UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

685 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | 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 abedenbaugh
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:As soon as I poured this beer I was looking forward to drinking it because of the red tint that the beer had. The color is an light orange-brown with a tint of red. The head is slightly off-white and doesn't have much retention.
S:Big raspberry smell up front with just a little bit of sweetness in the end. The sweetnesse seems a little artifical, like sweet'n low, but this isn't really a negative.
T:Up front is the raspberry flavor. It is actually quite mild but still dominates the front of the palate. There is a little bit of a wheat flavor, or course it's like a hefeweizen. In the middle there is a little bit of tartness and it ends with a little bit of sweetness to balance out the tartness.
MF:It has a medium body with average amount of carbonation. It feels good in the mouth.
D:It's a very drinkable beer. It's light and refreshing. The raspberry goes really well with the hefeweizen and does not try to over power it.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look - Water, surprisingly milky and hard to see through, pinkish/orange complexion.

Smell - Sweet smelling raspberry.

Taste - Weak and watery as far as offensiveness, because it's not that weak. Raspberry is obvious, which is pleasurable if you like raspberry.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, aftertaste is dry and tart but very brief, one of the best aftertastes I've dealt with.

Drinkability - Very drinkable beer, very easy on the stomach. You could drink up to 12 of these with no issues.

Photo of Seru1
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love rasberry's and I was looking to try something new so I bought a six pack from my last store on the way home.

Poured into a Weizen Glass

A- Brilliant coppery red orange, So cool. I rarely see something this vividly unique. It's right at home with a fall day or a brilliant sunset.

S- A fair whiff of rasberry, very subtle but nothing special.

T- A hearty punch of cereal flavors starts out and ends with a nice sweet rasberry burst that lingers pleasently.

M- Nicely coating without being to thick, just right.

Drinkability- I'll definatly by another six pack of this. This is a fruit beer, If you don't like sweet and you don't like fruit this isn't for you. For the rest of us who like a decently sweet beer without that bitter twinge, Drink up!

Photo of Rainintheface
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It came in the mixed twelve, so here goes..Poured into SA glass

A: hazy and pinkish in color with a one finger faintly pink head

S: raspberry dominates but some floral notes seem to fade in and out

T: raspberries, citric

M: crisp and a little sticky. tart. light

D: I could probably have a couple in warmer weather but I probably won't.

Photo of jneiswender
2.25/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle into a small pint glass.

A--Egg shell head and a clear cherry brown body.

S--Strong raspberry smell. Not fake raspberry smell. Faint malt and hop scent on the back end. A bit yeasty too.

T--Light raspberry flavor despite the strong smell. You can actually taste some nice cereal malt. The flavor near the end is a bit off. A bit tannin. Yeasty as it warms up.

D--Light to medium body.

D--Not really feeling their wheat beers. Way too tannic tasting. I believe there are other versions out there of fruit wheat beers that are better. This one would be nice if it just didn't have that awkward tannic bite at the end. Annoying rather than quenching because of it.

Photo of shabbtastic
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, they call this hefeweizen?

A - Poured into a pint glass with absolutely no head and hardly any carbonation.

S - Smelled like a raspberry ginger ale. There was noting in the nose (to me) that resembled a hefeweizen.

T - Just like a soft drink, of course my wife loved it.

M - Filled the mouth with a thick syrupy feel, sweet and light.

D - Not too bad, for a fruit beer. My only main gripe was its deviation from a true hefeweizen, it was more watery and not thick and cloudy, maybe a bad batch. I would be willing to try again.

Photo of Risser09
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - Best by 3-31-07 - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours and looks like a white zinfandel mixed with some reisling. Light pink in color. 2" white head with a slightly pink hue. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A rush of tart raspberry. Wheat, sugar. Not much else going on.

Taste: Light raspberry flavor gives way to a similarly light wheat flavor. Wheat is in the finish. Not too complex.

Mouthfeel: Light in all areas, very refreshing. Lively in carbonation. Raspberry is not cloying. Alcohol is not noticable.

Drinkability: Definitely a chick beer. Although not horrible, this isn't complex enough to be a good beer. Very simple. This could serve as a beer to bridge the gap to craft beer. Won't go out of my way to revisit.

Photo of GusESB
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a glass, it is golden in color typical of a wheat beer. This one however wasn't as cloudy as other beers but more light golden, with an orange tint.
The head on it was small, but the smell of the beer had a strong raspberry aroma to it.
The mouthfeel was light and mildly fruity, with a mild raspberry aftertaste. I feel as though the raspberry worked well with the wheat flavors. I very much enjoyed this beer and would love to find it on draft.

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blackie
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Into a standard pint...gives a modest white head that soon recedes to a thin layer and ring. The beer is a red tinged golden-amber, and considerably hazy. I do like the color.

s: Decent psedo-natural raspberry aroma supported by a one-dimensional wheat malt base. Lightly spicy, papery hops. Neutral yeast. Light, Vitamin C tart aroma.

m: Carbonation on the high side of medium, and the body light. Bad cough-syrup feel left after the swallow.

t: A decent flavor overall, but I can't get over the concentrate quality of the raspberry, and how dominant it is...especially after the swallow. At least it doesn't taste really artificial. Wheaty malt base with benign hops adding almost no flavor and a weak bitterness...along with a welcome tartness. As with the standard UFO, the "Hefeweizen" part of the name is misleading (though this one is much better). More of a decent American wheat with some raspberry flavor added. Best when sipping and right after the swallow...the aftertaste is where this one really suffers. I still enjoy it, just not 3.5 enjoy.

d: Pretty easy, but no session.

from one of them Christmas gift mix-packs

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy with a light pink/orange tint. Very little head.

Smells of raspberries right off the bat.

Immediate taste is a sweet raspberry flavor although the aftertaste is more tart and slightly unpleasant, but is worth drinking for the initial tastes.

An interesting variation on a hefeweizen, would be interested in seeing more of these types.

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 Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass with lots of room for head. The color was surprisingly pink with some orange and red mixed in. The light pink head was very large. Very cool, I'm not used to seeing a beer with that color unless it's a Belgian fruit lambic. Big raspberry aroma but it pretty much overpowers any malt or hop aroma. Very sweet, almost spritzy, taste. Carbonation was fairly high but suited the beer well, making it refreshing and quenching. A little too artificial tasting to become something that I would continually stock my fridge with, but a nice change from a traditional hefeweizen.

Photo of erosier
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer. It pours a pinkish color with a pink head, kind of like ruby red grapefruit juice that's carbonated. The aroma is a of very strong raspberries. The taste is overwhelmingly raspberry. Probably too strong for a beer, but it is actually kind of refreshing. The wheaty malty taste comes through in the aftertaste and it really is a nice wheat aftertaste but still very overwhelmingly raspberry-y. Great for someone who doesn't like beer though...

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 wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stole a sample of UFO Rasp. Hefe from the girlfriend...a review out of boredom, if you will.

Pours a grapefruit-colored body, cloudy with tinges of pink and yellow. I gotta credit Harpoon for originality, you don't see this color too often. A thin white head appears and vanishes rather quickly, leaving no lacing, despite the abundant carbonation levels. The aroma could stand to be stronger, but a sniff while it's still fizzing reveals notes of raspberry, vanilla, sweet cherries, and wheat.

The taste is good at first, but after a few sips the blandness kicks in. Some creamy vanilla notes pair with a hint of raspberry and a dominant, wheaty note. Mouthfeel is refreshing, but not much else. Too much carbonation and a watery thin body leave me wondering if this is beer or raspberry-flavored, flat champagne. I can't say I'd ever buy this on my own, but for what it is, I suppose it could be worse.

Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice head that disolves but never disappears, over a cloudy pink color. Aroma is unmistakably "berry". Taste follows and it's almost hard to find the "beer" taste underneath all the berry flavoring. The aftertaste is...you guessed it...more berry. I don't want this to necessarily sound bad, because the flavor is not unpleasant at all. Easy to drink one or two, but not many more.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of CoSMoSYS
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark orange/copper red with a decent amount of head and no lacing whatsoever. I let this beer sit for a couple minutes and the carbonation rose and seemed to make the beer darker near the top, so it went from an orange (on the bottom) to a copper (on the top). There is no head after the first few sips and no lacing. The head does reappear, however, when you swirl the beer.

The smell is definitely of raspberries and wheat. You can almost smelled the carbonation as well and can tell its going to be light.

The taste is a very tingly delicious. The first thing I noticed was the beer dancing around my tongue and mouth from the carbonation. I also detected a hint of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is all about the raspberries and carbonation. Maybe a little tart to top everything off. Very easy drink to enjoy.

I recommend this beer, especially when sitting outside on a nice day watching the sun go down.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer on hot days during the summer. Pours with a nice head, although it dissipates quickly; very little lacing remains during the tasting. Amber-pink in appearance and somewhat cloudy. I've had varying experiences relative to the visibility of yeast in the glass; guess it depends on the batch. However, my expectation is that there should be some residual yeast floating in the brew. Nice subtle smell of raspberry, but not overpowering. Very pleasant in the mouth. A little bit of a tingle on the tongue, with a slightly tart finish that leaves the taste of raspberry on the taste buds. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle @ the Police show, Rentschler Field, Hartford, Conn.

A: This "hefe" looked great for the style that it really is; a fruit/veggie beer. Nice rose coloring that poured with a decent finger-sized head, a surprise to me for a fruit beer.

S: Smell is clearly of raspberries, as it should be. There were some orange and lemon notes mixed in, but it all covered up any chance of smelling the wheat.

T: I'm not a big fan of fruit beers normally, but this one was a bit better than average for the style. It was crisp and refreshing, certainly sweet, but I couldn't stick with this for more than two rounds. It starts to taste like a White Zinfandel wine cooler after a while, and I'm sure would make for a pretty nasty hangover b/c of the sugary sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel was okay at first, a bit acidic. Then, sips began to taste syrupy to me; not something I look for with "wheat" and "hefe" written on the label. Even for a fruit beer, this was a bit unimpressive for me.

D: Certainly not a horrible beer, but I wouldn't get one on a regular basis. If it was a hot day, and I ducked into a pub for a drink, I might get this if other taps were ship-shod. Only good for a session if you're into fruit beers.

Girlfriends can rejoice over this one though; it'll save your guy from having to order a Mich Ultra or Smirnoff Ice, and I'm sure they'd appreciate the effort to foray into diverse brews. I give Harpoon credit for creating something different as a cousin to their regular UFO.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a rush of bubbles. A thick head with little retention and some lacing. Has a hazy rose colour.

Smells of raspberries, and it is rather hard to detect anything else. There is some wheat notes that make their way in for a moment.

Good mouth feel, refreshing but not something I could drink all night. Tastes of raspberries, some citrus and a slight acidic character. Good for the hot summer days.

Photo of rowew
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, nice design on the label. Date clearly printed.

Appearance: Pours with an average head that fades quickly. Color is murky orangish pink - looks a bit like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Almost completely raspberry, with just a bit of wheat hidden in there.

Taste: Fruit taste dominates, but it isn't overly sweet. Nice bit of tartness to it. There is a bit of wheat flavor in there, but it is definitely dominated by the fruit.

Overall impression: Not a bad fruit beer - probably would be a great gateway, and they definitely go down easy on a warm day.

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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