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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) | New Belgium Brewing

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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 12

Added by mentor on 05-16-2006

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, cloudy, light color. Comes through for what it is...a light Belgian white. Taste is coriander, maybe a faint hint of banana. Not much on smell and a little thin, but comes through on the style. I'd have another.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This resurrected wheat ale by New Belgium has 4.8% ABV and 12 IBUs.

Look-Pours a cloudy light-yellow color with a tenuous white head.

Smell-It has herbal and floral aromas.

Taste-The flavor focuses on banana, coriander, citrus, and wheat. It is light-bodied and creamy.

Overall-It is crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. L: Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 2” clingy white head that produces good lacing. S: Has a subtle aroma of clove, coriander, citrus, traces of banana, yeast and bready malt. T: Yeasty wheat malt seasoned with spices, orange, lemon, and banana. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: A good American interpretation of the Belgian Witbier style, it is very drinkable on a hot day, and is also a beer you can serve to people not used to strong flavored beer

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.


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Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of blakelive784
2.97/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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!

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Photo of chocosushi
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of lstokes
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of JennyJam
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mustang70
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of Sheepdog
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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