UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

256 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 256
Hads: 729
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | 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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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.82/5  rDev -21.4%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of pwf316
5/5  rDev +39.3%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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 (586 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found at the Four Points hotel bar in Revere, MA, this brew shows a dark amber glow with yellow edges, a modest white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little sign of lacing. The aroma gives off mild tart raspberry and sweet grass. The flavor brings a sour raspberry with lemon wheat. There’s a dry citrus hop finish in this somewhat thin bodied summer brew with tiny bubbles to tickle the palate. It has a watermelon-like quality but to me this gets old fast. Not my favorite fruit beer. Could use more grainy substance to balance out the fruit tart theme, but it probably would make for a decent change up during the summer, served ice cold and refreshing. (666 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.82/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow with maybe a slight blush of pink, two fingers of light foam that disappears very quickly. Aroma is strongly that of the raspberries promised on the label! Same goes for the taste, very fruit forward. Near perfect carbonation with no vile aftertaste! I talked my distributor into selling me this as a single, I'm going back tomorrow for the other 5! (369 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pors a very light amber with virtally no foam. Little like apple juice might look, only with a reddish/pink tint. Fruity smell - all raspberry. Pleasant. Taste is tart, crisp, fruity. Malt too. No hop to speak of. Citrus in the aftertaste.

Sneakily good - probably a better summer beer, being so light and easy. (358 characters)

Photo of ccm414
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

A- Pours a hazy golden brown with an almost amber hue. 1 1/2 finger head that disapears rather quickly leaving next to no lace on the glass.

S- Almost an artificial raspberry smell, but very inviting. Very metallic/sour aromas that are rather pleasant. You can almost sense the body with the wheat smells it gives off.

T- Sour/tart raspberries. Reminds me of a raspberry seltzer. Begins sweet for the first second on the palate becoming the tart/sour raspberry and finishing slightly sweet again. It doesn't seem to have a very long finish.

M- Crisp and clean. Slightly over carbonated like a seltzer water, but very inviting and refreshing.

D- Very drinkable, as long as you're into fruity beers. Very good beer for the hot summer season, it's just nothing to write home about.

Cheers!
ccm414 (834 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy caramel color, foamy head which has no stamina and dissipates quickly. No lacing. Looks like apple cider in the glass

S - Strong fruity smell, smells like a fruity soda.

T - Raspberry is very present, the sweetness and the tartness are there. Not much complexity, but not really expected

M - Light and refreshing. Good amount of carbonation, somewhat dry.

O - Did not knock my socks off. It is what it is. A good beach beer, nothing more, nothing less (475 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass...

The beer looks very pretty, it's orange with ruby hues and a tall frothy white head. It smells of raspberry and wheat and more raspberry. It tastes great to, I'm not a fan of fruit beers but this one is good. I tasted tart raspberry right from the start, it kind of makes the mouth pucker, there is a lot of wheat and a hint of lemon. This beer is light and the carbonation attacks the tongue. It finishes very dry. I thought this was the best of the UFO mixed pack I got, I was expecting it to be the worst but I was pleasantly surprised. (574 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky distintly pinkish though dark hued golden with an off-white (even slightly pinkish) head of actively fizzy foam that pops up and falls right down. Interesting look which hints that perhaps real fruit was used in the making.

S: Full spectrum raspberry present – not overly strong or sweet – not cloying at all but rather attractive. It mixes well with the grainy and bready wheat beer that shows though alright in the background.

T: Real fruit flavor, all the fruit. Not just the cloying fruity jam sweetness of many (extract) fruit beers. Works well with the grainy , bready wheat beer and helps contribute a nice tart edge with a hint of pucker. Some citrus comes through in the end and finish. A bit of yeast rounds out the flavor with an earthy background note. Not finding any hops which is appropriate for the style. Great fruit, nice rounded character, decent to good base wheat beer – makes for great flavor and drinkability.

M: Under medium body, CO2 over average, but not as fizzy as appeared on the pour. Crisp & quenching with a slight bit of tartness and an ultimately drying finish.

D: I like fruit beers made with real fruit. It adds a roundness and well integrated complexity that really sets them apart. Instead of being annoyingly cloying (at worst) or just mindlessly drinkable – you get an interesting quencher. The brewery says natural fruit flavor rather than real fruit, but it seems authentic even if it is not real whole fruit. (1,472 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at a local irish pub, the beer was served in a pint glass. It pours a hazy, cloudy, red-tinged color, almost peachy, with a thin, foamy, dense layer of filmy head that coats the top of the beer, as well as any part of the glass it touches. The aromas are heavy raspberry sweet, with a deep, dark sweet aroma, like when you are mixing raspberry Jello with the boiling water. Flavors are surprisingly well blended, with an initial toasted grain flavor that is quickly followed by a strong, but not overpowering, raspberry tangy sweet character. The aftertaste is a bit of the toasted and a bit of the tangy sweet, but light overall. The finish is a bit tart, with a slight coating left behind. Tasty brew...great on a hot day. (738 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like you'd expect from a raspberry hefe. It's cloudy, but instead of being white-ish, it's a bit darker due to the raspberry. The head is gone quickly, so look at it fast. It's a bright white and adds a good contrast to the beer.

Smells like raspberry juice was added instead of raspberries being added to the mash. As such, it's an extremely strong berry scent, almost too much so.

Fortunately, the taste isn't as overpowering as the smell. There's an obvious fruit flavor, but it's not overly sweet, more tart and it mixes well with the carbonation.

This would make a great warm weather beer. It's not too sweet, not really sweet at all. There is a slight pucker factor with the tartness, which gives is a nice dry finish making you want to down the beer quickly.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's not going to win awards as a great beer, but it's much better than I expected. It's not something I'll drink in the cold weather months, but hits the spot when Mother Nature brings the heat. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bit purple-ish amber. Average head and wheat character, with a nicely crisp body. Even though the lable notes that natural raspberry flavor is added, it had a tinge of artificiality to it, and rang of flavoring adjunct rather than brewing component. Sweetness was well moderated so that it did not come across as a fruit cooler, but not the most impressive example, either. (382 characters)

Photo of Antikythera
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light amber with a pink haze.

Smell: a bit berryish.

Taste: tart raspberry. Not too strong, maybe even a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: wet. Um... wet and a bit juicy.

Overall: this was... generally nice. Nothing special, but enjoyable and refreshing. I know my review sounds 'meh', if anything, but I would buy this again for a summer quencher. (353 characters)

Photo of Mit
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-reddish gold, cloudy...nice lasting head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s-sour raspberry smells, mild mild citrus that adds a crisp smell to the glass.

t-Berry flavours dominate this beer. Def refreshing....

m-very nice. light but def fits the abv.

overall I loved this beer. I am buying more of this until it's gone for the season. Almost the perfect summertime beer. (370 characters)

Photo of njmoons
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Not worth breaking down into a detailed review.

First no hefeweizen to speak of. Any german hefeweizen flavor was lost in a thin body and rasberry juice (tasted more like juice than fruit).

Rasberry was overpowering and sacarine.

I drank it, but it was an effort. Skip this one. (282 characters)

Photo of TheCervezaChica
4.95/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first time I ever tried this beer was on tap at the tasting room in Vermont at the Harpoon brewery, and I fell in love. This beer is also seasonal so when I come across it in bottles I stock up.

The color of this beer is a nice pinkish red, and the nose delivers a light raspberry smell. I am able to drink a 6 pack of these and be perfectly content. It is not a beer that I tire of drinking easily. They are great on a hot summer day. The fruit complements the base beer very nicely. The ABV is just right. I enjoy regular UFO, but I will definitely choose this instead anytime. (585 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Uhrhan - from his buddy in Boston.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, orangeish hue. Aggressive pour yielded around a 1 1/2 finger white head. Dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of nice, tart raspberries. Couldn't really pick up anything else - perhaps some wheat in the background, but the style of this brew comes through nice and strong on the nose.

T & M - Very tasty. I am a fan of raspberry wheat beers, and this is one of the better ones I've had... A lot of fresh raspberries up front and throughout. A little bit of wheat at the end. Nicely carbonated, but not too much.

Overall - A wonderful spring / summer brew. You can drink a lot of these on a warm day. Perfect for outdoor outings / BBQ's - in fact, I drank it while grilling last night and it was incredibly smooth. Similar beers in this area are Southern Tier raspberry wheat. I'd definitely buy / try again. (928 characters)

Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head that stays around, no lacing though.

S-Raspberry and wheat.

T-Very strong raspberry but it tastes completely natural, there is some wheat in there as well.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation

O-A solid fruit beer, possibly the best of the UFO series from what I remember from the ones I haven't reviewed. (339 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very similar to the white. A hazy golden yellow with a ruby hue. Slightly bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a sour raspberry smell with a backing of heffe yeast. The flavor is a ton of wheat upfront with the yeasty raspberry coming through. A medicinal raspberry flavor over a tangy wheat body. Could barely get through a bottle of this with the raspberry assaulting my taste buds. (393 characters)

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