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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: 881
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 12
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 881 | Reviews: 533
Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of Tawnos
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of HumuloneRed
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RedHaze
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dren
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery as the first of my 4 beer tasting. Pours a very light yellow straw color with a thick fluffy head. Smells of lemon, wheat and a little spice. Tastes of wheat, citrus and some hints of banana. A very refreshing light bodied beer. Not the best wit I have had, I like them a little heavier, but the flavor and drinkability was certainly there. Reminds me a lot of Hoegaarden.

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

4.8% ABV

Pours out a pretty hazy lemonade with a rocky head. Has some very interesting lacing formations that raise up off the glass. Coriander is really big in the nose with the citrus and wheat taking a back seat. Flavors are wheaty, citric, and tart with coriander coming out in a big way. I find that coriander can make a wit feel "muddy" if the overall body of the wit is too heavy and sweet, but with the crispness of Mothership, it acts as a nice compliment to the brightness found here. Mouthfeel is light, but with a little extra body from the bottle-conditioning and with a lively carbonation. Not the most interesting wit, and it suffers from having even the subtlest presenc of the New Belgium "house" flavor, but it's flavorful and refreshing.

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I quite liked this beer and thought it a very good effort from the folks at NB. To my way of thinking, this beer is the perfect answer to those folks who complain that they drink bud/miller/coors in the Summer time because craft beer is too heavy/rich.

This beer pours a very interesting cloudy, yellow/lime color. On the nose the coriander and orange peel are very noticeable, and the aroma is quite inviting. The beer is quite light on the palate and I would guess the abv. is fairly low. The NB website doesn't even list this beer yet, but I'm guessing the abv. is no higher then that found in the Sunshine wheat. While light, this beer still has plenty of flavor with intriguing flavors of lemon, spice, orange peel and coriander. This beer finishes very crisply and is quite refreshing. It would be a perfect beer to have on a warm day in July.

I would be interested in trying this beer side by side with the Allagash white, which is my other favorite Belgium wit style beer. Both are quite excellent for what they are.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best before September 28 ’07.

Hazy pale yellow. So pale it’s almost white. Big fluffy head and modest lacing.

Light lemon, banana and spice aromas.

Flavor is crisp and light fruity, lemony wheat, and spice.
Not complex, but a nice refreshing wit.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light gold brew, thin ring of lacing. Not impressive, it looks a little watery. The aroma is likewise thin, some bread yeast and a touch of spice.

The flavor is also watery, the coriander comes through well and I actually like the floral hop presence, but the overall effect is a little bland. A more ball-busting yeast, keep the hop juice on, and bottle-condition, and I'm in. But with it's present state, it's more ultra-light white beer.

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

A decent enough example of the style. Pours a slightly hazy yellow, very carbonated. a nice foam settles on the surface. Smells of orange peel, coriander, perhaps also cloves? hmm... Taste also is of orange peels, wheat and yeast. A Decent enough example of the style. It's got just enough flavor to give someone an idea of what a wit should taste like, but not too overpowering.

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

On Tap at pizza port Carlsbad. A very nice looking wit. Yellow, cloudy with a nice head, good lacing. Smell is a litttle strong with the coriander. I think this is a good wit, if a bit strong on the coriander. there is a nice spice here that tickles the throat, I like this one alot. The mothfeel is medium, decent carbonation. good for the style i could have had a few of these of if I didnt have to drive

Photo of ctdfalconer
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a fan of this style, but only a very wary one. I like the fact that the witbier style is more prevalent than ever, but with popularity comes mediocrity. A witbier is pretty easy to make but hard to make well. It is a problem of subtlety -- nothing can be too forward or it throws the whole thing off-kilter. Everything needs to be noticeable but minimal. The brewer has to balance and restrain many factors: hops, yeasty phenols, esters, spiciness, citrusyness, tartness, dryness, grainyness, breadyness. When everything is in balance, it's magical, deliciously refreshing yet astonishingly complex.

New Belgium's wit is a creditable and drinkable example, complex enough to be interesting. It has several aspects that make it come off a bit rough in my estimation. For one, the hopping is a tad agressive. There's good flowery-perfumey hop aroma and a good dryness in the finish, but it gets in the way of the rest of the brew. Also, the yeasty esters lend a gooey aspect to the scent where I expect to find more crisp, spicy-phenolic profile. This character is also present in the flavor. This is decent beer, but a reformulation with another yeast strain might be better.

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

A- 1/4" White head on a very pale whitish golden body.
S- Almost a hint of a burnt smell. Pretty big yeast aroma. Hints of light fruit like oranges. Just a faint hint of it though. Some other aromas I just can't put my finger on.
T- A light yeast and malt flavor. There is a light amount of hops to help balance it out. One of the first beers from this style that I have review. Light fruit hints like bananas. Not very strong flavors in this but not to weak either.
M- Thin body with medium to high carbonation.
D- It is pretty good. Not a huge fan of this style but it is tasty. Reminds me a bit of VE 020202. It is a very easy drinking beer though.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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