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Holy Moses White Ale Imparts a Sea of Flavor

Posted March 28, 2012 By Marissa DeSantis

We get pretty excited for springtime at Great Lakes Brewing Company. After all, with springtime comes the holiest of community gatherings: the barbecue.

Whether it's a small front porch gathering or a total backyard blowout, you can usually expect two things at any self respecting cookout: food and beer. If you're lucky, someone comes through with a few communal bottles or kegs of GLBC beer. And if you're really lucky, they bring along a perfectly paired appetizer to graze as you sip your way through a chilled GLBC bottle.

If you're thinking to yourself, "I want to be the hero of my spring party. I want to be the bearer of good brews and tasty snacks", you're in the right place. We have the solution for your springtime potluck needs.

Our Recipe Spotlight this month features our classic spring seasonal, Holy Moses White Ale, our handcrafted white ale with spices and chammomile. The tangy, fruity notes of this hazy wheat beer make it a perfect warm-weather session beer. It's refreshing, clean, and aromatic. A definite lawn chair-sipper. And what goes better with a sunny seated respite than a Holy Moses White Ale and a bowl of colorful, freshly made salsa? That's right--nothing.

Holy Moses Cucumber Lime Salsa


  • 2 cucumbers, seeded
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded
  • Zest and juice of 3 limes
  • 2/3 C Holy Moses White Ale
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Dice vegetables and drain of any excess liquids. Combine all ingredients, excluding olive oil. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Add olive oil before serving. Great for a piece of fresh grilled fish, or simply served with tortilla chips.

Holy Moses White Ale is coming soon in 6-packs, 12-packs, and on draft at bars and retailers located in our distribution markets. Visit our onsite or online gift shops for Holy Moses White Ale merchandise including posters, glassware, and magnets. And don't forget to pick up a GLBC apron for your next barbecue. Cheers!

Recipe by Richard Basich, Great Lakes Brewing Company's Local Foods Liason.


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Holy Moses White Ale, a blank slate?

Posted June 30, 2012 8:52pm By Brice

Maybe I just got a bad batch, but after sharing a few bottles between some friends we've all come to the same conclusion that this white ale is... near tasteless. I know that white ale is distinct with having a mild taste with a focus on secondary ester and phenolic undertones, but this is more akin to carbonated water with a barely present taste of wheat.

If I had to hazard a guess, maybe the pasteurization process was too stringent? I usually shy away from pasteurizing ales with heat-vulnerable sugars or already low ester/aromatic concentrations. Otherwise you are left with an empty tasting or unsavory/bitter ale.

One of my favs

Posted June 24, 2012 6:47pm By jdeblaio

This style is absolutely one of my favorite beers. Kudos to Great Lakes for creating yet another fantastic brew!


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