UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #368
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,461
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 17.73%
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
805
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
Notes: 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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into custom taster pint; no production information.
A: Pours a hazy amber color with a distinct ruby cast, a one to two inch, white head, low retention, and little or no lacing.
S: Tart. Aroma is raspberry, strawberry, cherry, and caramel.
T: Tart with flavors following the nose, although most raspberry. Bitterness gives way to somewhat grainy, even stale aftertaste.
M: Light bodied and low to medium carbonation. A bit watery.
O: Not terribly complex. Drinkable and enjoyable enough within the fruit beer style, although a bit stale at the back end. Note, UFO has been spun off by Harpoon, although the websites and labels indicate both are produced by Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into glass
Look - cloudy orange-pink colored with a lot of foam slow to fade, some lacing
Smell - Very strong raspberry aroma. Sweet grass. Slight bit of pastry-bread like a raspberry tart.
Taste - Tart. fruity. sweet. It is crisp, refreshing, and surprisingly good. It doesn't add too much flavoring which allows for the hefeweizen to come through. Medium carbonation and fairly drinkable. Malt comes in a bit at the end.

Overall, i was pleasantly surprised, most fruit beers tend to taste fake but this actually tastes like raspberry wheat beer.
I think they pretty much nailed it so i will give a grade of A-

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Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pinkish hue with a nice white head. Not an in-your-face raspberry assault by any means, but the fruit flavor is natural-tasting and complements the hefe base beer very well.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: light cranberry pink color that is slightly hazy. Some more purple towards the center. 1/2 finger, thin off-white Head

S: raspberry, sweat pears, cranberry, lemongrass and crackers

T: watery raspberry juice is the initial flavor, followed by seltzer water. Cardboard, wheat, and grass behind that. It tastes like a diet seltzer

M: light mouthfeel with lower carbonation level than I think it should

O: like I said above, tastes like dirt seltzer. Not a fan. Too water both in flavor and mouthfeel. Looking at it objectively though, if you want a light raspberry beer this might float your boat

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Photo of Kemblain
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My buddy loves fruity shit, that's the only reason I tried this. The bottle looks like shit; it wasn't the same labeling as shown here. The beer itself looks fine if unimposing, something like a late summers sunset.

The smell is strong. There's no subtlety here, it just hits you in the face with raspberry. I might call it overwhelming or oppressive, but I'm not the most fond of raspberries so that might be unfair. The taste, thankfully, is more tame, but still quite strong with raspberry. After you let it sit for a moment you can sort past the raspberry and find the hefeweizen hiding in it. As it fades you can find the wheat. This was my favorite part of this drink: the fading raspberry being overtaken by the wheat and yeast before it all melts away.

If you don't like raspberries, stay away. If you only like raspberries, be cautious. If you worship raspberries, you've found your hefeweizen. It's light, almost soda like, and if you can enjoy it's bold fruit flavor you could drink them all day.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mass. Bay Brewing Co. "UFO Raspberry"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy By 13:13 01/05/18 212" and sampled on 10/07/17
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: This should be an easy review as I've had this beer several times before, and in fact, I could swear I'd already reviewed it here, but oh well, here goes... it's very much like the raspberry wheat ales that were so popular in the mid 90's. In fact, it's a perfect example! My earliest memory of those goes back to Oxford Brewing in Linthicum, MD with their Oxford Raspberry Wheat Ale around 1993, a beer designed by the now famous Steve Parkes for his wedding reception, but then taken up and promoted by new ownership. I then got the recipe from Thomas Cizauskas who'd previously worked for Oxford, albeit it in a slightly amped-up version. It's got a clear raspberry flavor to it, and although it's extract-like to a certain extent it's not that bad. I used to make a similar beer while I was at Manayunk Brewing Co. (via Cizauskas) and I'd use 126 pounds of raspberry puree in 15 bbls. of beer followed by a splash of extract to liven the aroma which was a little more authentic. This one is a little sweeter (ahh, maybe not, just by a touch) but there is a light bit of tartness to it that helps to balance it, and the wheat in the malt comes through clearly. It finishes fruity and slightly tart with some residual malt and fruit lingering but steadily eroding from the palate. It's almost impeccable as it is, and interesting, refreshing, and massively drinkable if you like fruit beers. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of feuematt
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beer with a refreshing tart raspberry taste that is better than the huckleberry one the brewery also offers. Almost perfect for summer days not to light and not to heavy on the raspberry.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 +8.9%
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 +9.4%
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 +1.7%
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 -23.5%
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 +5.3%
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 -23.8%
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 -13.6%
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 +26.9%
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 +28.3%
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 +17.7%

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 -3%
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.

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

Smell:
Grapefruit, obvious raspberry, unidentified citrus. Yeast

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

Mouthfeel:
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 CTHomer
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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 +18.3%
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 +37.1%
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 +6.6%
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 -15%
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 +34.3%
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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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 805 ratings