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UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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218 Reviews
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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,280
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.93%
Wants: 49
Gots: 356 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2009

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.

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Photo of Nate4288
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can't say I am a big fan of a light tasting beer with a big wheat presence. It's very bland tasting. It kind of tastes like a lighter blue moon with more complexity. I would almost rather just have a blue moon. This beer just lacks the sweetness and punch that a summer brew should have. Maybe something to down at a party when flavor doesn't matter as much.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a pale gold color. The beer is pretty hazy and not very clear, which gives it a nice look even when accounting for chill haze.

The beer smell is nice. When colder, the beer has a strong coriander note but as it warms up, the orange peel takes a strong center stage and dulls some of the coriander notes. The smell also has the other Belgian spices and yeast notes to make it a more complex beer to it and a bit of oat too. However, the beer seems to lack a certain twang.

The beer taste is pretty good but it's missing something. The taste has the coriander, spice, and orange note that you find in the style but no real twang.The taste also has a bit of a sweet oat taste to it as well.

The mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. My only qualm is that it has a little bit of a body that is out of place but it isn't too much and doesn't affect the beer greatly. Otherwise, the beer is pretty smooth and creamy and worth getting on a hot summer's day.

Overall, a pretty good witbier that doesn't seem to get as much love as it should. While it isn't the greatest or superawesomeriffic, it definitely should get a mention because of how drinkable it is. The beer isn't too extreme and has quite a bit of flavor to it but not too much that scares off a beginner.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's like a truck transporting velvet and spice crashed into an orange grove.

Really refreshing on a hot day, goes down easy, but isn't lacking in flavor. Don't leave these bottles lying on their side though, it unsettles the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle and seems to muck up the flavor.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This unfiltered witbier is deep gold and cloudy with a slight yeast sediment. Head and lacing aren't a significant part of the experience, but flavor certainly is. The nose is a blend of herbal/spicy flavor hops notes that remind me of a European pilsner; on the palate these are joined by very pronounced coriander and bitter orange peel flavors, and a light hops bitterness that matches the nose but vanishes on the finish, leaving just the bitterness of the orange peel. The light body, surprisingly lively carbonation and the transience of the hops bitterness make for a crisp finish that I would more expect from a lager. This is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of J30wang
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. A few sips in, take the time to breathe in through your mouth and you'll really feel the power of the alcohol. Then breathe out through your nose--that's where the orange peel reveals itself into an almost floral zen.

I could be wrong, but this beer is so citrusy, also has a very honey texture when sipped. But it's not heavy. I prefer this over Blue Moon, which, on the contrary, can get sickening. This is personal preference, even with foods, stuff that's too heavy does not appeal to me.

Very smooth pour, head is not thick, but that's okay because the foam will probably delay the enjoyment by just a few microseconds. You want the citrus to hit you w/ a pang for this one.

The malt comes way after.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, from pitcher into pint
Served: 7 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a soapy white head that dies down to just about nothing. Doesn't really leave any lacing or anything in the glass.

Smell: Sweet and 'beery', a pinch of spice.

Taste: Soft banana notes with a touch of coriander and orange peel like you would suspect. Soft, sweet 'beery' notes as well. A very simply drinker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation makes this one excellent for the style and extremely quaffable.

Overall: A crowd pleaser, but nothing that will knock your socks off, like most of Harpoon's other offerings. A step up from Blue Moon. A good party beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: subdued aroma - lemon more than anything else; a little wheat;

T: dull lemon up front; a little wheat at mid-palate; no coriander; a bit of tartness and very little bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp;

O: refreshing, but not a great example if the style;

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical hazy straw color with a frothy white head. Smell is mildly zesty and spicy. Taste is refreshing with a nice wheat body, with some orange flavors, and hints of coriander. All the flavors are very well balanced unlike some other witbiers. This is probably the best witbiers I have had.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of orange and sweet wheat. Tastes of weak wheat with orange dominating. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Paul432_1
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great refreshing Witbier. Lightly flavored Orange , with a delicious aftertaste. Very similar to Shock Top original, but without the sweetness. Highly recommend this beer

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Photo of JamesBondGA
1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

like yellow pee in color, you can see the carbonation bubbles constantly going to the top. hints of orange when smelling it. Too light in flavor to me. Like drinking a carbonated apple juice.

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Photo of kfawku123
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

This is one of the best Belgian style wit beers I've sampled. It has all the hints of coriander and orange that other wit beers have (similar to Hoegaarden) and what I enjoyed the most about this beer is how crisp the flavor and pleasing the after-taste. This is one smooth drink. Will definitely have some more.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color. Leaves a nice 1.5 finger of head, with lots of bubbles coming up to reinforce the head. Looks nice and inviting. (3.7)

S- Very characterful yeast aroma. Typical banana and clove aromas that are very pleasant. Also some citrus character, primarily orange. No detectable hop aroma, but just smells very fruity and spicy. (3.7)

T- Very similar to the head. Banana, clove, orange, some subtle maltiness. Hop bitterness on the back end balances it out, but just a bit too much bitterness on the back end for it to be as well-balanced as I would personally like it to be. Nonetheless very refreshing. (3.5)

M- Pretty light-bodied, but certainly not watery. Spritz-like carbonation and goes down very easily. Great for lighter dishes or hotter days. (3.7)

O- A very nice take on the classic Belgian Witbier. Very nice for spring through late summer, very refreshing and very easy to drink. By far and away one of the better "summer beers" for the money. (3.62)

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Photo of TWStandley
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Overall a remarkable average beer.

Have had on numerous occasions. Always pours a light straw color with a decent haze, large billowing head.

Typical yeast smells, slight tartness.

Taste is somewhat subdued, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel light and bubbly.

Overall an OK beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Deep light orange with hints of lemon yellow. Solidly opaque, with some degree and sight of carbonation inside. Head is fluffy and makes three fingers tall with an off white appearance. Fairly decent staying power as it falls slowly.

A real nice smell of orange but a bit sweet and artificial slightly. Spritzy clove slightly, but lots of bubblegum and penny candy smells.

Palate comes a little dissapointing. Very watery brew, with little malt depth at all. Not much Belgian character to this amongst a wet and orange tang sugary body. Kool aid like finish with lots of sweet character. Sort of flattened soda character also.

Overall it comes off kind of weak and really there's no wheat depth to this at all. Drinks like sweet tang kool aid fruit punch orange more than anything.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - poured a pale straw with light orange highlights and a one finger white head that dissipated quickly much like a sprite or other similar soda would. No lacing or residual head leaving it flat looking shortly after the pour.

S - nose is a subdued fruityness, candied banana notes followed by tons of orange dominant citrus aroma that also is a little lemony. A mellow malt wafting through after that with some slight pepper and herbs.

T - very mellow flavor profile, starts with a slight fruity yeast taste thats a little herbal with orange and banana, ends with a mellow malt flavor, slight bitterness but not substantial, and almost a lacking wateriness at the end.

M - carbonation is medium to low for the style, or at least less then what I'd prefer. This left it less crisp and a little chewy for the style.

O - this is a good solid beer, but has some areas leaving me less then impressed. After the pour the beer was very flat in appearance. Taste was great but wish it was kicked up a notch, it seems a little mellow and subdued.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Harpoon's "UFO White" is a top notch Brew through and through,of course if you are not a fan of the style,you will probably hate it..[Derp!] anyway,I myself love this amazing Witbier,a very snappy bitter Orange flavor,and nice Wheat backbone with an almost Champagne like Carbonation ~Love it!

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Photo of deebo
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reminds me of blue moon but with added bitterness. Hazy with a white head. Looks like a witbier. Smell is heavy on the bitter orange and plenty of coriander. Flavor is Strong on the citrus flavor. Aftertaste needs to be cleaner. Otherwise ok but definitely room for improvement. A below average Belgian wit.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Glenway Premium Pub, Belmont NC, into an American pint glass with an Olde Mecklenburg Brewery logo on the side of it.

Pours a hazy yellow - like grapefruit juice - with a thin white head. Served way too cold but allowing it to warm didn't awaken the brew as I'd hoped. There's a nice bready, biscuit thing going on and the brew is quite pleasant. There's nothing off-putting but nothing noteworthy either. First Harpoon brew I've had in some time - just as mediocre as the others I've tried.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured it too rapidly. I'm looking at a third of the glass of foam. Waiting for the fluffy white head to settle before draining the can. A soft hazy yellow color advertises the beer.

Snappy coriander and ripe orange peel/flesh. Brittle wheat malts are aromatic, but give the esters and spices avenues to express themselves. Light lemon, wheatgrass, and egginess. Nice whiffs.

A little grainier and brined, but still coming off of that good nose. More coriander and clove and hints of star anise, than orange peel and wheat that survives. Hints of lemon-lime soda. Strangely, it has that anise bump to it that makes for another imperfection, but undoubtedly unique. Citrusy hop with some flowery bitterness. Good stuff.

Drinks like Easy Street. Slight alcohol accent that caroms off of textural carbonation to diminish the body.

Good. Ranges from okay to excellent, depending on format (had a great version, in bottle, earlier this year). Too much inconsistency.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle witha BB date of 15 August 2014, served in a snifter.

Pours cloudy pale amber with a weak head.

Aroma: sweet and fruity, with obvious orange and a hint of spicing.

Flavor: citrus fruit on wheat bread; only a hint of hops; lightly sweet. Orange peel is more obvious than the coriander and other spices.

Feel: light body with adequate carbonation; semi-dry.

O: a light, fruity and refreshing wheat that pusheds the orange flavor to the fore. Enjoyed this more than expected.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
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.


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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.