't lose much for it.

a little on the thin side on the mouth, slightly watery on the finish.

overall, a nice easy drinking refreshing beer for the summer months. slammable. mild and tasty at the same time.

Jun 23, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a nice clear golden color
A-Aroma has nice spices and chamomile hints
T-The taste follows the nose with spices and chamomile flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well made beer

Jun 17, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale straw with an average head. The aroma is mild and slightly rubbery, with clove, banana bread, orange peel, marzipan, cantaloupe, and a little floral tinge. The flavor starts gentle and sweet, with flavors of lemon curd, clove, coriander, bubblegum, cantaloupe, and a little bit of pencil eraser. The mouthfeel starts very light, then fills out a bit with foamy carbonation. Overall this is an okay white ale, maybe a touch light for my liking.

Apr 27, 2018
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy light yellow with a nice white head. The aroma is banana, clove, yeast, biscuits. The flavor has the same with a nice hint of hops. The finish is quite dry and refreshing with a bit of lemon.

Apr 21, 2018
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sb17 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this in a mix-6 from Binny's. Poured a hazy light gold color with a nearly unnoticeable head. Corriander and bread came through strong on the nose, hints of citrus. Taste followed suit with a crisp spice. Great Lakes never does me wrong.

Mar 31, 2018
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edward_boumil from New York

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I quite like this. Standard straw yellow beer, cloudy, good head retention. Bright white colored head.
Aroma and flavors very malt forward, crispy, slightly dry but balanced. Nice bread flavors, yeasty. Also has a spicy note, likely corriander if it is brewed as per style, light citrus notes. Touch of pepper/phenol
Drinkability is high, light, not overwhelming. Carbonation is on the softer end.
Overall an excellent iteration of the style, highly enjoyable, well crafted.

Mar 27, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Lost & Found. Pale golden pour with small white foamy head. Aroma is light and savory, grassy and spicy. Taste features more of the coriander and pepper on top of a mildly sweet fruity base. Wit straying over into saison territory.

Mar 21, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass and a mug. The head in the mug was at least a good finger and a half more than what was in the pint glass. Other than that, here’s the rest. The appearance was a fairly decent light hazy golden yellow color. The head faded at a nice pace and allowed a decent speckled sort of lacing gracing the sides of both glasses. The smell had a yeasty/slightly bready aroma rolling over top of some light lemon and banana. The taste starts off bready but leads to a fairly decent lighter citrus lemon flavor. The aftertaste was about the same and lead to a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat fairly light and yet still had a good carbonation for a witbier - harsh but not overly done. Overall, I say this was a fairly easy drinking beer - good for a witbier and more than definitely to have in the Summers.

Jun 29, 2017
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