UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO WhiteUFO White

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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: 315 | 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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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 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 txbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - translucent wheat gold

S - light, crisp, a bit of citrus

T - refreshing wheat beer without being plain at all, actually an enjoyable flavor

M - light but heavily carbonated, refreshing after being out in the sun

D - quite so - no one flavor is overpowering the other

After having the UFO Hefe I was happy to pick up this six pack (as it was also on sale for the week!!!) and give it a try. Glad I did. Just a refreshing as the Hefe and just as enjoyable. I look forward to finishing this six pack (especially as the afternoons warm up).

Photo of shockingbluamp
1.36/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head.
Smell: almost none.
Mouthfeel: very fizzy
Taste: Light body
Overall: awful...beyond bad. No taste whatsoever. zzz!!
Had to cut it with an oatmeal stout so as to not waste the 3/4 bottle what is undrinkable

Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date printed on the bottle.

The head is not shy to tower to the top of the glass, that is for sure as it leaves a sticky white lace on the glass. Hazed pale yellow straw color. Hint of spice and wheat malt in the nose, a bit of yeast as well. Solid crispness with a rolling smoothness over the medium body. Light and fluffy wheat maltiness is a strong enough base for the style, spiciness is assertive but not overbearing with a slight kiss of bitterness from the coriander and a soft edge of orange peel. A little dry breadiness and nutty yeast in the semi-dry finish.

While Harpoon's version is missing the tart plum fruitiness seen in most Witbiers it makes up for that with balance and drinkability which is what the style is about.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is what you would expect, coriander and orange peel. The flavor is mainly coriander with some orange in there as well. The finish is spicy coriander. This is not bad, but is a little heavy on the coriander resulting in an unbalanced overall flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that lasted less than minute with no lacing.

Smell: Citrus domintates with wheat and other grains.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light to medium bodied and drink much like soda with the carbonation. Taste is dominated with citrus, taste like orange up front with a lemon aftertaste.

Overall: Good beer, but not really my style. I would drink this one again if offered.

Photo of deebo
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a wit glass.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a small white head. Nose is yeasty and lemony.

Taste is again quite lemony with the coriander and standard wit yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and thick. Quite an easy drinkin. Beer but not that tasty.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a very cloudy straw yellow/ golden color with one finger of white creamy head that faded to a thin fairly retentive layer. some spotty lace off of a swirling of the glass, but its quick to fall back into the beer.

the first smell i get a lot of citrus. lots of orange and lemon, almost artificial, but hard to tell. a nice effervesence, but not much else going on, maybe a touch of wheat and yeast.

again, citrus being at the forefront. lots of lemon and orange, grains, a bit of wheat, and maybe just a slight hint of phenols and clove. but the citrus tastes a little forced and artificial. just a light bitterness in the finish.

light bodied, crisp and refreshing. carbonation is fairly decent for the style. just a very slight hint of acidity.

very easy to drink, i could see this going down super easy on a hot summer day playing some frisbee golf. overall, the citrus is a bit artificial, but its easy to get past. wouldnt search this out in a hurry, but i could see coming across a six pack in the far future that would seem a good choice.

Photo of Mantooth
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Trent15
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. It was the first hefeweizen i've had so didn't know quite what to expect. Always been a fan of wheat beers and citrus beers like Shock Top. It had a nice orange color and fair sized head that faided quickly. The taste wasn't quite what I expected but surprisingly refreshing, a nice citrus aroma and taste. Not heavy, and would go great at a barbecue or grill out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.46/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale hazed golden hue much like other wits out there, the white head has tight bubbles which dwindle quickly leaving a nice collar of lacing sticking to the edges of my glass.

Aroma has a dominant flow of orange peels flying off it's head, not much else to detect in the nose a bit one dimensional. Very perfume like with no discernable hops present.

Flavor has creamy wheat notes with citrus rind bitterness, a little too zesty for Big a Tony. Not much coriander again a bittering dominance of citrus, in this case orange peels that sours the stomach and the palate.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied I wish I could say crisp and refreshing but that experience is not offered here, orange peels weighs heavy again. No real white ale profile to be spoken about this is an American pale wheat with orange zest flavor.

Drinkability is pretty poor go and seek something with some balance and some redeeming qualities not digging this brew at all.

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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 WCBCFrank
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon's UFO White pours hazy off-white in a weizen glass. Big fluffy, quickly dissipating head in the glass. Lots of orange zest fills the palate; there is some subtle spice and a fair amount of carbonation but nothing to write home about....Smooth drinking and easy down the throat.

Personally: A very "light" wit beer, I would choose this over a Corona any day.

Photo of JonSC
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

One of my favorite wheat beers I've had. Just excellent all around.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appropriately orange in color and hazy in appearance. Poured a frothy white head that quickly disappeared. Subtle aroma, taste is light with obvious orange flavor. Highly carbonated makes it feel a bit thin. A good summer brew to enjoy on a hot day. Considering the lower ABV, can spend an evening drinking this beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, white color, lively, crispy look. an airy, white fluffy but thin head rises and falls pretty quick. Minor lacing around.

The Aroma has a hair-treatment, chemy aspect like a "Perm" type-smell, not pleasant. Otherwise there is corriander and spices and a sweet, light malt.

This has a crispy and light malt with a wheat effect and herbal edge of corriander and mild spices right from the rack. Crisy and light feel, slightly dry aftertaste. The herbal qualities seem to takeover a bit. The light malt does a decent job of balancing things out.

"white" can be a great, flavorful style especially when the yeast cancarry it's own!

Photo of BennyL1
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the winter pack. Freshness date is smudged, looks like 4/14/11

A - UFO White pours a hazy straw yellow with a very slim white head. Spotty lacing as well, on par for the style.

S - Lemon and orange notes up front. Some wheat notes and sweet malts in there too.

T - Orange flavors become apparent at first taste backed up by some nice wheat notes. Rather bready finish without much yeast or spice component. Refreshing for sure, just not overly flavorful.

M - Light body with carbonation on the high side. Clean and crisp finish.

D - Although not overwhelming by any stretch, a few of these could be had on a hot summer day with no complaint from me.

Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a soft layer of loose, white head that has good retention. The nose has a strong citrus aroma showcasing heavy oranges and some faint lemon. The flavor is similar; intense citrus, oranges and lemon with some faint straw. The mouthfeel is a crisp but smooth medium body.

This isn't a bad beer. It gets points for drinkability. With such a big citrus character one may confuse this for breakfast beer. For the style it lacks complexity and that hint of spice that I find desirable in a Wit. I won't seek this out again, but I wouldn't refuse it either.

Photo of secondtooth
3.32/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Grugalug
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%

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)

Photo of bamojr
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fairly standard Witbier. Pours a very light hazy golden with a white head. The strong flavors of coriander are proninant as is with most wheat beers. I complimented it with orange, which works well as I suspected. I have come to not expect too much from wheat beers and this isn't any particular exception to that, they all taste very similar. I probably won't seek this one out.

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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