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 rootbeerman
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pour is initially clear light straw, then the swirl to bring out the yeast, which makes the body light yellow and cloudy. The head was white about a finger or so thick and does leave a nice amount of lacing.
S: lemony and yeasty, a little bit peppery as well.
T: a bit, simple, wheat malt sweetness, yeasty, a little bit spicy.
M: light, and smooth.
O: honestly not my favorite style but I don't out right hate this or the style.

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

Smells of heavy coriander and orange peel, with a hint of wheat grain--exactly as the label leads you to expect.

These aromas translate almost exactly onto the tongue, the coriander, orange peel, and wheat grain being the most immediately obvious flavors, and constitute the larger portion of what you might find on the palate, along with a subtle thread of Grape Nuts cereal-like grains. Hops are light, adding only a small bitterness, and medium-heavy carbonation gives the brew a sparkly, slightly effervescent buzz on the tongue.

Overall, this is a good example of what a White beer should be, the bright flavors dancing on the tongue wonderfully. If there is anything negative to be said about this beer, it might be that, while it is a good White beer, its flavors don't seem to offer anything new to the category, and left me instantly making comparisons to Hoegaarden. What we're left with, then, is a truly excellent, average brew, if you can follow that logic.

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Photo of ahq514
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into goblet.

Pours a pale golden, barely cloudy color with about a one finger head that dissipates quickly to a mere film that lies atop the beer. Should be a little cloudier considering its a wit. Tiny bubbles rise to surface frequently indicating moderate carbonation.

Getting wheat, coriander, and moderate wisps of orange peel. Classic wit aroma.

Very similar taste, although the citrus flavors come through a little stronger now. Real subtle sour bite at the very beginning that quickly fades and gives way to the citrus. Orange is present from start to finish, with lemon edging in there every once in awhile. Coriander has a little bite at the start of the sip. Wheat is very evident.

Mouthfeel is right on for a wit, moderate carbonation. On the lighter side in terms of body. No real lingering flavors that stick in the mouth. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Nothing outstanding about it, pretty classic in my eyes, besides the appearance. Would enjoy this on occasion, but I can think of other wits I'd much rather grab first.

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

Bottle from their 12 bottle Folly Pack. Purchased at Happy Harry's north in Grand Forks. Case best by Sept 2011. Poured at 6C into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy pale yellow with a small white head that drops quickly and leaves light lacing. I was expecting much more from the head here...
S: Lemongrass, coriander. Essentially a typical wit nose and enjoyable.
T: Citrus plays well, but he coriander is just a little too in your face here. Not sure if it was the spicing or the hopping, but the bitterness was stronger and more lingering than I wanted here. Refreshing none the less. The phenols seemed strong enough and appropriate for the style.
M: The first sip was thin, but it thickened out. Lower than expected carbonation.
O: I am not too sure what the lack of love here is for the beer, but I enjoyed it, and it would have been stellar if it weren't for the excessive coriander.

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Photo of Willlong8
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. First time to try an organic wheat. I was surprised at how clear it was, a very pale yellowish tint. Seems pretty heavy on the coriander but this brew grew on me after the first couple sips.

Not bad, however from New Belgium I'd take their Sunshine Wheat any day over the Mothership.

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Eskimo Joe's Bavarian weizen glass. Bottle best buy Oct 2011.

Uber pale yellow, like white laid over pale yellow and slightly hazed. Head is two fingers, snow white, large bubbled, and gone in a couple of minutes.

I smell faint banana, light lemony citrus, and wet hay.

Taste mirrors the aroma - faint banana, a light citrus blend, light grassy note, plus a bit of bubble gum in there.

Feel is not so special either - light body, mild carb, fairly dry. A tad watery for me. Refreshing it is.

I think Mothership Wit was much better on tap which I had a couple of years ago at the Stagecoach in Manitu Springs, CO. Overall this brew in the bottle is alright for me, but not really impressing me. It may be organic, but it's not orgasmic.

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

I drank this from a mug...

The beer is very pale yellow with a thin bubbly head. The smell is very heavy on clove and wheat with just a hint of banana. The taste is dominated by clove with a hint of orange and wheat. The beer is light and bubbly with a very dry finish. This a an extra dry wit, I found it very good and refreshing with a different spice flare than most wits.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.12/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy, hazy yellow with a fluffy, soft white head. Inviting.

S - Caramelized sugar, banana, a bit a macro lager smell.

T - Thick, tasty brew. Malt, summer fruit, some citrus. Good stuff.

M - Nice carbonation, smooth, creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of the Witbier style, but this is an enjoyable beer and one of the better versions of the style that I've had.

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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 MattyG85
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy and light yellow with lots of bubbles and a fair amount of particles moving around. Solid two finger white head with good retention and a light amount of lacing. Quite a unique look.

Smell: Aroma of wheat and yeast with some pale malts, coriander spice, banana, clove, lemon, and orange. Hints of grassy hops.

Taste: Wheat and pale malt with a lot of citrus. Lemon peel and orange peel. Good amount of coriander spice. Subtle hints of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a wheat beer. Light but still has a very good burst of citrus.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a variety 12-pack and started with the Mothership Wit. Had it straight out of the bottle. After the initial smell, I took a big sip. The first taste was okay but the aftertaste felt skunky. I'm a big fan of wheat beers, but I can count on my fingers the time I've had skunky tastes. I think it was lacking in flavor, too.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 23 Oct 2011.

Pours a hazy, very pale yellow, the whitish yellow of lemon flesh. Not a beer color I've seen before. Minimal white head, fades fast, leaving little lacing.

Smell is lovely yeast, some spice, some pale malts. The yeast is pungent and a little peppery, pretty Belgian-like. Spices are gentle: coriander, a bit of clove. There's also a soft sweetness to it. The smell, as a whole, is smooth and soft, but complex. I like it.

Taste doesn't have as much to it as the smell, but it's still quite good. Malts, yeast, and grassy wheat flavors come through together, before fading into a mild sweetness that dries up quickly. Some funky wet grass notes in there, too. This is all permeated by little hits of spice coming now and then. Finish is crisp and dry.

Tingly, fuzzy, persistent carbonation. The bubbles just keep coming in waves, and bringing up slightly different flavors each time. Fantastic dry finish; the flavor comes, and then it's gone. Light body, kinda watery, but the carbonation and finish are stellar.

A good beer across the board. I love the smell, the crispness, and the refreshing mouthfeel. A great wit for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of sweett3k
2.2/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am not a straight up big wheat beer fan. I like some that are mostly flavored. This is the most pure form I think I have ever tasted. If you like that strong musty wheat beer flavor this is your ticket. Looks like a clean crisp glass of lemonade. Smells super yeasty. taste worst than it smells. Banana tones and chalky. Not too impressed but I do not care for wheat beers unless it is a Lienies!

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz. glass w/ a best by date of what looks like 11Sept11 into a cervoise type glass. Pours a beautiful hazy straw mellow yellow. Has a great amount of lacing & several fingers of white head depending on how you want to pour it.

Nose is citrus hops, distinctive peppercorn yeast, & some banana. Smells decent for the style. A little bit of grapefruit to it as well. The taste reminds me of a classic Wit. Has a bit of lemon & grass to it. Somewhat of a grainy feel to it. Has a peppery taste on the back end. Nice & light on the palate. A little watered down though. Interesting, but not the most standout of the Wits I've had.

Mouthfeel is light & overall this is very quaffable. I think I'd enjoy a bit more of an aggressive yeast presence on this. Pretty easy to drink though. Darn near a session beer. Actually, I'll go ahead & say it is. Decent for the warm summer weather. Prosit.

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

It's a warm summer day in SF (rare), and I'm in the mood for a lighter brew (also rare). I'm actually surprised that I haven't had this, being that New Belgium was getting really big back in Colorado and Abbey, 1554 and Fat Tire were always in rotation in my circle of artist friends.

Anyway, poured from a bottle with a best by 11Sep11, into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy straw, a little more like an unfiltered pilsner. Decent white head, a speck of lace.

Smell is wheat heavy, lemon rind and spices round out the smell. Not bad.

The taste has a good wheat/citrus balance. The spices aren't far behind and mix with lemon in the finish. Not too thin or highly carbonated. A good crisp beer.

Not a bad warm weather session brew. I would grab most of the other NB brews over this, but I enjoyed my 12oz.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Best by October 23, 2011.

Appearance: Extremely cloudy and about the palest yellow I have seen (besides for some nasty light macros). Nice frothy head that leaves some light lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by orange with some coriander, clove and wheat.

Taste: Very citrusy, with both the orange peel and lemon peel coming to the forefront. The wheat malt base is also fairly evident, and there is some light banana and clove from the yeast. The clove continues through the finish, along with coriander and peppery hops.

Feel: High carbonation, fairly light body. Finish is quite dry.

Overall: Very refreshing and flavorful Wit. The amount of citrus flavors added is almost too much, but ultimately the wheat, coriander and yeast provide the needed balance.

Note: New Belgium has never been my favorite brewery, as I find most of their American styles to have the same biscuity malt backbone, and even many of their Belgian beers suffer from mouthfeel issues. However, the most recent beers I have had from them (this, Somersault and especially La Folie) have been impressive for their respective styles. So I may need to keep a more open mind.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into an pint glass. Color was a hazy yellow to pale-gold, about 2 fingers of white head rose from the pour and after dropping into the beer, left quite a bit of lacing around the glass. The aroma is good, if slightly muted 'belgian' yeast and spice. The flavor is also very good, bready/biscuity, lemon,pepper and what I would call the signature Belgian yeast flavor. to me this seems more like a light Belgian Pale ale more so than a wit, but that could be my lack of tasting both of each to understand the nuances.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale golden orange with golden yellow hues and a two finger frothy white head that settles into a lasting ring. Small spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy aroma with lots of coriander, pepper and clove balanced by bready yeast and citrus fruit notes. Lots of lemon juice along with some orange peel.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected for the style. Lots of zesty spice up front with a peppery coriander presence that lingers into a slightly dry finish. Bready yeast presence adds complexity and fullness to the palate. The dryness and spice are coutered by a sweet citrus presence. Lots of lemon and orange peel along with fait lighter fruit notes.

Overall this beer is flavorful and quite quaffable, especially in the warmer months. A decent American interpretation of this classic style.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Beer is a very pale light yellow color and somewhat cloudy. Got a one finger white head from it that stuck around briefly. No lacing.

S - A bit of spice come through in the nose. There is also a touch of floral hops some lemon zest and grasses. Smells very earthy and natural.

T - There is lots of lemon in the taste with some spice undertones. Seems to have a good wheat background and clean finish. Seems perfect so far for a hot summers day.

M - Pretty smooth. Soft medium bodied mouth feel. Carbonation is spot on and seems to be cleansing.

Overall I would say this is a damn good example of the style withe an American twist. Its easy drinking and flavorful. Very approachable beer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pale, almost like a pale lemonade, with strong carbonation and good lacing. Hazy, good to turn before pouring.

First smell banana, bit of clove of yeasty funk. Taste is also a bit of banana and hint of lemon. Very refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is particularly impressive, just coats the palate with very pleasant aftertaste.

Pleasantly surprised, was expecting a bit less per other reviews. Will look for again, certainly as part of folly pack.

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Photo of Jinholic
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pale yellow body not that hazy lots of bubbles visible here. Only got a half finger of white head didn't like to stay around either.

Smell - Clove up front with very faint banana and citrus behind it. I also get a little bready scent from the yeast as well.

Taste - Pleasant spice and yeast mixed with the banana and lemon peel here much better than I was thinking it would be. That said though its not the strong of a flavor to make it outstanding or anything.

Mouthfeel - Light body lots of carbonation making it a bit fizzy on the tongue. It also has an almost watery like feel too it which knocks it down.

Overall - I feel New Belgium could have done better with this beer its not a style that should be light to medium bodied but this needs to go a step up. The carbonation in this is insane for how little yeast I can see in it, its almost clear at the bottom with very little yeast chilling at the top. That said its not a bad beer but any means go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a 18oz. Weizen glass.

A: Very light yellowish color. Hazy, but not like a Hefe. Small 1/2 finger head, slightly off white. Not that great of lacing. Not much carbonation.

S: Big cloves right up front. Very mild bananas mixed in. Faint traces of lemon.

T: Again big cloves. More lemony than banana. Banana comes through a little more in the aftertaste. Very faint bitterness.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied. Smooth. Little fizzy.

O: Won't knock you off your feet or blow your mind but New Belguim again makes another good beer. Not near a complete winner. But one that can be your goto beer. Especially for the price. 6-pack in my area, $7.49, $6.99 on sale. So you really can't go wrong. Like the Somersault I reviewed, this is a very chuggable beer. One for a hot thirsty day.

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Photo of corcoranjc
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pale, yellow. not bad. not special.

smell: fresh, grainy, yeasty...nice. smells like summer.

taste: nice yeasty taste. fresh. sweet. like grain and hay in a good way with a heavy dose of belgian yeast. it's nice, but seems somewhat one dimensional to me...

mouthfeel: it's fine, but i could use a bit more carb....maybe this was sitting too long.

overall: a nice wit. not my favorite style, but this is a decent beer that i could see being nice on a hot day.

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
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