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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Ratings: 793 |  Reviews: 266
Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 +8.1%
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 +10.3%
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 -10.6%
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 +5.6%
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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Photo of Soonami
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen is a good offering from Harpoon. The base beer, what I can tasteof it, really isn't a hefeweizen more of an American wheat, but truly the Raspberries dominate in this beer and provides the majority of the flavor and aroma. The smell of raspberry manifests as the cap is popped and perfumes the air as the beer is poured. The color is a orangey red with a wispy white lacing. The raspberry flavor is pronounced and tastes very fresh. Overall, the beer is tastes like its a common wheat beer with a couple jolly ranchers dissolved into it. Good in it's own way, but a little too sweet and candy-like to be a great beer.

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Photo of IronGiant
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to pull off a really good fruit beer. Most taste like Yankee Candles.

Harpoon UFO Raspberry is an exception. It's really delicious. Pours with a purple hue, smells and tastes of raspberries without being two sweet, fake or overpowering.

This is a great summer beer and goes down easy.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy golden redish color, very unique

Smell - the raspberry smell is very dominant but you also get some of a hop or malty smell mixed in

Taste - has the hefeweizen light wheat taste to it with a powerful but not dominant raspberry flavor. It is very good and I'm not a huge fruit beer person since other fruit beers i've had were really sweet and had too much of a berry flavor to it but this one is different. the raspberry is just the right amount for you to say oooo raspberry and yummmm beer at the same time.

Mouthfeel - good carbonation, smooth and refreshing. Very good for a nice summer day or night

Drinkability - very drinkable, its so good you just want more.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy orange copper with a white head that has just a faint pink hue and leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

Smells of fresh raspberries and mild hops.

Tastes of tart raspberries and wheat with a mild, slightly bitter hop finish.

Light and carbonated.

This is a highly drinkable raspberry hefeweizen. Refreshment on a hot summer day, that offers a unique spin on the style.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.14/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as part of the UFO Explorer sampler 12-pack, on sale for $10.99 at the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Best By 09/15/10 106. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Hazy bronze brew shows pinkish highlights and generates a fizzy 1" pink head that settles quickly to a thin stable layer of foam. Generates only a modest bit of lace that slowly rolls down the glass.

S: I smelled raspberry flavoring immediately after cracking the cap. From the glass it is more of the same, fairly strong and sweet, overpowering anything else.

T: More raspberry, same as the smell. Again, not much else. Is this a beer or is it a wine cooler???

M/D: Thin and fizzy, too much carbonation and too little body. Fairly easy to drink. Nothing particularly offensive except for the overpowering raspberry and lack of anything else. In a blind tasting I'd definitely peg this as a wine cooler.

Meh. Avoid.

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Photo of DrJay
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite hazy, pink grapefruit colour with next to no cap. Fruity aroma, raspberry, slight banana. You can pick up a hint of wheat if you really try, but it could just be an illusion. The flavour was heavy with raspberry, but the mineral character and coarse carbonation made it taste processed and artificial. Light bodied, high carbonation, a bit dry. I really like raspberries so I hoped this beer would impress me, but it just didn't work for me at all.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a hefe glass.

pours a cloudy grapefruit color with some creamy retentive pure white head. has some nice lace. little hues of pink were visible in the head off of the pour.

the aroma is almost all tart rasberry. hardly any hefe characteristics noticable. my girlfriend enjoys the aroma very much. kinda reminds me of some sort of wine cooler.

a slightly better balance of things in the taste, but still very one sided to the tart, almost sour rasberry. the rasberry does not seem too artificial tasting like you find in most fruit beers. some light pilsner malts come into play but in the finish it goes back to the tart rasberry.

light body, ample carbonation. goes down smooth and easy. a little watery at times.

pretty good drinkability, but the rasberry taste gets a little old after awhile. i would have like to seen a little more hefe characteristics come through. i prolly wouldnt buy this again, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy grapefruit like color with some visible carbonation and a thick three finger head which disapates to a skim with very little lacing. The aroma is fanstastic, it hits you as soon as you open the bottle. The smell of raspberries and flowers hits your nose. The taste is very good also, the taste is a wheat backbone with a tart raspberry taste. The taste is like a real raspberry not artificial and super sweet. The carbonation is moderate and creamy. Overall on a hot day on your porch you could make this a great session beer. A great aroma and a smooth taste make this a great beer.

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Photo of confer
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber and hazy. Looks like a mix of raspberry and hefeweisse,surprise. Large soap like bubbles.

S- As soon as the cap is popped the raspberry aroma fills the area. The aroma fades as the beer is poured.

T- The flavor is all raspberry, no banana, no clove. A small wheat taste in the finish.

MD- A little thin but very drinkable. If you like fruit beers you will love this one.

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Photo of aquaphiliac
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses.

Appearance: cloudy reddish hue with some yellow swirls in it. Not a whole lot of head. I was expecting more from a hefeweizen. Definitely a good looking beer though.

Smell: Raspberries. I couldn't really detect much else.

Taste: I couldn't put my tongue on the sensation that I got until 3/4 of the way through the beer but this beer sort of tastes like cheap wine. Tart fruit flavors maybe give way to a yeast aftertaste but the overwhelming taste is tart raspberry. Doesn't taste like your "conventional" beer.

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery to be honest. I wasn't really thrilled with the body but it is a wheat beer.

Drinkability: Definitely the opposite of harsh. Very tasty and on the lighter side so easy to drink.

Overall I don't think I would get this again; I liked it but my buddies were not impressed and I like regular hefeweizens better.

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Photo of silentjay
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy pinkish brown with little head that laces ok.

smells of raspberry, candy sugar, bubble gum, yeast, wheat, and banana.

taste is a bit of raspberry, but with plenty of wheat and yeast. not quite sour, not quite sweet. would like it more if it went one way or the other. raspberry and wheat struggle for dominance with the raspberry barely winning. finishes sweet, dry and tart.

mouthfeel is plenty prickly with an overall light feel which is par for the style.

goes down pretty smoothly. does not offer much to make me want another, or to even finish this one. I just think they were in between a few ideas. it definitely fits some tastes, however.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a Blanche De Chambly glass

A: Cloudy grapefruity pink with a nice white head with lacing of pink. When held to the light small bubbles can be seen, though the carbonation is not steady. Still the head has good retention.

S: Raspberry, no denying it, it is in the name and in the smell. Raspberry turns to yeasty wheat with a hint of clove and sweet banana.

T: Bright raspberry switches to wheat and clove and finishes with the tart bitterness of the raspberry in a decently clean finish.

M: Light, despite its lack of carbonation and the normally medium-bodied fate of hefeweizens, this one is very light in body.

D: Plenty of drinkability here, the beer is light and refreshing. It delivers flavor yet does not overtax the palate.

Overall: I like hefeweizens and I like fruit beers, if they are not sweet, especially in the summer. I saw this come in and since I enjoyed the Abita Purple Haze enough, I did some reading up on the UFO. I am glad I decided to get it, without a doubt a perfect summer quencher. It is light, yet, has flavor. Oftentimes summer beers mean light dreary wheat that lacks zing. That is not the case with this beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Standard pour yields a coarse, fluffy, 3.5 finger white head with moderate retention. Gets coarser as it fades. Beer is a cloudy ruby red. Lacing is spotty and with near no clean. Very superficial.

S: Big and bold tart raspberry fruit mixed with a slight red tea scent.

T: Tart raspberry punch in the beginning. I feel like I'm drinking sour kool-aid. Very spicy and abrasive. Sour fruit never really lets up and lasts until the finish. Faint wheaty, malt finish that dries the palate. Near no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, incredibly coarse and carbonated. Tart at the start and throughout, it makes my lips smack! Bit watery and ends dry. Finish is clean and quick, leaving nothing.

D: A summer beer for sure, this one is very easy drinking. Raspberry flavor almost makes it a sour with none of the complexity. Watery in the mouth and a real thirst quencher. However, I'm looking for a little more than just quenching in my beers so I'll pass unless this is the only around.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark tan, with a pink hue.

S: Strong hints of raspberry, and malt. Pleasant, if a little non-committal.

T: Raspberry, and a twang of bitter.

M: Pretty light, but leaves a sort of bitter film on the back of the tongue once swallowed.

D: Not a huge fan of "fruit" beers, but this one was certainly drinkable. Worth a try, but maybe not something you would want more than a few of.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer has a slight reddish hue the white head dissipated very quickly, almost like soda. The smell is of raspberry booth sweet and tart. This beer starts sweet and finishes refreshingly tart. The tart finish separates this from most typical soda beers, it makes it refreshing and nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded pink grapefruit with a sizeable foamy white head that slowly thins and stays. Vanishing lace sticks.

The smell is of sweettart raspberry, banana, hint of clove.

The taste is of raspberry - tart - not "artificial" as is too often found in American fruit wheat beers. Raspberry prominent but not overwhelming. Not too sweet - A touch of sweetness blends with tartness leading to a dry (hint of clove), tangy, slightly bready, finish.

Refreshingly light-bodied, well-carbonated, effervescent. Could be creamier, but not complaining.

A nicely done fruit beer - raspberries add to a beer that is American pale wheat with a HW influence. Not too sweet - a very refreshing brew. Raspberry doesn't overwhelm. This is how American fruit beers should be!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though I am neither a huge fruit beer fan, nor a big wheat ale drinker, I am very excited to try this. I do relish both aforementioned styles, when done right.

G - .3 liter mug.

A – Cloudy orange-pink-copper hue with a big head and a bit of lacing too.

S – Raspberry and faint grain.

T – Fresh raspberry flavor punctuates crisp wheat ale. The grainy, sparkling body is dry, so the fruit never becomes inordinately sweet. The raspberry and the hop meld on the finish. It tastes

M – Lighter bodied ale with a sharp, cidery carbonation. It works well for this one.

D – A fantastic beer, regardless of style. Very drinkable.

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UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 793 ratings