UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

722 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 30
Gots: 98 | 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:
Beer added by: taez555 on 03-01-2006

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
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Ratings: 722 | Reviews: 261
Reviews by wingman14:
Photo of wingman14
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of generallee
2.7/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.38/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

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.

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

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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.52/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of Bamabrew22
2.58/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of pat61
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy pink tinted raspberry color under a thin white foam collar.
S: You can smell the raspberries from several feet away.
T: This has a big raspberry palate with a balance of sweet and tart over light bread. The raspberry masks the traditional hefeweizen flavors but the banana is in the back providing balance.
F: Medium to medium full body, a touch of tartness from the raspberries.
O: This captures the raspberryness without coming across like Bartles and james or some kind of pop wine. Light sweetness but not cloying.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a Blanche De Chambly glass

A: Cloudy grapefruity pink with a nice white head with lacing of pink. When held to the light small bubbles can be seen, though the carbonation is not steady. Still the head has good retention.

S: Raspberry, no denying it, it is in the name and in the smell. Raspberry turns to yeasty wheat with a hint of clove and sweet banana.

T: Bright raspberry switches to wheat and clove and finishes with the tart bitterness of the raspberry in a decently clean finish.

M: Light, despite its lack of carbonation and the normally medium-bodied fate of hefeweizens, this one is very light in body.

D: Plenty of drinkability here, the beer is light and refreshing. It delivers flavor yet does not overtax the palate.

Overall: I like hefeweizens and I like fruit beers, if they are not sweet, especially in the summer. I saw this come in and since I enjoyed the Abita Purple Haze enough, I did some reading up on the UFO. I am glad I decided to get it, without a doubt a perfect summer quencher. It is light, yet, has flavor. Oftentimes summer beers mean light dreary wheat that lacks zing. That is not the case with this beer.

Photo of pwoods
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased from Party Source, poured into a weizen glass. It's a couple weeks past it's best by date but it'll be fine.

A: 2 fingers of highly carbonation, fizzy head that's lightly tinted pink. Pours out a light pink wine color that's almost dull. Tiny through medium sized bubbles race to the top. Head dies very quickly and leaves a skim on top. Some patchy lacing.

S: Very strong raspberries with some other fruity esters. Has just a slight weizen scent. Very crisp.

T/M: Extremely tart raspberries for about a second and then some sweetness comes in to save the day. The high carbonation and fruity esters make this taste like a weak champagne. Finish brings a new wave of tartness but much more controlled. High carbonation also furthers the lightness of the body.

D: If you like raspberries and weizens, then I'd said you'd love this. I'm not extremely fond of weizens and raspberries are just ok. Not a terrible brew(easy to drink, interesting taste) and something different, but it's not something I'd bet on coming back to.

Photo of Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa. It's pink. It looks like grapefruit juice, only this pours a fully little pinkish head that leaves a thin lacing.
Raspberry it is in every way, beginning with the nose. There seems to be an accompanying citrus and a mild bread or wheat smell with a very light spice.
Taste is all raspberries, though not overpoweringly sweet; the sweetness is actually optimal for a fruit beer and there's nothing artificial detected. Malt and hops are just barely present, though easily detectable. They're simply not especially strong, though I think it fits this style very well and they do present themselves in the background. There's a citric tartness and a light spice with some wheat.
This one is crisp and smooth, and surprisingly so for an unfiltered brew. Carbonation is the optimal level here and the body is medium.
This would make a great session beer and is thus far the best fruit beer I've had.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Harpoon- Raspberry UFO

Appearance- Cloudy reddish orange with a thcik billowy white head. Moderate lacing.
Smell- Strong raspberry-like soda.
Taste- Heavy carbonated with strong raspberry and a malt beverage (wine cooler) like flavor.
Mouthfeel- sweet up front mellowing out in the end, but heavily carbonated throughout.

Overall- Not bad if you drink ONLY 1!

Photo of tastybeer
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather nice looking compared to most other fruit beer appearances that I've seen. Glowey tangerine color with a distinct rosey red glow, semi hazy with a nice white head atop. Good lasting 1/8 inch retention and slick lace. Aroma is full of raspberry, citrus, and some wheaty bread malt. Certianly sniffable. Taste is fruity but the beery-ness isn't lost. I can't pick up many separate flavors aside from raspberries and malt other than a grape like dryness and light bitterness. Texture is nicely brisk, slickly smooth and dry. Drinkable indeeed.

Not bad, not bad. Raspberry is good in beer apparently.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

AP: A hazy, Pale golden with light red hues. Super active head and overall very bubbly, like champagne style! The head disappeared within minutes.

Nose: wheaty, light raspberry, yeasty and sweet malt.

Taste & feel: A very thin, pale wheat malt, lively and crisp flavor with a mellow raspberry kick. Thin, but refreshing and clean feeling.

DA: This is a nice very-hot day style beer.

Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Enjoy by 8/15/11 on the bottleneck.

UFO Raspberry pours a hazy orange tinted color. Slim white head sticks around for a bit before disappearing.

Lots of raspberry in the nose with a bit of tartness which I'm really liking. A bit of wheat aroma in the background.

Lots of what you would expect in the taste. A nice tart raspberry with some sweet malt backing it up. Super refreshing and easy to drink.

Light body with a dry finish. Carbonation is pretty average.

A very good choice for a BBQ beer. I've had this on tap as well and would not hesitate to have it again. If your looking to try something a little bit different this summer, I would try a bottle of this brew.

Photo of mempath
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

not a hefe fan....not after that Flying Dog...but bought the Harpoon variety pack...2 each of 6 styles...not bad...

this poured a murky orange as almost expected, except for the darkness. interesting. not much lacing and the head, though luscious, faded fast.

smells is definitely wheat but as i was pouring it, the fruit jumped out...sharply but not overwhelmingly. this is not a fruit beer. very nice and i am enjoying going back to sniffing it.

it will be interesting when i try the regular hefe...maybe i will be won back...the raspberry definitely adds a new dimension/dementia to the mix. i really like it and find that, though the mouthfeel makes it sharp and crisp, it doesn't help sustain the nice flavors at work here...wheat, hay, raspberries (of course). actually, like the DFH Aprihop, it is more 'bitter' or less 'sweet' than expected. nothing dainty about this. yes, nothing overwhelming. very drinkable and a great beer alone or with almost anything. i can see this with real mexican food. homemade tortilla chips...

RECOMMENDED!

Photo of hreb
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle, cold, poured into pint glass (US), beer has a peach color, more on the orange side of amber than pink. Definitely not a normal beer color. Otherwise, the appearance is slightly cloudy, but the color is so unexpected here the transparency is less important. Aroma is wonderful and distinctly of raspberry without being sweet or overpowering (and to me, it smells natural, not of candy or raspberry flavored cough syrup). Head is medium to thick but momentarily falls, lacing the glass nicely.

After the aroma, the first thing that hits the palate is the carbonation, which is fizzy with small bubbles. Taste is similar to the familiar Harpoon UFO: mild, refreshing, wheaty. Not hoppy or malty. Still not sweet or syrupy, and there's a slight tart flavor from the raspberries. It has a light body, and for an unfiltered beer, not too thick, yeasty or "chewy" like some wheat beers (which I do enjoy). No detectable sediment in any Raspberry UFO bottle I have encountered so far, either.

This is a refreshing and crisp beer I definitely enjoy having around in warm weather, if a little bit of a gimmick. Not likely to drink many in one sitting. I would prefer this rather than Berliner Weiss with added raspberry syrup, but probably not as much or as often as a high quality German or American unfiltered Hefeweiss with a slice of lemon dropped in.

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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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