Appreciate Your Mothers

Beer O’ The Week: May 5

Take an organic ride on the Mothership

Wamp’s Wisdom

(STAFF PHOTO J.T. WAMPLER) Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing Co. in Ft. Collins Colorado.

Mothership Wit from New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colo., is a 4.8 percent alcohol organic wheat beer that comes with instructions. On the back of the bottle there is an extra label on how to fly the mothership. Wit means white so the last little bit of the beer should be swirled to rouse the yeast that settles to the bottom and poured into the beer, causing the white effect.

It pours straw colored and cloudy if you followed the instructions. Aroma is spicy and citrusy with a tickle of honey. Taste is fruity and has a slight citrus hop presence. The body is unremarkable, thin and watery. There is an almost grassy aftertaste that lingers a little too long.

Pair with a mild cheese.

Rating: 3 caps

Rico’s Reaction

Word to your mothership.

OK, I apologize for that. Really. I couldn’t help myself. Complete lack of impulse control.

My mother doesn’t drink beer — teetotaller, in fact — but if yours does, sharing a couple of Mothership Wit beers with your family this Sunday would be a relaxing way to enjoy Mother’s Day.

Light and refreshing with a hint of lemon, Mothership is stamped with the USDA certified “Organic” seal of approval. It’s also stamped with my taste buds seal of approval, particularly if you drop in an extra bit o’ lemon. Go on. Do it. It’s OK. It doesn’t add girly to the beer; it adds Vitamin C. Your mom wants you to take your vitamins so you grow up big and strong.

Beyond Mother’s Day, Mothership also makes for a nice summer beer. Mothership would cool the throat well, if lying down under the stars on a warm evening trying to spot UFOs is your thing. Drink enough of them and you’ll probably see something. Just be sure to leave one in case E.T. does come to visit. You want to start interstellar relationships off on the right foot … or tentacle … or pseudopod … or whatever.

Rating: 4 caps

Rating System

One Cap: Put it back in the
Two Caps: Consume only if the other choice is Tijuana tap water or Coors Light.
Three Caps: Acceptable without standing out. The Tito Jackson of beer, if you will.
Four Caps: Nice beer that rises above most but may not deliver enough to be considered great.
Five Caps: Truly great beer that delivers on all counts. A credit to its style. Could only be better if served by scantily clad concubines.
Six Caps: Any five cap beer served by scantily clad concubines.

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