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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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1,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,359
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 24
Gots: 131 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-25-2001

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
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Photo of jettjon
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm found that I was judging this one quite a bit lower than others were, so on the off chance that I missed something on the first try, I gave this one a second shot.

Highs: Appearance
Lows: Weak flavor, yeast and alcohol detract

Pours the same attractive orange color with a head that fades a bit too quickly for me. Nose is primarily of wheat with perhaps some citrus there if you really dig for it—grapefruit? Flavor is still like a watered down hefeweizen. There’s little of the “grapefruit” or “banana” flavor many detect in this style. There is definitely some wheat and yeast, and on the second evaluation, there’s some alcohol that I didn’t notice before. Mouth is average: watery and flat; finish is again yeast and a little alcohol bite.

Overall: A subdued hefeweizen; not recommended.

Photo of Shaw
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely cloudy yellow, thanks to swirling the last few ounces in the bottle. The head is very white and foamy and reduces to about a quarter-inch in my glass.

It smells slightly of wheat malt and yeast. None of the German wheat smells, but that's to be expected in this style.

The taste is above-average. It's a little light for my taste, so I dinged it a half-point. The bitterness is higher than I expected, though.

The body is fine, though nothing to write home about.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable beer. It's lower ABV makes having more than one easy.

Photo of SteveO1231
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy yelly opaque color of true hefe
Very thick frothy head
I enjoyed the UFO in a hefe glass.
this Hefe was crips and clean with a perfect finish.
The UFO goes down so smooth on a hot summer day you can polish off a six pack before you know it. I am a huge Hefe fan and the Harpoon UFO is deffinetely my favorite.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled: 9.4.05 (with NO lemon slice)

A huge frothy head takes up practically a permanent residence. Below this white cloud, a visually impeded field of pale yellow straw. Mucho lacing.

The aroma is Euro-funk, both malty and tangy. Not really much else.

The taste is tart & tangy, lightly pointing to the wheaty malts. There’s an existing lemony zest here without even adding a slice like the logo suggests and how the only way my wife drinks it. It’s mild, but detectable with a few swishes over the palate. A bitter finish balances it out. The brew is very light in the mouth

Not overly exciting to say the least, but an easy drinker on a summer day. It seems to me that fruity beers (like blueberry, etc..not Lambics or other more profound offerings) and these Ameri-Hefes are like the gateway beer for women on the bubble. “Oh a slice of lemon in my beer? Sounds chic.” But if people like it, and want it that way, by all means…it’s just not for me. Not my favorite style, but I’ll forever support Harpoon’s endeavors.

Photo of jermar
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one hefe that makes the case for adding a lemon slice, just like Corona with lime. Not very tasty unadorned. This beer has an unfortunate sourness and dryness which does not really fall well on the banana-clove spectrum for this style. Now I understand why Harpoon Brewing pushes the "UFO" brand in place of Harpoon for this one.

Photo of profzoom
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This hefe pours a cloudy... hrm, how to describe the color. I'd wager that if you mixed apple cider and grapefruit juice, it might come out to be something like this beer. The smell is quite nice. The typical sharp, sweet wheat smell of a hefeweizen, with a hint of that unfiltered yeastiness.

The taste carries a subtle tang of sweetness, but lacks much depth to it. Not every sip, but occasionally I get a hint of a macrobrewery lagerish aftertaste. It specifically brings back the memories of smelling my dad's beer when I was a small child. This quality was much more prevalent in the last bottle of this beer that I drank - I'm getting much less of this from the bottle that I drink as I write this.

One thing that jumps out at me is the carbonation. When I let the beer sit on my tonge, I can feel the tiny bubbles dancing around in a way that I associate with pops rather than most of the beers that I drink.

Overall, a very decent hefeweizen. However, I don't see myself picking up a 6-pack again in the near future.

Photo of ahking
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite a nice hefe. The best beer I've had from Harpoon. Going into this beer, I was of the feeling that Harpoon beers are overrated. This beer has saved them for me. Pours a nice hazy yellow color, slightly tinged a burnt orange. Smell is sweet and yeasty. Flavor is well balanced with malt and hops. Could perhaps use a BIT more hop bitterness as this beer has a candi-ish flavor profile. A bit of orange-vanilla flavor, and maybe a bit of bannana. More complex than I would have thought. Not too yeasty or sour, however -- two characteristics I prefer in a hefe.

Photo of semihobo
2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks very nice. Unfiltered and they mean it ... so cloudy I can't see through at all, a beautiful gold color with orange in the center and yellow at the edges. Pours with a solid if unremarkable head and retains a little bit throughout.

Smells of wheat with adjunct notes, mostly corn. Even at 5.1% I get a hint of alcohol as it warms.

The taste benefits from the unfiltered characteristics. Definitely wheat, some hops on the end, okay for a pale ale. Maybe a little more going on here. Still, nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation is solid but not too strong and adds to the quenching ability of this beer.

Goes down easily, I could drink a few more of these, although it's not interesting enough to be beer that I think about. Not bad, not good, just okay.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a great, fluffy, sticky head.
Hardly any odor at all to be found in this one.
Has a mild, wheaty taste... perhaps a bit too mild leaning towards boring. Dry but not exactly crisp... the wheatyness sort of sticks to the tongue.
The mild and boring makes this very easy to drink; probably a good choice for sitting around and watching sports, or to bring to a party... that sort of thing.

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy gold with a 2 finger white head that quickly fades. Leaves tiny lacings on the glass.
Smell is of lemon zest and crisp wheat with a touch of clove, vanilla, and sulfur...certainly not a true Hefe though.
Taste is of a typical American wheat brew with a dry citrus taste.
Mouthfeel is a light body of wheat and citrus tingling throughout the tongue.
Drinkability is ok but only if there's nothing else in the fridge.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden color with a thich white pillowy head. Good retention, and a little bit of lace on the glass. Not much on aroma, very pale, maybe a bit of earthy, floral hops. Very pale, slightly tart, astringent and husky. No banana flavors that you wouold find in a German. Decent amount of bitterness. Light bodied, high carbonation. Not as drinkable or thirst-quenching as a German. Overall, pretty much average.

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

Poured out of a 12oz bottle with no freshness date. Poured this one very slow and it came out with no head. No lace all the way to the bottom. The color is a pale orange that is cloudy and bubbly. It looks like a citrus punch.

The aroma is kind of weak, but smells buttery and slightly fruity. The taste is grassy, but nicely carbonated. It is a bit citrusy too, but kind of bland in the mouthfeel. This one is mildly refreshing on a hot day, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden colors, very little head, a tiny amount of lacing around the glass. Hazy. Smell is very subtle- citrus and subtle. Taste is citrusy, orange, berries, lemon. Wheaty. Slightly floraly as well. Light, very light.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, slightly bubbly, again, light. Quite drinkable- could drink a lot of these. But the flavor is lacking for me- just not enough there. Still, a good summer beer.

Photo of benmiliron
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.59 for a 12 oz. bottle. Only slightly hazy with a deep yellow color, and a bit of orange. Orange in the nose, along with some other fruit that I can't quite pick out - strawberry?!? malt is nice as are the hops, though not as aromatic as I would like. Wheat present, but not overpowering. Fairly fizzy, almost like a US macro, but it plays well on this beer. maybe slightly watery.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy,pale golden color. Very "clean" looking for an unfiltered wheat beer. Low aroma-trace of malt and some banana and phenolic esters but its very low. I was expecting more. Almost just says "beer". Ok flavor-a slightly sweet malt with a whisper of the spiciness and other flavors youd expect in a wheat. Decent enough body. Actually I find this very drinkable but Im not a huge wheat beer fan. I miss some of the characteristics of the wheat beers. I like them subdued but this is weak. Good for ME but probably not what YOUD expect.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Harpoon Taproom at Logan Airport

Pours a bright golden yellow, hazy as hell with a snow white head and sheets of lacing. Smells of spice (clove) lemony and light rip banana.

Taste loses the spice and banana and just comes out all wrong. Sour wheat malt, lemons, some light spice and just an unpleasant bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and light. Not great. Another subpar American wheat.

Photo of cracgor
2.47/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw/peach colored body--cloudy but not a good color. The head is frothy and falls apart in a strange unappealing way.

Smell: lemony, citrusy. A little yeasty. Not a strong nose at all but not bad.

Taste: It's got a tinny yeasty flavor. The wheat grassy flavor tastes dried and dead. This is a hard beer for me to drink and I do like wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body. crisp. not very clean though

Drinkability: easy to drink if I could get past the bad flavor.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label. Good name.
Typical hefe-weizen appearance.
Good head retention and lacing.
Limited aroma with a little yeasty sulphur, some wheaty malt.
Crisp, effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied.
Lightly flavored. Mainly spicy character. Wheat-based malt. Subtly tart. No banana. Well balanced.
A very good American hefe; but it lacks the yeast characteristics of a Bavarian example.
A drinkable and accessible beer for summer. Great to bring to parties where Corona seems to be the beer of choice.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good to drink an American try at a classic German style. It reminds me of why I Like German Wheats better. This one looks brightly a canary yellow. Slightly cloudy with fair head retention and lacing. Smells grapefruity, mildly spicy, with mild sweetness. Tastes mildly malty with grapefruits, lemons, and oranges. Mild corriander and pepper added to vague hops give a bit of complexity. Body fades quickly, leaving the palate feeling scrubbed. Feels grainy and a little astringent. Finishes crisp and a little cloying.

Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear yellow with a white head. I couldn't really tell that it was a non filtered beer. I could see right through it. The aroma was slighlty citrus with some light hop notes. The taste was a little citrusy with some honey. The mouthfeel was average. It was a pretty light bodied beer. Drinkable...I guess.

Photo of nortmand
2.31/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours milky pale golden with very little head.
Smells like what I imagine my wife smells when she says "It smells like beer." Slightly astringent, a wee bit of clove.
Tastes like ham. A bit salty maybe and a smoky flavor that can only be described as, well, ham. Also, ends really bitter. Very off putting all-around.
Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, but otherwise OK.
That ham flavor makes this beer far less drinkable than it could be. I'm sure this is a great beer in MA, but just didn't survive the trip to MI very well. I look forward to trying this fresh in Boston.

Photo of NoLiberty
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours cloudy straw honey color with nectarine depth. The head pours foamy and clean but disappears quickly leaving no lace or continued coverage.

Aroma - Almost nill, very light.

Taste - Honey front, with mid cereals and clean subtle hop finish. Cirtus all around.

Mouth - Fills mouth with good foaming carbonation, coats mouth and brings flavors throughout.

Drinkability - Definitely a drinker friendly beer.

Photo of kegerator
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

average as the numbers show. good but average
pours hazy yellow with a smal 1/4 inch fizzy head that dissipates quickly.
aroma is doughy/yeasty with hints of lemon and very slight clove spice(very slight)
taste was light, slight doughiness and nice hits of lemon at the back but no spice or clove etc.
fair carbonation makes this one crisp and clean feeling. very staright forward. nothing complex about this one. its refreshing but nothing special.

Photo of HardTarget
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A slight note of DMS, but it faded quickly. Slight fruits, apples and grapes, hints of dough, but no classic hefe smells. No banana, no clove.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow glass with a gentle pour. Nice slow fading snow white head that reinvigorated with each swirl. After rousting the yeast for the final pour, a darker hazy look was seen.

Flavor: Malty, fruits come out some more in the taste, but no wheat flavor, no hefe flavors, very odd, especially from an “unfiltered offering”

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly astringent

Overall Impression: An enjoyable, light, refreshing beer, but hard to call it a hefe. More of an American Wheat. (nice to see the Bros. agree with me).

Photo of tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a cloudy amber color with off-white head that very slowly fell to a slight ring. Smell is a nice spiciness without being overpowering. Taste follows though with a nice spiciness that leaves a good mouthfeel. An easy drinking beer that would be a good session beer.

UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,359 ratings.