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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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256 Reviews

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 740
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 30.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 113 | 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.

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Photo of aluskungs
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted kinda like a berliner weiss.

Big raspberry nose, which is what I like the best about this beer. Cloudy with little bubbles float up. A deep straw color with a little rim of foam clinging to the sides of my glass.

Big fruit flavor. Not for you if you don't like fruit beer. Raspberries add bitterness and there is a hefeweizen like sourness, which gives a nice pucker. But great fruit flavor. It tastes very fresh, like they used fresh berries, not syrup or "raspberry flavor", good job on that part.

It tastes fine, but there's something not quite right. It seems to be off balanced.

A hazy beer for a hazy summer day. Very quenching!

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Photo of akorsak
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a 12 oz bottle of Raspberry UFO served at a little joint in Lebanon, NH.

Appearance: The ale has an unattractive reddish/rosé color and little head.

Smell: Raspberries.

Taste: The raspberry juice used in this beer is intense. The weizen has no opportunity to shine because the the fruit takes controls and doesn't let up. Not a desirable situation.

Mouthfeel: The raspberries are sweet and juicy, but they have no place here.

Drinkability: Low. The fruit is too much.

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Photo of SteveO1231
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - From a 12 oz. brown bottle. Pours a cloudy pinkish orange like grapefruit juice. Thick foamy white head, lots of carbonation.
Aroma - Extremely fruity, like a wine cooler, some sour yeast notes, huge raspberry smell.
Mouth feel - Very light and watery, lots of carbonation tingles the palate.
Taste - Light malted wheat sweetness with fruity tartness. Some yeast flavors present,. Clean finish, not much in terms of hop character. Very much like a wine cooler.
Overall - Refreshing, but the fruity flavors can be a bit much. I really was tasting a wine cooler here, I'm a big fan of the UFO but the RAS, not so much.
- Cheers!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazey golden amber beer with a slight pink tint. Has a small white head. The aroma reminds me of a lambic, lightly fruity sour and tart. The raspberry hits the tip of your tongue first. Then the sour tartness takes over the rest. The sharp tartness on the finish keeps this from being an overly sweet fruit beer. I found it to be quite refreshing on a hot day after driving home from work. Having a six of this in the fridge just to have something refreshing to throw down your throat is not a bad idea.

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Photo of slyke
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this to try with a couple of people.

Harpoon's Raspberry Hefeweizen UFO pours a pink-red opaque color with a white head. The aroma was quite inviting with a lot of raspberry noted. Taste was a bit disappointing as the raspberry was not as prevalent in the taste as it was in the smell. Mouthfeel was good - just about right for a hefeweizen. This is a pretty drinkable beer. Not one to drink fast, in my opinion, but one to sip on a warm summer day.

This one is worth a trying if you come across it.

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Photo of mickeymoocow
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very stunned with this beer. At first it tasted like a malt beverage (like those mike drinks) but as it went down each sip got smoother and smoother. I could deffinetly taste the wheat in it, but it just had this nice hint of raspberry and was no overbearing, while still maintaining the fact that it is a beer and should taste like one! Very well done!

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Photo of Naes
2.11/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours out hazy strawberry blond colored with a small white head.
The aroma is candy sweet with raspberries. It reminds me of a jolly rancher.
The flavor has traces of a regular heffeweizen, but the artificial raspberry jolly rancher flavor remains dominant.
Mouthfeel is a bit sugary and over carbonated.
Overall, this fails due to the flavor seeming artificial.

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Photo of hreb
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of waughbrew
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach with a pretty white head. Smells too much like cran-apple-raspberry and not enough like beer ingredients. I would prefer more of a mix. A bit of corny grain sticks through. Bright, lively, and spritzy on the tongue, this one is refreshing. Again, however, I get juice and not enough beer. Red fruited seeds and some tartness are pleasant. Finish is very clean after the twang subsides. Easy drinking, but not tasty enough to make me want to.

A decent fruit beer that is merely lacking in substance.

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Photo of cheeseNbeer
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pretty amber color with very little head. The taste for me started out good, but once I got more than a couple sips in the flavor of the raspberry wanes and it lost it's appeal a little bit. This beer definitely gets better as the temperature goes up. While I did not have it with food this time, I will say that when I had it in the past with BBQ it was a nice addition to the grilled burger.

This beer has many of the characteristics of the regular UFO, I feel that it has a little bit less of the hefeweisen flavor but the raspberry is quite strong.

The smell is very sweet and fruity as one would expect. I can't say much more than that you get a little bit of the wheat beer aromas backed strongly by the raspberry. The mouthfeel is a little more bitter than sweet which ends up confusing the palate a bit as you get toward the bottom of the glass.

Overall, the beer is alright and I would imagine that it would be a popular addition to any backyard BBQ. This is a good summer beer, but I would take long trail's blackberry wheat over the UFO Raspberry any day.

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Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of hermesch
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has gotten some sub-par comments, and though I understand where they're coming from I suspect they've not experienced this beer in the proper setting: mid-summer, outside in the hot sun, with marianated meats sizzling on a friend's nearby grill.

Wheat beers are notoriously summer quafs, and the Raspberry UFO is no exception. A crisp, tart rasberry taste that isn't overpowering and peters out nicely. Mouthfeel is clean and dry, not sticky as with alot of fruit beers.

Highly recommend this selection for those hot summer days ahead!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Salmon-tinted, marshmellow-golden in color. Pinkish-white, lightly creamy head that settles to a pillowy sheet. Patchy lacing without strength.

Bright, slightly tart raspberry aroma. A clean wheat; crisp, even airy. A touch of diacetyl. The berry aromas are quite natural.

A cutting sourness from beginning to end; strong raspberry flavor. The sourness turns almost like vinegar when trying to balance the deep hay and wheat profile. A bit of wet cardboard.

Light bodied; slightly dry, airy on the palate. Also a slickness caused by the vinegar sourness.

Lack of balance in flavor. Haphazardly thrown together that comes across in the flavor.

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Photo of LarryV
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with a thin head that's quick to fade. Smell is straightahead raspberries. Carbonation is prickly on the tongue. Taste is tart, not sweet or cloying. There are no signs of the usual Hefeweizen lurking in the background. Kind of reminded me of a Jolly Rancher. An easy to drink beer that would probably be refreshing on a hot day. I couldn't make it a session beer, but could probably have a couple before needing to move on to something else.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Brooklyn the other day, since I like Harpoon's UFO and Hibernian Style Red and thought this would be a nice try to go along with the Hefe's and Unfiltered brews that I've been enjoying lately. Wasn't sure what to expect, and I was mildly surprised with how nicely crafted and easy to drink this was. It woudln't win any awards in my book, but it was certainly worth what I spent on it and the time I spent lugging it on the subway, and then the bus to get home!

Good pour, with a beautiful light Raspberry/light salmon colored hue, a nice head, and great lacing to go with it. The taste was mild, and a bit tart in the back. The fruitiness was neither overdone nor underdone and the mouthfeel was that of having a raspberry without the tartness or seeds in it. No bitterness, no heavy maltiness, and wonderful for this time of the year. The flavoring doesn't feel that fake or syrupy either, even though I have no idea how they added it in!

The alcohol can barely be discerned while drinking this, and there isn't a lot of carbonation to accompany the taste of this. Still, it was enjoyable and well suited to someone who would like to get into craft beer more. I was hoping for more of an unfiltered taste, but this brew is even smoother and easier to enjoy than the wheat beers of recent. A welcome addition to my spring and certainly worth a try for a wide range of beer enthusiasts!

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Photo of medic25
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-orange with a white foamy head. Smell is obvious without even bringing the glass to your nose; very strong raspberry aroma. Taste is also very fruity; refreshing raspberry flavor, with subtle wheat and yeast flavors in the background. This is an extremely drinkable beer, especially with the summer coming up. This would be a great beer to introduce the macro drinker to something with some character.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Light foamy white head does not retain well. Dark peach to pink coloration. Cloudy and unfiltered.

S- Raspberries and wheat, just what is expected.

T- Sweet berries at first but gets a little acidic and tart. Fruit is not overwhelming.

M- Light and refreshing. Not sticky sweet. Very fresh tasting.

D – Very drinkable, top notch fruit beer. I originally picked this up to share with my girlfriend but it might not make it that far. Great change of pace.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not usually a fan of fruit beers, but this one is very well done. It pours with loosely bubbled head and a beautiful, hazy rose color tinged with gold. The smell is pretty straightforward -- just tart raspberries and a bit of yeast and green apple. The taste of this beer is where it separates from a lot of fruit beers. It's sweet at first, then turns tart, with a suprisingly pleasing metallic flavor at the end. It's tart but not puckeringly so, sweet but not cloying... in short, it's balanced in ways that most fruit beers are not, while still maintaining a bold flavor. Quite the balancing act.

The mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the fruit's acidity, but that's par for the course with this style. It's a pretty drinkable beer for a fruit beer. It's not where I'd go first, but I imagine that fruit beer fans would really enjoy this one.

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Photo of TrickKnee
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After going up the brewwery over a month ago, i knew a rasberry beer was soon on its way, you could smell it everywhere. It is a very subdued rasberry flaovr which is a great thing. Not to fruity with no real aftertaste. Would make a great summer beer, however I think I still like the original UFO better with some lemon. It is definetly worth a try.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this Harpoon offering pours an amber color and wells up a half finger of pure white head

S - of course, the smell is owned by the raspberriness, other than that theres not much, oh wait, a slight int of wheatiness, a grainy aroma

T - wow, surprisingly a balanced sweetness, the raspberry flavor is kept in control, there is a firm wheat body along with it, and it is balanced with a great hoppy bitterness

M - very firm, a great body balance, very very refreshing

D - very high, one of the best fruit beers i have ever had

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Photo of EPICAC
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I noticed this new beer a week or two ago at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I decided to pick up a six pack tonight. I chilled this in the fridge and served in my Harpoon UFO Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy red-orange with a fluffy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smell: The nose is dominated by the smell of raspberries. There's a faint graininess evident on swirling.

Taste: I was expecting more of a raspberry flavor given the aroma, but the raspberry flavors are more understated (this isn't a bad thing). Raspberry flavors are evident upfront, but don't overwhelm. A citrusy tartness emerges in the center and lingers into the finish, where it melds with a grainy wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Very light, refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall: This beer reminded me of Abita Purple Haze, it's been awhile since I've had Purple Haze so I can't express a preference. I'm not a huge fan of American Hefe Weizens. I tend to prefer the fruity and spicy flavors present in German Hefes. I think the raspberry adds some of what I feel is missing from the American style. As such I prefer UFO Raspberry over UFO.

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Photo of Danielson
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-It definately has a faint maroon/reddish hue to the usual UFO gold.
Smell-Has the faint raspberry smell too it definatly nothing too overpowering. Taste-Goes down really smoothe, almost like a raspberry seltzer, with a faint UFO aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Almost non existent, like I noted above, seltzer-like.
Drinkability-The drinkability is quite high. I saw this on the blackboard at the bar I was at tonight (Treydon's Eho MA) and me and my wife split the bottle not knowing what to expect. She loves it, definatly a summery brew. Picked up a 6er at the grocery store on the way home.

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Photo of Franchise
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle a cloudy orange rust color that leaves a white head with a red tint that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is heavy raspberry tart in nature almost synthetic. The taste is sweet, watery raspberry juice. It continues with a tartness that is combined with a somewhat heavy carbonated wheat feel on the palate. The finish is banana, nuts, almost a musty taste as well. Decent hefe, could be great with more "real" raspberry presence in the body.

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Photo of acarroll413
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

A- cloudy, as a hefe should be. the color had a pinkish hue to it, but it was nothing exciting. The head was white and disapated quite quickly, surprising for a beer, almost like sprite or something.

S- smelled wonderful. okay, it smelled like candy raspberry but so what? i think its great, and i could still smell the wheat from the beer.

T- wow, raspberry! i'm starting to like this whole flavored beer thing. the raspberry really complimented the unfiltered wheatiness well. it was crisp and delicious.

M- original UFO is hella-smooth, and this one is no exception. hella smooth and well carbonated.

D- i liked this beer a lot. another great Harpoon beer. damn Massachusetts makes great beer! now i know some people say that "it tastes like cough syrup" well i say so what? are you expecting fresh fruit in a bottle of beer? i'm not! when i buy a fruit beer im not buying it and expecting to have to pick seeds out of my teeth. okay enough of my tangent. this beer was very tasty for anyone who likes raspberry.

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Photo of taez555
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a reddish/pink hazy wheat like body with a small white head.

Nose has a sugary, candy like fake raspberry smell. Almost like that bubble gum raspberry stuff they gave you at the dentist office when you were a kid.

Taste is medium bodied with a brisk and course but overly very smooth wheat like body. There's an extract quality mild raspberry sweetness. You can really taste the wheat malt in his baby. Nice chewy fruits actually and even touches of honey. A mild bitterness but has an interesting lingering dryness.

7/8's Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, 1/8 Dogfish head Fort. A nice little drinkable fruit beer, but honestly it just seemed like UFO with some sugary fruit syrup tossed in.

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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.