Weeping Willow Wit | Mother Earth Brewing

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Weeping Willow WitWeeping Willow Wit

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 307
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer from another great NC brewery.
Pours a hazy yellow with a white head and good lacing.
Smells of orange peel, wheat, and tasty malts.
Tastes of coriander, wheat, malts, oranges, and hints of grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is well above average, is medium, with a good body and some carbonation.
Great drinkability, could well handle a 6'er at one time.
A great representation of its style.

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Photo of tchenery
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a pint glass, this beer shows an extremely thin head from the start. It is a hazy yellow color and the head that is there is bright white.

I can pick up lemon zest, a slight pepper scent, and a white bread smell.

Woah, the taste is overwhelming. Very forward on the spices and fruit. It's almost too much. The flavor is spicy and sweet, with a mint-like heat to it. This must be the Belgian style influencing the brew. Personally I think it's a bit much, but it's unique and I like that.

The beer has a dry finish to it and a full mouthfeel. Very drinkable and would be excellent in the summertime.

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Photo of craytonic
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big snow white head. Pour is a golden-straw-yellow. More opaque than I expected.

Aroma: citrus and spice and everything nice, although the flavors are a bit sharp. Also some lemon grass and other herbs.

Taste: Very spicy for a wit, probably coriander and rose buds. Also some lemon grass, herbs, and other spices. Lots of lemon zest and wheat.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a bit thin.

Drinkability: Goes down easy; I like the keg version much more.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really just a fantastic new brewer to hit the scene. Nothing you try from them will ever disappoint and this was no exception. The pour was wonderful, rich light amber in color with a thin film of white that covered the top and coated the sides of the glass with a light sheen of white.

Aroma is light citrus notes, hints of grass and grain and a nice light bready tone that set it apart. As the first waves of flavor crashed over the palate the first thing you notice is the lovely fresh, clean and crisp taste that it exudes. Really just so clean and light on a hot day. Nice touches of grain lead the charge with a light underbelly of nice and crisp lemon notes as well as a touch of light herbals and grass.

Overall a really nice version of the style and taken as a whole a wonderfully session able beer. I would be hard pressed to find something as clean as this to drink.

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Photo of JDH2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours hazy golden/straw colored with about a finger of head.

S- Citrus and spices--lemon, orange, coriander, perhaps a touch of clove

T- wheat malts with more citrus and spices.

M- light bodied, yet nice and crisp.

D- Pretty tasty in my opinion. I wished I picked up more than just one of these during my recent trip to NC.

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Photo of JayQue
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Mother Earth beer. Purchased from Chips on the Outer Banks. Poured a hazy straw color into a Houblon Chouffe flute glass. Medium delicate bubbly head with less than average retention. Good patchy lacing.

Nice aroma..more than just lemon zest. This is nicely spiced with coriander, lemon and wheat bitterness. Flavor is the same, kind of a slightly milder version of a top Wit. Mouthfeel is crisp but a hair thin. Drinkability is good. I would have preferred a more carbonated effect on the head and a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but this is a solid Wit, more than a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a decent head but died way too quick on top of an orangish body. A decent citric ho smell with hints of pepper and spice but everything in the aroma is real mellow. A little bit of a yeasty wheat twang for a touch of sweet stickiness and has minor citric notes and a touch of hop bitterness. The spices are sharpt but offbalanced and overpower the fruit and sweet flavors and the backbite is just too strong for me to really enjoy. A decent American wit but not too much in the body and an unpleasant finish.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Chip's. I like what I've had from Mother Earth thus far.

A: The witbier is hazy, a golden yellow color that could glow, I think, if it were filtered. The haze dulls the beer out a bit. Three fingers of stark white head slowly oozed over the side of my glass and left plenty of lace behind.

S: The nose is full of tart wheat aromas, sweet coriander and orange peel. A full dose of strong scents that makes me anticipate the first sip.

T: A well-spiced witbier. The coriander grabs hold and the ale never shakes that flavor. Sweet citrusy orange follows with as strong a flavor as the coriander. These two flavors, in tandem, are strong and lasting, leaving a dryness in my mouth that instinctively requires another sip. Peppery flavors come through in the finish, along with the wheat tartness. The bittersweet orange peel flavors also come through in the finish.

M: A very refreshing witbier. The spices are turned up to 11, controlling the ale's destiny until late in the finish when the wheat and orange peel return. Nicely down.

D: The best beer of the lot so far. A citrusy blast of fresh pepper that is quite good.

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Photo of farrago
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin bone white head, very loose and dissolves into tiny islands quickly, the lacing is likewise wispy but there. Light yellow to pale orange in hue, soft gauziness prevents full transparency, a few lazy bubbles float here and there, given its overall paleness has nice shine. Big spicebox of a nose with coriander, ginger, cinnamon shoveled in next to a healthy helping of sweet orange and lemon zest, wheat germ next with a touch of granola and dry oatmeal, stays on the sweet side of things, avoiding any sharper hoppiness. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated and creating a cloud of inner mouth perfume no problem at all. Same gameplan as the nose, release the sweet spices, sweet orange to lemon citrus and dewy florality and watch it go. Honey coated oats, banana and bubblegum, light on the wheat. Poached to dried fruit apricot and peach fruit. Comes across as more of a light dessert beer, maybe even a fruit/vegetable beer. If you have a sweet tooth nothing here to dislike.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at North Banks Restaurant in Corolla, NC. This light and spicy beer went nicely with my shrimp and clams. It's a very standard American-made wit. It's a bit overspiced and there isn't much subtly. It's a simple, but tasty, beer that may not match its Belgian counterparts, but it worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale gold with a thin white head on top. No retention; no lace. Scents of salt water taffy, bubblegum, orange zest, and light grains.

The mouth is crisp and effervescent. Very good flavors of lemon, tart yeast, white bread, with a semi-sweet finish. Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite styles, but I am enjoying it more and more. This one is a good representation, IMO. Tart and refreshing. Recommend.

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Photo of Walken
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth: Weeping Willow Wit (Bottled 02/10) (Tasted 04/15/10)
12 oz bottle poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazy gold beer, yeast particles in suspension, moderately aggressive pour yields very little head, small ring of retention, no lacing.
Odor: Straightforward, musty wheat, coriander, lemony hop.
Consistency: Very low carbonation, far too low in general, especially for style. Light body. Coriander spice adds some astringency to the grainy, wheaty feel of this beer.
Flavor: Non-descript malt sweetness, raw tangy wheat throws lemon and fresh coriander tastes like...coriander. Nicely layered and proportioned flavors. Finish is sweet and slightly tangy with all of the aforementioned flavors lingering on the tongue.

Despite the lacking carbonation, I feel like this beer is right on the money in every other respect. There is something very raw about the wheat character in this beer, which makes it endearing. More carbonation = near perfect wit.

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Photo of oldhippie247
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold with a light head that dissipates quickly in a tulip glass. A bit too clear. Low carbonation.

Nose features the expected coriander and orange peel notes. Would have liked a bit more wheat and/or oat aroma.

Mouthfeel and flavors are both close to style. Low hop bitterness and nice balance of fruit and spice.

Overall very nice. I would have liked a bit more yeasty/unfiltered character, but again I am big fan of this beer. Would recommend to anyone--a good answer to the infamous "well, I normally drink Blue Moon.."

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light yellow with no head at all.

S-Not much on the nose but some malts and typical witbier citrus notes.

T-Malty with a floral flavor that tasted somewhat like an air-freshener. I didn't really pick up much citrus, coriander, or spice notes.

M-Somewhat thin and carbonated.

D-Despite the weird flavor this beer is sessionable and I would recommend it to fans of witbiers.

Overall, I don't know why I try wheat beers, I never really enjoy them. I had hoped to enjoy this a little more since I have had two previous offerings from this brewery and enjoyed them. I don't think its a bad beer, I think I just don't like the style but I would be willing to try it again to support an NC brewery that I am a fan of.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: allagash wit glass, finger width bone-white head tops a hazy golden ale, good retention

s: standard wheaty body provides a nice foundation, coriander and orange peel give a mild contribution, lightly hopped

m: carbonation in the light-medium range, lighter bodied, smooth

t: clean body loaded with wheat, nice orange peel and coriander add interest while retaining subtlety, papery hops with a mild bitterness, good finish, pretty straightforward but nice

d: no problems here - would be boring but I think the subtle spice saves it

single from Sam's, Durham

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to cdflem for this extra in a recent trade!

No freshness date, 12 oz bottle - love the label (I love willow trees)!

Pours a bright to medium yellow. Light cloudiness with a puffy white head that doesn't stick around long. No floaties detected.

The nose is a mix of mild coriander, candied sweet and spicy grains.

Very light and enjoyable. Coriander is much less then I was expecting. Grainy wheats, high carbonation with a moderately crisp bite on the finish.

As the label suggests, this would be a very nice summer beer. Easy, light and refreshing.

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Photo of Crittervision
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served to my self a little warm. oops. had just put it in the fridge and became impatient.

straw to yellow appearance, very clear, very still. large fluffy head that drops to less than a quarter inch after a couple minutes.

smell is like the mist from an orange being peeled. sweet lemon spray too. delightful.

taste is of coriander, sweet orange, and pale stuff. absolutely no off flavors, fully refreshing and delicious.

low carbonation, medium body, quite pleasant. looks can be deceiving as the mouthfeel is pretty substantial.

i cant wait for summer. i can picture my self relaxing on my porch with a six pack of these, not wanting to be anywhere else.

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Photo of devilben02
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, it's a bit murky, but largely similar in appearance to the golden straw color of an American lager. There's no confusing this for a Bud once you take a sniff, though, with the aroma being a bit musty but lightly citrusy. The flavor is light and mild, but it really showcases the added spices and, as is common in the style, a banana-like character. Although not exactly light-bodied, goes down smooth and almost creamy, making this one easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of atsprings
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a crisp straw yellow with a thin head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is banana, bubblegum and slight clove and spice. The taste is a nice blend of sweet malts, sweet fruits, bubblegum and mild Earthy hops. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This one fits the style very well, I may very well pick up more of this in the summer.

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Photo of callisbeers
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gold color, not quite transparent. Small head and lace that disappers quickly. True to the style there is the taste of wheat, orange, and coriander. I am not really in to this beer style, but this beer had a good mouthfeel and taste. I could definitely have more. It would be a good spring beer that you could drink a couple of on a nice warm night. Sadly it is winter.

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Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gawrsh, I'm the first one to review this? FRESH outta Kinston, we have this attractively packaged Wit. Very nice to see a new brewery attacking some subtler styles. Oh, and it has a bottled on date. Let me rephrase that. North Coast! does not have a bottled on date. This bottle of Mother Earth says "Bottled on 11 09". Yes. Finally. No ABV listed though, which is weird. But here we go.

A. Light straw, and a bit more filtered that most Wits I've had, but still not totally clear. Very fizzy, champagne-like bubbles rise to the top of the brew for the duration of the drink. The head is a big letdown, sadly, it's white and pretty but crackles and dies almost immediately. Low retention and very little lace. Alas!

S. Pretty much a solid Wit here... nothing too surprising, in fact if you told me this was a Hoegaarden from the aroma I'd give you no arguments. Clean and fresh, with coriander, some orange, wheat, and a nice grainy sweetness present. Not as big as Allagash, this goes towards the lighter end of the aroma spectrum. Mineral waterish stuff in here... it is good.

T. Honestly, I hate to say it again, but very Hoegaarden like... that's not a bad thing, and I should have the two brews side by side, but this is definitely straight outta the BJCP, flavor-wise. Some spice (coriander, dim pepper), orange peel, lemon?, and finishes dry and pleasant. No flaws, really.

M / D. Dry, finely tuned spiced, gently wheaty and tart finish. Carbonation should be (IMO) more assertive and the beer could have more body... but then again, Mother Earth is on like batch #2 of this brew.

This is a good Belgian-style Wit that takes no real chances. It's not got the assertiveness of Allagash or the character of some (ancient) Belgians, but it's easily the equal of Hoegaarden and probably Blanche de Bruxelles to boot... Mother Earth has all the basics down; and this beer has no real flaws. Give it a unique identity and Weeping Willow could be great. I look forward to revisiting this one.

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Weeping Willow Wit from Mother Earth Brewing
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 307 ratings