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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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1,324 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 89 | 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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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 xgrigorix
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap, presented in a mug.

Pale, cloudy sunshine yellow. One finger a snow white foam. Patchy lace.

Light hop notes, lemony tones.

Quite sweet up front. Quickly balance by a slight acidicness, & tart lemony notes. Lightly hopped, and sublte bits of fruit. Light, crisp & refreshing.

xgrigorix, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" white head above the cloudy golden brew. Head remains constant at original depth, with minimal lacing. Aroma is citrusy sour with slight hints of wheat. Taste is bitter sour, with little to no wheat character. Disappointing here. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both not so great. Has been better on tap when I've had it now and again, or at least not this lacking, but it remains a backup restaurant beverage at best.

ppoitras, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of Biffster
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden with a big white head. It appears the sample was bottled with force carbonation but no filtering, as there is a small sediment. Wheat beers can be clear or cloudy, but this one specifically says unfiltered.

The aroma is malty and grainy, with some hints of vanilla. There are no hop aromas and little in the way of fruity esters or phenols.

The sip is malty and a bit sweet, with a fail amount of tartness from the wheat. It continues on the malty side and swallows tart but not bitter. There is no hop flavor and little bitterness from hops. The finish is clean, but malty.

The mouthfeel is light. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium high. This combines with the tartness to give the impression of a light beer.

Overall, this is a light and drinkable wheat beer. It doesn't show many of the characteristics of an unfiltered wheat and it flirts with being underhopped. Luckily the wheat tartness comes out to counter the residual sweetness.

Biffster, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellowy gold until the addition of the lees which only murks it up a little bit. Wheat malt and some really dull banana and citrus notes. Smells like it's unbalanced towards the malty, sweet side. First sip confirms, it is rather unbalanced and sweet, not really containing the oomph that I consider a hallmark of a quality hefeweizen. Light on the hops, hardly a glimpse in the finish that I confused with a miniscule cloviness. Not altogether bad, just not really that noteworthy.

crookedhalo, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of ffboooboo
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow/orange with a nice white head Smells- Tart fruity bread dough smell Taste- Clean, with a bit of spice, hop bitterness, and tart finish. At the beginning I was not sure, but at the end of the glass I was craving another. Good beer one of my favorite hefeweizen so far.

ffboooboo, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beer I tried out at a New Years Eve/beer tasting. Maybe would have given better reviews if I did not just enjoy a much better Hefe earlier in the week. Nice hazy appearance and solid head rentention. Tastes and mouthfeel just not as apparent as others tried of this style. Wouldn't be a bad choice for those you may want to convert from BMCs.

Backer2004, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness markings on it. The appearance of this beer is certainly no more than average. A dull, cloudy orange color in the glass with almost no head. Just a tin lace ring around the glass. The aroma is rich with pale malts and slight citrus scent. The aroma is really the best part of this entire beer. The flavor is bready with a strong malt influence and some sour yeast flavor. There is a hint of alcohol and an earthy mushroom flavor. The ending is slightly watery. The flavor is convuluted and and more annoying than enjoyable. The beer feels strongly carbonated in the mouth though it doesn't look like it in the glass. Overall this beer is ok, but nothing special. I won't go looking for it ever again.

BrewMaster, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are great Hefeweizens, ones that I absolutely love. This just isn’t one of them. It pours a hazy golden color with a very slight head. Very little lacing. Slight lemon and citrus in the aroma, but not much in the way of the wonderful phenols and esters that I appreciate in the style. Just a hint of yeastiness, which is another drawback. Moderate heft, and a more-bitter-than-average finish. There’s nothing particularly distasteful, it just isn’t up to par. Middle of the road.

Suds, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

when i was living in allston during and just after college, the ufo was always my standby beer at the white horse tavern for $3 dinners (which, by the way boston, i come back and the t prices have jumped like fifty percent to $1.25 and the $3 dinner @ the white horse jumps from $3 to $4. what gives? i'll easily attribute the big dig to the former and try to do so for the latter as well, just because. but anyway...) so, the ufo was my standby, especially in the summer months, and it was great to revisit it again recently. that said, it's far from perfect. it pours a cloudy yellow colour with a tiny head that leaves some marking on the glass. pretty standard stuff here for the most part. the smell is citrusy and sweet. with hops and grain dominating the scene. other fruits seem to be thrown in the mix as well. the flavour is citrusy smooth with some yeast flavouring laced in throughout. wheat and hop notes interject here and there, but this is first and foremost a sweet beer, but not disgustingly sweet. my main concern is the carbonation level. i'd bump it up a bit overall. this brew can come across as a tad flat sometimes. overall, this one is tasty and goes great with burgers, wings, grilled chicken, etc. not the most daring beer out there by any means, but more than serviceable.

SixpointJMH, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of twilight
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thick pillowy head rises up from the beer poured into my Hofbrauhaus wheat glass, but from there, it's pretty much so-so. Smell is evidently wheat, some citrus/lemon action going on in the nose, but not much, really. I wouldn't say taste is an utter disappointment, but it's sour lemon, much like a lager, and with the light body of wheat. I understand why this appeals to the greater population, but it's pretty much a standard as far as wheat beers go. Will I ever buy this? No. And I didn't this time. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to one of my beginning beer friends. A good brew.

twilight, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not anything like any hefe I have tried. Pours a hazy yellow with a generous head and thick lacing. Smell was clean, almost non-existent faintly floral, no banana, no cloves just faint yeast and hops. Tasted clean with hints of lemon and yeast, very light almost too light, very much a soft american wheat. Will I buy it again? Next summer....maybe.

Citadel82, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of kennyo
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the four style 12 pack.

First bottle I poured down the side of a Paulaner Wheat beer glass, no head at all, the second bottle I dumped into the glass, plenty of head but doesn't stay around for long. Hazy, gold color, bubblegum and wheat aroma, dry wheatinesss on the back of the throat, a little sweetness to it.

This is a bavarian wheat beer wannabe but this is a very drinkable beer. This could be a nice hot weather beer.

kennyo, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am surprised by the righteous quality of this Hefe. Appropriate in appearance -- more of a minila folder-yellow -- it has the spot-on aromatic profile: doughy banana with a hint of cilantro and clove. On the palate it is quite chalky in texture, with abundant flavors of stone, lemon and cream. Interludes of malt, strawberry and pepper appear throughout as well. Very dusty, dry tannins -- like a toned-down version of Paulaner Hefe Weizen. Chewy.

Compare this to an average commercial Hefeweizen like Erdinger's and this must be praised for its cleanness and character. What is not fair is to compare this to the artisinal, and more expensive products from such genre-pushing styles as Schneider and Weihenstephan. This is to German-style Hefeweizen as Hoegaarden or Wittekerke are to Belgian Wit: natural, characterful, not heavy and quenching.

putnam, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of finepaws
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a hefe? I almost thought I was drinking a macro swill. I've had american ales, flying dog's in heat wheat is great. What were these guys thinking? It poured a cloudy yellow as expected, but very little head. There was no fruity, banana, maybe some wheat, but barely. I was very disappointed. Once again a 6 pack I need to pass on. ufo is a good name for this. It's definetly out there.I don't recommend letting it get warm either, then you have a nice salty, sweat taste....mmmm.

finepaws, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a somewhat weak head that quickly sags to about 1/8 of an inch and just... sits there. Beer is a dark metallic straw color, quite transparent until I pour in the rest of the yeast, making it a little foggier... but not by much. Initially feeble, vaguely grassy (from hops??) aroma finally develops into hints of dry yeast and lemon curd with warmth. Even after swirling the hell out of this glass, the strongest aroma I get out of it is maybe a bit of cinnamon. Nosefeel is practically nonexistent. After a full minute of holding a sip in my mouth, suggestions of honeydew (?), white grape juice (?), peach (??) and the faintest bit of clove (?) emerge in the flavor. Sure seems they filtered out the flavor, anyway. Any lasting tastes get washed out due to the flat, watery mouthfeel which, at best, grants it a modicum of drinkability. This might pass as a chugger on a summer day, but I don't care about it enough to find out.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a Hefe? Boring and tasteless with very little of the Hefe character. Slight esters are limited to a touch of bannana, thats it. The yeast doesn't seem to do anything but make it cloudy. A bit of spicy hops and a bit of malt sneak in, but overall its very bland. Its not a bad tasting beer, just a very boring one. I'll save a couple bucks and drink a macro if I want tasteless.

Sixpack595, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy pale straw like color with a thin white head that just barely leaves a mark on the glass. Aromas are initially wheaty with a whiff of biscuit and bread like malts which follows with a lemony zesty like aroma. The initial flavors for this brew are zesty and wheaty, with a sharpness from the carbonation and just a bit of sweetness. Following there is an array of yeasty estery flavors and a sudden peppery flavor. This brew finishes wheaty, with just a bit of hop bitterness, and a faint clove flavor. Overall the UFO has a fairly creamy mouthfeel except for the peppery notes that just add a bite to this brew. A decent offering for Harpoon, but nothing outstanding by any means.. A good brew to offer non-BA's to get them into better beer..

bigbeerdrinka, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rather citrussy wheat, with American style points, even as I would prefer the German wheat, which it resembles but not enough to... oh, damn the numerical ratings: this is fine for an American unfiltered wheat, and dies on the vine compared to a good German unfiltered wheat.

Not as bright yellow as I might have expected. More like "manila folder" in color. Head is white with a fine bubble lace coating the glass: good!

Not so good: banana and citrus aroma redolent with an "off" unappetizing note.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly good with a buttery roundness to start that finishes clean with lower carbonation than expected. Flavor is all over the map in an OK way: Tart, juicy, a touch of wheat that whizzes by in the center, a fairly decent alcohol component.

It's good, I like it better than Widmer, and might even champion it... if it weren't for that smell!

ecoboy, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at a local chain restaurant.

Very thin and creamy, white head that faded quickly to some spotty lacing. Hazy, light orange in color.

Wheat driven aroma accompanied by some fruit esters, and a touch of lemon. All very subtle.

A lemon-wheat graininess gives way to a bit of tartness. The malt flavors are low but balance the hops and wheat well. Some floral qualities are present mid-sip from the hops and grain. A more than mild bitterness in the aftertaste that is not the most flattering flavor.

The moutfeel is grainy yet expected from the style. This wheat is also a bit on the watery side and feels thin on the palate.

A crisp and refreshing wheat that isn't the most flavorful of the style, but is worth a try IMO. Highly drinkable, a good safety beer at a chain restaurant that offers mostly macros.

NEhophead, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 21, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden color with a thick white head that faded fast. Nice lacing. medium-heavy carbonation.

The smell is sweet and citrusy. No sign yet of the "skunky" smell I usually associate with wheat beers.

The taste, for someone who doesn't like most wheat beers, aint bad. A little citrusy and sweet, a little hop bite. That "skunky" flavor I get from wheat beers is there, but in the background and hardly noticeable.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a little bitter kick at the end that lingers. But not bad at all.

A very drinkable hefe. My new favorite in a style I don't usually like.

masterbruewer, Aug 18, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a two-finger white frothy head sitting atop the pour. The lacing left behind was a thick film.
Citrus (orange and lemon zest) with a gentle molassas aroma.
The malt and lemon zest were harmonically balanced. This is very good! Banana sweetness, hoppy follow through and a little spice.
Crisp and clean leaving a renewed freshness in my mouth.I'll have this again.

Ahhdball, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a white head of foam settling into a tight island in the center of the glass. Hazy golden liquid, nose of grassy malt, light hefe spicing. The taste is somewhat lager-like with a spicy yeast undertone, some delicate fruitiness and above average hop bitterness for the style. Finishes up slightly sharp and drying out some as you swallow...a nice Summer refresher.

beerluvr, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. The bottled on date was 6/24/04, so this beer is about 1 month old.

I enjoyed this beer with some Belmont goat cheese and wheat English crackers. This is one amazing pairing and truly enhances each other. Thanks to BA for the Hefeweizen/Goat Cheese combo recommendation.

Cloudy dirty yellow in appearance with a moderate head on the top.

The smell is mainly wheat. I can't detect any of the clove or corriander scents that good hefes provide. So, its a little disappointing in this category.

Very nice tasting American Hefeweizen. Clean, refreshing and very drinkable. Yeasty, but lacking the fruity overtones that I enjoy in most hefes.

Hibernator, Jul 25, 2004
UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.