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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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 BradLikesBrew
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the NB brewery.

a: Hazy pale yellow body, thin white head.

s: Subtle spice and yeast.

t: Light malt, lemon, spice (coriander mostly), and yeast.

m: Light body, appropriate carbonation.

d: Not a bad wit, maybe a little above average, but nothing special. A refreshing beer, but if you are in the mood for a witbier, I would go with another.
It is good to see an organic beer from New Belgium and I am impressed that they are able to sell it at the same price level as the rest of their beers.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Probably the most colourless beer I've ever poured. In the glass it's a hazy golden-white color (like natural/fresh lemonade), but it's more clear than any witbier I've ever had.

Smell: Has a light aroma of spices (cloves, coriander, pepper, etc.), yeast, and a bit of mild citrus.

Taste: Really tastes like water with a bit of what and yeast flavors stirred in. Just a mild hint of spices and virtually no citrus. Aftertaste is mostly a bit of coriander on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Too light-bodied/wateryfor a witbier. Light but certainly noticable (and slightly tingly) carbonation.

Drinkability: Really not much different than drinking water with a bit of spices and carbonation.

Nothing obviously "wrong" here, but this is probably the most "boring" beer I've had, without it tasting bad. While pouring it looks like water. Everything about it just seems diluted. It's kind of an exicting moment when you get a bit of orange peel in the taste. It's kind of not so exiting when you realize that you still have another 10 oz. of this left to drink...

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glow-in-the dark yellow with a filmy white head. I like the appearance of wit beers a lot. Spicy, fruity smell with a zesty, slightly peppery flavor. I wonder where that spicy/pepper comes from, coriander? Mouthfeel seems just right. Drinkability is ok as I probably wouldn't drink more than one in a setting.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a lemonade hued body with a small white head. A few flecks of lace are left on the glass. Restrained aroma features wheat, yeast, white pepper and some coriander. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Taste is decent enough but unremarkable. Notes of wheat, yeast, citrus, pepper and coriander mingle nicely. Crisp and refreshing, this would be an excellent summer quaffer.

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

Thanks goes out to ArrogantB for this brew.

Pours a hazy white/pale color, very nice carbonation, nice two-finger white fizzy head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is wheaty, yeasty, spicy, some malts, slight bananna. The taste follows the nose pretty much, a highly carbonated brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, a thirst quencher for sure, highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. shared with Brenda.. mine into a snifter.

Good long lasting head and slight lace.. atop a hazy very light yellow brew.

Classic wit yeast profile but less than the benchmarks.. wheat and low coriander and nonexistant orange peel.

Wit yeast flavors are up front.. slightly sour with a dry wheat finish... in between is wheat and pale malt.. refreshing light body and a coriander finish.

I like wits, but I don't know really how to describe them.. I know this one could use a touch more flavor.. I picked a bottle or two of this fairly often in the heat of summer, but in the dead of winter, it just made me want to finish it and move on... pretty good, but by no means great.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer might seem a bit pale for some, but this is exactly how I think a witbier hould look. Pours a pale, hazy straw-golden. The head thins to a film leaving wispy lace.

Smell: Banana, clove, coriander. A bit of grain as well.

Taste: Upfront graininess. Light sweet fruitiness, banana, clove, coriander, citrus, and powdery yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodies and powdery.

Drinkability: Flavorful, but very drinkable.

Overall: I thought this was a good witbier. It could have used a bit more boldness in the flavor department, but it was still quite tasty.

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

A bright, lemony yellow color with a quarter inch white head. Good lacing on the glass as this beer quickly disappears. An easy drinking Belgian Wit that fulfills expectations. Citrus and spice smells. This organic offering from New Belgium is light in taste yet a flavorful beer with the tartness of lemon. Some times I forget how good this beer is as I choose some of the other fine beers from NBB.

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Photo of mattster
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into Nonic glass.

Nice thick 1" head, died down to 1/2" after a minute. Very interesting color.. Almost looks like "Country Time" Lemonade. Hazy, yet bubbles are apparent - some appear to be in suspension.

Smell is slightly citrus, a little bit of yeasty notes, but not Strong. Taste very interesting. Some citrus yet and also some spice notes. Bottle mentions sour, but I don't find it sour or bitter.

Brew has nice bubbles that make for a pleasant mouth feel. Lower alcohol than what I have been drinking make this a good session brew. Although it is 60º here in Scottsdale right now, I think this beer is better suited for summertime use, when it is 115º at 10PM.

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Photo of AleHound
2.11/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Light straw color with a slight haze. The head appears to come on strong but disappeared quite rapidly leaving a faint trace of lace.

Smell - Coriander and lemon, with something sweet I can't place somewhere between an orange and a pineapple. Wheat maybe corn.

Taste - There's a fine balance between apple soured with lemon, almost salty with a oddly clean finish.

Mouthfeel - The word bright comes to mind. The carbonation feels almost acidic, like a seltzer, not unpleasant but refreshing like a cool shower on a summer day.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink at first, as I got to the bottom of the glass, I decided that I'd rather drink something else than to open another this night. I think one is quite enough in a sitting.

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Photo of GbVDave
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ommegang glass.

A: Half way between extremely pale yellow and colorless. No head to speak of. No lace. No bubbles.

S: Mild spices, mild banana and pear. Slightly lemon-y. Odd, faint corn on the cob aroma.

T: Vaguely spicy/peppery hops. Extremely subdued lemon, spice, and everything else.

M: Bitter, dry, and thin.

D: Probably sessionable but why on earth would you want to do that? This is pretty lousy.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle!

Pour very pale straw yellow with a big frothy head that dissipates quicky to a faint one, no carbonation seems to be present, wierd. Aroma is a mix of fresh solarium plant leaves and hint of coriander. Taste is a delightful lighty sweet bread/malt ale with a hint of citrus lemon. Nice dry finish.

Nice lawnmower beer, but I'd keep hoogarden around if I wanted to help newbies experience a wit.

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Photo of mnstorm99
2.1/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I really didn't have the same experience some of the other people here did.
A - Poured a clear light yellow, Poured a Miller lite next to it. Looked exactly the same.
S - Adjunct wheat aroma, smelled alot like the miller lite.
T - Wheat, fruits very subtle, adjunct character like the miller lite.
Mouthfeel was highly carbonated and as it was very drinkable it wasn't at all enjoyable.

Not at all a Wit to me, this beer was very reminicent of a macro lager, And at $3.50 a bomber it is maybe the worst beer I have ever had.

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Photo of budgood1
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a slightly hazy, VERY pale straw yellow colour. thin rocky head supported by ample carbonation. very little lace. spicy, peppery aroma..lemon zest and orange, also. smells delicious. taste is light and airy...first to hit the tongue is the sourish citrus notes; they fade quickly and some graininess follows finished by a dash of clove and pinch of coriander spice. quite tame by any standards. it definitely leaves me wanting more. the body of this wit is also on the light side...quite watery in fact. the mouthfeel is crisp, but again the lack of any creamy substantial body detracts from the overall mouthfeel. drinkability suffers from the overall lack of character and moxie.

on a hot summer day this would be a no brain slammer. but i would choose about an any other wit style beer over this one. organic or not, this is disappointing and not really recommended.

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Photo of semihobo
2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 11/30/07. Pours with a big pocked head with large bubbles. I think this is the closest thing to a colorless beer I've ever seen, by a good margin. The little coloring present is a hazy whiteness. Great lace down the sides of the pint saves the appearance.

Lots of yeast notes, including banana with a little bubblegum. The cocktail of banana, lemony wheat, and coriander smells delicious. Served at warmer-than-fridge temp, it has a potent scent.

Taste is unbalanced, all wacky bubblegum, candi sugar, and spices. Very sweet. Some wheat on the finish, no hops to speak of -- the sweetness overwhelms and stops this from being quenching, although the spices are fine in their own execution.

Mouthfeel is very creamy for how thin this brew is. I'm having a foam party in my mouth. The carbonation is very well done and reinforces an otherwise minimal body (which itself was fine for the style).

Interesting look, interesting taste, interesting mouthfeel. Not sure it all works together. The sweetness is fine but it lacks anything else to complement it. Would recommend to anyone into phenols and esters.

If this beer's appearance was a person it would be whiter than Bill Gates.

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

22 oz bottle dated Jan-05-2008

A - Pours a nice light gold color, a little hazy. Releases about 5 mm of head that quickly disappates

S - My read is that I get a strong spice hit off this one, perhaps backed up with a little bit of straw and orange peel. Cloves and coriander come to mind.

T - Initial flavor isn't very strong. Not much bitterness, probably just a light malt taste. Finishes with a nice spice note that reflects the smell. I'd say its a bit of clove and banana.

M - A moderate amount of carbonation in this beer that goes down smoothly.

D - I can drink alot of these. Doesn't fill me up and doesn't have the high alcohol to knock me out.

This is one that I need to do a good pour on to get the right texture for me. But, all and all, very affordable and very tasty. Glad NB finally made it around to IA.

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

Exceedingly, shockingly, pale straw topped with a cotton white head that does a passable job when it comes to lace depositon. This is one of the lightest beers that I've ever seen, and that includes light lagers. I'm also wondering where the usual witbier haziness is. I hope the appearance doesn't have implications for the flavor.

The aroma gets things back on track. It's a pleasing commingling of the usual witiness: tangy wheat, orange (actually, lemon more than orange) and lightly zesty coriander. Good points are that I don't have to risk wetting my nose to appreciate the beer's nose and the balance among the various ingredients.

Mothership Wit is a better than average version that is a fraction too light for my tastes. The flavor gives a short burst initially, then fades too quickly. Surprisingly, coriander jumps out in front and stays there throughout the mouthful. More wheat malt and more orange peel would seem to be the way to go. I can't believe that lemon peel wasn't used.

The beer is slightly bitter, barely sweet and barely tart. That's somewhat of an odd profile for a witbier, although it isn't an unpleasant one. It does provide a great deal of quenchability, as does the clean (almost too clean) finish. MW doesn't have a great deal of character, but it goes down easily enough. Call Girl Wit might have been a more appropriate name.

Even though a minimal haziness appears on the final pour, I'm sticking with the appearance score that I granted several minutes ago. The mouthfeel is light without being watery. Again, more malt would help, as would a few more bubbles to add lift and sustainability.

New Belgium recently entered the state of Iowa with Fat Tire, 1554 Brussels Style Black Ale and Mothership Wit. I might buy a bomber of 1554 on occasion, but the other two aren't good enough to find their way into my glass again. If I want a good, locally available witbier, John's Generations White will be my choice nine times out of ten.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale lemon yellow with a big solid four finger head. It's very slightly hazy, and tons of little bubbles rise to the top, but the hue is sort of sickly yellow/green like the slushy stuff they keep in those lemon drink dispensers. Some nice lace sticks to the glass, and is whiter than snow. Looks like lemon meringue pie.

S - Powdered sugar on fresh lemons. Zingy and very fresh like a lemon rind or those Lemonhead candies that I used to buy at the concession stand during little league baseball games. Some grassy (lemon grass?) notes are there too, along with some warmer spice notes to balance all the zingy acidity. Nicely done.

T - Follows the nose. Powdered sugar and lemon candy. Artificial lemonade with hints of cinnamon on the finish.

M - Light bodied, fresh, zesty, and very slightly dry like lemonade. Lots of carbonation is appropriate for the flavors presented here. Nice.

D - Somewhat average, but it's a really nice basic witbier. Nothing extra special going on here. Would be great outside in the summertime.

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Photo of likestoswallow
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Henrys Market. Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow--sort of like a lemonade type color. Head was white and sudsy and faded slowly. A trace of lacing observed. Aroma was very light with spices and citrus. Flavor was fruity with bananas and pears, there is also a touch of coriander set in a wheat backdrop. Hops are well integrated and play an effective supporting role. Mouthfeel is medium-full for this style and satisfying. The finish is short and clean. This beer seemed a bit more to the Bavarian hefe style than to Belgian wit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless--will buy again.

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

Upon the pour the beer appears a foggy pale gold, the head large and a creamy white, settles slowly, leaving a fine sheet of lace. Nose has a bit of hops, lots of coriander, citrus like in its crispness, sweet, with a bit of earthiness. Start has a pleasant malt profile, sweet with a spike of hop bitterness at the back, top is light to medium in feel. Finish has a prickly acidity, the hops delectable, very dry aftertaste, and a nice clean refreshing beer.

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Photo of djcrean
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Typical 22 oz bottle as shown in the picture. Best by Jan. 25 08 on label. Also certified organic which is nice.
A: Pours with a small head that vanishes quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.
Not the best looking witbier I've ever encountered. Looks a bit like lemonade, a cloudy pale yellow.
S: Minimal. Had to hold it right under my nose and take several whiffs to get anything. Mostly Citrus.
T/M: OK, but nothing special. It's a decently balanced beer, with ok hop presence and noticeable citrus and yeast. A little too weak and watery overall though. Aftertaste is mild and yeasty.
D: Goes down pretty easy.

Kind of disappointing. There are so few good witbiers brewed in this country I was really hoping this one would be on the mark. It's not a bad beer mind you, but it's no Great Lakes Holy Moses (the best wit in the states IMHO). All the elements to a good witbier are there... just not in great enough quantities. This is my third New Belgium brew, and I'm still waiting to be wowed.

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Photo of arizcards
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed case this summer from Costco as part of the New Belgium promotional for 19.99.

Beer poured a straw color with a generous head initially. Nose is very nice, of oranges and coriander. Taste is a hint of sour orange wheat that is crisp. Mouthfeel is light, but the carbonation lends a very refreshing feel. Drinkability is very good. I was pleasantly surprised the first time i had this that it was tasty and refreshing at the same time. This is a nice summer time beer that i would recommend to fans of the style.

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Photo of nightcrawler
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bomber of this stuff.

The stuff poured a bright clear yellow, no hazy at all. Smelled a bit fruity. The head came right up with the pour and back down within seconds. The mouthfeel was okay, but a bit thin.

I'd let you know how it tasted, but there was hardly any. It was extremely bland. I had others sample it and we agreed this stuff was boring.

I could very easily drink this to cool me down, but not if I wanted something with flavor.

'Organic' must mean 'water'.

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

Pours a hazy light yellow. In the skinny part at the bottom of the SA lager glass, it's damn near clear. Vibrant white head that sinks quickly to form a film. Very little lacing... Smells really nice. Coriander and a little orange peel. No surprises, but not overdone and makes you look forward to the first swallow... Tastes refreshing and fairly well balanced. The spices compliment the malt but linger on the palate. Perfect balance would leave the palate a little cleaner, not so clingy... Carbonation is nice (especially with the laser etching) Refreshing, satisfying, and quite drinkable...

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29 (10 cents off the regular price). Best by 28 Dec 07.

Poured a hazy lemonade color, with a decent-sized white head that hung around for a couple of minutes and was easily re-agitated back to life. Spottly lace.

The smell is of earthy grain and citrusy spices. Unlike the only other domestic witbier I've had (Great White), this reminds me of the couple of authentic Belgian examples I've been able to encounter.

The taste starts out with tart, citrus flavors. This is balanced by a mild, grainy maltiness. The ending is moderately crisp and dry.

Light bodied, with an appropriately crisp mouthfeel.

This is a pretty good domestic approximation of the style, and makes an excellent warm weather session beer. For that type of quaffing, I'd definitely buy this again.

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