UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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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.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 19:06:22 | More by kojevergas
UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.