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 RickS95
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color. The head is thin, white and dissipates quickly. It's opaque, but it's not hazy or cloudy.

Not a lot in the nose. There's a citrus scent, but that's about all.

The wheat is obvious, but fighting for attention in the background seems to be some lemon and honey.

It's a bit light bodied, but it starts off slightly sweet before ending with a sour, tangy, ever so slightly bitterness.

Not really a bad beer, just not the best hefe out there.

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Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a glass mug...

It pours a light murky orange color with a foamy white head. The smell is mostly and surprisingly caramel and butter with just a hint of citrus and wheat. The taste is mostly lemon and wheat with just a hint of orange. The beer is light with lots of prickly carbonation and a dry finish. This is a pretty good American hefe, better than the UFO white at least.

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Photo of bpw28
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Three finger soap bubble white head, hazy light gold (about a 5 SRM), pretty good lacing, small amount of carb can be seen.

Smell: Big wheaty, yeasty, slighty fruity (fresh raspberry if I had to say), earthy, grassy.

Taste: Nice bold wheat, beautiful bready yeasty, light fruit (this time more of a lemon peel), grassy, clean, crisp, light body, easy drinking, good carb.

Final Thoughts: A very fine beer. Not the best, but a great whack at hefes. I'm not the biggest fan of them, and I can tell you this is a pretty good whack at the style. Nice yeastiness, which I am a fan of. Not the best ever, but a good one.

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Photo of Samp01
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a nice lasting white head. A faint and quickly vanishing aroma of sweet ripe fruit, and some light banana notes. Taste is wheat, some maltiness , very faint fruity notes, but mostly a wheat flavor. Light body and ok carbonation and watery mouth feel. The finish is light malt, wheat, some light sweet spices ending is mostly wheat with some grassy notes. Overall an ok yet refreshing light summer brew. There are better Hefe’s out there

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Photo of olimpia84
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this on-tap served on a hefeweizen glass. I found this to be an average hefeweizen beer.

It had a murky yellow/orange color with a small head; little lacing. Very strong lemon and citrus taste, too strong in my opinion but it might be enjoyable by those looking for strong spicy flavors in their hefes. Refreshing mouthfeel, special for a hot summer day.

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Photo of jdspears41
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- It looks like just a light beer with more of a yellow tint to it than most.

S-After smelling it I was expecting an average beer because there wasnt much to the smell.

T- After the apperance and smell I was about to give up on it being good, but i was wrong. I loved the taste of this beer with the lemon aftertaste. So nice on this hot summer day! I wish i had more than one.

M- Great bubbly feel to this and it went down great and i felt it the whole way which i like. AWESOME aftertaste too!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, thin white head and hazy wheat color.

Smells of spicy wheat, yet sweet malt also comes through. Also some citrus notes.

Taste: Spicy wheat with citrus note on the back end. A little sweetness coming through with a smooth finish, slightly tart,

Overall a good brew! Seems a little lighter than some other hefe's, but they are very easy to drink, yet still has enough kick from the wheat.

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Photo of richkrull
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy yellow color with a big white head on it.

Smell is full of yeast and wheat.

Taste is not bad. Pretty standard hefeweizen. Light banana flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a decent beer but nothing too special.

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

Had this on tap at Legal seafood in Natick MA. I had reviewed this as a bottled beer previously. I wasn't that impressed with it on tap either.

Pours a hazy gold. Not much head and no lacing in a chilled glass. Aroma had wheat and also a perfumy quality.

Taste was pronounced. The wheat bitterness, a little lemon zest and the perfumy taste that accompanied the aroma. Didn't taste bad, and had more body than some of the wimpy wheat beers I have tried.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough. On the whole, a pretty average beer. Not bad for accompanying food. Better without the chilled glass though.

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

Poured a 1" white head. Hazy lemon yellow color. Slight smell of spice. Very little in the taste beyond standard BMCs. In fact quite watery. Had I not known this was a Hefe I might have missed those attributes entirely. Still, it's an easy drinking beer and a nice cold refreshment on a summer day.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.07/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My other 4th of July beer, it's big shoes to fill after the Full Sail Pale Ale.

Aroma-Cloudy yellow/orangish body. One finger white head with nice retention and some lacing.

Smell-Wheat, some light spice and some skunk.

Taste-Bland is shit. This beer sucks. What is this beer? Pale Wheat Ale? Hefe? It's not even a good hybrid of the two. Very subtle citrus and hops. Some wheat. Just very boring, wasn't even worth finishing the beer considering it cost me 1.50.

Mouthfeel-Watery, prickly, way to much carbonation. Very unpleasant, had to choke it down.

Overall-I just let this beer sit in the heat for about 20 minutes after drinking about 6oz and ended up pouring it out. Stay away from this horseshit beer.

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Photo of kevo237
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer had a great appearance at first with a nice head and color. The taste was just bland and almost too watery. Nothing about the smell, taste, or mouthfeel stood out. Lacking in carbonation. Mouthfeel was too light. Taste for a split second was typical of the style, but it would quickly disappear and taste like a watered down hefe. I felt like this beer is among the most boring beers I've ever tasted.

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Photo of neliam24
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never been a very big fan of wheat beers but this beer is the exception. The UFO Hefeweizen has an indescribably smooth and refreshing taste. This organic beer is so fresh and easily fits the bill, especially on those hot summer days. I would recommend this beer to anyone regardless of whether you like wheat beers.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very hazy golden pale color, with a white head about 2-3 inches tall. The head has great retention, lasting over 5 minutes and also has a fairly good amount of lacing

Smell: Sweet malts and a small amount of bread yeast are very noticeable. Also has hints of citrus zest

Taste: Crisp taste with a small amount of bitterness at first followed by a spicy almost citrus maybe lemon taste that is very dry

Mouthfeel: Very light and frothy on the palate, has the perfect mix of carbonation and spices. Although the spice does leave the palate very dry

Overall: Very good American wheat beer. Very flavorful and clean beer that’s got the perfect mix of spices and malts to make a beer with great color aroma and taste

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weihenstephan glass...

A: pours a pale yellow color with a frothy and rocky white head. dissipates slowly to leaves thick lacing. looks promising

S: aroma is centered around lemon, can also detect hints of banana and mint, blackboard chalk, and hay.

T: light flavor of dough joined with lemon peel, barnyard dust, lemon pepper and other spices, finishing with lemon peel, dough, and also a watery and grainy flavor, similar to macros.

M: medium body, with a zesty carbonation, with a dry and chalky fade.

Overall, not too impressed with this wheaty. lacks a broader dimension of flavors, which for this beer are consistent(dusty, chalky, lemon, grain), just not appetizing. Doesn't come close to touching the trademark wheats of Weihenstephan, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulaner, but very drinkable.

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Photo of ermeis06
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light golden color with a decent head that provided some good lacing (at least it did when I got it on tap). Very cloudy.

S: Wheat and citrus are the two major aromas from this beer.

T: Nice creaminess to it. You get some breadiness, nice malt flavor and lemon-citrus finish. There is very minimal banana and clove in this beer.

M: Good mouthfeel for such a light/crisp beer.

Overall I enjoy this beer. Its not too bold like some German hefeweizens, and it has a great balance between the flavors from the yeast, malt and citrus. It's not trying to be anything too fancy, which I think makes it a great hefeweizen for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of soju6
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served a hazy pale golden color with a good head with lacing throughout.

S: A mild spice and herb aroma with a bit of sweetness.

T: Mild fruity flavor with a bit of sweet malt. The finish is a bit muted.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth but a bit sticky.

O: Decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

there is nothing that special about ufo. It's just over all a nice wheat crisp beer. Good beer for warm weather. The smell has a slight vanilla citrus. The color is a cloudy golden, like a good wheat beer should be. There seems to be some slight citrus flavors but they are so faint you have to really concentrate to catch em. But over all this is a nice crisp fresh beer.

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

Despite its color being on the lighter end of the spectrum, a Kolsch-like white gold that goes a bit darker toward the top of the glass, this beer can't remotely be seen through. A white pillow of head rises to about one finger high. It dissipates before much time has lapsed and leaves very light lacing. Maybe it's old or I got a bad pour, and, while not terrible, it's not bringing it.
There's not much banana or clove in the aroma. There's an earthiness and a touch of sweetness from malts and a citrus character. A bit of lemon zest is up there as well and the yeast isn't shy either.
Upon viewing this beer's profile before reviewing, I see it listed as an APWA, yet it claims to be a hefeweizen. The entire time I was drinking this beer, from the first sniff, this was very much more like an American Pale Wheat. Wheat and dry malts from the backbone with a light compliment from a floral, possibly citrus hops note, though lemon is prominent throughout so that I don't know if it's distinct or its character is amplified by the light hops. The essential characters of this beer's flavor are wheat and lemon. A touch of what seem like cereal grains fades in and out.
The mouthfeel is what I'd expect. Carbonation is in effect without being spritzy. The body is appropriately light and crisp, which make it refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of citrus aromas and some light spices. Also just a touch of yeast mixed in as well. Not overly potent.

T - Starts off with some light lemon flavor and a bit of yeast and spices in the background. Through the middle some bread flavor comes through alongside some orange flavor. The finish is a mix of some bread flavor, some citrus, and a touch of yeast that lingers a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Feels really smooth and crisp with a fairly clean and refreshing finish.

D - Very drinkable. Overall crisp and fairly well balanced. Feels a touch empty and could have used a bit more flavor.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

decent, drinkable, and overpriced...

this is not bad beer def unfiltered...cloudy...and i don't think its carbonated....lol

smells earthy....smells like wheat....taste is very refreshing....very thirst quenching...a good lawnmower beer...it sure does not taste full flavor though....

overall this beer is not bad on a hot summer day....but i think maybe it should be like a dollar cheaper...

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Photo of bylerteck
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at some bar in Logan Airport in Boston. From Notes.

A - Pours golden blonde. Cloudy with a half finger white head. No visible carbonation.

S - Mild spice and orange. Mild banana too, balanced between the two elements, but mild. Not wheaty or yeasty.

T - Pretty much the same. Spice, orange, and banana with the banana coming out alot more and the spice being subdued.

M - Good carbonation. Light body. BUbbles tickle the tongue.

D - Good but not special. An easy drinker but it seems like I could drink an average wheat beer over an average lager any day. Refreshing.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Barely there haziness. Especially clear for an unfiltered beer. Pillowy white head with great retention and lacing.

Smell - Slight maltiness. Corny.

Taste - A little state and cardboard like.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkablity - Not as good as I remember it. Pretty stale, even though the freshness date is 7/15/11 (3 months away).

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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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UFO Hefeweizen from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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