1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

866 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 866
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 866 | Reviews: 532 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 06, 2007
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.

slyke, Aug 01, 2007
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....

Bitterbill, Jul 31, 2007
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.

rallison, Jul 29, 2007
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.

bort11, Jul 24, 2007
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.

shadow1961, Jul 23, 2007
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!

ccrida, Jul 23, 2007
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.

Mdog, Jul 20, 2007
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.

scottblaze, Jul 18, 2007
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.

Beaver13, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap 04/21/2007. From notes: Average witbier. Surprisingly clear (maybe the kegs has just settled). Fair head retention. Minor lacing (dirty bar glass?). Delicate wheaty and lemonish aroma as expected. Subtly spicy, but not distinct - not clear coriander. Welcoming. The flavor follows the nose. Delicate, wheatish, yeasty, gently spicy with a mild tart-lemon edge that lends it a perky character and refreshes. Medium-light bodied; moderately crisp. Refreshing. ... I had no idea that this was an organic beer, but now that I know I can at least give them credit for that. A decent summer beer to say the least.

NeroFiddled, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a big, bright white head, merangue head. It sticks around and leaves a good lace. The beer is a light, hazy, yellow color, the color isn't that nice but I'm finding it oddly appealing.

The nose is hefe-like, but mustier. Lemon and banana, faint spice in background, wheat, nutmeg? Reminds me quite a bit of Hoegarrden in taste. It is bright, zippy, yeasty, with a banana undertone. There is a drying, phenolic pfinish. This seems to be one of the most true-to-style US wits I've had I think. It is intensely refreshing and subtle, but I wish there was just a bit moe going on.

Mouthfeel is light and grippy. I could drink gallons of this.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Maybe the lightest shade of a wit I have ever seen. Looks like watery lemonade with haze to it. Head is sudsy leaving good lace, stark white in color.

S: Yeast, sour wheat, dried hay and a fragment of citrus. Not a lot of smell.

T: Starts off with dried grassy notes with mineralistic aspects. Damn, this is one watery beer. Little bit of a vitamin C tang hits the tip of the tongue with dull lemon flavors following suite. Finishes yeasty and seasoned that ends up somewhat cloying.

M: Thin and watery.

D: This should hardly be considered a beer. There is nothing really “wrong” with this beer besides the fact that it couldn’t be any more watery.

Westsidethreat, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is very pale. And very clear. Odd for a wit. It's like you take a glass of water and add a drop of yellow food coloring. Very light tint of yellow. Just a bubbly white collar with not much head sitting on the surface. I don't like the looks of this. A clear wit means filtration was probably utilized, undoubtedly removing some flavor. We'll see....

Aroma is fresh and wheaty and lemony. A little spicy, but not as much as the "norm" for wits. The taste is as expected....dumbed down. Yeasty flavors are distant. Spices are quite subdued. Lemon and slight tart qualities are mildly pleasing. This is not offensive and could be serviceable on a hot day, but it's nowhere near the quality of the good wits I've had in the past. To confirm this, I'll follow this $4 bomber with a bottle of Celis White.

Bighuge, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of cjhofelt
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass it looks about the same as Coors light, except slightly cloudy (and I mean EVER so slightly). If you look at it in the sunlight, there's actually a faint greenish tint in there, too. The head is almost non-existant and fades leaving zero lacing in my glass.

The smell is quite flowery. No scent of hops or malt or anything like them.

The taste isn't bad as far as wits go. A bit bitter and tart up front with the corriander in the finish. The spices aren't overpowering, they're well balanced. I'm putting this as above average because of that. Most American wits tend to be overpowering with the spices, as far as I'm concerned.

The mouthfeel isn't too dry, it isn't too syrupy. It's pretty well balanced.

If you like witbeir, you'll like this in spite of it's sub-par appearance.

cjhofelt, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This apparently "elevates" the witbier style, according to the label, into, presume, organice realms.

Hazy, pale pear-ish appearance, nice, long-lasting foam...good, in that regard...

Aroma: full of coriander, plenty of light pepper, some citrus...definitely floral..certainly sweet...

Taste: light on the palate,but full of the requisite flavors...celery-ish, but large-ly citric, coriander-y...not as much orange as I'd ask of a real Belgian Wit...It's there, I guess, but rather light,dominated by the Belgian spice and the coriander and the celery...

Very easy feel, nice smooth drinking...not quite watery, never that...but so drinkable...everything you'd want from a wit but missing a bit more body...only fault, really...

A very pretty beer...and so easy to pass down the throat..." a wit to make one wonder"....isn't that nice?

this is my first taste of a New Belgium beer since they arrived into our market recently....whoopdy-ding-dong.

feloniousmonk, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into an ale glass
A - A hazy lemony yellow-almost the color of pear cider with a white meringue-like smooth head. The head allows liberal lace w/ a yellow green tint to the wheat ale.

S - The aroma of wheat is strong and the coriander is hard to miss. A pleasant nutty, grainy scent is juxtaposed with light fruit aromas.

M - Highly effervescent w/ a smooth creamy texture that softens as it heads toward it's destination. Nuts and spice in the feel are complimentary.

T - A smooth citrusy wheat ale. Slightly spicy with accents on the nutty toasted malts. Refreshing and true to style. I enjoyed the hints of Belgian Yeast and creamy wheat malt.

D - Nice balance of spice + malt w/ plenty of wheat and a dash of citrus. New Belgium has it almost right on the mark w/ this wit.

Slatetank, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Mothership Wit poured a slightly hazy pale shade of blond. Minimal carbonation and head. Little lacing. Clean yeast and citrus in the nose. Taste is cloves, wheat, lemons, and some coriander spicyness. Mouthfeel is refreshing. Crisp. Leaves the palate happy. An extremely drinkable summer brew. Possibly my new session brew.

crayphish, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of supercolter
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent beer, though not what I expected. This beer reminded me of a Hefeweizen more than anything. I really enjoyed the flavor and smell, but I don't think this is at all a good representation ot the style. The heavier spicing and banana flavor just aren't the flavors that should be the forefront of the tasting for this style in my humble opinion.

supercolter, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light pale yellow, almost "white" with small fine head.

Very mild nose. Pick up some yeasty wheat, mild bubblegum.

Very soft and light, even for a wit, mild carbonation.

Not too much flavor either. Very mild light wheaty flavors with a decent touch of acidity. Hardly any spice detectable at all- tiny bit of allspice. Aroma and flavor follow right along the mild-mannered looks of this one.

BeerZack, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Chaz
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy bright golden-straw in color, topped with a bright white head of average duration and minimal lacing. Clove and light lemon-rind on the nose, with a touch of banana. Lighter notes of wheat malt, seems a bit thin, even on the nose. More fruit-forward on the first sip (but only just) with banana and clove and a more pronounced citrus. Citric notes worked best in conjunction with the bready wheat malt, and the yeast component took on a much more subtle aspect as I drank. Very minimal bitterness throughout, par for the style. There’s just a hint of white pepper in here alongside the coriander, and not only does it work, it actually improves the flavor and impression somewhat. Mouthfeel is lighter and the body is a bit on the thin side. There’s also a slightly soapy texture here which would work well in a more full-bodied beer, but not so favorable here (at least to me). Luckily, there's ample carbonation to keep the soapiness from detracting from the drinkability. The spicing is frankly less assertive than I'd expected (or rather, hoped it to be). Mothership is about mid-way between dry and sweet, and be that as it may this brew ultimately strikes me as a pretty middle of the road offering altogether. But no matter: what this brew lacks in an edgy, spicey kick it makes up for in it’s organic and Green qualities, and these will turn quite a few heads, likely making Mothership more desirable (for many) than a traditional e.g. non-organic Wit offering. No doubt about it, New Belgium has the specialty beer market sussed.
Served chilled, in an oversized mug.

Chaz, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Gump
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle
Picked this up the frist day it was available in the Twin Cities. (June 2007)
Pours white (blonde). An even thin layer of yeast at bottom of bottle. Swirled the bottle for a cloudy pour. Head is gone in a minute.
Wonderful spice and lemon zest aroma.
I think Hoegarden as I drink this. Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Gump, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of whynot44
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale hazy straw yellow color with a decent white head for a few seconds, disipates to just a thin ring very quickly.

The aroma is wheaty, with coriander and a bit of citrus, all very mild.

The taste is along the same lines, very mild wheat and light malt with just the hint of coriander and citrus, milder than most but not really watery, just mild.

Light bodied, mildly carbonated, smooth, very easy to drink and refreshing. Nothing fantastic, but a solid refresher for a hot day. Worth a try.

whynot44, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this cold in my Hoegaarden glass. It poured a pale pastel yellow, which immediately triggered the color association of "white" in a Witbier. A substantial head of white foam formed, which rose above the glass in a spongy, uniformly convex impression of the lunar surface. Stubborn yeast sediment was poured, creating more foam and rendering the glass opaque.

Big whiff of earthy coriander to start, not much else besides that when the bottle was first opened. The smell dwindled over time, but it was still earthy, with a well-water quality about it.

Coriander again in the first sip, followed by grain in the form of wheat or rice. Sort of a cereal taste, but it's minor. Sweetish wheat or yeast in the aftertaste. Lacking the citrus and spiciness typically found in Witbier. Very mild.

Carbonation is weak, and the mouthfeel is thin an watery, unfortunately. Not entirely flat, but it really lacks zestiness.

It would be good in the hot weather, but not the best Witbier when others are much more lively and complex.

emerge077, Jun 22, 2007
Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.