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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 HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale
Bottle Inspection: It came pre-reviewed... "cloudy appearance and a spicy citric flavor with hints of coriander, orange peel, and chamomile" and listed 5.4% abv., serve at 48 F, and enjoy by 1/7/08 (I'm running late on 5/14/08).

Aroma: Herbal lemongrass with a candy sweet malt base. There's a lightly sour/citric edge as well; lemon pulp.

Appearance: 1st 2/3rds of the bottle give a clear pale straw yellow glass, and when the last 1/3rd was roused and poured a fluffy bright white head with an active carbonation feed held a cloudy wisp of sediment that suddenly dropped when I set my glass down slowly infusing to give the beer a thick haze. The bright white cap holds thick and gives up solid curtains of foam lace all the way down the glass.

Flavor: Light lemon notes, hints of lactic sour finish in the chops. The taste is light and fruity and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Prickly but modest carbonation keeps it interesting while allowing full pulls. Body is a balanced medium and the texture is soft and slick like satin.

Overall Impression: High quality well crafted beer. A solid recipe well executed. One nice Wit.

Personal note: my 900th review

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale cloudy lemon yellow with about an inch of white head.

The scent was vaguely hoppy and citrusey.

This had an absolutely beautiful taste; citrus, grain, and coriander. My wife claims she tasted chamomile in it and decided she didn't like it. The label says chamomile is in it, but I did't pick up on it. It was good anyway, so shut up Mrs. Poop.

Great mouthfeel. Well balanced with no unpleasant aftertaste.

Great beer, I had a few.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale goldish yellow with a very slight hazy to it. White head that leaves some decent amount of lacing.

S- Clove, corriander, lemon peel and some orange. Follows the style well.

T- Follows the nose pretty well here. Very good taste. Wheat based that the spice come pouring off of.

M- More body than what I expected. A very nice brew.

D- This brew has grown on me. I enjoy it and it is easy to drink.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six pack from EV1 in Evanston. Best before 8/11/08.

Kind of a bright yellow for the style. Only moderately hazy. Not a lot of sediment in this bottle, I guess. Not a great color. Head retention and lacing are decent.

Smells citrusy and herbal. Grassy, tea-like aroma from the chamomile. Some banana is buried in here too. It actually comes up front as the beer warms.

For some reason this tastes really lemony when the bottle states that orange peel was used. The bitter orange peel is detectable in the back. Wheat backbone is always present. Grassy chamomile is above the typical spices, which is a nice change, and what distinguishes this beer. A bit more of a bitter kick than other white ales I've had.

Medium-light body, resulting in a beer that goes down very easy.

Another winner from Great Lakes. I find this an extra relaxing beer to drink. Maybe because it recalls summer, or maybe because the tea is imparting some good vibes into this. Or could be a placebo effect. Regardless, I like this, and will revisit periodically this summer since the price is right.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to nrbw23.
Poured into a Tulip glass.

Pours a big rocky head.
Color is golden, cloudy -- not as cloudy as most wits.

Aroma: spice, citrus, some honey.

Taste : a little coriander. I can taste the hops but they are subtle. They say it was brewed with chamomile but I couldn't detect any.

Very full mouthfeel for this style.

A very drinkable beer. This would be a great beer for the texas summers (if only we could get it here!).

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Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Poured a nice, cloudy golden body with a small white head with ok retention and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: A nice floral and malty smell with some sour, yeasty undertones.

T: An initial sour taste with hints of lemon zest and banana esters. A nice, smooth banana ester aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side and slightly overcarbonated, but still pretty refreshing.

D: A nice drinkability due to a nice combination of taste and mouthfeel. A little overcarbonated, but still a decent drinkabilty. Worth a session if you can get it.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured a brilliant yellow-gold w/white head and light lacing. Liquid is hazy, as is to be expected.
S-Wheat, chamomile, orange peel and orange blossom.
T-Light citrus, orange, spice, chamomile.
M-Mouthfeel is very light, but refreshing with necessary balance.
D-Great flavor and aroma, but body's overall light nature off-balances the mix. It is just a bit too light to carry the beer's bright character. Still, a good drink, smooth, and delicious.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super pale canary yellow and the yeast at the bottom of the bottle moves down the body in slow motion giving a sweet lava lamp type effect ultimately clouding the once clear brew with with a thick cigar smoke look amid the tiny rising bubbles. head is creamy and dense and rises above the lip of the glass like a raw plastic biscuit. it also has great retention and leaves lots of spit-bubble lace that take the shape of unknown continents on some far off planet. very nice for a witbier, much different from the loose wheaty ever-expanding foam i expected.

S- spicy grassy citrus, orange/lemon peel, the smallest hint of bubblegum, fresh wheat & barley, spicy hops, the beginning stages of a roux, and an aroma akin to crushed chamomile leaves but not exactly.

T- grassy straw-like hops first, blending into a bitter orange peel, and soft coriander and bubblegum. some light clove & lemony flavors come out as well with a starchy white bread flavor. a gentle bitterness hangs in the limelight the whole way through with a sharp pilsner quality adding a level of cleanliness to all the yeast flavors and citrus. lemon peel's essential oils become more pronounced at the end and will be very much appreciated by anyone who likes their martini with a twist.

MF- as any fan of the GLBC will tell ya, the MF isnt as full and rich as most of their offerings, but it definitely fits the style. with that being said, it rocks. and along with that OSU fan who gives beer to his cat, this is my favorite white so far, mostly due to the ample amount of saaz-type bitterness in the flavor which i assume fits better than any other strain of hop i can think of. body is almost thin, but powdery characteristics from the yeast add some feeling of body. medium carbonation.

D- this is one of the beers that got me into the craft movement. nice soft flavors make for a great warm weather beer. i've had it in the summer AND in the winter and it's more appreciable when the mercury rises. the drawback, however, is that i drink it too fast to appreciate the flavor!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice interpretation of the Belgian White Ale style beer. Pours a decent head with crisp carbonation. Smells of corriander, lemon, and wheat. The aftertaste sometimes lingers a bit, in a strange way. This is the only drawback. But it is a clean, smooth, crisp refreshing brew. Tastes of citrusy fruit and spices. Really great summer beer.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy Moses (great name) pours a hazy, light yellow with a faint greenish tint to it. A fluffy white head fades quickly but leaves some nice lace on the glass. The nose is bright and lemony with yeast and banana. The tast is light and lemony with some sour and bitter fighting each other in the aftertaste. The carbonation is high and spritzy with fits this beer well with a medium/light mouthfeel. Not a bad example of the style, but I wasn't inspired to reach for another.

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Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fuzzy golden yellow with a lot of carbonation. There is also a small head that leaves quickly. Tiny bit of lacing.

There is a little hint of ginger. The smell I picked up on the most was was the bread dough and wheat. Like fresh, right out of the oven. Oranges.

I was a little deceived by the drink as I was expecting a normal Witbier taste. I was greatly and pleasantly surprised that it was almost a dark witbier. It had an almost roasted flavor to it. Like the smell I picked up on more oranges. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy.

Full bodied. Heavy. Not a lot of carbonation detected.

Like I stated earlier, I was expecting a normal witbier but the darker surprise was awesome. I will definitely be buying these again.

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Photo of boogles
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Uhh ... I wonder if anyone here has ever had chamomile tea? Because if you have, it's what you can expect in this beer beyond the typical characteristics of the style. The beer is interesting, but way, way too much like chamomile tea, like someone dropped a teabag into a run-of-the-mill witbier. Otherwise, this beer is pretty good, but I couldn't get past the (over)interpretiveness. Needs more of a citrus kick, less bitterness.

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

Bottle depicts Moses Cleveland parting Lake Erie with the Cleveland skyline in the background. Bottle claims - brewed with spices and Chamomile. Date of 5/25/08 stamped on the back (I think this is a best before date).

Poured a hazy yellow-orange from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lots of suspended yeast sediment. A one finger head settled quickly to a ring of thin foam around the glass, which was kept alive with some nice active carbonation. A delicate web of lace is left on the glass.

Yeasty, bready smell. Coriander and lemon zest. Tastes of very light, biscuity malts. A citrusy, lemon zest twang in the mid palate with a slightly bitter hops aftertaste. Finish is very clean and dry. The flavor doesn't linger on the palate.

Overall this beer has a very light and refreshing feel. Mouthfeel is moderate for the style as is carbonation. Highly drinkable.

A very nice beer. When compared to Hoegaarden this has slightly more body and flavor. I think this is a really excellent interpretation of the style. This will be a great summer session beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.4/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Got this from a bottle from a GL Sampler pack with a best by date of 3/26/08 into a crystal weizen glass

A - A dark golden color, which is rather hazy. I don't know if this unfiltered or not but there is some thick haziness sitting around in the liquid and looks like strings of something is just sitting there below the head. A decent amount of carbonation is dripping up the sides and the Head is big, puffy and leaves a ton of lacing.

S - smell is mostly citrus along the lines of a slight orange and lemon and also a hint of coriander. Also a slight hint of banana sweetness and also has the characteristic wheaty smell that is seen in the style.

T - hmm, first I have to note that I find this kinda watery in body and even taste. Taste has a slight bananay aspect to it and also a bit of oragne and yeast. However, the overall impression is that there is not too much taste at all but instead just get water. Do get a bit of a nice aftertaste which is a light spice and might have more taste than the beer itself.

MF - as noted above, find this to be rather watery and not too much carbonation at all. I am used to witbiers having a ton of carbonation that attacks your mouth and adds something special to the beer. Have to say that here the body actually ruins the taste and makes this a worse beer.

D - it is drinkable in the same way that Bud is drinkable. It is smooth and not really there. I would definitely not look for this one again and have to say that overall this is so far my least favorite of all of the GL beers that I have had. Usually this brewery makes me want more and more but here they leave me not wanting another one at all.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to limesmut for this one. Best by date of 12/26/07.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat glass. Hazy, dark straw color with a bubly, fizzy, stark white head of about two fingers in size. Lots of carbonation action going as well to keep the head in check and minimize the diminishing of said head. No lacing.

Aroma was citrusy and peppery spicy. Perhaps some corriander. Not a whole lot going on.

Nice, crisp, citrus flavors with some hop bitterness going on as well. Typical wheat flavors. However not very yeasty. I usually like that yeast flavor in the wits and this one was lacking that. The slightest bit of sweetness is in there too.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin and the carbonation seems to be slightly low for a wit. Dry finish; really dry. Clean, crisp and citrusy. Certainly this is a wonderful session type beer. Perfect for summer, like most wit beers. Not sure if I would totally recommend this as there are plenty out there just as good or better. Overall, slightly above average.

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Photo of Windigstadt
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy straw color with hints of peach. An adequate half-inch white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lacing.

S: A tart aroma of a spice I can't quite peg (possibly the chamomile noted on the bottle, because it's definitely not coriander) mixed with yeast.

T: Taste of hops (yes, hops), coriander and yeast bite greet the palate. Much more bitter up front than I would have anticipated from a Witbier. No real malt flavor as it quickly proceeds to a dry finish, with the bitterness of hops--along with bitter orange peel--and the mix of spices lingering on the tongue.

M: Very effervescent... almost too bubbly, feeling very foamy in the mouth.

D: Like any Belgian Wit, this is definitely a session beer.

Overall: I'll admit it's been a while since I've had a Belgian Wit, so perhaps my palate's a bit off. However, the BJCP guidelines seem to confirm my general thoughts: that this beer is too bitter and lacks the sweet citrus notes generally associated with Witbier. I fear that an American Witbier--a neutered, more Pils-like version of a Witbier--is developing just as the boring American Hefeweizen developed here in the States. Holy Moses is a good beer on its own, but it lacks the uniqueness that generally leads me to choose a Wit over a pale lager.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oh-so-slightly fogged straw with a decent white head that is leaving some lace on the way down. Nose is citrus and funky. And even though it doesn't show a lot of spice, I think it's what you expect from the style. Flavor has a pretty good body. Decent level of funk mixed with a vibrant citrus edge. The only detracting feature is its lack of staying power. It seems to fade just a bit quicker than it should. Feel is good. Overall though there is a biting edge that detracts from things I have to say. And also it seems to lack a balance that would make it easier to drink. Overall it is a decent interpretation of the style from an American brewery.

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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 enfield249
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale, cloudy gold in color. Poured with 1 fingers worth of head, and leaves a thin ring of foam.

S - Orange peel, and some other baking type spices. Some wheat also.

T - First I get some nice sweetness, and then some of the orange peel and spices. There is a little bit of vegetable flavor on the tail end, but not much.

M - Thin, but not watery. Very little carbonation. Leaves my mouth very wet, slightly metallic, but not in a off flavor kind of way.

D - On the whole, not bad. I would drink this under the right circumstances, but it would not be a go to beer.

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Photo of AmbsterSchrier
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ambient golden straw color; slightly cloudy with a snow white head.

S- Smells of citrus with a sun-dried hint, slight undertone of coriander.

T- Definitely refreshing citrus, light wheat taste. Very crisp and fresh. Slightly dry, but satisfying.

M- Very smooth.

D- Light. Would make a nice brew for a hot day. Goes down very easy. Overall, a pleasing Belgian style.

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

12oz bottle served at about 50 degrees and poured into a Hotel Water Glass about 8 ounce Pint Glass shaped

A - Poured a very bright golden amber with a smallish maybe one finger high head of white fizzy lace that formed on top. Very hazy and cloudy with lots of sediment floating around and eventually settling down to the bottom of the glass. Decent retention left behind just a touch of lace across the top and no side glass lace what so ever. Lots of carbonation rippling up from the bottom of the glass to reinforce the head and just streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - The smell was very light and bright with lots of yeast and wheat like aromas. There were some light hints of fruit and a touch of grassy and grainy qualities in it as well. There was light grape and a touch of lemon in it as well. A earthy grassy quality as it warmed up.

T - The flavor was very light. The first thing I picked up one was a light yeast flavor. Nice hints of peach and grss mixed in but both were very light and did not really contribute all that much to the overall approach. The finish was very dry and had an almost light wine like taste to it, very long and drawn out it was really very nice and a classic witbier.

M - Super light bodied ale, this was about as light as you can go before you turn into like a light lager almost. Extremely well carbonated this kept fizzing and cracking until the very last sip. It was very light going down and a smooth creamy after taste.

D - Awesome session ale. I could have drnk this all night long it ws just that light and easy to drink. Flavors were very bright and easy to handle as well with a very nice overall balance to them. Classic sessionable ale at its best here, could have had ten of them.

Overall this was a classic Witbier with a really nice little twist at the end. I am loving all these great lakes brews I have been able to get up here they are really great quality and this one ws no exception. A really quality little ale here I would definitly try again.

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

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Really light cloudy yellow with little head.

S - Strong citrus smell. Lemons.

T - Smooth flavor. Very citrusy with good malt and some good bite from the carbonation.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. Nice beer that's easy to drink. There's a lot going on with the flavor but it works well and tastes great.

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Photo of Morey
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is brewed by the Great Lakes Brewing Co. out of Cleveland. Poured out of the bottle and into my glass producing about a 1/2 inch head that eventually faded to a thin lacing. Yellow-White in color and cloudy in appearance. This smells very similar to other white ales, and is brewed with Chamomile and other spices.

Morey's Bottom Line: I found this beer to be very smooth from start to finish with nice citris notes and would definitely recommend it to fans of the style, as it is probably my favorite Witiber to date.

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Photo of atrus138
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz brown bottle with a ton of information about the beer printed on the label. Very light yellow color with a significant amount of haze. Nice fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace all along the glass. Head is a little darker than pure white, but very close. Smell is of citrus, wheat, and spices. Lemon and orange are most noticeable. Taste is very refreshing. Nice citrus zing with an abundance of spice. Lighter body and ample carbonation. This seems like a perfect beer to be enjoyed during the spring or summer, though I'm digging it in the middle of winter.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent find at Pizza Plant, Holy Moses is very smooth, a mellow accompaniment on a sunny, very cold day. The body is cloudy and a very light golden, one of the lighter colored beers I can remember--just a shade darker than Hoegaarden, but isn't everything. Two fingers of white foam top off the pint glass, but the head isn't as durable as one might suspect from first glance. The smell and flavor are a wonderful amalgam of fruit and spice, with banana, grapefruit, and orange co-mingling with ginger, coriander, and a dash of pepper. The carbonation is a little light for me, but the smooth taste make this beer all too easy to drink. Really good find, something I'd like to try on a hot summer day six months from now.

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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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