Weeping Willow Wit - Mother Earth Brewing

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 258
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
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 AlexFields
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours lemony yellow, pretty standard witbier color, but with a very small head which disappears quickly. That's very disappointing, I want a lot of head on a witbier.

Smells is textbook wit--wheat, coriander, lemon, orange, yeast.

Taste is similar but watered down. The flavor is mostly good but it's just too weak. There's also something a little buttery in the mouth which is off putting.

The mouthfeel is not good for the style, way undercarbonated and too smooth and buttery.

It seems like they were shooting for a really standard witbier here and something went wrong that killed the carbonation and weakened the flavor.

5.6/10 (637 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extra from Jpvw, thank you.

A: Pours a murky pale straw color with a minimal stark white bubbly head that quickly dissipates, leaving it look fairly flat and old.

S: Bright and inviting, like a good Witbier should be. Lots of sharp citrus mixed with soft wheat, and a hint of peppery spice.

T: Some of the lemon citrus is present, blanketed by that soft, mildly yeasty wheat bread you would expect. The fruity flavors are a bit stronger than expected, but not unnatural in any way.

M: Despite the pitiful look of this in the glass, there is a fair amount of prickly carbonation and some smooth creaminess as well. Pretty much no bitterness or alcohol bite.

O: This is a solid, everyday Wit that I would be happy to drink if offered. A bit brighter and less "wheaty" than others in the style make it quite approachable to non-craft drinkers as well. (853 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
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 (571 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to cdflem for this extra in a recent trade!

No freshness date, 12 oz bottle - love the label (I love willow trees)!

Pours a bright to medium yellow. Light cloudiness with a puffy white head that doesn't stick around long. No floaties detected.

The nose is a mix of mild coriander, candied sweet and spicy grains.

Very light and enjoyable. Coriander is much less then I was expecting. Grainy wheats, high carbonation with a moderately crisp bite on the finish.

As the label suggests, this would be a very nice summer beer. Easy, light and refreshing. (568 characters)

Photo of BeautyandtheBeerd
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed in Episode 3 of Beauty and The Beerd.

Nice head on the pour. No off flavors, but nothing special to write home about either.
Not really the best choice for winter drinking, but I could see this being a refreshing choice on a sweltering day.

All in all, a not too complex and approachable witbier that shouldn't offend anyone. (336 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent head but died way too quick on top of an orangish body. A decent citric ho smell with hints of pepper and spice but everything in the aroma is real mellow. A little bit of a yeasty wheat twang for a touch of sweet stickiness and has minor citric notes and a touch of hop bitterness. The spices are sharpt but offbalanced and overpower the fruit and sweet flavors and the backbite is just too strong for me to really enjoy. A decent American wit but not too much in the body and an unpleasant finish. (515 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a cloudy golden wheat color. It poured with a small, lightly sticky head.

s: Fresh, zesty citrus plus hints of pepper and coriander.

t: All the elements of a good wit are here, it just comes across as a bit weak. Muted, earthy citrus up front with mild spice at the end.

m: Light and spritzy.

o: Nothing off, just a little bland. (345 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle I picked up at the brewery around this time last year and forgot about in my fridge. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear yellow color with a white head.

The smell is herbal to grassy with mild sulfur and a sweetness almost like corn which is kinda peculiar.

The taste is also interesting with the previously mentioned corn-like sweetness contrasted by herbal to grassy bitterness and a slight mineral aspect. I think I did this beer a great disservice by forgetting it in my
fridge all these months.

It is light bodied, moderately carbonated and overall interesting and typical for a wit in an american way void of any yeastiness and spice. (668 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light yellow with no head at all.

S-Not much on the nose but some malts and typical witbier citrus notes.

T-Malty with a floral flavor that tasted somewhat like an air-freshener. I didn't really pick up much citrus, coriander, or spice notes.

M-Somewhat thin and carbonated.

D-Despite the weird flavor this beer is sessionable and I would recommend it to fans of witbiers.

Overall, I don't know why I try wheat beers, I never really enjoy them. I had hoped to enjoy this a little more since I have had two previous offerings from this brewery and enjoyed them. I don't think its a bad beer, I think I just don't like the style but I would be willing to try it again to support an NC brewery that I am a fan of. (725 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of joshpuck
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours and smells like a normal witbier, but tastes watered down. So if you really really like the coriander/lemon/orange hoppy taste this might be a let down but if you are like me (and probably a lot of beer drinkers) and don't like to be overwhelmed with hops; it's pretty nice. Easy to drink (294 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Wit, but definitely on the lighter, softer side. Pours a very cloudy straw color with a finely beaded pure white head that fades a tad too quickly. Smells of lemon and some light grain- fairly subdued in both accounts. Also quite lemony, with some coriander building to the finish, but a very light body that makes things a bit....watery. The flavors are refreshing, but in addition to it being a bit thin, it also lacks a snap on the finish, instead going in the direction of a gentle creaminess. I'd prefer more of a zing here to heighten the quenching notes that are so nice in a world class Wit. I like the lemon-centric nature of this beer- add a little crispness and you have a winner. (701 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2 pints at Brixx in Chapel Hill on Mondays. I think Ill have 3 new beers thank you.

Pour is a nice cloudy light yellow. Light white head floats on top.

Smell is a bit subdued, but everything is there. Nice does of Belgian yeast, with hints of coriander.

Subtle yeast and hints of spices. its all subtle and drinkable. Coriander tries to come in, but its all hard to notice. Well done guys. (393 characters)

Photo of Walken
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth: Weeping Willow Wit (Bottled 02/10) (Tasted 04/15/10)
12 oz bottle poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazy gold beer, yeast particles in suspension, moderately aggressive pour yields very little head, small ring of retention, no lacing.
Odor: Straightforward, musty wheat, coriander, lemony hop.
Consistency: Very low carbonation, far too low in general, especially for style. Light body. Coriander spice adds some astringency to the grainy, wheaty feel of this beer.
Flavor: Non-descript malt sweetness, raw tangy wheat throws lemon and fresh coriander tastes like...coriander. Nicely layered and proportioned flavors. Finish is sweet and slightly tangy with all of the aforementioned flavors lingering on the tongue.

Despite the lacking carbonation, I feel like this beer is right on the money in every other respect. There is something very raw about the wheat character in this beer, which makes it endearing. More carbonation = near perfect wit. (974 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a very light gold or straw. A down-the-center pour gives very little head, and what little there is disappears within a minute. The smell was nice with lemon and coriander. The taste was good too, with lemon and orange peel flavors being most noticeable, along with a bit of bubble gum-like sweetness that's reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Nothing special going on with the mouthfeel, though it seemed high in carbonation. An enjoyable wit. (446 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presents crystal clear gold with columns of big, carbonated bubbles. A slight, almost non-existent head produces minimal lacing. Mother Earth does have nice label art.

The aroma is faint and difficult to detect. However, grainy wheat can be found similar to white bread.

The first sip was off-putting. However, the second and following sips were dramatically better. Opens with an odd, grainy flavor of wet bread. Light lemon with nutmeg. There seems to be no hop presence and no finish. This is a crisp and clean, albeit odd tasting beer.

Medium body and a little chewy with modest carbonation and no alcohol.

Again, while the first sip was off-putting, each successive sip improved. Worth trying again in warmer weather. (726 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another one that i've held onto for far too long. thanks again mike for always hooking up the NC locals!

a - popped the bottle and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. nice soft transparent golden yellow. very thin bubbly head that fizzled away leaving a ring around the surface of the brew. sparse visible carbonation.

s - zesty...crisp. vanilla. coconut. coconut is actually rather up front and dominating. orange peel. somewhat unique.

t - not bad. all the usual suspects, but leads with orange. hop presence is very light.

m - soft subtle smooth. orange after feel.

o - overall decent. pretty orange heavy all around. (627 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big snow white head. Pour is a golden-straw-yellow. More opaque than I expected.

Aroma: citrus and spice and everything nice, although the flavors are a bit sharp. Also some lemon grass and other herbs.

Taste: Very spicy for a wit, probably coriander and rose buds. Also some lemon grass, herbs, and other spices. Lots of lemon zest and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Goes down easy; I like the keg version much more. (457 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy dull yellow. straw yellow. head isnt too impressive. some lacing/retention.

S: the citrus is subtle but very present. a significant toast as well. i would say slightly more on the malt dominate side.

T: grapefruit and cantaloupe. mixed w/ a mild biscuit flavor. finishes with a zest of citrus.

M: very light carbonation on a light body. too light of carbonation.

D: very tasty brew overall. the fruit is light and balances well with the malt. my biggest complaint is the weak level of carbonation. i like my wits fizzy. (533 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (896 characters)

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Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing
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