Mothership Wit
New Belgium Brewing Company

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
558
Ratings:
999
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  16
Gots
  80
SCORE
82
Good
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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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
More User Reviews:
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loren01 from Washington

3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours light straw color, small white head, good lacing down the glass
S: Citrusy smell, corriander
T: Much the same as the smell, citrusy, sweet. You can pick up the corriander taste but really no hops to speak of.
M: Light bodied, but just the right amount of carbonation.
D: Not a bad wit but in my opinion not one of the better beers from New Belgium.

Aug 24, 2007
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

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

My second New Belgium offering of the night. Witbier isn't my favorite style but I'm supporting New Belgiums appearance here in Tn so here it goes..

Wow, this has to be one of the lightest colored brews ever... Its the palest of yellows although cloudy with an awesome fluffy white head.. Very attractive!

Very nice aroma of the coriander and citrus burst out of the pint glass along with some spiciness sort of like cloves..

Holy smokes...I am loving this. It is superbly refreshing! I don't usually like Wheat based brews but this one is just terrific. Great wheaty taste with the perfect amount of citrus and spices.. Very impressive.

Ok, New Belgium is 2 for 2 on the night thus far. Tried the 1554 and loved the heck out of it and this one is terrific as well. Thank you, New Belgium, for coming to Tennessee!

Jul 11, 2008
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grittybrews from Washington

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy white head. Aroma of lemon, light honey and wheat.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light mouthfeel. Lemon and orange zest up front followed by some malt and slightly bitter grass, pepper, and lemon on the finish.

Light and refreshing but a little thin on body/flavor for my taste, even for a witbier.

Jul 05, 2011
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Oddment

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 02, 2012
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Juggernaut from Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance was good, light golden with a cloudy haze and with a small white head.

Small was of coriander and spices, very complex and interesting.

Taste was again of coriander and spices, with a nice malt balance. Very Tasty.

Mouth feel was light with good carbonation. You could drink plenty of these and not get tired, or at least I could.

Jan 18, 2009
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CamuMahubah from Nebraska

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exceptional orange blossom colored honey wit...

It's outstanding in that I almost thought I was drinking a Saison. So complex for a wit...I even taste horseblanket! The light citrus rind tells me it's a wit though...I even taste a bit of candy of some sort...this tastes homemade!

We've gotta go spread the hay and drink more of these!

Nov 17, 2011
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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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jnoelani from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Sep 04, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was served with a big, fluffy, bone-white head. The color was a slightly cloudy lemon yellow. The nose had a yeasty, musty, wheat character. The mouthfeel was light to medium with a good bit of effervescence. I got a slightly lemony taste on the palate, but the lingering taste on the finish was the musty, yeasty flavor that I noted on the nose. It was not bad in the 103 degree heat of Wichita, Kansas in mid-July, but it was not destined to be a personal favorite, either.

Wow! That original draft review is a blast from the past. Today is M, 16 April 2018 & I have a bottle for re-review (or is it revisitation?). Either way, I am watching hockey & looking to reduce some of my backlog. I will not be changing my original scores, but I may add what I think of the bottled version at the end of the review. I am also curious as to how, if at all, it differs from the newer Fat Tire Belgian White. It may even be discontinued. Lemme do some research.

From the bottle: "Mothership Wit elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium made with wheat malt, coriander and orange peel spicing. The alluring taste is the result of a gravitational balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation. 'Mothership,' long the nickname of New Belgium's brewing facility, has grown to encompass the brewery's sustainable approach to doing business. Appropriately, Mothership Wit - a Wit to Make One Wonder."

I pre-agitated this beer in the bottle before Pop!ping the cap just to ensure any/all flocculate was in suspention. Following the Pop! of the cap, I employed a very aggro pour just to help things along nicely. This all resulted in two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a pronounced wheat smell, like my late Pops' morning bowl of Wheaties, but it lacked spice or even Ooomph!, which is what I really want in the style. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was kind of subdued for the style, lacking the characteristic spiciness that is a hallmark of the style. On the other hand, I really got the wheat in an all new and unfamiliar way. Interesting, but not really my bag. Finish was semi-dry and while being refreshing, I was underwhelmed overall.

Oct 27, 2006
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barleywinefiend from Washington

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very pale yellow, no head to speak of. Nose is floral, with hints of wheat and corriander. Taste is floral, yeast, way too floral. Mouthfeel is very water and there is virtually no carbonation to speak of. This beer is throwing off CO2 and I am belching like crazy. Undrinkable

Jan 23, 2010
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tito42 from Missouri

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

Poured from bottle into a weizen glass. Best by 21 AUG 2011 stamped on bottle.

A: Unfiltered lemon yellow with a bright, white, foamy head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Inviting nose of wheat, banana, coriander, white pepper, and tulips.

T: Wheat and lemon zest up front with a large helping of white pepper and coriander throughout the back half. Leaves a slight peppery burn without drying the mouth.

M: Light-bodied without being watery. Spicy without drying the palate or burning too much. Very balanced and better than others I've tried in this style.

O: This beer executes the witbier style much better than other domestics I have tried. Though not sensational in any one category, a solid performer in all. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'll probably pick up sixers of this in the hot summer months.

May 31, 2011
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Jun 06, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, cloudy but thin looking champagne yellow, with a small but frothy head of white bubbles fed by lots of fine carbonation. Lacing is sudsy. Overall, a pretty good look for a wit.

Nice aromatic characters on the nose. Nice Belgian yeast notes, fragrant spice and sweet citrus, not overly powerful, but very true to style. Clean and refreshing.

Light slightly citric entry, with a diminishing palate of dry yeast. Some light bitterness from the coriander on the back palate cleans it out, leaving me ready for my next sip. Mouthfeel is cleanly carbonated, enough to give a lilting zing to the palate, not overdone, which would make it either too bloating, or too fizzy.

A very decent witbier. Very clean and extremely drinkable. It doesn't pack a punch as much as the best Belgians (or the better Americans), but it's a very decent drop.

Jun 04, 2009
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xhcadamx from Maine

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

A - a very clear pear juice at the end of the bottle the yeast goes down and it becomes hazy. Effervescent head that disappeared quickly.

S - Wheat, orange peel, sweet spices smell

T - Very much like the smell. Not as dry as I thought it would be

M - perfect amount of carbonation goes down very smooth

D - its warm and one of the first few days of spring. I am enjoying this beer.

Mar 28, 2009
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Nov 22, 2014
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2lynnes

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Jul 05, 2012
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a weiss glass. Freshenss date of 16 October 2009.

Pours an extremely pale straw, almost water-like, with a medium cloud that makes the beer truly a "white". Effervescent bubbles climb the cylinder of the glass, sustaining a nice cap.

Aroma is light malt, wheat on the nose with a hint of citrus and dusty old yeast. The yeast aroma is aged and almost wild. Mostly wheat on the nose with about as much hops as anything else. Mild on aroma, at the least.

Taste and Mouthfeel is husky grain, almost an adjunct flavor. The flavor yields a very low amount of esters and phenols that usually make a flavor profile. Watery and beer flavored water are all I get. This is possibly the worst wit I've ever had, it's watery, bland and...nothing.

Really if it's the organic thing that's fine. I've had better organic beers. I've had better gluten free beers. This was crap, plain and simple. I've had very competent beers from New Belgium, I don't know what happened here.

May 15, 2009
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pale lemon hue with frothy, light, white head. Fairly thick, but dissipates quickly.
S: The aroma of classic Beglian white spices...coriander and citrus.
T: Pleasant coriander and orange notes, then soft malt undertone. Very light, wheat, and citrusy.
M: Nice and light body. Taste quickly disappears and lacks complexity.
D: Quite drinkable (any decent wheat should be). Like a junior Hoegaarden, but organic. Nice summer beer.

Feb 23, 2008
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not a wit guy

May 09, 2016
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kendellmarie from California

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Aug 22, 2012
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SonOfKyuss from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 08, 2020
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jokelahoma from Missouri

2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one on-tap at Barley's Brewhaus in Overland Park, KS. Apparently the this is also a test market for the new organic wit.

This one poured a very hazy and extremely pale (and I do mean pale) whitish-yellow. This is perhaps the most pale beer I have ever experienced. It made Budweiser look like burnished brass by comparison. But hey, that's a good thing. The light color and the haze are both in character for a witbier, so I'm happily staring at my glass on this one. It may creep out a newbie to wits, but it's not that far off. A new beer by one of my favorite breweries! All right!

I should have stopped while I was just looking. The aroma is as faint as the color, which is to say it's damned near non-existent. There's no hop presence (granted, to be expected by style), and no malt in the nose, no spices, no orange peel, no yeast phenols... not much of anything really. Well, anything except for this faintly sour smell I can't get past. Not sure what this smells like, but it smells like no beer I've ever had, witbier or otherwise.

The taste is wheaty up front, but even that little bit of character dies quickly without so much as a whimper. It's replaced by that faint sourness, which also fades away into... nothing. This seems much more like a watery American wheat than a wit. I'm getting no malt, no orange, no coriander, no spices at all, neither in the nose or in the taste. In fact, the taste sort of reminds me of lemon Perrier. Highly carbonated, a bit salty, slightly sour, but not much else past that first wave of wheat. There's no aftertaste, which sadly may be the best thing one can say about this. Ugh. What a buzzkill.

It's thin. Water thin. Any body it has is below my threshold for perception.

I was excited to try this beer. That excitement died very fast at first sip. All I could think was "what the hell?" I know New Belgium says this is an organic beer. Fine, fine. But it comes across to me as perhaps a training wheels beer for craft beer initiates. The cynic in me even allowed a passing thought that this was NB's way to prepare everyone for what craft beer will be if A/B continues their buying spree. Then again, maybe this was just a swing and a miss by an otherwise great brewery. Whatever the reason, this was a huge disappointment from one of my favorite breweries. I'm all for smaller beers and reversing the current "hey, let's see how big we can make it!" trend. But if brewers are going to make smaller beers and still keep their loyal clientele happy, they're going to have to have more character than this. Hugely, hugely disappointing, and not one I'd recommend to anyone.

May 22, 2006
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw-yellow, with superb head and little lace.

Aroma is fresh, clean, and spiced..hints of citrus. Reminds me of a sunshiny day!

Flavor is well-balanced and nuanced, with a little tanginess. Hints of coriander and some lemony citrus zest. Nice.

A delicious wheat beer, and a perfect example of the style.

Mar 15, 2011
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DeanMoriarty from California

3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6'r of these for $6.99 from a local market in OB and poured them into a Schneider Weisse branded Weizen Glass.

A: Pours a hazy strawlike hue with a thin white head that dissipates before the first sip, leaving decent lacing in its tracks.

S: Faint overall but what comes through is earthy malts, a bit of spice, citrus and crackers.

T: Similar to the nose but very fruity and extremely sweet which pretty much diminishes all the other flavors going on in this one. Pretty boring and average, and way too sweet.

M/D: Thin and watered down, a bit over-carbonated. Drinkable in the sense that they have little flavor and little body so you can session the hell out of them like a Modelo just beefed up with spice and wheat.

Jul 24, 2011
Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 999 ratings