UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

785 Ratings
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.67/5  rDev +3.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Raspberry wheat started off pretty good. The pour was nice with a big fluffy head on it. The beer was was cloudy golden yellow and not transparent at all. The smell was quite refreshing on this beer. It had the aroma of sweet fresh raspberries of course that were very pleasant. The flavors were a little on the weak side I thought. I guess I was hoping for more raspberry all over this one. A little bummed out that it wasn't a strong flavor. The mouthfeel was soft and mild, light carbonation. The beer is good I just wouldn't need to have it again.

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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a Harpoon mixed 12 pack.

Significantly better than the standard UFO hefe, the touch of raspberry adds what the other doesn't have.. flavor! Not my favorite style but I found it pretty tasty and drinkable which works in my book.

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3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish-rosé in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry juice and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the raspberry aromas and flavors help to spice up hat would be a pedestrian American Pale Wheat Ale.

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3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess it was a no-brainer to take the classic UFO and add raspberries for a summer seasonal. Beer fares well with the additions. I have always found the base beer (UFO) to be a bit sub-par compated to good German classics, but the fruit flavors contribute a ton of raspberry character. The wheat malt nose is dwarfed by strong, ripe, raspberries, tartness, and a bit of an earthy acidity. The color shows a typically hazy appearance with a ruby-red grapefruit color and fair head retention and fair lacing. The flavors are also dominated by berry sweetness and tartness, leaving a hint of wheat malt, bready, estery flavors to fight through late. Moderately full body, with a thinning tartness and mild astringency if the finish. I like the beer, but it is not as subtley flavored as Purple Haze and many other Raspberry Wheats.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a light reddish-pink color with a head that is mostly white but has just the tiniest touch of a pink, bubble-gum-like hue. Nose is some fresh raspberries that are mostly sweet but a little bit tart. Taste is more raspberry with some faint wheat. Pretty light body and nice drinkability. It's definitely a fruit beer, but doesn't go too far.

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1.67/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a pink hue, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet & even a little creamy with raspberry, lemon, some wheat and a faint bit of hops.

T: The taste is fruity & tart with a heavy flavor of raspberry. There’s some wheat flavor, but not as much as their regular UFO (which I like much better). The malt character is thin and there isn’t much hops at all. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Nowhere near as tasty as the original UFO, didn’t go down very easily for me, not very filling, everything I’ve had from Harpoon so far has been at least decent and some have been very good, however I did not like this beer at all.

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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a glowing golden orange to ruby red in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a one finger tall bright white head that reduces rather quickly to a large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and raspberry (not too artificial but not quite natural raspberries either - kind of smells like a syrup, slightly too sweet raspberry).

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer features both the raspberries (slightly too sweet and lacking the natural tartness in my opinion) with the wheat. There is also a light lemon citrus flavor in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad but nothing really special, it is just raspberry flavoring added to regular UFO - I really wish they had added some real raspberry into the process for brewing these so that some of the wonderful tartness of raspberries would come through. Easy to drink and a decent hot weather beer, just not something I would go out of my way to get again.

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1.78/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Aroma of tart raspberry juice, chemical, wheat, faint breadiness. Taste kool-aid type raspberry, grass, malt, synthetic. Wine cooler!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color, great start to the head but it fades to a single layer. Some lace.

More sweet than tart raspberry nose--a little bit like Kool-Aid. Inviting not overdone on the sugars.

One can almost taste the raspberry seeds. The fruit is very realistic, like someone squeezed fresh raspberry pulp into a very light wheat beer. Again, there is a slight tartness and a slight sweetness to this beer. Overall, I'd call this one closer to dry than sweet. The body is solid. The aftertaste fades a little more quickly than I would like.

A wonderful lighter alternative to a Framboise... perhaps a warm weather offering.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a pinkish-hued body with a medium-sized, powdery, white head.

Smell: It's raspberries, baby! Crisp wheat aroma in the background, though.

Taste: A fine raspberry taste and light tartness, though it doesn't keep you from tasting the delicate wheat underneath. Medium sweetness. A little lemony citrus. Sweet-n-sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just the right amount of raspberry flavor. I could even clear through an entire pint of this stuff and not lose my cool, though any more might be a slightly daunting task.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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