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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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Reviews: 537 | Ratings: 922
Photo of Gatch
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 23 Oct 2011.

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow, the whitish yellow of lemon flesh. Not a beer color I've seen before. Minimal white head, fades fast, leaving little lacing.

Smell is lovely yeast, some spice, some pale malts. The yeast is pungent and a little peppery, pretty Belgian-like. Spices are gentle: coriander, a bit of clove. There's also a soft sweetness to it. The smell, as a whole, is smooth and soft, but complex. I like it.

Taste doesn't have as much to it as the smell, but it's still quite good. Malts, yeast, and grassy wheat flavors come through together, before fading into a mild sweetness that dries up quickly. Some funky wet grass notes in there, too. This is all permeated by little hits of spice coming now and then. Finish is crisp and dry.

Tingly, fuzzy, persistent carbonation. The bubbles just keep coming in waves, and bringing up slightly different flavors each time. Fantastic dry finish; the flavor comes, and then it's gone. Light body, kinda watery, but the carbonation and finish are stellar.

A good beer across the board. I love the smell, the crispness, and the refreshing mouthfeel. A great wit for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of sweett3k
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am not a straight up big wheat beer fan. I like some that are mostly flavored. This is the most pure form I think I have ever tasted. If you like that strong musty wheat beer flavor this is your ticket. Looks like a clean crisp glass of lemonade. Smells super yeasty. taste worst than it smells. Banana tones and chalky. Not too impressed but I do not care for wheat beers unless it is a Lienies!

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. glass w/ a best by date of what looks like 11Sept11 into a cervoise type glass. Pours a beautiful hazy straw mellow yellow. Has a great amount of lacing & several fingers of white head depending on how you want to pour it.

Nose is citrus hops, distinctive peppercorn yeast, & some banana. Smells decent for the style. A little bit of grapefruit to it as well. The taste reminds me of a classic Wit. Has a bit of lemon & grass to it. Somewhat of a grainy feel to it. Has a peppery taste on the back end. Nice & light on the palate. A little watered down though. Interesting, but not the most standout of the Wits I've had.

Mouthfeel is light & overall this is very quaffable. I think I'd enjoy a bit more of an aggressive yeast presence on this. Pretty easy to drink though. Darn near a session beer. Actually, I'll go ahead & say it is. Decent for the warm summer weather. Prosit.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a warm summer day in SF (rare), and I'm in the mood for a lighter brew (also rare). I'm actually surprised that I haven't had this, being that New Belgium was getting really big back in Colorado and Abbey, 1554 and Fat Tire were always in rotation in my circle of artist friends.

Anyway, poured from a bottle with a best by 11Sep11, into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy straw, a little more like an unfiltered pilsner. Decent white head, a speck of lace.

Smell is wheat heavy, lemon rind and spices round out the smell. Not bad.

The taste has a good wheat/citrus balance. The spices aren't far behind and mix with lemon in the finish. Not too thin or highly carbonated. A good crisp beer.

Not a bad warm weather session brew. I would grab most of the other NB brews over this, but I enjoyed my 12oz.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma of lemon, light honey and wheat.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Lemon and orange zest up front followed by some malt and slightly bitter grass, pepper, and lemon on the finish.

Light and refreshing but a little thin on body/flavor for my taste, even for a witbier.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Best by October 23, 2011.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy and about the palest yellow I have seen (besides for some nasty light macros). Nice frothy head that leaves some light lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by orange with some coriander, clove and wheat.

Taste: Very citrusy, with both the orange peel and lemon peel coming to the forefront. The wheat malt base is also fairly evident, and there is some light banana and clove from the yeast. The clove continues through the finish, along with coriander and peppery hops.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very refreshing and flavorful Wit. The amount of citrus flavors added is almost too much, but ultimately the wheat, coriander and yeast provide the needed balance.

Note: New Belgium has never been my favorite brewery, as I find most of their American styles to have the same biscuity malt backbone, and even many of their Belgian beers suffer from mouthfeel issues. However, the most recent beers I have had from them (this, Somersault and especially La Folie) have been impressive for their respective styles. So I may need to keep a more open mind.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an pint glass. Color was a hazy yellow to pale-gold, about 2 fingers of white head rose from the pour and after dropping into the beer, left quite a bit of lacing around the glass. The aroma is good, if slightly muted 'belgian' yeast and spice. The flavor is also very good, bready/biscuity, lemon,pepper and what I would call the signature Belgian yeast flavor. to me this seems more like a light Belgian Pale ale more so than a wit, but that could be my lack of tasting both of each to understand the nuances.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden orange with golden yellow hues and a two finger frothy white head that settles into a lasting ring. Small spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of coriander, pepper and clove balanced by bready yeast and citrus fruit notes. Lots of lemon juice along with some orange peel.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected for the style. Lots of zesty spice up front with a peppery coriander presence that lingers into a slightly dry finish. Bready yeast presence adds complexity and fullness to the palate. The dryness and spice are coutered by a sweet citrus presence. Lots of lemon and orange peel along with fait lighter fruit notes.

Overall this beer is flavorful and quite quaffable, especially in the warmer months. A decent American interpretation of this classic style.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is a very pale light yellow color and somewhat cloudy. Got a one finger white head from it that stuck around briefly. No lacing.

S - A bit of spice come through in the nose. There is also a touch of floral hops some lemon zest and grasses. Smells very earthy and natural.

T - There is lots of lemon in the taste with some spice undertones. Seems to have a good wheat background and clean finish. Seems perfect so far for a hot summers day.

M - Pretty smooth. Soft medium bodied mouth feel. Carbonation is spot on and seems to be cleansing.

Overall I would say this is a damn good example of the style withe an American twist. Its easy drinking and flavorful. Very approachable beer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, almost like a pale lemonade, with strong carbonation and good lacing. Hazy, good to turn before pouring.

First smell banana, bit of clove of yeasty funk. Taste is also a bit of banana and hint of lemon. Very refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is particularly impressive, just coats the palate with very pleasant aftertaste.

Pleasantly surprised, was expecting a bit less per other reviews. Will look for again, certainly as part of folly pack.

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Photo of Jinholic
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale yellow body not that hazy lots of bubbles visible here. Only got a half finger of white head didn't like to stay around either.

Smell - Clove up front with very faint banana and citrus behind it. I also get a little bready scent from the yeast as well.

Taste - Pleasant spice and yeast mixed with the banana and lemon peel here much better than I was thinking it would be. That said though its not the strong of a flavor to make it outstanding or anything.

Mouthfeel - Light body lots of carbonation making it a bit fizzy on the tongue. It also has an almost watery like feel too it which knocks it down.

Overall - I feel New Belgium could have done better with this beer its not a style that should be light to medium bodied but this needs to go a step up. The carbonation in this is insane for how little yeast I can see in it, its almost clear at the bottom with very little yeast chilling at the top. That said its not a bad beer but any means go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a 18oz. Weizen glass.

A: Very light yellowish color. Hazy, but not like a Hefe. Small 1/2 finger head, slightly off white. Not that great of lacing. Not much carbonation.

S: Big cloves right up front. Very mild bananas mixed in. Faint traces of lemon.

T: Again big cloves. More lemony than banana. Banana comes through a little more in the aftertaste. Very faint bitterness.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied. Smooth. Little fizzy.

O: Won't knock you off your feet or blow your mind but New Belguim again makes another good beer. Not near a complete winner. But one that can be your goto beer. Especially for the price. 6-pack in my area, $7.49, $6.99 on sale. So you really can't go wrong. Like the Somersault I reviewed, this is a very chuggable beer. One for a hot thirsty day.

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pale, yellow. not bad. not special.

smell: fresh, grainy, yeasty...nice. smells like summer.

taste: nice yeasty taste. fresh. sweet. like grain and hay in a good way with a heavy dose of belgian yeast. it's nice, but seems somewhat one dimensional to me...

mouthfeel: it's fine, but i could use a bit more carb....maybe this was sitting too long.

overall: a nice wit. not my favorite style, but this is a decent beer that i could see being nice on a hot day.

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Photo of UltraZelda64
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Not a very attractive yellow color beer with a white, lasting head. The color is actually barely yellow; I don't know how to describe it, but it has very little cloudiness.... maybe a slight haziness at best, I can see right through it. If it's yellow, it's got to be one of the most lifeless, pale, yellow colors I've seen... almost like a whitish-yellow. Carbonation seems to be there, but not very heavy. Nice, sticky lacing. A mixed bag when it comes to appearance; because of the lacing and lasting head, though, I'll put it just above average. If only the body had a more attractive hue and more lively carbonation bubbles...

Smell reminds me of... grass, and maybe a little bit of citrus. Can't mention a specific citrus fruit, though--just citrus--and grass takes the spotlight here. Not appealing at all. It reminds me of Great Lakes' Grassroots Ale, which I absolutely hated (and I like pretty much everything else they put out). Certainly not a good first impression...

Taste... well, that's actually somewhat decent. Somewhat "witty", yet... different from all of the other witbiers I've tried. Not bad, really, in its own unique way. But if you close your mouth and exhale after taking a sip... I smell... BUBBLE GUM?!? Seriously, what the...?! No joke, it sounds crazy but... I honestly feel like I've been chewing bubble gum, and trust me, that's not a bad thing. It's like a strange bubble gum sweetness. That's the standout of this beer for me. After taking another whiff, I can sort of smell the portion of the aroma that (after drank and exhaled) is morphed into a bubble gum smell, but I would've never expected it.

Mouthfeel... eh, well, it works. I'll just call it average. Not light, not heavy. It works, but then I'm usually not too hard to please when it comes to mouthfeel; there are far more important aspects to a beer.

Note that this is the fourth New Belgium beer that I've tried the last couple of days; while it may not quite be the best, it is most certainly the most interesting (two words: bubble gum!), and that is the main reason I chose to review it.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Cloudy yellow. Very light looking. 3 finger foamy white head with some nice lacing and retention.

Smell-Dissapointed big time. It says on the label it's brewed w/ spices. All i can get is a very light citrus aroma, besides that...nothing. No idea what to expect. Doesn't smell bad though.

Taste-First sip was about a 5oz chug. Very refreshing. I definitely can pick up the spices and some subtle lemon. Some breadiness too.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

Overall-Great introductory beer. Not overwhelmed with the flavors and very easy to drink.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle came from a New Belgium Folly Pack. I incorporated the slight sedimentaion in the bottom of the bottle (bottle is pretty plain and straight forward), pried off the cap and...

Appearance - Poured just over a finger of bright white head into my 12oz beer glass, tiny dense bubbles, became a smooth white cap in a minute. Color is a hazy pale yellow, almost a lemonade-esque appearance. Looks good, looks very thirst-quenching.

Smell - Lemon citrus, slight spice/grass, wheat and yeast from the bottle opening, more of the same in the glass.

Taste - Follows the smell, a blend of citrus, especially lemon, with wheat and yeast, and sourdough bread. However the taste is a bit watered down, not really bold at all, has the intensity of a lite beer. It's a good tasting beer, but really doesn't stand out for me personally.

Mouthfeel - This is a very drinkable beer, maybe a bit too much - I find myself taking large sips in the hopes of getting more taste and better mouthfeel. Light bodied, and a bit watered down. It is fairly smooth, and the carbonation adds a nice crisp tingle at the end of the sip.

Overall - This would be a very good session beer, has a lower ABV at 4.8%, and there is really no bitterness to speak of here. Sessionable for sure, and would have this all day long over any macro-brew, although I might consider a Blue Moon over this. I could see these quenching my thirst on a hot afternoon - you could easily back these up, this beer is very "slammable", a good thing when it is called for :). It is a good beer and worth a try, and would not turn it down if offered to me. If asked, my preference in this style would definitely be Hoegaarden ;)

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Photo of kristofferjay
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good crisp smell with citrus notes. Good first taste of a crisp wheat beer flavor with banana and orange notes. But then the flavor went away quickly and left nearly no finish.

This is a good light if you want something refreshing, but left me wanting more flavor and body.

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Photo of claytong
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very light yellow, hazy,

Smell - Belgian yeast, spices (cloves, not sure what else exactly), wheat

Taste - same as smell

Moutfeel - drinkable, light, wheatlike, dry on finish though

nice summertime beer minus the dryness at the end. makes you more thirsty (maybe they want you to finish the 6er)

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stange glass. It has a cloudy pale yellow color to it reminiscent of fresh squeezed lemonade. The head is bubbly and frothy and huge with great retention.

The aroma is earthy and grassy with a hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same with no real surprises. It's a good witbier but nothing revolutionary.

Good mouthfeel, extremely drinkable, a really nice witbier.

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Photo of tito42
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass. Best by 21 AUG 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Unfiltered lemon yellow with a bright, white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Inviting nose of wheat, banana, coriander, white pepper, and tulips.

T: Wheat and lemon zest up front with a large helping of white pepper and coriander throughout the back half. Leaves a slight peppery burn without drying the mouth.

M: Light-bodied without being watery. Spicy without drying the palate or burning too much. Very balanced and better than others I've tried in this style.

O: This beer executes the witbier style much better than other domestics I have tried. Though not sensational in any one category, a solid performer in all. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'll probably pick up sixers of this in the hot summer months.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 2+ finger foamy pure white head. Pale, nearly colorless yellow. Slightly cloudy. Looks like lemonade.

S: Bready, a little mustiness. Citrus peel, aromatic spices.

T: A lot of orange essence that is a little mobbed by the melange of spices. Muddled with only slight flashes of brightness.

M: Light viscosity. Some oiliness in the texture. Low-med carbonation.

D: I have had a number of these during late night summer soirees but not something I'd intentionally go for.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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