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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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 Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is much like the UFO White. Both have basically the same characteristics. Both are wheat beers and they both look pretty much identical from the pour. The main difference is that the UFO Hefeweizen doesn't have the citrus like the White has. I found that the flavor of this one fell apart when comparing the two of them together. The Hefe was just overall on the bland side. Not much stood out other than it being a smooth wheat beer. Personally I prefer the White over this one any day.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of wheat in the nose along with some notes of lemon citrus.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat and notes of lemon citrus.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great summer beer to have more than one of because it is easy to drink, refreshing and has some thirst-quenching properties.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the most boring/bland Hefe's I've come across. Really nothing at all special about it, almost cookie cutter like. Cloudy golden appearance with the usual Hefe aromas and taste. Is drinkable for sure but would I ever ask for it? Probably never.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good to drink an American try at a classic German style. It reminds me of why I Like German Wheats better. This one looks brightly a canary yellow. Slightly cloudy with fair head retention and lacing. Smells grapefruity, mildly spicy, with mild sweetness. Tastes mildly malty with grapefruits, lemons, and oranges. Mild corriander and pepper added to vague hops give a bit of complexity. Body fades quickly, leaving the palate feeling scrubbed. Feels grainy and a little astringent. Finishes crisp and a little cloying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a moderate that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing but does not meet hefe standards in that area

Smell: Banana and coriander with a touch of clove

Taste: Starts with a banana and wheat germ flavor that becomes spicy with coriander very shortly after it touches the taste buds; after the swallow; a fruity bitterness builds that nicely offsets the other flavors; has a slight orange tang at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As an American Pale Wheat this excels, but as a Hefe it disappoints; the website calls it an Amercan Pale Wheat but it is labeled as a Hefe; the average beer consumer is confused enough by beer styles - craft breweries should not contribute to further confusion

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Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A decent domestic Hefe clone, but not technically classified as such.

Pours a pale yellow, clouds a little with the yeast poured in. Smell is average, funky grain, zero fruity esters. A fair amount of foam results in the final swirl and pour.

Taste has some nice elements, a mellow banana and estery apple/pear comes out in the aftertaste. A tart, semi-metallic note seems out of place, and knocks the taste down a notch.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, ample carbonation make this one good for a session.

Paired well with spicy Tom Yum soup...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy golden color wheat beer with a medium size foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of light wheat malt with no discernable trace of banana or cloves. Taste is also dominated by some weak notes of wheat malt with no discernable ester of banana that I usually appreciated in this style. Quaffable on a hot summer day but not really interesting.

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

Big white head quickly dies into a rather nice lacing on a cloudy pale golden colored wheat.

Light nose consisting mostly of sour lemons, maybe a little bread hanging out in the end.

Taste is light lemons a little on the sour side, with a slight hint of bready malt hanging on.

A light dry aftertaste on light to medium body.

This beer didn't seem that bad, just lacking.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zeff80
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sola's in Back Bay.

A - It was a clear golden color with a small, white head and lots of carbonation. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted quite sweet and of good wheat. I little citrus kick added to the flavor.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - It was a pretty good pale wheat ale. Nothing particularly amazing but certainly good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a golden lemon color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is some slightly-tart wheat plus some lemon, orange, and a bit of the Harpoon yeast. The taste is a bit plain with just very mild citrus and a bit of light grain. Light body and the carbonation carries off many of the flavors before they really develop. Drinks fairly well; nice and crisp.

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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 oberon
3.4/5  rDev 0%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label. Good name.
Typical hefe-weizen appearance.
Good head retention and lacing.
Limited aroma with a little yeasty sulphur, some wheaty malt.
Crisp, effervescent carbonation. Medium bodied.
Lightly flavored. Mainly spicy character. Wheat-based malt. Subtly tart. No banana. Well balanced.
A very good American hefe; but it lacks the yeast characteristics of a Bavarian example.
A drinkable and accessible beer for summer. Great to bring to parties where Corona seems to be the beer of choice.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Some sediment in bottle; added to glass. Give very mild aste, I recommend you give the bottle a swirl mid-pour to mix in the yeasty sediment and add flavor.

Wheat beer not a favorite category for this reviewer

A - moderately cloudy light yellow gold; white head with some staying power

S - very mild standard wit beer with no off-notes and faint fruity notes

T - very mild; "wit beer light". Taste is good but intensity should be higher. Nice balance of bitter, sweet and sour. Clean finish.

M - light, soft and fizzy (but not objectionably so)

O: easy and pleasant to drink. Very good for thirst quenching or to accompany mildly flavored foods; not bold or complex enough to hold interest as a sipper.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing particularly special here. Maybe I was expecting too much because I enjoy the Harpoon IPA, but this didn't excite me at all. Without strong aromas and definitely without strong flavors, I wasn't impressed by this hefe.

I will say that the appearance was quite nice - UFO is certainly a nice pouring beer with a beautiful color and nice head. But the taste just doesn't stack up to what I've come to expect both from Harpoon and from hefeweizens in general.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 1/4/07 at Chili’s in Lincoln, RI, served in a large Weizen glass.
I’ve had this beer a few times from a bottle and it was one of the first few beers I reviewed, but I had never had it on-tap until now.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a good-sized, foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is fruity with lemon and full of wheat. The funny thing is that I don’t remember the smell being so strong in the bottled version and I usually have trouble smelling beers that I drink on-tap.

T: Lemon and wheat dominate the taste as well. There’s a little bit of hops, but not much. Overall it’s a light but bready taste with a heavy dose of lemon.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy carbonation, light-to-medium body, finish is clean.

D: Tasty and very easy-to-drink, not too filling and a good representation of the APWA style. I had forgotten how much I liked this beer until I drank it again.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.49 12 oz. single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Cream-scented wheat malt nose with notes of vanilla and citrus and banana puree.

Taste: Lightly sweetish wheat malt, again, a bit creamy, like a dash of half-n-half was added. Citrusy character, but it's a bit fleeting. A few drops of vanilla. Faint banana fruitiness. Mild hop component and accompanying bitterness. Finishes crisp, with a tiny pinch of white pepper emerging in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus, somewhat lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, light wheat ale, but it's certainly no hefe. It's refreshing, sure, but a bit lacking overall. If you're looking for an authentic hefeweizen, you best look elsewhere.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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 russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a fluffed up 1" white head. Minimal lacing & no head retention

S: Some lemon & hinst of wheat malt

T: Tart wheat malt, lemons & pepper up front. Slight banana peel notes as it warms. Finshes fruitty with lemons on the tip of the tounge

MF: Light bodied & sprtizzy

Pretty quaffable, usually not my favorite style. This was a pleasant suprise. Easy drinking nothing too complex here

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been waiting a while to try this one, finally picked up a loose one in a mixed sixer to give it a go..

A - Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation.

S - Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell.

T - Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted.

M - Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel.

D - Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up. Just a phenomal Hefe.

Overall I was really quite impressed and damn near blown away by this. Just a downright nasty good hefe. Highly recommend

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Only slightly cloudy! Pale yellow color. Good thick, tight-bubbled head--leaves good ring lace.

Rather mild smell; typical of most wheat ales--slight citrus, touch of soft nut. I would say this one is on the lighter wheat beers I've tried.

This is a dry beer...not a lot of wheat to it. Good spiciness--coriander, all spice, pepper. Rapidly ending finish, also dry. The body is smooth and the carbonation is above average.

This would be one of the wheats I prefer because I am not a big fan of strong wheaty flavors. I imagine those who prefer this style might rate this a little bit lower. No fatal flaws; it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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 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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden hue with a healthy sized two finger head and leaves a brilliant layer of lacing around my pint glass. This beer is definitely a bastardized example of a wheat lies under the American wheat category in my opinion. Aroma has slight lemony tones with hints of a metallic offness to it, no special fireworks missing some serious yeast characteristics. The taste is a slight buttery sweetness with some contrasting hop bitterness apparent in the flavor profile. Slight mild banana tones with a nice smoot finish one refreshing beer. Mouthfeel is a light to medium bodied and this example of a hefeweizen is a bit under carbonated in my opinion. The drinkability factor is good but nothing extradordinary from this mediocre Americanized classic style of yeast with wheat.

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