Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image Image
Scroll to top

Top

No Comments

Great Lakes Brewing Company | Holy Moses White Ale

Great Lakes Brewing Company | Holy Moses White Ale
Kevin Risner

As a wee lad of 21, I waltzed into the Great Lakes Brewing Company brewpub before a baseball game with my family, and I was able to buy a beer there legally for the first time in my life. This was a wildly new experience for me, as all I had encountered in the past had been Budweiser, MGD and similar beverages. Craft beer was uncharted territory. Therefore, as I stood there with a much larger selection, I opted for something I never bothered to try before, a beer whose label stood out from the others, a beer named after the founder of the city of Cleveland: Holy Moses White Ale.

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 20

It was nothing like I had ever had before. At the time, I was not attuned to the intricacies of what one might be able to find when sipping on a beer with a flavor profile more complex than water. This was new and fun and miles above the other options I had tried thus far.

As time progressed, Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Holy Moses White Ale became something of a cult classic, and I, of course, tried further offerings from this beloved brewery. Holy Moses would occasionally be on tap at the brewpub, or it might grace store shelves as a seasonal offering from time to time.

Now, Holy Moses has become a year-round offering! Starting January 4, 2018, this delightful beverage became available as six-packs, 12-packs, and on draft in all GLBC’s distribution markets. Along with new labeling, the ale is a vibrant offering for people wishing for something a bit different from the heavy stouts and the winter warmers that have inundated our store fridges over the past couple of months.

Enjoying a Holy Moses White Ale on a chilly winter night. Yes, my Christmas tree is still up mid-January.

The exciting difference I noticed as a novice beer drinker was revived as I tried it later on in my beer-swilling career, and of course as I sip on it while writing these words for you all. There’s a strong hint of orange and other spices that you can catch upon an initial whiff; the strongest is the orange peel, for sure. Though winter time is when people opt for heartier and creamier offerings of stouts and ales, Holy Moses can be a refreshing alternative to those fireside tipplers. It’s crisp and fresh, not hoppy, not achingly sweet. It is in a league of its own, and I’m falling in love with it all over again!

Don’t hesitate to try Holy Moses out when you get the chance; you will not be disappointed.

Not to be outdone, Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale will be coming this May: a seasonal for 2018 with a tidal wave of fruitiness. Keep your eyes—and oranges—peeled for this one. Trust me.

Holy Moses label graphic courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company, artwork by Darren Booth.


Can't visit the site everyday like us? Bummer! No worries, we've got you covered. Submit your email below to receive our monthlyish newsletter on reviews, tours, events and more!

Submit a Comment

twenty − sixteen =