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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

694 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 27
Gots: 73 | 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 JamesS
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very bright lavender color, almost pink, with just a slight bit of head and no lacing (not unusual for a wheat beer); it had just a little too much color for me. Nice scent, all of it raspberry, though; I could get hints of the crisp wheat beer in it, but nothing of a malty or straw aroma. Excellent taste, though, the raspberry is strong and dominant, but here is where the wheat beer comes through, with a nice refreshing sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel, too, it goes down very well. Not my favorite fruited wheat, as it was a little too over done with the raspberries, but still quite good.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours slightly hazy light shade of pinkish-red. The tint reminds me much of watered down strawberry Kool-Aid. There was about 1/4" of white soapy head but it dissipated quickly, leaving a white ring. No lacing.

S: The raspberries come forth to the nose in a soft sort of way. Again, a bit like Kool-aid, but the wheat definitely comes through beneath. There is also a bit of a wine aroma that drifts up as well.

T&M: The flavor of this struck me immediately of a dry strawberry wine. The raspberry flavoring is prominent but not alone. The unique wheat flavor underlies the fruit in a dry matrix. The carbonation is light in texture but abundant, giving the brew a light, sparkling mouthfeel. The finish is interesting - dry, quick and just a bit of light raspberry on the linger.

D: For me, a little of this goes a long way. Although interesting, and relatively enjoyable, there wasn't anything that was compelling me to consume with any fervor.

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

I don't exactly love the regular UFO offering so I wasn't really beating down the door to get to this one out of the mixed twelve I picked up last weekend. Plus, I'm not sure I've ever had a good raspberry beer. Blueberry, yes, raspberry, not sure.

The good news is a raspberry blonde color and candy sweet smell drenched in raspberry syrup. The bad news is the lack of any head whatsoever or any smell that remotely resembles a beer, although that is often par for the course with fruit beers.

The taste hits you with the fruit flavor early but the aftertaste dries out a bit but not in a positive way. The texture is flat and fairly lifeless. I can see this being somewhat refreshing on a ht day but I'm just not feeling it. This is a typical fruit beer; it's not terrible and has some things to recommend it but it doesn't really give me the full beer experience and I won't look for it again.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a golden hue with shades of raspberry red appearing in increasing gradation towards the head. Great looking head for a hefeweizen--it settles gradually, yet not uniformly, creating an almost cloud-like effect. The beer itself is cloudy, but that color gradation is really something to behold. The bottom is lighter, with shades of red increasing towards the head, under which the beer has a prominent reddish hue.

S: Nose is of raspberries, of course, but also I can detect the standard wheat-beer nose one might not expect from a fruity beer. Definitely not a true hefeweizen scent, but that probably has a lot to do with the raspberries in the beer. The fruit scent isn't too overpowering (see Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat), but isn't too weak either--definitely a happy medium.

T&M: Very smooth feel. Tart and fruity, yet not overpoweringly so. The balance between fruit and beer is enough to remind me that I am, in fact, drinking a beer. The raspberry flavors are definitely there, but more as a complement to the traditional wheat-beer flavor. Finish is smooth, with the slight bitterness or tartness one associates with a typical wheat beer. Rated a bit lower because the taste isn't full enough for me, but it's definitely smooth and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is relatively light, appropriate for the style, with a sufficient level of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer. I'll definitely have some of this around for myself after a workout or run. It also would do nicely for a party or get-together--a fresh, fun beer to have around to change things up.

Photo of DrinkinBoy
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen pour an odd color which I can best describe as a deep salmon color. The head has a good texture with good retention, but it also has a slightly pink tint. This is unique and kind of cool.

The smell has no relation to beer. It is similar to a fruity wine/wine cooler or a raspberry ginger ale. But the smell is strong.

Its taste is quite complex. The first taste is like a beer, then it quickly changes to sweet, then an overwhelming sour taste comes on. I have a hight toleration for sour stuff, but this made my whole face pucker.

The mouthfeel is decent. It has a good body, but there is a bitter bite.

Overall, I would not consider this beer extremely drinkable. The taste was quite harsh to my mouth, but I would suggest it to anyone do to its uniqueness.

Photo of msolar
2.03/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the brewery. It was tough to finish two ounces, it's overwhelmingly sweet and tastes like a wine cooler more than a beer. The majority of our group wasn't impressed with this beer. I certainly won't buy it and would suggest numerous other 'fruit' beers ahead of this one.

Photo of philbe311
3.07/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A golden and cloudy poor... Initial foam quickly settles combined with minimal carbonation... Once settled it reminds me of a glass of apple juice...

S - Raspberry smell is obvious though it seems artificial and not authentic... Displays some cider qualities as well...

T - Slightly tart raspberry taste... Not complex... Taste is much more natural than the artificial sent...

M - Very dry... Light...

D - Goes down easy, but not memorable... A one and done type brew... Very few characteristics of a good hefeweizen are present...

Photo of ledemie
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a good fruit beer, I do not really care for fruit beer, this is why I am writing a review, I did like it.

taste: rasberry like not artificial

look: cloudy light pink with a light head

mouth fill: a light grain, raspberry flavor was light and not overwhelming.

this beer was well balanced, I could drink it all afternoon wroking outside in a hot weather.

Photo of dmamiano
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Although this one is touted as unfiltered, is poured a crystal clear, golden color with a very noticeable, pinkish "hue".
The nose is dominated by the essence of rasberrys, almost coolade like .
Taste is pretty much the same, berry flavor really stands out in this beer. the malt and hops cant cut through the fruitiness to even call it a beer.
Not good to me, but the lady likes it.

Photo of abedenbaugh
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
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
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
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
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
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
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.