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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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82
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865 Ratings
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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 lehows
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured only a mildy hazy yellow color with a small white head. Light aromas of yeasty dough with a citrus zest. Flavors of doughy grain, light crisp malt, and some mild notes of lemon. Some spice notes as well. Not what I was expecting but good nonetheless. Overall a light witbier and something that is easy drinking at the pub or outside in the summer.

lehows, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date on the label. Was a very pale straw color - lighter than most wits I've seen. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into a thin collar, no lacing. The aroma was standard wit with coriander, orange peel and spices. Wasn't as strong as some wits but not as weak as some. The taste was really good. It's not knock you over great but just has that hits the spot and keeps you coming back for me angle to it. I still prefer Avery's White Rascal but this could fill-in in a pinch especially since Rascal hard to find at times. Another solid effort from NBB and worth trying. Session worthy. I had on tap at the brewery during my last visit and that was better so try on tap if you can (4, RR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of TPSReports
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Had this brew on tap at the brewery in Colorado. If was about a four once pour into a small stemmed glass. The color really threw me on this beer. It was kinda offwhite and hazy. Minimal head. It looked more like an alka-seltzer really.

The smells were a nice surprise, many light critus twangs.

It is a lightly carbonated easy to drink, chug?, beer great for warm weather. It would be easy to drink six to twelve of these on the beach or golf course in an afternoon.

The flavors were mainly light citrus with mild hoppiness. All in all, a nice easy to drink offering without the heaviness of many of the other beers from New Belgium.

Cheers.

TPSReports, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Addison.

Hazy, straw yellow appearance. Small, white, creamy head.

Aromas of clove, lemon/citrus. Banana was there, but faint.

Taste brought out the bananas more. Lemon/citrus still there as well. Yeast/bread dough. Nice balance. Pepper at finish.

Light body. High carbonation, could be turned down just a bit and no loss. Pretty dry, almost effervescent in texture.

A very tasty wit. Not my favorite style and New Belgium hasn't impressed me a lot, but this is quite good. I could see drinking a few of these on a warm afternoon.

, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of bigbelcher
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

Man, what an aroma. Hard to describe but can you say skank, stale, nasty, wretched and stinky? I had to wonder if the lines were cleaned but the bartender at L.B.'s assured me they were.

Color was a nice hazy light gold/straw type color. Flavor was more geared towards the coriander side rather than the orange side, which probably had something to do with the aroma. Even though it had a god awful aroma the taste was ok so I couldnt send it back although I wish the bartender would have offered since he saw my expression when I tried it.

Won't order again.

bigbelcher, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of chadlebald
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

When poured into its glass, the carbonation sounded very Champagne-esque. Small bubbles. Light straw color, only slightly cloudy (I kind of expected more cloudiness, but that's fine). Refreshing smell--the citrus peel zest is quite present. Mouthfeel is a bit too flat I think, even for this style. Tastes okay, but not a lot of the zestiness I would have expected from the spices. I will say, though, that psychologically, I feel this beer tastes a bit better than it actually does because of its makers' "green" philosophy toward the environment. That's branding for you, I guess.

chadlebald, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: Pretty much what you'd expect in a witbier; cloudy gold, ample head and lacing.

Taste & smell: Yeast comes through pretty strongly in the smell, followed by coriander and citrus. For being brewed in Colorado it has a very authentic Belgian wit aroma - nicely done. The taste is spicy, tangy and earthy. Surprisingly complex for a beer of 4.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Crisp, mellow and light on the tongue but without the compromise of flavor. A great summer beer, and organic to boot.

largadeer, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

I bought a six-pack of Mothership Wit at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale yellow color and is hazy. It resembles pineapple juice. A small bubbly white white head forms, bit dissipates quickly to a thin foam.

The smell is faint and fruity. Hints of citrus aromas and some spices.

The taste is also fruity, with sweet citrus dominating the flavor. There is also a mild bread flavor, and a slightly bitter finish.\

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a zesty carbonated character.

This is a very drinkable beer, and a refreshing thirst quencher. I bought my six-pack on a record hot day for early June and loved it.

Note: I like the organic and sustainability themes. The label is nice, with a farm theme complete with wind machines. Adding a crop circle made by the "mothership" would have been a great gag. The only thing missing from the farm scene is the house where the people live. A farm is not a farm without the farm family.

RJLarse, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of smcreator
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%

A: More pale than golden in appearance.
S: The smell is very interesting (probably due, in part, to its organic nature)
T: Clean and tasty beer. It is complex, yet balanced.
M: The head did not really play as much of a role as I would have liked it to while drinking.
D: Not as sweet and overbearing (with time) as some of the other New Belgium beers.

smcreator, May 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%

Had this on tap tonight at Kinfolks

Pours a hazed gold/straw with 1" of white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little grass & that was it

T: Tart with lemon rind & bit of pepper up front. Too much grainyness follows as it warms. Finishes quenching & grainy with a little coriander

Spritzy with medium body

Drank alright, but wasn't real impressed with this offering Looking for more wheat, more tartness & way more flavor

russpowell, May 27, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass; first tried at Portland's Spring Beer & Wine Fest, April 2007. This bottle has a best by date of: 05Oct07. 4.8%ABV according to the label.

A: Pours a stark pale wheat-yellow, hazy. Lots of pillowy white head, at least 4-fingers worth, leaving a sticky lace behind. No visible carbonation.

S: Smells straight out of Belgium; full of wheat malt, loads of coriander spice and orange peel.

T: Pretty damn good, this is a nice American-made example of a Belgian wit. Plenty of dry spice and orange peel and a careful dose of malted wheat. Finishes dry & peppery.

M: Just a little light, but akin to the style. Fresh, crisp and light overall with a lingering dry, tingly finish.

D: Certainly worth having again, one of the truer versions of a Belgian style I've had yet from NBB. Easy to drink, light, refreshing.

msubulldog25, May 24, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

05/21/07- Purchased at The Liquor Store in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date imprinted on the label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Possibly the clearest beer I have ever seen. Virtualy no color at all. Maybe like really watered down lemonade. 1/2 inch head which leaves a super light ring and very light lace.

Smell- No really outgoing. A touch of corriander and white pepper, but suggle to even get that.

Taste- Taste like per style. A bit thin. Good corriander flavor and misc. spices as well. Maybe a bit of nutmeg and white pepper. Sweet and tart at the same time.

Mouthfeel- Thin, a touch watery like the appearance. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Flavor is ok, but this one falls short of several american made wit's. I'd pass on this one again.

GClarkage, May 22, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance- Body is a hazy straw with just a hint of orange marmalade coloring. The head is failry small, very white but leaves behind some lacing.

Aroma- Fairly citrusy with whiff of wheat faintly yeasty/bready. No spiciness to speak of. And of course, no hoppiness. Maybe just a hint of bubblegum at the very edge of perception as it warms.

Taste- Wheaty. No clove, banana at all (which is okay for a wit.) Just a hint of other spices, but I can't figure out what they are. they are very well balanced and to faint to discerne.

Mouthfeel- Medium to thin body. Aggressive carbonation that tingles your lips and entire mouth. Nice CO2 burn on the tip of your toungue. A puckering quality to, that seems to fit in quite well.

Drinkability- Good as an easy drinking session beer that would go down while working on the back 40. Nice at the ned of a long day to.

theopholis, May 22, 2007
Photo of BeerManDan
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

When poured, it was the color of lemon aid. It was a hazy light yellow with some foam and a medium amout of lace on the glass. The smell had a hint of yeast, spices and citrus. The taste had a hint of spices, yeast and citrus. With with a very little sour/tart/sweetness at the end. The sour must have been from the citrus in this wheat beer. I think it was well balanced on all fronts and I really liked it!

BeerManDan, May 17, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a light yellow, very hazy, with moderate carbonation and a nice head. Great retention and lacing.

Sweet and tart, spicy, creamy malt and lively esters – light banana.

Tart spicy creamy wheat with light powdery texture. Very light fruity banana esters light floral hoppage interspersed.

Creamy smooth with a little puckering kick. Feels great.

A light, creamy, refreshing brew. One of my favorites from New Belgium.

MrHungryMonkey, May 17, 2007
Photo of jtslay
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

When I first poured this I noticed immediately how pale it was. It was almost like a cloudy light pilsner. The aroma was very mild with the hints of spices the bottle has listed on the side. First sip was very crisp and clean and it stayed that way. This beer put me in a good mood because of how interesting it was. Very drinkable.

jtslay, May 17, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle Inspection: Standard New Belgium brown 12 oz. bottle with raised collar. Lists this as an organic wheat beer, with spices, listed on the side as organically grown coriander and orange peel. Glass and temperature suggestion (goblet, 50 F) and a best by date of 28SEP07 (sampled 15MAY07).

Aroma: A whiff of raw wheat and mild yeast, which smells a bit like their Saison yeast.

Appearance: Slightly hazed straw blond glass with a thin white cover that laced nicely. It actually has the “wit” white look to it.

Flavor: Wheat aspect is pretty firm, spices are a little too subtle for me, but I’m in Coriander-a-holics Anonymous. Again I’m getting subtle Saison aspects that I’m going to attribute to the yeast.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, firm carbonation prickle edging on foamy, slightly rough texture.

Overall Impression: An easy session beer that would reward a well mowed lawn. Flavor is mild and wheat based. A fine seasonal, but I won’t regret its passing. One of the better organic beers I’ve had.
Worth a shot

HardTarget, May 16, 2007
Photo of Tawnos
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a hazy yellow, seems pretty standard for wheat beers.
Smells somewhat sour, hints of saison yeast fermentation. A bit "off'.
Tastes decent - citrusy, somewhat flat, not very full bodied. A good summer ale.

Feels a bit rough in the mouth. Not unpleasant, but not great.

Easy drinking, though I probably won't be grabbing it again any time soon.

Tawnos, May 15, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

A nice wit. Very light, yet has decent complexity. Orange peel and coriander with a mild hop back. Decent mouthfeel, but could be a little more crisp. This beer is fairly easy to drink and is a decent witbier. A lot of organic beers seem to fall short, but this one is a decent stab. Worth a try definetly.

edit: awesome head and retention in my chimay glass.

jasonjlewis, May 09, 2007
Photo of HumuloneRed
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz. Bottle.
Pours an extremely light and slightly cloudy straw yellow with a creamy white head and lacing.
The aroma has coriander and orange with mild herbal (chamomile) notes.
The flavor has a nice balance between the spice and the malt. It is very surprising that it has such a malt flavor since the body and color is so light. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

HumuloneRed, May 08, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

12oz brown bottle that is very fresh. Poured into a pils glass it forms a fizzy white head that fades to a thin cover. An odd color that I can best describe as somewhere between yellow and white. Cloudy body.

First drink was very refreshing and my first thought was that this could be the best New Belgium beer I've had in recent memory. It doesn't have that musky malt bill that so many of their beers have. This is light and fruity. Bananna's and Orange zest come to mind and combine nicely. Carbonation is sharp but it fits this brew well. Clean and crispy.

Notes: Ding Ding Ding...we have a winner here.

DogFood11, May 08, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Served in a New Belgium chalice, this is a quite pale gold pour with a half-inch of fluffy foam atop it. Very perfumy nose, full of rich coriander. Good slightly-sweet wheat character mixed with spicy coriander and a honey-like yeast character. A little tartness makes it way into the finish. Soft, creamy mouthfeel.

This is a top-notch wit, very refreshing.

allengarvin, May 06, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

From notes

Pours a very pale straw color with a one finger head that fades quickly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is thicker and stickier than I was expecting, leaving a nice webbing in the glass.

Smell; this has nice wheat presence in the nose with some mild fruity hints. It's fairly mild overall in the aroma department, but it's still pleasant enough.

Taste; wheat malts are the dominant flavor, with mild hints of some tropical fruits, and little bit of some spices. Ss the aroma suggests, this is a very mild flavored beer. It would work well as a lawnmower beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, and the drinkability is pretty good. Not a beer i would go to very often, but I could see having a couple when it's hot outside.

RedHaze, May 06, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Poured out a odd, cloudy, pale yellow with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted quite spicy. The wheat and yeast qualities came through as well.

M - It has a good bite. A crisp and light-bodied beer.

D - At first I was a little unsure of this beer, but it got better as I drank it.

zeff80, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

A whiter shade of yellow, ample head, but lacking a bit for the style. The smell is a brilliant bouquet of citrus, coriander, and light hops. The taste is a little slow, but nice once it kicks in. Finish is dry, and pleasantly hoppy. Mouthfeel is thin, but I suppose that's appropriate for the style. A really nice beer, and I was in the mood to try something different. It just doesn't demand to be consumed as some beers do.

jeffjfindley, Apr 27, 2007
Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.