UFO Hefeweizen - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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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
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
UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
78 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.