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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,282 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001)
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Reviews by UncleFlip:
Photo of UncleFlip
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

A recent addition to the beer shelves of Alabama. Thanks for sendng it south.

Nice pale hazy yellow in the glass (more honey colour when not held to the light, though), with an active fluffy white head.

Smell is yeasty and spicy- dominated by clove and hops. There's a bt of banana and citrus under.

Flavour seems to be what you'd expect if a BMC tried to be a hefe. There's not enough fruit, not enough spice. Yeastiness is also odddly missing.

Feels good in the mouth- nice and wet, with an active carbonation that isn't too storng.

It's extremely drinakble- very refresing on a hot day. Not quite lawnmower beer, but more like sitting-in-the-living-room-watching-a-hockey-game beer. (That's what I'm doing now, BTW.) Could come across as bland after a while, though.

When I think of hefe, this isn't quite comes to mind. Not sure I'd go so far as to say calling this a hefe is like calling William Shatner a god actor, though...

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Jun 15, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured a slight hazy sraw color,a slight spicy aroma but mainly yeasty.Taste was a litle smokey and spicey with some definant yeasty notes.I think there are alot better American Hefeweizens (Arcadia Whitsun,Penn Hefe, Tabernash etc...) but not to bad,would be much better with a lemon.Not one of the better Harpoon beers but it is drinkable.

oberon, Jul 02, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.35/5  rDev -30.9%

Appearance – Light orangish-yellow in color with a decent head, but not the frothing Hefe Weizen head that I know and love.

Smell – There’s a light yeast aroma to this one coupled with some floral hops and maybe even some spicing (clove, chiefly). There’s also a grain backbone.

Taste – The hops are tromped by the grain. Where the yeast is I do not know.

Mouthfeel – The smallish carbonation doesn’t even come close.

Drinkability – This was not a bad drinking beer, but nothing near a true Hefe Weizen.

RoyalT, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Nightbrew brought this one in to share as a palate cleanser during a monster tasting.

This beer screamed lemons all the way for me.

It looked like a hazy lemon, smelled lemony, and it made me want to add a lemon wedge to it on a scorching day.

While this beer isn't a great hefeweizen, I think it is a really good wheat beer and can be perfect at the right time and place. A little underrated in my opinion, but I guess it's about right if you're rating the style and not the beer.

brownbeer, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

UFO hefeweizen American Pale Wheat Ale 5.1 alcohol. Dark bottle with inviting ufo decoration, basic but calming on the eyes minus the garnished Weizen glass on the rim... no orange for me. Poured into Weizen glass.

A- With a hefty pour produces a sharp golden hued liquid that boast a one inch fluffy white head leaving patchy lacing. Head then falls to a quarter inch that last the remainder of the beer.

S- Scents are mostly of lemon zest and orange peel followed by a tarty wheat and yeast scent on the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is bold and almost identical to the smell. Upfront is a sweet banana flavor quickly followed by fresh lemon and orange zest. The backbone is a yeasty bite of bitterness that is tingles the tongue leaving a banana bread linger. Mouthfeel is light-medium and smoothly moves over the tongue with mild carbonation and light lingering.

D- Very refreshing for a hot day or just whenever and decent for the style. I have revisited several times and I dont see why I wont again.

wesbrownyeah, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: A careful pour produces a mostly clear, pale golden beverage with a head of about 1/2" or so of soapy white head. Head retention is relatively light going to a right of white in just a few minutes.

S: Pale malts. light citrus hops. Clean, but nothing exciting.

T: Light, well balanced mix of malt and hops. Not much sweetness from the malt but this wasn't terribly dry either. I was expecting a bit of a watery mouthfeel but to this brew's credit, the flavors really stay together nicely all the way through. The finish is clean, short, with no real linger to speak of.

D: I found the light flavors and body to be refreshing, and the quick clean finish was nice too. A nice all-around general hangin' out kinda brew.

SIRIUS2, May 22, 2008
Photo of txbrewer
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Appearance was partly cloudy as with numerous unfiltered offerings. Coloring was the dark hay that you see with most unfiltered hefeweizens.

Smell was light but noticeable. Nothing overpowering or overly pungent (a good thing too). Looks a bit thicker than it smells.

Taste was good. One of those beers that will go down refreshingly well on a hot day. Lightly fruity and not overly carbonated.

Mouthfeel was just there. Nothing too spectacular, but nothing bad either.

Drinkability was easy. On a hot day after being in the heat, almost too easy :D. I would definitely spend the dollars on this again.

txbrewer, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

The color is a pale light yellow with a light hazy appearance. Its head builds up thick but fads out quickly leaving a thin ring of bubbles. The aroma has some lemon and light wheat malt notes. The flavor has delicate sweet lemon and wheat with a hint of banana in the finish. It has a light body with average carbonation and an abrupt finish. I have had this same beer on tap and remember it being fuller bodied with deeper more complex flavor.

generallee, May 05, 2008
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +17.6%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

A - Big 3-finger+ head on the pour. Eggshell white, thick and foamy. Dissipates slowly, collapsing into the middle. Light yellow-green and slightly opaque, but not cloudy.

S - Nice mix of banana and clove with neither dominating the other. Both are a bit toned down compared to what one typically finds in more traditional hefes that blast these aromas into the nose. A bit of orange and lemon zest in there, too.

T - Wheat, lemongrass, and a bit of clove, with banana turning up in the middle and lasting into the finish. Bittering hops are undetectable.

M - Moderately fizzy. Good carbonation. Nice structure. Finish lingers.

D - Very drinkable. A very good example of an American-styled hefe that drinks more like a lager. Lack of bittering hops to clean the palate on the finish might start making the lingering banana a bit much after a few of these, but it's a subtle taste rather than dominating like it is in the Flying Dog. Need to try with a lemon wedge to see how that affects the finish. This could well make my short list of hot summer day beers.

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date jet printed on the glass.

Appearance: Dense white head stays for a while on top of the hazy pale orange brew.

Smell: Sweet malt, yeast and bit earthy, fruity and rustic.

Taste: Crisp spicy fermented wheat with an restrained hop bitterness, some yeast and fruit follows with some lingering grain. Touch of floral sweetness, perhaps a by-product of the yeast, and a mild tartness towards the end.

Notes: This is by-far one of the better America wheat beers around. One could say it is comparable to Widmer or Pyramid if not better. Flavourful yet on the clean side and very well balanced. This sample was decanted gently to leave most of the sediment behind, though if you want more of yeasty nutty character swirl the yeast in.

Jason, Jan 25, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

This is from a 12 bottle sampler box. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with an ample white head that has decent staying power. Nose is a profound citrus, on a wheaty background. Mouthfeel is tart and very carbonated. Taste has citrus notes and is palate cleansing. Head lasts forever and lacing is all over the glass. Tastes like a good American weissbier that would be much better on a hot sunny day in midsummer. More pleasantly fruity as the glass warms and the malt balance kicks in. Light bodied and quite drinkable, this is a nicely crafted product. It does seem slightly watered down, but I detect this quality in many American wheats.

merlin48, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

12 ouncer sampled, brown bottle with no freshness indication to be found. Pours the expected hefe tone of yellow/light orange and very cloudy, lifts a white head and leaves better then average lacing. Pleasant, lemony brew, a bit thin in the mid and finish flavor wise. Hops dry things out late. Respectable summer sessioner. Lacks the complexity, aromatics and smooth mouthfeel of the higher rated offerings of the style. Would be fine with a light lunch, salad/fish/chicken etc etc.

Billolick, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

22 ounce glass from the tap at Half Way Cafe. This Harpoon product was being offered as the special beer of the week. Served with a lemon on the rim of the glass.

Hazy, cloudy yellow beer. Large, frothy white head.

Smelled like fruit and was strongly influenced by the lemon wedge, even though I took it off the glass when it was brought to me.

Tasted crisp, hoppy and fruity. Very clean taste, quite refreshing.

I'm not a big heffe/wheat beer guy, but it just seemed like the right thing to order last night. After teaching a self defense course all week this beer (and the one I ordered right after it) really hit the spot and tasted great. Really nice summertime beer.

fdrich29, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of tigg924
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%

Had on tap at Bert's Landing, Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, golden in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: light wheat--very weak smelling

Taste: orange, lemon, cardamom, coriander--standard witbier taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with light bitterness at the end

Overall: Slightly below average American Pale Wheat Ale. Not really distinguishable or memorable a beer. Not so bad that I would turn it away, but there are plenty others in the style I would go to first.

tigg924, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of locckdown
3/5  rDev -11.8%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

JESantiago, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Byeast
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance: poured w/sediment , a cloudy, paler gold to very light orange color , with a small white head. Kewl label.

Smell: some citrus, slight tart wheat, bit of a sweet and fruity scent like stawberry or raspberry.

Taste: Wheaty in a very lightly tart way, some mild hop bitterness and spice, kinda sweet grainy taste in the middle, with a bit of fruity esters in there and a dry yeasty, almost nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: soft , medium bodied, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A pleasant, unobtrusive wheat beer with a good drinkability and feel, it could use a little more flavor imo but whats there is very clean and balanced. Good for warm weather.

Byeast, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%

The UFO from Harpoon poured a cloudy dull yellow in color. Lots of sediment in the glass but it's very, very fine, making it impossible to pick out the individual yeast particles. Thick and creamy white lace dies quickly away to just a miniscule layer. Decent lacing of the glass. Aromas are lacking. No bannanas or fruity esters noted. Almost exclusively a "wheaty" aroma. Not much else. Flavor is more of the same. The wheat flavor dominates, with just a token bit of zesty spice to liven things up. Finishes dry with a bit hop snap at the end. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Smooth on the palate with just the right dryness to quench the thirst. Great summer beer. Lower end of the ABV scale means you have more than a few after a hot summer's day of work.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of jakester
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

This is from the sampler case. I drank it in a goblet. Date clearly stamped on the case, and clearly inked on the bottle.

Pours a cloudy banana yellow with light orange tints. A 1/2 finger head of white foam forms on top, quickly falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Would have liked to have seen a nicer head.

Aroma is decent banana and very light clove, despite the style descriptor saying these will not be found. I am also picking up some light citrus from the wheat, and some faint bread.

Flavor is a little thin and slightly sweet, with bananas coming through. Hop character is low. Wheat character is good. It's not that complex, but tasty nonetheless. Would like more banana and clove, but that's not the style profile. Aftertaste is sweet bananas, fairly short.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. Finish is oily and a little flat. Maybe more carbonation?

It's really not a bad beer, and it's on style. I find it slightly weak and a little thin, but it would be a good beer to introduce someone to wheat beer styles.

jakester, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of livewire05
3/5  rDev -11.8%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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