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Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft, shaker pint.

A: pours a slightly hazy gold with 1 finger white head that rapidly dissipates quickly. Excellent lacing.

S: clove phenols, mild orange peel. Sweet. Smells like you would expect a wit to, perhaps a touch on the sweet side. If there's coriander, I'm sure not getting it.

T: sweet arrival, malty, with lots of clove, cage spice, and mild orange phenolics. Love it. This really tastes like a Belgian take on a helles more than a wit. Malty.

M: solidly medium; carbonation lower than expected for the style.

O: Great Lakes never fails to disappoint. I wish they still bottled this. It is probably sweeter, maltiness, and less carbonated than appropriate for the style, but it is delicious, especially in those sunnier weeks of early spring when it really is not warm yet.

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Photo of udfan07
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. The spices and coriander really stood out while I was drinking the beer. A very refreshing and drinkable beer and a nice style of beer.

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Photo of El_Jay
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Something happened to GLBC in the past couple of years and I can't exactly put my finger on it. The 'base' flavor of a lot of their beers was what I nicknamed to my friends the 'lake effect'. The base kind of had a harsh edge for almost all of their beers. It was as if it was brewed from unfiltered water from Lake Erie. No, it's not like drinking actual lake water- just a very clean and crisp feel to just about everything.

These days? Everything from them feels syrupy.

I expected this White Ale to come out like a lot of other witbiers: very wheaty. This has a syrupy feel that takes a lot away from the real flavor inside.

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Photo of wedge
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By: 07/20/17

Pours a golden yellow hue hazed with bits of sediment and capped by a small, creamy white head. Spicy aromas of clove, peppercorn, tangy wheat, flowers, and a little coriander over a biscuity base. Flavor is more clove-heavy with dried flowers and just a touch of citrusy sweetness in the finish. Not bad, but the spiciness does prevent some of the other qualities from shining. Medium bodied and decently dry in the finish. Not bad, but there's much better sitting on the shelves if I'm in the mood for a Witbier.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden color into a typical pint with very little head. The carbonation bubbles from pouring it seam to be suspended within the brew. Initial taste pleasant, with plenty of spice flavor that mellows out to a dry finish. This appears to me to be a thick filling brew. Overall, I enjoy the flavor of this brew but it is very filling.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy golden with long lasting white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, wheat malt and spices. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Yeast, wheat malt, spices some citrus and herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long and semi-sweet. Good, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Raime
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Holy Moses Witbier.

As I always state, with GLBC these guys don't usually let me down and have never actually led me to what I would consider a bad beer. And I haven't had a witbier in a few years, so why the fuck not.

Look - Pours murky yellow with a two finger white head that sticks around for aboutttt a minute before running off like an Alien from area 51. Carbonation appears medium. 4.

Smell - Well it gets a lot of its nose from the Belgian counterparts. Hay with the whole bubblegum tinge and a yeasty character that makes itself quite well known. 4.

Taste - The hay and bubblegum feature lend themselves nicely and turn in to a touch of mustard seed with quite a mouthful of peppery spices. Y'know, this could really give a moderately alcoholed Trippel a run for its money. 4.25.

Feel - Light to medium bodied with a high dosage of carbonation. The creaminess isn't a factor since the head really didn't retain. Goes down as you would expect. 4.25.

Overall - This was more than a witbier honestly. Far closer to a light or even medium trippel. Basically what I'm trying to say is that if you like trippels but want a low ABV counterpart you could drink all day, you wouldn't be going wrong with this one. GLBC really does a good job at either mimicking a style, making the best of a style, or making a lower ABV version of a style ( which I am thoroughly convinced this is) . The brewers are true masters of their crafts in everything they decide to make. 4.25

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by date 07/31/2015 printed on the label. Another new one to me from Great Lakes, acquired as part of the Spring variety pack.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a coppery orange body. One finger of light airy foamy white head that doesn't stay long. Lots of big sediment in the glass. Looks very nice, I do enjoy some sediment in my beer.

S - The aroma is pretty bland. A bit of grainy wheat, with some traditional clove spice. Boring, to say the least.

T - Taste is the same: grainy & wheaty. Some subtle citrusy orange zest, and traditional clove spicing.

M - Smooth & crisp. Dry finish. Carbonation a tad low. Medium-fullness. Not quenching.

Overall, a traditional wit that might better appease hardcore fans of the style. Not for me, I definitely need more innovation in my wit.

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale -----3.5/5

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I tried this chilled from the bottle in a tumbler.

The color is a very lightly hazed golden with thick smooth white head with fine bead. The smell is lightly yeasty with slight toasted wheat aroma with a mild floral accent and gentle peppery scent. The feel is medium carbonation with slight creaminess from the yeast with wheat sweetness and spice in the middle with a light body and mostly dry finish with lingering pepper in the back.

The taste is very good with wheat dominant and sweet cereal quality with light toasted grain and mild floral element with a peppery spice mid palate with slight blend of orange and coriander iwth some mild alcohol in the end. The spice taste increases as it warms with slight citrus tanginess and gentle toasted taste to balance with spice lingering after the swallow. The overall effect has mild yeast character with enough to tell it is a wit with good drinkability and refreshment of a wheat beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden brew, some haziness, a moderate white head, and a mild lacing.

S - Barnyard, and more than a few vegetable notes, a hint of cabbage, as well as sour fermented grains. But the nose is also apple and pear fruit notes.

T - Fortunately, the only element of the nose to follow through in the taste is the apple and pear notes, which couple with strong spicing elements that evoke white pepper, cardamom and allspice. The close leaves a subtle sweetness on the tongue.

M - A bit of brisk carbonation. Light and easy, but with a slight coating that lingers.

O - The nose is a bit worrying, but the taste is decent and the feel generally works. Pleasant taste and feel, but not compelling. Not a beer I'd seek again, but one I'd drink if it were available.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz, Enjoy by 07/31/15
A - clouded golden body with yeast particulate suspended throughout; very thin white head
S - nose is spicy and floral with lemon, grass, and yeast
T - very floral, spicy, peppery, lemon juice and zest, yeast
M - smooth, medium body with a peppery finish
O - not a favorite of mine. I had this years ago and was intrigued when it came back in the spring mixed 12pack this year, but I won't buy it again. I find the chamomile to be rather off-putting making it too floral and perfumey in my opinion.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: [3.50] Pale yellow in color. The beer has a 1 1/2 finger head when poured into the nonic glass. The head is bright white and dense. It does not leave lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the best by date of 7/31/15 and the ABV at 5.4%.

S: [2.00] Bright blast of Belgian yeast. My least favorite scent in the beer world.

T: [3.00] The taste is milder than the nose. There is some light caramel under the Belgian yeast and wheat flavor. I also get an orange flavor at the end.

M: [3.50] The mouth feel is nice. It has mild carbonation and medium body.

O: [3.00] I think Great Lakes got what they wanted here. Unfortunately I really do not like a Belgian yeast scent. It totally dominates the nose. I feel bad rating it poorly since I am sure it is well executed - but the rating is for me, not for you.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a hazy straw color but it is not as cloudy as a Belgian Witbier. It is also a little more golden and less white.
S: The beer presents bread, clove and perhaps banana aromas with traces of spice.
T: This is maltier than many Belgian Witbiers with full flavors of bread, spice, citrus and banana.
F: Creamy smooth, medium full body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A full bodied refreshing Witbier.

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Photo of J-Rye
2.91/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I expect a lot from this brewery, which makes some great beers, but this white ale didn't stand up to some others I've had, namely Clown Shoes Clementine and Otter Creek Fresh Slice. I'd rather not have another, but, unfortunately, this came in a variety pack impulse buy.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 8/8/2015. Pours hazy bright golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that linger. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, clove, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, clove, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, banana, clove, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent witbier style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a quite cloudy dark yellow with a two finger head.

Smell- Sweet citrus aroma along with honey, mango, and a peppery spice note.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt blends into a bready bisciut flavor with a mild toasted quality. The sweetness stays all the way through. Honey-like mid-way in. The spicy black pepper flavor comes last and finishes along side of orange-like citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- Nice and complex. Very refreshing and would be good for a warm day. Sweet, but not too sweet with good use of spices. THe flavors blend very well in this one. Impressive.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy gold with a solid head.

smell is bland but can definitely pick up coriander.

the taste is good, some sweetness and some spice. can certainly taste the Belgian yeast. not bad at all, smooth taste. tastes better than it smells.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being a GLBC beer I am not surprised that this is a decent beer. It's not amazing but it is ok for a Belgian witbier. Orange zest, coriander and herbal flavors. Nice touch of Belgian yeast gives it an authentic feel to it. Pretty good for a summer beer.

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Photo of atypicalmaverick
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1st time trying from the variety pack. Did not catch the citrus taste as much as the coriander and chamomile but overall this is a very good beer. The label says best served at 48 degrees. I poured this at 52 degrees and this difference was of no significance to me.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I thought the pungent taste of coriander and cardamom were overwelming to the point of overpowering the beer.
It must be quiet a balancing act to get the spices right on this style because there are very few that are balanced.
Chuck an orange slice in and you'll be fine.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Holy Moses brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., with an ABV of 5.4% This brew pours out a cloudy amber color, with a nice white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see though it. Holy Moses has the look of most Witbier brews on the market. The smell is sweet with citrus ,some grains, and malts. Now for the taste, it is sweet with some spices and malts. There is also a nice citrus flavor in the taste. Holy Moses has a lot going on in it. The mouthfeel of Holy Moses is rich smooth and clean. There is nothing overpowering in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Great Lakes Holy Moses a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thank You Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's finely porous white head is two fingers thick with solid lacing, and a hazy light golden body.

Smells like bright grains long with the citrus spice mentioned on the label a la orange peel and chamomile.

I taste grains of a livelier variety, along with just the right amount of "zip" on the tongue from the elements described above

The mouthfeel of this beer is clean and light.

Overall, I'll give Great Lakes Holy Moses - Great Lakes Brewing Co. a 4.25. This came as part of the spring variety packs, and as far as I'm aware as of this review, this is the only way to acquire this choice brew besides going to the brewery itself. Pick this up in the sampler& part the waves of bland witbiers.

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Photo of Bisco42
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sweet and malty, wheat and honey. Reminds me IG a Belgian with more of a mouth feel. Good head and hazy, lacking in scent and overall burst of flavor.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: slightly cloudy bright yellow brew. Finger and a half of head on the pour which stuck around. Moderate active carbonation. Sticky layers of lacing left behind.

Smell: floral notes and balanced spices warm up the front. Light citrus, butter, dough, and evolving floral aromas carry into the body. Some cinnamon and nutmeg round this one out.

Taste: the front is similar to the aroma, fresh floral flavors really dance on the palate with well rounded spices warming to the drinker. Fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit add a nice punch on the body. The spices take a darker turn on the back end with some herbal and black tea leaf flavors.

Mouthfeel: supremely drinkable which is always more impressive with the notable spice additions. Carbonation is right where it needs to be.

Overall: through and through a really solid beer. When spices are well done in a beer they add so much to the complexity and texture. This beer is a prime example. Great Lakes continues to deliver great beer.

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Photo of DragonzBreath
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice surprise. Poured nice and clear, big foamy head that didn't last. Citrus rushed my nose and the cold crisp smooth taste filled my mouth. sweet, not too bitter with a nice dry, crisp fresh ending. This may be a mainstay at the BrewPub!

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