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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Ratings: 978 |  Reviews: 491
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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Photo of wspscott
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in sam adam's glass

Best by: 12/17/08

A: Not quite clear, but not very hazy. A light golden color, a thin white head (not as thick/large as expected) that dissipates quickly.
S: Relatively muted when cold, belgian style spice becomes apparent as it warms up. I would like a little more "orange" to balance out the spice.
T: Lots of yeast spiciness along with obvious coriander.
M: Crisp, attenuated, but not watery, highly carbed.
D: A very refreshing beer, ideal for a hot summer day. I'm not a huge fan of the style but it seems very true to the style. Much better/more complex than a basic wheat beer, might be difficult to pass off on a BMC drinker unlike a regular wheat. Recommended.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This white ale poured a cloudy golden color with a 1" white head that quickly dropped to a skim. Lots of lacing down the glass.

S= I found lots of citrus fruit aromas, as well as wheat malt and coriander.

T= This ale tasted of muted oranges, lemongrass, wheat malt, and spice. Fruity yeast made an appearance but did not overpower the delicate nature of this ale. Slight, pleasant sour note in the finish.

MF= Light-medum body, crisp carbonation.

D= A damn good witbier, great to have a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 10/8/08.

A: Pours a very hazy golden straw yellow with a 1-finger head that dissipates to a thin layer. Leaves sticky lacing.

S: Citrus: lemon and orange, coriander, yeast, pale malt.

T: One of the better white ales I have had. Not overpowering in any way, but well balanced between the malt, yeast, and orange/coriander. There is some good bitterness that comes in at the end to balance the sweetness, but no discernible hops. Slightly dry finish.

M: Smooth, perfect carbonation, very nice.

D: Very high. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the brewery in Cleveland, Ohio. I recommend that all Great Lakes Brewing Company beers are enjoyed from the tap since imo they are better than the bottles. Finding them in bottles without the option of the tap is perfectly fine though.

A Miller Lite with a thicker head. It is not a slam or anything but this is what this beer looked like when I was served it at the brewery.

S Barely there...very faint smell if at all.

T slight wheat taste, pleasant. Grainy.

M smooth, light.

D Good to great due to its light qualities.

Notes: One of the more drinkable GLBC beers.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this is pretty hoppy for a white ale. Nice beer overall. It pours with a nice white head of smallish bubbles that retain well and form a nice lacing. The color is yellowish orange and very cloudy. The nose is subtle orange, and on the palate the first impression is the lively carbonation bite, followed immediately by orange spiced with coriander, but with an appreciable hop bitterness. The hops, general dryness, and high carbonation join forces to help this one to finish very crisply, with a pleasant clean bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Ben4881
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Holy Moses
Great Lakes Brewing Company

Thank you drxandy for the trade.

Moses is a hazy, opaque, straw yellow color. It almost looks like a tall glass of orange juice. A decent white head emerges, but fades fast.

I smell citrus and spice. The citrus is an orange and lemon odor, a yeasty scent is also detectable.

The flavor is soft, sweet, and subtle up front, not a whole lot going on. Then the coriander kicks in, giving way to a bitter finish. The bitter flavor tastes almost just like an orange rind or and orange peel with a citrus zest in the background, a very interesting and refreshing flavor.

Holy Moses has a light body with minimal carbonation.

This is a very drinkable brew. It has a great balance between sweet and bitter. With a low ABV, I can see myself putting a few of these away on sunny, humid afternoon overlooking a large body of water.

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Photo of thisisshsas
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

blonde color with a decently amount of cloudiness. Sweet smell, as a belgian white ale should smell like. Taste is too sweet, yet is still kinda watery. becomes more carbinated the more it stays in your mouth. Easily drinkable if you can stand the sweet taste.
A beer for the mix drink makers, its too sweet for my blood for some reason.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Looks like a witbier, hazy golden color with a finger thick white head, quickly diminishes to a ring with little lacing.
S: Faint aroma, citrus, orange peel, yeast, corriander, a little pepper and general earthiness. Pretty much what expected but nothing special.
T: Having just drank a Hoegaarden before this beer, my opinion and score of it suffer a little by direct comparison. This is a great witbier, but comes up a little thinner and little more spicy than the Hoegaarden and just isn't as enjoyable. Strong with orange and lemon flavors with a spicy background. Not quite as much of a wheat or yeast flavor as the Hoegaarden. Very refreshing, pleasant take on witbier, but not my favorite GLBC beer.

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Photo of kinger
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes has yet to let me down so i picked up a few. This is a very good witbier. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a thick head that dwindles down. Powerful carbonation and some really great lacing as well. In the glass this beer almost looks like honey. The aroma is thick with coriander and citrus fruits, I also picked up some bitterness from the aroma. I let the head die down before I took my first sip. This beer feels crisp and pleasant. Overall good citrus flavors complimented by spices. The first one I had on its own, and my second one had a slice of fresh lemon. Both ways were good but the lemon really added to the overall flavor. I recommend trying a few of these, make sure they are cold and you will enjoy one seriously refreshing witbier.

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

Witnight continues it seems. Lets see it this one fares better than Fat Tire's offering.

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: So far so good, classic witbier look, nice and hazy light golden yellow with a frothy half inch head that holds onto the sides of the glass much better than the Mothership. Head fades into a ring and leaves little lacing.

S: This is a bit odd because it smells like nothing, not a thing, maybe the tiniest hints of lemon and herbal tea and wheat all tied together with a mild grassyness. Interesting to say the least

T/MF: Much better than the aroma would lead you to believe, whew I was worried there for a second. They say they use chamomile in this beer and boy can you tell it, not overpowering just very noticeable which imparts a nice honey and lemon balance over the beer and finishes with the faintest hint of nectarine. Is this tea or beer I really cant tell, very smooth and but just enough carbonation to keep things from becoming too buttery in consistency. Medium bodied and still quite refreshing.

D: Well this one wins out in the matchup for tonight but I really not all that crazy about the taste of this beer. It is different I will give it that and if I liked tea more I would probably be all over this beer but as it stands just a solidly constructed wit that beats out Fat Tire tonight.

Note: That nectarine taste becomes stronger as you work your way through this beer and its pretty cool to taste but the tea like flavors sort of dull my overall interest in this beer.

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Photo of epiinephriine
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent witbier; it has an excellently yeasty flavor, and smell, among others including clove, and bananas, which is reminiscent of pale Belgian ales. This beer needs not to be served too cold, lest you expect to get an average tasting brew. I also suggest pouring the silt at the bottom in; it enhances the yeast/banana flavor. It's better out of a tumbler than a pokal.

PS: High carbonation, which can be a bit prickely at low temperatures.

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

Poured into a hotel wine glass. It was either that or a rocks glass :-/

Slightly hazy golden color with a crisp looking white head. The head fades to a healthy white ring leaving some lace behind.

Aroma of citrus and some light herbal/spice. Coriander is evident but not overpowering. Orange Come thru heavy and sweet at times but there is an underlying bitterness to it. Some yeasty notes to the nose as well.

Taste is more citrus but on the sweeter side. The orange is close to being overdone but not quite. there is enough spice and bitterness from the hops to keep it balanced. This is all in all prety interesting in the sensory department.

Light on body, big on flavor. This is highly drinkable for any occasion IMO. Playing 18 holes? Bring a sixer along. Just want a sipper on a quiet evening? Go for it!

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour up a slightly cloudy pale yellow with a dense white head.

S - Smells of orange with a hint of spice.

T - Starts up with a nice wheat huskiness, replaced with orange flavor. Spice very faint.

M - Full of carbonation to offset thin body. Nice.

D - This is a perfect summer beer, easy to drink and refreshing. I could drink a couple of these easily.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A - pours a huge head that dissipates rather quickly to a thin coating on top of the beer. very cloudy gold in color with swirls of the yeast meandering through the glass during the pour. Lacing is just a few splotches here and there.

S - Huge smell!! Can smell spiced orange peel and some herbal sent that reminds me of Christmas. Could be the chamomile?? Very impressed!!!

T- Nice banana bread taste on the nose followed by a good wheat body. The beer finishes deliciously as the hops,wheat and spiced orange peel intermingle. Leaves a taste of orange rinds in your mouth. This aftertaste starts to get a bit funny as the beer warms. Best to drink cold.

M - Seems like moderately high carbonation with a medium body.

D - Another great beer from Great Lakes. I don't know if I would buy just a sixer of this for $8.50. But getting the 12 bottle variety pack (with burning river,Eliot Ness, and Edmund Fitzgerald) for $12.99 was an absolute steal!!! I could easily see enjoying a few of these on a warm night with friends....

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Photo of amstelcat
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold color, slightly cloudy. Very white head that tends to linger. Sweet, yet peppery smell with hints of lemon. Bright, crisp mouthfeel. Citrus and nutmeg in the mouth. This one went down very well.

Not as good as some other wits I've had, but really quite drinkable.

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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 Hojaminbag
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body with lots of littl bubbles and some yeasties floating around. A nice, big white head that leaves just a touch of lacing and has some decent retention.

A very spicy smell. Coriander, and other spices. What I guess is chamomille. Some wheat notes.

This is a very tasty white; one of the better ones I have encountered for sure. Flavor is dominated by spices and herbs, yet not overpowered. Coriander is noticeable, as is the chamomille. Just a hint of citrus. Nice wheat bite. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but good.

Very drinkable; I will probably grab a case of this.

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Photo of biggmike
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy, cloudy yellow color with foamy white head that dissipated fairly slowly. Aroma is citrusy and spicey. Flavor is also of citrus and spice. Medium-bodied and smooth. This is a non-complex but refreshing witbier that I enjoyed. Good summer beer

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

Fluffy white head that sits atop of a cloudy yellow body.The head lasts a few minutes.

Very fresh smelling.Flowers,wheat,orange peel and spicy goodness.

Wheat and spices and flowers in the taste.

Very delicate mouthful and smooth tasting.Some tart to it.

I really like this beer and its very fresh.I wish I had access to more of it.Thanks Bill!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1 finger head with decent retention and a clear yellow color.

Smell is of coriander and orange peel with some lemony and citrusy twang.

Some citrusy twang with a little orange peel and some coriander. A little off with too much carbonation that takes away from the perception of the flavor. A little cloviness in there as well. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

Just a weird mouthfeel. It is sort of seltzery and somewhat detracts from bringing out the flavor of the beer.

Not a white ale I plan on going back to. Average at best.

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Photo of zorandra
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A - sharp, clear, golden colour

S - subtle hints of spices (clovey)

T - besides the spices, not much going on; dry aftertaste

M - thicker than expected for a pilsner, but not quite a witbeir

D - overall a good beer, however do not see it being a beer I could drink many of due to the dry taste/feel it leaves

Did pair well with a slightly spicy 'curry' style dish.

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

A : Pours a nice hazy golden color with a good white head. Good lacing

S : Wheat, spice and citrus aromas

T : You can definitely tell it's a wheat beer. Lots of wheat flavor with some spicyness to it from the coriander and orange peel. I get a sense of some pepper in it also

M : Good carbonation

D : Really good and enjoyable

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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 978 ratings.
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