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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 aracauna
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a cloudy yellow with a great white head. The spicing is excellent. The coriander and orange peel brighten up the light wheatiness making for a very refreshing witbier. One of the better American takes on the style. I was highly impressed with this one.

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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 lampkins
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the pour I was salivating over this brew. It pured a hazy orange and a whip cream like head on my glass gave the impression that I was in for a real treat. Smell reminded me of orange jam on some white toast.

Taste - this is where I was left dissapointed, it really did not taste like a wit beer, but more like a hefe weiss minus the yeasty spiceness often accompanied with this brew. My first bad beer from Great Lakes. Not the worst, but it is not there best beer by far.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow in color with a scant little head.

S: Malty, faintly yeasty smell with some hints of a lemony citrus smell once this beer warms up some.

T: Initial taste is a burst of a sweet malty taste that gives way to a slightly bitter hop taste. Hints of a banana smell and fresh baked bread.

M: Super smooth, not dry feeling at all. Alcohol and carbonation levels are very well done.

D&N: Unreal. This is a very well crafted beer by a brewery that (for me, at least) can do no wrong.

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Photo of cokes
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy sunshine. Staw-colored, with a big sticky poof of whiteness on top.
Lemongrass aromas sprinkled with leafy coriander, and generalized wheatiness.
Begins with a doughball wheat sensation. Not as dry, off the bat, as I am accustomed to a witbier being. It does parch out seconds later, with flatbread pils malt traits. Spicing is prototypic. Orange zest and coriander; all seemingly muffled by the heavy, soggy, pushy wheat hues (think: Spiced American Wheat). Herbal hop conclusion is conjoined and possibly bolstered with citrus, either from the continuation of the spicing or possibly the inclusion of some Amerihops.
The medium body is cushioned and soft. Perhaps overly so. It lacks a bit of finesse and brightness. Though its rotundity is somewhat alluring.
It remains a decent version and I sure wouldn't turn one (or 6) down on a sultry day. No sir.

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Photo of Afterburner
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color with slight haze from yeast. Small but persistent white head.

Smell: Predominantly orange, with notes of pine, orange peel, and faint licorice.

Taste: Tangy at first, almost like lemonade. Mid-palate displays the hops, some cloves, and some orange character. Finish pulls out more hops, and a character reminiscent of rye bread with caraway seeds. The hops really dominate this brew, as they do with most of GLBC's beers that I've tried.

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between light- and medium-bodied, with moderate bead.

Drinkability: I just wasn't excited about this beer. It's not a bad beer, but there are certainly more interesting examples of the style out there.

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this selection for the first time at the best place to have it for the first time; GLBC!
Cloudy gold with a giant white foam cap lthat left great lacing down the sides.
Floral tones and citrus highlights awaken the senses. A gentle hint vanilla concludes the whif.
Fruity with spices (chamomille, ginger...maybe) this Belgian beauty is fantastic and finished slightly hoppy.
A great summer ale. Crisp, refreshing, and clean!

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Photo of Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pale yellow and sits a murky gold in the glass. Nice fluffy white head with some good lacings on the sides.

Smells of citrus, spice and everything nice. Mild grapefruit and orange bring up the front, and some herbal notes trail behind. Hops cover the whole aroma.

Tastes of wheats and yeast but also brings in a bit of those citrus tones from the nose into the flavor. Slight grassiness to this along with a very mild hop bitterness at the end. An overall pleasant experience.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Super easy to drink; perfect for a warm summers day out on the porch.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A free 12 oz. bottle from babyhobbes! Thanks again!

Here's an interesting beer from Great Lakes. Definitely a belgian, with all the candied fruit and spiciness, but in a very light (5.5% ABV) brew. It doesn't taste like a watered down Anniversary Ale, like I might expect, but is a unique experience all by itself.

A belgian that could be a good session beer. What a concept!

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a neon white minor head. Spooty lace deposited on the side of the pint.
Aroma of grain, pale malt and a definite lemon twist.
Flavor is a big shot of grain, followed by a lemon peel shot and just a hint of bittering.
Mouthfeel is very grainy, with a crusty, papery start and a lightly but smarlty spiced middle and a citrus lemon finish.
Drinkability is decent, think this beer is meant for draught. I believe it really loses its aromatic delight in the bottle.

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Photo of drewbage
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 12 oz bottle with a remarkably short fill. (Bottle provided courtesy of Craig in Cincy) Sampled in a 33cl Chimay Goblet.

Aroma is soft buttered rolls with a candied lemon finish. Coriander provides a subtle accent to the aroma.

Beer pours a pale straw with a definite haze soft white head that fades quickly, but sticks to the side of the glass.

Palate is strongly spicy with pepper, ginger, candied lemon, and the soapy flavor of coriander. Beneath the spices is a barely there sweet corn malt.

The finish continues the spiced theme all the way through a almost tannic cinnamon finish across the tongue.

Finish is all

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not really a big fan of this style but I really couldn't ask for much better after mowing the lawn. Pours a light yellow color (mildly opaque) with a rather compact white head. Aroma of citrus, spice and vanilla. Light, crisp and refreshing with a nicely spiced and lightly hopped flavor. The finish is vigorously crisp (citrus) and lends to enjoying this Wit longer than I do most others of the style.

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Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden and cloudy (unfiltered), with a good head. The smell was of yeast as well as Belgian spicing (mostly corriander). The taste was mostly of the spicings, but with a hint of the wheat still able to come through. The mouthfeel was heavier than normal, but didn't seem too out of place. Drinkability-wise, I'd have a few of these!

Well, with so many Great Lakes beers I hope to review, I'm running out of shots at Cleveland, but I'll just end by saying this is an excellent summer beer and one that I'd have more of whereever I could find it!

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Photo of clvand0
2.38/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a cloudy, bright, almost neon yellow color with a small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was full of citrus with hints of yeast. The taste was very strong and quite spicy. The wheat portion came through strongly, but it was overpowered by the spiciness. I really didn't enjoy this beer much and had a little trouble finishing it.

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

Brewed in a Belgian wit style, but didn't quite get there. Aroma was yeasty and faintly floral. Initial flavor was somewhat tart and weissbier-like. Belgian wit spicing was too reserved - there was a faint floral/herbal character, but it was just too far in the background. Certainly not every take on the style has to hit you in the face with spices (i.e. Blue Moon), but they should make more of a statement than in this beer to add some depth.

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Photo of granger10
2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't know what happened here. So far this is the only Great Lakes brew that I tried and didn't love. I'm sorry but it just wasn't all. Citric acid taste. Sour lemony flavors. There are tons a flowery notes to go along with it. I didn't enjoy this one and could barely finish it.

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

First time in the bottle, this is just as good as on tap. The appearance is just as robust and the nose stays as aromatic as from the tap. This beer is fairly loaded with spice and fruit notes and the smell keeps the flowery sense that adds a touch of mystique to this nice GLBC offering.

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Photo of jackndan
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy Moses: another fine brew from Cleveland. Very hazy, with a nice golden color. Not much head though, although it left a nice cover over the beer. Aroma is somewhat unusual for the style, fairly floral. Light in body, somewhat carbonated, but the taste is a little hard to pin down. More sour than is typical than with most wheat beers, this is much more Belgian than German in style, and is missing the banana yeast notes one would expect, even after I swirled up the yeast on the bottom. Very nice citrus notes, with the orange family dominating, although the sourness is present throughout. Crisp finish. Easy to drink, nice for the summer, and refreshing, although I’ll take a German for my next one.

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Photo of SamAdams
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, not a big fan of wheat beer but this is a very good beer. A nice gold color with a white head that hangs around for awhile. Nice lace. Smells like a wheat not as strong smelling as some, no over powering smells. Smells clean. Taste great. I pick up a hint of lemon. A very easy beer to drink. The second one is even better than the first. My Bud light friend even thought it went down nice.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another fine looking beer from the brewers at Great Lakes. Holy Moses pours a golden straw color with a full, pure-white head that settles to solid 1/8 inch layer.
The aroma is a bit grainy with wheat being the prominent smell. Slightly sweet, spicy and just a bit musty.
The taste is refreshing with a little sour bite. Very little hop presence and some mild herbal notes. It leaves a pleasant, lingering, spicy aftertaste.
A very enjoyable summer beer. It's crisp, refreshing and leaves me wanting more. Thankfully, I have more!

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

I had this brew in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light golden color that is a bit hazy. There are 2 fingers of head with good retention. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a mix of yeast and fruit, very sweet smelling. The taste is a bit of sour lemon, not too tart though, with a light yeasty flavor. It is very refreshing. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and heavy. The drinkability is also very good for this awesome wit.

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

This beer poured out a very pale and slightly hazy yellow color. The head was small white and creamy. Sour yeasty tones in the aroma and in the taste. Very light tasting. Not overwhelming at all. Some spiciness with a nice wheat sourness. Not much hop bitterness or presence. Nice and tasty, light and drinkable. A good Wit.

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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 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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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 972 ratings.
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