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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) - New Belgium Brewing

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)

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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

IBU's: 12

(Beer added by: mentor on 05-16-2006)
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Photo of TheRealBigC


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not really a fan of New Belgium's attempts at classic Belgian styles. They lack authenticity, but they try to put their own twist in the style (hence their name I suppose). Obviously it's working for them, because a lot of people like this one as well as their Abbey and Trippel.

The Mothership Wit pours a hazy yellow color with a little white head. The spices are strong to the taste, but not to the nose. Coriander, lemon and even some banana make an appearance in what some might find is a good mix of flavors. For me, it lands in an unpleasant middle ground. There's too much going on to sip casually, but not enough for me to want to savor it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 18:18:17 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of jsisko01


4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very light, pale yellow color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. The lacing looks like soap suds at first, with large bubbles. It slowly fades away though.

Smell - The smell is pretty feint, but I pick up citrus, a slight bitter/musty aroma, clove, and wheat.

Taste - Banana and clove are most dominant. Followed by pale malts, citrus, lemon zest, and wheat.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's been a long time since I've had a beer of this style. I forgot how good it is. This is definitely a good beer to drink on.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:52:15 | More by jsisko01
Photo of phishsihq


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Mothership is taking off...

New to the NBB portfolio when we first moved to Colorado, Mothership Wit has been taken off the list of regular offerings from New Belgium. We felt it was only fair to send this brew off with our review...

Properly pouring Mothership Wit into a wheat beer glass, a big and fluffy white head sits atop this hazy, straw colored ale (yes we stirred the bottle and dropped the yeast in the glass!) Corriander, lemon, banana, orange peel, and yeasty notes are all expected and present, as well as a touch of pepper. Spice and banana really stand out in this brew, a slight breadiness as well, complex, yet simple, quite tasty on a warm night. Moderately carbonated, Mothership Wit is somewhat lighter in body. Fare thee well.


Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:58:16 | More by phishsihq
Photo of CampusCrew


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose,

taste: very yeasty earthy flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: really enjoyed this beer unfilered wheat, Usually NB is not impressive. I also dislike wheat beers, but this was well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 21:10:09 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent white foam with a glowing orange hue. Lacing can be a bit sticky.

Smell: A fresh hint of cloves and banana. It's the cleanness I like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Banana and cloves. Very light, crisp clean and refreshin, yet full-bodied and lingering.

Overall: A very good wheat beer. The Mothership is the mother of all hefs and wits in a way, since it has excellent qualities of each.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 22:34:55 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this is a nice light blonde beer with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin menagerie of bubbles covering a hazy, yeast filled body. Pick up some strong spice aromas, some orange and lemon zest, light malts and lightly roasted wheat. This beer is light and crisp overall, its got a light body feel and a slight warming as you swallow. The orange peel is the first flavor you taste, the wheat comes in as it the sides of your mouth. It is tart overall, has a slight alcohol flavor in its aftertaste along with the mild coriander flavor. This beer does have some decent lacing too!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:11:43 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of blakelive784


2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a pale yellow color with a rocky, white 2 finger head. The head's surprisingly thick and it retention is very good. Pretty good as far as a wit goes.

S - Fresh lemon, hearty yeast, orange peel, clove, crisp and spicy wheat, and sweet candy. Moderate strength and nearly spot on considering the style.

T - Follows the nose closely, though it's a bit watery, and more aggressively hopped than I would have guessed based on the nose. Yeast and what are countered by generic hops notes. Mild and generic. I'm a bit disappointed by it.

M - Light bodied and crisp, but finishes watery. Pretty good until that awful finish.

D - Another pretty good offering from NB. It's average at best, and definitely has promise. That being said, it's definitely not a winner in its current state.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:50:06 | More by blakelive784
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this organic Witbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color, produced an average amount of white head and it featured average retention. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this Witbier consisted of lemon and orange citrus, wheat bread and coriander. Medium in body, This brew was sweet,a base of wheat malt, a decent amount of spicy coriander and some yeast shining through as well. Decent session beer, overall, its only average for the style. Not regretting buying a bottle, but won't seek it out again. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:40:22 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of chocosushi


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel Karmeliet Tulip
A ~ Pours a crystal clear blonde with a champagne hue. Lacing is in fine spots and head is akin to a falling meringue.

S ~ Peppered with bananas, dry cloves, & very grassy hops. There is a lovely scent of honeysuckle & citrus zest in weak tea.

T ~ Mmm. . Banana peel with clove & orange peels combined with a backbone of wheat with mild black tea notes. There are fennel seed hints. Weast is fruity & floral lending notes of honeysuckle peach, & double bubble.

M ~ Herbaceous. Very Prickly with fine Carbonation. Light on the palette.

D ~ I have not had this beer in over a year & it was lovely to revisit. A good session witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:24:46 | More by chocosushi
Photo of TheFlern


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw with a white head that dissipates to a thin layer, minimal lacing. Not nearly enough head retention or lacing to be anywhere near the top of the style.

Smell: Clove esters, wheat. Light citrus notes in the background.

Taste: Very much follows the nose but more noticeable. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, good carbonation.

Overall: Very good wit beer. Cheap too. Give it a shot if your in the mood for a very good domestic organic wit.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:55:16 | More by TheFlern
Photo of lstokes


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a surprisingly light and clear pour--there's a delicate straw color and a two-finger white head. I'm wondering where the haze is. The coriander is a powerful presence in the nose and the taste, followed by cloves, wheat and then a tiny bit of bitter orange peel. Personally I find the coriander somewhat overwhelming with respect to all the other flavors and the mouthfeel too light--it's a refreshing beer, certainly, but I can think of a number of better wits.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:43:57 | More by lstokes
Photo of JennyJam


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass. Has a golden-yellow, hazy appearance, slight carbonation rising to the top with a dense, one finger head.

Smells of citrus (orange, lemon) and spicy (I definitely smell the coriander), some wheat and malty scents also.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. The coriander hits my taste buds immediately, followed by a wheaty-hoppy, slightly carbonated taste.

The mouthfeel light and smooth.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. The coriander flavor is quite powerful, which can be a plus or minus depending on your tastes. The unique flavor of this beer makes it a nice option for when you want to mix up your selection. Makes a good summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:11:53 | More by JennyJam
Photo of hopfacebrew


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown NBB bottle to NBB globe.

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a lot of sediment. A 1 finger white head with some retention and lacing.

S - Citrus aroma with some wheat and spice.

T -The beer starts with the wheat and malty sweetness. A noticeable citrus character with minimal spice. Mild bitterness. Finishes crisp.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. The wife loves it. Not my favorite style but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:59:51 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a weiss glass as directed on the bottle

A - Pours a very hazy, pale gold - almost has a white tint to it when held up to the light from the yeast. Tons of small bubbles rush to the dense, pure white, 3-finger head. Head stays intact nearly all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a nice web of lacing on the middle third of the glass.

S - The nose is greeted by strong orange, coriander and wheat malt. Smell remains strong in the glass.

T - Clove notes upfront. The body has just enough orange and coriander notes to add interest to the beer without overpowering the delicate balance between wheat malt and hops. A flourish of orange, coriander and cloves as the beer passes back of the tongue leads to a pleasant orange-clove aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation. Complements the flavor well and lends to an incredibly smooth, although slightly watery beer. I woundn't mind seeing a tad more carbonation as well.

It's been a while since I had a good witbier and mothership wit reminded me why I should seek out this style more often. Tasty and easy drinking, I could easily see kicking a few of these back in the summer. Very cool that it is an organic beer to boot. I will definitely be coming back to this one once it warms up here in New Mexico.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 10:02:17 | More by Bockrules
Photo of mustang70


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a erdinger weizen glass.

A. pours a golden straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head.

S. It smells like a wheat beer. banana, cloves, wheat and orange.

T. it tastes exactly as it smells. it could be a little stronger but it does taste good.

M. it feels good on the palate. it does feel a little thin/watery, but not bad.

O. I liked this one. it wasn't amazing, but it was tasty. I would have liked it to be a fuller, but would buy this again. would make a good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:50:09 | More by mustang70
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellow before swirl, completely hazy post-swirl. Very aromatic citrus wheat smell. Inviting. Tart open, wheat chalk close. Yeasty biscuit finish. Very strong carbonation. Lemony. Whatever spices they add, contribute to the overall experience. Excellent blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 13:49:43 | More by KTCamm
Photo of superspak


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best by 12/04/2011. Pours slightly hazy light golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with nice retention that reduces to a thin cap. A dacent amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, grass, coriander, wheat, citrus peel, and biscuit. Very nice aromas with good strength. Taste of coriander, pepper, bread, lemon, wheat, light banana, light bubblegum, and yeast spice. Lingering notes of coriander, pepper, clove, citrus, and banana on the finish for a bit. Light-medium bodied with medium-high carbonation as expected. A bit on the watery side for taste, but still solid. Very drinkable with no alcohol noticed at all as expected. Good balance of flavors, but the spices are a bit too strong in this one. Overall this is a very nice and enjoyable witbier. Definitely worthy for a session in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:56:44 | More by superspak
Photo of Sheepdog


2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Cloudy gold pour, poured 3/4 out into pilsner glass, swirled then poured the rest.

S= Heavy on the coriander and with an orange peel.

T= Taste of a wit but had a big spice kick in it.

M= low carbonation and had a watered down feeling to it.

O= A decent wheat wit however there are others I would buy first. Really heavy on the coriander. Not sure if I like the organic approach to the wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 21:31:22 | More by Sheepdog
Photo of ferrari29


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Hefeweizen-shaped glass

A - Beer has a nice light golden, straw colored body; cloudy in appearance; forms a nice white head, about one finger in size and holds pretty well; well carbonated; not much sticky lacing formed; visible sediment

S - Spices; light wheat smell; dry straw; yeasty; coriander, possibly allspice; lemon

T - Sweet spice taste; dry coriander-grains of paradise taste; fruity-citrus taste; yeasty; herbal; grainy malt flavor

M - Kind of thin and not as sparkling as my eye originally thought, especially given the lively carbonation; sour yeast and sweet aftertaste, with a touch of malt

D - Not bad; actually very enjoyable; light taste and body, would make a decent summertime beer

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:31:04 | More by ferrari29
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift in a mixed six pack of New Belgium from a friend. Thanks!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a pale, pale hazy cornsilk color, with a two-finger brilliant white head that only partially reduces. Plenty of yeasty sediment keeps this very cloudy.

Has a plethora of aromas; grass, corriander, and chamomile start, with undertones of banana, vanilla, and honey, give this a very pleasing and easy smell. Think a nilla wafer brewed into a beer.

Yeasty, with corriander, straw, banana, tangerine and a vinous, almost earthy taste, there's a fair amount going on here. Very low bitterness with no drying residue.

Light to medium bodied, this is a very soft and easy drinking brew.

I've never been the biggest fan of witbeers, but this one is pretty good. While I like Oberon, I'd say this is a tastier and softer beer, one which I believe I would prefer if they were put in front of me. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:41:27 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of CamuMahubah


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exceptional orange blossom colored honey wit...

It's outstanding in that I almost thought I was drinking a Saison. So complex for a wit...I even taste horseblanket! The light citrus rind tells me it's a wit though...I even taste a bit of candy of some sort...this tastes homemade!

We've gotta go spread the hay and drink more of these!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 16:13:02 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of DeutscheJeff


3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be rather disappointing for a New Belgium brew, nothing that really stands out about it. At first pour it was apparent that this beer was going to be less than ideal. A good alternative for someone with a palate that is somewhat less forgiving, not a bad beer overall but certainly below the standard New Belgium holds.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:38:51 | More by DeutscheJeff
Photo of fatmcb1


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, straw color. A bit hazy with a white ring of lace.

The smell is very spicy with coriander, lemon peel, and a bit of wheat.

Taste follows the nose. It is a bit sweet. Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, leaving a light tingle on your tongue.

This is a decent session beer. The gf loves it.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:26:01 | More by fatmcb1
Photo of ONUMello


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very light yellow/straw color, thin head, lots of carbonation.
S: Coriander, orange, wheat.
T: Similar to the noser: coriander, lemon, wheat.Simple but tasty.
M: Very thin and light, but crisp and pleasant.
O: Not the most complex witbier I've had, but crisp and quite refreshing. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 02:12:44 | More by ONUMello
Photo of 160Shillings

North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Coriander and bitter orange with a slight Belgian yeast character

Appearance: Color is a pale straw with fine carbonation and a quickly collapsing head. The beer is clear. Instructions on the bottle direct you to rouse the yeast by stirring; however that is not applicable to this style so I did not do this. A witbier should be hazy from its protein or unfermented starch. This beer doesn’t have that.

Flavor: The flavor is coriander and mild sweetness finishing with bitter orange and slight hop flavor and bitterness. There is only a mild tartness throughout this beer with no detectable lactic acidity. Lemon is present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall Impression: In reality Mothership is closer to Blue Moon than an actual Witbier.

Comments: Mothership is a very drinkable beer. However this beer is far from what a Witbier should be. There is no lactic aroma or flavor. While at the same time there are extraneous flavors and aromas (hops and lemons). Once again New Belgium Brewing does not fail to exceed my low expectations. When you compete with the likes of Coors for most fake Witbier, it becomes obvious that advertising is more important to your company than brewing.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 18:43:13 | More by 160Shillings
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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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