Mothership Wit (New Belgium Brewing)

Day five of September’s THEME WEEK has another year-round selection from New Belgium Brewing Company.  Day 5′s brew: Mothership Wit.

Mothership Wit is a witbier with a 4.8%.  This organic ale is part of the “Explore Series” and is available year-round.

Our first venture into organically-produced beer, Mothership Wit Organic Wheat Beer elevates the zesty Wit or White beers of Belgium. Our far-flung Beer Rangers affectionately refer to our Fort Collins brewery as the Mothership, a name that conjures images of earth shot from space and the interconnectivity of it all. Mothership Wit is brewed with wheat and barley malt, as well as coriander and orange peel spicing resulting in a balance of citrus and sour flavors held in suspension by a bright burst of carbonation.

Mothership pours a pale, and I mean pale, yellow.  It reminded me of a glass of white grape juice.  The head is two inches of eggshell with carbonation bubbles pushing up through the foam.

Fruitiness fills the nostrils as you take a sniff of this zesty brew.  Apricots, white wine, coriander and orange notes were all detected in the smell.  Mild biscuity malts hide behind the sweetness, keeping the smell in check.

This is a zesty ale!  The taste is similar to sparkling grape fruit juice, but with a wine-like finish.  The fruitiness that I detected in the nose, sadly does not appear in the flavor.  This was rather disappointing.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, with slight drying as it finishes.

Mothership Wit is a light and easy to drink brew.  Not quite as citrusy as your standard wit, but refreshing in its own way.

Overall: 6.5 out of 10

As a WITBIER: 6 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Hoegaarden WHITE ALE, Blue Moon BELGIAN WHITE, Avery WHITE RASCAL

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