UFO Hefeweizen | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO HefeweizenUFO Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,472
Reviews:
602
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
257
For Trade:
1
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light orange-ish color with no head at all. In the smell, a yeasty charcteristic is prominate with a small citrus undertone. It does taste citrusy with a dry end. It also have somewhat of a tartness to it as well. Very smooth, goes down easy. I really liked that ever so small tartness that hands around at the end.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Kkipple's suggestion, I decided to give this beer another chance. Turns out, i may have been a little harsh in my initial review...

A- Pale golden, slightly cloudy with three fingers of head after a hard pour, that settle in a couple minutes to a single layer. pretty.

S- Flowery. Malt and yeast give way to a hint of rose that comes through, some banana, and then a tiny bit of hops show up. A bit more complex than I remember.

T- Very balanced, and still a bit bland, but it's decent. A bit of maltiness, overshadowed by yeast, banana and citrus. Finish is a bit yeasty. Low hop flavor and bitterness... Not enough to even balance the wheat and yeast.

M- Still falls apart here. It's just like water. No body, low carbonation. Should be a bit more effervescent.

D- I'll have it again in a pinch. It's not too bad. But it's far from the best.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, golden cloudiness from 12oz bottle with a feathery head. At first whiff, smell was of cloves and banana, with a certain maltiness to it. Taste was really nice; banana and clove notes shine through and work together with the sweetness of the malt. Maybe toasted malt? Mouthfeel was genuine and lingering, felt as though I could chew the beer. Overall, this is definitely worth a try, especially on a hot summer day. Great example of an American Hefe.

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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. 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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Photo of Kendo
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a weizen glass yields a pale straw-yellow body that's clear at first until that last bit of beer is swirled in the bottled and dumped in. Then it gets hazy. Only a 1-finger white head on top, and it settles quickly. A couple of splotches of lacing on the way down.

S: Light on the nose. Mostly grainy -- wheat -- and some lemony citrus fruit. This is labeled as a Hefe, but there are absolutely no notes of banana or cloves or yeasty stuff.

T: A lot like the nose: wheat dominates, with a light lemony, fruity flavor following and a somewhat fruity finish.

M: First impression is that it's a little over-carbonated and thus not as smooth as it should be. As you get used to it that doesn't seem quite as bad as it had earlier, but I do think it detracts from the overall impression of the beer. Light in body otherwise.

D: It goes down pretty easily and is fairly refreshing.

Notes: I've graded this as though I were drinking a Hefe, which is how the label describes it. As an American Pale Wheat Ale (which is how BA labels it) it would score higher. This simply doesn't meet the Hefe style. Which doesn't make it a bad beer -- just mis-labeled. . . . I should also note that I've had this with a lemon, as the six-pack holder recommends, and frankly enjoyed it as a light, refreshing summer beer. Definitely worth a try, just don't expect a Hefe. . . .

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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 soupyman10
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend recommended this one to me but that quickly stated that it didn't taste like he'd remembered. Pours a light yellow, slightly opaque color with a touch of white head on top. Looks pretty good. Nose is very mild, even a little grainy - not what I expected out of a so called Hefeweizen. Taste is more of the same. Fairly bland, maybe a little salty, some standard wheat and a touch of yeast. Really fairly blah - nothing much going on flavorwise. Pretty thin in terms of feel, with an okay carbonation. Overall, its an okay Pale Wheat that I wouldn't recommend cause there are better ones available.

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Photo of KevinB
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold bottle poured into a chilled pint glass. Nice looking beer, cloudy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Smell is a faint grassy, wheatish aroma. Taste, is light and crisp, tastes of wheat and citrus.Mouthfeel is nice, light bodied, medium carbonation, very pleasant. Overall this is a nice summer time , warm weather ale. Very Drinkable.

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Photo of Big78CJ
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like any old pale wheat or even helles lager. Very pale yellow. Kinda sweet taste but honestly I don't smell much on this beer. For that matter I did not taste much either. There is a mild hint of clove or something in the taste. I don't detect the nuttiness that others have mentioned. Perhaps I will swirl before I drink the other half. I could see this being an easy beer to drink for people who say they don't like wheat beers. For that matter, this could be marketed as a Hefe-Light beer probably and attract the dieting crowd. The numbers in my review range from "Average" to "Not Impressed" and I I would tend to agree with that verbal label of my feelings.

I believe the box recommended a lemon slice, well here goes:

Wait, did i put it in yet? I guess I can taste lemon now and I can smell lemon now, but I didn't notice any glorious change in the beer as a result. I like lemons though so I would mark this as an improvement.

Having swirled the rest of the beer, here is my updated opinion:

Well I can smell banana a lot more now. I expected the flavor to change but I didn't notice much at all.

So if you have ever seen Top Gun you will get my next reference. This beer is writing checks that its body can't cash.

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Photo of jswigart
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice summer beer, especially with a piece of lemon. Appearance is bit cloudy - admittedly, this is probably typical of the style... A solid beer for quaffing, drinking in quantity, on a hot summer day, etc. - but, if you are looking for a beer to savor and/or ponder, this just isn't it - it seems to deteriorate in the mouth. Bottom line, though - I'd buy it again.

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Photo of billybob
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle with date stamped on the neck. hazy straw yellow with a two finger white head that held to a quarter inch and some fair lacing to the finish. aromas of wheat, yeast, and spice are there but weak. taste, wheat malt, yeasty, grainy, this beer needs some spice to kick it up. mouthfeel light, carbonation ok. this beer needs to get spiced up but still not bad but would not be my first choice.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, best by 07/16/07. Neck label seems to suggest serving with a slice of lemon, but nuts to that. I am, however, using the correct vessel: a Weizen glass.

Pouring: pale hazy orangey gold. Two fingers of froth. Has some stick to it but still wears down to a half finger. Appears to be bottle conditioned, but there isn't too much yeast left in the bottle. I like to see a little more than that in a Hefeweizen.

Aroma not as prevalent as a German wheat beer but there is still the subtle presence of the usual Weizeny notes. The wheat is more of a factor here than the yeast.

Tastes more American than German, and by that I mean hops and malt are more up front while cloves and bananas take a back seat. There's the crispness of lemon and the graininess of wheat. It does an adequate job. I imagine it being a good "pre-Hefeweizen" for the uninitiated.

I wouldn't turn down another one. Might be a bit too much to session with.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Fills a tall hefe glass impressively, Head sticks around forever and leaves copious lacing.

S - Pretty standard faint banana/clove aroma, though pretty yeasty. Not as aromatic as a German hefe.

T - Again, pretty standard wheat beer, with a slight spicy clove hit on the finish. Nothing special, but hey, I'll give it a half point above average for being pretty refreshing and thirst-quenching.

M - A little thin. Not as challengingly chompy as a German hefe, but pretty standard for American takes on the style.

D - As I said, it's refreshing on a hot day, and very easy to drink. it isn't that much of a stretch to say you could polish off the six-pack at a BBQ. Decent value for the $ as well.

In summary, an unchallenging, simple American hefe, though not one without redeeming value. It's cold. It's tasty. It goes down easy. Quality easy-drinking beer when it's hot outside, you're thirsty, and just want to toss back a cold one or two.

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Photo of Brad007
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light pale color. Head smells of light citrus with some clove. Taste is similar and pretty smooth for a hefe. I would say however that it's not as full-bodied as I would hope and that despite that it represents the style pretty well. Definitely a good beer to introduce someone to the style.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked a mix 12-pack of this stuff up at the Lucky Dog in Athens, OH for Hotfest.

Appearance: pours a gold color with a slight haze and about a 1/2" white head
Smell: lemon-citrusy scents dominate
Taste: pretty good, im coming around to the wheat beers more recently; citrus taste with a nice bread flavor; not bad at all
Mouthfeel: light bodied; they need to make these wheat beers heavier
Drinkability: could do two or three in a night; doesnt wear you out

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Photo of puffybh
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

cool bottle no production date that could be seen, it pored a little cloudy but settled in a few seconds. The smell was not overpowering but you could tell that this was a wheat beer. Typical beer taste with a little lemon at the end. Could easily drink a six pack

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Photo of tzieser
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from a 12 oz bottle into a glass

a- golden, pale yellowish color with a small head that dissapates to a small white lace around the sides of the glass

s- doesn't smell very strong. the wheat is definatly prominent. small undertones of lemon

t- nothing special here. typical wheat beer taste followed by a nice hint of citrus

m- nice smooth feel. easily drank.

d- you can drink alot of these, no problem

overall- an average wheat beer. i think my friends like them more than i do. i dont think i'll buy these again, but it definatly isnt a bad choice in general

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this in to my Paulaner Weizen Glass, I did the swirl. Cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Once I added a slice of lemon, the head went away very quickly and didn't leave any lace at all.

I smelled this before adding lemon and it had a lemon/citrus aroma to it, the citrus aroma only got stronger after adding lemon.

A very nice tasting hefeweizen, different in a good way, I like this beer.

Light body, very soft mouthfeel, refreshingly clean finish.

I like this beer and find it to be highly drinkable, as a matter of fact, my glass is empty and I'm going to have another. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A - Clear. Light. Decent head and lacing.

S - Pretty plain. Nothing really sticks out too much.

T - See above. Maybe a light bit of typical wheat beer characteristics, but this is pretty damn boring.

M - Light. Crisp, maybe a little zingy. Seems to be very little, if any aftertaste.

D - This is the most redeeming quality. These go down extremely easy.


This is the first Harpoon beer I've had in a few years. Either I'm spoiled by all of the "good" beer I've been drinking or they've lost a step with the rest of the craft brewers out there.

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Photo of BWH3
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Harpoon UFO 12oz bottle at 40-45 F from pint

Appearance: Pale yellow with white head. Below average head retention and average carbonation. Both could be increased for this style

Smell: A grassy or hay-like aroma. Very faint earthy hops can be detected once the beer warms and if you bury your nose in it.

Taste: Good wheat sharpness combined with a light sweetness and a grassy, wheat finish. Little hops

Mouthfeel: Thin, a bit too thin. Runs from the tongue and the carbonation does little to rescue this beer.

Drinkability: Okay. I drink this while riding a lawn mower.

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Photo of lehows
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color on tap, with lots of sediment settling at the bottom of the glass. A great looking huge white head sits atop the brew with good retention. Pleasing aromas of lemon, light banana, and a grassy hop presence. Flavors of citrus, mild spice and banana, and the grassy hops round out the brew nicely. Not a ton of clove spice but thats OK. Highly drinkable, and a great American version of the Hefe.

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Photo of gunnerman
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wheat glass, pours a nice yellow haze with lots of carbonation and a thick 2 finger head that leaves thick lace on the glass. Smell is of lemon and lime with a sour backdrop. Taste is very sour and bitter with a ton of cabonation going on, the taste was all over the place, heavy burn from the carbonation to a lemon lime sourness that burns a bit going down. I like to have my hefe with that clove aftertaste, this tastes like a carbonated mess, I will pass on this again.

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Photo of Byeast
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured w/sediment , a cloudy, paler gold to very light orange color , with a small white head. Kewl label.

Smell: some citrus, slight tart wheat, bit of a sweet and fruity scent like stawberry or raspberry.

Taste: Wheaty in a very lightly tart way, some mild hop bitterness and spice, kinda sweet grainy taste in the middle, with a bit of fruity esters in there and a dry yeasty, almost nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: soft , medium bodied, with a dry finish.

Drinkability: A pleasant, unobtrusive wheat beer with a good drinkability and feel, it could use a little more flavor imo but whats there is very clean and balanced. Good for warm weather.

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

Appearance - Golden cloudy color with a nice white head and carbination.

Smell - Smell clean fresh and wheaty.

Taste - I detect some very mild fruity flavors and something that reminds me of vanilla pudding?! A little bit of a wine and a low-level sourness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Light body, carbinated, clean and refreshing.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, enjoyed it. part of Harpoon, and I love Harpoon. It is good beer. Not to hit the rasberry UFO.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly hazy golden color. Large frothy head that dissipates quickly. Some intense visible carbonation. No lacing. For an unfiltered beer this is hardly cloudy at all.

S - A grassy hop aroma with a touch of stale malt.

T - Very bland. There is a mild grassy hops with a bland bitter aftertaste. Not too great, but I honestly like it more than most american wheat beers because it does not have an intense, somewhat off, bland bitter aftertaste - it only has a mild one.

M - Only a little smooth, thin, and not very refreshing.

D - It is okay. Pretty easy to drink. Not really worth having. A bit better than most american wheats since it is mild in its offensive characteristics. Not really worth the money.

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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,472 ratings.
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