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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: 873
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly cloudy, golden-white color topped by a smallish, creamy white head that vanishes rather quickly. Delicate aroma of light wheat, with a hint of clove and citrus. Palate is light and refreshing - wheat and a touch of light malt, highlighted by lemony, herby notes. Body is a touch creamy, which is an odd characteristic for the style. Nevertheless, it works for this beer. Not the most interesting offering from New Belgium, but this is a nice, refreshing beer that is great on a warm solstice evening.

Photo of lehows
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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)

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

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.


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

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.

Photo of bigbelcher
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of chadlebald
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of smcreator
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jtslay
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.