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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 MigLMunoz
1.55/5  rDev -56.9%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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!

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Photo of shockingbluamp
1.36/5  rDev -62.2%
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

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
1.82/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan and a bit cloudy, fine rising bubbles, 1/2 finger head and ok lace.

Aroma is good. Lots of citrus rinds and spices, some wheat and maltiness, some coriander.

Flavor also is citrus rind forward, with a nice spiciness, coriander, pepper, yeastiness, and a good wheat and malt base.

Body is light, yet chewy. Drinkability is high.

Overall I like this witbier and would recommend that witbier drinkers try it too.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Very yeasty and lemon/orange peel forward. Get some coriander as well as some other spice notes

T: Follows the nose with the addition of the wheat. Starts off with the wheat and orange peel. Goes into the spices in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky and a little bit watery

O: Not the most complex wit, but it has the usual fruity yeast and coriander in there to make it good. Would be a good easy summer drinker

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda think its weird that Harpoon sat this in a Winter Mix, but I guess it is one of their flagships. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Signature Pint Glass.

Appearance: Pretty underwhelmed by the standard white head, it was basically gone in a moment. Color is nice, a pretty standard yellow/orange. Nothing floating around, and seemingly a little more clear than normal for an unfiltered beer.

Smell: Not much to say, smells the part.

Taste: Spicy citrus is the first and last thing that comes to mind. Definitely like the level of spiciness to this, but the flavor is a little one dimensional for me. Still, pretty refreshing, and the carbonation level is on point.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice level of carbonation that perfectly complements the spiciness.

Overall: This isn't something I would ever seek out, but if it was in a pack, or given to me, or the best thing around, I would be more than glad to drink it. A pretty standard witbier without too much going on. Definitely would appreciate it more during late Spring or Summer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon UFO White has a thick, foamy white head, some lacing left behind, and a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, which clouds up even more when one swishes and pours the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is of orange, sugar, and white bread. The taste is similar, with a tap water background flavor. Bitterness is nil. Mouthfeel is medium, and UFO White finishes soft, sugary, citrusy, and mild. Overall, it’s a good beer.


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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Trent15
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that fades fast. Smell is mostly orange peel and coriander, with some other subtle spice notes in there as well. The taste is bigger than the smell, starts strong with the orange and moves into a nice spice blend, very strong but not overwhelming. The orange peel comes on again in the aftertaste, a sweetness sticks around throughout the beer. The mouthfeel is has a lot of carbonation and is spicy, but light and crisp as well. Overall a refreshing beer, nice flavor, the sweetness could get old, but nice beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Brown 12 oz. bottle with "best by" date printed on the neck. Served in a UFO White branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy, deep yellow color. Develops a good 2 fingers of head that fizzle out into a thin ring that clings to the glass.

Smell: Very subdued, coriander dominates the scent. Hints of yeast, malt and even a bit of banana in the background.

Taste: Spicy, a citrus flavor that seems to be orange peel can be tasted as well. There's also yeast in there. There's almost no bitterness which makes this an easy beer to drink. The spiciness is a bit overpowering and sticks to your palate. A better balance with the citrus qualities of the beer would do it a great favor.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with little carbonation. It leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall: A very easy to drink and tasty beer. Not the greatest witbier out there but one of the best that's readily available.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, hazy yellow color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates instantly. It leaves almost no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Coriander is the most dominant aroma. Along with a slight banana smell, wheat, and citrus.

Taste - Pale malts, coriander, pepper, wheat, and citrus. Has a weird bitterness that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This is a pretty good brew.. I would enjoy it more if the spices were a little less mild.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, oranges, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with orange juice and zest and some light spices. There is also a bit of a corn syrup flavour. It ends with a slightly tart citrus aftertaste.

Overall – Not too shabby. Probably not something I'd buy again, but I can see how other could enjoy this beer, especially during thew summer months.

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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.

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Photo of Burlyn
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloudy yellow with a thin layer of quickly dissipating head.

smells sweet fruity, banana, and a little bit of bread.

the taste is very unresolved at first but then settles into exactly as it smells with a bit of passion fruit. THe finish is slightly sour and then bitter.

Its prickly on the tongue and leaves an oily film in the mouth.

Overall, surprised by the strength and sweetness of the flavor. A good intro to this brewery's capabilities.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a shaker. Was a hazy-gold/orangish color with a bright white head and some lacing. Smelled of citrus fruit especially orange, bread, and peppery and spiced. Definitely tasted orange sweetness; citrusy and spiced. Finished a little dry, but on the hot day that I had it, it was perfect! A definite repeat order.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color, not as unfiltered as I expected from the advertising on the bottle. There is very little carbonation in this beer and not a lot of head, that goes away very quickly.
Smell is very clean, which is perfect for a good wittier. A bit of orangey, clovey smell too.
Taste is better than the smell. Very clean and crisp biscuit and wheat tastes. A strong clove and orange taste dominates the end of the drink.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I would think.
Drinkability is good on this beer. A lot of nice tastes, nothing overbearing, very nice beer in the summer heat.

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Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a citrus yellow, cloudy with a fluffy white head. Patchy lace and a layer of patch lace head remains. Decent looks.

Brew smells of orange and wheat, lemon zest, coriander and some spice. Good nose.

Brew tastes creamy smooth upfront, spiced in the middle and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Spiced coriander and orange are the predominant flavors here, blended well with the wheat. Good full body and flavors here. A true party pleasing wheat beer here.

A great session wheat beer here that has some spice and complexity that adds to the drinkabilty and interest here. Good stuff.

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