Great Lakes Holy Moses | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses
BA SCORE
62.7%
Liked This Beer
3.79 w/ 980 ratings
Great Lakes Holy MosesGreat Lakes Holy Moses
BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by PhantomVodoo on 04-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,375
Reviews:
491
Ratings:
980
Liked:
614
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
12.4%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
75
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 980 |  Reviews: 491
Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +5.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +5.5%
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 +17.4%
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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Photo of iceball585
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale straw yellow color, cloudy, thin lacy cover that quickly disolved to a tiny ring

S- Citrus (mostly lemons), spices, pale malts, slight metallic smell

T- Strong flavor of lemons, hints of banana, fairly sour bite, wheat, spices, yeast, bready

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, flavor starts strong then disappears quickly

D- Worth trying

The head and the flavor fades too quickly in this beer. It really leaves you unsatisfied and wishing the flavor would stick around just a little longer.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking pour for a white ale. Cloudy whitish gold look to it. Thick head with great retention.

Nice smell. Definitely can smell the chamomile and spicy smell as well.

Good taste. Very clean tasting. Fresh at the begininng, ending with a fruit taste. Can taste the spices as well.

Good mouthfeel. Sharp and fresh, but thick taste as well.

Great beer for spring. I wish I could bring this beer to Boston. It would easily put Harpoon UFO to shame.

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Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle labeled 7/30/2007.

A - Pours a light golden color - lots of carbonation. I can see tons of bubbling, which heads up to a clean white head.

S - Very yeasty smell. Not much else that I can detect. Maybe a little spice.

T - Starts out with some of the spicier notes, like some coriander and yeast. Dry - has a little bit of that kind of bite. Finishes with an interesting wheat flavor. Very earthy.

M - Has stronger carbonation to it than normally seen in this style. Has maybe a bit too much for me. Not that it doesn't go down easy.

D - A good refreshing beer. The carbonation would probably make me shy away from it as a session beer - it is filling.

All and all a good beer. The earthy tones in the flavor just didn't thrill me, but otherwise a solid wit.

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Photo of brdc
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date 01/23/08.

Pouring into a wheatbeer glass, it is a cloudy golden brew, with some (but not much) white head, not a lot of retention, decent lacing.
Impressive aroma, coriander, orange, pepper, yeast.
Light bodied, moderate to low carbonation, easy to drink. Taste is a bit unbgalanced, too heavy on the orange and other citric fruits, obscuring the spiciness and yeastiness.
Just good, certainly not great.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden. Nice white head, with very good retention,and lacing. Aroma is spicey,but weak. Body is light,but creamy,with just a bit of carbonation. Taste is of sweet fruit,clove,and spice.On the light side,but smooth,and refreshing. Very good!

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Photo of CpnYates
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yeah this is pretty good beer... how is nobody getting pumpkins on this one. More like a pumpkin/ oktoberfest spice beer. Here in WV only available the northern regions of the state, this time at capital market.
I only bought one, but could surely go through three or four in a night. 4.5 on the mouthfeel as the spice is lingering nut not stick tounge causing. Good Beer

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Photo of pwoods
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from a Variety Pack poured into a pint.

A: Pours a bright golden yellow. Very pretty. 1 finger white head that recedes quickly. Patchy lacing.

S: Bananas and cloves with some underlying yeast. Subtle but nice.

T/M: Not my favorite style of beer but this is a good example within the style. Nice light crisp body and plenty of spices. Citrus is at a manageable level and leaves a tart and dry finish.

D: A good brew within the style. Reminiscent of Batch 8000. If I have a hankerin' for a wit(which is very and far between), I'll most likely reach for one of these.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A decent wit with plenty of yeast trub character, a peppery but balanced wit spice profile (orange zest, coriander, etc.) and good bit of bready maltiness.

Not bad, but I think I’m sorta over the whole wit style. Perhaps it’s because it seems like I’ve had it them all and they all kinda taste the seem, or maybe it’s because the summer is coming to a close and I’m a bit burnt out on wheat brews, or I might just be in a rut. Still, I had no problem going through the six-pack and don’t have any real complaints.

Recommended…

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Photo of scaliasux
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold. Individual particles suspended throughout beer. Inch thick white soapy head.

Smell - Sweet and a little yeasty. Hint of orange and some other spiciness. (Probably coriander and/or chamomile like it says on the bottle, but I can't really pick them out.)

Taste - Begins with a light and fleeting sweetness. Nice tart/sour finish. Mild orange (or orange peel) flavor persists throughout. Only faint spiciness. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and crisp.

Drinkability - This is a very likable beer in a very quaffable style. I'll take all I can get. Extra points for an amusing label. (I believe Moses is parting Lake Erie and Cleveland is the "promised land.")

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i left the sediment in the bottle when i decanted this. there was an initial chill haze in this straw/golden beer that became clear after several minutes. nose has some sweet bready aromas and hints of spice and resiny orange. taste is a nice balance of light, doughy malt sweetness with a spicy, crisp finish. light in body with a chewy mouthfeel. this is very sessionable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt scent. There is a faint scent of coriander and orange peel, but much less than most wits. The taste is decent. It has a watery wheat malt flavor with some spices and orange peel in the finish. It's much lighter than most. It has a mild citrus element as well as a weak Belgian wit yeast presence. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really average wit. It's real plain and uninteresting.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Golden hazy yellow color. Medium carbonation visible. A very full 1.5-2 inches of white, whipped head that is slow to recede. Smooth, thin lacing.
S: Bananas, apples and oranges are detectable up front. Underneath is a slight spiciness, and a hint of some sugary/earthy scents, like honey. Overall, wheaty with some pleasant dry fruitiness.
T: Smooth up front, with some creamy, unsweetened fruit tastes, most notably some bananas and oranges that are more oaky than tangy. Maltiness in finish that is drying and earthy, but it doesn't linger long.
M: Creamy and smooth feel, with a filling and tingly aftertaste. Small alcohol presence in the finish.
D: Quite good. Sessionable for sure.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this offering from Great Lakes on my most recent trip to The Party Source.

The 12 oz brown bottle was poured into a heffeweisen glass....(well it's similar to a german heffe). I formed a fluffy, white, 1" head over a cloudy yellow beer.

The nose was subdued, but I picked up a citrusy smell and some light spice.

The taste was good. But lighter...different.... more lemony thinner.... lighter.

The mouthfeel is light and perhaps a slight bit more carbonation than I prefer.... but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a light, summer-time beer. Nothing objectionable.... refreshing and un-filling.

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Photo of genog
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that sticks around. Served with an orange that has some of the lacing stick to the side on the glass. The smell is almost non existent at first pour. After warming up a bit I was able to notice some spices. Taste is yeasty with some belgian type spices, such as clove. Mouthfeel is smooth but highly carbonated for a nice texture of the light flavors and strong mouthfeel creating a nice balance.

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Photo of scottakelly
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice yellow, slightly cloudy. Thin, but full bodied head.

S: Herbally. Lemon. Spice comes through very nicely.

T: Some wheat malt presence. Citrusy flavor. Lots of lemon. Corriander is very noticeable. Big for a witbier. Lots of taste

D: Very high.

Probably the best witbier I've had. Good for a beer that's not anywhere near my favorite style.

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Photo of SSBrennan
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with active carbonation and a dense white head.

The smell is light and distinctive with strong chamomile notes and a background of bread and citrus.

The taste is rich and subtle with medium sweetness and orange peal and chamomile flavors. Finishes clean with a mild bite.

The beer is light in body with good but slightly strong carbonation.

Very drinkable a great warm weather or spicy food beer.

One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Risser09
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear in nature but the color is a golden yellow hue. Head is white and giving. It subsides and leaves lacing behind.
Smell: Belgian spice and lots of clove. Lemon peel and orange are other aromas.
Taste: Banana and clove are dominant flavors. this beer is earthy and a great Witbier. Slight flavors of black peppercorn fill the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and a nice peppery finish. Smoothe and watery at first. Slight alcohol presence.
Drinkability: Awesome. This is the perfect summer quencher. Full of flavor and pleasant finish. I could picture myself working out on a field somewhere being eternally gratefull for a gallon of this stuff to pass the hours. Seek it out and give it a try.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: yellow with a slight haze; 1" white head on the pour
Smell: orange peel (and lots of it)
Taste: orange peel, wheat, and a slight cider flavor
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night, but not back to back

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a nice cloudy golden color with a mild head. hardly any aroma to it at all, some citrusy hoppiness to it, but no malt. tastes good, oranges are first noticeable, with a more predominate hop flavor. mouthfeel is average, a bit watery, but it is a pretty good beer all around

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow with a white head. In the nose, it was floral and Czech hop presence. In the taste, sweet and a bit yeasty, and presence of a standard wheat beer. It is a bit dry in the mouth, yet smooth and easy to drink. A decent summer beer, however I still am not that partial to wheat beers in general.

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Great Lakes Holy Moses from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 62.7% out of 100 with 980 ratings
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