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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

628 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9%

09-27-2013 00:17:22 | More by MrBallz
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5%

06-18-2012 00:41:55 | More by DavyJones
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Tiernan

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9%

05-24-2013 05:03:27 | More by Tiernan
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours slightly hazy light shade of pinkish-red. The tint reminds me much of watered down strawberry Kool-Aid. There was about 1/4" of white soapy head but it dissipated quickly, leaving a white ring. No lacing.

S: The raspberries come forth to the nose in a soft sort of way. Again, a bit like Kool-aid, but the wheat definitely comes through beneath. There is also a bit of a wine aroma that drifts up as well.

T&M: The flavor of this struck me immediately of a dry strawberry wine. The raspberry flavoring is prominent but not alone. The unique wheat flavor underlies the fruit in a dry matrix. The carbonation is light in texture but abundant, giving the brew a light, sparkling mouthfeel. The finish is interesting - dry, quick and just a bit of light raspberry on the linger.

D: For me, a little of this goes a long way. Although interesting, and relatively enjoyable, there wasn't anything that was compelling me to consume with any fervor.

05-01-2008 00:25:28 | More by SIRIUS2
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lordofthewiens

Maine

2.9/5  rDev -18.8%

My wife's new favorite beer. I can't share her enthusiasm. It's a hazy red/orange color with a small head. Sweet, fruity aroma with a little grain. The raspberry flavor is there, but it tastes artificial. A little malt as well. This is an OK beer, but I think I'll stick to a plain hefe.

04-29-2007 15:25:53 | More by lordofthewiens
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Todd

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +12.9%

12oz brown bottle - no freshness date. Pours a cloudy (unfiltered), peachy-rose colored beer with a slightly pink tainted white head, with a settling thin lace.

Aroma is quite sharp with raspberry and suggestions of citrus - quite appealing actually.

Creamy and smooth on the palate with a light, fluffy body. The palate is immediately splashed with a tart citric character of fresh raspberries and a salty-like lime edge that melds with faint herbal flavors. Watery rind taste and consistency. Very dry and crisp on the palate, making it refreshing, thirst quenching and more-ish. Malt characters are pretty much non-existent, as are hop characters, with some wheat flavors / tannins forming a hint of doughy breadiness towards the finish. Raspberry flavors are not over-powering, but dominate the experience - as you'd expect.

Much better than the straight-up UFO Hefeweizen. Approachable, and easy drinking thanks to the use of raspberries, which brings some life to what would otherwise be a fairly pedestrian and boring American Wheat Ale.

This release also fills a gap in Harpoon's portfolio, so not only is this a fun release for fruit beer lovers, but it's a smart one.

05-30-2006 11:52:25 | More by Todd
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generallee

New York

2.6/5  rDev -27.2%

It pours a cool cloudy peach color with a big foamy white head that makes sweet lace patterns on my hefeweizen glass. Perfume like raspberry hits the nose as the bottle is opened. The flavor and body were very light and thin. The flavor has some tart raspberry with hints of lemon and melon. The palate is to light and thin with some light fizzy carbonation. The finish is abrupt and leaves me wanting something more. Overall it has a good taste but lacks depth and body.

05-04-2008 22:44:14 | More by generallee
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

The beer has a slight reddish hue the white head dissipated very quickly, almost like soda. The smell is of raspberry booth sweet and tart. This beer starts sweet and finishes refreshingly tart. The tart finish separates this from most typical soda beers, it makes it refreshing and nice.

02-25-2010 17:42:25 | More by bishopdc0
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-25-2011 07:54:05 | More by TimoP
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

1.2/5  rDev -66.4%

My girlfriend LOVES this beer. So, I tried it.

Pours a light straw color with a light, bud-like head that rapidly comes and goes. Huge carbonation. Big fat bubbles. Smells like...raspberries. That's about it, maybe a hint of wheat but not much to notice. Taste is, again, of raspberries and not much else except for a funky skunky taste in the finish. It's like drinking raspberry seltzer water/beer. Very watery and very carbonated. I couldn't finish this beer, not even close. I had to hand it off to my girlfriend who gladly accepted. I'll pass. This is one beer that is safe in the fridge from me stealing from her.

10-26-2006 22:09:56 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date jet printed on the glass.

A- Pale orangey-rose colored brew, hazed from the wheat and thin sediment in the bottle. Good solid off white froth subsides to a thin but sticky lace.

S- Smell of fresh raspberry juice, spicy / bready wheat and a neutral yeast.

T&M- Harpoon nailed the carbonation on this one, smooth and crisp in a fluffy moderate body. Quick mildly tart shot of raspberry flavor, faint spice of fermented wheat. Hops are barely noticeable which is to style, just enough. Touch more of a raspberry flavor melds well with a bready wheat malt in the semi-dry finish.

D- I certainly could not make a session out of this beer, but that is only because I am not into fruit beers. This will be around in my fridge through the spring and summer as an alternative, guest pleaser and to pair with food. I could easily see cooking with this in all sorts of way as well; salads, beer braised chicken quarters or even a lean medium rare pork loin.

03-02-2006 00:22:44 | More by Jason
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chudson1992

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

05-26-2013 21:44:10 | More by chudson1992
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Cavanaghty

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +26.9%

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.

07-23-2012 18:07:55 | More by Cavanaghty
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dirtysanchez843


3.5/5  rDev -2%

11-09-2012 06:15:16 | More by dirtysanchez843
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Bamabrew22

Alabama

2.58/5  rDev -27.7%

Poured a bubbly golden with an off-white, frothy head. Looks pretty good in the glass. Smell was of tart fruit, raspberry, as advertised, with a soft clove-like aroma. Taste was really dry and acidic for me, due to the raspberries, no less. Just a subtle hint of the crisp wheat malt, but the tartness really overpowered it. Mouthfeel was light and quickly dissipated across the palate. Fairly easy to drink, if you can get past the tartness. Not a bad beer, just not one of my faves.

10-23-2007 19:19:26 | More by Bamabrew22
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9%

01-20-2013 22:57:32 | More by Janeinma
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9%

11-14-2011 21:25:36 | More by bpfrush
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dogfishandi

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a hefe glass.

pours a cloudy grapefruit color with some creamy retentive pure white head. has some nice lace. little hues of pink were visible in the head off of the pour.

the aroma is almost all tart rasberry. hardly any hefe characteristics noticable. my girlfriend enjoys the aroma very much. kinda reminds me of some sort of wine cooler.

a slightly better balance of things in the taste, but still very one sided to the tart, almost sour rasberry. the rasberry does not seem too artificial tasting like you find in most fruit beers. some light pilsner malts come into play but in the finish it goes back to the tart rasberry.

light body, ample carbonation. goes down smooth and easy. a little watery at times.

pretty good drinkability, but the rasberry taste gets a little old after awhile. i would have like to seen a little more hefe characteristics come through. i prolly wouldnt buy this again, but it was nice to try.

06-22-2010 01:14:13 | More by dogfishandi
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far333

Connecticut

2.4/5  rDev -32.8%

Hazy orange color with a small head that fizzes away quickly.

Low smell of talc and raspberry, a bit of yeasty schmootz.

Watered down, sodaesque flavor of sweet fruit, a bit tart, could be raspberry, could easily be strawberry. Slightly powdery, reminiscent of baby aspirin. I think they forgot to add the wheat.

Watery mouthfeel upfront, finishes dry.

This is just not a fruit beer, nor a hefe weizen, nor tasty. It's like fruit juice, a sweet drink for non beer drinkers who find themselves in a beer bar.

I will never drink one of these again.

03-18-2007 02:59:34 | More by far333
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elBecko

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9%

02-27-2012 15:54:05 | More by elBecko
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

07-18-2012 22:49:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen is a good offering from Harpoon. The base beer, what I can tasteof it, really isn't a hefeweizen more of an American wheat, but truly the Raspberries dominate in this beer and provides the majority of the flavor and aroma. The smell of raspberry manifests as the cap is popped and perfumes the air as the beer is poured. The color is a orangey red with a wispy white lacing. The raspberry flavor is pronounced and tastes very fresh. Overall, the beer is tastes like its a common wheat beer with a couple jolly ranchers dissolved into it. Good in it's own way, but a little too sweet and candy-like to be a great beer.

08-16-2010 21:57:49 | More by Soonami
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hitshtwithsticks

California

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-06-2013 09:08:07 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -9%

06-01-2013 02:35:37 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Appears an amber clouded opaque tone with a largely formed rough textured head sticks around for awhile forms sporadic chunks of lacing as it dwindles the color is an off white hue with a pinkish tint to it. Aromatics contain tart raspberry with a mild citrus sharp sweet note coming about with a bready biscuit malt presence along with those mildly acidic wheat notes yeast tone gives it a funky mix as well. Flavors blend decently because the brew doesn't show off any sugary sweet concentrate kinda of like a nice tart raspberry puree here with the yeast, wheat, and malt components leveling out the vibe a bit, I actually dig this more than the UFO Hefeweizen still no clove and banana action b/c this is an American Wheat but it does the trick in delivering a fruit beer without candy sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium to light in body with enough carbonation to tickle the back of the throat with each sip overall not something that seems like a smooth sipping brew. Drinkability for me I couldn't have more than a couple of these and I wouldn't necessarily crave another one I could see how people afraid of craft brews could find comfort in something like this.

05-18-2007 13:18:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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