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New Belgium Mothership Wit

Posted by dugpark on April 24, 2008

I have been looking forward to New Belgium Mothership Wit for quite some time now and tonight was the night to put it to rest… my only problem… I made the same mistake tonight as I did last night and I drank it straight out of the beer fridge.  My problem = my beer fridge is too cold… colder than our other fridge, so it has been good for some brews and not so good for others.

Being a problem solver, though, I have already ordered the necessary equipment to ensure my beer drinking is as ideal as it can be.  Here you go:

Now, that isn’t going to be enough, so I have scoured the web for ideal beer drinking temperatures and here is what I have found:

  • The folks at realbeer.com have a great summary… too bad I didn’t find this 30 minutes ago… :)http://www.realbeer.com/library/beerbreak/archives/beerbreak20000921.php
  • Taken from the above link:
    • “Some general guidelines:”
      • “Serve fruit beers at 40-50° F”
      • “Serve wheat beers and pale lagers at 45-50° F”
      • “Serve pale ales and amber or dark lagers at 50-55° F”
      • “Serve strong ales, such as barley wines and Belgian ales, at 50-55° F”
      • “Serve dark ales, including porters and stouts, at 55-60° F”

So… now that I know all of this, here is the review… New Belgium has to be one of my favorite breweries.  They consistently produce great beer.  This one isn’t far off as long as you drink it at the right temperature.  At first, when cold, all I could smell was yeast and all I could taste was plain.  It wasn’t impressing me and I didn’t have a good feeling about it.  As I let it warm up though (remembering last night), it started to open up and get some flavor.  I started to taste some of the citrus and unfiltered-ness of the beer and I ended up with a overall solid perception.  A good white beer with a good balance.  I will have to say, though, that the White Rascal from Avery is a better choice… sorry New Belgium!

JBB6 Rating: Will Buy Again


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4 Responses to “New Belgium Mothership Wit”

  1. I too admit that I prefer Avery’s White Rascal to the Mothership Wit. While I like both, Avery’s has the edge in my book. You hit it spot on with your temperature suggestions. The darker the beer, the warmer you can drink it. I simply can’t stand a warm light colored beer. It just has to be cooled down to really enjoy it.

  2. dugpark said

    Thanks Dave. I scoured the web for that beer temperature guide… just lucky the folks at realbeer.com had their heads about them. Their article is a good one. Ah White Rascal… introduced a coworker to that one today and he was equally as pleased… I haven’t met anyone yet that doesn’t like that beer. :)

  3. [...] Why? Because, for my four bucks or whatever, I get a great-tasting local beer that is missing something key: chemicals. Yum. I give it a B+ on taste (still love Sunshine, or Mountain Sun’s Kind, I’m a hoppy kinda guy), and an A+ on the greenometer of eco-responsible drinking/living. Be sure not to drink it too cold, btw.  [...]

  4. [...] Why? Because, for my quaternary bucks or what-have-you, I intend a great-tasting topical beer that is absent something key: chemicals. Yum. I provide it a B+ on taste (still fuck Sunshine, or Mountain Sun’s Kind, I’m a hoppy kinda guy), and an A+ on the greenometer of eco-responsible drinking/living. Be trusty not to ingest it too cold, btw. [...]

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