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UFO White - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
81
good

219 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 219
Hads: 1,269
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 46
Gots: 345 | FT: 2
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.

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Reviews: 219 | Hads: 1,269
Photo of cbutova
1.82/5  rDev -49%
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)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (530 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (649 characters)

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

RJT (427 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Trent15
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of wingman14
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Burlyn
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of clemtiger8202
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of jman42
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = Nice cloudy golden/orange color. Nice head and good retention. Great lacing.

S = Nice fruity aroma

T = Crisp. Good yeast and fruit balance.

M = Clean. Not oily - good mouthfeel.

O = I kept coming to the conclusion that this was more of a summer ale than a true witbier. But if you're in the mood for a summer ale, this one ain't bad. (341 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to about a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no residual head. Color is a cloudy light pale yellow.

S: Typical spice from a witbier, with citurs and banana esters coming thru along with light clove and the Belgian yeast. Might be getting a very light pear aroma as well. Aromas become more distinct as the beer warms.

T: Nice sweetness from the get-go that isn't overpowering and leads right into the citrus spicyness of the brew. Nice biscuit/bready maltyness here that goes well with the nice balance of flavorings. Aftertaste is a bit of citrus with some nice grain/wheat flavors that mellow it all out.

M: Nice carbonation, leaves a nice crisp feeling on the palette and allows each flavor to flow into the next. Leaves you wanting more.

O: Very impressive brew here. Everything you'd expect from a witbier (sans the tart) as all parts are represented and none over power the others. Everything balances and flows into each other. Nice refreshing summer witbier right here, i'd def be interested in trying on tap or buying a case for a summer gathering. (1,100 characters)

Photo of imasloth
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Little white head and quickly(!) disappearing lace. Yellow beer. Hazy but not as much as expected with type. Yeast visible in suspension.

S- Light malt, lemon scent (in a Pine-Sol but not entirely bad kind of way), and some light spiciness.

T- Malt to citrusy taste, light bitterness.

M- Very light body, but smooth with a little carbonation. The afterfeel coats in an oily/dry sense- interesting.

O- I always expect more from Harpoon and wind up being underwhelmed (100 Barrel Series aside perhaps). Fine to drink and more complex than, say, Blue Moon but just didn't hit the spot for me. (596 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass (also had in a borrowed weizen glass, no change):

A: hazy yellow/orange body that yields a small white one finger head that died within ten seconds. No lacing was seen whatsoever. Light carbonation was seen rising at a decent pace.

S: some orange and coriander with some tones of alcohol coming out.

T: centered the orange and coriander.

M: light to medium, with some harsh carbonation on the mouth and tongue.

O: a decent beer, nothing spectacular nothing bad. I'll be able to finish the six pack but maybe would only seek this again on tap. (565 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light grassy hazy yellow gold, white head retains as a film.

Smells of orange citrus and coriander, hint of banana esters and cloves.

Tastes lightly of orange citrus and zest with light grassy malts and coriander.

Light to medium body with light tingles of carbonation On the roof of the mouth.

A pretty good and enjoyable wit, easily sessionable and quite thirst quenching on a warm day. I bought a sixer of these and will enjoy every last one of them. (474 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and lemon citrus.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has quite a bit of wheat notes in the flavor along with some light amounts of spices/coriander. There is also a moderate presence of both orange and lemon citrus.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is definitely a sessionable beer, though one best enjoyed on a hot day. This beer is extremely refreshing. I will definitely have another one of these this summer and super happy that it is now available in cans. (871 characters)

Photo of Ryanthebear
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours cloudy yellow with a white head that barely clings to the side of the glass. Slightly bready, citric aroma. Tastes like... well I mentioned the bread and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Seems like a sort of two-dimensional beer, but they are two very tasty flavors. Overall, a nice refreshing drinkable beer. (341 characters)

Photo of pwf316
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The UFO White provides even better flavor than a Blue Moon. It is great with a slice of orange or just by itself. It has again that fuity flavor as you would expect with a Wit. It has a nice white head with a clear yellow body. This is something that I have really enjoyed to drink in the summer time and goes great with things like a peach cobbler or apple pie. (362 characters)

UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.