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Review of Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

01 May
Hello again folks.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale produced by the Great Lakes Brewing Company located in Cleveland, Ohio.

It’s been sometime since I last reviewed a Great Lakes brew and this Spring Seasonal seemed like the perfect one to sip on this evening.

Here’s the description of this beer from the website, greatlakesbrewing.com:

A Belgian wit ale spiced with orange peel, chamomile and coriander.

Let’s get it poured and see how it is.

The Holy Moses White Ale comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 5.4%.

It poured a very cloudy, yellow color with hues of orange when held toward the light source.  Some brighter yellow highlights adorned the bottom of the glass as well.  The collar was bright white, fluffy, soft, soapy and kind of rocky.  It had a nice girth, the retention time was excellent and the lacing looked pretty good.

Within the aroma, I got some sort of weird plastic smell.  Hmm.  Once past that I received some orange citrus along with a very mild tone of lemon peel.  Significant wheaty characteristics.  An almost cracker like breadiness as well.  Spices of coriander and light pepper.  Overall, it wasn’t very muscular or robust.

The taste was very clean, crisp and soft.  More hints of the pepper and coriander spice.  The orange citrus was very, very relaxed.  The lemon seemed to stand out in the taste more so than it did the aroma.  Again, very bready with hints of wheat and yeast.  Decently well balanced with the flavor I thought, however a touch feeble all around. 

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied.  Smooth, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  A bit watery to be honest.  The carbonation was good, however the flavor didn’t really stick around too long after the swallow.

Well.  This is an ok beer I guess.  It was a little meek in the taste and the mouthfeel and the fragrance was a tad bit puzzling at first with that “plastic” characteristic.  It was very easy to drink though.  Definitely a warm weather session beer.  I believe I could put down several of these after a long, hot, hard day of work.  Sure, I’d recommend this brew.  I think it has some decent properties, although I don’t necessarily think it holds up to some of the other Belgian Wits that are out there.  Have you guys ever tried the Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale?  What did you think of it?  Be sure to leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

Thanks for reading everyone.  It’s greatly appreciated.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.5 out of 5
Grade:  B-   

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4 Comments

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Country: USA, Great Lakes

 

4 responses to “Review of Great Lakes Holy Moses White Ale

  1. Anonymous

    May 2, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Nice review. I agree, not my favorite of the style or by GLBC.

    Dave,
    @eriebetterbeer

     
  2. Anonymous

    May 2, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Nice review. I agree, not my favorite of the style or by GLBC.

    Dave,
    @eriebetterbeer

     
  3. Scott Shrewsberry

    May 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Dave,

    Thanks so much for the compliment. I really appreciate that. I do tend to like Great Lakes and don't get me wrong, this beer was not bad by any means, but it just fell a bit short in my opinion.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     
  4. Scott Shrewsberry

    May 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Dave,

    Thanks so much for the compliment. I really appreciate that. I do tend to like Great Lakes and don't get me wrong, this beer was not bad by any means, but it just fell a bit short in my opinion.

    Cheers,
    Scott

     

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