UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We have added natural raspberry flavor to our UFO Hefeweizen to create this beer. Consistent with the hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy with a solid foamy head. UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color. The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle bready aroma from the wheat and yeast. The body is light and the unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel. The taste of the fruit compliments the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other. There is a faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart finish.

10 IBU

Added by taez555 on 03-01-2006

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a Lazy dog
Hazy light golden color with a smallish whit head that dissipates quickly. Huge raspberry on the nose absolutely too pungent to be real berries or they would be more vinous as they fermented out. Not much hefe character but its a really cleanly brewed raspberry wine cooler, I mean beer cooler, oops.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light easy drinker here. pretty natural tasting raspberry flavor, well complimented by wheat. slightly tarte/ slightly sweet raspberry flavor. not gonna blow you away but definitely a refreshing and poundable beer.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice light summery beer. The raspberry tastes natural that you really taste initially then it finishes with wheas and grain. In my opinion, sometimes fruit beers taste fake like chemicals and they did a good job preventing that. It pours a nice pink/purple tint. Surprisingly, it has sold well for us and I would order again.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a depression-glass tumbler, which just so happens to be pink-tinted. Let my wife pick this one, my choice would've been Uncle Billy's Barton Springs Pale Ale from Austin. I should mention that the word ' Hefeweizen' was nowhere to be found on the bottle, only Raspberry Ale Zinger, so wasn't exactly sure what style it was until I hopped on to ba. Oh well, here goes nothing.

A- Lighting in my house isn't the best, and the pink glass didn't help much, but could see a cloudy, rose-colored beer with a lingering pinkish-white 3/4 inch head.
S- Besides the obvious, some faint citrus and strong yeast aromas. Very pleasant smelling, leaves behind a bit of acridness in the nose,
T- The raspberry flavor isn't as strong as I imagined, neither is the flavor of this ale. This is where I get a little disappointed. It's a little bit bolder than an AAL, but not much.
M- The carbonation is well balanced, and the light-bodied dry finish does do well in the refreshment category.
O- Wife loved it, I could take it or leave it. I need a beer with a bit more chutzpah and this doesn't have it. I'm going with the assumption the regular UFO Hefe is also Switzerland in this regard and will not seek it out either. To be fair, I'm poorly-glassed and also new to the review, so that should factor in as well.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had high hopes but didn't make it. Pours a hazy orange color. Nice tall head but disappeared within a minute, no lacing at all. Can definitely taste the raspberry flavor but little else. Dry raspberry finish. Honestly reminds me of a flat wine cooler, sad to say. I had a raspberry cider mixed with a Hefeweizen at world of beer one time and this isn't even in the same zip code when it come to actual flavor. VERY disappointed.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours very pretty ,cloudy orangy golden with a hint of a reddish hue, nice looking 1/2 inch head, briefly. fades quick and not much lacing
smells yeasty, raspberry jam, none of the perfume smell some cheap fruit beers exhibit.obvious but not overpowering.
first taste was impressive, nice raspberry and wheat malt finish, crisp, a little funk at the end. after a few sips it started to get boring, not enough happening, not enough 'beer' flavor
feels light, crisp, refreshing, some wheat maltiness but a little watery
overall this is a nice, refreshing raspberry beer pop for adults, not to sweet, very refreshing and at 4.8 abv it's sessionable, perfect for a daytime picnic or warm weather activity where the beer is not the focus but your refreshment of choice is beer

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Photo of Cure_Tap
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is exactly what it says on the tin, but I have to say that I'm not crazy about it. It would be natural to suspect that the raspberry here would be overpowering and sickly sweet, but luckily you would be wrong. It's much more subtle than that, preferring to tickle your tastebuds rather than beat them to death with a sledgehammer. That's really the most praise I can personally give this though, because the rest of this beer is even more subtle than the aforementioned fruit flavor, which ironically makes the subtle raspberry stand out. I can sense the presence of grain through the mouthfeel, which is soft and velvety, but I really can't taste any of it at all. I've never been the biggest fan of raspberry, and this beer pretty much tastes like someone watered down a raspberry soda. If you're a big fan of that, you'll probably love this, but I'm personally pretty underwhelmed. I was expecting something more from a flavored beer that gets a moderate amount of praise around here. Definitely the worst I've had so far from Harpoon's UFO series, which to this point had all been enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Kooz
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks appetizing; nice straw colored and cloudy/unfiltered. Smells good; hints of raspberry but not too strong and not overpowering. Tastes nice--light with a citrus finish. Slightly sweet, but not too sweet. Decent mouthfeel. It's foamy and full-bodied. I wish it were a bit creamier. If it were, we'd be pushing a 4 or higher. I didn't know if I'd like this beer, but I'm happy with it.

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Photo of pat61
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy pink tinted raspberry color under a thin white foam collar.
S: You can smell the raspberries from several feet away.
T: This has a big raspberry palate with a balance of sweet and tart over light bread. The raspberry masks the traditional hefeweizen flavors but the banana is in the back providing balance.
F: Medium to medium full body, a touch of tartness from the raspberries.
O: This captures the raspberryness without coming across like Bartles and james or some kind of pop wine. Light sweetness but not cloying.

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Photo of brighteyes868
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at a local and decided to try, glad I did. Great raspberry smell, not overbearing raspberry taste. A little sweet, but overall very easy to drink.

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Photo of rob111270
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Was not sure what to expect when I first picked up a 6-pack on a trip to Atlanta. I was extremely pleased with my purchase. This is just a darn good Raspberry Hefeweizen!!! If you like fruity beers, this would be a great one for you to try!!! Great taste, aroma and definitely a nice smooth drink!!! Enjoy!!!

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Disclaimer: First time with a hefeweizen, fruit flavored or otherwise. Not sure what to expect.

No head, bubbles rising from the bottom. Towards the end gave it kind of a wild pour and nada. Murky apricot color.

Grapefruit, obvious raspberry, unidentified citrus. Yeast

Yeast. Citrus. Raspberries. Super soft gentle floral and citrus hop at the end – almost an afterthought.
What is that aftertaste? My God! Fruit loops.

Fizzy, crisp, slightly powdery. More like a wine than a beer.

Overall: Very drinkable and accessible. Would recommend for a non-beer drinker.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: hazy; medium gold with a red tinge; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: aggressive artificial raspberry;

T: artificial raspberry; tart finish;

M: light to medium bodied; effervescent carbonation;

O: raspberry smells and tastes artificial;

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Photo of Badger6
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a UFO hefeweizen glass. Bottle says enjoy by 12/15/13...bought it mid-march 14. Whatever, here we go...

A: Cloudy raspberry hued amber color. A little head from the pour, quickly receded to a fizzy ring at glass edge, no lace.

S: Raspberries, duh! Cannot detect the typical aromas of hefeweizen...but the raspberries, wow, it just smells awesome. Also some hints of citrus, but not distinct.

T: Raspberries dominate the flavors, slightly sour too. Toward the end the typical here characters come in, but not distinctly. Just a nice malty complement to the finish. I was hoping to see more of the typical clove and spice phenols in the flavor, but the beer is so refreshing in the taste, that they really aren't missed.

M: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, with a sharpish bite. There is an acidic character on the palate as well.

O: This is a great raspberry beer. The sour character makes this really refreshing, and enjoyable. This might be an awesome complement to a late breakfast or even brunch, or for a lazy Saturday afternoon session. Recommended!

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Photo of RachelSnipes
4.95/5  rDev +39%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you like Abita Purple Haze, this blows that RIGHT out of the water! Super amazing fresh raspberry smell and ending flavor, not too sweet, still tastes like a beer, not a wine cooler. I AM a big fan of fruiting the beer, and this is how it's done well. Very pleased. I got this as a single, so really I just picked it up for the raspberry. Once I opened it, I took a second look at the bottle and realized it was Harpoon. No wonder it's amazing.

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A cloudy light amberish color would best describe the look of the beer. Little head, but that is mostly because I poured the beer into its glass so carefully. 4-5

Smell: Raspberry DOMINATES this brew, and it has the sweet, yet dry, smell of fresh raspberries. Some might argue "but where is the hefewisen!"...maybe...maybe...it is a, "decent" argument...but the raspberries smell SO good that Im willing to forget about the hefewisen and just flat out say I like the beer better this way. 4.5--5

Taste: mhhhmmmm... Heavily carbonated and full of rasberries....and that seems to be just about it. I can give it a slide with the aroma, but I was looking forward to getting more of a balance in the flavors. The rasberries just take over too much in the flavor. As a rasberry beer, I give it a high rating, but its a 3.5---5 for what it is.

Mouthfeel: It has the acidic-like bit of the raspberries and a bite from its hefewisen carbonation. It a interesting combination, and overall I think it gets a 3.75--5

Overall. I'm giving this one a 3.75--5. Its a GREAT raspberry beer, and possibly one of the best beers to have with brunch (or even breakfast!). not sweet, but more or less sour with a huge amount of raspberry flavor. Just not enough hefeswisen.

Final verdict: buy it on sale! I don't think that that its quite worth full price on the shelf, unless your looking for a great raspberry beer to break a newbie in with (for that, its also a great gateway beer)

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Photo of CochonKing
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with short quickly fading head with some light lacing. Smells of raspberry and malt with no other notes coming forward on the nose. Tastes as one would expect but a watery finish took a lot from what this beer could have been capable of. Mouthfeel was just ok with some small light bubbles and light body.

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Photo of Tmonahan
4.85/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is by far my favorite to drink; mostly in the summer but I love to relax with a couple pints in the winter as well. It doesn't have a fake raspberry flavor to it and goes down smooth. Sitting on the back porch outside in the sun is my favorite time to enjoy the lightly flavored raspberry and the smooth Hefeweizen beer!

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Poured with a small bubbly head that looks like that of a soda ... and disappears just as quickly. Hazy, brown-orange body has a hint of red. No lacing.

Aroma: raspberry jam over a faint bready background.

Taste: fruity; raspberry jam; white toast; bread; more sweet than tart.

Feel: medium-light artificial carbonation with medium-light body. Finish is semi-dry but powdery rather than clean. Rating approaches 2.

O: disappointing excepting the flavor.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap late on a Saturday night. No pint glass available, so was served in a red solo cup. Classy, right?

A - Couldn't really get a great look at because of above, but it appeared a reddish amber with a good amount of haze and cloud. A 1" head appeared, and stuck around a bit.

S - Lot's of raspberry, and not in an over-the-top sweet way. Certainly a hefe, as wheat was very noticeable, as were in smaller amounts bready malt and banana. Unique and pleasant smelling brew.

T - Suprisingly tasty. I didn't expect to like this, but I did. Raspberry was noticeable, but it wasn't overbearing. I'd say it was close to a perfect amount that you'd want in any kind of fruit beer. The wheat and malt of a quality hefe was also noticeable. Not the biggest fan of wheat beers, but this was a pretty solid offering.

F - Not bad, easy enough on the throat, but felt a little thick in the stomach. I did drink it a bit faster than I normally drink a beer, so that may have contributed to it. Couldn't see myself sessioning this brew, but can certainly see having a couple on the golf course.

O - Pleasantly suprised. Hefe's aren't really my thing and neither are fruit beers typically. But I really liked the subtle raspberry in this one, and the hefe qualities were great. I can certainly see myself drinking this again, and will also sample Harpoon's regualr hefe because of this stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not usually a huge fruited beer fan, but this one is exceptional by all standards. it pours a murky pink tinted wheat beer pale yellow color with a robust inch and a half of white head with superb retention. the nose is quite tart, taking on much more acidity and piquancy from the berries than jammy sweetness. light banana and clove from the yeast, a little dumbed down and Americanized from the authentic german hefes, but still in that vein. raspberry is more dominant than what malt in the taste, and I love the tartness here, almost having a wild ale sort of yeast and funk complexion, albeit more approachable and indeed more drinkable than most of those. very light in the finish, careful hopping provides enough bitterness to not let the berries be overly sweet, but not enough to make this a hoppy brew. the balance is expert. carbonated like soda, this is nice and refreshing when served ice cold in the summer. one of the better summer fruit beers, and one of harpoons best ufo brews.

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Photo of IrishJames
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy amber. Enticing. Thick head dissipates quickly to nearly nothing. Lacing exists but minimal.

Smell: Fruit be bangin'. Raspberry dominant as expected.

Taste: Guess what? Raspberry. My term tonight is "tartnice". No malt or hop character to be discerned. If 'summer girl time' is what you want, the is the route to drive.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation bites like a ferret (not a bad thing). Quite sticky. Leaves a feeling on the tongue similar to the soft side of Velcro.

Overall: My comment is "I see what you did there". I'm okay with it for what is is truly supposed to be. Your wife will love it. Hop thugs beware. It's good. Passes the back deck summer test with no issues.

Serving type: 64oz growler

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Photo of wingman14
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pink hazy orange with a frothy head that fades fast. Smell is dominated by raspberry, with some wheat and yeast coming through. Taste is all raspberry from start to finish with the wheat coming through at the end. Minot much else going on, a decent flavor but could have more depth. Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, easy drinker, flavor doesn't get overwhelming. Overall a decent beer, nothing amazing going on here, but not bad.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nearly opaque hazy orange, with a small, peristent white head, thick, fine-beaded, unbroken lacing, and smoderate carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet, strong note of candied raspberries, moderate noble hops, and a strong wheat malt presence.

Taste: Begins with a tart, juicy raspberry note, against the backdrop of slightly spicy wheat malt. As the taste progresses, the tartness of the raspberries intensifies and a wave of hop bitterness follows on. Finishes with a slight, dry, lingering raspberry presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant, perhaps a bit thin.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, refreshing summer beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Texas in June of 2013, $7.99 for a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a lightly hazed orange-amber colored brew with a reddish-pinkish hue and a fizzy one finger white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is of wheat mixed with some nice raspberry smells.

Taste – The taste begins with wheat mixed with raspberry flavors. A little bit of a yeasty flavor joins midway through the taste with the raspberry flavor getting slightly stronger and the wheat flavor slightly less so. In the end a rather refreshing and moderately crisp raspberry wheat flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is rather light in creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Very appropriate for the wheat and fruit flavors of the brew, making for a rather refreshing drinker.

Overall – A relatively easy to drinking hefe with a moderate, but not obnoxious raspberry flavor.

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