UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
78
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1,343 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 22
Gots: 104 | 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 cracgor
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
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
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of danielharper
2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased from Midtown Wine and Spirits, Nashville, TN.

I should've just bought the IPA, but I was enamored with the cool label and thought I'd give it a try. Glad I tried it, but sorry I've got five more to drink before I'm done with these.

Appearance is mostly positive here, looks like a nice hefe, perhaps a shade or two darker than Paulaner or Franziskaner, but certainly to-style. Head was smaller than I'm used to on a wheat beer, but at least it was present for the whole length of the beer.

Smell was vaguely to-style, with a very minimal citrus flavor, but overall the scent was dominated by the hops and spices that go into the beer. I'm not totally against hoppy beers, but in a light-tasting hefe/wheat beer, I'd rather taste the fruity flavors than the hops. Just my opinion.

Taste was.... bleh. Nothing really important to say here, nothing jumps out at me (except the over-reliance on hops to make the beer) , it was just incredibly bland. Almost so much so as to be difficult to drink -- I was constantly wishing I had a real, high-quality Hefeweizen instead.

Mouthfeel was all right -- at least it sort of coated the mouth like a good wheat beer should. Aftertaste was muted, but more pleasant than the first taste of the beer. Foamy and medium-bodied, but again, nothing special.

Drinkability was low on this one. I didn't really care for it, although I'm sure the brewers made the beer they were intending to make, and I knew halfway through my first bottle that I wouldn't be buying this again.

Should have tried this in a five-ounce sample size first -- then I could've saved the eight bucks or so I spent on the six-pack.

Photo of HogHill
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a hefe glass. I probably should subtract a point on appearance due to the picture on the UFO label showing a lemon slice in the weizen glass :-\

Appearance: a pale staw golden color, obviously unfiltered. The head was about one inch tall and soon faded to a white lace.

Smell: a bit of sweetness, perhaps bubblegum, but overall the aroma is really faint.

Taste: a thin wheat flavor, not very substantial. A faint lemon aroma. This one did improve as I drank it.

Mouthfeel: lightly bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: one could sure pound out a six pack of UFO considering the lower ABV and the fact that they are a wheat beers which are ideal for this. But this just doesn't hold my interest long enough to want repeated offerings.

Overall: I was a little dissappointed with the aroma and taste of this one, maybe it had been on the shelf too long and lost some punch. I'll give it another shot.

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

Pours from the bottle a slightly cloudy golden color, with a thin white head. Smells of wheat malt and very slight citrus, and not much else; maybe a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is average, as is the carbonation. Tastes of slight citrus, finishes clean. I don't understand why they call this a hefeweizen, when it is obviously an american wheat. It has none of the yeast and estery characteristics which I assocate with a good hefe. Seems a little misleading. I am glad I only bought a single of this one. Smooth and easy drinking, just not what I expected. Not even that special for an american wheat.

Photo of LPorter33
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased single bottle form Martignetti's

Appearance = very average looking golden straw color. Barely any head

Smell = Strong flavor. Sweet malt with toasted grain like scent mixed with honey.

Taste = Strong wheat taste, a bit bitter and bland in the aftertaste, a lot of malt-like flavor up front.

Overall = a decent Hef. Good flavor and drinkability. Nothing spectacular but I'd recommend it if you're a fan of this style.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

After eyeballing up the neck label suggesting that this is served with a lemon wedge, this went sans fruit into me glass with an orange cloudy unfiltered (as the label says) glow topped by a frothy well retained cap leaving spotty lace in the glass.

Detactable wheaty body with some light sulpher notes. Light aroma overall.

First swigs: Suggestions of peach and dull rye grain notes. Lingering aftertaste of dryness infused with dusty malts. Short of flavor that makes me guess is better on tap??? And deserves a slice of fruit.

Medium feel, plenty of soft carbonation outta the bottle.

Last swigs: Mingles orange and wheat watery brew. Part of a mixed case from BigTop that was bringing up the rear. This turned out to be the caboose in the line. UFO = Unfileters Ofeering…LAME = lacks any mere emphasis.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe pours into a weizen glass with a relatively small but pristine white head and a cloudy yellow appearance that closely mimicks a german hefe. The aroma is a sweet matly bread smell, not at all reminiscent of a german hefe so right off the bat we know what kind of style this beer is going for; no spices, cloves or corriander here. The taste at first is a fruity yeast taste with hints of citrus and orange peel, followed by a matly/wheaty flavour that is soon overcome by the warming, alcohol ridden finish. This is a crisp brew and a descent attempt at an american hefe but really falls short of other americanized versions such as shiner and brooklyn. A descently flavorful brew, but lacking in complexity and the alcohol really shows too much for a wheat beer.

Photo of deejaydan
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, with a sticky lacing head. Some yeasty aroma, no fruity esters are present. No banana or clove aroma. Kinda bland there. Taste is sweet and grainy. Seems to be heavy on the wheat malt. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, as it should be. Nice beer. I would compare this to Oberon, both good summer time American Wheat beers.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy golden color, quite cloudy. A frothy white head with good retention.

Aroma: A strong, citrusy lemon aroma. Yeast, malt, and spicy hop aromas too.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A zesty, citrusy lemon flavor, quite nice. Also a decent yeast character as well. Some fruity malt notes are less noticeable be still very much there. Bitter hops in the finish. Pleasantly light mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Light, tart and refreshing. A very enjoyable wheat beer. The perfect addition to a hot summer day. Not the best Hefe I’ve ever had, but a solid brew that I would definitely consider buying again (especially as the weather gets hotter and I get thirstier). Recommended.

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

12oz with no dates.

Hazy gold with a rocky white two finger head that had good retention. Lots of carbonation.

Smells of sweet malts, lemon grass and yeast.

Tastes pretty much how it smells with some hop notes coming through in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel. This is an easy drinker. Would be a nice way to finish an afternoon spent mowing the lawn.

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PresentationL 12 oz bottle poured into a Harpoon UFO glass, yeast swirled in, no friggin' lemon.

Appearance: Cloudy, pale yellow color. Poured two-finger head that faded slowly.

Aroma: Pale malts and yeast.

Taste and mouthfeel: Bready with a hint of the yeast, and some fruity undertones. Slightly watery on the finish. Mouthfeel was pleasant, although a little carbonated.

Overall: Honestly, I really like this beer. It's one of, if not the best American version of this style. It would be most enjoyable on a warm summer afternoon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.