UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 1,257
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.41%
Wants: 47
Gots: 325 | 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 Amandazor
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, this beer definitely enlightens my soul. It is definitely a go-to beer for me. I can always have a UFO White!

A: yellow, cloudy, unfiltered greatness

S: Has an aroma of orange and coriander

T: very crisp and refreshing

M: I feel the carbonation is well-balanced. The carbonation gives you the crisp and refreshing feeling while not overpowering the multiple flavors in the beer. Even when warm, the beer is delicious. (430 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, with a slight amber tint. Not much carbonation noticed, think 1/2" head even after an aggressive pour. Head dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Not the best looking beer.

S - Smooth and sweet malts up front, as well as plenty of wheat. Citrus is very prevalent: both orange peel and a lemon-lime citrus aroma are noted. A very slight hint of yeast was noticed as the beer warmed. Nice smelling beer, especially for it's style.

T - Witbier's aren't my style, but I was impressed with this beer. The malts and wheats can be noted up front. Never got the orange peel, but the citrusy flavor was definitely noted. As the beer warmed, the citrus flavor was similar to a non-carbonated lemon-lime soda, like Sprite or 7-Up. Unique and pleasant. Only thing I didn't like was a weird, slightly unpleasant sweetness in the aftertaste.

F - Not bad, but expecting a beer of this style to be more refreshing. Not enough of a carbonation fizz. Still a beer that's sessionable and not unpleasant. Not dry or sticky.

O - Pleasantly suprised with this beer. Again, Witbier's aren't really my style, but I enjoyed this beer. Like the smooth combo of malt and wheat, and the cirtusy falvor was natural tasting and not overly sweet. Not a beer I'd buy on it's own, but I'll certainly enjoy the other one from the Harpoon Winter variety pack. (1,389 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Smokey Bones near Reading, PA. Only had it becuse the DFH 90 was taken off.

Asked for a non frosted glass, and it arrived in a glass where the frost had obviously just been wiped off. No real problem, Witbier is good cold. Hazy yellow body with 1 finger of foamy head which quickly dissipated to a thijn ring. Some interesting lacing initially, then none.

Smell was faint, yeasty, some citrus, but mostly the generic "beeer smell".

Taste was okay, just not impressive. Only faintly tasted the citrus

Mouth was thin, not much going for it. There are far, far betterits out there.

Perhaps I was just bummed that the DFH 90 was off, but this wasn't too enjoyable. Paired okay with the smoky wings I ordered. Incidentally, Smokey Bomes "craft beer" menu left a lot to be desired. Blue Moon, Leinenkugels, low end Goose Island, Shock Top, and Sam Adams. (865 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium golden with a dense ivory head that slowly dissipates.

Wheat, orange zest, coriander, clove, white pepper, and Belgian yeast form the aroma. There's a bit of underlying bready malt, but orange dominates. Light earthy hops are present.

Flavor is initially malty, but subsequent sips reveal a virus kick and wheat, which hits mid palate and carries into a bready, dry, peppery finish. Orange and lemon notes accompany light Belgian yeast character, with hints of phenols. A bit heavy in flavor.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

More malty than expected, and the orange really dominates, but a very approachable beer. (678 characters)

Photo of Rbroccoli
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Golden Orange, Cloudy. 2.5 fingers of head poured into a glass tumbler. Moderate lacing. Didn't stick for the whole glass, but retained well

S- Only hints of a "beer" aroma, orange and malty

T- Wheat the whole way through with non-overpowering bursts of orange, lemon, and spice. Very flavorful and delicious. Sweet and not really bitter. Citrus/apricot aftertaste reamains for a while afterward.

M- Fizzy. Light enough for summer nights, dense enough to not be boring.

O- Great wit, especially for its price. (516 characters)

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours into glass a hazy straw/light orange color with a bubbly white head that disappears very quickly to just a few bubbles.
S: Straw, wheat, light honey, apricots and a light peppery aroma round out this beer.
T: Smooth, wheat and light roasted grains give a sweet start. There are hints of honey and fresh apricots and a light citric touch. Mellow yeast spice and esters.
M: Medium body and moderate carbonation with low/ no alcohol warmth.
D: Overall a decent american witbier with enough flavor and balance to satisfy. Not a standout in this category however but it can be fairly easy drinking. (602 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle, no discernible date.

Slightly orange/lime aroma. Poured Hazy lemon-yellow body, fizzy whiteish head. Head dissipated immediately, no lace. Slightly sour, mostly orange flavor to it. Makes the mouth pucker a bit! Not bad overall. A good enough choice on a hot summer day. (297 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is a hazy straw gold, with a limited white head. There's a great citrus taste with some mild malt. The mouthfeel and carbonation area bit much. The smell was a bit light, but you definitely got the orange. Nice for summer. (277 characters)

Photo of Keepmywitbieraboutme
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is crisp and clean for hot summer days in the back 40, but the mouth feel in particular leaves something to be desired. Usually with witbier, the taste is refreshing and then lingers with that dry clean finish. This had the refresh, but each sip didn't excite me to come back to the next. (298 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks great, like some of the best Witbiers out there, but that is where its impressiveness ends. It has a very citrusy smell (orange slices?) but falls flat pretty much everywhere else. It has a bland taste and is just flat out mediocre. There is no doubt this is a witbier, but I certainly wouldn't call it an impressive example of the style.

This is a do not buy again for me. (390 characters)

Photo of BTVflatlander
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this newly available in cans just in time for the first glimpse summer in Vermont. And, while I had tried it once before in bottle form, it was admittedly forgettable.

Anyway, here goes:

A: Although my preference was to drink from the can, the one I did pour was hazy, golden, and quite attractive.

S: Orange and yeast dominant.

T: Much more orange/citrus heavy than any other wit I've had. I didn't like it much at first, but it grew on me after having the third or fourth.

M: Not overly watery, unfiltered, and extremely refreshing.

O: As some have said, it would be unfair and unreasonable to expect this to be on par with some of the other, much more expensive wit's available out there. In fact the only two other commercially-available wits that I would prefer to this are limited to 4-packs usually priced upwards of $10. That being said, the very fact that such a decent, refreshing wit can be found in cans for under $15 is fantastic. And, quite frankly, if you're looking for an above-average warm-weather beer that beats your average "summer ale", UFO White is a fantastic option. (1,119 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer isn't meant to reviewed in depth. There's not enough going on with regards to depth and complexity to make anything anyone says matter.

It's an alternative to big-box light beers - ideal for the summer. In that regard, it's a great beer. (248 characters)

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, developed a nice full head which laced very well and had good retention. Appearance was cloudy and yellow to straw in color. Aroma was very stong of citrus, orange in particular, with notes of banana. Taste was of a mild citrus, more orange / lemon, with hints of spice. Mouthfeel was light with a mild, citrus aftertaste. (353 characters)

Photo of beerseller
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer. I like the cloudy look the UFO gives. I actually prefer this to there other ufo offerings (although I like the raspberry as well.)

This offers a lot while not being over the top with the orange, but the orange hints are there.
I tried with and without a squeeze of orange. Both a nice but I prefer it without because there seems to be enough going on that the orange squeeze takes away from the beer.

I will definitely buy again - very good beer for a gathering to let people try. (503 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.

Whitish yellow color. Very cloudy. Good lasting head that leaves some blankets of lace on the glass.

Soft, subtle aroma of banana, clove and coriander. Attractive and inviting.

The flavor lands closer to the mild side of Wits. This would be an easy introduction into the wheat world. The flavor mimics the smell. Full bodied with elevated carbonation. (398 characters)

Photo of MigLMunoz
1.55/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

appearance: To me it looks like any other beer Yellow with white head.

smell: you can definitely smell a bit of orange not much but its definitely thee

taste: taste i give it a 1.5 just because you can definitely smell the orange but you can not tate it once it is in your mouth.

mouthfeel: Light & high carbonation

overall: differently better than the regular coronas you find out there on a late saturday night but I wouldn't recommend this beer to a friend. (468 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a hazy orange-yellow colored brew with a tiny white head that fades very rapidly. Upon fading almost no lace is left on the sides of the glass

Smell – The nose is quite sweet and citrus with heavy aromas of orange and lemon. Mixed with these smells are aromas of wheat bread as well as some aromas of some spice of coriander and nutmeg.

Taste – The taste begins with a good dose of wheat and a more lemon citrus taste that gives is a sour sweet flavor upfront. As the taste advances some flavors of orange sweeten it up some with other spice flavors of a coriander flavor as well as some yeast flavors coming to the tongue. While these sweeten the flavor, it is only temporary as soon more bitter/sour comes to the tongue in the form of lemon and some grapefruit hop flavors. These take the taste to the end where they are joined by a bit more spice of both nutmeg and coriander, leaving a sweet and sour citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to actually slightly chewier side for the lower abv and the style with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly above average side. The slightly chewiness takes away from the easy drinking character of the brew in some ways, but actually is not too bad for the wheaty and citrus flavors of the brew. With the higher carbonation making up for the chewier body (in terms of taking away its crispness), it is surprisingly a good combination for the tastes of the brew.

Overall – A fairly decent wit. A little more bitter and sour then most, which I actually like, and with the slightly chewier body it makes for a quite nice drink. (1,701 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a bright hazy brass hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a bright juicy orange and a touch of esters.

The taste was dominated by a suprisingly vibrant fresh orange, doughy malts and a clean wheat spice. Light esters detected as well.

The mouthfeel was full for the style and chewy.

Overall a very nice citrusy wit. (432 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was "donated" by a friend who left it at my house for a few weeks. Finder's keeper's! Let's see how this beer measures up.

Appearance: Pours a bright, golden, yellow that is at first almost virtually clear, but once it settles, it becomes a haze of gold that is somewhat transparent. The inch of thin head dissipates quite quickly.

Smell: Has a slight hint of wheat zest with a bite of lemon. Has some minor hints of spices and then a nice orange peel comes to and some almond.

Taste: Somewhat strong notes of malt, but nothing overbearing enough. Has a robust surge of orange peel and lemon zest that satisfies the palate quite nice. The well-balanced malts and lighter notes of bread and possibly artificial orange peel makes this an average witbier. I would much prefer other beers in this category, but eh is what I can truly say. Maybe next time something a little more natural with a higher hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Earthy tone.

Overall: Going into this beer I was possibly expecting something a little more flavor. Bread-like hops and some decent light zest sort of made this a passable brew, but seems to be masking the fact that there are so many more beers in this category that are totally better. Not bad though for its price. Cheers! (1,287 characters)

Photo of shockingbluamp
1.36/5  rDev -62%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon - UFO White - 12fl oz bottle

Look - Right off the bat I'm getting a "dessert" vibe from the labeling and the instruction of adding a slice of orange, not sure I'm fully on-board with that. Pours a cloudy golden with a rapidly dissipating, foamy head. No noticeable carbonation.

Smell - Coriander citrus, not a trace of malt or hops (not that there should be).

Taste - I hate to say it, but carbonated orange soda came to mind here.

Mouthfeel - Not impressive, but somewhat refreshing and crisp.

Overall - More of a dessert beer to have with something like cheesecake, vanilla bean ice cream, banana creme pie, or dark chocolate. Does not stand alone very well. (673 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy as expected and I expected to not like it. HOWEVER, the smell of vanilla wafted close to my nose bringing me in. One person said it smelled like baby powder? Fair head was seen at first then gone fast, no lacing at all either. Taste was good with a citrus taste something in the orange family I guess. I would drink this beer again. (402 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Less fruity flavored than most belgian whites. This one was kind of dry, but still very drinkable. It had a nice pale orange, white color and smelled of freshly ground orange pulps. The head was thick and creamy and had a beautiful appearance. The smell and appearance of the beer were much better than the taste because it was a little dry, but overall it is a decent beer. (374 characters)

Photo of cbutova
1.82/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

I suppose I had to review this one eventually, now is that time.

A- Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Right upon pouring, I knew this wasn't going to be pretty. Immediately upon hitting the glass, this beer made the loudest fizzing sound I have heard from a beer and things did not improve from there. Within 15 seconds of pouring, all foam/head was gone which was just a tiny layer of fizz in the first place. This beer ends up looking like a big glass of hazy apple juice. No head, no ring, no lace. Worst pour ever.

S- A fairly weak nose overall as far as strength goes. I pick up some things with effort which includes Wit yeast, pepper, orange citrus and yeast bread. Pretty much fades to nothing in a few minutes.

T- Tasted like a Witbier that was watered down over and over again. Diluted notes of grapefruit and lemon zest, peppercorn, clove, spices and some banana. Not a bad array of flavors if it didn't feel so watery. Yeast bread in the finish.

MF- The body is about as light as air and has crazy high carbonation which fizzes away pretty quickly with each sip. Once again, an extremely watered down feel in all aspects of the feeling.

One of the lowest scored beers I have had in a very long time. I feel like someone removed 75% of the beer from my bottle, added water and re-capped it. The flavors are not off or terrible it just tastes like bucket of water. This watery feel kills the flavor and mouthfeel. I could think of so many Witbiers I would buy before this one. I was never a huge fan of the style but this gives me an ENORMOUS appreciation for the others I have reviewed. (1,610 characters)

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