Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) | New Belgium Brewing

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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IBU's: 12

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Photo of jonziefle
4.69/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a hazy pale straw yellow. One finger white foamy head. Very little visible carbonation. Mild lacing.

Smell: Light and sweet wheat malts. Flavors of banana and bubblegum with very mild nutmeg spices. The yeast esters smooth everything out.

Taste: Tastes pretty much exactly like the nose, but with strong banana and bubblegum flavors. A nice light wheat body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a little carbonation bite, but very smooth.

Drinkability: A very good witbier that is very similar to a hefeweizen. Wonderful in being very mild, but still having strong and pleasing flavors. Easy to drink and very refreshing.

Buy Again? Yes.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.64/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Looks very yellow, nowhere near as cloudy as normal wheat beer, but this is not filtered. A good golden color in the light.

Smells wheatier than most wheat beers, but not as strong of a smell.

Tastes much sweeter too. Less orange, more coriander and wheat malt. Easier to drink. Strong Banana overtones throughout, really wonderful.

Pretty good mouthfeel, perhaps a little too watery.

Very very drinkable, will buy again.

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Photo of jkwikkel
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, picked a 22 ounce bottle up for $1, but after cracking the top off I was greeted with a wonderful scent of beer with a slight spice to it. I was grilling outdoors at the time so I didn't properly pour it into a glass, but it was still a wonderful beer. Crisp and clean. Sweet, with very little after taste. Can't wait to try it again, just wish I could find that price again somewhere.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I didn't know it was organic. Neat-o. Cloudy, pale yellow with a thin white head. No lace but persistent retention.

It's a spicy meatball! White pepper, lemon zest and farmy yeast character stand out. Buttered popcorn and bacon and eggs come to mind.

Taste is lemon, farmy dry hay yeast, and spicy coriander citrus.

It reminds me of Allagash white and that's always a good thing.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As instructed by the bottle, I poured...swirled...finished...and followed my folly all into my East End Brewing pint glass.

A - pours a light straw color with 1/4 inch of foam that quickly disappeared into a thin layer of bubbles

S - refreshing coriander and wheat aroma makes me excited to drink this one

T - Wheaty, earthy citrus up front, followed by a slightly bitey finish

M/D - Very, very drinkable. I could drink alot of this one on a nice hot summer day, or well anytime. I'm not picky.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a flute. Nice fluffy yellow with a very thin head which disappeared immediately.

Smell - nice zesty, tart lemon and other citrus. Smell gave a real good indication of what was coming.

Taste - slightly tart lemon with along orange zestiness with a nice biscuity taste. Extremely refreshing. I feel that you can drink it very cold which adds to the appeal on a hot day. Keeps you interested and finishes as good as it starts.

Mouthfeel - probably the strongest part of the brew. Great carbonation, yeasty, not too tart.

Drinkability - Goes with a slickness. Actually makes you look forward to a really hot afternoon without air conditioning.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
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 JudgeRoughneck
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has a big, bright white head, merangue head. It sticks around and leaves a good lace. The beer is a light, hazy, yellow color, the color isn't that nice but I'm finding it oddly appealing.

The nose is hefe-like, but mustier. Lemon and banana, faint spice in background, wheat, nutmeg? Reminds me quite a bit of Hoegarrden in taste. It is bright, zippy, yeasty, with a banana undertone. There is a drying, phenolic pfinish. This seems to be one of the most true-to-style US wits I've had I think. It is intensely refreshing and subtle, but I wish there was just a bit moe going on.

Mouthfeel is light and grippy. I could drink gallons of this.

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Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my St. Feuillien goblet, Mothership Wit is a hazy, very pale yellow that is very attractive. There's a slight egg shell collar and surface skim that leaves very little lace.

The aroma has lots of the classic skunky/sour wheat smell, with some spicy belgian yeast as well. This is a love it or hate it kind of thing, but I enjoy it, as it indicates to me that I'm in for an authentic Wit, although it could use more depth.

The taste is also heavy on the the wheat graininess, with a husky astringency, some coriander citrus and just a touch of sweetness and lactic sourness. Overall, it's pretty light, with a crisp, exceptionally clean finish. Very tasty, yum!

The mouthfeel is sharp yet creamy, and the body is very light without being thin and watery.

This is super drinkable, wow. In spite of the light taste, it is very refreshing and enjoyable. A great hot weather brew!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Devel chalice. Directions on how to pour and Best by date of 11-08-2009

A: Poured a lemonade like yellow with a tan hue. Cloudy with lightly lacing.

S: Heavy spice, some clove scent. Slight citrus, lemony-orange and banana.

T&M: Very crisp, light bodied. Tart with slight spice and clove taste. Excellent summer beer.

Very good Witbeir. More complex flavors than a standard run of the mill Wit. One of the best I've had in recent times and definitely the best 'organic' I've ever had.

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Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say that I quite liked this beer and thought it a very good effort from the folks at NB. To my way of thinking, this beer is the perfect answer to those folks who complain that they drink bud/miller/coors in the Summer time because craft beer is too heavy/rich.

This beer pours a very interesting cloudy, yellow/lime color. On the nose the coriander and orange peel are very noticeable, and the aroma is quite inviting. The beer is quite light on the palate and I would guess the abv. is fairly low. The NB website doesn't even list this beer yet, but I'm guessing the abv. is no higher then that found in the Sunshine wheat. While light, this beer still has plenty of flavor with intriguing flavors of lemon, spice, orange peel and coriander. This beer finishes very crisply and is quite refreshing. It would be a perfect beer to have on a warm day in July.

I would be interested in trying this beer side by side with the Allagash white, which is my other favorite Belgium wit style beer. Both are quite excellent for what they are.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Readily available in South and North Carolina, none in WV, OH, or PA sadly enough. I was so excited to catch some New Belgium while traveling south toward my vacation destination. They had bombers of the 1554 Black Ale, Fat Tire, and Mothership Wit at every grocer or gas station we went to. Appears a clouded pale yellow golden hue with a billowing white head, lacing is chunky and sporadic but what a nice lookin' brew we have here. Aroma has citrus and spice with coriander and creamy sweet biscuit and sharp wheat accents, mellow easy going but oh so nice. Flavor has a creamy sweetness from the grain and mild citrus peel bitterness with spices added coriander and chamomile like softness brings a sweet soothing marsmallow like tone over the whole experience. Mouthfeel has a creamy effervescent carbonation level lighter bodied smooth finish all the way, drinkability this must be one of the best summer seasonals I've come across give me a couple 22 oz offerings and we'll be A okay.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm Wit

A- OK head with some lacing on a very nice looking hazy-translucent wheat-colored body

S- Smells of coriander, citrus, wheat, New Belgium yeast, and some funky organic farm odor

T- Taste is neat mix of spices balanced with wheat. End up tasting good, but the funky sweetness does not fit in well

M- Good feel. small bubbles and water-light body

D- Very drinkable. If you chug it, the funky sweetness doesn't become become noticeable until the aftertaste kicks in

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Photo of Greggy
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a lemonade color with 1 finger head that recedes to no head or lacing. I like the cloudiness but the lemonade color is a little odd.

S- Orange, coriander, big pepper, slight banana.

T- Big orange, slight lemon, coriander, big pepper finish which I am fond of.

M- Low carbonation but a very nice full body.

D- A great witbier that I will enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of smcreator
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: More pale than golden in appearance.
S: The smell is very interesting (probably due, in part, to its organic nature)
T: Clean and tasty beer. It is complex, yet balanced.
M: The head did not really play as much of a role as I would have liked it to while drinking.
D: Not as sweet and overbearing (with time) as some of the other New Belgium beers.

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Photo of Kemperfi
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a hazy lemonade appearance, has nice two finger head that receded fairly quickly. Has some lacing but not much. Has a citrus as well as a strong banana and pepper taste and smell. Well balanced, started nicely but had a dry finish. Goes down smooth has nice mouth feel, but not much carbonation.

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Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - pours a very pale gold, with about 1/2 inch of head that disappates quickly leaving only a ring aournd the edge of the glass. There is some lacing left as the beer disappears.

S- citrus and spice on the nose - very refreshing.

T/M/D- Lots of cirtrus and carbonation. The beer goes down easy and makes a great session beer.

WHile some feel the beer has very little flavor, I persoanlly, really love it. Have had it both on tap and in the bottle. Has decent flavor and mouthfeel and is very easy to drink. I always seem to find that it is gone before I even know it.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you are looking for one of the highest quality session beers around, then this is the one for you. With a very pleasant 4.8% ABV, the Mothership has a very mild alcohol component that is off in the distance behind what is really the winner of the brew, the taste. This is a perfect beer for a good ole cookout with a couple of buddies and would pair nicely with some grilled chicken or fish.

As expected, the pour comes across as a nice and hazy, deep and rich golden straw color that lets very little light through when held up. There is almost a sense when this beer is poured that if one was to imagine what a good witbier really should look like when it is poured that this offering would be the ideal picture to meet that definition.

Upon pour there are all the good things one hopes to be able to pick up in a witbier. Rich and vibrant spices like coriander and traces of orange peel come rushing outward from the glass and there is a bit of cloves also mixed into the nose. There is a notable citrus impact that is sensed within the glass and the balance for the smell seems right on.

The most pleasant aspect of the Mothership is as expected the taste. As previously stated this is a good session beer so the smooth balance of the alcohol content really allows the taste to speak for itself. What is present in the nose really does come across nicely in the taste as well. There is a nice soft bread taste to some of the wheat that shines through in the taste and the same citrus in the nose works its way across the palate. As opposed to some witbiers, there is an element of spiciness that really works at the finish of the taste and rounds out the offering nicely.

The mouthfeel of the Mothership once again maintains a balanced composure to it. By taking the mild ABV and matching it to a nice taste, the smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is present with the Mothership really does become accentuated during the drinking of this beer.

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Photo of EasternDivide
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear for an unfiltered beer, other than that looks delicious. If poured to the instructions on the bottle it has a good this off-white head. The initial smell is citrus, mostly orange rinds, and a bit of hops. Its not exactly complex but it has a very drinkable, citrus and hop flavors that balance and play off each other. The feel is smooth and tingling (good carbonation!) driving me to reach for another.

I love this beer. This Wit is surprising to have come from a bottle.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A white liquid with a yellow tinge flowed from this 22 oz bottle to leave a light neon yellow body with a perfectly white head.

Smells like a slightly sour, peppered orange. Fantastic!

Slightly sweet beer with decent body for a sub 5% brew. I love the very slight sourness that compliments the typical citrus wit flavors. A hint of bitterness creeps in as this one warms.

I like the mouthfeel. It was fairly creamy; however I expect a bit more carbonation from Belgians.

A beautiful summer beer. Refreshing, flavorful, and slightly different. A winner.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into tall glass. Certified organic wheat beer, no mention of what spices are used, presumably coriander/orange. Followed the label by pouring, swirling, and finishing.

A- Pours a milky straw to light gold with a moussy white head that falls quickly, but retains a thin, even head cover. High carbonation, but tough to see through the cloudiness. Lacing creeps up the sides of the glass before the first sip. Great looking wit, but the retained head could be a bit thicker.

S- A perfect balance of coriander, orange, wheat, and acidity, with a light, floral, honey character. A small amount of yeasty spiciness, but not peppery. No hop character and only a very small malt influence. Textbook.

T- A crisp carbonic tingle, followed quickly by coriander and orange, with a wheat and spicy, but not peppery, yeast finish. The yeast and coriander stay long after the party is over, balanced by the sweet honey character of the aroma. Very small amount of acidity cleanses the palate. The orange might be slightly out of balance with the coriander, but coriander dies quickly, and I don't have a "bottled on" date on this bottle. Very enjoyable wit, but quite restrained, and not world class.

M- High carbonation, with a medium-light body. Slightly tart, with a dry finish. Creamy, considering how dry it finishes.

D- The dry finish, low alcohol, and high carbonation, make this highly drinkable and true to style. Very refreshing and well done beer. Would like to try this as fresh as possible to see if the coriander increases with less age.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a very clouded yellow, kind of a cloudy white grape juice appearance. Produces an inch of beautiful frothy head, and has decent retention. Lite-medium carbonation, and leaves some broken, spotty lacing. Smells of a lite citrus lemon & orange twang, a little spicy nutmeg, lots of wheat & grain, very bready and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Taste, lots of fresh breads, raw dough & yeasty flavors, followed by lite citrus orange/lemon notes. Balance is spot on, flavors marry very well together. No hop notes here, there's some spicy notes in there on the finish though, mostly nutmeg. Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly chewy, smooth, has a very desirable feel to it. You can even feel some sediment going down, medium-full bodied.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I really enjoyed this beer from start to finish, from the chewy, sediment filled mouthfeel, to all those thirst quenching flavors, nutmeg, lemon, orange, breads. I thought this was a very flavorful Wit brew, and could enjoy 3-4 of these on any warm summer evening. Loved it! I definitely recommend you try it. Cheers!

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Photo of therealmcclurg
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My local market 2 blocks away stocks this beer a lot. I often find it a steady "go to" for a session beer because of its good flavor, subtlety, and extreme drink ability. I'm a big fan of the Witbier style, and had for a while become tainted by other versions. While this is a good beer with a spicy, citrus fresh taste and smell, its not at the top of my list as far as Witbiers are concerned. It is a good beer though, and one I don't mind recommending to non beer drinkers, especially if they were to buy a Blue Moon.

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Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Coriander spiciness, some soft orange, touch of cumin.

L: Very pale hazy yellow, creamy white head, ok retention, solid lacing.

T: Semi-sweet pils malt with hints of orange. Low bitterness leads to a touch of spice and drying slightly. Soft coriander sweetness in the finish.

M: Creamy body, medium low carbonation.

Surprisingly good, beautiful looking beer and a really great nose. Loved this beer, my only complaint was that it is a tad sweet for style.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from New Belgium. This beer poured a hazy, yellow with a huge, fluffy white head. The smell was of wheat and oranges. The taste was a very refreshing wheat taste with little to no bitterness to speak of. The orange taste came through in the taste as well. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall an incredible beer. Something to drink during the hot summer months! Loved it.

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