Mothership Wit | New Belgium Brewing

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Mothership WitMothership Wit

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Organic wheat beer.

IBU's: 12

Added by mentor on 05-16-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 961 |  Reviews: 545
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: lots of lace and a single finger white head. Straw colored and a bit hazy.

S: lemon and peppery.

T: semi sweet, citrus (orange peal) and lemon with a dulled taste. Wheat and yeast are well represented.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice organic beer. Very flavorful and drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours the color of cloudy urine with a tiny head. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smells like citrus zest and wheat. There is a spice smell too (which I assume is the coriander).

T - Bready malts with citrus and floral essence. Pretty standard witbier tastes.

M - To me this seems like a very light, watery beer. There is a good amount of carbonation that is present.

D - This beer is easily drinkable but I feel that it is lacking overall. I would go for one of these on a hot summer day if a buddy was buying but I can't see myself purchasing this on my own again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

props for being organic, well done. now to the beer... pours a watery looking cloudy shade of yellow, almost white. very very pale in color, solid lively white head. smells yeasty and lemony and spiced. taste is that of a standard belgian wit, but the body was off-puttingly thin. it was watered down, far too light for my tastes of wit beers. needs more of a backbone to get the job done, also an impossibly quick finish makes this one disappear from the palate and the memory all too easily. i recognize the attempt to be true to the style, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.55/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow with a nice, big bubbled white head. Nose of a hint of sour and a lightly spiced granny smith apple. Mouthfeel is light and a bit thin. No real character and flavors are weak, unassertive and boring. Very light fruit, very watered down citrus. I'm betting the bottle is old. Perhaps another shot some day.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, from the co-op in Boise, Idaho. Beam me up, Fort Collins!

This beer pours a cloudy pale straw colour, with one finger of pillowy white head, which renders some nicely grotesque webbed lace around the glass as it settles. It smells strongly of dry banana chips and citrus rind, over a soft wheat graininess. The taste is moderately sweet wheat malt, banana, cloves, white pepper, and some fairly sedate yeast. The carbonation is moderate, the body just on the light side, but no pushover, showing a decent smoothness in the process. It finishes off-dry, the wheat and spice sweetness still right up there, the concurrent spices starting their long, slow decline.

Well, witbiers aren't usually my thing, but I quite enjoyed this - everything even and honest, no weird overbearing astringency or underwhelming co-ingredient. Ainsi fait assez, New Belgium.

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served this cold in my Hoegaarden glass. It poured a pale pastel yellow, which immediately triggered the color association of "white" in a Witbier. A substantial head of white foam formed, which rose above the glass in a spongy, uniformly convex impression of the lunar surface. Stubborn yeast sediment was poured, creating more foam and rendering the glass opaque.

Big whiff of earthy coriander to start, not much else besides that when the bottle was first opened. The smell dwindled over time, but it was still earthy, with a well-water quality about it.

Coriander again in the first sip, followed by grain in the form of wheat or rice. Sort of a cereal taste, but it's minor. Sweetish wheat or yeast in the aftertaste. Lacking the citrus and spiciness typically found in Witbier. Very mild.

Carbonation is weak, and the mouthfeel is thin an watery, unfortunately. Not entirely flat, but it really lacks zestiness.

It would be good in the hot weather, but not the best Witbier when others are much more lively and complex.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a odd, cloudy, pale yellow with a white, one-finger head. Left very nice lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and clove.

T - It tasted quite spicy. The wheat and yeast qualities came through as well.

M - It has a good bite. A crisp and light-bodied beer.

D - At first I was a little unsure of this beer, but it got better as I drank it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy green tea color with a fluffy head that retains fairly well and deposits some lace; damndest color for a beer I have ever seen

Smell: Picking up some coriander as well as a touch of banana and orange peel

Taste: Starts out with a fairly bready flavor that develops a touch of coriander and white pepper by mid-palate; after the swallow, the banana flavors become more pronounced but the spices mellow out and fade

Mouthfeel; Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink on a hot day but there are more flavorful wits out there

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Photo of superspak
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass. No freshness date on battle.

Color is a cloudy straw pale yellow. Pours a decent layer of head that settles quickly leaving some splattered lace.

Smell is of banana and cloves. It smells a lot like a hefeweizen.

Taste has a sugar cookie flavor to it, along with some fruitiness. There is a bread-like malty taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but goes down smooth. There is really no recognition of the alcohol.

Overall, this is a very unique witbeer. I have had a lot of this style, but this one isn't my favorite. I probably wouldn't recommend this beer.

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Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty much what you'd expect in a witbier; cloudy gold, ample head and lacing.

Taste & smell: Yeast comes through pretty strongly in the smell, followed by coriander and citrus. For being brewed in Colorado it has a very authentic Belgian wit aroma - nicely done. The taste is spicy, tangy and earthy. Surprisingly complex for a beer of 4.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: Crisp, mellow and light on the tongue but without the compromise of flavor. A great summer beer, and organic to boot.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap 04/21/2007. From notes: Average witbier. Surprisingly clear (maybe the kegs has just settled). Fair head retention. Minor lacing (dirty bar glass?). Delicate wheaty and lemonish aroma as expected. Subtly spicy, but not distinct - not clear coriander. Welcoming. The flavor follows the nose. Delicate, wheatish, yeasty, gently spicy with a mild tart-lemon edge that lends it a perky character and refreshes. Medium-light bodied; moderately crisp. Refreshing. ... I had no idea that this was an organic beer, but now that I know I can at least give them credit for that. A decent summer beer to say the least.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from raznug, courtesy of the Under 100 III BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, wheat, spices, some citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and wheat. Then some mildly sweet flavors of lemon and spices come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid lighter Belgian-style beer that is worth pounding down for a while.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me and my wife split a bottle,its not a style Iam big on but my wife really enjoys a good witbier. Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed lemonade light yellow with a thinner white head that left some shotty lace as it settles quickly.Mild but pleasant aromas of toasted cereal grain and coriander spice,som lemon-like citrus aromas show thru as well.Flavors are light and flavorful,light lemon and slight phenolic spice with a very nice lingering toasted grain flavor in the aftertaste.Hey for a warm spring day like today this is great,not overly complex by any means but it is a thirst quencher.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Nose brings forward some light clove notes as well as faint hints of citrus. The taste has some lighter wheat as well as a bit of spice and orange. Light mouthfeel and a good dose of carbonation carrying the flavors. Drinks well in the summertime, but doesn't quite make it like its counterparts from across the ocean.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap tonight at Kinfolks

Pours a hazed gold/straw with 1" of white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: A little grass & that was it

T: Tart with lemon rind & bit of pepper up front. Too much grainyness follows as it warms. Finishes quenching & grainy with a little coriander

Spritzy with medium body

Drank alright, but wasn't real impressed with this offering Looking for more wheat, more tartness & way more flavor

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Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 961 ratings