Mothership Wit
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mothership WitMothership Wit
Notes: Organic wheat beer.

IBU's: 12
Reviews: 558 | Ratings: 999 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours yellow with a hazy clarity. It has a white head with excellent head retention.

Smell: It has aromas of spices with coriander. There are some citrus and orange notes with some doughy wheat.

Taste: It has spicy flavors with coriander, orange and citrus. There is a flowery like element in the background.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a somewhat zesty sharp finish.

Overall, there are some decent flavors but the way they work together is unbalanced.

Apr 11, 2021
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mothership Wit pours a hazy, bright yellow color, with a very small, lacing head. Aroma is lighter, but nice orange and spice notes. Flavor is lighter, but not watery. Great mellow sweet spices, with some hints of orange. Good body and feel. Overall, a very tasty, nice easy drinking wit.

Mar 26, 2021
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy golden color, about a finger's worth of head with decent retention and good lacing.

Complex aroma. Wheat, spices, cloves, coriander, Belgian yeast, lemon, biscuit malt, dried orange, white pepper, and banana.

Wheaty and sweet, tasting citrus like orange and tangerines. Also tasting lemon and pear. The spices take a lighter note than what the aroma would suggest, but altogether one can taste the notes mentioned in the aroma for a lovely balanced wheat beer. Peppery, wheaty, citrusy, yeasty, and has those nice spices. Body is medium-light.

Mar 03, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight wheat and spice hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight wheat flavor
A light bodied decently carbonated beer
A decent wheat beer

Sep 27, 2020
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

That's a pretty good witbier. It's no Alagash brewing but it's good. A little.citrus and a little spice makes this one perfect for a relaxing evening. Could have a bit more body as this is a little thin.

Sep 12, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this I can get into...

Brilliantly yellow, hazy, and with a thin foam. The smell is very wheaty with a light and distance scent of cardamon. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, astringent, with a taste that is mild when it comes the wheat and spices. Overall, its a decent beer, and very good as a sessionable on those hot FL days (or nights.)

Aug 31, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz can dated 06 DEC 2020, from a mix pack to a Nonic.
Light hazy yellow body below a 1/4" head.
Lemony smell with distinctive Belgian yeast.
Taste is light and refreshing. Some light spice but not identifiable by me.
Mouthfeel is thin, but that's kind of asset for this beer.
Not bad for a style I don't usually seek.

Aug 23, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the current mixed 12pk. BB date Nov 8 2020. Let warm for 8-10 minutes.

Hazy medium yellow, with moderate white head.

Smell is lemon candy, a little biscuity malt, slight yeast, dried orange, and slight black pepper/coriander spiciness.
A little pear & sweet apple as it warms.

Taste is pear, some vague citrus, bread crust, with slight spiciness and bitterness in the later stages.
and lingers past finish.

Feel is light-medium, initially a little juicy, until some very, very fine carbonation tingle comes in.

Not a "wow" beer, nor likely to make any listicles, but smooth, easy-drinking, and an enjoyable experience. This one is nearly gone, and I barely noticed. Another would be welcomed. :)

Aug 20, 2020
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottom of can is stamped 08 November 2020
Consumed: 8/17/2020

Sparkling white tea body with a fluffy finger-n-a-half head. Not much to pull from the nose: wheat and a little peach. Apricot maybe? It's all very light. Taste follows; light fruit notes with none of the clove that usually comes with the style. There's really not a whole lot here, but it's pleasant enough and very chuggable so I can't hate it. Just don't expect me to buy it again.

Aug 18, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a variety 12-pack $17.49 Foodland
123 days before date on can
Smell of spices
Hazy golden color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of wheat, spices, a little thin
Overall not that great. First impression was that it was a little off tasting like its old, but it isn't. Doesn't really improve the more you drink.

Jul 23, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

12oz stamped with a date. This date is in the future

Hazy, light, kinda-barely see-thru. Smells like powdery yeast and drinks like budweiser grain.

It's a far cry from the New Belgium wits of past. Or maybe it isn't, and I'm the one who's changed. Who cares, I'm drinking this beer and kinda regretting it

Jul 18, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle: Poured a light, near transparent straw color with a slight fingerand a foamy white colored head about a finger. Not sure if this particular bottle, or if it was my taste buds; The aroma was minimal, but there were light hints of lemon and coriander. And the taste wad the same. Overall, it was smooth and refreshing, had a nice appearance, nice mouthfeel, and good buzz at 4.8% Abv. But to me it just lacked taste, and had more of a beer taste. However, I will try this one again and give it another shot.

Jul 13, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2015 and poured from fridge temp. Pours a transparent yellow with strong carbonation. White head. Nose is wheat, lemon, spice, pine. Taste is a bit of menthol, lemon, wheat, grass, leather, and pine. Not at all bad for being aged for almost 4 years.

Dec 21, 2018
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smitbo7 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth coriander finish. Golden hazy color with good heady draw. Tangy citrus give this wheat beer a crisp and refreshing finish. Wonderfully balanced brew.

Oct 09, 2016
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superspak from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/9/2016. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, balance, and solid robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very good witbier. All around good complexity, balance, and solid robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 18, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Brewing - Mothership Wit 4.8% ABV. 15 IBU's? ha, that's a guess
I got this when I bought a New Belgium sampler that brought this beer back. I guess they haven't brewed this one in a while.
Look: Cloudy yellow, fluffy white head, lots of lacing in the glass.
Smell: Lemon, Sweet Wheat, Coriander
Taste: follow the scent with lemon, sweet wheat and coriander. It tastes like a good unfiltered wheat beer should, but nothing above the average here.
Feel: Nice soft medium body that has a fluffy element with the carbonation. It is about the right feel for a Beligum style wit beer.
Overall: I think it does the job by giving you a nice refreshing wheat beer that you can enjoy. I don't think that there is any one flavor that stands out though. It is pretty average. It tastes alot like Full Pint's white lightning, but not as good. I think that for 4.8% ABV. it is pretty nice though.

Sep 01, 2016
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D1noB from Oklahoma

3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wheat and spices (Coriander) at the front that smooths out quickly.

Taste Rating in Words: Your buddy that comes out strong, ready to party, but by 9:00 p.m. is asleep.

Aug 29, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When you want cloudy yellow here you go. Big frothy pillowy white head over one inch. You get all the spice rack feels on this one, coriander, lemon, wheat, sage, you name it.

All of this in the aroma comes on strong in the taste as well. Goes hard in the paint with the herbs and shit. I mean, it brings the style defining stuff big time here, well beyond my preference threshold, I like that stuff to be used a little more sparingly, this was reminiscient of that witbier Bruery made White Orchid, its pretty thick like that.

Aug 26, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Label says Best Before: 16OCT16.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Yeasty smell of banana with some wheat tying it together.

T- Solid wheat flavor with some yeasty richness. Small note of banana plus some spice.

M- Very slight milky texture with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A solid wheat beer from a solid brewery. Wasn't expecting much more.

Aug 19, 2016
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Wer34truh from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a typical hazy golden color with a one-finger large head.

Smells heavily of German hefeweize-wheat, with the characteristic bananas and cloves.

Just like the nose, this tastes very similar to a German hefe. Bananas, German yeast, cloves, coriander, you name it - this feels very conventionally German, and quite good at that! Light mouthfeel, great for a warm summer day like this one.

Aug 02, 2016
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holtonwes from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks: poured from 12oz bottle into Wit glass. pale straw and hazy. foamy head with good retention
Smells: banana, citrus, bread dough,
Tastes: more banana, sweet wheat bread, a little spice, lemon
Feel: good medium body, with a light error finish
Overall: Delicious

Jul 17, 2016
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange/gold colour. Faint smell; just a little fruity yeast and whiff of hop. Light crisp taste, a little fruity, light malt underbodytypical belgian wit. Easy drinker.

Jul 16, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden/whitish color with a 1 inch head. Smell spices, banana. Taste is banana, wheat, light spices, highly drinkable. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and highly refreshing beer, great on a warm summer night.

Jun 20, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a glorious hazy pineapple/banana color with a towering marshmallow-like head. Lace is left in froth and sediment floats around the hazy body, my visual judgment clocking in at 80% opaque.

Some ashy aromas, with barnyard and stored white field wheat, with touches of lemon, quartz, and banana.

The flavor leaves a bit to be desired, balancing halfway between a hefeweizen and a witbier but not really pulling positively in either direction. The ashy flavors come out in the flavor a bit, but are superceded by the hard mineral water/quartz, lemon juice, and hard citrus rinds. A touch of yeast or bread can be sampled on the finish. Ultimately the hard water wins out.

Very fitting for summer as far as the feel goes. Refreshing, easy, drinks like a Kolsch, and has this hydrating quality to it. It's all carbonation, and it's all cool.

Overall Mothership Wit isn't really great or impressive, but could actually benefit from an orange slice on the side of the glass to give it a fruity kick. After all, if hydration is its strong point, we might as well cheat and throw some fruit in there to mix it up a bit.

Jun 06, 2016
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stlfatguy from Missouri

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, cloudy, light color. Comes through for what it is...a light Belgian white. Taste is coriander, maybe a faint hint of banana. Not much on smell and a little thin, but comes through on the style. I'd have another.

Apr 29, 2016
Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 999 ratings