UFO Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
UFO Hefeweizen is an American unfiltered wheat beer. Perhaps UFO’s initial sensory perception is also its most prominent: a cloudy golden color and a dense, frothy head. The yeast, which has not been filtered out, accounts for the cloudiness of UFO. Wheat malt tends to create a larger head than barley malt, the cereal grain most often used in brewing. When served in a traditional wheat beer glass with a lemon, UFO presents an appealing and distinctive visual image.

The aroma has a faint but clear citrus-like character. This is produced by the special yeast and accounts for the Bavarian tradition of serving hefeweizens with a lemon. The lemon accentuates the yeast’s fruity, tart fragrance. UFO has a soft mouthfeel and a refreshing, light body. The wheat malts and subtle hopping give the beer a mild, delicate flavor. UFO has a clean finish. Unlike some imported hefeweizens, UFO does not have the spicy, tropical flavors typical of European-brewed style.

19 IBU

Added by stirgy on 01-25-2001

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a large head. The aroma is slightly nutty, with some banana, black pepper, cumin, and apricot. The flavor has a much larger banana presence, as well as bubblegum, black pepper, and lots of baking spice. The mouthfeel is smooth and pillowy, with a sharp carbonated ending. Overall this is a simple hefe, but with lush textures and solid finish.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

holy crap this is awful. i mean like not especially offensive tasting but jeez i expected more from harpoon. really gross looking gold murky color with a nasty looking white head with massive bubbles that quickly fizzle away. notes of corn, grain, cloying sweetness, apple? I must have gotten a bad can or something because this is just not good at all, damn!

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Photo of MikeRa
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 32oz Crowler: This beer has a unfiltered hazy light yellow color with a monster head. You can smell some hints of cloves and banana, and has a tart taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A real popular hefeweizen here, surprised it took me so long so have this one. It's not real traditional, but is quite mild, and as such should appeal to the newer or timid daft beer drinker. A craft converter from something like a sock top too I think. Pale color, almost milky looking, without the usual tall white fluffy head I like to see in this style. Smells good though, light fruitiness, pear more than the standard banana. Some spice, but again, this is incredibly mild on the yeast front. Lighter white wheat malt base too, Ben without filtration it is light and easy drinking, and mellow on flavor. The low alcohol, high carbonation, and clean easy body make it a really crushable beer, especially in the summer when it's hot and the beer is frosty cold. I do not think this is a great American example of the hefe style though, there are far better, despite its popularity. It's also far from the best beer these guys make, I love their hoppy stuff. A lighter easier going offering that may appeal to the fringes, but the seasoned hefeweizen drinker will be largely unenthused.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the hefeweizen style, so I figured I'd like this before I even tasted it, but objectively, I think this is a beer that can't really be knocked for any legitimate reason. It tastes like a lot of other hefeweizens, sure, but it doesn't try too hard to be gimmicky and end up tasting weird as a result. It's a solid, safe beer.

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Photo of TH28
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

with a slight haze. Aroma: Orange peel dominates, with a hint of apple. Almost champagne like. Taste: Light maltiness with bready notes. Orange peel and citrus dominate the flavor, with a slight spice from the coriander. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. Finish: lingering coriander spice with a hint of orange peel. Overall: With the orange peel and coriander I assume this is a Belgian witbier inspired American wheat. This manages to hit that hybrid of style, but seems to be lacking an increased body that would enhance te complexity of the beer. It feels too thin and light, with a carbonation and aroma reminiscent of champagne.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I could see this being a great transitional beer for macro lager fans who want to try out what the craft beer scene has to offer. Despite being a wheat ale, this has a flavor that's not too unlike some of the better American adjunct lager offerings out there (Pabst, Narragansett), but with a more defined character. It has a vaguely fruity tartness to it, which mixes well with the tasty wheat, and there's a minute amount of spice here as well. Velvety feel, and it has a nice mildly bitter and tart aftertaste to it. It's an excellent summer beer, very easy to drink and it isn't lacking in flavor. Harpoon's UFO line continues to impress me. The beers are never MIND BLOWING, but they're always a tasty and affordable go-to brew.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In aroma it was hard to tell the characteristics, similar almost to a Witbier in the spices as well as a yeasty American Hefe. The flavor is mildly grainy and fruity. Drinkable but not great.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat, a touch of banana, hazy gold, very creamy, wheat banana, the creaminess gives it an impession of having a medium to medium full body, a shade dull but could be due to age, drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/15/2015. Pours hazy deep golden color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, banana, white grape, wheat, bread, light clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt notes; with decent strength. A bit too fruity/slightly metallic in the nose. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, banana, white grape, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Light yeast spice/wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, banana, white, grape, wheat, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chris33
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wish they sold it here in southwest Ohio! Was brought some from Vermont a month ago! One of my staples when I'm back that way to visit family. Nice light wheat hefe.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass at the Chart House in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas, clove, vanilla, wheat, and pale malts.

Taste: Love how tasty this beer is. Simple pale wheat beer with the typical Bavarian flavor and wheat and pale malts to back it up.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: More hefeweizen than pale ale. Nice Bavarian yeast flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Enjoyed at the brewery.

Poured a hazy, light yellow color with a monster head.

Smells os spice, cloves, banana, and yeast.

Tastes much like the smell - slight tartness.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a solid offering but not my stlyle.

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Photo of seedyone
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/16/12 On tap. Seconding my last appraisal. It's 20F outside & I'm perfectly happy drinking this. Historically I've never been impressed w/Harpoon stuff...perhaps it's because it's not a bottle...but I may just have another.

06/12 - Rate Beer does not do this brew justice. A 26? Time for me to re-evaluate RB. It's got a fresh, clean taste with a great balance. I could drink this all day long. Lemon takes it into July/August mode.

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Photo of Beric
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 17 April 2014

Appearance: A hazy yellow with some rich golden tones present at times. Not much of a head on this one, though it does leave some lacing behind. Certainly looks like a hefeweizen or standard wheat beer.

Smell: Very simple and not very assertive- there is a soft sterile smell to this one. You can definitely pick up on the banana/clove notes often found in wheat beers like this, but there is a sterile, medicinal note in there too. Not cool.

Taste: Thin and bland. It is a shame this beer calls itself a 'hefeweizen' on the label. The banana/clove notes traditionally found in hefeweizen are nowhere to be found in this one, though there is some spiciness. That sterile note is still evident in the taste as this one has a rather abrupt and harsh finish.

Mouthfeel: Very thin compared to others in the style and highly carbonated to make up for it.

Overall: This one should NOT be labeled a hefeweizen. I know BA categorizes it as an American Pale Wheat, and that is certainly what it is, but Harpoon calling this one a hefeweizen is a shame. This beer is abysmal as a hefeweizen and passable as an American Pale Wheat, but even then, it pales in comparison to better offerings including Goose Island 312 and Bell's Oberon.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, cloudy golden, with a solid head of white foam. Minimal lace.

Nose is subtly malty, with little trace of the usual strong and spicy wheat and yeast elements associated with hefeweizen. Not bad, but not up to snuff, either.

Taste is light on the palate, grainy, and almost lager-like. I get little trace of any clove or banana or bubblegum notes as I'd expect. Instead, I would consider this more of a basic wheat beer. As a hefeweizen, this one just falls short on most levels. Nonetheless, this remains drinkable and easygoing, and would make a a solid session drink or a fine starter beer for future craft beer fans.

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Photo of 57md
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. The nose has only fairly faint wheat notes. The body is slightly heartier than most wheats. The finish is slightly bitter, but there is a something sweet on the finish as well.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into wine glass.

A - Pours a light yellow-amber, almost a peach color. Very light. Lot's of haze going on. A very thing head appeared, which lessened to a small white ring around the inside of the glass.

S - Wheat, pale malts and a hint of lemon peel or orange peel. Not offensive, just a bit bland.

T - Pretty bland. Some wheat and malt, that's about it. Again, not offensive, there just isn't much going on. Aftertaste isn't bad, though.

F - Not bad, it could be refreshing. Was light and easy on the stomach.

O - Not a huge fan of most wheat beers, and this was no different. Not offensive, was certainly drinkable, just very, very low on taste. I've certainly had worse, but I won't buy this again.

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Photo of abeerwiseguy
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 12 oz bottle from Harpoon Brewery - Boston MA and Windsor VT. Label reads Hefeweizen - Unfiltered Wheat Beer. No date stamp and sadly no ABV on bottle. Beer Advocate lists the beer at 4.8%.

Poured into a pint bar glass with a hazy golden color and very little head.

Aromas of grain and some yeast and citrus. Not impressive.

The flavor profile is a real disaster in my opinion from start to finish. First the tongue is assaulted with an unwelcome very bitter taste with some very slight lemon and then biting finish with little flavor.

The mouth feel is very uneven and lacks any real body or redeeming value. It has medium to high carbonation but little on the flavor side to support it.

Overall this example is way below what I have come to expect from both German and American brewers of this style, such as Paulander's Hefe-Weizen amd Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a cloudy straw color with some pinkish hue in it. It has a decent head, but dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing.

Smell is a very strong floral raspberry. with hints of wheat in the background. The raspberry scent is very sweet and seems mostly artificial like an artificially flavored raspberry soda.

Taste has a good bit of tart raspberry in it and is quite pleasant. The wheat taste is nice and crisp. The tartness is much more than what the smell would suggest. Mouthfeel is alright and drinkability is good. Perfect for a hot summer day or a bbq.

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Photo of wingman14
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a huge frothy white head. Has a strong wheat smell, some malt and spice, sweet and citrus. Taste has the spice up front with the citrus at the end. Strong on the palette, nice flavors, balanced nicely. Overall a nice beer, could be a bit smoother, but an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful, thick white head (~2 1/2 fingers). Dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a scattered surface foam and little lacing. Sickly pale color, extremely transparent for an unfiltered beer.

S - Strong hint of wheat and a bit of banana. Slight sour note. Hints of spices.

T - Light and crisp, slightly sweet. Notes of wheat and rye. Slight sour fruit, like old banana. Light hops.

M - Slight sting on the tongue. Drinks thin, but feels thick. Definitely a good feel for enjoying a Summer day.

O - This is a solid Hefe. Nothing stands out as best in class, but it's very drinkable, and serves as a great, refreshing brew on a warm afternoon. I recommend drinking this outside as much as possible.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By 06/15/13

A: Pours a very cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with a fingers worth of head that quickly settles down to a thin cap

S: Very wheaty, with notes of fruits, citrus, and light spice

T: Again, very wheaty with subtle notes of fruit, citrus, and spices. Dominated by the wheat malts, though

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Chalky/yeasty

O: Quite one-dimensional, but a nice pale wheat ale. Very wheat-centered, with fruity yeast and very light spice. Extremely drinkable as well

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Photo of CorvetteMike
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From bottle to glass golden color with slight head.
a: Golden color, 0.5" head
s: Mild wheat smell
t: Orange taste
m: Wheat beer taste, not appealing to my taste, some aftertaste
o: Not a fan of wheat UFO

Purchased only one bottle, and that was enough.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 02/08/13 notes. Had this on tap at my Double Tree hotel bar in Boston instead of going to NOTB; not the best substitute. 16 oz. pour.

a - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, wheat, spices, lemon, citrus, and bready malts. Some nice bananas, and not too much spice.

t - Tastes of spices, pepper, bananas, fruity malts, cloves, lemon, citrus, bready malts, wheat. More spice and pepper here; a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall not my favorite pale wheat, or beer from Harpoon, but decent. Nose was pretty nice but the taste had a little too much pepper or spice in it. Probably would just stick with their IPA next time.

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