Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) - New Belgium Brewing

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

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 05-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

IBU's: 12
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Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cloudy whitish lemon gold with a thing white head. A white beer in more than just name, this one is truly white.

Smells of light grains, lemon citrus, and yeast.

The taste is a great mix of light grains, orange-lemon citrus, and maybe cloves. The coriander really comes through too, but its not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is thin but the carbonation faintly comes through.

Overall, this would be a very easy beer to sit down with and drink for hours. This is THE ideal session beer for me. Sweet, light, easy going down, nuanced flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me and my wife split a bottle,its not a style Iam big on but my wife really enjoys a good witbier. Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed lemonade light yellow with a thinner white head that left some shotty lace as it settles quickly.Mild but pleasant aromas of toasted cereal grain and coriander spice,som lemon-like citrus aromas show thru as well.Flavors are light and flavorful,light lemon and slight phenolic spice with a very nice lingering toasted grain flavor in the aftertaste.Hey for a warm spring day like today this is great,not overly complex by any means but it is a thirst quencher.

Photo of brownbeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow beer. Hints of banana and coriander in the aroma, estery. Taste is clean with a faint hint of clove and coriander in there. Overall, this is a nice clean beer that goes well with hot weather and an urge to drink. It won't knock your socks off, but I'd put it next to a Hoegaarden any day.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a big, bright white head, merangue head. It sticks around and leaves a good lace. The beer is a light, hazy, yellow color, the color isn't that nice but I'm finding it oddly appealing.

The nose is hefe-like, but mustier. Lemon and banana, faint spice in background, wheat, nutmeg? Reminds me quite a bit of Hoegarrden in taste. It is bright, zippy, yeasty, with a banana undertone. There is a drying, phenolic pfinish. This seems to be one of the most true-to-style US wits I've had I think. It is intensely refreshing and subtle, but I wish there was just a bit moe going on.

Mouthfeel is light and grippy. I could drink gallons of this.

Photo of weatherdog
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip shaped pint glass

It pours very cloudy with a faint yellow beer with fluffy white head that lingers.

The aroma is typical wit, nice medium spice level w/ coriander, a little wheat slickness near the end.

The taste is smooth like it should be, a strong wheat backbone with once again right level of coriander spicing. I'm glad it isn't overly done like many interpretations but at a level i prefer, noticeable but not overbearing.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot on, a slickness from the wheat but not too oily. It has medium carbonation, drinkability is very nice, unoffensive all around nice beer.

The flavor comes together nicely and a surprising enjoyable offering from a brewery where I am usually unimpressed with their normal offerings.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a pale straw yellow, slightly cloudy, with minimal head. There is a pretty constant, but rather thin, ring of white bubbles that hangs around but no real lacing to speak of.

Aromas are faint, delicate, and a nice spicy wheat maltiness. The usual aromas of the style are present but rather light.

Initial flavors rolling over the tongue are light and spicy, quite spicy actually, but delicate - a lot of delicate spice if that makes sense.
It leans more toward a coriander type of spiciness versus that of something stronger, such as clove. The flavors stay light and tight throughout the experience with some wheat in the finish. The finish is a touch dry, quick, and more of that same spice.

Mouthfeel is rather light and spritely with lots of fine carbonation on the tongue. It really does work with the flavors pretty well and seems to enhance whatever that spicy thing is. Easy drinking but those spice notes would limit my personal consumption to just one or two at time unless I was pairing it with the right food. Overall, a nice brew, enjoyable, and interesting. Definitely worth checking out but probably not for the masses.

Photo of blackearth
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a cloudy, light-yellow "lemonade" appearance and a thin white foam head. Aroma is of fruity esters and coriander. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lower carbonation level than expected for this style. Soft tasting wheat malt flavor with a hint of lemon. No bitterness to speak of. Drinkability is very good on this one.

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 6/22/07. Pours a cloudy light yellow with some thicker yeasties. The head is white and fizzy and quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bananas, musty yeast, and orange peel.

The flavor is wheat and lemony citrus and some spices (clove and banana) in the background. It has a nice zing to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied (thicker than expected) with low carbonation, but more syrupy than watery.

Overall, much better than expected. It's more fruity than a traditional wit, but I like it. It's light but refreshing and pleasant.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a lemonade hued body with a small white head. A few flecks of lace are left on the glass. Restrained aroma features wheat, yeast, white pepper and some coriander. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste is decent enough but unremarkable. Notes of wheat, yeast, citrus, pepper and coriander mingle nicely. Crisp and refreshing, this would be an excellent summer quaffer.

Photo of badbeer
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very pale yellow, probably lighter than a macro. White head that dissipates into a ring. Pretty phenolic, coriander, and a slight touch of creamed corn. A little bit of tanginess from the wheat shows up on the tongue, maybe a touch of banana and clove, some coriander is there. Maybe I'm on a Witbier kick, because I really enjoyed this and Bell's 8000 recently, much more so than others seem to. High carbonation with lighter than medium body. I'm surprised I liked this so much, good job New Belgium.

Photo of Mora2000
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light yellow color into a pint glass. This beer smells about like you would expect a Belgian White to smell (sorry I can't be more specific). I got some citrus flavors in the beer, but overall, this beer didn't have much in the way of flavor. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot day, but other than that, it was not too appealing to me. Not a bad drink, but nothing special.

Photo of mjwoolley33
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased a 6-pack from my favorite establishment. Let it sit in the fridge to get to the right temp overnight and then poured into a tall, glass mug. Thoughts below:

A: Poured a nice yellow color. Good amount of fog for a wheat beer in my opinion. Minimal head but lots of lace for this bottle.

S: Typical beer smell with a hint of orange to me. Very pleasant and a joy to sniff on pouring.

T: Very smooth to drink. Tastes run of the mill at first, but after letting it sit for a moment it got a lot better. Hint of orange and lots of coriander kicked in. Overall very fresh and pleasant to drink over time.

M: Once again, very smooth. Pleasant amount of carbonation and a nice, cool taste. Sits very well.

Overall, a good beer. Not too bad for my first BA review. Will try this one again, and I'm excited to run the New Belgium line. Cheers!

Photo of mattster
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Nonic glass.

Nice thick 1" head, died down to 1/2" after a minute. Very interesting color.. Almost looks like "Country Time" Lemonade. Hazy, yet bubbles are apparent - some appear to be in suspension.

Smell is slightly citrus, a little bit of yeasty notes, but not Strong. Taste very interesting. Some citrus yet and also some spice notes. Bottle mentions sour, but I don't find it sour or bitter.

Brew has nice bubbles that make for a pleasant mouth feel. Lower alcohol than what I have been drinking make this a good session brew. Although it is 60º here in Scottsdale right now, I think this beer is better suited for summertime use, when it is 115º at 10PM.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Best by October 23, 2011.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy and about the palest yellow I have seen (besides for some nasty light macros). Nice frothy head that leaves some light lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by orange with some coriander, clove and wheat.

Taste: Very citrusy, with both the orange peel and lemon peel coming to the forefront. The wheat malt base is also fairly evident, and there is some light banana and clove from the yeast. The clove continues through the finish, along with coriander and peppery hops.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very refreshing and flavorful Wit. The amount of citrus flavors added is almost too much, but ultimately the wheat, coriander and yeast provide the needed balance.

Note: New Belgium has never been my favorite brewery, as I find most of their American styles to have the same biscuity malt backbone, and even many of their Belgian beers suffer from mouthfeel issues. However, the most recent beers I have had from them (this, Somersault and especially La Folie) have been impressive for their respective styles. So I may need to keep a more open mind.

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seems that everyone who has this on tap really likes it. I had it out of the bottle. Pours clear yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma of rotting wheat and B.O. with a hint of death/old blood. Fortunately, the taste was infinitely better. Light, wheat and citrus flavors up front with a smooth spiciness on the back. I actually switched from drinking this out of a glass to straight from the bottle to avoid the horror of the aroma. It helped.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of heavy coriander and orange peel, with a hint of wheat grain--exactly as the label leads you to expect.

These aromas translate almost exactly onto the tongue, the coriander, orange peel, and wheat grain being the most immediately obvious flavors, and constitute the larger portion of what you might find on the palate, along with a subtle thread of Grape Nuts cereal-like grains. Hops are light, adding only a small bitterness, and medium-heavy carbonation gives the brew a sparkly, slightly effervescent buzz on the tongue.

Overall, this is a good example of what a White beer should be, the bright flavors dancing on the tongue wonderfully. If there is anything negative to be said about this beer, it might be that, while it is a good White beer, its flavors don't seem to offer anything new to the category, and left me instantly making comparisons to Hoegaarden. What we're left with, then, is a truly excellent, average brew, if you can follow that logic.

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy and light yellow with lots of bubbles and a fair amount of particles moving around. Solid two finger white head with good retention and a light amount of lacing. Quite a unique look.

Smell: Aroma of wheat and yeast with some pale malts, coriander spice, banana, clove, lemon, and orange. Hints of grassy hops.

Taste: Wheat and pale malt with a lot of citrus. Lemon peel and orange peel. Good amount of coriander spice. Subtle hints of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a wheat beer. Light but still has a very good burst of citrus.

Photo of mj001jk
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light straw yellow, opaque with a fine foamy head that dissapates within a minute.

The nose has obvious hints of spice, coriander, some citrus peel and a nice and subtle crisp hop character. The yeast aromas are light and not particularly complex, but fine and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light but there is more malt character than what I would have expected, some citrus elements and a pronounced bubblegum taste on the finish. Not offensive, but perhaps not as sophisticated as you would want it.

All in all a good beer, nice flavors and a killer "hot-summer-day-beer" but a little simplex and I would get tired of the candy-like flavors if I drank it too often.

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

New Belgium's Mothership Wit is a widely available witbier that's a much better alternative to Blue Moon or Shock Top, but it's not nearly as good as other craft offerings.

The beer is the color of hand-squeezed lemonade with about the same amount of haziness. The cap of white foam is constantly replenished from below and yields a spicy, orange and yeasty aroma. For some reason, the yeast phenols were unappealing too me it was just too much. The taste for me was also ruined by the overly assertive yeast character. The orange and coriander was pushed down by the peppery, clovey, and musty yeast. I even tried to decant most of the beer off the yeast, but it was just too much for me. I think that maybe this is a defect of too much yeast during bottling or maybe the beer being shipped too warm and yeast autolysis.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing with fine carbonation and thin body. I had just one beer and I was done--the yeast for me is too overwhelming.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very cloudy and dark yellow, big head, big carbonation, small bubbles, no lace. Smells of all kinds of stuff. Lemon, coriander, sage, vanilla, cinammon.

Flavor, very pronounced. All the aroma comes out, vanilla and cinammon though, much more muted than everything else. Gets a little tiresome down the way. Kind of a chick beer you can respect to a degree. A little pricey, but not outlandish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Readily available in South and North Carolina, none in WV, OH, or PA sadly enough. I was so excited to catch some New Belgium while traveling south toward my vacation destination. They had bombers of the 1554 Black Ale, Fat Tire, and Mothership Wit at every grocer or gas station we went to. Appears a clouded pale yellow golden hue with a billowing white head, lacing is chunky and sporadic but what a nice lookin' brew we have here. Aroma has citrus and spice with coriander and creamy sweet biscuit and sharp wheat accents, mellow easy going but oh so nice. Flavor has a creamy sweetness from the grain and mild citrus peel bitterness with spices added coriander and chamomile like softness brings a sweet soothing marsmallow like tone over the whole experience. Mouthfeel has a creamy effervescent carbonation level lighter bodied smooth finish all the way, drinkability this must be one of the best summer seasonals I've come across give me a couple 22 oz offerings and we'll be A okay.

Photo of Reino
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Best by July 2009, poured into my Oregon Trail pint glass. I like that they explain how to pour a wit on the bottle as this is definitely a beer and style that beginners could get down with. I'm greeted by a nice two-finger head that laces well. Not the best head or lacing for the style, but adequate. The body of this beer appeared to be a fairly full straw/gold when I poured it in the kitchen, but now that I'm in a well lit room, this fucker is as thin as a coked out ballerina. All the haze has dropped out. It looks like I filled the glass half with lemonade, and half with water, with the water settling towards the bottom.

Smell- Musty, earthy wheat accompanied by orange zest, fresh cut lemons, pepper, and a hint of coriander. Very refreshing, zesty nose with the right portioning of each sent.

Taste- The wheat flavor is definitely the base of the taste with spices and citrus jumping in and out as they please. It's pretty much the same as the nose, but not as crisp or snappy, and has more coriander and pepper than citrus. It's good, but it needs a bit more punch.

MF- Thin bodied and a lack of carbonation makes this beer very refreshing, but more in a watery way than a nice cold beer on a hot day way. Finishes pretty clean and dry with a hint of citrus.

Drinkability- Goes down super easy, and has nothing really offensive about it. I wish it were more crisp, both in the feel, and the flavors, but I completely understand. NB has made a great wit for people to start out with. I had my white zin drinking mother sample this beer once, to which she proclaimed, "I could definitely drink that." Bingo, NB.

Photo of pwoods
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for the brew!

22oz. brown bomber poured into a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours the color and cloudiness of lemonade. Medium head on the pour, pearly white, some retention. Decent lacing.

S: Pleasantly tart wheat. Some lighter spices. Very yeasty, lots of esters.

T/M: More of the lightly tart wheat. More of the spices and I don't think they compliment things very well. Yeast is still there but the esters aren't quite what I thought they'd be. Body is medium light but doesn't really have the spritzy carbonation that it should.

D: Low ABV and somewhat drinkable but there are some big flaws that hurt things a lot.

Photo of apbarwood
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has the appearance of a glass of Mello Yello with some lace sticking to the sides of the glass. Not really hazy like a typical wit either. I've smelled better beers. It has the typical wit aromas but there's something off with it. Smells like mildew almost. That being said, it's not totally horrible but not nice. The flavor is actually pretty good, at least there's no mildew taste. Orange peel and maybe some lemony zesty flavors with coriander and cloves. Decently blended but not the greatest. Feels pretty nice. Very bubbly and refreshing, good palate cleanser. It's decent I guess. A lot of people like it but I think there are better belgian wits out there. Many of them actually. I'd steer clear of this one if I had the choice but I can drink it if given no other options.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oddly pale wit beer. It looks more like a hazed lemonade then a wit beer. The head is the color of cooked egg whites and has some nice retention and lacing. I'll give a few extra points because I've never seen a beer this color and it intrigues me.

The color is not what to expect from a wit but the nose is right on par. Orange and lemony citrus with a cracked wheat and coriander spice. Clean and very unexpected due to the look of this brew.

Taste is clean and again very much on par with what I expect from a wit. Grassy, lemon, and orange peel are the dominating flavors. A chalky wheat and malt backbone plays second fiddle to the orange and spices.

The beer feels good on the tongue and keeps me interested to drink more. Well carbonated and a pleasure to drink.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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