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 pezoids on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 598 | Ratings: 1,462
Photo of scottum
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Harper's Ferry with lemon

Nice and yeasty with wheat flavors on top. A touch fruity. Nice hop balance with nice lemon overtones added by the lemon. Redhook Hefe is my favorite local Hefe, but this is a close second. One of the better american hefeweizens on the market. Great to see this on tap all over Boston.

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Photo of nixhecks
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

UFO is up there with the most refreshing and best summer time brews. It poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a pure white head that had decent retention. Very fine sediment, no visible particles. Aroma is citrusy, lemons mostly along with some banana notes, very crisp. Taste was very smooth, citrusy hops with a pleasantly bitter finish. Again, very refreshing and also very drinkable - putting down a 6pack on this warm spring night should not be a problem. Highly recommended, this unfiltered exterrestrial entity is a must buy.

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

A decent beer from Harpoon.

Pours cloudy yellow, mild head for the style.

Smell is strongly citrus/wheat, notes of sugar.

Tastes very crisp, lemony, wheat mouthfeel. Not much like a true hefeweizen, but a nice refreshing brew nonetheless. Reminded me a bit of Saranac's wheat pilsner. If this were just a little bit fuller-bodied and sweeter, it would be a very good brew for hot weather.

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

Cloudy amber beer pours with a white head and shows good retention. The smell is yeasty with a hint of coriander and citrus. Not bad, but nothing special. The taste is very mild, with malt, bitter hops, and some yeast all noticeable. It is fairly well balanced, but doesn't impress. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and leaves you yearning for just a little more malt body. The drinakbility is again average, as the flavor isn't overly satisfying and neither is the mouthfeel. A decent beer, but there are so many other hefe's that are more enjoyable that I don't expect to buy this one again.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack of this beer. Followed the directions for pouring, down to the very swishing of the product. Cloudy and light. My conclusion: bland, with little taste. No wonder Harpoon recommends putting a lemon in it. They should put this out in the summer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fairly available in the Boston area on-tap. It's light style appeals to many macro-lager-drinkers.

The beer is a cloudy, golden color with very nice white foam that leaves good lace down the glass. The aroma is modest but with citrus and wheat coming through. The taste is good and smooth (wheat and yeast) but with a nice bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel is dry, medium body. The drinkability is very good for this refreshing hefeweizen style beer.

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

Poured a giant soapy white head about 2 inches high.The color was a light gold and definately unfiltered.Looks like smoke swirling inside the glass.A light hazy body with fair amounts of lace.A slight hop and wheat aroma.The taste was of lemon,wheat,and bittering hops.The texture and finish were watery.The mouthfeel was smooth and easy.An average wheat beer nothing special.

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

Pours cloudy-yellow in color with a small head. The smell is sweet lemons with a hint of yeast. Very light in terms of body and doesn't impress me that much. This is the kind of beer that I turn to on a very hot summer day when I need some refreshment. I also like to have a couple of these at the Harpoon Summer Fest.

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

UFO pours a nice cloudy colour, with a small head that does not last long. It smells of cloves, esters, banana, and dough...it has a very nice bouquet. The taste is what one would expect from an american wheat beer, but it is a little less than one may expect. It is very ligh on the tongue, and very high on drinkability. This one really reminds me of Sam Adams summer, or Sam Adams cranberry lambic, 86 the cranberry flavor.
A pretty good stab at the style from the people @ Harpoon!

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

Harpoon's "UnFiltered Offering." Interesting name, rather standard wheat brew. Pour is a cloudy yellow with substantial white head that makes its presence known but for only a few seconds. Aroma is mostly earthy with some fruity characteristics, as well. Taste is somewhat sweet, citric and bitter all at once, in a good way. Mouthfeel is not bad, if a little over-carbonated. Could probably put back a few of these on a hot summer day, but I would probably elect for something else. Not to say it's a bad beer, I think I've just been inundated with wheat beers.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical cloudy gold color expected with a hefeweizen, poured with a decent head, but smaller than expected for the style.
Definitely didn't smell like a hefeweizen, aroma was bready, just wheat and yeast with a hint of citrus or hops.
Didn't taste like a hefeweizen much either unless all you are expecting is wheat and yeast. No hints of banana or clove here and the tartness wasn't really citrusy.
Kind of weak mouthfeel with medium carbonation, not so zesty or rich as a German weizen.
It doesn't taste "bad", so I gave it average drinkability, but I would never have guessed this was supposed to be a hefeweizen if I had tasted it blind.
If they had just called it a light wheat beer it would have gotten higher marks because, in my opinion, that's what this is.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!!! I have finally tasted an Amercian hefeweizen thats not over powering and i love it. As I am at a small town college right now in the boondocks of PA its hard for me to get good micro's and this is my first sampling of Harpoon. The beer's appearance is the typical light gold yet slighty cloudy of hefeweizens and the head leaves a slight lace though the rest of the beer doesnt and disapates quickly. Carbonation is mild, has a slight tickle on the tongue but nothing too atypical of any other American hefewiezen i have tried. As i stated before the taste is mellow thus leaving the drinker without the slightest desire for a slice of lemon in this brew. I was very impressed with this brew and will definetly have to make the road trip down to Pittsburgh from Meadville to get some more Harpoons next time the urge hits me.

5KD approved.

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

I'm not a big weiz fan, but I love this beer. The yeast really comes out and none of that fruity flavor of a cheap imported weiz. I think it's much better than Oberon, but this could be me.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very much in the American style of hefeweizen - yeast was a moderate flavoring component, clean without much contribution from the yeast other than a light bready flavor. Very smooth and drinkable, and nice warm weather choice.

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

I am never one for American Hefewiezens, as they usually try to have too much of a tang in order to replicate the Germans. However, this is one of the better Amercian versions I have tried. A good amount of yeast is present, yet is not definable. Crisp and tangy yeasty kick, but not overly. Faint spice here, but again subtle. This beer does not try to be more than it is, and that it why it is so enjoyable.

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Photo of tigerpaws
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised but happy when I tried this beer. Most of the best Hefe's I have tried have been imported, but Harpoon hit the jackpot on this one. Very smooth and drinkable with or without food, add a slice of lemon it enhances the flavor of this beer.......CHEERS

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

Not a bad beer. Easily drinkable and if you pay enough attention, you start to notice the esters you expect in a hefe. Still too american to be a good hefe.

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Photo of Murph
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow with a thick, creamy white head. Smell is slightly weak and contains mostly wheat with slight yeast. Taste is full of wheat but slightly lacking in the yeast department. The yeast flavor is there but is a little on the weak side. Nice creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not a bad offering from Harpoon, it could use a slightly fuller yeast flavor but beyond that it is a great offering. At $2.75 for a 20 oz. draft and being as drinkable as it is, you will find me drinking it all night.

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Photo of beernut7
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep yellow color with white foamy head. Good haziness like a good wheat should have. Wheat malt is apparent in the flavor. Crisp finish with a light to medium body. This is a brew one can stick to for an evening.

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Photo of Thrasher
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent thirstquencher with balanced wheat flavor. All in all I think this is way too understated. Nothing is jumping out and grabbing me. Laughable that they call this a hefe. There is tartness and tasty citrus qualities - but there isn't any flavor. I would venture to say a larger dose of yeast could do the trick. However, it is not entirely unpleasant, each sip leads to another, and it's a real winner in the thirstquenching department. Good pick for a hot day, and could actually be an ok choice for someone who hasn't had any experience with hefes and doesn't want anything overwhelming on their first try.

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

Re-rate 4/5/02- Had it again and realized I was too generous with my scores first time around.

I wasn't crazy about this beer. I couldn't detect too many of the classic hefeweizen flavors or aromas. I guess it compares favorably to American competitors, but stick with the Germans if you want the real thing.

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Photo of QXSTER1
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale straw color with a firm white head over a spritzy carbonation. Tart almost lemony taste with some yeast complexity. Nicely balanced refreshing brew better suited to a summer day than a cold winter's nite.

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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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