Friday, June 7, 2013

Great Lakes Holy Moses (8/10)

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Great Lakes Brewing Company produces a wide range of beers, including pale ales, lagers, and a porter.  Along with these, they produce a few seasonal beers such as The Doppelrock (a double bock), Eliot Ness (an amber lager), a Christmas Ale, and the beer we're examining here - Holy Moses. Holy Moses is a Belgian wit ale, spiced with orange peel, chamomile, and coriander.

It pours an amber color, and is just barely cloudy.  It has a thin, white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The flavor is fairly typical for a wheat beer, but has an element of smokiness to it that's unusual.  There is also a touch of bitterness that appears to come more from its grain bill than hops.  On balance, a really nice wit and one I'm happy to drink again.  The Beer Advocate crowd rates it 87 out of 100, or "good" as well.

I had this at The Winking Lizard Tavern on Bethel Road, and have not noticed it at any local retailers.  Great Lakes products are pretty widely distributed around town, but this particular brew doesn't appear to be.

ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 20
My rating: 8/10

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