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UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,090 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.72%
Wants: 29
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

djrn2, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a really murky light golden color with a pretty hefty white head and some good lacing. The nose is a bit of light wheat and orange plus some lemon. The taste brings more orange, lemon, wheat, and a bit of grain. Pretty plain, but it works. Nice light body and some good drinkability. A good hot-weather brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemon and wheat along with some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

metter98, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Well, here is the kind of massive head I would expect from a Belgian style beer; the liquid is a hazy straw color with a honey aspect to it as well; plenty of lace squiggles are left behind

Smell: Rather floral and perfumey, with a cracker malt base; a bit of citrus peel but somewhat low on the spice quotient

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with a growing orange blossom flavor a slight hint of almond paste, as well; I don't pick up much spice, however; after the swallow; the finish is bready, with just a hint of the citrus

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot of American Wheat character with just a dash of wit tossed in; rather dull compared to the better examples of the style

brentk56, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light unfiltered yellow color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cloves and coriander is refreshing. Taste is a mix between some coriander with light orange peel notes and some wheat malt. Body is somewhat fuller then average with good carbonation. A bit short of the spices but easily drinkable.

Phyl21ca, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I have not had in a good long while I decided to give a whirl. Poured this one in a sixteen ounce pilsner glass and let it ride. Consumed on 03/26/2010.

The pour was easily the best part as the hazy and bright golden color rose up from the deep and produced a towering head nearly three inches high. Settling down and cratering nicely it starts to form a strong and consistent ring around the top of the glass that falls with the greatest of ease leaving a great amount of lacing dripping down the glass. Aroma is light banana, clove, hints of bready notes and a touch of light lemon or citrus that seems to come off very nicely. After a few moments of warming all that is coming through though is the strong bready notes that now seem to dominate the palate. Smooth, even consistency here now as it runs through the palate. Light and airy with a nice, soft feel to it, the clove and banana take hold and follow though with a light, but noticeable hop kick. Easily session able I don't think this one lasted but 5 minutes in my hands.

Overall a good, solid ale that could be enjoyed anytime but would work very, very well on a warm summer day. Would do this one again,

mikesgroove, Mar 30, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

kylehay2004, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad here. The smell of the beer has some light grains on the nose and a pretty hefty amount of orange citrus on the nose. The taste of the beer was pretty refreshing, would be very nice on a summer day. The mouthfeel is smooth and sliky. The drinkability of this is really good in my opinion. Overall this beer is quite nice I think.

Knapp85, Aug 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clouded, straw-hued body with a thin, albeit lasting coating of white suds on top.

Smell: A chiefly cracker dough accented wheat malt aroma with a decent pinch of spices and aromatic orange peel. Hint of almond sugar as well.

Taste: Pale and wheat malts giving hints of humble crackers and simple dough. Sweet hint of marzipan upfront. Earthy coriander spicing along with a touch of bitter orange peel. Additional citrusy taste of lemon on the back half. Traces of almond, spice, and citrus amidst the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pretty solid white that made for very ideal, very appealing for drinking during the dog days of summer.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 23, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like this maybe best of all the ufo beers ive had to date. it pours a hazy bright yellow color with a tall white foamy head with decent retention. the nose is zesty like orange peel, peppery yeast, and more hops that i am used to for the genre. the taste is really fruity, lots of orange peel and juice to this, a little sweet, but the hops tame that perfectly. feel is awesome, really snappy and crisp, light in body for an unfiltered beer, and a ton of carbonation. again i see this more as a summer drink than a winter one, but it found its way into the winter box. i really enjoyed this though, and it makes me want to try the other ufo beers.

StonedTrippin, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jason, May 14, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 18, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nickfl, May 18, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is citrus (orange and lemon), wheat, some Belgian yeast, some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of orange & lemon and a little spice. Then some mild breadiness comes in from, wheat, Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better Witbiers out there but it's still a decent beer to drink for long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 16, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

RblWthACoz, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of Wintery 12 pack. So far all have drank nicely..

Pours honey colored with a sliver of white head. Not much lacing or head retention

S: Faint phenols & lemons, pears

T: Fikkiws the nose, a touch of white pepper & coriander as well up front. A touc of grainy sweetness as this warms, along with some golden delicious apple & lemons. Finishes lemony, grassy, peppery & with a touch of juicy-fruit gum

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation. Carbonation amooths out as this warms

An easy drinker, that stays very true to style

russpowell, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has your standard wheat and pilsner malt scent along with an above average orange peel and coriander aroma. It's not as crisp and refreshing as some. Maybe, it has a bit more pilsner malt. The taste is decent as well. It's a good drinking beer, but it falls a bit flat in it's complexity. It's not as spiced as it should be and the yeast doesn't provide enough esters for that really tart fruit taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid witbier, but I feel it could be better. All in all, a worthy brew.

WesWes, Jun 10, 2009
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

mendvicdog, May 31, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Mora2000, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that fizzles down to some fizzy patches.

The smell is of orange peel with plenty of coriander/black pepper. Wheat tang in the back.

The taste is of orange, in an almost orange soda-like way. Some wheat dough mixes in. Sweet, slightly tart, with a touch of coriander/black pepper in the finish.

The feel is light-bodied and well-carbonated - a bit prickly. Crisp.

A basic wit - easy enough to drink and "refreshing".

jwc215, Dec 07, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

beernads, Jun 12, 2013
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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.