Great Lakes Holy Moses | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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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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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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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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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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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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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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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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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