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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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is two inches of fluffy white foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is coriander, lemon, bitter orange peel, and tangy wheat. This is exactly what I want in the aroma of a witbier. The taste is a bit spicier than the aroma with a lot of coriander and a hint of cardamom. It also has a strong wheat presence, and some lemon. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high refreshing carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this just might be the best witbier I have ever tasted. I will be drinking a lot of this while it is around.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.92/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Really great artwork on label in the GLB tradition.

Appearance - Pours out a hazy cloudy golden straw yellow color with a nice 2 finger airy white foam head that dissipates into a thin foam ring. Has a nice amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell - Smells of mostly orange citrus and yeast with a peppery spicy hint. Slight hints of hops in the aroma as well.

Taste - Like the smell, tastes of mostly orange citrus with a nice combination of coriander, pepper, and clove for a spicy bite. A great wheat undertone throughout.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very smooth and tasty with great balance making a highly drinkable brew.

Great overall beer that is very refreshing. It is perfect for summer but would be great at any time of the year. A very good example of a wit-bier. One of, if not my favorite all time beer!!! Highly recommended!!

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Photo of jtw5877
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one excellent beer, pours a goldish yellow hue with a white head. Smells of wheat malt, coriander, and yeasty spices. This stuff tastes just as good as it smells. Refreshing spiciness mixed with wheaty maltiness. I'd recommend this to anybody who has a chance to try it.

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Photo of generallee
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
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 Osiris9588
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle featuring Moses Cleaveland, the city's founding father, with a freshness date of 2/15/07. The color is a hazy, pale straw color. The is exceptionally creamy, stiff, and voluminous, forming a cap rising above the rim of the pint. It shows great retention, leaves plenty of fluffy lace.

The aroma is dry and floral, some rose and violets, corriander and spiced yeast. The flavor is reminiscent of traditional witbiers, with plenty of corriander and some pepper, lemon and orange peel, complex strains of grain, yeast, and a subtle flash of hops.

The mouth is light yet complex, very vibrant on the palate and carbonated. The dry, slightly bitter finish, following the spice and citrus, keeps dancing on the palate for a considerable time.

Drinkable? hell yeah, and this is by no means my favorite style. And it is flavorable and weighty enough to make you want to keep drinking it. As strong as any witbier you likely to pour into your head. Another great one from GLBC--I think I end all my reviews of their brews this way, but by Zeus' beard, it's true.

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Photo of chilidog
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Holy Moses!! Parts the waters to a good beer. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a nice white head thats fair on its lace. The aroma is great for this well balanced, moderatly carbonated wit. Your greeted on the nose by citric spice & the zest of lemon. The taste carries that bold citric zest with a touch of corriander and light wheat. The finish is slight bitter dry, leaving a refreshing mouthfeel. A very drinkable summer wit and another great offering from a Great Lake brewer!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5.4% ABV. Brewed with Belgian Pilsner malt (new website says Harrington 2-row), raw wheat and oats, orange peel, coriander seed, and chamomile flowers.

5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, OG=13P.

Pours out to a beautifully glowing, milky hazy straw, forming a small white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. Aroma is very fragrant and interesting...the coriander and orange peel are perfectly displayed here with exquisite balance..the chamomile is evident as a floral perfume, but is not really discernable and I wouldn't be able to pick it out if it weren't listed as an ingredient. This beer smells absolutely wonderful..with a light touch of funky cheesiness I appreciate in a well-crafted brew in this style. I could breath in these aromas all day long. Mouthfeel is tart and stingy (don't drink this with chapped lips), and a medium-light body. Taste is out of this world. Potent coriander, orange peel, and chamomile balanced oh so well against the crisp wheat and pale malt body...the spicy touch of medium-light floral bitterness in the finish is exquisite. The finish is bone dry, making the mouth tacky. The bitterness is a bit more intense than other wits, but really adds a wonderful complexity to this already wonderful brew.

Wow. Exceptional for the style, wonderfully complex, while retaining all the characteristics of a great wit and maintaining an amazing drinkability. This is an exceptional beer brewed by an awesome brewery. I don't want this beer to end. Simply amazed.

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Photo of nortmand
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

Pours a cloudy pale gold colored beer with a thick long lasting white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a clear smell of coriander. Very floral aroma and slightly lemony. Citrus rind and powdery yeast aromas. Malt doesn't feature here except as a slight sweet aroma it simply hides and lets the spicy scent dominant.

Taste is mild and slightly sweet and bready with a big hit of spice and lemon flavor at the start. Coriander and vanilla seem to be the largest flavor here but the flavor doesn't stop there. Orange and lemon and faint black pepper too. Quite stout hop bitterness in the after taste for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a superior Witbier here. Tasty and full flavored this is a beer that a BA and you mother can like equally well.

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Photo of Wildman
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, this beer is finally back in a bottle for non Ohioians and less traveled Ohioians. It poured a cloudy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head, no doubt due to the heavy carbonation present. The lace latticed the glass as the white clouds vanished and evaporated. I tickled my senses with an aroma of malt and hops with a delicate hint of spices, but not banging you over the head like some other wits do. Coriander was noticible, but my recovering sinuses dealing with the crazy Ohio spring failed to descern the other ones present. The flavor was of hops and spices with a finish that had a tangy feel to reflecting the spices and carbonation. Another fine Great Lakes beer.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start off with a great big WOW. I'm not usually a fan of witbeir. I've never liked the standard wit strange finish that's so hard to explain. Frankly I figured I was in for the same here, when my wife picked this one out for me for the cool name and label. Damn I was wrong, this was a fine beer!

The pour was a standard wit, light yellow with a one finger head that slowly dissapated and left a thick white foam on top of the beer.

The smell was a mix of malt sweetness with a heavy lemon overtone.

The drink started with a quick bite of carbonation followed by a malt/fruit sweetness. The finish was where this one took off. Get this, a kick of hops in a witbeir.

If this had been my first wit I might have fallen in love with the style. This would be a great beer with chicken or just sitting around with friends. Thanks Jen, I really liked this one and I'll try to find it again.

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Photo of putnam
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright, blurry yellow with a snowy, clingy top.
An admirable balance of coriander and citrus peel aroma rises from the bowl. New leather, cracked, curdled wheat and dried herbs are also buried within. A beautiful, caky texture is supported by pointed gas. Sturdy bitterness shapes the teasing impressions of lemon and orange on the palate. The effect is very dry. Smoking, charred orange peel and tangy, herbal incense rise from the lingering finish.

This is everything an American Craft interpretation of this style should be. It is more bitter than most Belgian Wits, but true to the original mission: dry drinkability. I am grateful they didn't design this to be sweet and heavy like so many other New World renditions can be.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy Moses pours out very bubbly down the side with a storm of bubbling in the bottom of the glass at first. Once the level in the glass reached the pour point I moved the flow to the middle. Kind of minimized the head, and that's okay. Very thin head, within two minutes all that is left is a ring around the outside.

A mild yeast aroma. I can't tell if it's my allergies or because the beer is rather cold, but I didn't get much else.

The taste is a very nice blend of coriander and chamomile, the orange peel gets lost in the main flavor, but I pick it up in the aftertaste, the way your mouth kind of puckers if you eat a piece of orange rind and get that bitter, orange oil aftertaste. There is so much other stuff going on, it's easy to forget you're drinking a 'yeasty' style beer, until you get to that last swallow, that is. There is little if any hop element, the orange is too much to allow any of that. A superb beer tasting party selection.

This is to date the most surprising Belgian styled ale I've had, a wonderful mix of spices to create a unique beer within the class.

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Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
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?!"

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Photo of klewis
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/27/06 freshness date

A: Pours a hazy straw hue with a frothy 3-finger head. Great sustain with a 1/2 inch froth maintained throughout the life of the drink. Thick, sticky lacing covers the glass.

S: Pleasant aromas of citrus and spice with a bit of grainy wheat smell

T: Lots of fruity citrus flavor with coriander and a subtle wheat flavor in the finish.

M: Crisp and refreshing with a light-medium body. The carbonation is much finer and gentler than others in the style, a trait that makes this beer much more appealing to me.

D: Yet another exemplary brew from GL. A fine example of the style, and a pleasure to drink. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NODAK
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smell here is much like that of a hefe...citrusy with a touch of coriander. There's a slight sweetness evident as well.

The initial taste in the mouth is of semi-tart citrus....but the body is fairly sweet with orange and a good dose of coriander to go with it. Smattering of hops at the finish, but very minor. Some orange sweetness sticks around after the swallow.

As far as wits go, I approve of this one. Very refreshing. It's not so sweet as to be cloying, but still incorporates all that's great about wits.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a good day, when you go down the liquor store a day like today in our country's drinking culture known for piss beer and lime wedged filled clear bottles there is nothing more refreshing than walking by everyone else with a six pack of Great Lakes Holy Moses. At the beginning of the pour a crystal clear gold but this is followed by the swirl of the bottle to get all of the yeast from the bottom in order to place the haze and transform the appearance into a beautiful sunrise on a slightly hazy morning. The massive foaming head glistens as I attempt my first sniff at the aroma. Wonderful hints of clove and the yeasty citrusy zest with coriander and other spices going on. When I sipped on this fine summer day treat I was welcomed with much of the same flavors and the bite of the wheat malt and a hint of vanilla like smoothness. Wow this beer ties it all together so nicely the musty yeast producing such great tones along with all of the spices added this beer deserves so much credit in the world of wits. Mouthfeel light and fluffy but syrupy in the finish just sticks to my taste buds I love it. Wow drinkability, well I'll have another what a great treat for anyday just a well constructed beers and if your aren't into wheats try this one out it may just sway how you feel about them.

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Photo of aaronh
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served with a thick white head that rises above the top of the glass like a giant cloud atop a misty yellow mountain. The aroma is dominated by bananna and clove notes, but there is also a nice yeast component that lends a fresh bread note, like manna from heaven. The taste is light and fruity. Coriander spice, with a creamy bready note as well. Light apple and bananna fruits on the tongue. Decent bitterness on the finish lingers a bit on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is robust and creamy, which when matched to the fine carbonation leads to excellent drinakbility and a tremendous sense of refreshment. After searching for nearly two years for this beer, I can say it is nearly a religious experience. Another world class beer from GLBC.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft pour served in a pint glass ($5.25)

A: Served with an inch of foamy tightly knit white head. Decent retention and everlasting film. Heavily hazy. Goldenrod in color. Lacing is beginning to lay down with spotty coverage.

S: Mild bready, biscuitty malts plus aromas of straw. Foral/grassy/citrusy hops. Spices of lemongrass and ginger, grains of paradise and white pepper. Fruity notes are mandarin, peach and persimmon. Lightly earthy yeast. Excellent aromas, but slightly lacking in intensity. Have to give it a good swirl and stick your nose deeeep in the glass to pull everything out.

T: Follows nose closely but even better on the palate. The lack of aromatic intensity is a mere afterthought.

M: Enlivening to the tongue. Lively and prickly. Finishes crisply. Semi dry with a lingering sweetness.

D: FANTASTIC. Plus an excellent representation of the style in my opinion. Great Lakes consistently produces incredible brews.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

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Photo of Nipitato
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a Great Lakes Brewing Company sampler from Giant Eagle in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: A light gold hue. Hazy but not opaque. Visible, great looking carbonation. Thin white head with good retention. Sticky lacing develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Grainy and sweet malt aroma with spicy, herbal, and citrus aroma. Coriander herb and spicy pepper. Slightly tart, clean and crisp - German malts and hops obvious.

T: Full sweet and grainy malt flavor builds the structure of this well made beer. Orange citrus highlights - which adds to tartness. Dry finish. Herby coriander also adds complexity. Sweetness comes through as beer warms.

MF: Medium body with creamy mouthfeel. Dry, tart, finish. Moderate carbonation.

D,notes: In my opinion the best American witbier. Flavorfull, filling but highly drinkable - a perfect take on the style. Well balanced - an excellently consistent thread in Great Lakes Brewing Company beers.

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Photo of budsboy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours murky yellow, topped with a healthy white head. Lots of bubbles float around a swirl of boney white cloudiness.

Bready, spicy smell, with a corriander and lemon zest aroma mix. Hints of other fruits lay deeper ... banana, maybe even raisen or plum. Very interesting.

Traditional wheat flavors come through a first, with spices chasing aggressively. Lemon and corriander on the finish. What's left is perhaps the most flavorful aftertaste known to man (at least this man). A citrusy zest with banana and a zap of alcohol. Ahhh.

Soft and fluffy mouthfeel with damn near perfect carbonation that keeps this not-so-light beer refreshing. How'd they do that?

I could drink this stuff all day long. One of those rare refreshing but not simple brews. It's also one of those "I can't believe I haven't reviewed that yet" beers. A staple at our home, my wife and I usually have a few six packs in the cellar, and it's name has been shortened to "Moses." It is available all year now, even at my house. Stop on by. It's that kind of a beer.

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Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear in nature but the color is a golden yellow hue. Head is white and giving. It subsides and leaves lacing behind.
Smell: Belgian spice and lots of clove. Lemon peel and orange are other aromas.
Taste: Banana and clove are dominant flavors. this beer is earthy and a great Witbier. Slight flavors of black peppercorn fill the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and a nice peppery finish. Smoothe and watery at first. Slight alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Awesome. This is the perfect summer quencher. Full of flavor and pleasant finish. I could picture myself working out on a field somewhere being eternally gratefull for a gallon of this stuff to pass the hours. Seek it out and give it a try.

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Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy hazy light pale golden color, spicy, earthy citrus aromas, nice white frothy head that sticks to the sides of my glass. Fresh wheat and mild spice-orange flavors, crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, great for the style, very refreshing and tasty, one of my favorites.

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Photo of Illinick
4.47/5  rDev +17%
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.

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