UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
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Served in a tulip glass. Pours a light reddish-pink color with a head that is mostly white but has just the tiniest touch of a pink, bubble-gum-like hue. Nose is some fresh raspberries that are mostly sweet but a little bit tart. Taste is more raspberry with some faint wheat. Pretty light body and nice drinkability. It's definitely a fruit beer, but doesn't go too far.
11-13-2010 23:07:21 | More by Thorpe429
3.54/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-12-2013 21:30:35 | More by metter98
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Lightly blurry pale orange with a small splash of raspberry red. The large, good looking cap is a complementary shade of rose petal pink. There must be an abundance of 'natural raspberry flavor' since most wheat-based fruit beers don't take on the color of the added fruit. The appearance gets an extra half point for that reason alone.
The nose is nicely balanced between wheat ale (forget hefe weizen) and raspberry. Too many fruit beers are either barely fruity or smell like artificial fruit extract. This one gets it about right. The raspberry has a soft, very slightly perfumy (yet still enjoyable) quality.
I'm not quite as thrilled with the flavor profile. The problem isn't so much the amount of flavor (appropriate) or the wheat beer-raspberry balance (also appropriate), but the too prominent tartness that segues into bitterness in the second half of the mouthful. A hint of fruity sweetness would have been great.
Again, this is a raspberry-flavored wheat ale, not a hefe weizen in the classic sense. In the literal ('yeast wheat') sense? Sure. I can't be too hard on the brewery since the name they chose sounds better and most people don't know the difference anyway. The final pour clouds things up a bit more, but doesn't add anything of value to the aroma or the flavor.
The mouthfeel is a fraction lighter than I feel it should be (needs more sugars) and is decently carbonated. The incredibly dry, parching finish accentuates the lighter than air quality of the mouth presence. Nothing hangs around very long after the swallow.
After drinking (and liking) Harpoon Peche, I had high hopes for UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen. I thought maybe these guys had figured out this whole fruit beer thing. Not quite, but this is still a decent warm weather beer that should appeal to a wide range of people.
10-01-2007 12:57:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
I guess it was a no-brainer to take the classic UFO and add raspberries for a summer seasonal. Beer fares well with the additions. I have always found the base beer (UFO) to be a bit sub-par compated to good German classics, but the fruit flavors contribute a ton of raspberry character. The wheat malt nose is dwarfed by strong, ripe, raspberries, tartness, and a bit of an earthy acidity. The color shows a typically hazy appearance with a ruby-red grapefruit color and fair head retention and fair lacing. The flavors are also dominated by berry sweetness and tartness, leaving a hint of wheat malt, bready, estery flavors to fight through late. Moderately full body, with a thinning tartness and mild astringency if the finish. I like the beer, but it is not as subtley flavored as Purple Haze and many other Raspberry Wheats.
08-05-2007 20:07:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
Started my night off with a light pint of this one tonight at Barleys. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/12/2009.
The pour was decent, nothing more though. Light amber in color, very light color with a small head of white on top. Faded quickly and left behind only a touch of side glass lace. Light fruit aroma, I was hoping for more to be honest. Lots of wheat and light grassy notes. A bit more fruit as it warms. Clean and crisp flavor reveals a decent touch of raspberry fruit flavors. Again with tons of wheat and light flavors coming in. Everything is very quick and fleating though and the overall feel was light as well. Very drinkable and very quick to go down, this one took no time at all.
Overall while not the greatest fruit beer in the world it works. Light and clean, very easy to drink. I would not mind trying it again,
09-13-2009 01:22:31 | More by mikesgroove
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
Appearance: Pours a pinkish-hued body with a medium-sized, powdery, white head.
Smell: It's raspberries, baby! Crisp wheat aroma in the background, though.
Taste: A fine raspberry taste and light tartness, though it doesn't keep you from tasting the delicate wheat underneath. Medium sweetness. A little lemony citrus. Sweet-n-sour finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Just the right amount of raspberry flavor. I could even clear through an entire pint of this stuff and not lose my cool, though any more might be a slightly daunting task.
06-10-2008 05:43:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
This Raspberry wheat started off pretty good. The pour was nice with a big fluffy head on it. The beer was was cloudy golden yellow and not transparent at all. The smell was quite refreshing on this beer. It had the aroma of sweet fresh raspberries of course that were very pleasant. The flavors were a little on the weak side I thought. I guess I was hoping for more raspberry all over this one. A little bummed out that it wasn't a strong flavor. The mouthfeel was soft and mild, light carbonation. The beer is good I just wouldn't need to have it again.
04-06-2011 04:28:37 | More by Knapp85
3.13/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a clear amber that has a ruby hue to it. Looking at it makes me think of a rose champagne. Nose is raspberries, almost like a syrup was added. Flavor has a fully artificial edge to it. Raspberries, yes. Syrup, yes. Real fruit? No. It's like drinking fruit juice. Feel has a biting carbonation to it and the liquid is slick. Easy to drink, but more alco-pop than fine beer. Pass.
07-18-2008 16:57:04 | More by RblWthACoz
1.63/5 rDev -54.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a bright amber color with a pink hue, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is sweet & even a little creamy with raspberry, lemon, some wheat and a faint bit of hops.
T: The taste is fruity & tart with a heavy flavor of raspberry. There’s some wheat flavor, but not as much as their regular UFO (which I like much better). The malt character is thin and there isn’t much hops at all. The after-taste is sweet.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.
D: Nowhere near as tasty as the original UFO, didn’t go down very easily for me, not very filling, everything I’ve had from Harpoon so far has been at least decent and some have been very good, however I did not like this beer at all.
03-04-2007 05:18:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-30-2013 13:56:43 | More by StonedTrippin
3.83/5 rDev +7.3%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a pinkish hue. It has a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth hefe taste with loads of fresh raspberry flavoring. It's quite fruity and refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light hefe flavor that goes down down quick and finishes crisp and fruity. It's dry and tart with a lingering raspberry flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I wish the taste was as fruity as the aroma. It's a bit too dry for me. All in all, a fine fruit beer.
08-20-2007 21:25:29 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
Poured into weizen glass:
Pours clouded pink grapefruit with a sizeable foamy white head that slowly thins and stays. Vanishing lace sticks.
The smell is of sweettart raspberry, banana, hint of clove.
The taste is of raspberry - tart - not "artificial" as is too often found in American fruit wheat beers. Raspberry prominent but not overwhelming. Not too sweet - A touch of sweetness blends with tartness leading to a dry (hint of clove), tangy, slightly bready, finish.
Refreshingly light-bodied, well-carbonated, effervescent. Could be creamier, but not complaining.
A nicely done fruit beer - raspberries add to a beer that is American pale wheat with a HW influence. Not too sweet - a very refreshing brew. Raspberry doesn't overwhelm. This is how American fruit beers should be!
02-20-2010 16:20:50 | More by jwc215
4.2/5 rDev +17.6%
Cloudy orange color, great start to the head but it fades to a single layer. Some lace.
More sweet than tart raspberry nose--a little bit like Kool-Aid. Inviting not overdone on the sugars.
One can almost taste the raspberry seeds. The fruit is very realistic, like someone squeezed fresh raspberry pulp into a very light wheat beer. Again, there is a slight tartness and a slight sweetness to this beer. Overall, I'd call this one closer to dry than sweet. The body is solid. The aftertaste fades a little more quickly than I would like.
A wonderful lighter alternative to a Framboise... perhaps a warm weather offering.
03-16-2008 19:57:49 | More by smcolw
3.4/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance: hazy orange in color with a reddish tint. Short 1/2" head falls apart slowly.
Smell: raspberry is the lone flavor picked up by the nose.
Taste: wheat, a strong layer of raspberries, some softer citrus, and a mild bitterness makes up a mildly refreshing beer.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp at the start, crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is laden with raspberry flavors.
Drinkability: this is a one glass beer as the fruitiness grows a bit tiring. Nice flavor but in short bursts only.
04-01-2009 00:06:02 | More by Gavage
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
Bought this as part of a Harpoon mixed 12 pack.
Significantly better than the standard UFO hefe, the touch of raspberry adds what the other doesn't have.. flavor! Not my favorite style but I found it pretty tasty and drinkable which works in my book.
10-02-2008 23:18:30 | More by oriolesfan4
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
Appears a hazy, rose colored pink with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out into nothing. No lacing is left behind for some reason. Upon swirling several times to try and recreate a foamy cap, the CO2 snaps and fizzes with veracity like an active batch of rice krispies.
Smell is of fresh raspberries, and light honey. Nothing else is really jumping out but the sweetness is reminding me of a cheap wine cooler aroma.
Taste echoes the one dimensional aromas with a citrusy, raspberry flavor that overpowers slightly and leaves a bitter sweet tart flavor lingering in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, smooth, overly sweet with a thinness that fades into a semi-dry finish.
I was actually looking forward to trying this, as I got it as a free sample from a friend. I always enjoyed the regular UFO, so the addition of the raspberries made it interesting to grab my attention. Unfortunately, it failed to win over my tastebuds, as well.
05-21-2007 16:37:58 | More by weeare138
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
Looks good with a raspberry red body, but there's something immediately off putting in the aroma. Maybe it's too much sulfur or yeast, but it's earthy in a bad way. The flavor is very low key at fist, but leaves a pleasant raspberry aftertaste. As it warms, and this one really needs to warm up, there's a delicate balance between the sweet wheat malt and fruit which play out in a tasty and lighter version of Lindeman's Framboise.
Overall, a pretty decent fruit beer. Just make sure it's not ice cold.
01-13-2008 07:07:57 | More by tempest
UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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