Mothership Wit
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Belgian Witbier
3.64 | pDev: 14.56%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Mothership WitMothership Wit
Notes: Organic wheat beer.

IBU's: 12
Reviews: 546 | Ratings: 964 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Beersnake1
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.

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Photo of smitbo7
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.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
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.

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Photo of D1noB
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of Wer34truh
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.

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Photo of holtonwes
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

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Photo of NilocRellim
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of stlfatguy
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This resurrected wheat ale by New Belgium has 4.8% ABV and 12 IBUs.

Look-Pours a cloudy light-yellow color with a tenuous white head.

Smell-It has herbal and floral aromas.

Taste-The flavor focuses on banana, coriander, citrus, and wheat. It is light-bodied and creamy.

Overall-It is crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. L: Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 2” clingy white head that produces good lacing. S: Has a subtle aroma of clove, coriander, citrus, traces of banana, yeast and bready malt. T: Yeasty wheat malt seasoned with spices, orange, lemon, and banana. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: A good American interpretation of the Belgian Witbier style, it is very drinkable on a hot day, and is also a beer you can serve to people not used to strong flavored beer

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not really a fan of New Belgium's attempts at classic Belgian styles. They lack authenticity, but they try to put their own twist in the style (hence their name I suppose). Obviously it's working for them, because a lot of people like this one as well as their Abbey and Trippel.

The Mothership Wit pours a hazy yellow color with a little white head. The spices are strong to the taste, but not to the nose. Coriander, lemon and even some banana make an appearance in what some might find is a good mix of flavors. For me, it lands in an unpleasant middle ground. There's too much going on to sip casually, but not enough for me to want to savor it.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very light, pale yellow color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. The lacing looks like soap suds at first, with large bubbles. It slowly fades away though.

Smell - The smell is pretty feint, but I pick up citrus, a slight bitter/musty aroma, clove, and wheat.

Taste - Banana and clove are most dominant. Followed by pale malts, citrus, lemon zest, and wheat.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - It's been a long time since I've had a beer of this style. I forgot how good it is. This is definitely a good beer to drink on.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Mothership is taking off...

New to the NBB portfolio when we first moved to Colorado, Mothership Wit has been taken off the list of regular offerings from New Belgium. We felt it was only fair to send this brew off with our review...

Properly pouring Mothership Wit into a wheat beer glass, a big and fluffy white head sits atop this hazy, straw colored ale (yes we stirred the bottle and dropped the yeast in the glass!) Corriander, lemon, banana, orange peel, and yeasty notes are all expected and present, as well as a touch of pepper. Spice and banana really stand out in this brew, a slight breadiness as well, complex, yet simple, quite tasty on a warm night. Moderately carbonated, Mothership Wit is somewhat lighter in body. Fare thee well.


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Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose,

taste: very yeasty earthy flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: really enjoyed this beer unfilered wheat, Usually NB is not impressive. I also dislike wheat beers, but this was well done.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent white foam with a glowing orange hue. Lacing can be a bit sticky.

Smell: A fresh hint of cloves and banana. It's the cleanness I like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Banana and cloves. Very light, crisp clean and refreshin, yet full-bodied and lingering.

Overall: A very good wheat beer. The Mothership is the mother of all hefs and wits in a way, since it has excellent qualities of each.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this is a nice light blonde beer with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a thin menagerie of bubbles covering a hazy, yeast filled body. Pick up some strong spice aromas, some orange and lemon zest, light malts and lightly roasted wheat. This beer is light and crisp overall, its got a light body feel and a slight warming as you swallow. The orange peel is the first flavor you taste, the wheat comes in as it the sides of your mouth. It is tart overall, has a slight alcohol flavor in its aftertaste along with the mild coriander flavor. This beer does have some decent lacing too!

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Photo of blakelive784
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a pale yellow color with a rocky, white 2 finger head. The head's surprisingly thick and it retention is very good. Pretty good as far as a wit goes.

S - Fresh lemon, hearty yeast, orange peel, clove, crisp and spicy wheat, and sweet candy. Moderate strength and nearly spot on considering the style.

T - Follows the nose closely, though it's a bit watery, and more aggressively hopped than I would have guessed based on the nose. Yeast and what are countered by generic hops notes. Mild and generic. I'm a bit disappointed by it.

M - Light bodied and crisp, but finishes watery. Pretty good until that awful finish.

D - Another pretty good offering from NB. It's average at best, and definitely has promise. That being said, it's definitely not a winner in its current state.

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

Poured this organic Witbier from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color, produced an average amount of white head and it featured average retention. Some lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this Witbier consisted of lemon and orange citrus, wheat bread and coriander. Medium in body, This brew was sweet,a base of wheat malt, a decent amount of spicy coriander and some yeast shining through as well. Decent session beer, overall, its only average for the style. Not regretting buying a bottle, but won't seek it out again. Prost!

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Photo of chocosushi
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tripel Karmeliet Tulip
A ~ Pours a crystal clear blonde with a champagne hue. Lacing is in fine spots and head is akin to a falling meringue.

S ~ Peppered with bananas, dry cloves, & very grassy hops. There is a lovely scent of honeysuckle & citrus zest in weak tea.

T ~ Mmm. . Banana peel with clove & orange peels combined with a backbone of wheat with mild black tea notes. There are fennel seed hints. Weast is fruity & floral lending notes of honeysuckle peach, & double bubble.

M ~ Herbaceous. Very Prickly with fine Carbonation. Light on the palette.

D ~ I have not had this beer in over a year & it was lovely to revisit. A good session witbier.

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Photo of TheFlern
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy straw with a white head that dissipates to a thin layer, minimal lacing. Not nearly enough head retention or lacing to be anywhere near the top of the style.

Smell: Clove esters, wheat. Light citrus notes in the background.

Taste: Very much follows the nose but more noticeable. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, good carbonation.

Overall: Very good wit beer. Cheap too. Give it a shot if your in the mood for a very good domestic organic wit.

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Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 964 ratings