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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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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 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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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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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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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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. A 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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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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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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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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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