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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: 876
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 23 | 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 GbVDave
2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ommegang glass.

A: Half way between extremely pale yellow and colorless. No head to speak of. No lace. No bubbles.

S: Mild spices, mild banana and pear. Slightly lemon-y. Odd, faint corn on the cob aroma.

T: Vaguely spicy/peppery hops. Extremely subdued lemon, spice, and everything else.

M: Bitter, dry, and thin.

D: Probably sessionable but why on earth would you want to do that? This is pretty lousy.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle!

Pour very pale straw yellow with a big frothy head that dissipates quicky to a faint one, no carbonation seems to be present, wierd. Aroma is a mix of fresh solarium plant leaves and hint of coriander. Taste is a delightful lighty sweet bread/malt ale with a hint of citrus lemon. Nice dry finish.

Nice lawnmower beer, but I'd keep hoogarden around if I wanted to help newbies experience a wit.

Photo of mnstorm99
2.1/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really didn't have the same experience some of the other people here did.
A - Poured a clear light yellow, Poured a Miller lite next to it. Looked exactly the same.
S - Adjunct wheat aroma, smelled alot like the miller lite.
T - Wheat, fruits very subtle, adjunct character like the miller lite.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and as it was very drinkable it wasn't at all enjoyable.

Not at all a Wit to me, this beer was very reminicent of a macro lager, And at $3.50 a bomber it is maybe the worst beer I have ever had.

Photo of budgood1
2.69/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a slightly hazy, VERY pale straw yellow colour. thin rocky head supported by ample carbonation. very little lace. spicy, peppery aroma..lemon zest and orange, also. smells delicious. taste is light and airy...first to hit the tongue is the sourish citrus notes; they fade quickly and some graininess follows finished by a dash of clove and pinch of coriander spice. quite tame by any standards. it definitely leaves me wanting more. the body of this wit is also on the light side...quite watery in fact. the mouthfeel is crisp, but again the lack of any creamy substantial body detracts from the overall mouthfeel. drinkability suffers from the overall lack of character and moxie.

on a hot summer day this would be a no brain slammer. but i would choose about an any other wit style beer over this one. organic or not, this is disappointing and not really recommended.

Photo of semihobo
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 11/30/07. Pours with a big pocked head with large bubbles. I think this is the closest thing to a colorless beer I've ever seen, by a good margin. The little coloring present is a hazy whiteness. Great lace down the sides of the pint saves the appearance.

Lots of yeast notes, including banana with a little bubblegum. The cocktail of banana, lemony wheat, and coriander smells delicious. Served at warmer-than-fridge temp, it has a potent scent.

Taste is unbalanced, all wacky bubblegum, candi sugar, and spices. Very sweet. Some wheat on the finish, no hops to speak of -- the sweetness overwhelms and stops this from being quenching, although the spices are fine in their own execution.

Mouthfeel is very creamy for how thin this brew is. I'm having a foam party in my mouth. The carbonation is very well done and reinforces an otherwise minimal body (which itself was fine for the style).

Interesting look, interesting taste, interesting mouthfeel. Not sure it all works together. The sweetness is fine but it lacks anything else to complement it. Would recommend to anyone into phenols and esters.

If this beer's appearance was a person it would be whiter than Bill Gates.

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

22 oz bottle dated Jan-05-2008

A - Pours a nice light gold color, a little hazy. Releases about 5 mm of head that quickly disappates

S - My read is that I get a strong spice hit off this one, perhaps backed up with a little bit of straw and orange peel. Cloves and coriander come to mind.

T - Initial flavor isn't very strong. Not much bitterness, probably just a light malt taste. Finishes with a nice spice note that reflects the smell. I'd say its a bit of clove and banana.

M - A moderate amount of carbonation in this beer that goes down smoothly.

D - I can drink alot of these. Doesn't fill me up and doesn't have the high alcohol to knock me out.

This is one that I need to do a good pour on to get the right texture for me. But, all and all, very affordable and very tasty. Glad NB finally made it around to IA.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale lemon yellow with a big solid four finger head. It's very slightly hazy, and tons of little bubbles rise to the top, but the hue is sort of sickly yellow/green like the slushy stuff they keep in those lemon drink dispensers. Some nice lace sticks to the glass, and is whiter than snow. Looks like lemon meringue pie.

S - Powdered sugar on fresh lemons. Zingy and very fresh like a lemon rind or those Lemonhead candies that I used to buy at the concession stand during little league baseball games. Some grassy (lemon grass?) notes are there too, along with some warmer spice notes to balance all the zingy acidity. Nicely done.

T - Follows the nose. Powdered sugar and lemon candy. Artificial lemonade with hints of cinnamon on the finish.

M - Light bodied, fresh, zesty, and very slightly dry like lemonade. Lots of carbonation is appropriate for the flavors presented here. Nice.

D - Somewhat average, but it's a really nice basic witbier. Nothing extra special going on here. Would be great outside in the summertime.

Photo of likestoswallow
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Henrys Market. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow--sort of like a lemonade type color. Head was white and sudsy and faded slowly. A trace of lacing observed. Aroma was very light with spices and citrus. Flavor was fruity with bananas and pears, there is also a touch of coriander set in a wheat backdrop. Hops are well integrated and play an effective supporting role. Mouthfeel is medium-full for this style and satisfying. The finish is short and clean. This beer seemed a bit more to the Bavarian hefe style than to Belgian wit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless--will buy again.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon the pour the beer appears a foggy pale gold, the head large and a creamy white, settles slowly, leaving a fine sheet of lace. Nose has a bit of hops, lots of coriander, citrus like in its crispness, sweet, with a bit of earthiness. Start has a pleasant malt profile, sweet with a spike of hop bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops delectable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice clean refreshing beer.

Photo of djcrean
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical 22 oz bottle as shown in the picture. Best by Jan. 25 08 on label. Also certified organic which is nice.
A: Pours with a small head that vanishes quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.
Not the best looking witbier I've ever encountered. Looks a bit like lemonade, a cloudy pale yellow.
S: Minimal. Had to hold it right under my nose and take several whiffs to get anything. Mostly Citrus.
T/M: OK, but nothing special. It's a decently balanced beer, with ok hop presence and noticeable citrus and yeast. A little too weak and watery overall though. Aftertaste is mild and yeasty.
D: Goes down pretty easy.

Kind of disappointing. There are so few good witbiers brewed in this country I was really hoping this one would be on the mark. It's not a bad beer mind you, but it's no Great Lakes Holy Moses (the best wit in the states IMHO). All the elements to a good witbier are there... just not in great enough quantities. This is my third New Belgium brew, and I'm still waiting to be wowed.

Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of nightcrawler
2.52/5  rDev -30%
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'.

Photo of beergynt
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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...

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of smttycty
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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

Photo of dogger6253
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Photo of Floydster
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 876 ratings.