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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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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Photo of dogger6253


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mothership Wit pours out of the bottle more clear than any other beer I've tried thus far, almost like water. It settles in the glass as a hazy, white/yellow body topped off with a very thick, foamy, pillowy head, pure white in color. The head has great retention and chunks of lace hang on the side of the glass. Very iniviting.

The aroma is overall very floral and spicy with corriander and pepper up front. Cloves make an appearance along with hops and orange as well. The aroma is kind of bland, but pleasant.

As for flavor, we have bits of wheat and a very yeasty taste. Bananas, cloves, corriander and bread.

Light bodied, no aftertaste. A little bit of carbonation lies within. Refreshing and very easy to drink, I could pound these like water, but nothing in the taste to really inspire me to do so...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 15:26:38 | More by dogger6253
Photo of Floydster


2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from some market in Playa Del Rey

Tasted like most other New Belgium beers to me, but just wheat, if that makes sense

Not too much going on

Was better when I had an orange with it

Hints of lemon in the aroma as well

Pretty good on the hot day I just had it

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 21:16:04 | More by Floydster
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mothership pours a pale straw color with a sea foamy head. It smells clean. The taste is a little hoppy and a tad bitter. Didn't have a lot of presence with the mouthfeel. It left its mark on the tip of the tongue and back of the mouth. Very refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 23:09:28 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of Gueuzedude


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
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Hazy light yellow color, with a large, persistent white head, thick patchy lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Strong notes of coriander and wheat, faint lemon, with a bit of earthy yeast.

Taste: Mildly spicy coriander notes throughout, overall, somewhat understated, with a solid undercurrent of wheat malt. Finishes with a faint bitter hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, rather soft.

Drinkability/notes: Rather nice, not quite as good as Hoegaarden, but well-made and quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 04:06:14 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Tballz420


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very pale, straw color, pretty cloudy. Big fluffy white head, leaves a fair amount of lace behind. Grain malt nose, some floral elements, hints of spice. Light bodied, cereal grain taste, hints of orange peel, slightly sour. A very refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 03:18:52 | More by Tballz420
Photo of tavernjef


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

Whitish color of hardly even yellow, more like a lemon jice tint than anything. Clearish/dusty body with a small crusty topping of starch white foam sits breifly but leaves some tiny partings of lacey bits and an always present little collar ring.

Nice aroma of snappy fresh wheat malt and some Belgian candyishness spiced in adding lemon soggy orange drops.

Taste is crisp, quick, clean, and snappy of wheat tones; however, it's not all that lengthy or complex. Brightly carbonated with just the right kinda bite within the flavors of the wheat. Sliced lemon wedges and some corriander-like spices flip around the edges of the bite. Kinda pale overall in flavor but the bite seems right and makes for a good little drinker.

Body is decent, but could be broader in length and perhaps somekind of finishing attributes could've helped nudge the interest and character up some as well. Overall, quite crisp, clean, and refreshingly quick to the palate and buds.

A solid drinker for sure, but lacks a bit of depth and thicker color for a Wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 13:57:30 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Hemi


3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very light/pale yellow in color. Medium haze. Light lacing.

S - Citrus, banana, clove, coriander spice notes. Very pleasant however not overpowering smell.

T - Fruity citrus and banana. Coriander and clove notes. Detectable hops but not overly noticeable. Slight sourness.

M - Medium heavy co2 burn. Watery. Not too impressed with the mouth feel on this one.

D - Not bad drinkability. Goes down smooth and pleasant. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 06:58:06 | More by Hemi
Photo of josiahschlender


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring, I was kind of surprised at the clarity of this beer. There's just a little bit of haze, but not much for a wit, from the few I've tried. The color is a very pale yellow, with a medium-sized, medium-lasting white head. Not much lace.

I smell a little bit of the orange citrus, yeasty sourness, a little bit of coriander and other vague spiciness. I also detect some sweetness probably coming from the malts.

I wish I was more familiar with witbiers, but I'm not too adept at recognizing the wheat content of a beer. I definitely notice some sweet malts in the taste, along with the yeast and spices. I notice a little bit of banana, as well. Flavors are complex, I like all the different things going on, but they aren't very intense. Detecting them takes more focus than usual.

While I was hoping for more flavor intensity, it wouldn't have gone well with the light, bubbly mouthfeel. The finish was rather short and clean, as well.

This was a refreshing, easy drinking beer, but not as memorable as the couple other wits I've tried. I'll probably look around more for a go-to wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 05:37:49 | More by josiahschlender
Photo of loren01


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light straw color, small white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Citrusy smell, corriander
T: Much the same as the smell, citrusy, sweet. You can pick up the corriander taste but really no hops to speak of.
M: Light bodied, but just the right amount of carbonation.
D: Not a bad wit but in my opinion not one of the better beers from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 03:58:54 | More by loren01
Photo of DirtyGoat


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer is very light in color, like champagne. I really enjoyed the citrus scents coming from my glass. This beer is perfect for the summer heat, light and crisp. Tastes of different herbs and spices. Very thin on the palate, I could see bud light drinkers loving this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 20:18:44 | More by DirtyGoat
Photo of BadRockBeer


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

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. With freshness date. Picture of an artists rendition of the brewery.

Appearance: Very light straw in color, white haze and a fluffy white head. Faded into a nice tight lace.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander and bananas

Taste: Much of the same as the nose, big orange peel and banana ester profile. Sweet malts and balanced hops, although no hop flavor really. Coriander in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Great. This beer is a great everyday beer. Light enough to satisfy, flavorful enough to keep you interested.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 22:44:08 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of udubdawg


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a light yellow very slightly hazed color with a nearly white head that fades quickly. I peer into the bottle looking for more yeast to haze this sucker up some more. Nope. I guess that's it.

Nose is pleasant, full of citrus and wheat, and an undefined spiciness. Probably the highpoint.

Taste is letting me down a bit after the aroma. Spice is mild, with a very light lemony tartness. Decent tasting, there just isn't as much there as I'd like. It drinks pretty easy but it is pretty light-bodied and thin. I'd have it again but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 04:08:36 | More by udubdawg
Photo of JoeyHotrod


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wit gets mixed reviews from me. Is it a decent session beer? Yes... Does it have a decent enough flavor and appearance? Again yes on both counts. Is it a touch too watery? Sadly that would be a yes as well.

The beer pours to a very pale, almost white color. The head thick and fairly rich at first, but gone in a flash. Lacing is fairly minimal, but there is at least a little bit of it.

The smell is spicy with a hint of coriander. A touch of wheat in the scent as well.

The taste fits the style. You can definitely taste the wheat and the typical spices are all there as well. They are just a little too subdued and that goes back to the slightly too watery comment from above.

The beer gets it's highest mark on drinkability. Since there's not really much there, these could go down a little too easily on a really hot day.

All in all no doubt a passable example of the style and will easily do in a pinch, but your better off going with something like The St, Bernardus Witbier if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 01:59:26 | More by JoeyHotrod
Photo of umustdrink


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy pale yellow color. Bright white head, a bit rocky and fades to a thin film. Very little lacing.

S - Very spicy bubblegum yeast, lots of peppery spice, not much earthiness as one might expect.

T/M - Starts with thin or medium consistency with a sharp carbonation bite, nicely complementing a spicy yeasty taste and a nice creamy contrast. Finish starts with an intense spiciness and ends leaving a sharp yeasty bite.

D - Overall I like this beer, and will recommend it.

The beer store I work at just got in three New Belgium beers (Fat Tire, 1554 and Mothership Wit).

1554 was crap, Fat Tire was okay and I liked this one the best, but I probably wont buy it again, only because I'm not huge on Witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 03:26:27 | More by umustdrink
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour into a pint nonick yields a rocky white two-finger head over a very light yellow cloudy body. Obvious carbonation: tiny streams of bubbles. Head tightens and fades, leaving ample lacing. As you drink it, the beer leaves lines on the glass -- like Guinness.

Smell is crackers, bread, wheaten malt, a bit of floral hops, and some nice spicey coriander and clove.

Taste is spicey coriander and clove front, malty middle and metallic-floral-sour-dry finish.

Mouthfeel is decent for the style, maybe just a bit too sticky.

Very very drinkable -- enough spice and other flavors to keep you interested, but a low enough ABV to make it sessionable.

Definitely to style, and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2007 22:16:23 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of slyke


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mothership Wit pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with a generous white head that fades to a quarter inch after a few minutes and laces quite nicely.

The aroma of the beer is wheaty and yeasty with a hint of citrus.

Taste has similar notes to the aroma, I just had hoped or a little more.

Mouthfeel is decent for the style, a little thin.

Drinkability good. This is a refreshing beer on a warm day making it worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 17:18:47 | More by slyke
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Purchased at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins for US$7.49 a 6 Pack.

It pours from 12oz bottle(best by..it looks like 30 10 07) a hazy very pale straw-yellow with a large head of foam that stays for the entire session as a solid layer with plenty of lacing.

The smell has notes of lemon and yeast and there's some spice there as well. Nice nose.

The taste on first sip is big on the yeast and wheat and lemon is very nicely done. Further sips in and I'm getting some pepper and coriander and orange(yeah, it says that on the label but it's spot on) and I think it's very tasty. Great brew for the summer and I'm going to enjoy drinking the rest of this 6 pack.

Further sips in and the flavours are still holding up and keeping my interest. Another Organic beer that I like?? Who'd have thunk? Seriously, I think New Belgium has done very well with this brew and at under 5%abv, I'd session on it if it was available locally.

The finish has a nice spicy and lemony kick to it and it makes me want to take further sips. Yep, pretty darned drinkable. An above average Wit in my book....

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 21:56:30 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of rallison


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow with a decent 1 finger white head that mostly dies. Appearance could be better...

Smell is not bad - wheat, citrus and yeasty notes.

Taste is also not bad. Wheat, sharp citrus and a bit of yeast. Altogether, straightforward and simple. A refreshing flavor, but also a pretty boring beer.

Mouthfeel is decent - relatively carbonated, but a bit light on the malt.

Drinkability is good - it definitely is easy to drink.

Overall, not recommended. A relatively boring, simple witbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 08:19:57 | More by rallison
Photo of bort11


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall wit glass. Bright fizzy white head that leaves the barest of lacing. In all honesty, this beer is not much to look at. The color is a super pale yellow with moderate carbonation activity
Smell is a mildy sour lemon and wheat aroma. A little bit yeasty, which is the norm for NB it seems. Taste is light and lemony citrus, a mild blend of corriander.
Mouthfeel is pleasantly light and refreshing. Another case where appearance can be decieving.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 17:26:15 | More by bort11
Photo of shadow1961


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium's Mothership Wit pours a stiff, creamy white head over a
somewhat cloudy yellow brew. Carbonation is very active, and the
nose is the usual Belgian yeast clove esters and grain. The flavor really
comes into it's own once the lees are swirled around the bottom of the
bottle and poured into the glass with the rest of the brew. It's wheat malt
up front with citrus and clove notes. Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly dry, and
there's a bit of grain in the aftertaste. Nice lacing is left in the glass as the
brew disappears. If you care about stuff like that, it's also 100% FDA certified
organic- the Mothership in the name refers to New Belgium's main brewhouse,
which gets pretty much all of it's power from New Belgium's own wind generators.
I'm a sucker for a good wit and this one is pretty much everything a wit should be-
crisp and refreshing. Treat yourself to a bomber or three on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 07:20:00 | More by shadow1961
Photo of ccrida


4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my St. Feuillien goblet, Mothership Wit is a hazy, very pale yellow that is very attractive. There's a slight egg shell collar and surface skim that leaves very little lace.

The aroma has lots of the classic skunky/sour wheat smell, with some spicy belgian yeast as well. This is a love it or hate it kind of thing, but I enjoy it, as it indicates to me that I'm in for an authentic Wit, although it could use more depth.

The taste is also heavy on the the wheat graininess, with a husky astringency, some coriander citrus and just a touch of sweetness and lactic sourness. Overall, it's pretty light, with a crisp, exceptionally clean finish. Very tasty, yum!

The mouthfeel is sharp yet creamy, and the body is very light without being thin and watery.

This is super drinkable, wow. In spite of the light taste, it is very refreshing and enjoyable. A great hot weather brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 06:35:42 | More by ccrida
Photo of Mdog


3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unbelieveably clear pale yellow. When it started pouring out of the bottle I thought it was a bad bottle it was so light. Decent head saves it from a lower rating.

Smell: Clove, yeast.

Taste: Wheaty, cloves, yeasty, a little bit of citrus. No, it's not a bad bottle, a little light on flavor though.

Mouthfeel: Very light even for a wit.

Drinkability: The low alcohol and light mouthfeel means a lot of this could be drunk in a hurry.

Tried one of the three beers New Belgium has brought to Minnesota so far, it's a decent offering. Very light color but decent flavor, so it could be a lawnmower beer if it was in 6 packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 00:50:50 | More by Mdog
Photo of scottblaze


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Thin head disappeared quickly, very light hazy yellow/amber. Really not much here to talk about.

S. Pronounced clove with orange /lemon/grapefrut background.

T. Interesting hoppy bitterness combined with light malty, grapefruit, (citrus)

M. Tingly and refreshing, carbornated effervesence, the bottom quickly falls away leaving a thin wattery hoppy finish.

D. Very easy and plesant...

I have thouroughly enjoyed this in spite of the thinness that arives shortly after a suprising hoppy burst of flavor and carbonation. Speaking of flavor, I can't summon the verbiage to adequately describe this except to say it is a very interesting combination of hops, spice and citrus. I'll go back for more and get back later.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 21:51:14 | More by scottblaze
Photo of Beaver13


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 6/22/07. Pours a cloudy light yellow with some thicker yeasties. The head is white and fizzy and quickly dissipates to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bananas, musty yeast, and orange peel.

The flavor is wheat and lemony citrus and some spices (clove and banana) in the background. It has a nice zing to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied (thicker than expected) with low carbonation, but more syrupy than watery.

Overall, much better than expected. It's more fruity than a traditional wit, but I like it. It's light but refreshing and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 02:26:15 | More by Beaver13
Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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