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

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU's: 12

Added by mentor on 05-16-2006

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second New Belgium offering of the night. Witbier isn't my favorite style but I'm supporting New Belgiums appearance here in Tn so here it goes..

Wow, this has to be one of the lightest colored brews ever... Its the palest of yellows although cloudy with an awesome fluffy white head.. Very attractive!

Very nice aroma of the coriander and citrus burst out of the pint glass along with some spiciness sort of like cloves..

Holy smokes...I am loving this. It is superbly refreshing! I don't usually like Wheat based brews but this one is just terrific. Great wheaty taste with the perfect amount of citrus and spices.. Very impressive.

Ok, New Belgium is 2 for 2 on the night thus far. Tried the 1554 and loved the heck out of it and this one is terrific as well. Thank you, New Belgium, for coming to Tennessee!

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Photo of Mryup
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: A semi-vigorous pour produces 1/2 inch white head that holds no retention or lacing. A cloudy, bright, pale, lemonady yellow.

S: Smells of wheat, bready yeast with a hint of banana. Spices, coriander, lemon.

T: Beautiful taste. A wonderful balance of dominate wheat with significant coriander/spice. Citrus backs up the whole thing quite well. Nothing special or extraordinary.

M: A higher gthan average CO2 helps add girth to a thin beer.

D: One of the most enjoyable summer/session beers I have ever had.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 22 oz. Mothership bomber pours a light pale yellow in the glass. Cloudy, but not as much as expected. There is some nice sourness and faint citrus and bubblegum in the aroma, but the smell is subdued overall.

A pleasant sourness continues in the taste and the coriander is front and center. Citrus is there but well in the background. Mouthfeel is thin as to be expected and the fairly high level of carbonation makes it quite sparkly on the palate. Overall this is one fine summertime quaffer.

Now if only New Belgium would send their CANS of Fat Tire this way, I'd have a good brew to take backpacking.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After becoming a Fat Tire fan, I decided to give a few other New Belgium brews a whirl. 22 oz bomber purchased at my local Greenlife grocery.

A - Cloudy lemonade with a light white head that leaves mild lacing on the glass. Carbonation makes it appear champagne like.

S - Grassy/Orange with a tint of bread at the back.

T - More of a spicy pine taste than the smell lets on. Slight chalky aftertaste.

M - Light and sparkling, very crisp for a Wheat Beer.

D - At 4.8%, you can have more than 2 and still go back to work. ;)

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Photo of BucBasil
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass from the 12oz bottle. The beer is a hazy pale golden color, not quite as cloudy as some wits I've seen. Head was about 2 and a half fingers thick and pure white with poor retention. Par for the style.

Smell: Honey, apple, pear, citrus and spice all make their requisite and expected appearances. Very crisp and fresh aroma.

Taste: Nice and crisp with all the expected flavors - pale fruits, apple, wheat. Very clean throughout with a nice sweet finish. very refreshing.

Notes: I feel good drinking this beer, with its organic qualifications. I expect this to become bigger in the coming months, as it is extremely drinkable and getting some good publicity now. It's not overrated. A solid Wit that I'll probably come back to.

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Photo of gpogo
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy extremely pale straw, sortof looks like light lemonade. Moderate sized white head that dissipates to a slight foamy sheet and ring.

A- Sweet malty aroma with a wonderful coriander and cirtus smell.

T- A slight wheat/yeast spiciness. Slightly sweet initially and finishes a very refreshing and dry and slightly tart. A very mild brew with coriander and citrus.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

D- This is one of my favorite offerings from New Belgium. Probably not the best Wit out there, but I've had nothing similar to this Wit. An amazingly refreshing beer that I could drink anytime. At 4.8% abv this is a beer you wouldn't have to worry too much about enjoying too many of.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle I got as part of the folie pack - a 12pk with 3 standards and one "special" which, in this case, was Mighty Arrow Pale Ale.

As pale yellow as a beer can be and hazy the way a wit usually is. Very little head, no retension, no lacing.

Aroma is pleasant with lemon and spice.

The taste is very mild but interesting none the less. Citrus flavors abound making it a crisp enjoyable summer session beer.

Mouthfeel is appropriate with medium carbonation and light body. Very drinkable with low alcohol and good aftertaste. There's just enough character to keep a beer geek's attention.

This is my choice when it comes to New Belgium's lighter beers (skinny dip, blue paddle, and sunshine being the others) and a perfect crowd pleaser for those summer picnics and concerts.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass.

A- Hazy clouded goldish color. Light bubbles.

S- Smelled like lemon, spices, and hardly any typical beer smell. Smelled good.

T- This is my first organic. Let alone my first wheat beer. So im generous since I dont have a comparison. The taste from the carbonation was light, no hiccups. The start fruity like lemon, the middle was hitting me with all spice and the finish was not super clean but spicy and a bit of the alcohol in the end.

M- Meh read the above. It says it all. Thinner, spicy brew. Good on a summer day I imagine. Like today.

D- I could definitly drink a couple of these. But the spice is a bit overwhelming. I dont know if Ill try another one although I do have a sampler pack with 3 other kinds of New Belgiums brews in it. Good if you had a choice at $4 a glass of Bud light. Id drink it again. If I was in the mood. I do feel more than generous with this score. Because in the beginning I wasnt digging it at all.

12 pack sampler
$13 dollars at A local grocery store.
St Charles MO.

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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 PiecefulToker
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 22oz bomber, date best before Nov. 2008.

A: Very pale straw color, hazy, large bubbles make up the head, which quickly dissipates leaving some thin lacing.

S: Yeast, bananas, coriander, grass, hay, pale malt, lemon, citrus.

T: This beer is very well balanced and enjoyable to drink. It has a very pleasant orange peel flavor, followed by pale malt and straw/grass, which then give way to the yeast which contributes some banana. It has a lemon zestyness and tartness that rides throughout.

M: Very smooth, medium/light bodied, medium carbonation that complements well with the flavors.

D: Very, very high. I could drink this one all night, it reminds me of lemonade, but in a delicious beer form. Thirst quenching and perfect for a summer evening.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought at the grocery store. this beer along with fat tire and 1554 are new to central illinois- finally. 22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. cloudy yellow with a three finger white head. nice lace. looks yummy.

citrus fruit nose. has that wheat and yeasty boquet. no off odors.

wheat taste. spice and orange. good balance.

good carbonation. mid-body. good beer. i like what new belgium is doing. i appreciate their efforts to green up the brewing process. i have been on a brewey tour and dig the vibe they have. great summer beer.

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Photo of KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Swirled the bottom and dumped into the glass which made it even hazier than before. Excellent, chunky lacing on the glass, and a delight to look at. Smell is of big-time coriander, and orange peel. Nice spice work going on in the nose. Taste is of coriander, spice, malted wheat, and orange peel in that order. Some bitterness in the finish, but not overly-present. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, nice carbonation, and an overall pleasant drink. I could easily down a bunch of these on a hot summer day, but I would rather purchase some Oberon if I'm going for my go-to wit.

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

Just came in from working a hot 100% plus CA day and this tangy beverage is going down good. The wit style keeps growing on me more and more, especially in summer. The organic aspect is a definite plus. This might be a good beer to convert a craft brew beginner, especially the females. Overall, this is an excellent example of the style. I hope New Belgium keeps it in their stable for a long time.

Crisp and clean,
A taste of wheat.
There's no better way
To beat the heat.

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Photo of mikejk305
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale and cloudy lemon yellow. White head that was gone pretty quick. Smells like a white, a bit citrusy and a bit yeasty. I'm not a hige fan of whites, but this one is pretty good. Rather light tasting, wouldnt be hard to drink a couple.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was out of a Folly Pack. It poured a hazy, pale lemon yellow with a 1 inch white head that disappeared into nothingness. The aroma is heavy on the coriander. The other prevalent smell is lemony citrus. It actually is a bit off putting for me. The aroma also has a hint of Belgian yeast spiciness. The taste is tart, like the peels of granny smith apples, with a nice breadiness to it also. I enjoy the taste but it really isn't what I would classify as the classic flavor profile of a Belgian Wit. The mouthfeel is very dry. I like the beer but it wouldn't be something that I could drink much of.

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

Mothership Wit pours a very light, pale, lemon color with a slight haze to it. Nice sized fine white cap sets atop. It is a quite light and soft beer with nice balance. Light lemon and tangy wheat with floral hop tones and hints of coriander spice. A bit sweet, a bit sour, a bit bitter, and a bit spicy. Good amount of fine soft carbonation in a light body. It's a light, pretty decent, summer sessioner in the mold of an organic wit.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a extremely pale yellow,clear at first,after reading the instructions on the bottle to pour,swirl the bottle and pour again it clouded up quite nicely,a tall three fingers of bright white head sits neatly for quite some time before receding to a thin cover,leaving behind some thin strands of lace

S-the smells are light and pleasent with some yeasty sweetness combined with lemon rinds,some modest graininess on the tail could be more dominant,overall very fresh and inviting aromas

T-not to be redundant,but,the tastes are light and unassuming,citrus blends with spice and earthy faint grassy notes,with noticable grains and spice in an even balance throught,some fruity tartness gives a little character,the key word here is simplicity

M-a thin body with soft gentle carbonation,almost to clean and thin for a Whitbier,I would have enjoyed more texture and ligering flavor

D-seems like this was brewed for ease of drinkability first and foremost and in that respect New Belgium was sucsessful,I would have enjoyed a bit more creativity,I could enjoy this on occasion

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

Pours a hazy pale yellow with thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Pretty typical aroma with citrus and corriander.

Taste is fine. Slightly tart with citrus and corriander. Also a pale toasted malt in the background

Mouthfeel is thin with light carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Low alcohol lends itself to easy consumption, but flavor is nothing special. Easy to drink, but this beer doesn't really make me want more.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: On the weak side for a wit, light pasta and spice though.

T: Very wheaty, the orange is the dominate spice here. Light coriander and banana as well.

M: Too light even for a wit, needs more body, crisp.

D: Another tasty wit, a good organic beer from the ubiquitous New Belgium, recommended.

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Photo of Rezzin
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Very light hazy straw, dense white bubbles, nice head.

S - The aroma was nice but not exciting. Malt sweetness, some phenols and spice, some yeasty fruitiness.

T - A little light in flavor. Initial impression is of a light sweet graininess, light but pleasant lactic sourness, low herbally hop bitterness. Slightly spicy with some citrus fruitiness. It's actually quite good. I would have scored a little higher had it been a little more forward in flavor.

M - Light and refreshing with medium carbonation.

D - A great summer drinking beer. I would most definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Very light hazy yellowly pale. Pours with a thick big dense fluff of a head. Yeast, wheat and lots of citrus dominate the nose. The taste I must say follows right in line with the nose. Comes to end with a yeast/citrus aftertaste. Nice beer, I have to say I prefer it on tap. Nice wheat presence makes this a bit 'heavier', but it still retains it's nice drinkablity.

Nice afternoon hot day drinking beer.

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Photo of marcpal
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A couple 22oz bombers sent from maximum12, thanks. Havent had this one since a few years ago in Vegas. Poured into large chalice.

A: Cloudy, sediment filled lemonade colored haze. Strong head retention and lacing.

N: Strong nose on this one of lemon and some spices. Would have preferred more spice, smelled as if it had citrus fruit stuffed in my glass.

T: Sweet and sour lemon, again lacking on the spices I had expected to hit. A bit on the sweet end for the style and my taste. Orange as much as lemon here and as it warmed, really became flaccid in flavor.

M: Crisp, but could have used more spiciness.

D: Not the best of the offerings of NB- bit of a letdown but not the worst beer out there. Id actually choose a Hoegaarden over this for sake of spices, and of course Allagash, etc...

Worth a try though, I can see some loving this as a summer beer.

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3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale, yellow lemonade color. 1 1/2" white head with good retantion and thick lacing. Aromas of orange blossom, citrus, spice and perfume. Wheat, faint white pepper. Spice, coriander..all mild in comparison to the more intense aroma. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a slightly sweet finish. Good drinkability and definitely the right time of year for it.

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Photo of rye726
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh my, an organic beer. This is very similar to their Sunshine Wheat beer. I can't tell a difference with the organic. Same filtered yellow color with a white head. Smell and taste of mostly wheat. A light body with not too much carbonation. A good ORGANIC wheat beer.

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Photo of SaucyA
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow, hazy as can be. Bright white foam remains on top for a while. Yeasty, wheaty, nice looking brew poured in a tulip. Lacing.

S - Typical wit nose of citrus, yeast... Coriander. Nothing crazy but on point for the style.

T - Kinda falls off with the taste. Sort of a muddled citric mess, with nothing taking a center-stage, and nothing standing out in the finish. I think the recipe could be worked on a little bit.

M - Creamy, undercarbonated, medium body.

D - Sessionable, but there's no real need for it. A good picnic beer.

Notes: This is the first beer I drank that's claimed to be "organic". If organic beer tastes like this, I think I'll pass. A nice try from New Belgium but when you have Allagash White in the same fridge, who needs it?

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Mothership Wit (Organic Wheat Beer) from New Belgium Brewing
3.63 out of 5 based on 960 ratings.
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