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UFO White | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2009

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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 1,342
Photo of deebo
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured it too rapidly. I'm looking at a third of the glass of foam. Waiting for the fluffy white head to settle before draining the can. A soft hazy yellow color advertises the beer.

Snappy coriander and ripe orange peel/flesh. Brittle wheat malts are aromatic, but give the esters and spices avenues to express themselves. Light lemon, wheatgrass, and egginess. Nice whiffs.

A little grainier and brined, but still coming off of that good nose. More coriander and clove and hints of star anise, than orange peel and wheat that survives. Hints of lemon-lime soda. Strangely, it has that anise bump to it that makes for another imperfection, but undoubtedly unique. Citrusy hop with some flowery bitterness. Good stuff.

Drinks like Easy Street. Slight alcohol accent that caroms off of textural carbonation to diminish the body.

Good. Ranges from okay to excellent, depending on format (had a great version, in bottle, earlier this year). Too much inconsistency.

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Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Initially very impressive pale golden/straw color when poured from the 12 oz bottle. The head amounts to about 1 finger in height before receding to a slim coating. Great, lasting carbonation, but it does not retain and there is no lacing to speak of on the glass.

S - I expected orange peel and spices. I got more of a lemony smell, along with mysterious spices. Little bit of light sweetness.

T - Edited: Dominant taste is the spice mix, which now seems overdone to me. Complimenting the spice mix is a bubblegum sweetness, which I'm not a huge fan of. Hidden somewhere in the background is an orange/lemon grassiness.

M - Drank it cold and the mouthfeel was a lot better than warm. Very light with tight carbonation, almost soda water type feel. Unfortunately there is also a bit of a lingering aftertaste that I do not care for, less prevalent at cold temps.

O -It's spring time in New England so I figured I'd give this another go. I was able to discern a couple new flavors, specifically the bubblegum and grassiness. It's drinkable, but not terribly enjoyable for me. Best consumed cold and quickly. Note: edited from last year. My score for this increased a bit.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/15/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, herbal, wheat, bread, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. Good balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
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.


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Photo of worldatlarge
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Yellow. Cloudy. Visually, I find it appealing.

S: Slight fruitiness---hint of orange. Slight grainy odor. Nothing overpowering---I'd say almost muted but not in a bad way.

T: Hint of orange, which I prefer because I do not like strong, fruity flavors. Quite tame.

M: Light. Moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: Enjoyable. I wouldn't say I'm in love but it was more of a pleasant surprise. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Amandazor
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Rbroccoli
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Keepmywitbieraboutme
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Bauzen
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of Huffs
3.42/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of beerseller
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.