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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a pretty cool looking hazy amber/pink combo colour with a slightly pink head that's fluffy and sticky. Different and nice.

The aroma is more raspberry than hefeweizen. That said, the raspberry aroma is far from overpowering, and there are still notes of wheat and yeast in the back.

Flavour is much more of the same. Raspberries again are the leader, with grain and some other citrus fruit cutting through. The flavour is tart up front wit ha bit more smoothness toward the end of each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied and quite refreshing.

This one is enjoyable...certainly more enjoyable than I was expecting. It's got flavour and is well balanced and is a nice thirst quencher. I don't know that I could drink this all night, but I could easily have this one again. Try it.

SixpointJMH, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of far333
2.4/5  rDev -33%

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.

far333, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of BBM
2.03/5  rDev -43.3%

My friend recently went to Harpoon Brewery and came back with this. It pours a, um, clear amber color with a pinkish hue? A bit disorienting. I know it's raspberry flavored, I just didn't expect a raspberry color to go along with it. There's a white fizzy head on top. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, walking the line between fruity/wheaty and just plain sour.

The taste is way too sour and fizzy for my liking. I don't mind a fruit beer every once and a while, but the raspberry syrup is too much to overcome. There is a slight wheat or bread flavor, but again, it's soured by the soda-like syrup and carbonation. Mouthfeel is way too thin for a hefe. I'll be honest, I had a hard time finishing this beer. I wouldn't even recommend it to fruit beer fans. Go with Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat if you must.

BBM, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured a rich hazy raspberry tinted pale with a great hefe head that even had just the slightest raspberry red tint to it. The aroma was strong on raspberries and not much else. The taste was also strong on raspberries but of course had the typical characteristics of a hefeweizen behind it. The beer was good and carbonated as a hefe should be. This was quite enjoyable as my taste for wheat beers grows with spring coming back in bloom.

atsprings, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.63/5  rDev -54.5%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

pours a cloudy peach / pink color with a three finger light pinkish head with some lacing to the finish. nice raspberry aroma hit you even as you pour it. nice tartness to the taste. mouthfeel was crisp, light, refreshing, dry. i was very leery about trying this beer but found it very good. i think for a summer time refresher it would be just great and i really liked the way it looked in the glass.

billybob, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
1.88/5  rDev -47.5%

Bottle 12 oz in a pint glass ...

This beer is as bad as Rex Grossman ....Which this gentleman , Grossman cost me some cash . Poured a pinkish / light red color ..The smell was fruit ( raspberry / strawberry ) nice head . Smell of Life Savers & Crystal Light . Taste was bland , boring and blah . It was better than the UFO - rubbish - . but that is not saying much . The taste is too watery for me . More like a wine cooler than a beer to me . I tried to like this , had 3 of them then wrote my notes . Gave the rest to the lads to enjoy . They still like drinking the Coors Light / Bud light swill ..Thans to Rex I did not need that $125.00 you eejit . ...Hold on to the ball ..

Kudashov, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a peachy cloudy color with a very small bubbly head. The smell is definitely of raspberries, almost wine cooler like. The taste is also dominated by raspberries, with the malt taste being almost completely hidden and a very light hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall, I would have to say that the downfall of the drinkability is the overpowering sweetness of the raspberries. Otherwise a good tasting beer, preferably in small amounts.

gmfessen, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
1.2/5  rDev -66.5%

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.

Doomcifer, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of pgenius
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Had a bottle of this stuff in the afternoon, after my classes. I must say I was very disappointed. It poured a bubbly head that disappeared within seconds and the beer itself is of copper/amber color. There was a good scent of raspberries but not as good as I would have predicted. The taste was overwhelmingly fruity and I could barely taste the wheat. It’s different and worth a shot, but I won't be having another one of these anytime soon.

pgenius, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

A very light gold colored body was mildly hazy. A two inch white head faded somewhat quickly. Loads of medium sized carbonation bubbles rapidly rising. Very few small spots of lacing.

A very nice large raspberry scent rose out of the glass the moment of the pour. Sweet is an understatment as is expected. A second whiff helped show a very light scent of the wheat, but not close to rivaling raspberry.

Very nice flavor. A decent wheat taste dominates the front of the first taste. Raspberries finish in the back of every sip. No real complexity to this beer. Just a raspberry and wheat lovers' blend.

A decent body. Average thickness. A burst of carbonation on the back end of the sip is a nice kick.

A nice above average beer. Raspberry aroma and taste blend for a nice tart summer beer. Enjoy this with a nice piece of chocolate cake as an after dinner pairing. Check it out if you like fruit beers.

RedChrome, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of aluskungs
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

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!

aluskungs, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of akorsak
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

akorsak, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of SteveO1231
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%

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!

SteveO1231, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

ybnorml, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of slyke
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

slyke, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of mickeymoocow
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

mickeymoocow, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of Naes
2.1/5  rDev -41.3%

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.

Naes, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of hreb
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

hreb, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

waughbrew, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of cheeseNbeer
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

cheeseNbeer, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

Todd, May 30, 2006
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

hermesch, May 22, 2006
Photo of NEhophead
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

NEhophead, May 21, 2006
UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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