UFO Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen

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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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Ratings: 1,491 |  Reviews: 603
Reviews by tdawgydog:
Photo of tdawgydog
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in its bottled form a few years back and I remember not being too impressed. I have since refined my taste in beer so i thought I would give it another shot. Had it on tap at Blue Smoke BBQ in NYC. At first glance it looks like a very impressive hefe. Nice and cloudy, maybe a little lighter than normal. The head had dissipated by the time the waitress brought it to our table. The taste still didn't impress me. It is too yeasty. The strong taste of yeast dominates the beer. There are definitely better Hefe's on the market. I'm a huge fan of the raspberry version of this beer and it has nowhere near as much yeast taste to it as this one does.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dirtydee5
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a blue moon in disguise.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimally cloudy maize. I managed to get all but an ounce into the glass on the first pour and still don't see any yeast. Maybe a superfine haze, but that's it. The cap is aged parchment in color, is nicely sticky and is laying down thick sheets of lace. The head and lace look so good that I won't mark down the appearance score because this U(n) F(iltered) O(ffering) is nearly clear.

The nose is pleasant in an untoasted, lemon-scented wheat and barley sort of way. That's all I can reasonably ask of my American pale wheats since they don't have the advantage of banana and clove esters that result from a true hefe weizen yeast.

UFO is a better than average version. Without a boatload of hops (Gumballhead), it's difficult to make an APWA stand out in a crowd. This one gets by on its wheatiness and a lightly lemony yeast strain. It's a bit harsh and grainy though; not as soft and refined in the mouth as it could be.

The beer is bitter, tangy and sweet (in that order), pretty much the exact opposite of how I prefer my wheat beers--both hefes and pale wheats--to be. Actually, I like tangy and sweet to share the spotlight. Still though, this is a well-brewed beer that should fit any number of situations quite well.

I'm not overjoyed with the body/mouthfeel and blame it, in part, for the harshness that I'm experiencing. Wheats ought to be soft and lush in the mouth and this one is neither. I'd like to see a slightly bigger body and a few less bubbles. Edit: as the beer sits, the mouthfeel improves noticeably.

Perhaps it's time for an overhaul in terms of style naming. This beer is as much a hefe (yeast) weizen (wheat) as any of the offerings from Germany. It's just that it doesn't use those Bavarian yeasties that are so distinctive in terms of banana and clove esters. In other words, Harpoon has every right to call this beer what they've called it. I propose American Hefe Weizen instead of American Pale Wheat Ale.

UFO Hefeweizen is a decent version of an American hefe. Although it could stand to be a little more refined, I could see myself buying a sixer now and then, especially in warmer weather. The only problem is, I don't recall hearing about any UFO sightings in Iowa.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slight hazy sraw color,a slight spicy aroma but mainly yeasty.Taste was a litle smokey and spicey with some definant yeasty notes.I think there are alot better American Hefeweizens (Arcadia Whitsun,Penn Hefe, Tabernash etc...) but not to bad,would be much better with a lemon.Not one of the better Harpoon beers but it is drinkable.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoyalT
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light orangish-yellow in color with a decent head, but not the frothing Hefe Weizen head that I know and love.

Smell – There’s a light yeast aroma to this one coupled with some floral hops and maybe even some spicing (clove, chiefly). There’s also a grain backbone.

Taste – The hops are tromped by the grain. Where the yeast is I do not know.

Mouthfeel – The smallish carbonation doesn’t even come close.

Drinkability – This was not a bad drinking beer, but nothing near a true Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nightbrew brought this one in to share as a palate cleanser during a monster tasting.

This beer screamed lemons all the way for me.

It looked like a hazy lemon, smelled lemony, and it made me want to add a lemon wedge to it on a scorching day.

While this beer isn't a great hefeweizen, I think it is a really good wheat beer and can be perfect at the right time and place. A little underrated in my opinion, but I guess it's about right if you're rating the style and not the beer.

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Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UFO hefeweizen American Pale Wheat Ale 5.1 alcohol. Dark bottle with inviting ufo decoration, basic but calming on the eyes minus the garnished Weizen glass on the rim... no orange for me. Poured into Weizen glass.

A- With a hefty pour produces a sharp golden hued liquid that boast a one inch fluffy white head leaving patchy lacing. Head then falls to a quarter inch that last the remainder of the beer.

S- Scents are mostly of lemon zest and orange peel followed by a tarty wheat and yeast scent on the back of the nose.

T-M- Taste is bold and almost identical to the smell. Upfront is a sweet banana flavor quickly followed by fresh lemon and orange zest. The backbone is a yeasty bite of bitterness that is tingles the tongue leaving a banana bread linger. Mouthfeel is light-medium and smoothly moves over the tongue with mild carbonation and light lingering.

D- Very refreshing for a hot day or just whenever and decent for the style. I have revisited several times and I dont see why I wont again.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: A careful pour produces a mostly clear, pale golden beverage with a head of about 1/2" or so of soapy white head. Head retention is relatively light going to a right of white in just a few minutes.

S: Pale malts. light citrus hops. Clean, but nothing exciting.

T: Light, well balanced mix of malt and hops. Not much sweetness from the malt but this wasn't terribly dry either. I was expecting a bit of a watery mouthfeel but to this brew's credit, the flavors really stay together nicely all the way through. The finish is clean, short, with no real linger to speak of.

D: I found the light flavors and body to be refreshing, and the quick clean finish was nice too. A nice all-around general hangin' out kinda brew.

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Photo of txbrewer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance was partly cloudy as with numerous unfiltered offerings. Coloring was the dark hay that you see with most unfiltered hefeweizens.

Smell was light but noticeable. Nothing overpowering or overly pungent (a good thing too). Looks a bit thicker than it smells.

Taste was good. One of those beers that will go down refreshingly well on a hot day. Lightly fruity and not overly carbonated.

Mouthfeel was just there. Nothing too spectacular, but nothing bad either.

Drinkability was easy. On a hot day after being in the heat, almost too easy :D. I would definitely spend the dollars on this again.

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Photo of BK2084
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of generallee
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a pale light yellow with a light hazy appearance. Its head builds up thick but fads out quickly leaving a thin ring of bubbles. The aroma has some lemon and light wheat malt notes. The flavor has delicate sweet lemon and wheat with a hint of banana in the finish. It has a light body with average carbonation and an abrupt finish. I have had this same beer on tap and remember it being fuller bodied with deeper more complex flavor.

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Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

A - Big 3-finger+ head on the pour. Eggshell white, thick and foamy. Dissipates slowly, collapsing into the middle. Light yellow-green and slightly opaque, but not cloudy.

S - Nice mix of banana and clove with neither dominating the other. Both are a bit toned down compared to what one typically finds in more traditional hefes that blast these aromas into the nose. A bit of orange and lemon zest in there, too.

T - Wheat, lemongrass, and a bit of clove, with banana turning up in the middle and lasting into the finish. Bittering hops are undetectable.

M - Moderately fizzy. Good carbonation. Nice structure. Finish lingers.

D - Very drinkable. A very good example of an American-styled hefe that drinks more like a lager. Lack of bittering hops to clean the palate on the finish might start making the lingering banana a bit much after a few of these, but it's a subtle taste rather than dominating like it is in the Flying Dog. Need to try with a lemon wedge to see how that affects the finish. This could well make my short list of hot summer day beers.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck with a bottled on date jet printed on the glass.

Appearance: Dense white head stays for a while on top of the hazy pale orange brew.

Smell: Sweet malt, yeast and bit earthy, fruity and rustic.

Taste: Crisp spicy fermented wheat with an restrained hop bitterness, some yeast and fruit follows with some lingering grain. Touch of floral sweetness, perhaps a by-product of the yeast, and a mild tartness towards the end.

Notes: This is by-far one of the better America wheat beers around. One could say it is comparable to Widmer or Pyramid if not better. Flavourful yet on the clean side and very well balanced. This sample was decanted gently to leave most of the sediment behind, though if you want more of yeasty nutty character swirl the yeast in.

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from a 12 bottle sampler box. Pours a cloudy yellow gold with an ample white head that has decent staying power. Nose is a profound citrus, on a wheaty background. Mouthfeel is tart and very carbonated. Taste has citrus notes and is palate cleansing. Head lasts forever and lacing is all over the glass. Tastes like a good American weissbier that would be much better on a hot sunny day in midsummer. More pleasantly fruity as the glass warms and the malt balance kicks in. Light bodied and quite drinkable, this is a nicely crafted product. It does seem slightly watered down, but I detect this quality in many American wheats.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, brown bottle with no freshness indication to be found. Pours the expected hefe tone of yellow/light orange and very cloudy, lifts a white head and leaves better then average lacing. Pleasant, lemony brew, a bit thin in the mid and finish flavor wise. Hops dry things out late. Respectable summer sessioner. Lacks the complexity, aromatics and smooth mouthfeel of the higher rated offerings of the style. Would be fine with a light lunch, salad/fish/chicken etc etc.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce glass from the tap at Half Way Cafe. This Harpoon product was being offered as the special beer of the week. Served with a lemon on the rim of the glass.

Hazy, cloudy yellow beer. Large, frothy white head.

Smelled like fruit and was strongly influenced by the lemon wedge, even though I took it off the glass when it was brought to me.

Tasted crisp, hoppy and fruity. Very clean taste, quite refreshing.

I'm not a big heffe/wheat beer guy, but it just seemed like the right thing to order last night. After teaching a self defense course all week this beer (and the one I ordered right after it) really hit the spot and tasted great. Really nice summertime beer.

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Photo of tigg924
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Bert's Landing, Plymouth

Appearance: minimal head, golden in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: light wheat--very weak smelling

Taste: orange, lemon, cardamom, coriander--standard witbier taste

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, sweet with light bitterness at the end

Overall: Slightly below average American Pale Wheat Ale. Not really distinguishable or memorable a beer. Not so bad that I would turn it away, but there are plenty others in the style I would go to first.

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Photo of locckdown
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JESantiago
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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