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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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849 Ratings
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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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2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours the color of cloudy urine with a tiny head. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells like citrus zest and wheat. There is a spice smell too (which I assume is the coriander).

T - Bready malts with citrus and floral essence. Pretty standard witbier tastes.

M - To me this seems like a very light, watery beer. There is a good amount of carbonation that is present.

D - This beer is easily drinkable but I feel that it is lacking overall. I would go for one of these on a hot summer day if a buddy was buying but I can't see myself purchasing this on my own again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 05:30:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Exceedingly, shockingly, pale straw topped with a cotton white head that does a passable job when it comes to lace depositon. This is one of the lightest beers that I've ever seen, and that includes light lagers. I'm also wondering where the usual witbier haziness is. I hope the appearance doesn't have implications for the flavor.

The aroma gets things back on track. It's a pleasing commingling of the usual witiness: tangy wheat, orange (actually, lemon more than orange) and lightly zesty coriander. Good points are that I don't have to risk wetting my nose to appreciate the beer's nose and the balance among the various ingredients.

Mothership Wit is a better than average version that is a fraction too light for my tastes. The flavor gives a short burst initially, then fades too quickly. Surprisingly, coriander jumps out in front and stays there throughout the mouthful. More wheat malt and more orange peel would seem to be the way to go. I can't believe that lemon peel wasn't used.

The beer is slightly bitter, barely sweet and barely tart. That's somewhat of an odd profile for a witbier, although it isn't an unpleasant one. It does provide a great deal of quenchability, as does the clean (almost too clean) finish. MW doesn't have a great deal of character, but it goes down easily enough. Call Girl Wit might have been a more appropriate name.

Even though a minimal haziness appears on the final pour, I'm sticking with the appearance score that I granted several minutes ago. The mouthfeel is light without being watery. Again, more malt would help, as would a few more bubbles to add lift and sustainability.

New Belgium recently entered the state of Iowa with Fat Tire, 1554 Brussels Style Black Ale and Mothership Wit. I might buy a bomber of 1554 on occasion, but the other two aren't good enough to find their way into my glass again. If I want a good, locally available witbier, John's Generations White will be my choice nine times out of ten.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 13:50:33 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Very nice brew, just had to add that first. Poured a very light pale yellow, very hazy. No real head or lace, nice carbonation. The smell was very fruity, almost sour. Hints of bread, grain and spice with a really nice pear, fig behind it. Very lively aroma. The feel was splended. Very smooth, crisp, and clean. No real aftertaste and I have to knock it back a bt for feeling a tad light, but the flavors were very nice. Lots of fruity tones, with hints of spices. Slight bit of a dry hoppiness and citrus bite, but I stress this as slight. Overall this was a totally sessionable belgian beer and an awesome hot day summer brew!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 01:48:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From old notes.

A: The pour is very cloudy and very pale yellow with a finger of white head.

S: Good coriander aroma to the beer with some lively and fresh citrus notes. Orange peel and some fresh orange flesh seems to be there as well. A nice bit of bread and wheat flavor, too.

T: Fairly sweet with lots of coriander, banana, and malt flavor. Mild bitterness with good orange peel flavors. Decently spicy with a good amount of yeast flavor too.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's not an exceptional witbier by any means.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 21:11:36 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy green tea color with a fluffy head that retains fairly well and deposits some lace; damndest color for a beer I have ever seen

Smell: Picking up some coriander as well as a touch of banana and orange peel

Taste: Starts out with a fairly bready flavor that develops a touch of coriander and white pepper by mid-palate; after the swallow, the banana flavors become more pronounced but the spices mellow out and fade

Mouthfeel; Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink on a hot day but there are more flavorful wits out there

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 20:29:45 | More by brentk56
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Nose brings forward some light clove notes as well as faint hints of citrus. The taste has some lighter wheat as well as a bit of spice and orange. Light mouthfeel and a good dose of carbonation carrying the flavors. Drinks well in the summertime, but doesn't quite make it like its counterparts from across the ocean.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 01:46:10 | More by Thorpe429
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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single picked up at Riverside Wine and Spirits in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Best Before: 08MAY09. The back label gives explicit instructions on pouring then swirling and adding the yeast. Well, rules are rules!

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, straw-colored body topped with an inch of white head.

Smell: Slight notes of yeast, citrus, and spice overlay a soft wheat aroma.

Taste: Delicate wheat flavor, a bit sweet, a bit tangy alongside a squirt of lemon juice and pinch of orange peel. A few cracker crumbs. Slight yeastiness. Pungent coriander spice character. Mild hop character and bitterness. Lingering yeast taste on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A lightly flavored, refreshing witbier, but, for me, there are better wits to be had.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:23:40 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 22:01:21 | More by oberon
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Blue Chips and a wit: any better combination? I think not. the latter pours a very lightly hazed jaundice topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, lemon zest, and cardamom. The taste doesn't seem to deviate very much at all, though the front is heavy on the wheat and the finish is heavy on the cardamom and pepper. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, though a bit on the thin side, this is a pretty nice wit, one I could see drinking plenty of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 07:58:07 | More by TMoney2591
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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap 04/21/2007. From notes: Average witbier. Surprisingly clear (maybe the kegs has just settled). Fair head retention. Minor lacing (dirty bar glass?). Delicate wheaty and lemonish aroma as expected. Subtly spicy, but not distinct - not clear coriander. Welcoming. The flavor follows the nose. Delicate, wheatish, yeasty, gently spicy with a mild tart-lemon edge that lends it a perky character and refreshes. Medium-light bodied; moderately crisp. Refreshing. ... I had no idea that this was an organic beer, but now that I know I can at least give them credit for that. A decent summer beer to say the least.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2007 15:16:41 | More by NeroFiddled
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Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, from the co-op in Boise, Idaho. Beam me up, Fort Collins!

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with one finger of pillowy white head, which renders some nicely grotesque webbed lace around the glass as it settles. It smells strongly of dry banana chips and citrus rind, over a soft wheat graininess. The taste is moderately sweet wheat malt, banana, cloves, white pepper, and some fairly sedate yeast. The carbonation is moderate, the body just on the light side, but no pushover, showing a decent smoothness in the process. It finishes off-dry, the wheat and spice sweetness still right up there, the concurrent spices starting their long, slow decline.

Well, witbiers aren't usually my thing, but I quite enjoyed this - everything even and honest, no weird overbearing astringency or underwhelming co-ingredient. Ainsi fait assez, New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:28:31 | More by biboergosum
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3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This apparently "elevates" the witbier style, according to the label, into, presume, organice realms.

Hazy, pale pear-ish appearance, nice, long-lasting foam...good, in that regard...

Aroma: full of coriander, plenty of light pepper, some citrus...definitely floral..certainly sweet...

Taste: light on the palate,but full of the requisite flavors...celery-ish, but large-ly citric, coriander-y...not as much orange as I'd ask of a real Belgian Wit...It's there, I guess, but rather light,dominated by the Belgian spice and the coriander and the celery...

Very easy feel, nice smooth drinking...not quite watery, never that...but so drinkable...everything you'd want from a wit but missing a bit more body...only fault, really...

A very pretty beer...and so easy to pass down the throat..." a wit to make one wonder"....isn't that nice?

this is my first taste of a New Belgium beer since they arrived into our market recently....whoopdy-ding-dong.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 05:20:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, spices, some citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid lighter Belgian-style beer that is worth pounding down for a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:17:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this cold in my Hoegaarden glass. It poured a pale pastel yellow, which immediately triggered the color association of "white" in a Witbier. A substantial head of white foam formed, which rose above the glass in a spongy, uniformly convex impression of the lunar surface. Stubborn yeast sediment was poured, creating more foam and rendering the glass opaque.

Big whiff of earthy coriander to start, not much else besides that when the bottle was first opened. The smell dwindled over time, but it was still earthy, with a well-water quality about it.

Coriander again in the first sip, followed by grain in the form of wheat or rice. Sort of a cereal taste, but it's minor. Sweetish wheat or yeast in the aftertaste. Lacking the citrus and spiciness typically found in Witbier. Very mild.

Carbonation is weak, and the mouthfeel is thin an watery, unfortunately. Not entirely flat, but it really lacks zestiness.

It would be good in the hot weather, but not the best Witbier when others are much more lively and complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 22:58:42 | More by emerge077
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at Kinfolks

Pours a hazed gold/straw with 1" of white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little grass & that was it

T: Tart with lemon rind & bit of pepper up front. Too much grainyness follows as it warms. Finishes quenching & grainy with a little coriander

Spritzy with medium body

Drank alright, but wasn't real impressed with this offering Looking for more wheat, more tartness & way more flavor

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2007 05:58:14 | More by russpowell
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 00:59:17 | More by Mora2000
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a odd, cloudy, pale yellow with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted quite spicy. The wheat and yeast qualities came through as well.

M - It has a good bite. A crisp and light-bodied beer.

D - At first I was a little unsure of this beer, but it got better as I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:31:00 | More by zeff80
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3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Best Before November 2007, Sampled September 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale, just barely off-white colored head that . The beer is an ever-so-lightly hazy, pale straw gold color. A deep earthy spice character intermingles with notes of orange peel / lemon zest. The earthy spice note leans towards grassy, slightly green herbal notes of coriander. The citrus notes accentuate a lightly tart aromatic note. Touches of bread-like / soda cracker like malt notes round out the aroma. All in all fairly straight forward aroma; I could definitely wish for a bit more depth.

Cool, and light feeling, this has a very light even thin body to it; this certainly accentuates the refreshing character of this beer, but is almost too close to water. The aftertaste is predominantly made up of earthy, coriander notes, but this is fairly light. Soft, almost sweet, citrus flavors become noticeable in the finish after the beer has left my mouth. Actually the citrus is noticeable up front as well, but here it contributes a soft tartness to the beer. Hints of honey like malt notes and a touch of biscuit like grain are noticeable around the edges, but never really come into play.

This beer is light all around from the taste to the body, the aroma is perhaps the most distinctive part of this beer, but even this is on the light side for a Wit. This could really use some yeast complexity, as it just seems rather bland in the end. I generally like Wits, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 17:35:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for including this in a trade!
Best by 30 Oct 2008:

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is sweetened, though slightly tart lemon. Pleasant enough, though "wit" character is a bit subdued.

The taste is of lemon - sweet, almost slightly tart, with something like whipped cream mixing in.

Creamy in a light body, it isn't bad - not really much of a wit though - coriander hardly noticeable and more lemony than orangy. Out of style, it still doesn't impress me much - again, not bad, but nothing particularly special, IMO. Maybe I expected a bit more from a brewery that specializes in Belgian-style beers.
Still, glad I had the chance to try it - Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:54:11 | More by jwc215
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 17:07:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy pale yellow in color with a one finger head. Some spotty lacing developed during the session.

Aroma: coriander, hints of pepper, and soft wheat tones.

Taste: nice wheat base with some pepper, coriander, oranges, and some light bitterness. Very refreshing beer here.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Light in body. Aftertaste is very brief as some of the spices and citrus linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: very easy to quaff this one. Refreshing and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 15:23:58 | More by Gavage
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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: On the weak side for a wit, light pasta and spice though.

T: Very wheaty, the orange is the dominate spice here. Light coriander and banana as well.

M: Too light even for a wit, needs more body, crisp.

D: Another tasty wit, a good organic beer from the ubiquitous New Belgium, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 15:08:01 | More by Halcyondays
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

props for being organic, well done. now to the beer... pours a watery looking cloudy shade of yellow, almost white. very very pale in color, solid lively white head. smells yeasty and lemony and spiced. taste is that of a standard belgian wit, but the body was off-puttingly thin. it was watered down, far too light for my tastes of wit beers. needs more of a backbone to get the job done, also an impossibly quick finish makes this one disappear from the palate and the memory all too easily. i recognize the attempt to be true to the style, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 20:29:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very pale yellow, no head to speak of. Nose is floral, with hints of wheat and corriander. Taste is floral, yeast, way too floral. Mouthfeel is very water and there is virtually no carbonation to speak of. This beer is throwing off CO2 and I am belching like crazy. Undrinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 03:23:46 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Lowry Hill Liquors. A nice beer, but too clean for my liking. Most of the character comes from the yeast itself (not its byproducts) and the wheat. This make for a pleasantly bready and earthy beer that reminded me of a cleaner Summit Hefeweizen (a different style - yes, but not that different in flavor). The body was light, the carbonation was high, and it finished a bit dry compared to most wits (Hoegaarden is sweeter in my memory). Overall it was quite drinkable and fairly tasty, but there are better wit's out there. If you're an organic freak, however, here's a good beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 18:50:36 | More by tempest
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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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