Weeping Willow Wit - Mother Earth Brewing

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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my DFH signature glass. Pours a cloudy straw/yellow color with a bright white head, about one finger in height. Spotty white lacing.

S: Light wheat aroma and orange peel, some grass and some light spices.

T: The spices come through stronger on the flavor profile than the aroma. There is a nice coriander/pepper flavor as well as some orange, orange peel, and a light bready malt profile.

M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

O: Quite enjoyable and extremely easy drinking. A nice lighter beer that is refreshing and a great warm weather beer.

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with half an inch of thick, creamy head that has good retention. The nose is very yeasty with some lemony aromas. The taste is smooth with lemon, yeast, coriander up front and heavy orange notes in the finish. It's a little sweet. It's lightly carbonated and light bodied.

This is an easy drinking, light, summery beer. It's brewed to style though a little heavy on the orange zest. As far as witbiers go, I would get this again.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at North Banks Restaurant in Corolla, NC. This light and spicy beer went nicely with my shrimp and clams. It's a very standard American-made wit. It's a bit overspiced and there isn't much subtly. It's a simple, but tasty, beer that may not match its Belgian counterparts, but it worth trying at least once.

Photo of thagr81us
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy plasma golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, banana, earth, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, spice, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. Nothing on this one really stood out to me if I am honest. The flavor and aroma on this one were definitely the highlight of this one, but I’m not sure if I would call it a highlight or not. All the right notes were there for the style, but that was about it. Went into this one really hoping to find something special, but was a little sad to find another typical witbier. Worth trying if you are a fan of the style though.

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with no head and no lacing. It is not completely flat but nothing formed during the pour. I like the aroma of wheat, honey, and orange zest. There is also some spice notes of coriander. The flavor is out of the ordinary for a witbier. It has a slight fruit tartness that I find the most interesting. Other flavors of orange, honey, and corriander in a spicy finish. The malt adds some breadiness. The mouthfeel suffers from the very low carbonation. With proper carbonation this would be a really good beer. The potential is there.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Chip's. I like what I've had from Mother Earth thus far.

A: The witbier is hazy, a golden yellow color that could glow, I think, if it were filtered. The haze dulls the beer out a bit. Three fingers of stark white head slowly oozed over the side of my glass and left plenty of lace behind.

S: The nose is full of tart wheat aromas, sweet coriander and orange peel. A full dose of strong scents that makes me anticipate the first sip.

T: A well-spiced witbier. The coriander grabs hold and the ale never shakes that flavor. Sweet citrusy orange follows with as strong a flavor as the coriander. These two flavors, in tandem, are strong and lasting, leaving a dryness in my mouth that instinctively requires another sip. Peppery flavors come through in the finish, along with the wheat tartness. The bittersweet orange peel flavors also come through in the finish.

M: A very refreshing witbier. The spices are turned up to 11, controlling the ale's destiny until late in the finish when the wheat and orange peel return. Nicely down.

D: The best beer of the lot so far. A citrusy blast of fresh pepper that is quite good.

Photo of Beejay
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks ewight!

A: A very light pale yellow in color. Just slightly hazy, with a nice full pure white head.

S: Some bready smells as well as citrus peel. There is something just a little tart in here, and I think it is a bit of the yeast character that I am picking up. Perhaps a touch of fig or banana as well.

T: Notes of banana and clove right off the bat. Those fade into raisons and some berry notes. The end has a bit of a yeasty character, and a cracker like lightness throughout.

M: Medium in body with plenty of carbonation, it is almost just a touch creamy.

D: This would be rocking on a summer day bbq. A lot of great belgian characteristics in this guy.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip with sediment.
Bottled on 030812 clearly printed on label.

Thanks for another NC brew Onenote81!

A - Cloudy golden yellow in color, the beer starts sweating up the glass rather fast in this hot temperature. A dense white head froths up and sinks slowly but leaves little lace stuck in it's wake.

S - Bright and earthy, Weeping Willow Wit features some really inviting traits! Lemon citrus and coriander spice overlap the subtle wheat aroma. Pale malt provides a good base but, as soon as I swirl this beer, I begin smelling grilled beer brats. A great smell in general, but not in a witbier. It's otherwise very good.

T - Very sweet pilsner malt is striking and goes unbalanced, but it works in this beer; it's not too cloying. The softness of the wheat follows the malt abruptly as the beer shifts to orange citrus and coriander spice notes.

M - Weeping Willow Wit is very soft and smooth on the palate, virtually creamy, with tiny carbonation bubbles that feel more like it's nitro-fed! Medium-bodied and refreshing, it's an easy drinking beer that definitely leans to the sweeter side, lightly balanced by citrus and spice on the finish.

O - Besides the alarming aroma of brats in the nose, Weeping Willow Wit is a very pleasurable witbier that blazes it's own trail with a unique sweetness rather than staying on the beaten path.

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Bottled on 5/11/11, so pretty fresh!

A - Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates, leaving only an active stream of bubbles.
S - Subdued aromas of crisp wheat, orange peel, and just a touch of spicy coriander.
T - Spot-on with the nose, subdued wheat malt, crisp orange peel, and a bit of coriander. Not too flavorful, but I could probably drink a lot of these on a hot day.
M - Crisp, with a thin body and moderate carbonation.
O - Obviously not the most complex beer on the shelves, but I could session a number of these while spending time outside. Not bad.

Photo of wedge
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Raleigh Times

Cloudy yellow under a thin, fluffy white head. Tart, wheaty aroma with the requisite powdery sweet coriander notes and a bit of orange peel. Coriander spice and citrus flavor on a more-than-solid tangy wheat base. Slightly creamy, yet refreshing overall. A solid offering, as always, from Mother Earth.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really just a fantastic new brewer to hit the scene. Nothing you try from them will ever disappoint and this was no exception. The pour was wonderful, rich light amber in color with a thin film of white that covered the top and coated the sides of the glass with a light sheen of white.

Aroma is light citrus notes, hints of grass and grain and a nice light bready tone that set it apart. As the first waves of flavor crashed over the palate the first thing you notice is the lovely fresh, clean and crisp taste that it exudes. Really just so clean and light on a hot day. Nice touches of grain lead the charge with a light underbelly of nice and crisp lemon notes as well as a touch of light herbals and grass.

Overall a really nice version of the style and taken as a whole a wonderfully session able beer. I would be hard pressed to find something as clean as this to drink.

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled On: 12 10 13.

A- Pours a clean (a bit too clean for a wit) light golden color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Tame wheat smell with a bit of yeast backing it up. Slightly floral with a small note of banana.

T- Taste is a bit more rich than the aroma with the wheat and yeast bringing more solid banana and bubble gum notes. Easy drinking but with a decent amount of flavor.

M- Slightly milky with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Not bad if you're out in the sun or in a social setting which calls for a sessionable beer. If this was the only craft option at a restaurant or bar, I would revisit it. Otherwise, there are certainly better wits out there.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: allagash wit glass, finger width bone-white head tops a hazy golden ale, good retention

s: standard wheaty body provides a nice foundation, coriander and orange peel give a mild contribution, lightly hopped

m: carbonation in the light-medium range, lighter bodied, smooth

t: clean body loaded with wheat, nice orange peel and coriander add interest while retaining subtlety, papery hops with a mild bitterness, good finish, pretty straightforward but nice

d: no problems here - would be boring but I think the subtle spice saves it

single from Sam's, Durham

Photo of syrupjoe
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with one finger white head.

Nose is wheaty, peppery, lemony, and with a hint of coriander.

Taste is sweet like honey, with strong coriander and citrus flavors.

Moderate carbonation (could be higher for the style), full-bodied and well rounded. Lingering sweetness that doesn't detract from beer.

Overall a very pleasant beer. Great nose and flavor. Significant flavor profile while still being very light and drinkable. Will seek out in the future!

Photo of devilben02
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, it's a bit murky, but largely similar in appearance to the golden straw color of an American lager. There's no confusing this for a Bud once you take a sniff, though, with the aroma being a bit musty but lightly citrusy. The flavor is light and mild, but it really showcases the added spices and, as is common in the style, a banana-like character. Although not exactly light-bodied, goes down smooth and almost creamy, making this one easy and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of ShanePB
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, sent to me by jpmclaug. Poured into a pretty badass Allagash Cervoise glass, which Jason also sent to me. Thanks again!

A: Golden orange sunset looking body with a noticeable haze and cloudiness to it. A bubbly, carefree white head is atop that sticks around for a bit and recedes into the thinnest cap. A light lacing accompanies, sporadically clinging to the glass walls. I think Mother Earth sums it up quite well with the verbiage on the bottle - summer in a glass.

S: Immediately it's evident this nose is very coriander forward, as it seems to overwhelm a lot of the other flavors I can sense are trying to come through. Eventually it breaks, and a really nice yeasty spice note emerges. This is followed by a hint of clove and lemon pepper towards the end.

T: Coriander is once again dominant, but it brings along a spicy clove element instead of being one-dimensional like the nose was at first. There is some very faint citrus (I expected and wanted more), but overall the spices I generally feel should accent a Belgian Witbier flavor profile, seem to be the focus in this one.

M: Well this is quite wonderful - ample carbonation but it's on the lower side. The body is very creamy and smooth, a really nice switch to the usually higher carbonation.

My first sample of a Mother Earth beer was no disappointment. While I appreciate and think coriander and spice should have a definite role in the flavor profile, it hinders the beer by being the focus. I would have liked to see the citrus notes come out a bit more, even in the form of a bitter orange peel, rather than almost taking a complete backseat to the [should be] accentuating flavors.

Photo of bubseymour
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - 1 finger head and a cloudy pale orange/yellow hue

s - pleasant malt and lemon zest. Nothing too sweet or overpowering

t - very earthy and yeasty. Extremely well crafted and complex for the style. Very mild on hops and malts, floral notes and yeast prevail.

M - Very full bodied and butter for what is usually a watery style

O - This is a very well made Witbier. Highly recommend and will try to find again whenever possible.

Photo of Crittervision
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served to my self a little warm. oops. had just put it in the fridge and became impatient.

straw to yellow appearance, very clear, very still. large fluffy head that drops to less than a quarter inch after a couple minutes.

smell is like the mist from an orange being peeled. sweet lemon spray too. delightful.

taste is of coriander, sweet orange, and pale stuff. absolutely no off flavors, fully refreshing and delicious.

low carbonation, medium body, quite pleasant. looks can be deceiving as the mouthfeel is pretty substantial.

i cant wait for summer. i can picture my self relaxing on my porch with a six pack of these, not wanting to be anywhere else.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of golden yellow highlights and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that rather quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of medium thickness medium bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat, citrus (lemon and orange peel), and some lighter notes of spices (maybe coriander). There is also a light to moderate amount of fruitiness and yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat with some lighter notes of spices (coriander). There are light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and orange peel with a light amount of fruitiness (maybe apple). The yeast gives a flavor to the beer that is not dissimilar to that of paste (the kind that you used in elementary school and some kids were always eating).

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer was super easy to drink with the light body and the refreshing flavors - definitely sessionable. This is a very enjoyable offering from a newer brewery to the NC scene (and one of the few in Eastern NC).

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for this one.

Light fizzy head covering, no real lacing, hazy orange wheat colored.

Nose is light, light spices and citrus, little creamy malt, little dry wit like.

Taste lots of citrus, little creamy malt and some wheat, light spices with hint of coriander and clove like, orange peel and light bitterness. Finish is dry but light and airy with light sweetness, little bitterness orange peel and spices.

Mouth is lighter bodied little carb.

Overall meh, not a huge wit fan and this is not the best representation and is very light even for a wit.

Photo of VaterRoss
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on-tap at Pandora's Pies

Appearance is a slightly hazy golden yellow, quite dark for the style, with a small white head the recedes to a skim. Smell is light funkiness and sweet, with some light lemony citrus notes. Taste is very fruity, with the light funk from the nose and some lemon and orange citrus notes. Where are the spices? Mouthfeel is light weight and dry.

I was not too impressed by this one as Mother Earth is usually an excellent brewery. Features too much funk and not enough spiciness to be a good wit. Still better than Blue Moon.

from notes: 1/31/12

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks again for sharing, Bobby.

A: The pour is a hazy light yellow/straw color with just a small white head.

S: Starts off with a very bright citrus and citrus peel aroma. There is a lot of wheat and some light spices, which is pretty much how I like my witbiers. It's very fruity, which is sort of surprising. And of course, there's a bit of yeast.

T: The flavor is also very fruity, which you don't normally expect for a witbier, but I think it's great. Heavy on the citrus with only mild spices. Lots of wheat bread and sweet malts with a touch of yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: This was very light and refreshing and had very nice aromas and flavors. One of the best witbiers I've had.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a stemmed vase, the beer is a hazy, opaque, yellow-maize coloring with a clingy, low-profile, white head. Nose of banana, clove, and citrus on a bready backbone. Smooth flavors of banana bread, citrus, nutmeg, and cinnamon on a light, smooth body. Very refreshing. The aftertaste is subtle lemon, banana, and spice blend into a smooth, clean finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured 2/3 bottle... Clear golden straw colored good fingers worth of head.... Swirled bottle and poured remaining 1/3.. Bring on the hazy.... Finished look is golden and hazy.. good head that settles to a ring with good lacing. Good looking wit.

S: All the normal wit stuff is here... first the wheat malt then hits of citrus (orange and lemon pretty strong) then I'm getting some clove and coriander.

T: Good wheat malt up front, mid palate is filled with orange peel and spices... Finish is clean with a little malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, crisp and clean.

D: Pretty good little wit here... pretty much hits everything you want in a wit... AVB is good, makes for a good session beer on a hot summer day.

Picked this one up while in NC.... not available here in VA... Wish it was..

Photo of JayQue
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Mother Earth beer. Purchased from Chips on the Outer Banks. Poured a hazy straw color into a Houblon Chouffe flute glass. Medium delicate bubbly head with less than average retention. Good patchy lacing.

Nice aroma..more than just lemon zest. This is nicely spiced with coriander, lemon and wheat bitterness. Flavor is the same, kind of a slightly milder version of a top Wit. Mouthfeel is crisp but a hair thin. Drinkability is good. I would have preferred a more carbonated effect on the head and a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but this is a solid Wit, more than a lawnmower beer.

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Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.