Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) - New Belgium Brewing
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3/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I am a fan of this style, but only a very wary one. I like the fact that the witbier style is more prevalent than ever, but with popularity comes mediocrity. A witbier is pretty easy to make but hard to make well. It is a problem of subtlety -- nothing can be too forward or it throws the whole thing off-kilter. Everything needs to be noticeable but minimal. The brewer has to balance and restrain many factors: hops, yeasty phenols, esters, spiciness, citrusyness, tartness, dryness, grainyness, breadyness. When everything is in balance, it's magical, deliciously refreshing yet astonishingly complex.
New Belgium's wit is a creditable and drinkable example, complex enough to be interesting. It has several aspects that make it come off a bit rough in my estimation. For one, the hopping is a tad agressive. There's good flowery-perfumey hop aroma and a good dryness in the finish, but it gets in the way of the rest of the brew. Also, the yeasty esters lend a gooey aspect to the scent where I expect to find more crisp, spicy-phenolic profile. This character is also present in the flavor. This is decent beer, but a reformulation with another yeast strain might be better.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2007 04:54:43 | More by ctdfalconer
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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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