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UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

854 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%


Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices, UFO White is the perfect choice for a summer’s barbecue, a night out with friends or any time you¹re thirsting for something a little different. Like UFO Hefeweizen and UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, we leave UFO White Unfiltered for a more natural taste and appearance.

10 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2009)
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Initially very impressive pale golden/straw color when poured from the 12 oz bottle. The head amounts to about 1 finger in height before receding to a slim coating. Great, lasting carbonation, but it does not retain and there is no lacing to speak of on the glass.

S - I expected orange peel and spices. I got more of a lemony smell, along with mysterious spices. Little bit of light sweetness.

T - Edited: Dominant taste is the spice mix, which now seems overdone to me. Complimenting the spice mix is a bubblegum sweetness, which I'm not a huge fan of. Hidden somewhere in the background is an orange/lemon grassiness.

M - Drank it cold and the mouthfeel was a lot better than warm. Very light with tight carbonation, almost soda water type feel. Unfortunately there is also a bit of a lingering aftertaste that I do not care for, less prevalent at cold temps.

O -It's spring time in New England so I figured I'd give this another go. I was able to discern a couple new flavors, specifically the bubblegum and grassiness. It's drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable for me. Best consumed cold and quickly. Note: edited from last year. My score for this increased a bit.

Serving type: can

04-10-2014 12:05:53 | More by Andrew041180
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, pale golden in my wheat beer glassware. Very thin, nearly nonexistent lace here.

Nose is crisp citrus and yeastiness, with touch of spice to round it out. Pleasant.

Tastes mild and approachable as a session beer or a beginner's craft beer, with plenty of orange citrus and a kiss of spice around the edges. And while this seems to lack the complexity and depth of a typical German hefeweizen, it's still a tasty and enjoyable wheat beer that should appeal to just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 16:43:05 | More by secondtooth
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/15/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, herbal, wheat, bread, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. Good balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:00:27 | More by superspak
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kojevergas

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Beer with natural flavors added." "Unfiltered wheat beer." Reviewed as a witbier. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple label and branded red pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess. Poor complexion and consistency. Head retention is below average - about 1.5 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a murky dull copper - not quite the cloudy yellow-orange you'd expect from a good witbier. Lacks vibrance/glow. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

This looks pretty bad for a witbier. Outside style conventions, it's generally appealing. I have my reservations.

Sm: Coariander, citrus peel, clove, Belgian malts. A generally pleasing aroma of light strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or overt hop character is noticeable.

T: Painfully simple. Artificial citrus fruit extract, an overly sweet Belgian pale malt base, and a touch of coriander. Lacks the artful balance and careful subtlety of the best witbiers. It comes off feeling like a homebrew extract imitation. I'm far from impressed. There's no intricacy or nuance whatsoever. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I can't say I like it.

Mf: Too coarse for a witbier. It should be light, refreshing, soft, and smooth, but it's none of those things. Wet and overcarbonated. The texture is all wrong for a witiber; far too thick and filling. Poorly executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Downable but boring and bland for the style. This is the worst witbier I've had in a while. I'd caution friends against buying it and I highly doubt I'll be buying it again. Poor work from Harpoon.

C-

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:06:22 | More by kojevergas
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worldatlarge

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow. Cloudy. Visually, I find it appealing.

S: Slight fruitiness---hint of orange. Slight grainy odor. Nothing overpowering---I'd say almost muted but not in a bad way.

T: Hint of orange, which I prefer because I do not like strong, fruity flavors. Quite tame.

M: Light. Moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: Enjoyable. I wouldn't say I'm in love but it was more of a pleasant surprise. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 11:18:58 | More by worldatlarge
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Amandazor

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, this beer definitely enlightens my soul. It is definitely a go-to beer for me. I can always have a UFO White!

A: yellow, cloudy, unfiltered greatness

S: Has an aroma of orange and coriander

T: very crisp and refreshing

M: I feel the carbonation is well-balanced. The carbonation gives you the crisp and refreshing feeling while not overpowering the multiple flavors in the beer. Even when warm, the beer is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 19:31:30 | More by Amandazor
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stella77artois

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, with a slight amber tint. Not much carbonation noticed, think 1/2" head even after an aggressive pour. Head dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Not the best looking beer.

S - Smooth and sweet malts up front, as well as plenty of wheat. Citrus is very prevalent: both orange peel and a lemon-lime citrus aroma are noted. A very slight hint of yeast was noticed as the beer warmed. Nice smelling beer, especially for it's style.

T - Witbier's aren't my style, but I was impressed with this beer. The malts and wheats can be noted up front. Never got the orange peel, but the citrusy flavor was definitely noted. As the beer warmed, the citrus flavor was similar to a non-carbonated lemon-lime soda, like Sprite or 7-Up. Unique and pleasant. Only thing I didn't like was a weird, slightly unpleasant sweetness in the aftertaste.

F - Not bad, but expecting a beer of this style to be more refreshing. Not enough of a carbonation fizz. Still a beer that's sessionable and not unpleasant. Not dry or sticky.

O - Pleasantly suprised with this beer. Again, Witbier's aren't really my style, but I enjoyed this beer. Like the smooth combo of malt and wheat, and the cirtusy falvor was natural tasting and not overly sweet. Not a beer I'd buy on it's own, but I'll certainly enjoy the other one from the Harpoon Winter variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 12:09:14 | More by stella77artois
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Smokey Bones near Reading, PA. Only had it becuse the DFH 90 was taken off.

Asked for a non frosted glass, and it arrived in a glass where the frost had obviously just been wiped off. No real problem, Witbier is good cold. Hazy yellow body with 1 finger of foamy head which quickly dissipated to a thijn ring. Some interesting lacing initially, then none.

Smell was faint, yeasty, some citrus, but mostly the generic "beeer smell".

Taste was okay, just not impressive. Only faintly tasted the citrus

Mouth was thin, not much going for it. There are far, far betterits out there.

Perhaps I was just bummed that the DFH 90 was off, but this wasn't too enjoyable. Paired okay with the smoky wings I ordered. Incidentally, Smokey Bomes "craft beer" menu left a lot to be desired. Blue Moon, Leinenkugels, low end Goose Island, Shock Top, and Sam Adams.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 11:49:53 | More by MikeWard
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barczar

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium golden with a dense ivory head that slowly dissipates.

Wheat, orange zest, coriander, clove, white pepper, and Belgian yeast form the aroma. There's a bit of underlying bready malt, but orange dominates. Light earthy hops are present.

Flavor is initially malty, but subsequent sips reveal a virus kick and wheat, which hits mid palate and carries into a bready, dry, peppery finish. Orange and lemon notes accompany light Belgian yeast character, with hints of phenols. A bit heavy in flavor.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More malty than expected, and the orange really dominates, but a very approachable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:33:40 | More by barczar
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Rbroccoli

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Golden Orange, Cloudy. 2.5 fingers of head poured into a glass tumbler. Moderate lacing. Didn't stick for the whole glass, but retained well

S- Only hints of a "beer" aroma, orange and malty

T- Wheat the whole way through with non-overpowering bursts of orange, lemon, and spice. Very flavorful and delicious. Sweet and not really bitter. Citrus/apricot aftertaste reamains for a while afterward.

M- Fizzy. Light enough for summer nights, dense enough to not be boring.

O- Great wit, especially for its price.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 05:13:43 | More by Rbroccoli
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours into glass a hazy straw/light orange color with a bubbly white head that disappears very quickly to just a few bubbles.
S: Straw, wheat, light honey, apricots and a light peppery aroma round out this beer.
T: Smooth, wheat and light roasted grains give a sweet start. There are hints of honey and fresh apricots and a light citric touch. Mellow yeast spice and esters.
M: Medium body and moderate carbonation with low/ no alcohol warmth.
D: Overall a decent american witbier with enough flavor and balance to satisfy. Not a standout in this category however but it can be fairly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 21:23:02 | More by scottbrew4u
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle, no discernible date.

Slightly orange/lime aroma. Poured Hazy lemon-yellow body, fizzy whiteish head. Head dissipated immediately, no lace. Slightly sour, mostly orange flavor to it. Makes the mouth pucker a bit! Not bad overall. A good enough choice on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 21:26:10 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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MarkQ617

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a hazy straw gold, with a limited white head. There's a great citrus taste with some mild malt. The mouthfeel and carbonation area bit much. The smell was a bit light, but you definitely got the orange. Nice for summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 22:36:24 | More by MarkQ617
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Keepmywitbieraboutme

New York

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is crisp and clean for hot summer days in the back 40, but the mouth feel in particular leaves something to be desired. Usually with witbier, the taste is refreshing and then lingers with that dry clean finish. This had the refresh, but each sip didn't excite me to come back to the next.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 16:44:35 | More by Keepmywitbieraboutme
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks great, like some of the best Witbiers out there, but that is where its impressiveness ends. It has a very citrusy smell (orange slices?) but falls flat pretty much everywhere else. It has a bland taste and is just flat out mediocre. There is no doubt this is a witbier, but I certainly wouldn't call it an impressive example of the style.

This is a do not buy again for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 17:16:59 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this newly available in cans just in time for the first glimpse summer in Vermont. And, while I had tried it once before in bottle form, it was admittedly forgettable.

Anyway, here goes:

A: Although my preference was to drink from the can, the one I did pour was hazy, golden, and quite attractive.

S: Orange and yeast dominant.

T: Much more orange/citrus heavy than any other wit I've had. I didn't like it much at first, but it grew on me after having the third or fourth.

M: Not overly watery, unfiltered, and extremely refreshing.

O: As some have said, it would be unfair and unreasonable to expect this to be on par with some of the other, much more expensive wit's available out there. In fact the only two other commercially-available wits that I would prefer to this are limited to 4-packs usually priced upwards of $10. That being said, the very fact that such a decent, refreshing wit can be found in cans for under $15 is fantastic. And, quite frankly, if you're looking for an above-average warm-weather beer that beats your average "summer ale", UFO White is a fantastic option.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 03:37:09 | More by BTVflatlander
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Bauzen

New York

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer isn't meant to reviewed in depth. There's not enough going on with regards to depth and complexity to make anything anyone says matter.

It's an alternative to big-box light beers - ideal for the summer. In that regard, it's a great beer.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 01:46:53 | More by Bauzen
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socon67

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow pour with a foamy head. Lacing is in streaking rings on the glass.

S - Strong lemon\citrus notes, and some scent of light grains.

T - Light drinking beer with a tartness throughtout the taste. Some wheat notes and a hint of spice. A solid thrist quencher.

M - Very sessionable and perfect for those hot summer afternoons. Leaves a puckering finish and feels light.

O - Just a solid beer, and likely an underrated one at that.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 16:29:08 | More by socon67
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Huffs

New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice full head which laced very well and had good retention. Appearance was cloudy and yellow to straw in color. Aroma was very stong of citrus, orange in particular, with notes of banana. Taste was of a mild citrus, more orange / lemon, with hints of spice. Mouthfeel was light with a mild, citrus aftertaste.

Serving type: can

04-27-2013 23:39:49 | More by Huffs
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beerseller

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. I like the cloudy look the UFO gives. I actually prefer this to there other ufo offerings (although I like the raspberry as well.)

This offers a lot while not being over the top with the orange, but the orange hints are there.
I tried with and without a squeeze of orange. Both a nice but I prefer it without because there seems to be enough going on that the orange squeeze takes away from the beer.

I will definitely buy again - very good beer for a gathering to let people try.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 23:30:49 | More by beerseller
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.

Whitish yellow color. Very cloudy. Good lasting head that leaves some blankets of lace on the glass.

Soft, subtle aroma of banana, clove and coriander. Attractive and inviting.

The flavor lands closer to the mild side of Wits. This would be an easy introduction into the wheat world. The flavor mimics the smell. Full bodied with elevated carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 15:39:24 | More by smcolw
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MigLMunoz

New Jersey

1.54/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

appearance: To me it looks like any other beer Yellow with white head.

smell: you can definitely smell a bit of orange not much but its definitely thee

taste: taste i give it a 1.5 just because you can definitely smell the orange but you can not tate it once it is in your mouth.

mouthfeel: Light & high carbonation

overall: differently better than the regular coronas you find out there on a late saturday night but I wouldn't recommend this beer to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 03:55:44 | More by MigLMunoz
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-yellow colored brew with a tiny white head that fades very rapidly. Upon fading almost no lace is left on the sides of the glass

Smell – The nose is quite sweet and citrus with heavy aromas of orange and lemon. Mixed with these smells are aromas of wheat bread as well as some aromas of some spice of coriander and nutmeg.

Taste – The taste begins with a good dose of wheat and a more lemon citrus taste that gives is a sour sweet flavor upfront. As the taste advances some flavors of orange sweeten it up some with other spice flavors of a coriander flavor as well as some yeast flavors coming to the tongue. While these sweeten the flavor, it is only temporary as soon more bitter/sour comes to the tongue in the form of lemon and some grapefruit hop flavors. These take the taste to the end where they are joined by a bit more spice of both nutmeg and coriander, leaving a sweet and sour citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to actually slightly chewier side for the lower abv and the style with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The slightly chewiness takes away from the easy drinking character of the brew in some ways, but actually is not too bad for the wheaty and citrus flavors of the brew. With the higher carbonation making up for the chewier body (in terms of taking away its crispness), it is surprisingly a good combination for the tastes of the brew.

Overall – A fairly decent wit. A little more bitter and sour then most, which I actually like, and with the slightly chewier body it makes for a quite nice drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2013 00:37:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a bright hazy brass hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bright juicy orange and a touch of esters.

The taste was dominated by a suprisingly vibrant fresh orange, doughy malts and a clean wheat spice. Light esters detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full for the style and chewy.

Overall a very nice citrusy wit.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 01:11:52 | More by plaid75
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was "donated" by a friend who left it at my house for a few weeks. Finder's keeper's! Let's see how this beer measures up.

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden, yellow that is at first almost virtually clear, but once it settles, it becomes a haze of gold that is somewhat transparent. The inch of thin head dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Has a slight hint of wheat zest with a bite of lemon. Has some minor hints of spices and then a nice orange peel comes to and some almond.

Taste: Somewhat strong notes of malt, but nothing overbearing enough. Has a robust surge of orange peel and lemon zest that satisfies the palate quite nice. The well-balanced malts and lighter notes of bread and possibly artificial orange peel makes this an average witbier. I would much prefer other beers in this category, but eh is what I can truly say. Maybe next time something a little more natural with a higher hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Earthy tone.

Overall: Going into this beer I was possibly expecting something a little more flavor. Bread-like hops and some decent light zest sort of made this a passable brew, but seems to be masking the fact that there are so many more beers in this category that are totally better. Not bad though for its price. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:52:01 | More by DMXLOX22
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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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