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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 Bassetdawg
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle

Appearance: pale golden color, with thin white head, little retention and no lacing.

Aroma: sweet, earthy smell

Taste and Mouthfeel: light, wheat and spice flavor, with a bit of fruit. Only a mild hoppy taste.

Drinkability: This is a well balanced Hefe, a solid offering but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Hazy pale yellow coloration which produced a minimal head and displayed poor retention. Lttle to no lacing here, not too impressive.

S - What it lacks in appearance it makes up for in aroma. Outstanding sweet near candy-like smells - banana mostly.

T - Ouch, a bit of a letdown after taking in the wonderful aroma. Rather bland yeasty profile with hints of clove. I do mean hints. Some minor citrus characteristics also show through, but there isn't much here.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation, not much here either.

D - Overall okay, though I suspect it is quite drinkable due to it's inoffensive nature. Take it or leave it here. I suppose I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I doubt I'll seek it out anytime soon.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle, this brew poured a really nice hazy, yellow, and cloudy appearance which excited me first... The smell was very wheaty with citrus and coriander notes which were very fitting for a wheat beer... Taste-wise, the brew didn't match it's positive smell, and for lack of a better word, was somewhat bland in comparison to other wheat beers that I've sampled... I was somewhat let down and could best describe this particular sample as only average, though not bad... The flavor just wasn't too exciting, although the beer offered a good mouthfeel... The drinkability was also pretty decent, although not something I'd want to drink more than one or two of in a single setting... not very exciting and not sure if I'd purchase another sixer... I would recommend this one, being a slightly above average sample....

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head

S - Some citrus and a little malt

T - Some fruit flavor of banana finishes with some bitter hops

M - It has light carbonation and is pretty smooth

D - This is pretty easy to drink while not the best hefe out there its pretty good and worth a try

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Photo of madjr80
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is often a beer I chose when going to a mainstream bar with limited tap selection. The good thing about the Boston area is that there is always a Harpoon or Sam Adams to fall back on. It's kinda cloudy with decent head retention. The qualities of this beer stand out when using appropriate glassware. This is not the greatest sipping beer, but it goes down easy enough to make a night of it.

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Photo of Poser
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow. Little head retention and lacing. Aroma is heavy on the citrus, but it mainly just tastes watery. Some malt flavors and the mouthfeel has "some" texture, but mainly it was just too thin for me to highly enjoy. I might have a difference of opinion if I have it again in the summer.

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Photo of animal69
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i had this one in my fridge ; pours a hazy light gold w/ a slight white head which dissapates quickly, little lacing ; a "macro" smell w/ some faint wheat-like characteristics, a little bananna/lemon in there somewhere as well as an indescribable undertone ( olive oil ??); a rather light taste, almost watered down, a tart fruity taste w/ a faint malty/wheaty flavor, the "olive oil" undertone is present here as well ; light bodied and highly carbonated, still feels thin w/ a more "wet" feel ; pretty drinkable, i had to have 2 for my review...

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mix-pack about 10 days past it's "best by" date.

With a relatively hard pour into a weizen glass I got a three-finger head which quickly dissipates to a lingering cap. A good amount of lacing. Properly cloudy, light straw color.

There's just not much in the nose... a very light dusty citrus smell.

The first flavor that comes through is a surprising hops bitterness, followed by malt and very faint wheat. Clean finish... more hops bitterness that barely lingers. Very different from my usual German hefeweizen in which the hops are virtually undetectable, and where are the bananna and clove flavors?

Mouthfeel and carbonation are a little lacking for the style.

Drinkability is good, as they definitely go down easy! Still, I'd rather my usual Paulaner or Franziskaner.

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

This is a pretty good hefeweizen. It has a nice golden yellow color with a thick white head that sticks to the side of the glass. It has a delicious malty and fruity wheat aroma that comes through in the taste. It tastes really fresh for a hefeweizen and I would recommend this beer is you are a hefeweizen fan. The fruity taste from the yeast comes through the wheat flavor that is really refreshing.

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Photo of Risser09
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip - Best by date of 12-3-07

Appearance: Pours a hazy, unfiltered golden color with plenty of yellow highlights. White head amasses one healthy inch of bubbles with varied sizes. The head is unrelenting and leaves plenty of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Strong lemon and coriander aromas. Wheat is also a big one here too. Typical hefe, which is a good thing.

Taste: Light and airy in the mouth. Banana and sweet cane sugar. Extremely slight citrus flavor and nothing much more than that.

Mouthfeel: A very, very light beer in the mouth. Airy and quenching with very little alcohol presence. Slight sugar and a bubbly texture.

Drinkability: Very highly drinkable. This beer is a working man's beer. Light in the mouth and super quenching. Not much sugar or residual flavors. Not spectacular in other areas but this is something that would let 100 ounces go down easily.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden straw color with a light foamy two-finger head that stayed for a little while with some lacing. The smell wasn't very strong, but I think I caught a little bit of a yeast smell with a tad of citrus. The taste was pretty mellow for a wheat beer, with a very mild taste that is very refreshing with a bit of a dry finish. Interestingly enough, this is the mildest tasting hefeweizen I have tried and I'm not sure whether that is a credit or a detriment, I suppose it all depends on what you're looking for. This is a very unassuming beer, and I wish I had a lemon slice to complement the already present light citrus flavor. This would be a great beer to have on a hot steamy summer night, and I definitely plan on keeping a couple in the fridge next summer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice straw colored appearance. Smell is nothing awe-inspiring, but rather pleasant. I really like unfiltered wheat bears, and while there was some yeast in the mix, it was minimal. Nice citrusy finish, but I really recommend serving with lemon to draw out the flavor. I neglected to purchase one initially, and held off on the review until I was able to supplement the brew with lemon. It really makes the beer. Very drinkable and nice alternative to traditional summer brew beers.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've always been a fan of Hefeweizens so I thought I'd give this one a shot. Different, but not bad.

This poured like a hefeweizen, cloudy with lots of head to start, however the head subsided quickly leaving barely a ring of foam around the glass. Smell is a bit sour, no spicy banana-clove aromas I have typically found in other hefeweizens. Flavor is actually rather pleasant, citrusy with a clean and refreshing finish, making it quite easy to drink.

I'd have another if offered, it's not that bad.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange. Head is decent with some sticky lace.

S - Spicy, with a light orange undertone and a light malt.

T - Light flavoured overall. Some orange/citrus and pith and a dry mild finish. Restrained bitterness.

M - Light and fizzy.

D - Probably the strong point of this brew is the drinkability. Very light and easy drinking for the summer, but with enough flavour to not be boring.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear staw color. Very crisp and clean looking. A little strange for the style, that usually shows a haze from bottle conditioning. Maybe this one was a bit past its prime?

Smells of very faint wheat malt and nothing else.
Taste was very non-descript. Flavor seems to have eluded me here.
Very mild....I guess a good session beer for the faint of heart
Mouthfeel very thin, with a smooth overall character.

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Photo of Gmann
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a dense white head. The smell is faint, wheat malt, not much else. The taste is rather bland, even for an American pale wheat. Wheat malt with a very slight touch of hops, maybe a hint of citrus. The feel is light, crisp, and most refreshing, perfectly carbonated. This is the first wheat beer, including true Hefes, that I ever had back in the day. One of my favorite Harpoon's to drink during their seasonal Harpoon fests. While the taste is rather bland, this is very refreshing summer time brew.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Pale gold hue. Weak white head. Pretty clear for being unfiltered.

S: Weak wheat aroma, which is lost to the strong fruity yeast aroma typical in Harpoon offerings.

T: Moderate malty sweetness to start. Fruity character exhibited in nose comes through here. Slight hop bitterness at end.

MF: Medium light/medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry. Creamy and smooth.

D: My least favorite Harpoon. Refreshing and easy drinking but lacking much wheat character. There's just not much too it.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a huge hefe guy, but figured that I'd celebrate the end of summer with a sessionable wheat beer.

Poured into a pint glass

A- Cloudy light soapy yellow color- nice head on this one- no lacing.

S- Smelled of lemons and citrus zest.

T- Taste was typical hefe- sweet (orange, lemon)- wheat flavors were pronounced.

M- Mouthfeel was light and foamy- somewhat watered down.

D- Easily sessionable, but not my cup of tea.

I have had much better renditions of the style.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed days before the best-by date on the bottle.

Poured into a pilsner glass, got a huge white head, with great staying power and nice lacing. The beer itself is a pale straw color and pretty damn clear until I swirled what's left in the bottle and pour it in once the head settled. Now it's got the haze.

Nice aroma of wheat malt and citrus/spice undertones. Not the banana-bomb I would have expected from tasting some other American hefes. There's even a nice hop aroma in there as well.

Taste has some banana and clove spice to it, but also has the citrus, and a bitter little finish that chooses not to linger. Really no complexity here.

It's light bodied and wonderfully drinkable. Might be close to the end of the season, but there are going to be many days left in which I can finish my six-pack.

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Photo of Hollister
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not too impressed with the UFO out of the bottle. I remember having this on tap at the brewery in Boston, and liking it much better - which probably shouldn't be surprising. None existant head retention, almost looks like a slightly hazy generic lite beer. The UFO lacks a lot of punch and doens't hold a candle to almost any of the European presentations of the style.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Boru's, Downtown Waterbury, Conn.

A: Very nice hazy, pale yellow. Almost looks like a cloudier Hoegarrden with a better head on it. Very inviting look, nice lacing for minimal head retention.

S: Not a very distinct smell, but certainly citrusy with some faint floral hops to back it up. This one doesn't provide much for the nose, but beats all macros hands down.

T: Taste is good, very nice for the style. Claims to be a Hefe, but I'd say it's more of an unfiltered wheat ale, in which case, it's a very nice example. Doesn't overdo the citrus like a Magic Hat Hocus Pocus (or worse, Hocus Pocus Ginger-Lemon, yipe). Nice, clean finish with lemon zip and balanced flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit pulpy at first, but once head dies down and it coats your throat, this one falls as easy as they come.

D: Drinkability is relatively high. Could definitely session this thing either day or night, but would go over best outdoors in the heat of summer. Very nice offering for the style, and recommended over its raspberry counterpart, unless, of course, you like the taste of White Zinfandel wine coolers.

Harpoon puts out another very serviceable ale. It doesn't lose points for being poured into a standard pint glass, but adds so much more if poured into its own Hefe vessel. Will def. get again.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.72/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours relatively cloudy yellow with medium to strong aroma. Deep frothy head provided poured correctly will provide excellent tangy taste at first then measured complexity to the finish. Excellent for a hot summer day in the backyard whilst grilling.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow/gold with a finger's worth of foam. Light lacing left behind as it dissipates.

S: Light hints of grain, a little bit of citrus. Not much of an aroma overall though.

T: Wheat and yeast come through in a really well-balanced manner. Hints of citrus, particularly lemon flavors, abound. Very, very tasty for the style.

M: Grainy, but good. Nice carbonation and an easy drinker.

D: This is a very drinkable beer - goes down real easy, definitely a summer session beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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 OKCNittany
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 1 finger white head w/ good retention & great lacing. Had a cloudy, light-golden body.

S: Very light aroma reminiscent of a macro w/ a touch of lemon.

T: Mild (weak) tart citrus taste. Typical hefe as far as I'm concerned. Had a great aftertaste though.

M: Light body w/ ample carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but hefe's are just not my thing.

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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 1,475 ratings
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