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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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1,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,281
Reviews: 589
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 20
Gots: 73 | 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 travolta
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

12oz bottle
Apperance: cloudy, baby yellow. great head. Tiny little bubbles which last quite a long time. lace is nice.

Nose: im serious about this....Tuna. Asside from the regular Hefe, all I get is tuna!

Taste: Lemon, a little bitter. The taste is the usualy Hefe, but is not quite as bubbly on the tounge, or as bitter.

Notes: im not too impressed. This is light and a little crisp, but not amazing. Worth the price.

travolta, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +17.6%

This is a very drinkable and light beer. Absolutely perfect for summer, althought I had it in a record-breaking cold day in winter. I can't wait to drink this after I mow my lawn. Although in the winter, I'm just looking forward to more daylight and warmer weather. UFO is hazy, b/c it is unfiltered. I had mine with a lemon, and I would have to say it is better without. For what it is, this is pretty darn good and drinkable. But only come to this beer if you are looking for something which is lighter and refreshing.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%

This one poured a very pale and hazy dull yellow color. Very light looking. The head was surprisingly dense and creamy. Lemony malt aroma with some sweet grasses in there. The taste is light, sweet, tangy and somewhat bitter. Finishes with a citrus tang. This is a very light bodied and overall light tasting Hef. Although lacking in depth of flavor and body, it makes up in its drinkability.

pezoids, Jan 18, 2004
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 WesWes
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

The beer pours a clear gold color with a thin white head that quickly fades to lacing. This quite un-hefe like. It boasts of being unfiltered, but the beer is as clear as a golden ale. Also, it has little head retention. Hefe's are supposed to hold a decent head. The aroma is weak. It has a wheat aroma, but I have to really try to find it. It lacks that fruity banana smell and the yeast zing. The taste is under par. Don't get me wrong it's not bad for a pale ale, but thins is supposed to be some kick ass hefe beer. It lacks the fruity taste that accompanies most all hefe's. It has a pale ale feel with a bit of body and wheat malt flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks average. This was a waste of time and money.

WesWes, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of Jables
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a hazy bright yellow. A little lighter than I'd hoped but it matched the picture on the label exactly.

Nose was full of yeasty breadiness, but the body was slightly thin. The fruity flavors I was expecting were subtle to absent and no spicy clove flavors could be detected.

It was light and crisp and relatively easy drinking but short on the depth of flavors I expect from this style.

Jables, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Nice and very hazy pale gold color, good puffy head of 1/2 an inch. lots of thickish lace. Scant esters to the smell, more yeast, a bit of plum. Mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation. Taste-wise, a little flat, slightly canvas-like, thin spice, touch of citrus tanginess to the finish. A little added grittiness to the texture on warming. There's nothing bad about the beer -- and Hefes aren't favorites of mine -- but generally I look for more clove and fruity esters in the ones I tend to like. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for bringing it back.

ADR, Dec 31, 2003
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 goz
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%

Pours hazy golden with a medium white head that lasts, leaving decent lacing. Aroma is sour and citric, fairly light. Flavor is mostly sour, with a slight sweetness at times. Body is thin, somewhat watery in the mouth. There is some sort of metallic aftertaste that I get every time I have tried this, not very pleasant.

goz, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of mschofield
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

Hazy golden orange with creamy white head. Left a ring of lace at the top of the pour.
Banana and spice aroma
Fruity taste, quite nutty as well, slightly spicy all over a wheat grain background. Slight citrus bitterness.
The feel is on the strong side of light. UFO is quite cleansing and easy to drink, good with spicy foods.
I liked it better on draught, better in hot weather than in november, but it's still good all the time.

mschofield, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a hazy unfiltered-looking yellow color with a thin white head. Thin lacing. Aroma of citrus, banana and wheat. Crisp and rather light with a nice citrusy flavor, and it stays very effervescent on the tongue throughout. The finish is dry and a little fruity. This beer is not overly "wheaty", and that may be why I enjoyed it more than I usually enjoy beers of this style. I found this easy to drink.

Dogbrick, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of Hefe
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Tasted from the glass teat on 11/05/03

Appearance: Golden and hazy with a whitish lasting head.

Smell: Fruity-yeasty with citrus and banana.

Taste: Same again as the nose, but the citrus is more like lemongrass and there is a touch of clove as well.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with a bit of refreshing acidity.

Drinkability: Fantastic summery brew, too damn bad I waited till november to sample, there's always next year I suppose.

Hefe, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

This is one of the better wheat beers I have had. What was funny, was that I had it on tap at Outback Steakhouse of all places. What else was funny, was that the waiter told me it was some UFO beer from Norway! Hahaha, these people need to get their stuff straight. Next thing you know, Bud will be an import from Andorra. Anyways, it was a real refreashing beer. It was hearty in the wheat area, but wasn;t too overbearing. It was balanced well with slight malts and hops. It went down smooth and quenched my thirst. I'm not sure of the appearance, but I gave it a 3.5, because I saw what it probably could have been. It was served to me in a frozen mug, so I never really got a good head from it and there was ice in it. Damn those that put good beer in frozen mugs, DAMN YOU!!!

JISurfer, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

After seeing a few guys on my campus wearing UFO t-shirts, I put this high on my list of beers to try for no other reason than to see how mediocre it was. I'm trying it now and and it's barely a step up from mediocre. I was going to give it a 4 for taste but realized that for a wheat beer, it has little flavor. All the other characteristics are there, but when I see "unfiltered wheat beer" on the label, I want to feel as if I just did a face-plant in the middle of Kansas. No such luck here, Kemosabe.

86MonteSS, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured out a straw like color very cloudy, medium white head that goes down to a thin lace. Didn't have high expectations for this one, mostly because I don't like this style of brew. But like everything else don't knock it before you try it. I tried it and it was good. There were citrus and banana and slight malt flavors all in this brew. Easy to drink smooth medium bodied brew. There was also a banana aftertaste not a bad thing. This was a good brew.

Running4beer, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

This beer is a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a thin white head that quickly dissolves to a broken collar around the surface. The aroma is a pleasant combination of clove, lemon citrus, yeast and wheat. Each sip of this very drinkable thin bodied beer begins with a citrus flavor. The middle is filled with clove, lemon, banana and citrus with a wheat malt flavor in the background holding it all together. It finishes dry with a banana flavor left on the palate.

WanderingFool, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

I'm not overly fond of this style, but this beer was very pleasant to me. The look is good, with a nice mid-amber body, slightly hazed, and capped with a very nice two finger ivory head. Lacing was spotty, but consistent down the glass.

The aroma was light but gave a sense of earthiness and a bit of non-citrus fruitness, as if from bananas or other pulpy fruit. The taste is odd on first gulp, probably from the yeast element, but this smooths as the glass goes down leaving a sense of clean malt and grain.

I enjoyed the mouthfeel of this offering. At first I thought it might be too thin, but again, as the glass emptied I realized that it was a real smoothness and not wateriness that I was sensing. Though never having a bite, it does have a medium-bodied finish. Easily drinkable, I would likely choose this over many American hefes I've tried.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of dmarch
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%

Pours a hazy golden color. Slight bannana aroma with a hint of clove. Not a bad aroma, just not enough of it. Taste was bland as well. No off flavors in this beer, just seemed watered-down. Very thin mouthfeel. Definately not the best harpoon has to offer.

dmarch, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of Jarod
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

12 oz bottle

This beer poured an orange/straw color that had a haze to it at the start progressively cloudier as it finished. The head that was produced was a dense creamy foam and it was fairly lasting. No lace noticeable. The aromas were of wheat grains, some fruit (light banana, and citrus), earth tones, sweet malt and some yeast tones. The flavors that came out were of wheat grains, some bitter hops, light fruit, hints of spices, flowers and yeast and it finished on the tart side. Light medium bodied. A little on the weak side for my tastes, nothing really stuck out. Every taste I took I had to kind of concentrate to catch all the flavors. Not a bad beer, but not the greatest one (of its style) that I have had.

Jarod, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Have had this one many times. Pours a hazy orange, clearer than most unfiltered Hefeweizens. Smells are subtle, some yeast, some citrus, not much else. Taste is watery with some hops, but muted, plunger muted. Subtle spices, lacks the flavors typical of the style. Drinkable and not bad for an American Wheat Beer.

chaduvel, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little wheaty with a tiny citrus hint. The flavor is a little malty, but mostly it tastes like a slightly watered down weiss beer. Not bad at all, but it is a little too watery for me.

clvand0, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a slightly hazy gold color with two fingers of head, a little small for a weizen. There is a bit of lace left on the glass. The only things detected in the smell were malt and a hint of citrus. Very very malty nose. The taste is extremely malty as well. Hints of lemon and other fruit are present. The mouthfeel is a little light and oily. The drinkability is fair. Not too bad for an American weizen.

SheepNutz, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured a nice off yellow with the trademark Hefe-Weizen haze. Almost no head. Smells of a strong citrus presence with the grain in the background. Taste is quite good with a nice solid Hefe/grainy mouthfeel. Tastes like it should. A very drinkable brew from a very good brewery.

yankeeheel, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of yosh
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Label is pretty interesting.

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color and had very little head. Had an average citrus smell that is common to many wheat beers. It's taste was smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel of this medium-bodied beer was smooth and creamy. Good drinkability too and great for a summer afternoon!

yosh, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of BierReise
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

At the Brewery: Standard appearance for a Weizen, straw yellow and cloudy with a white foamy head. Has a sweet wheat malt aroma yet lacked the bready yeasty aroma I've grown accustomed to in this style. Body is medium with a slight crispness. Flavor is weak though and not a true weizen flavor. Lacked character and depth.

BierReise, Aug 07, 2003
UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,281 ratings.