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UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
78
okay

1,227 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 588
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 48 | 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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HeavyDandtheGirls

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -12%

05-29-2014 01:59:47 | More by HeavyDandtheGirls
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-29-2014 01:52:43 | More by lauries444
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pieface22

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-26-2014 01:38:18 | More by pieface22
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sebaastionb

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-24-2014 15:44:43 | More by sebaastionb
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Pale_Horse

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-23-2014 22:10:52 | More by Pale_Horse
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-23-2014 00:04:21 | More by mdaschaf
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psmith161

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +10%

05-21-2014 01:09:14 | More by psmith161
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AMCimpi

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-12-2014 15:26:44 | More by AMCimpi
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

05-05-2014 19:08:46 | More by MikeWard
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-03-2014 13:17:47 | More by jucifer1818
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pep

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

04-27-2014 02:24:46 | More by pep
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misscritta

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-25-2014 19:33:50 | More by misscritta
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12%

04-23-2014 20:53:25 | More by Durandal_777
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njbusa

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-20-2014 23:01:41 | More by njbusa
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mr_navarrete

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10%

04-20-2014 12:24:02 | More by mr_navarrete
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Beric

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 17 April 2014

Appearance: A hazy yellow with some rich golden tones present at times. Not much of a head on this one, though it does leave some lacing behind. Certainly looks like a hefeweizen or standard wheat beer.

Smell: Very simple and not very assertive- there is a soft sterile smell to this one. You can definitely pick up on the banana/clove notes often found in wheat beers like this, but there is a sterile, medicinal note in there too. Not cool.

Taste: Thin and bland. It is a shame this beer calls itself a 'hefeweizen' on the label. The banana/clove notes traditionally found in hefeweizen are nowhere to be found in this one, though there is some spiciness. That sterile note is still evident in the taste as this one has a rather abrupt and harsh finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin compared to others in the style and highly carbonated to make up for it.

Overall: This one should NOT be labeled a hefeweizen. I know BA categorizes it as an American Pale Wheat, and that is certainly what it is, but Harpoon calling this one a hefeweizen is a shame. This beer is abysmal as a hefeweizen and passable as an American Pale Wheat, but even then, it pales in comparison to better offerings including Goose Island 312 and Bell's Oberon.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 01:00:18 | More by Beric
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-17-2014 20:13:21 | More by SkinniePost
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tabhill

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-09-2014 00:35:28 | More by tabhill
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zero_signal

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

04-05-2014 00:46:45 | More by zero_signal
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paulish

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-31-2014 03:16:08 | More by paulish
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TherealTO

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17.3%

03-29-2014 14:27:14 | More by TherealTO
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JGLittle

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +10%

03-28-2014 21:37:16 | More by JGLittle
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, cloudy golden, with a solid head of white foam. Minimal lace.

Nose is subtly malty, with little trace of the usual strong and spicy wheat and yeast elements associated with hefeweizen. Not bad, but not up to snuff, either.

Taste is light on the palate, grainy, and almost lager-like. I get little trace of any clove or banana or bubblegum notes as I'd expect. Instead, I would consider this more of a basic wheat beer. As a hefeweizen, this one just falls short on most levels. Nonetheless, this remains drinkable and easygoing, and would make a a solid session drink or a fine starter beer for future craft beer fans.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 14:55:50 | More by secondtooth
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swtdixie91

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-26-2014 00:22:13 | More by swtdixie91
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Dirk_Chappelle

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

03-22-2014 02:43:34 | More by Dirk_Chappelle
UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.