Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) | New Belgium Brewing

Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer)
960 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 12

Added by mentor on 05-16-2006

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Photo of Onibubba
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Pour is a not-too-cloudy straw blonde, with a decent, though short lived head. Sweeter and breadier in the smell than in the taste. Crisp fruity tastes - pears and apples come to mind. It's not a wallop of flavors though. This is a pretty mild beer, with a refreashing mouthfeel and low abv to match. I liked this very much, especially the price and convenience of it. Definately a repurchase when I want a withier. GREAT hot weather beer.

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Photo of KI9A
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bomber, pours hazy yellow, typical of a wit. Tight head, fades fast.

S: Citrus, sour, bready.

T: Sweet, sour citrus, yeasty. Maybe a bit of cinnamon.

M/T: Clean, light feel. No overbearing phoney cirtus stuff here. Easy to finish this bomber, leaving me wanting more.

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

Clean and crisp, without some of the overbearing diactyls and spices that cramp some euro-style wheats.

Pours light slightly hazy golden with a thin, fine head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is spritzy, with lemon and cloves. The flavor is citrusy, lemon and spice with a strong wheaty character. The mouthfeel is quite thin and refreshing. This is a good Wit-style beer, and easy drinking. It may not be robust enough to satisfy hardcore Wit fans, but for the average drinker, or one that doesn't like the traditional European Wheat styles, this is an excellent and refreshing choice.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm actually a bit confused by this beer. They claim it's a wheat beer but it tastes and looks more like a pale ale with an added kick. It's a lovely golden color, slightly hazey, with a bit of pure white foam. It's VERY smooth, more like a pale ale than a wheat.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

---Copied from Blackberry

A. Bright yellow. A little hazy. Head is nice and fluffy with tight bubbles and lacing is spotty.

S. Banana, vanilla, fruity/yeasty notes. Very citrusy with orange and lemon zest.

T. Lemony and zingy up front then bubblegum, candy sugar and mint. Interesting.

M. Light but somewhat creamy with a good carbonation snap on the tongue.

D. Nice and light yet fruity. High carb makes it refreshing.

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Photo of Jyubei
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. A pale yellow body under an almost non-existent head. I used a pint glass, but I suspect a pilsner may give a better head.

S. A sweet fruit aroma that gives way to wheat and a sugary liquer.

T. Strong fruit and spices. A taste like a cherry lemonade with a malt base. After taste of more liquer and hops.

M. A champagnesque feel in the front of the mouth a syrupy at the back.

D. Nothing great here but it was an interesting brew. I would recommend it as a dessert beer, or in small glasses as an apéritif.

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Photo of surcorx
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow. Creamy white head with mild lingering lace.

S - Wheat, some citrus, lemon and coriander

T - Wheat, light spice, fruity citrus

M - Light with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

D - Refreshing, light.

Overall I found this better than most reviewers here. A classic wheat lacking only in some complexity.

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Photo of jake87
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L. Light cloudy wheat color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly
S. Strong of fruits and wheat with a light alcohol smell
T. High of lemons and cherrys that last all the way to the end, a base malt flavor and a light alcohol aftertaste in the back of the mouth
F. High carbonation brings almost champagne feel with a light syrupy feel after

Pretty good beer, definatel something you should eat with, maybe a key lime pie or some meat with lemon pepper.

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Photo of drxandy
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in trade thanks to Ben4881!!
12oz to goblet, pours a hazy muted yellow, good carbonation, foamy white head fades to nice lacing

smells of heavy belgian yeast, banana, clove, wheat, smells deep

tastes of wheaty belgiany yeast, great flavor and depth, carbonation brings everything out, slight wet dog, spicy citrus, tart, a very nice wheat beer, i love all the sediment :D

mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, easy drinking with loads of flavor, tastes fresh! not bad indeed :D

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Photo of Vancer
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah oh, like the Wits, haven't cared for the Organic type brews. Let's check 'er out.

Pours a fairly clear golden yellow, nice white head. Leaves a nice sheet of lace.

Very soapy aroma, progressing into a quaff that's thick on the malty side, not much going on with the coriander or citrus. Not even a touch of sour, as the label states.

Hate to say it as I really like New Belgium and their beers, but this is another bland organic, to stay on the shelf for me

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy yellow with a white head that leaves spotty lacing

S - Is of wheat malt and some citrus

T - Has a very grainy wheaty taste with some spice

M - This is a light bodied beer with high carbonation to it

D - All in all this beer isn't bad its just that there are better wits out there its average at best

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale, hazy lemon yellow. Modest head dissipates quickly to a thin ring and a slight soapy sheen.

Aroma is bubblegum wheat, coriander, and lemon drop.

Taste is initially very sweet, with pale malt. Grainy wheat. Plenty of floral yeast with a peppery spice bite. Initial sweetness turns tart in the mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall this is an average wit at best. There are too many full flavored witbiers out there to pick this up again. Flavor is harsh, one dimensional, and lacks complexity.

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Photo of koopa
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color and pretty cloudy for an American take on a Belgian Wit. So far so good.

S: Hay, Straw, Wheat, a tad bit of fruit...perhaps Apricot.

T: Bland...probably resulting from tame yeasts being used.

M: Thin for the style. Needs more carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but tastes like a watered down version of the Belgian Wits I love.

I had high hopes for this brew and it let me down.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What the heck? How'd I forget to review this for so long. Picked up a NB Folly 12pack, which includes this, fat tire, 1554, and a seasonal. I've had two versions of this case so far, one with Mighty Arrow, another with Old Cherry. Anyway...i've had Mo'ship a good dozen times, just realized I havn't reviewed it yet.

Super pale straw with some slight apricot. Giving a swirl before the final pour makes this one cloudy buy not overly so, nor chunky.

Light malt and biscuity flower and dirty straw. The NB propietary yeast pokes through as usual.

A real good wit, and with NB's yeast makes for a decent complexity and results in an above average taste. Corriander, clove, dry spicy and musty malt.

A damn fine session beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- 2010 review -
A: Pours a very pale murky straw yellow color with a struggling white head.

S: Smells earthy and mellow coriander and sweet oranges.

T: A nice and juicy beverage that is citrusy and refreshing with some decent malt in the background.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, tons of tiny bubble carbonation and coats the mouth.

D: Pretty drinkable, probably one of the most drinkable NB brews in the sense that it's nice and light, smooth and refreshing.

Overall this beer could be better but I'm happy that I can drink this blindly and not necessarily know its from New Belgium as with most everything else they produce.

-2008 review -
a nice light beer that has good drinkability. if there were a score for naming the mothership would mark well as its a very clever name.

the taste for me is mostly a sour/bitter wheat followed by some very subtle spices that don't linger long.

overall a decent beer. pretty refreshing and most likely something that everyone could drink... wait, does that imply that it's too mainstream? perhaps but hey its organic! that's cool right?

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for including this in a trade!
Best by 30 Oct 2008:

Pours cloudy lemon-drop yellow with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is sweetened, though slightly tart lemon. Pleasant enough, though "wit" character is a bit subdued.

The taste is of lemon - sweet, almost slightly tart, with something like whipped cream mixing in.

Creamy in a light body, it isn't bad - not really much of a wit though - coriander hardly noticeable and more lemony than orangy. Out of style, it still doesn't impress me much - again, not bad, but nothing particularly special, IMO. Maybe I expected a bit more from a brewery that specializes in Belgian-style beers.
Still, glad I had the chance to try it - Thanks Russ!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before with a goat cheese omelet and it was very nicely paired. This is a solo effort, so let's see how it holds up.
Aroma is subtly sweet, nice wheat fruitiness, and mild spiceness. These all blend quite nicely for an enjoyable experience.
Very pale yellow/gold and quite cloudy, but not so much that can't see the bubbles rising. White head that's full rich and frothy, which also settles with proficient lacing. Nicely done.
Flavors match nicely with the aroma. Tasty wheat with some banana type flavors at first, but later replaced with a slight lemon. Mild tartness in middle through the finish and they meld effortlessly with the spiciness of the yeast. Such a full taste experience without the boldness of other styles. Soft, subtle, yet with depth and roundness.
Great carbonation with some of the finest bubbles I've experienced. Enough heft to not feel thin.
This is very nicely done. What an enjoyable beer, especially on this dry, warm summer night.

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Photo of TheEremite
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a somewhat surprising beer to me. I didn't expect much, but ended up with a refreshing and pleasant treat. It's just what a summer beer should be. I guess the aroma is a little flat, and it's got no head to speak of, but it tastes quite good. This is my new old faithful for the summer.

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Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very cloudy shade of straw with quickly rising bubbles. Head formation is pretty good, with good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is quite "wheaty" with noticible hints of orange and coriander aromas. It's very "earthy" smelling with a tinge of spiciness.

This brew has an excellent balance between wheat and citrus flavors. It's not too spicy, but there is a lingering orange aftertaste that's quite "earthy."

Decent thickness, but not too thick and not at all watery. Again - "earthy" describes it best.

Easy to swallow - very smooth; it finishes well with the citrus flavor. It's not too filling given the thickness. It'd be quite easy to go through a few on a hot day.

This is a great wheat beer; there's nothing exceedingly special about it, but you can tell that the ingredients used were organic. Not the best wheat beer I've ever had, but it's definately above average.

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

Serving type- Bottle with a born on date poured into a Schneider weisse hefe glass.

A- Pours an almost transparent light yellow. If you didn't know any better you would think it looks like lemonade. There is a little bubble activity coming from the bottom of the glass that stayed throughout the drink. A small white lace stayed till the finish as well.

S- Smelled a muted fruity mixed with alcohol. Nice and clean but nothing overwhelming.

T- Same with smell the taste was a muted mixture of citrus and corriander. Nothing too prevalent.

Recieved this in a trade and even though I have been impressed with other New Belgium offerings this was not one of them. I don't know if it was because of its organic origins, I haven't had many chances to try any organic beer, this tasted like a watered down version of a Witbier. No tastes or smells made themselves known they all just seemed to blend together to make a nonimpression. I plan on trying other stuff from New Belgium but this beer will not be on the repeat list.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

A: Pours rather light and almost clear, even after agitating the yeast at the bottom of the bottle and pouring it into the glass. A fairly vigourous pour yeilds only a half inch cap, I was expecting more from this to say the least.

S: Light, mild and clean are the three words I would use to describe to nose on this beer. Not bad just a bit weak, mice wheaty yeasty aroma with mild creamy orange notes but thats about it, not terrible but not very good either.

T/MF: Pretty standard creamy orange citrus melded with a clean wheaty taste, mild ceral grain is detectable but does not throw the beer too much out of whack, medium bodied and mildly chewy the mouthfeel is the best aspect of this beer.

D: I had higher hopes for this beer, it tastes fine, but that's the problem, you have one and you already forgot about it. If you have a choice choose something other than this otherwise uninspired beer.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a hazy white straw color with a decent but short lived head. Lacing is present through the pint.

Smells of wheat, citrus and yeast with a slight candi sugar smell, a bit of earthy hops when agitated. Tastes light and refreshing, slightly spicy and with a pronounced lemony flavor, yet certainly not very complex. Slightly dry on the finish with good carbonation. Easy drinking and in fact a bit cider-esque.

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Photo of mj001jk
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light straw yellow, opaque with a fine foamy head that dissapates within a minute.

The nose has obvious hints of spice, coriander, some citrus peel and a nice and subtle crisp hop character. The yeast aromas are light and not particularly complex, but fine and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light but there is more malt character than what I would have expected, some citrus elements and a pronounced bubblegum taste on the finish. Not offensive, but perhaps not as sophisticated as you would want it.

All in all a good beer, nice flavors and a killer "hot-summer-day-beer" but a little simplex and I would get tired of the candy-like flavors if I drank it too often.

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

got from the folly pack ... light and fresh brew indeed... pale golden haze on the pour ... a cat like fizziness ... pretty nice ... hoegardden like but tarter and more american tourist like ... nice stuff... a very nice light version of a wit that really has an upbeat refreshing-ness...

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Photo of FSUmac
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass:

Appearance: Golden yellow, very murky. Beautiful fluffy head.

Smell: Orange, coriander, lemon zest.

Taste: Citrus followed up immediately by the spice. So refreshing on the palate. Not overly carbonated.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Goes down easy.

Drinkability: I'm not the biggest Wit fan in the world, but I love this beer. On a hot day, I could drink a few of these easy. Well done New Belgium and welcome to TN!

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 960 ratings
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