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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: 887
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 533 | Hads: 887
Photo of 160Shillings
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Coriander and bitter orange with a slight Belgian yeast character

Appearance: Color is a pale straw with fine carbonation and a quickly collapsing head. The beer is clear. Instructions on the bottle direct you to rouse the yeast by stirring; however that is not applicable to this style so I did not do this. A witbier should be hazy from its protein or unfermented starch. This beer doesn’t have that.

Flavor: The flavor is coriander and mild sweetness finishing with bitter orange and slight hop flavor and bitterness. There is only a mild tartness throughout this beer with no detectable lactic acidity. Lemon is present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall Impression: In reality Mothership is closer to Blue Moon than an actual Witbier.

Comments: Mothership is a very drinkable beer. However this beer is far from what a Witbier should be. There is no lactic aroma or flavor. While at the same time there are extraneous flavors and aromas (hops and lemons). Once again New Belgium Brewing does not fail to exceed my low expectations. When you compete with the likes of Coors for most fake Witbier, it becomes obvious that advertising is more important to your company than brewing. (1,247 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow with a small white head that sinks quickly.

S - Dried bananas, dry wheat, lemon, spices.

T - Lemon, clean wheat, banana, lemongrass, coriander, floral hops.

M - Light side of medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

This is a nice dry Wit. Subtle on all fronts including the look. Great for hot weather. (363 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Luigi
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color and a little hazy. The head pours out two finger high and settles down with some lacing around the glass.

The aroma is not over spiced. Nice balance of wheat, lemon, and, hop.

Taste is nice and light. Hints of lemon, spices, and wheat. Has a good amount of carbonation and very easy to drink.

To sum it up.. a nice light witbier that would be perfect for the hotter months. (396 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw to straw colored beer, with a thick white foam that settles fairly quickly but leaves a moderate lacing behind.

Smell: Fresh pine needles dominate, supported by spicey and yeasty aromas in the background. Smells very fresh and crisp.

Taste: Taste is of wheat and pine supported by a welcome spicey presence. Not too complex but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, super refreshing--high carbonation and a super crisp finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and tasty beer. perfect after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day. (587 characters)

Photo of jifigz
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer pours a very strange color. It is a light and hazy pale yellow. It is an unusual color and I have never before seen a beer pour this color. It is almost like pear juice. The head developed beautifully and it had great retention and some damn nice lacing on the glass. I am giving a 4.5 out of its uniqueness, however the color isn't a very appetizing one.

S: Smell is of a typical Wit. The beer is heavy on the spice and very fragrant and sweet smelling.

T: A little tart and quite refreshing, this beer brings some good flavors to is profile. It starts out very candy like and sweet, then the spices rush in to flood your palate and it finishes back on the candy side. The flavors are quite unique.

M: Pretty standard mouthfeel, nothing too crazy or unique here.

O: This is a quality brew. I enjoy a good Wit every now and again, but they aren't something I always seek out. I am glad I had this one, it might be a long time before I have, or find, another one. (1,009 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Foggy yellow with a very light head

Smell: To me it smells like a sweet wine, has a lot of fruity scents too.

Taste: It tastes like bubble gum in a way. I don't know exactly what it is, but it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Has a little crispness to it, but very easy to drink. Left my mouth a little dry after drinking.

Overall it is a good solid beer. It is nice to change it up in a while and is far from your basic tasting beer. I believe this would be a great started craft beer because it's so easy to drink. (519 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of DTJPPR
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Weizen Glass. Absolutely NO fruit involved. Keep your orange and lemon slices to yourself. ;-)

A - Pours a very pale, straw-like color with a bit of cloudiness, as is expected of the style. Big foamy head that goes away pretty quick. Standard Wit in appearance, if not a little lighter in color than average.

S - Lots of Banana and cloves, a little bit of lemons and coriander. Well Balanced.

T - Overall a very well balanced and lightweight Wit. The lemony and other citrusy flavors play well with the coriander and other spices in this one. Good Phenol flavors mixed in as well. Very crisp and refreshing. Goes down very easily. Not exceptionally complex or anything, but very satisfying.

M - A little more carbonated than the average hef, but it added to the refreshing watery feel the beer has. This is a very drinkable brew, perfect for hot summers like we have down here in SoCal.

O - While not my favorite, it is very good for the style, and exceptionally if you're looking for something very simple and clean. I prefer a bit more complexity, but that's just personal taste. This is certainly a good beer. (1,146 characters)

Photo of 2xHops
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mothership Wit is such a good name for a beer, but it's not achieving as well as taste goes.

The beer had a near-white appearance as opposed to other beers. The taste was unusually mild for a witbier style, with a hint of citrus flavor and slight banana note to it. For me, it was just a bit underwhelming and unimpressive.

I found Blanche de Bruxelles to be a better example of the witbier style. However, I think this beer is a good choice as it's generally available in many grocery stores, so it's something I will pick up if I'm in a mood for a Wit on a short notice. (576 characters)

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mothership wit pours a light straw yellow with about an inch of head that does not stick around for very long.

The aroma is rather pleasant with a mixture of banana and some bubblegum.

The beer has a nice wheat taste that starts off sweet and has a somewhat yeasty middle and finishes with an enjoyable twang at the end.

The beer is somewhere between light and medium bodied which makes it rather refreshing to drink.

This is a nice beer to enjoy with friends or while BBQing. It does not have much depth and would not be something I would want to slowly sip on all night. That being said after a hot summer day it can certainly be a nice treat. (650 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super pale straw with a good cloudiness, head, and lacing. Zippy lemon citrus and spice with wheat malt and faint banana. Cereal graininess wraps around a mild yeast funk. Dry crisp taste has the flavors of the nose with a cinnamon tinged spiciness and and mildly tart finish that leaves a lemony cracker like toastiness on my palate. Super dry finish is refreshing and quenching and wonderful on hot nights and days. A real session star and a good brew overall. (464 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pour is initially clear light straw, then the swirl to bring out the yeast, which makes the body light yellow and cloudy. The head was white about a finger or so thick and does leave a nice amount of lacing.
S: lemony and yeasty, a little bit peppery as well.
T: a bit, simple, wheat malt sweetness, yeasty, a little bit spicy.
M: light, and smooth.
O: honestly not my favorite style but I don't out right hate this or the style. (435 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into goblet.

Pours a pale golden, barely cloudy color with about a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a mere film that lies atop the beer. Should be a little cloudier considering its a wit. Tiny bubbles rise to surface frequently indicating moderate carbonation.

Getting wheat, coriander, and moderate wisps of orange peel. Classic wit aroma.

Very similar taste, although the citrus flavors come through a little stronger now. Real subtle sour bite at the very beginning that quickly fades and gives way to the citrus. Orange is present from start to finish, with lemon edging in there every once in awhile. Coriander has a little bite at the start of the sip. Wheat is very evident.

Mouthfeel is right on for a wit, moderate carbonation. On the lighter side in terms of body. No real lingering flavors that stick in the mouth. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Nothing outstanding about it, pretty classic in my eyes, besides the appearance. Would enjoy this on occasion, but I can think of other wits I'd much rather grab first. (1,082 characters)

Photo of kjyost
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from their 12 bottle Folly Pack. Purchased at Happy Harry's north in Grand Forks. Case best by Sept 2011. Poured at 6C into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy pale yellow with a small white head that drops quickly and leaves light lacing. I was expecting much more from the head here...
S: Lemongrass, coriander. Essentially a typical wit nose and enjoyable.
T: Citrus plays well, but he coriander is just a little too in your face here. Not sure if it was the spicing or the hopping, but the bitterness was stronger and more lingering than I wanted here. Refreshing none the less. The phenols seemed strong enough and appropriate for the style.
M: The first sip was thin, but it thickened out. Lower than expected carbonation.
O: I am not too sure what the lack of love here is for the beer, but I enjoyed it, and it would have been stellar if it weren't for the excessive coriander. (884 characters)

Photo of Willlong8
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. First time to try an organic wheat. I was surprised at how clear it was, a very pale yellowish tint. Seems pretty heavy on the coriander but this brew grew on me after the first couple sips.

Not bad, however from New Belgium I'd take their Sunshine Wheat any day over the Mothership. (304 characters)

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Eskimo Joe's Bavarian weizen glass. Bottle best buy Oct 2011.

Uber pale yellow, like white laid over pale yellow and slightly hazed. Head is two fingers, snow white, large bubbled, and gone in a couple of minutes.

I smell faint banana, light lemony citrus, and wet hay.

Taste mirrors the aroma - faint banana, a light citrus blend, light grassy note, plus a bit of bubble gum in there.

Feel is not so special either - light body, mild carb, fairly dry. A tad watery for me. Refreshing it is.

I think Mothership Wit was much better on tap which I had a couple of years ago at the Stagecoach in Manitu Springs, CO. Overall this brew in the bottle is alright for me, but not really impressing me. It may be organic, but it's not orgasmic. (780 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a mug...

The beer is very pale yellow with a thin bubbly head. The smell is very heavy on clove and wheat with just a hint of banana. The taste is dominated by clove with a hint of orange and wheat. The beer is light and bubbly with a very dry finish. This a an extra dry wit, I found it very good and refreshing with a different spice flare than most wits. (376 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6'r of these for $6.99 from a local market in OB and poured them into a Schneider Weisse branded Weizen Glass.

A: Pours a hazy strawlike hue with a thin white head that dissipates before the first sip, leaving decent lacing in its tracks.

S: Faint overall but what comes through is earthy malts, a bit of spice, citrus and crackers.

T: Similar to the nose but very fruity and extremely sweet which pretty much diminishes all the other flavors going on in this one. Pretty boring and average, and way too sweet.

M/D: Thin and watered down, a bit over-carbonated. Drinkable in the sense that they have little flavor and little body so you can session the hell out of them like a Modelo just beefed up with spice and wheat. (737 characters)

Photo of Gatch
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, hazy yellow with a fluffy, soft white head. Inviting.

S - Caramelized sugar, banana, a bit a macro lager smell.

T - Thick, tasty brew. Malt, summer fruit, some citrus. Good stuff.

M - Nice carbonation, smooth, creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of the Witbier style, but this is an enjoyable beer and one of the better versions of the style that I've had. (363 characters)

Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Coriander spiciness, some soft orange, touch of cumin.

L: Very pale hazy yellow, creamy white head, ok retention, solid lacing.

T: Semi-sweet pils malt with hints of orange. Low bitterness leads to a touch of spice and drying slightly. Soft coriander sweetness in the finish.

M: Creamy body, medium low carbonation.

Surprisingly good, beautiful looking beer and a really great nose. Loved this beer, my only complaint was that it is a tad sweet for style. (462 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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. (730 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a variety 12-pack and started with the Mothership Wit. Had it straight out of the bottle. After the initial smell, I took a big sip. The first taste was okay but the aftertaste felt skunky. I'm a big fan of wheat beers, but I can count on my fingers the time I've had skunky tastes. I think it was lacking in flavor, too. (328 characters)

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.