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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)

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533 Reviews
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Reviews: 533
Hads: 888
Avg: 3.62
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow with a nice, big bubbled white head. Nose of a hint of sour and a lightly spiced granny smith apple. Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. No real character and flavors are weak, unassertive and boring. Very light fruit, very watered down citrus. I'm betting the bottle is old. Perhaps another shot some day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: lots of lace and a single finger white head. Straw colored and a bit hazy.

S: lemon and peppery.

T: semi sweet, citrus (orange peal) and lemon with a dulled taste. Wheat and yeast are well represented.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice organic beer. Very flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty much what you'd expect in a witbier; cloudy gold, ample head and lacing.

Taste & smell: Yeast comes through pretty strongly in the smell, followed by coriander and citrus. For being brewed in Colorado it has a very authentic Belgian wit aroma - nicely done. The taste is spicy, tangy and earthy. Surprisingly complex for a beer of 4.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Crisp, mellow and light on the tongue but without the compromise of flavor. A great summer beer, and organic to boot.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into an ale glass
A - A hazy lemony yellow-almost the color of pear cider with a white meringue-like smooth head. The head allows liberal lace w/ a yellow green tint to the wheat ale.

S - The aroma of wheat is strong and the coriander is hard to miss. A pleasant nutty, grainy scent is juxtaposed with light fruit aromas.

M - Highly effervescent w/ a smooth creamy texture that softens as it heads toward it's destination. Nuts and spice in the feel are complimentary.

T - A smooth citrusy wheat ale. Slightly spicy with accents on the nutty toasted malts. Refreshing and true to style. I enjoyed the hints of Belgian Yeast and creamy wheat malt.

D - Nice balance of spice + malt w/ plenty of wheat and a dash of citrus. New Belgium has it almost right on the mark w/ this wit.

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Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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

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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 WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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!

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Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass. No freshness date on battle.

Color is a cloudy straw pale yellow. Pours a decent layer of head that settles quickly leaving some splattered lace.

Smell is of banana and cloves. It smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste has a sugar cookie flavor to it, along with some fruitiness. There is a bread-like malty taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but goes down smooth. There is really no recognition of the alcohol.

Overall, this is a very unique witbeer. I have had a lot of this style, but this one isn't my favorite. I probably wouldn't recommend this beer.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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