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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

556 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.44%


Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We have added natural raspberry flavor to our UFO Hefeweizen to create this beer. Consistent with the hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy with a solid foamy head. UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color. The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle bready aroma from the wheat and yeast. The body is light and the unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel. The taste of the fruit compliments the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other. There is a faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart finish.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: taez555 on 03-01-2006)
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Badger6

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a UFO hefeweizen glass. Bottle says enjoy by 12/15/13...bought it mid-march 14. Whatever, here we go...

A: Cloudy raspberry hued amber color. A little head from the pour, quickly receded to a fizzy ring at glass edge, no lace.

S: Raspberries, duh! Cannot detect the typical aromas of hefeweizen...but the raspberries, wow, it just smells awesome. Also some hints of citrus, but not distinct.

T: Raspberries dominate the flavors, slightly sour too. Toward the end the typical here characters come in, but not distinctly. Just a nice malty complement to the finish. I was hoping to see more of the typical clove and spice phenols in the flavor, but the beer is so refreshing in the taste, that they really aren't missed.

M: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, with a sharpish bite. There is an acidic character on the palate as well.

O: This is a great raspberry beer. The sour character makes this really refreshing, and enjoyable. This might be an awesome complement to a late breakfast or even brunch, or for a lazy Saturday afternoon session. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 21:43:24 | More by Badger6
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RachelSnipes

Alabama

4.95/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you like Abita Purple Haze, this blows that RIGHT out of the water! Super amazing fresh raspberry smell and ending flavor, not too sweet, still tastes like a beer, not a wine cooler. I AM a big fan of fruiting the beer, and this is how it's done well. Very pleased. I got this as a single, so really I just picked it up for the raspberry. Once I opened it, I took a second look at the bottle and realized it was Harpoon. No wonder it's amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:39:03 | More by RachelSnipes
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A cloudy light amberish color would best describe the look of the beer. Little head, but that is mostly because I poured the beer into its glass so carefully. 4-5

Smell: Raspberry DOMINATES this brew, and it has the sweet, yet dry, smell of fresh raspberries. Some might argue "but where is the hefewisen!"...maybe...maybe...it is a, "decent" argument...but the raspberries smell SO good that Im willing to forget about the hefewisen and just flat out say I like the beer better this way. 4.5--5

Taste: mhhhmmmm... Heavily carbonated and full of rasberries....and that seems to be just about it. I can give it a slide with the aroma, but I was looking forward to getting more of a balance in the flavors. The rasberries just take over too much in the flavor. As a rasberry beer, I give it a high rating, but its a 3.5---5 for what it is.

Mouthfeel: It has the acidic-like bit of the raspberries and a bite from its hefewisen carbonation. It a interesting combination, and overall I think it gets a 3.75--5

Overall. I'm giving this one a 3.75--5. Its a GREAT raspberry beer, and possibly one of the best beers to have with brunch (or even breakfast!). not sweet, but more or less sour with a huge amount of raspberry flavor. Just not enough hefeswisen.

Final verdict: buy it on sale! I don't think that that its quite worth full price on the shelf, unless your looking for a great raspberry beer to break a newbie in with (for that, its also a great gateway beer)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 17:17:01 | More by jucifer1818
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CochonKing

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with short quickly fading head with some light lacing. Smells of raspberry and malt with no other notes coming forward on the nose. Tastes as one would expect but a watery finish took a lot from what this beer could have been capable of. Mouthfeel was just ok with some small light bubbles and light body.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 03:10:25 | More by CochonKing
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Tmonahan

New York

4.86/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is by far my favorite to drink; mostly in the summer but I love to relax with a couple pints in the winter as well. It doesn't have a fake raspberry flavor to it and goes down smooth. Sitting on the back porch outside in the sun is my favorite time to enjoy the lightly flavored raspberry and the smooth Hefeweizen beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 14:55:11 | More by Tmonahan
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Poured with a small bubbly head that looks like that of a soda ... and disappears just as quickly. Hazy, brown-orange body has a hint of red. No lacing.

Aroma: raspberry jam over a faint bready background.

Taste: fruity; raspberry jam; white toast; bread; more sweet than tart.

Feel: medium-light artificial carbonation with medium-light body. Finish is semi-dry but powdery rather than clean. Rating approaches 2.

O: disappointing excepting the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:13:28 | More by chinchill
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stella77artois

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap late on a Saturday night. No pint glass available, so was served in a red solo cup. Classy, right?

A - Couldn't really get a great look at because of above, but it appeared a reddish amber with a good amount of haze and cloud. A 1" head appeared, and stuck around a bit.

S - Lot's of raspberry, and not in an over-the-top sweet way. Certainly a hefe, as wheat was very noticeable, as were in smaller amounts bready malt and banana. Unique and pleasant smelling brew.

T - Suprisingly tasty. I didn't expect to like this, but I did. Raspberry was noticeable, but it wasn't overbearing. I'd say it was close to a perfect amount that you'd want in any kind of fruit beer. The wheat and malt of a quality hefe was also noticeable. Not the biggest fan of wheat beers, but this was a pretty solid offering.

F - Not bad, easy enough on the throat, but felt a little thick in the stomach. I did drink it a bit faster than I normally drink a beer, so that may have contributed to it. Couldn't see myself sessioning this brew, but can certainly see having a couple on the golf course.

O - Pleasantly suprised. Hefe's aren't really my thing and neither are fruit beers typically. But I really liked the subtle raspberry in this one, and the hefe qualities were great. I can certainly see myself drinking this again, and will also sample Harpoon's regualr hefe because of this stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2013 13:04:07 | More by stella77artois
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not usually a huge fruited beer fan, but this one is exceptional by all standards. it pours a murky pink tinted wheat beer pale yellow color with a robust inch and a half of white head with superb retention. the nose is quite tart, taking on much more acidity and piquancy from the berries than jammy sweetness. light banana and clove from the yeast, a little dumbed down and Americanized from the authentic german hefes, but still in that vein. raspberry is more dominant than what malt in the taste, and I love the tartness here, almost having a wild ale sort of yeast and funk complexion, albeit more approachable and indeed more drinkable than most of those. very light in the finish, careful hopping provides enough bitterness to not let the berries be overly sweet, but not enough to make this a hoppy brew. the balance is expert. carbonated like soda, this is nice and refreshing when served ice cold in the summer. one of the better summer fruit beers, and one of harpoons best ufo brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 13:56:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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IrishJames

Georgia

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy amber. Enticing. Thick head dissipates quickly to nearly nothing. Lacing exists but minimal.

Smell: Fruit be bangin'. Raspberry dominant as expected.

Taste: Guess what? Raspberry. My term tonight is "tartnice". No malt or hop character to be discerned. If 'summer girl time' is what you want, the is the route to drive.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation bites like a ferret (not a bad thing). Quite sticky. Leaves a feeling on the tongue similar to the soft side of Velcro.

Overall: My comment is "I see what you did there". I'm okay with it for what is is truly supposed to be. Your wife will love it. Hop thugs beware. It's good. Passes the back deck summer test with no issues.

Serving type: 64oz growler

Serving type: growler

07-13-2013 01:10:26 | More by IrishJames
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wingman14

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink hazy orange with a frothy head that fades fast. Smell is dominated by raspberry, with some wheat and yeast coming through. Taste is all raspberry from start to finish with the wheat coming through at the end. Minot much else going on, a decent flavor but could have more depth. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, easy drinker, flavor doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a decent beer, nothing amazing going on here, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:14:27 | More by wingman14
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Pegasus

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nearly opaque hazy orange, with a small, peristent white head, thick, fine-beaded, unbroken lacing, and smoderate carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet, strong note of candied raspberries, moderate noble hops, and a strong wheat malt presence.

Taste: Begins with a tart, juicy raspberry note, against the backdrop of slightly spicy wheat malt. As the taste progresses, the tartness of the raspberries intensifies and a wave of hop bitterness follows on. Finishes with a slight, dry, lingering raspberry presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, perhaps a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, refreshing summer beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in June of 2013, $7.99 for a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:22:41 | More by Pegasus
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a lightly hazed orange-amber colored brew with a reddish-pinkish hue and a fizzy one finger white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of wheat mixed with some nice raspberry smells.

Taste – The taste begins with wheat mixed with raspberry flavors. A little bit of a yeasty flavor joins midway through the taste with the raspberry flavor getting slightly stronger and the wheat flavor slightly less so. In the end a rather refreshing and moderately crisp raspberry wheat flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is rather light in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Very appropriate for the wheat and fruit flavors of the brew, making for a rather refreshing drinker.

Overall – A relatively easy to drinking hefe with a moderate, but not obnoxious raspberry flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 01:16:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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metter98

New York

3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish-rosé in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry juice and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the raspberry aromas and flavors help to spice up hat would be a pedestrian American Pale Wheat Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 21:30:35 | More by metter98
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy By 05/15/13

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a quickly fizzling head that lasts about 2 seconds

S: Plenty of sweet raspberry with some yeast character and light maltiness

T: Again, lots of sweet (almost artificial) raspberry with wheat and yeast undertones. Not much else

M: Light-medium bodied with high carbonation

O: Almost like wheaty, yeasty raspberry soda. Not much like beer at all. Not bad though. Easy enough to drink, but leaves this one for the girls who enjoy sweet fruity malt beverages

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:53:03 | More by BEERMILER12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a glowing golden orange to ruby red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a one finger tall bright white head that reduces rather quickly to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and raspberry (not too artificial but not quite natural raspberries either - kind of smells like a syrup, slightly too sweet raspberry).

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer features both the raspberries (slightly too sweet and lacking the natural tartness in my opinion) with the wheat. There is also a light lemon citrus flavor in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad but nothing really special, it is just raspberry flavoring added to regular UFO - I really wish they had added some real raspberry into the process for brewing these so that some of the wonderful tartness of raspberries would come through. Easy to drink and a decent hot weather beer, just not something I would go out of my way to get again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 19:35:19 | More by dbrauneis
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of Harpoon and an even bigger fan of most of their UFO line, but the Raspberry one just doesn't do it for me, owing largely to the sweetness. This unfiltered fruit beer pours a hazy brown with some red notes in the mix from the raspberry. There was also a very nice white foamy head to it with some lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell was very enticing with lots of wheat and malt scents with raspberry that was strong enough to be noticed, but not to be off-putting. What turned me against this beer was the taste. Sure, I expected raspberry, but not so much raspberry throughout producing a very sweet taste that was just too sweet for me. You won't notice any alcohol in the taste, which is certainly a good thing, and the beer has just the right amount of carbonation. On the whole, this is a good beer. Were I offered one, I definitely wouldn't say no because it is a very refreshing, cool beer (cool, not cold; you might want to drink these when they haven't been sitting in your fridge for a few hours for best results). However the strong sweetness throughout the beer was just too much for me. A nice break from bitterness, but eventually the raspberry flavor was just too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 15:44:07 | More by DavidS88
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alexgash

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Rose-tinged orange-copper body. Inch of good, solid, whipped, pink-kissed off white head. Some lacing. Definite raspberry nose: soft, tart, and genuine (not artificial or syrupy). Cotton candy and faint wheat bread malts provide back up. It is what it says it is!

Tartish raspberry and vegetal raspberry seeds up front. Moderate raspberry and cherry sweetness into the palate. Wheat bread and hefeweizen-ish yeasty fruit notes follow. Tartish raspberry stays throughout, providing a nice foil to the rest of the flavors. It also keeps the beer refreshing and light. Moderate body with a lively, sprightly feel. A nice summer quencher, especially if you like raspberries.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 22:29:47 | More by alexgash
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Burlyn


3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ap - pink tinged amber. cloudy. A finger head that quickly dissipates

S- fruity. raspberry!

T- tart raspberry and wheat

M - crisp and sweet. very carbonated.

O - very refreshing but it's flat in flavor. easy to drink but not that exciting. I got bored after about a third of a 12oz glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 23:11:13 | More by Burlyn
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with a pinkish tint. Head was a good three to four fingers and was white was a pint tint. Head lasted a short period of about 1 minute, leaving about one finger of head left with almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Raspberries and wheat give off a good aroma that is strong but not over powering.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth light bodied feel that I have come to expect from good unfiltered Hefenweizens. Taste is that of a really good Hefenweizen with a strong raspberry taste up front. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer! I would not go to say it is now a favorite of mine, but I feel it deserves credit were due. I will not argue at all if someone were to offer me one.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 18:07:55 | More by Cavanaghty
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Best by August 15, 2012:

Into a pint glass (also tested in a nonic, and a snifter, no changes):

A: hazy orange/brown colored body with a small white head, body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen. There was no lacing at all.

S: tart raspberry with some slight wheats coming in every now and again.

T: isn't any different from the smell.

M: medium with the carbonation felt, sessionable

O: well, I don't think I'll have this again, just wasn't that impressed for me, still good for the style

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:22:00 | More by BeerKangaroo
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a loosely-composed head that fizzles out pretty quickly.

Tart raspberry aroma and wheat malts. Very subtle note of clove, but it's pretty faint. BA is good to call this a fruit beer, as that's the main showcase here, it seems.

Tart and smacking with raspberry skins, wheat malts, light coriander, and a firm bittering hop that appears in the finish. Not a whole lot going here, otherwise. Ends pretty cleanly with some residual Pixie Stick-like sour sugar character.

Carbonation holds up well. A little puckering. The body has medium-girth and there's a light filmy stick on the lips and inside the mouth.

I give it props for having a true raspberry character with some great tartness in the flavor and some pucker in the feel. Criminal to call it a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 02:38:15 | More by thecheapies
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at paradise by the slice
It had a nice rose color body with a 2" head that layed down quickly. The smell was of tart raspberries and some wheat. The taste was the same as the smell, nice raspberries and wheat on the back of the tongue. Mouth feel was great and a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 00:22:54 | More by chefhatt
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pwf316


5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has become a go to summer beer for me. It has just an amazing flavor and the raspberries give the Hefeweizen that extra flavor. I just started buying the UFO sample pack last year that includes their Hefeweizen, Pale Ale and White Ale. This was a summer staple for me last year after replacing the Sam Adams Summer Ale that as been on a steady decline for the past few years.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 15:24:07 | More by pwf316
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Nice pink, with red hues in the very center, cloudy throughout, mild head, nice internal carbonation

S: Very fruity, strong raspberries, honey, wish it was a little more complex

T: Extremely refreshing, nice tartness from start to finish, definitely apparent raspberries and honey, slight bitterness that really rounds out the flavor

M: Easy to drink, low abv (no alcohol taste whatsoever), possibly a bit watery but taste makes up for it, smooth on the palate

O: Perfect for a nice warm day, certainly not for those fruit averse, refreshing with every sip

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 20:00:26 | More by MatthewWilde
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle stamped Best By 04/15/12. Sampled on February 14, 2012. It pours a very heady, medium amber with a reddish tint when held to the light. Raspberries introduce themselves to the nose immediately with more muted bready malts and clean crisp mildly hopped character. It smells like it would be a great way to cool off on a hot day. The body is light to medium. The flavor has a lot of raspberry which tends to overtake everything else. Still it ends tart and slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 22:27:12 | More by puboflyons
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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.