Great Lakes Holy Moses | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

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Ratings: 975 |  Reviews: 490
Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very pale piss yellow hue. Nice foamy white head with okay retention. Nice thick sheets of lace as well.

S: Light wheat aromas with lots of corriander. Subtle notes of lemon zest and a touch of clove.

T: The corriander dominates here as well. It is backed by one solid ass wheat beer. Very citric with notes of bitter lemon and fresh orange. Subtle notes of yeast as well.

M: Light, zippy carbonation, tasty as this is not one of my favorite styles.

D: Good and tasty.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into wheat glass on 5/12/09. Thanks to brewslut for bringing me home a mixed six from the brewery a while back.

A - Poured a clear, effervescent light golden color with slim white head that quickly receded to a thin veil but left some decent lacing around the glass. Turned cloudy as I poured the last bit of liquid into the glass.

S - Aroma suggests citrus rind, clove and coriander as well as some sweet notes. Subtle citrus and tea-like herbal hops give the nose an earthy tinge.

T - Subtle spicy notes suggesting clove and coriander. Hint of bubblegum sweetness in the finish, which is in contrast with a bit of mild citrusy hop bitterness and some earthy, tea-like notes.

M - Light bodied with a crisp, bristly mouthfeel and slight srupy texture. Sweet, spicy and bitter notes fall across the tastebuds.

D - Light, easy-drinking Witbier with a spicy flair and fairly substantial hop bitterness for the style. I have been consistently impressed with Great Lakes recently.

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Photo of storksonm
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint Glass

Got this beer a little late, best by date was end of december. But was mysteriously still in the store.

It was a nice color for a white ale but it wasn't quite as white as maybe I had thought it would be. More of a yellowish tint to it. It was a great beer it smelled just like any other witbier I've had, but the interesting spicey flavors and the chamomile that I swore I could taste gave it some interesting initial and aftertastes. Over all I think it was a great beer and as always a nice story from Great Lakes.

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

A cloudy pale orange color pour with a thick fluffy white head that lasted quite a while. Pleasent Belgian yeasty aromas of banana,light pepper & coriander spice,maybe some candi sugar aromas.Flavor has all of the same characteristics of the aroma but is stronger on the coriander and has some orange peel in there as well,nice wheaty malt backbone,light hoppy bitterness is noticable in the end. The feel is light and well carbonated,flavor is quite balanced. This is a darn good brew,too bad they have retired it.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JohnTravolta21 for this bottle.

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon yellow with a thin bright white head.

Aroma of wheat, sweet malts, banana, and lemon.

Malts and earthy grains upfront with lemon, banana, and black pepper present but somewhat faint.

Thin bodied, crisp, and sharply carbonated.

An easy drinking wit from Great Lakes. Though the flavor tends to be a bit washed out.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solidly drinkable, full flavoured wit. Looks good with a hazy yellow/orange liquid and sticky crowning head of white foam. A little bit of lacing clings to the glass. Nose is spices and orange and hints of honey. Leans towards the sweet side with lots of citrus and soft banana-like flavours. Smooth body and light carbonation. Very easy drinking, balanced and tasty brew.

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Photo of xare
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Moses! How haven't I tried this yet? And now Great Lakes has retired this beer - after years of never trying it... now I'm going to miss out on drinking probably the best wit I've had.

Appearance was cloudy orange-golden with a white head that dissipates but leaves a soapy film on the top. Carbonated well. Looks good but nothing truly special.

Smell is of coriander, orange peel, and chamomile. CHAMOMILE! I love chamomile tea and was thinking that there was no way possible that a beer could smell of chamomile at all, since it's such a delicate scent.

Taste - wow, you can really taste the chamomile, orange peel, coriander... it's all crisp and clean. Almost can miss the wheaty background. I kept waiting for the letdown, since I don't like wheat beers if they aren't heavily spiced. There wasn't a letdown. Amazing.

Mouthfeel was crisp and had a bit of a punch from the carbonation. Definitely very clean to drink. Nothing that hangs around and makes you roll up the welcome mat.

Drinkability is outrageously high. If you still see these on the shelves, gobble them up and drink them up. They're replacing this one with the Hale Ale - hopefully that's just as good as this one, or there'll be an uprising.

Well done, Great Lakes! Bravo!

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Frothy white with one full inch of ripe head. The body is golden orange with a bit of haze and full of carbonation.

S - Soapy and grainy aroma.

T - Bitter hop flavor into a smooth apricot taste. The finish is a bit pungent in an uncomfortable way.

M - Starts watery and moves to a coarse texture on the outside of my tongue. The finish adds an abrasive feel to the roof of my mouth.

~ As far as a wheat beers go this is a unique in it having a srong bitter flavor. This is not a classic wheat brew. It's not bad but it's not for me.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a steamed glass the liquid is light yellow with ok carbonation. The head is soft, white, about 1 finger and leaves some lace.

The smell is ok nice light spice and a french bread backing.

The taste is nice, I like the lighter spice, smooth bready taste and mild hops.

The mouthfeel is very good, nice body and fine carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this is a better seasonal.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of yesyouam
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale is a hazy, light golden ale that's highly sparkling. It has a small white head that fades quickly. The aroma is of lemon and wheat, with just a hint of banana bread. It smells like a Wit should. It has a light, maybe medium-light, body with a crisp, clean finish. It has a lemony flavor with a fruity wheat note. The finish is lightly bitter and it's well balanced. It has a clean taste-- a little hoppier than most Wits I've had. It tastes like there may be Fuggles in there.
(rated Sep 17, 2008)

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Photo of beveritt
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, parting Lake Erie. Best by 01/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of off white head with an almost yellow tint, possibly from the beer below it. This settles slowly into a thin coating of foam, but leaving behind probably 80% coverage of white, sticky lacing. The beer itself is medium yellow and cloudy. Because of the suspended yeast, it reflects light and almost has a glow of its own. Pretty cool. No sediment in the bottle, but I did swirl the last bit.

Smell: Sweet wheat smell with strong banana and apple notes. Sharp yeast tanginess in the finish.

Taste: Spicy yet smooth malt leads into a slightly sweet and fruity middle. Finishes with a not inconsequential hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is great, thick and mouthfilling.

Drinkability: As usual, another solid beer from Great Lakes. I often forget just how good these guys are.

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Photo of jspruit
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle as a hazy yellow with a bit of yeast sediment. Not a large head, sort of looks like a Bell's Oberon Ale, just not as orange.
The smell is very crisp and nice-sweet, a bit citrusy, and smooth too. A bit like a spiced wheat beer.
Tastes just likes it smells and very refreshing. Wheaty and citrusy at the same time with some sweetness-although I really don't know if I detected the chamomile as described on the bottle. Definitely a very pleasant well-balanced wheat beer that almost is bit Belgian.
Slightly carbonated but goes down quite smooth and not too strong. Could definitely drink more of this.
Overall, it is a very nice beer from pour to aroma to tasting and finishing. I drank this in the colder part of the Irish winter and it went down well and I could imagine that it would be nice on a summer day too. I'll definitely recommend this and try it again-well done Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light gold in color. Frothy ring of head settles around the perimeter of the glass. Initial smell is yeast and spice. There's a lot more spice in the flavor. Some bittering hops and sharp spices. Not a whole lot of fruit flavor, but some floral notes are present. A little thin in mouthfeel, but it's refreshing and clean.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with drgonzo3705, Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle, best by 12/17/08, served in a GL standard pint glass.

L - hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.

S - lemon/citrus and yeast aromas.

T - sweet, wheat and yeast with a citrus bitterness and a very dry finish.

F - lighter bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D - very enjoyable, it's a shame this brew will become only seasonal but then again it's one to look forward to.

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Photo of sgoodship
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Dalem
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy Moses pours gold in color with a slight haze and a little tint of orange. Half inch head fades fairly quick leaving a cloud cap on top and a spotty lace. The aroma's are right in line of what a quality Witbier should smell like but with a little twist. There's the obvious bready, orange peel and coriander (and to this nose the right amount of coriander-some brews in this style go a little do much with it) smells but also something else. Guessing it as the presence of chamomile that is used in it I asked the better half. She confirmed my guess and with her being the wit head in this house (she drinks maybe two beers a month and if she had her way Victory's Sunrise and Whirlwind would be available year round) took a sip, raised her eyebrows and gave an "Mmmm!" as approval, took another sip and then went and got one for herself. I tried to get her to write her take on the beer after that but she shot me down saying "You're the beer geek here. It's your job...but this is a very good beer" as she headed off to the front porch swing with a book in one hand and a pint glass in the other. I had yet to taste it but after her delicate palate was tantalized I knew my chances of being impressed were better than usual (especially when it comes to Wit's. The most minor thing in one of them can turn me off in an instant).
Damn! There's all kinds of flavor right off from when it first touches the lips. Lemony bite backed up with a fresh out of the banana bread like warmth. In the middle there a crisp and bold spiciness courtesy of the coriander and especially the chamomile which add a very interesting complexity to the brew. Not overly sweet like a lot of the American takes can be nor that almost artificial citrus flavoring taste that a lot of them have. The mouth feel is full and fluffy. Not thin & fizzy but not superthick either. It finishes clean and just a slight sweet tang.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautifully white color, probably one of the truly "whitest" beer I've ever had. Has a very impressive frothy white head that bubbles around with a texture a lot like whipped cream. Very hazy unfiltered look to it. Light, clean orange and grains of paradise aroma with a little pepperiness to it. Very German flavor to it for a Belgian style, especially with the big frothy head. Reminds me of sitting at bars during the summer in berlin. Extrordinarily dry base for the spices with a crisp finish. A little clove like yeast flavor like a hefe. Pretty complex but not overly delicious. Mouthfeel is very smooth from the wheat and a nice level of carbonation. Since it's so light you can drink a lot of it but I'm still looking for a little more flavor like you find in a good hefeweizen or Belgian wit. Maybe a little more alcohol or a little sweetness, either from the yeast or from a little higher mash temp. Still a nice beer.

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Photo of BierFan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

The beer was a pale yellow in color. It had low carbonation and a small head that left very little lacing. The smell and taste was very mellow and subdued. Aftertaste of citrus and grapefruit due to the hops.

I thought it was funny how the side of the label said it was made from "barley hops yeast and water" but elsewhere on the label it said it included "spices and chamomile".

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Photo of jwinship83
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very pale golden colored body under a white head.

S- bananas, yeast, bubblegum. very typical wit.

T- like it smells, with a grainy aspect to it as well

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing

D- an easy session beer. worth trying every so often.

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Photo of ski271
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear with a careful pour, but it's not necessary to avoid the sediment. Not off tastes there, just stronger. Medium-light gold with a medium-sized, pillowy, white, slowly-diminishing head. Smells of fruit followed closely behind by bready malt and yeast and some very light spice. Taste is of light, crisp, fruity citrus up front with a spicy finish. Coriander, then clove. It has a medium-light body, slightly creamy texture and moderate carbonation. This is one of the brewery's best offerings. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque pale yellow color. huge white head. good retention, great lacing.

S: citrus wheat aroma. very abundant coriander smell. some chamomile in the back.

T: malts are a little bland. coriander barely lingers. tastes a little old. light citrus and chalky.

M: odd mouthfeel for a wit. mild carbonation level.

D: I could drink tons, only if it was fresh.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden straw color with whisps of yeasty dirst swirling around and a good amount of carbonation sticking to the side of the glass. The small and foamy white head didn't stick around for long. The sweet nose is full of yeast, orange, and belgian-like spices. Fairly straightforward but there is an odd harsh wheat flavor to it and I don't believe it to be bitterness from the hops. Perhaps this is over spiced for some people but I still find it pleasant and semi-refreshing. Slick but moderate feel with a lot of tingly carbonation. Feels like your drinking an alka seltzer drink. Fairly drinkable but kinda weird?

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Photo of Greggy
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Awesome sediment, nice golden white body. Nice sticky head with some decent lacing.

S- Nice mandarin orange, pepper, light german hops.

T- Starts out with a nice peach, apricot, and lemon zest, then goes mainly mandarin with a dry graphite note in the finish.

M- Some light to medium carbonation which is great with the style, IMO.

D- 5.4% makes it decently sessionable. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy yellowish color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is citrusy, maybe grapefruit, spices, and maybe a hint of grain. Flavor is sweet initially, with a slight bitter finish. Light on the palate and very drinkable. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the typical ghostly pale orange witbier color. Has a pure white head that dissipated into a thin yet rocky cap. The aroma is very nice. Good Belgian yeast aromas, banana, and light pepper & coriander spice. Some candi sugar aromas as well. The taste has all of the same characteristics of the aroma but is stronger on the coriander and has some orange peel as well. A light hoppy bitterness is noticable in the end. The feel is light and well carbonation, finishes balanced; starts off sweet and ends bitter. This is a great witbier as it is not dominated by coriander and orange peel, which I prefer. Flavors are pretty much spot on with an added hoppiness in the end.

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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 975 ratings.
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