Holy Moses White Ale | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Holy Moses White AleHoly Moses White Ale

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

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Added by PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003

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Ratings: 1,034 |  Reviews: 503
Reviews by Briarbush:
Photo of Briarbush
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pour left a great head. That seemed to last forever. The color is a light straw that is a little cloudy.

Smell- Smell is dry and the smell of coriander and chamomile are present.

Taste- The taste is truly unique. Very light malt in the begining fading into a very bold spice due to the corriander and chamomile.

Mouthfeel- is light with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability- Thirst quenching, I had to take my time with it though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 AdamO
2.71/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Eh eh eh eh eh

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a hazed lighter straw color with just a thin wispy head that was gone quickly leaving nothing left on top.Quite spiced in the nose big coriander with a touch of phenolic clove the citric element to seemed to take a back seat but it was noticable enough,full mouthfeel for the style this is a pretty sturdy wit beer.Well rounded flavors between the spice and orange-like flavors with that phenolic yeast spiciness coming thru for a long finish.A good take on the style while Iam not a huge fan of the style a wit beer can go down well after a long day at work like yesterday,to me this is a slightly beefed up version of the style.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.56/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of sgoodship
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not an expert on Witbier but this was an unexpected pleasure.

A: A very pale hazy yellow. Some yeast sediment. Visually reminded me of the scrumpy (small batch rough cider) that my dad used to get from the farmers in the West Country, England. Head dissipated quickly - a bit of a dusting remained and some spotty lacing.

S: Nice typical crisp wheat beer smell. Beautiful sweetness of coriander, energetic citrus note from the orange peel and the calming notes of chamomile.

T: Nice, lite, thirst quenching brew. The taste is very much in line with the smell but the chamomile came across most dominant to me. I thought the strong combination of the wheat and chamomile with a touch of sweet and citrus was a lovely balance - not quite what I was expecting. The balanced suited my personal tastes very well.

M: Medium/high carbonation but not prickly on the palette. Light body. The drink is pretty smooth but the chamomile delivers some tea bitterness - almost chalkiness to the mouth.

D: I thought the strong chamomile made this a winner for me. I just love that clean, floral, grassy nose and flavor. Just smelling it makes me feel calm. I found it quite drinkable. I'd really like to try it in the summer. Seems a perfect drink for a hot day. Witbier is not my first choice in style but I am going to re-visit this one for sure. Great Lakes really does have a well rounded menu of offerings at this point in time.

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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.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into an octagonal pint glass.

Appearance: It pours with a thin foamy white head that fades to thin covering of bubbles and leaves behined little to no lace. The body is cloudy with a cool pale yellow straw color.

Smell: Its aroma has an aromatic Belgian style yeast with a lemon and orange citrus scent. Also there some leafy hop notes and a heavy dose of spice.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a spicy character. There is smooth coriander and yeast with a mild peppery kick back full of mild leafy and herbal hops and chamomile flavors. Some mild citrus notes mingle in and out nicely. The finish is mildly herbal and bitter as it fades out on a slightly dry note. Its palate is smooth and creamy with a medium body and playful carbonation that tingles on the tongue.

Notes: This is one of the more complex witbiers that I have tried so far. It also had a nice calming effect on me that after a long day of work. (It must have been the chamomile.) Well done, I will need to get some more of this ale.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of orm56
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy straw yellow body with a one finger white head that retains well. Some sheet lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has a dominant yeastiness, with an assertive lemony citrus profile. Orangepeel, pepper, coriander, and clove add some spicy complexity to the nose. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with some sticky yeast, and medium carbonation. Taste is lemony citrus, with a pervasive yeast presence. Clove and pepper add more spicy bitterness to the lemony citrus and yeast backbone. Dry aftertaste. Very nicely done for an American Witbier. One of the better ones I've tried from North America, and a very nice white ale for summer quaffing.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, orange-gold in color, hazy

Smell: Belgian spices--coriander and cardamom

Taste: Belgian spices--coriander and cardamom, orange, lemon, and a bit of creaminess

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A very good wit that quickly became my go to beer after hikes in a recent western trip. The creaminess does distinguish this one from others in the style. Very refreshing, I would certainly get this again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Chili's in Williamsville, NY. The new bar manager chatted me up at our table - he's a craft beer nut as well, and worked hard to make rooms for four new craft brew taps - good on him! Happy to show my support with a pint. The waiter erroneously called this a pale ale so my first sip was confusing, until my wife remembered this was a Wit.

Hazy golden, decent head on this, thin ring and lacing.

Nose was quite nice: pear, apple, lemon, wheat malt, mild funkiness.

A solid, easy-drinking Wit with flavor notes that reminded me of a tripel. Apple, lemon, wheat malt, yeast, spices, coriander. Thin bodied, mild carbonation. Great way to beat the heat.

A nice, unexpected find on tap, and an enjoyable brew for first Great Lakes offering!

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Photo of avitallo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine sampling from GLBC during the 4/5 get-together.

Appearance: A wonderful cloudy "graprefruit juice"-like color. Sticky white lace covers the entire glass.

Smell: Brewed with corriander, orange peel, and camomile? Wow. All are very noticeable in the aroma. By far, one of the most intruguing beers I've smelled in a long time.

Taste: Very complex flavor, yet crisp and refreshing. As stated in the beer menu: "A summer treat." The typical Vriginia summer day begs for something like this.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with a fairly smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One of the best beers I've had in a long time. Quite surprising given my loyalty to the hops. I only with that this was available in bottles to take back to VA with me.

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Photo of bsp77
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into my Summit Scandia chalice. Enjoy be October 8, 2011.

Appearance: Slightly hazy straw-gold with nice stark white head and light lacing.

Smell: Sweet banana and orange mostly. Some wheat and spicy characteristics (clove, coriander, pepper).

Taste: Strong banana and wheat upfront, but then turns drier, spicier and more complex, with coriander, clove, pepper, hops and a nice orange peel snap. Maybe slightly flowery (from the chamomile?).

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, fairly dry finish.

Overall: This is a great Witbier. Summit Scandia was my favorite Wit (RIP, but I have the nice glass as a memento), but this is probably now the next best thing. My only gripe (and it is a minor one), is that it could be a tad drier.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic,has a nice fluffy white head.hazy looking,a golden straw-like hue.It has a bready,spicey aroma.It has a bisciut,spicey,a sort of a souring taste,citrusy.a lot of different tastes.You do get a hint of the corriander it the taste.It has a light mouthfeel,very carbinated,fizzy.Sort of like a wheat beer.A nice dry finish with a dryness,and taste of yeast and spice at the end,A nice and drinkable beer.

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Photo of deebo
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try a different version of this style This brew looks and smells like a typical wit. Compared to some of my preferred versions of this style this one is a little too tart and heavy on the lemon and the finish is on the long side. A solid beer but not outstanding for my taste.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a cloudy wheaty color that's very hazy. There's a very thin white head. Nose is fruity banana and lots of yeast.

Taste is very fruity and bready. Lots of light sweet malt but very smooth and wheaty. Mouthfeel is full and crisp. Real light and easy drinking beer.

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Holy Moses White Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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