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

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

The first time I ever tried this beer was on tap at the tasting room in Vermont at the Harpoon brewery, and I fell in love. This beer is also seasonal so when I come across it in bottles I stock up.

The color of this beer is a nice pinkish red, and the nose delivers a light raspberry smell. I am able to drink a 6 pack of these and be perfectly content. It is not a beer that I tire of drinking easily. They are great on a hot summer day. The fruit complements the base beer very nicely. The ABV is just right. I enjoy regular UFO, but I will definitely choose this instead anytime.

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

Received in a trade from Uhrhan - from his buddy in Boston.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, orangeish hue. Aggressive pour yielded around a 1 1/2 finger white head. Dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S - Lots of nice, tart raspberries. Couldn't really pick up anything else - perhaps some wheat in the background, but the style of this brew comes through nice and strong on the nose.

T & M - Very tasty. I am a fan of raspberry wheat beers, and this is one of the better ones I've had... A lot of fresh raspberries up front and throughout. A little bit of wheat at the end. Nicely carbonated, but not too much.

Overall - A wonderful spring / summer brew. You can drink a lot of these on a warm day. Perfect for outdoor outings / BBQ's - in fact, I drank it while grilling last night and it was incredibly smooth. Similar beers in this area are Southern Tier raspberry wheat. I'd definitely buy / try again.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Enjoy by 8/15/11 on the bottleneck.

UFO Raspberry pours a hazy orange tinted color. Slim white head sticks around for a bit before disappearing.

Lots of raspberry in the nose with a bit of tartness which I'm really liking. A bit of wheat aroma in the background.

Lots of what you would expect in the taste. A nice tart raspberry with some sweet malt backing it up. Super refreshing and easy to drink.

Light body with a dry finish. Carbonation is pretty average.

A very good choice for a BBQ beer. I've had this on tap as well and would not hesitate to have it again. If your looking to try something a little bit different this summer, I would try a bottle of this brew.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head that stays around, no lacing though.

S-Raspberry and wheat.

T-Very strong raspberry but it tastes completely natural, there is some wheat in there as well.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation

O-A solid fruit beer, possibly the best of the UFO series from what I remember from the ones I haven't reviewed.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very similar to the white. A hazy golden yellow with a ruby hue. Slightly bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a sour raspberry smell with a backing of heffe yeast. The flavor is a ton of wheat upfront with the yeasty raspberry coming through. A medicinal raspberry flavor over a tangy wheat body. Could barely get through a bottle of this with the raspberry assaulting my taste buds.

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Photo of kershner23
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass it is a nice hazy red, orange, and amber. Very nice look, and darker than expected.

Smells of raspberry. Nice tart raspberry. I can't pick up much of anything else. Expected a little more wheat in the aroma, I was wrong again.

Tastes like a bubbly fruity wine. Very light and fruity. Nice little tart bite to it. Again, no wheat to be found. My wife liked it(well she didn't hate it)

Feels like a bubbly wine. Good carbonation and feel in the mouth for this beer. Crisp finish, dry sweet aftertaste, but nothing overwhelming.

I liked this quite a bit. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Fantastic BBQ beer, and it would be really hard to find someone who honestly wouldn't like it.

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

Aromas of light fresh, slightly sour, fruit. When you di deeper you get a lot of wheat and lesser minimal earthiness.
The taste begins with a nice authentic raspberry flavor, which is pleasant compared to some "fruit" beers. Crisp and clean malt flavors push through as well. The wheat really helps to improve the mouthfeel over some fruit ales in comparision. Finish is mildly sour/tart which also helps this brews overall flavor prifile.
Overall this is very drinkable, especially for the warmer months and a much better choice over the typical Blue Moon or other summer seasonal beers available on tap at your average bar. Not the greatest fruit beer in the world, but it works.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinnieVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a pinkish amberish color. One and half finger pinkish head shows medium light retention. Long streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- A blast of nice tart raspberry is pretty much the aroma of this beer. Some light malt backing only comes through in light hints and nothing else. Raspberry...sour...artifical and well in your face.

T- Once again a nice tart raspberry flavor in the front of the beer. No real other flavors except in the ending front there is a wheat comes through to give a little calming to the raspberry. This once again comes in the ending to do the same thing. A little alcohol is in the ending but in good way.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Raspberry and more raspberry everywhere from the aftertaste to what was left on the palate. Flavors were well bleneded for the style. No off flavors were present when I drank this. Very light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

O- This beer really surprised me. The raspberry never got to be too much flavorwise which makes this a nice summertime beer. The ABV makes this a easy beer to sit around and have with friends. I really liked this beer maybe a little too much but we all have to have our guilty pleasure beers right??

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Photo of tbrown4
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Metropolitan in Baltimore. First time in a while for me for this beer I think.

A - Pinkish orange, thin white head, steady carb streams

S - Tart raspberry sweet

T - Up front and in the middle it tastes of creamy bread sweetness, raspberry is obvious but not over done. Finishes tart and bitter. Feels very well balanced in flavor.

M - Medium in body

O - This is a very good beer for what it is. If you like fruit wheats, this is one of the better brews out there for you. Perfectly balanced flavor profile, unique in color. I picture this is an excellent Summer beer. Now...if only it came in cans...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a glowing mostly clear ruby-amber color with a finger of white frothy head. The head faded down to a thin ring leaving behind a touch of lacing.

S - Aroma is full of raspberry. There is also a bit of wheat. A bit sugary and a touch sour but really pleasant.

T - Starts off with a rush of sweet raspberry flavor and a touch of wheat to stop it from being cloying. Through the middle some sour and tartness come out. The finish is a mix of raspberry flavor with some wheat beer characteristics that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Really crisp and refreshing with just a bit of tartness. Finish is dry and crisp.

D - Very drinkable. Light and refreshing without being empty. The fruit addition on top of the hefewizen base is a really nice combination.

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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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Photo of bierschmecktgut
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice bright head with large carbonation. Ruby grapefruit color and plenty cloudy.

Smells artificially sweet and if you can grab it - a faint wiff of hops. The sourness also gives off a pleasant metallic aroma.

Packed with sour-sweetness up front but the earthy hoppy aroma stands out a bit more in the aftertaste.

A sour bite on the back of the tongue and cheeks, but no bitterness. Light to medium body and goes down easy. Slight grittiness on teeth similar to lemonade.

Will be a great beer for a cookout or lounging in the heat but enjoyable now in the winter as well. A good beer to get wine drinkers into the beer world with - ala Lambics.

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Photo of iRoy
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Was definitely intrigued when I first saw this and upon first taste it definitely lives up to the Raspberry name. Pinkish color with a sweet smell. Taste is somewhat tart but you can definitely taste the Raspberry. I can see it being a great session beer even though I wasn't too crazy about the tart aftertaste. It has a very soft mouthfeel, a little like soda to be honest and you can barely notice the alcohol.

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Photo of skyline31687
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

sampled in a widmer hefeweizen glass, poured from bottle.

A - pours a fairly attractive reddish-brown color with a moderately pink-ish colored head that in my case dissipated rather quickly. no noticeable lacing.

S - the nose is pleasant, though it is very much on the fruity side. the tartness is evident.

T - having had some raspberry beers in the past (see abita's purple haze), I was expecting something just a little different. the raspberry, while completely overpowering, does make this the most fruity of fruit beers i've ever had. that not being my niche, i'll leave this part open to interpretation.

M - surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel. great amount of carbonation... almost like a fresh fountain soda.

D - a little too tart for my tastes. while one in a sitting isn't unbearable, I could in no way foresee drinking more than two or three of these in a night.

all in all, if you like fruity beer, give this one a shot.

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Photo of cbutova
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before January 2011, should be pretty fresh.

A- Hazy pink red with a light pink head that has decent retention. A small pillow leaves just a bit of spotty lace.

S- A big blast of tart, almost sour raspberry. Some general malt behind it. Strong aroma.

T- Not nearly as fruity as the nose. Starts with a good raspberry base that quickly fades to watered down fruit with a huge blast of malt and bread notes. Tastes identical to seltzer water mixed with fruit juice after some time (not a horrible thing, fairly enjoyable actually, just not like beer).

MF- Watery light body with high-end carbonation. Somewhat tart.

DB- I can see how this beer would really catch on with the main stream. Anyone who has ever mixed sparkling water with fruit juice knows this flavor. It just feels watered down overall, quite disappointing after a good aroma.

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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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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy dark color with a large head that stayed throughout. It smells of raspberries and beer; not the best combination. It tastes very strongly of raspberries and just a little bit of a wheat like beer taste. Doesnt tatse like beer really at all. Overall not bad if you like raspberries, not too much of a beer though.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, cloudy, vibrant golden amber color. Somewhat thin head upson pouring. The head looks almost pink when looking from above.

S- Lots of raspberries! Smells somewhat candy-like, but I also get hints of real raspberry smell. Very inviting.

T- If you like fruit beers, this is the beer for you. Raspberry flavor kicks in immediately, but it is well balanced. The sweetness of the beer stays on your palate long after first taste. Almost has a fruity pebble aftertaste.

M- Smooth as silk. Different tastes are brought out while moving through the mouth.

D- This is a very enjoyable beer. Easy to drink, however the sweetness might limit me to no more than 2 or so of these. Overall, I really liked this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Split a case with my friend a few months back. Reviewing the last of it.

A - Murky pink in color with slight haze. You get a nice white layer of foam.

S - Mostly tart raspberries but a very slight wheat.

T - For a Hefeweizen I expected some banana or clove but all I got was tart Raspberry but it wasn't balanced at all so it just ended up being real bitter with a tart finish. I guess this is how Raspberry beers are suppose to be but I kind of wanted more sweetness.

M - Really light body. Almost like a bitter soda.

D - Well my friend hated it and I ended up drinking the rest as fast as I could to get rid of them but the tartness of the Raspberry's got so cloying after a while I just kept them till now. Would pass if it was offered to me today.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky peach/pink colour with a fairly large fizzy white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer. There is some fantastic lacing, and the head lasted for a minute or two minutes before it dissipated.

Smell - a raspberry sweetness, wheat, grape juice

Taste & Mouth - The beer feels highly carbonated - which suits the style of beer. I can taste tart and sweet raspberries, as well as grapes and wheat. The beer reminds me a bit of a sparkling wine. It finishes with a slightly bitter and tart aftertaste.

Drink - Not my style of beer, my wife sure enjoyed it though. I can see how this would be appeal to some, especially during warmer weather.

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Photo of busterthecat
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A: slight ruby red color to the usually hazy color observed for a hefeweizen.

S; Burst of raspberries. Tart, sweet, fruit.

T: Lots of mildly tart raspberry up front. Fades to a solid wheat flavor. Tastes like it advertises. crisp and clean. sweet.

M: Light and pleasant. Doesn't linger long.

D: Very easy. No alc. Impressed by how fruity it really is. too sweet to have more then a couple.

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Photo of NODAK
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma here is mostly of tart raspberries. I'm impressed at just how fruity it actually is.

The taste is like a mouthful of raspberries. I've had fruit beers before that only vaguely resemble a certain fruit before...and this is NOT one of them. The taste begins as sort of a semi-sweet raspberry taste, far from syrupy or cloying. In the finish, the sweetness turns tart and finishes it quite crisply. Very little aftertaste, save for a twinge of tartness. This is a hefeweizen indeed, but I do not detect wheat tastes nor cloves here. It's almost like a raspberry soda, albeit a soda with natural flavors...which is a plus.

At the end of the day, it's drinkable. It's a bit one dimensional, but it isn't bad. I give them credit for making a fruit beer that actually tastes like the fruit it's supposed to, and does so without seeming artificial.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top. Best by 09/13/10.

Quick review: This is a sensational widely available fruited Hefe! It's watermelon red in the glass and hazy with not a lot of head. Aroma is dominated by raspberry and the seeds (a little nuttiness). Palate is crisp and tart with real raspberry-like acidity. Some of that earthy/nutty character follows through and makes it taste "real."

This beer is a little like beer-soda, but it's really quite good and I think it's one of the best of its class!

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Photo of jal30
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice looking beer with a typical cloudy hefe appearance--light orange with even a hint of pink from the raspberries. I guess some people don't like that cloudy wheat look, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
Smelled like raspberries (duh) and tasted like raspberries (duh) and too much so for my liking. Not a bad beer to have with my dinner I must say, and it was a bit more beery than some fruit beers I've had that just taste like soda, but still didn't feel like much of a beer to me. Slight wheat finish, but definitely dominated by the berries. Had a pint of it and that was more than enough--I definitely couldn't have done another one with the fruitiness.

Maybe it's really the style that I'm displeased by, not the particular beer. Pretty good as far as fruit beers go, but still didn't really do it for me.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a haxy rose color with a good sized head that disoslves to a film.
the aroma is dominated by raspberry with notes of citrus, lime if i had to choose one.
the taste is dominated by fresh raspberry as expected, with the same citric notes backing it up. towards the end some of the wheat comes into play, lending just a little white breadiness.
the mouthfeel is just to thinnner side of medium bodied with active carbonation.
overall quite good for what it is. it's got nice raspberry flavor in spades.

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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.56 out of 5 based on 778 ratings.
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