UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Raspberry HefeweizenUFO Raspberry Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit and Field 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,976
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
796
pDev:
17.88%
 
 
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37
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Photo of PMakowski
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Gobzilla
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueKurenai
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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 egrandfield
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Disappointing

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Photo of hopsputin
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -19.6%
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 tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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 mitch3114
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of feuematt
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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 GreenMtWoodchuck
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kornitsky101
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbone2131
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chriswjr
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of token_23223
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alphakitty
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of margnat
2.49/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Way too sweet; not my idea of what makes a whitbier good.

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Photo of Jou
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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