UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,245 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.68%
Wants: 46
Gots: 314 | FT: 1
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.

10 IBU
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Ratings: 1,245 | Reviews: 243
Photo of mkimmerlein
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this for the first time when a Harpoon rep was at my liquor store and loved it. This is now my favorite summer beer.

Photo of Antc2382
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this crisp wit

Photo of HattedClassic
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. This is ok, but just not for me. A little too much like a Blue Moon to me.

Photo of Cure_Tap
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Lahoi
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy pleasure. If you don't like orange peel then you won't like this brew. But if you do, give it a try. I thought it was a very nice experience.

Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of beerboy21
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy coriander! Sweet orange peel. Somewhat crisp.

Photo of captainfudgepacker
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer, not as good as blue moon.

Photo of lordofthemark
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hint of spicy aroma. Orange and spice taste. White and cloudy.

Photo of J30wang
4.37/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of SFNC
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a orange creamcicle! Nice balance between the wheat and the orange peel. Very refreshing! This will get lots of play this summer.

Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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;

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of jetpilot12
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great white ale, enjoyed every moment of it. Bought numerous six packs.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Rkspar
4.87/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The orange peel used to make the beer gives it a real nice overall taste. Definitely a go to beer.

Photo of Paul432_1
4.44/5  rDev +23%
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

Photo of Cris4545
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Perfect for after a hike!

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like a giant banana jammed into a wheat beer! By far one of my go to beers when I can't have an IPA.

Photo of cbh0028
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Belgian White, nothing special but still a good buy.

Photo of Csikic93
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great refreshing beer made even better with a slice of orange.

Photo of rtcjny
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great tasting smooth beer

Photo of Psunuke93
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes like a weak Shock Top.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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