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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: 865
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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 arizcards
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed case this summer from Costco as part of the New Belgium promotional for 19.99.

Beer poured a straw color with a generous head initially. Nose is very nice, of oranges and coriander. Taste is a hint of sour orange wheat that is crisp. Mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation lends a very refreshing feel. Drinkability is very good. I was pleasantly surprised the first time i had this that it was tasty and refreshing at the same time. This is a nice summer time beer that i would recommend to fans of the style.

arizcards, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of nightcrawler
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this stuff.

The stuff poured a bright clear yellow, no hazy at all. Smelled a bit fruity. The head came right up with the pour and back down within seconds. The mouthfeel was okay, but a bit thin.

I'd let you know how it tasted, but there was hardly any. It was extremely bland. I had others sample it and we agreed this stuff was boring.

I could very easily drink this to cool me down, but not if I wanted something with flavor.

'Organic' must mean 'water'.

nightcrawler, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of beergynt
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow. In the skinny part at the bottom of the SA lager glass, it's damn near clear. Vibrant white head that sinks quickly to form a film. Very little lacing... Smells really nice. Coriander and a little orange peel. No surprises, but not overdone and makes you look forward to the first swallow... Tastes refreshing and fairly well balanced. The spices compliment the malt but linger on the palate. Perfect balance would leave the palate a little cleaner, not so clingy... Carbonation is nice (especially with the laser etching) Refreshing, satisfying, and quite drinkable...

beergynt, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (10 cents off the regular price). Best by 28 Dec 07.

Poured a hazy lemonade color, with a decent-sized white head that hung around for a couple of minutes and was easily re-agitated back to life. Spottly lace.

The smell is of earthy grain and citrusy spices. Unlike the only other domestic witbier I've had (Great White), this reminds me of the couple of authentic Belgian examples I've been able to encounter.

The taste starts out with tart, citrus flavors. This is balanced by a mild, grainy maltiness. The ending is moderately crisp and dry.

Light bodied, with an appropriately crisp mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good domestic approximation of the style, and makes an excellent warm weather session beer. For that type of quaffing, I'd definitely buy this again.

woemad, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazed up pour to be sure. Light golden, straw color with big white head. Retention was average and could be brought back with a quick swirl.
Hints of corriander, orange peel and young grains create the aroma. Not strong, just about average.
A clean taste, nothing seems to be obstructed. Light lemon and citrus hints, a slight malty aftertaste. Crisp, light and refreshing.

Mebuzzard, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of benito
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, Mothership Wit is lighter-than-champagne white and has a long-lasting white head that contrasts beautifully with the beer's haziness. There are aromas of black pepper, coriander, phenols, and fresh biscuits. The last bit is a welcome change from your run-of-the-mill wits.

This has a great malt backbone--again the biscuit flavors come through--to match the typical sweetness of a wit. The overall impression is of a slightly bready, dry, and initially tart brew. The spices meld well with the grainy flavors that come in toward the end of each swig and help create a nice balance between the beer's sweet and dry textures. A little more spice presence and dominant sweetness might have struck an even better overall balance to this brew.

Light but substantial--this is about as easy drinking as it gets. Mothership Wit surpasses Sunshine Wheat as New Belgium's top "light" brew in my book. I'm glad to see it join the year-round lineup; check it out.

benito, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad, but definitely not the best witbier I've had. This one is new to Iowa, and one of the few New Belgium beers I hadn't already tried.

Looks nice. Has the distinct "white" appearance, though it could stand to be a little cloudier to help whiten it up even more. Fairly yellow. Frothy white head with poor retention and lacing. Decent carbonation.

The smell is lacking. Just a touch of that grainy wheat aroma, but I don't pick up on any coriander / orange peel. Maybe just a hint of pepper spice. Just a hint of what a friend of mine describes as "urinal cake," distinct to witbiers.

The taste makes up for what the aroma lacks. Still plenty of grainy wheat, though the coriander and orange peel show through as well. A touch of banana and peppery spice. Kind of has a nasty bile aftertaste. I would like to see a touch more of coriander and orange.

The mouthfeel is very light. No alcohol flavor, as expected. Fairly dry for what I expected. Could be much more drinkable without some of the off flavors. Not bad. Worth trying once, but probably not again.

neonbrown82, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of smttycty
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the absence of trying to match this to the "witbier" style, this is a fine quafable beer. It poured a nice cloudy pale yellow with a good tall white crown of a good wheat beer, with decent retention and nice lacing. So far right on mark. The nose was sweet muffins, fresh fruit salad, and some hop florals. The taste was husky wheat and that familiar Belgium yeast character; not bananas but leaning that direction. Sweet grass came in, but it ended with a very dry finish. No hop bittering but some citrusy dry-hopped flavors. I really wanted "crisp" in the mouthfeel but didn't find it. Light bodied and the clean dry finish made it easy going down, but the refreshment factor was low. A nice beer and good drinkability if you're not expecting a classic wit. I remain a New Belgium fan.

smttycty, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of cafemondegar
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer at New Belgium's brewery where they give you 4 beers free for sample. The next day I got an entire 6-pack from the store across the street from my house. It pours with almost no natural head, unless you pour it from a height. The meager head dissolves into the yellow-green beer that looks like white jasmine tea. The smell is unmistakably of wheat.
From a taste point of view - there's absolutely no hoppyness to it and the wheat is mild. Mouthfeel is tangy with considerable carbonation, a bit like champagne but without the inherent sourness. While eminently drinkable, the beer packs a punch for a mere 4.8% ABV. A good beer plus it's organic. A good find for this fall and winter.

cafemondegar, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Sep 08, 2007
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...

dogger6253, Sep 08, 2007
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

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
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.

cswhitehorse, Sep 04, 2007
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 03, 2007
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.

Pegasus, Sep 03, 2007
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.

Tballz420, Aug 30, 2007
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.

tavernjef, Aug 29, 2007
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.

Hemi, Aug 28, 2007
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.

josiahschlender, Aug 27, 2007
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.

loren01, Aug 24, 2007
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.

DirtyGoat, Aug 20, 2007
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.

BadRockBeer, Aug 19, 2007
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.

udubdawg, Aug 10, 2007
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.

JoeyHotrod, Aug 09, 2007
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.

umustdrink, Aug 07, 2007
Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.