I don’t buy many six packs lately. I’ve fallen into the beer geek habit of not drinking too many “regular” beers. I tend to buy bombers and of seasonals and one-offs, and drink beer on draft, but it seems rare these days for me to pick up a six pack of any one beer. A few weeks ago I was having some friends over so I picked up a couple six packs, one of which was New Belgium’s Mothership Wit, and organic Belgian-style wit.
With the passing this past weekend of Pierre Celis, the man many consider to have single handedly brought back the Belgian White style while at Hoegaarden in the 1960’s. With no Hoegaarden in the fridge (although many would say Hoegaarden just isn’t the same since the brewery was purchased by InBev) this American take on the style will have to do for a toast to Celis.
Mothership Wit is 4.8% ABV, 12 IBU and made using Organic Hallertau, organic pale malt, organic wheat, organic bitter orange peel, organic coriander, and organic lemon peel. Wheat beers in general, be it American Wheat beers, German Hefeweizen’s or Belgian Wit’s, typically aren’t my favorites, but lately I’ve had a few that I’ve really enjoyed, this being one of them.
Mothership Wit pours a cloudy yellow/gold with a big frothy head that disappeared after a few minutes. It’s pretty sweet smelling, I pick up some spice, which I assume is coriander, as well as citrus fruit.
The taste is similar to the smell. It has a tangy citrus flavor and some coriander spice which fades into a sweet finish. There’s a bitter but not unpleasant aftertaste that doesn’t seem like a hop bitterness, probably from the orange peel, coriander and lemon peel.
My biggest complaint with Mothership Wit is that it feels a bit thin and watery. I don’t have a lot of examples of other Wit’s to compare it to, so I’m not sure if this is on par with the style, although I assume it is. This is a good beer for warmer weather, nice and refreshing.