Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) | New Belgium Brewing

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

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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IBU's: 12

Added by mentor on 05-16-2006

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Photo of JennyJam
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a glass. Has a golden-yellow, hazy appearance, slight carbonation rising to the top with a dense, one finger head.

Smells of citrus (orange, lemon) and spicy (I definitely smell the coriander), some wheat and malty scents also.

The taste is crisp and refreshing. The coriander hits my taste buds immediately, followed by a wheaty-hoppy, slightly carbonated taste.

The mouthfeel light and smooth.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. The coriander flavor is quite powerful, which can be a plus or minus depending on your tastes. The unique flavor of this beer makes it a nice option for when you want to mix up your selection. Makes a good summertime brew.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from brown NBB bottle to NBB globe.

A - Pours a hazy pale golden color with a lot of sediment. A 1 finger white head with some retention and lacing.

S - Citrus aroma with some wheat and spice.

T -The beer starts with the wheat and malty sweetness. A noticeable citrus character with minimal spice. Mild bitterness. Finishes crisp.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Fairly drinkable.

Overall, a pretty solid offering. The wife loves it. Not my favorite style but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a weiss glass as directed on the bottle

A - Pours a very hazy, pale gold - almost has a white tint to it when held up to the light from the yeast. Tons of small bubbles rush to the dense, pure white, 3-finger head. Head stays intact nearly all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a nice web of lacing on the middle third of the glass.

S - The nose is greeted by strong orange, coriander and wheat malt. Smell remains strong in the glass.

T - Clove notes upfront. The body has just enough orange and coriander notes to add interest to the beer without overpowering the delicate balance between wheat malt and hops. A flourish of orange, coriander and cloves as the beer passes back of the tongue leads to a pleasant orange-clove aftertaste.

M - Light bodied with adequate carbonation. Complements the flavor well and lends to an incredibly smooth, although slightly watery beer. I woundn't mind seeing a tad more carbonation as well.

It's been a while since I had a good witbier and mothership wit reminded me why I should seek out this style more often. Tasty and easy drinking, I could easily see kicking a few of these back in the summer. Very cool that it is an organic beer to boot. I will definitely be coming back to this one once it warms up here in New Mexico.

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Photo of mustang70
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a erdinger weizen glass.

A. pours a golden straw yellow with a nice 2 finger head.

S. It smells like a wheat beer. banana, cloves, wheat and orange.

T. it tastes exactly as it smells. it could be a little stronger but it does taste good.

M. it feels good on the palate. it does feel a little thin/watery, but not bad.

O. I liked this one. it wasn't amazing, but it was tasty. I would have liked it to be a fuller, but would buy this again. would make a good summer brew.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear yellow before swirl, completely hazy post-swirl. Very aromatic citrus wheat smell. Inviting. Tart open, wheat chalk close. Yeasty biscuit finish. Very strong carbonation. Lemony. Whatever spices they add, contribute to the overall experience. Excellent blend.

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Photo of Sheepdog
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A= Cloudy gold pour, poured 3/4 out into pilsner glass, swirled then poured the rest.

S= Heavy on the coriander and with an orange peel.

T= Taste of a wit but had a big spice kick in it.

M= low carbonation and had a watered down feeling to it.

O= A decent wheat wit however there are others I would buy first. Really heavy on the coriander. Not sure if I like the organic approach to the wit.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a Hefeweizen-shaped glass

A - Beer has a nice light golden, straw colored body; cloudy in appearance; forms a nice white head, about one finger in size and holds pretty well; well carbonated; not much sticky lacing formed; visible sediment

S - Spices; light wheat smell; dry straw; yeasty; coriander, possibly allspice; lemon

T - Sweet spice taste; dry coriander-grains of paradise taste; fruity-citrus taste; yeasty; herbal; grainy malt flavor

M - Kind of thin and not as sparkling as my eye originally thought, especially given the lively carbonation; sour yeast and sweet aftertaste, with a touch of malt

D - Not bad; actually very enjoyable; light taste and body, would make a decent summertime beer

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift in a mixed six pack of New Belgium from a friend. Thanks!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a pale, pale hazy cornsilk color, with a two-finger brilliant white head that only partially reduces. Plenty of yeasty sediment keeps this very cloudy.

Has a plethora of aromas; grass, corriander, and chamomile start, with undertones of banana, vanilla, and honey, give this a very pleasing and easy smell. Think a nilla wafer brewed into a beer.

Yeasty, with corriander, straw, banana, tangerine and a vinous, almost earthy taste, there's a fair amount going on here. Very low bitterness with no drying residue.

Light to medium bodied, this is a very soft and easy drinking brew.

I've never been the biggest fan of witbeers, but this one is pretty good. While I like Oberon, I'd say this is a tastier and softer beer, one which I believe I would prefer if they were put in front of me. Worth a try!

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of DeutscheJeff
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be rather disappointing for a New Belgium brew, nothing that really stands out about it. At first pour it was apparent that this beer was going to be less than ideal. A good alternative for someone with a palate that is somewhat less forgiving, not a bad beer overall but certainly below the standard New Belgium holds.

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Photo of fatmcb1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, straw color. A bit hazy with a white ring of lace.

The smell is very spicy with coriander, lemon peel, and a bit of wheat.

Taste follows the nose. It is a bit sweet. Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light and dry, leaving a light tingle on your tongue.

This is a decent session beer. The gf loves it.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very light yellow/straw color, thin head, lots of carbonation.
S: Coriander, orange, wheat.
T: Similar to the noser: coriander, lemon, wheat.Simple but tasty.
M: Very thin and light, but crisp and pleasant.
O: Not the most complex witbier I've had, but crisp and quite refreshing. Would be great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of 160Shillings
2.45/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Coriander and bitter orange with a slight Belgian yeast character

Appearance: Color is a pale straw with fine carbonation and a quickly collapsing head. The beer is clear. Instructions on the bottle direct you to rouse the yeast by stirring; however that is not applicable to this style so I did not do this. A witbier should be hazy from its protein or unfermented starch. This beer doesn’t have that.

Flavor: The flavor is coriander and mild sweetness finishing with bitter orange and slight hop flavor and bitterness. There is only a mild tartness throughout this beer with no detectable lactic acidity. Lemon is present throughout.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a tingling carbonation on the tongue.

Overall Impression: In reality Mothership is closer to Blue Moon than an actual Witbier.

Comments: Mothership is a very drinkable beer. However this beer is far from what a Witbier should be. There is no lactic aroma or flavor. While at the same time there are extraneous flavors and aromas (hops and lemons). Once again New Belgium Brewing does not fail to exceed my low expectations. When you compete with the likes of Coors for most fake Witbier, it becomes obvious that advertising is more important to your company than brewing.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy pale yellow with a small white head that sinks quickly.

S - Dried bananas, dry wheat, lemon, spices.

T - Lemon, clean wheat, banana, lemongrass, coriander, floral hops.

M - Light side of medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth feel with a dry finish.

This is a nice dry Wit. Subtle on all fronts including the look. Great for hot weather.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | 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 Luigi
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color and a little hazy. The head pours out two finger high and settles down with some lacing around the glass.

The aroma is not over spiced. Nice balance of wheat, lemon, and, hop.

Taste is nice and light. Hints of lemon, spices, and wheat. Has a good amount of carbonation and very easy to drink.

To sum it up.. a nice light witbier that would be perfect for the hotter months.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 pBRale
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting notes 9-14-11

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw to straw colored beer, with a thick white foam that settles fairly quickly but leaves a moderate lacing behind.

Smell: Fresh pine needles dominate, supported by spicey and yeasty aromas in the background. Smells very fresh and crisp.

Taste: Taste is of wheat and pine supported by a welcome spicey presence. Not too complex but still quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, super refreshing--high carbonation and a super crisp finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and tasty beer. perfect after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

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Photo of jifigz
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer pours a very strange color. It is a light and hazy pale yellow. It is an unusual color and I have never before seen a beer pour this color. It is almost like pear juice. The head developed beautifully and it had great retention and some damn nice lacing on the glass. I am giving a 4.5 out of its uniqueness, however the color isn't a very appetizing one.

S: Smell is of a typical Wit. The beer is heavy on the spice and very fragrant and sweet smelling.

T: A little tart and quite refreshing, this beer brings some good flavors to is profile. It starts out very candy like and sweet, then the spices rush in to flood your palate and it finishes back on the candy side. The flavors are quite unique.

M: Pretty standard mouthfeel, nothing too crazy or unique here.

O: This is a quality brew. I enjoy a good Wit every now and again, but they aren't something I always seek out. I am glad I had this one, it might be a long time before I have, or find, another one.

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Photo of gtermi
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Foggy yellow with a very light head

Smell: To me it smells like a sweet wine, has a lot of fruity scents too.

Taste: It tastes like bubble gum in a way. I don't know exactly what it is, but it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Has a little crispness to it, but very easy to drink. Left my mouth a little dry after drinking.

Overall it is a good solid beer. It is nice to change it up in a while and is far from your basic tasting beer. I believe this would be a great started craft beer because it's so easy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 DTJPPR
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Weizen Glass. Absolutely NO fruit involved. Keep your orange and lemon slices to yourself. ;-)

A - Pours a very pale, straw-like color with a bit of cloudiness, as is expected of the style. Big foamy head that goes away pretty quick. Standard Wit in appearance, if not a little lighter in color than average.

S - Lots of Banana and cloves, a little bit of lemons and coriander. Well Balanced.

T - Overall a very well balanced and lightweight Wit. The lemony and other citrusy flavors play well with the coriander and other spices in this one. Good Phenol flavors mixed in as well. Very crisp and refreshing. Goes down very easily. Not exceptionally complex or anything, but very satisfying.

M - A little more carbonated than the average hef, but it added to the refreshing watery feel the beer has. This is a very drinkable brew, perfect for hot summers like we have down here in SoCal.

O - While not my favorite, it is very good for the style, and exceptionally if you're looking for something very simple and clean. I prefer a bit more complexity, but that's just personal taste. This is certainly a good beer.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mothership Wit is such a good name for a beer, but it's not achieving as well as taste goes.

The beer had a near-white appearance as opposed to other beers. The taste was unusually mild for a witbier style, with a hint of citrus flavor and slight banana note to it. For me, it was just a bit underwhelming and unimpressive.

I found Blanche de Bruxelles to be a better example of the witbier style. However, I think this beer is a good choice as it's generally available in many grocery stores, so it's something I will pick up if I'm in a mood for a Wit on a short notice.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mothership wit pours a light straw yellow with about an inch of head that does not stick around for very long.

The aroma is rather pleasant with a mixture of banana and some bubblegum.

The beer has a nice wheat taste that starts off sweet and has a somewhat yeasty middle and finishes with an enjoyable twang at the end.

The beer is somewhere between light and medium bodied which makes it rather refreshing to drink.

This is a nice beer to enjoy with friends or while BBQing. It does not have much depth and would not be something I would want to slowly sip on all night. That being said after a hot summer day it can certainly be a nice treat.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super pale straw with a good cloudiness, head, and lacing. Zippy lemon citrus and spice with wheat malt and faint banana. Cereal graininess wraps around a mild yeast funk. Dry crisp taste has the flavors of the nose with a cinnamon tinged spiciness and and mildly tart finish that leaves a lemony cracker like toastiness on my palate. Super dry finish is refreshing and quenching and wonderful on hot nights and days. A real session star and a good brew overall.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 959 ratings.
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