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UFO White | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices, UFO White is the perfect choice for a summer’s barbecue, a night out with friends or any time you¹re thirsting for something a little different. Like UFO Hefeweizen and UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, we leave UFO White Unfiltered for a more natural taste and appearance.

10 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-03-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,360
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
35.83%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
460
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,360
Photo of Hudsonvalleyman
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden hazy hue. Distinct, strong orange, and mild clove nose. Quite sweet up front, then tart, and finally, (mild bitterness in the finish (too mild for my taste). Appropriately thin mouth feel. A nice summer quencher, like all wits, but I wouldn't have more than one.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.74/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy, dark yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly dies to a thin ring then absolutely nothing, except for a persistently bubbly center, like the tar pits, but yellow, and mostly clear. Which is odd, since this is unfiltered.

Smell is buttery orange-lemon with a little aeration and a light spice. I get this other, weird aroma, which took me a while to put my finger on, but it is a little bit like Dove soap.

Taste is tangy, bready orange, that is fizzy, zippy, but overwhelmingly thin and liquor like. Not strong, just like a funky cocktail with some curacao and melted ice.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow-orange pour. Aroma is mainly oranges along with some spices and banana. Very easy to drink, as it is smooth and refreshing for an unfiltered wheat. A noteable presence of orange/citrus throughout the experience.

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Photo of Josephkeene
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl bottle - $7.85 for 6

Upfront smell offers citrus and coriander, pours a unfiltered lightly carbonated orange hue with slight head retention giving way to an outer residue ring on the top sides from the dissipated head. Tastes of orange and belgian sugars with plenty of coriander and a mild pepper taste that is balanced out by the wheat, which then is accompanied by a rush of carbonization and a smooth orange taste that resides on the palate between drinks. Comparably, this is a step up from Coors Bluemoon and is very reminiscent of Wittekerke.

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Photo of MECove
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: I don't like bubbles and it has plenty. I prefer darker colors, but it has a slight orange tint. The aroma of oranges is pure! As a matter of fact, drinking it from a glass with the smell makes it taste completely different than drinking from a bottle. I'm not a huge citrus fan, so I prefer it in the bottle. I do appreciate the unfiltered texture. The texture is smooth despite the carbonation. It is similar but an improvement on Blue Moon. The after taste is fresh and pleasing. I was seeking something new and it fit well with the mood of Spring.

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a slight and quickly evaporating head. Aroma of grain and spice with trace of banana. Taste follows nose. Light feel...very enjoyable.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Enjoyed and the in-laws for a New Year's Day dinner.

Appearance - pours a cloudy orange color, with a decent finger of white head that has good staying power. Some rings of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell - aromatic with orange and coriander dominating, but also a hefty dose of wheat comes to the nose. Some subtle spicing and powdery banana too.

Taste - pretty much like the nose with wheat instead taking the lead before the coriander and orange and banana make an appearance. The powdery doughiness in the nose doesn't show up in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - good level of carbonation, light body easy to drink. An accessible Belgian wit that coincidentally is among the better ones I've tried.

Overall - a well crafted and delicious wit, certainly worth a try. There's not really anything here that hasn't been done before, but it's executed very nicely.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a quickly dissipating head. Fruity spice tickles the nose. The flavor is light and refreshing, with the coriander and orange peel coming through. Enjoyable.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow! A great craft on the classic Belgian Witbier, with the unfiltered characteristic, and enhanced citrus aromas and flavors, this my favorite offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of Aileendv
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Witbier is my fave so had to try when I saw at local bodega.

Smell is sweet to me like fruit cheesecake.
Super light and refreshing, even thirst quenching. Goes down smooth, flavors- orange, yeast, coriander and malt. Its a bit spicy and overall sweet, crisp and light.

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Photo of Nate4288
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can't say I am a big fan of a light tasting beer with a big wheat presence. It's very bland tasting. It kind of tastes like a lighter blue moon with more complexity. I would almost rather just have a blue moon. This beer just lacks the sweetness and punch that a summer brew should have. Maybe something to down at a party when flavor doesn't matter as much.

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Photo of Nyg
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not bad. No smell really. Very light taste. I'd drink one of was thirsty but not buying a 6 pack. Pours light. I'd imagine the fruit ones are a bit much.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a pale gold color. The beer is pretty hazy and not very clear, which gives it a nice look even when accounting for chill haze.

The beer smell is nice. When colder, the beer has a strong coriander note but as it warms up, the orange peel takes a strong center stage and dulls some of the coriander notes. The smell also has the other Belgian spices and yeast notes to make it a more complex beer to it and a bit of oat too. However, the beer seems to lack a certain twang.

The beer taste is pretty good but it's missing something. The taste has the coriander, spice, and orange note that you find in the style but no real twang.The taste also has a bit of a sweet oat taste to it as well.

The mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. My only qualm is that it has a little bit of a body that is out of place but it isn't too much and doesn't affect the beer greatly. Otherwise, the beer is pretty smooth and creamy and worth getting on a hot summer's day.

Overall, a pretty good witbier that doesn't seem to get as much love as it should. While it isn't the greatest or superawesomeriffic, it definitely should get a mention because of how drinkable it is. The beer isn't too extreme and has quite a bit of flavor to it but not too much that scares off a beginner.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's like a truck transporting velvet and spice crashed into an orange grove.

Really refreshing on a hot day, goes down easy, but isn't lacking in flavor. Don't leave these bottles lying on their side though, it unsettles the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle and seems to muck up the flavor.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This unfiltered witbier is deep gold and cloudy with a slight yeast sediment. Head and lacing aren't a significant part of the experience, but flavor certainly is. The nose is a blend of herbal/spicy flavor hops notes that remind me of a European pilsner; on the palate these are joined by very pronounced coriander and bitter orange peel flavors, and a light hops bitterness that matches the nose but vanishes on the finish, leaving just the bitterness of the orange peel. The light body, surprisingly lively carbonation and the transience of the hops bitterness make for a crisp finish that I would more expect from a lager. This is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of J30wang
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. A few sips in, take the time to breathe in through your mouth and you'll really feel the power of the alcohol. Then breathe out through your nose--that's where the orange peel reveals itself into an almost floral zen.

I could be wrong, but this beer is so citrusy, also has a very honey texture when sipped. But it's not heavy. I prefer this over Blue Moon, which, on the contrary, can get sickening. This is personal preference, even with foods, stuff that's too heavy does not appeal to me.

Very smooth pour, head is not thick, but that's okay because the foam will probably delay the enjoyment by just a few microseconds. You want the citrus to hit you w/ a pang for this one.

The malt comes way after.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, from pitcher into pint
Served: 7 May 2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a soapy white head that dies down to just about nothing. Doesn't really leave any lacing or anything in the glass.

Smell: Sweet and 'beery', a pinch of spice.

Taste: Soft banana notes with a touch of coriander and orange peel like you would suspect. Soft, sweet 'beery' notes as well. A very simply drinker.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation makes this one excellent for the style and extremely quaffable.

Overall: A crowd pleaser, but nothing that will knock your socks off, like most of Harpoon's other offerings. A step up from Blue Moon. A good party beer.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: subdued aroma - lemon more than anything else; a little wheat;

T: dull lemon up front; a little wheat at mid-palate; no coriander; a bit of tartness and very little bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp;

O: refreshing, but not a great example if the style;

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical hazy straw color with a frothy white head. Smell is mildly zesty and spicy. Taste is refreshing with a nice wheat body, with some orange flavors, and hints of coriander. All the flavors are very well balanced unlike some other witbiers. This is probably the best witbiers I have had.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Smells of orange and sweet wheat. Tastes of weak wheat with orange dominating. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Paul432_1
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great refreshing Witbier. Lightly flavored Orange , with a delicious aftertaste. Very similar to Shock Top original, but without the sweetness. Highly recommend this beer

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Photo of JamesBondGA
1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

like yellow pee in color, you can see the carbonation bubbles constantly going to the top. hints of orange when smelling it. Too light in flavor to me. Like drinking a carbonated apple juice.

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Photo of kfawku123
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

This is one of the best Belgian style wit beers I've sampled. It has all the hints of coriander and orange that other wit beers have (similar to Hoegaarden) and what I enjoyed the most about this beer is how crisp the flavor and pleasing the after-taste. This is one smooth drink. Will definitely have some more.

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Photo of Grugalug
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden color. Leaves a nice 1.5 finger of head, with lots of bubbles coming up to reinforce the head. Looks nice and inviting. (3.7)

S- Very characterful yeast aroma. Typical banana and clove aromas that are very pleasant. Also some citrus character, primarily orange. No detectable hop aroma, but just smells very fruity and spicy. (3.7)

T- Very similar to the head. Banana, clove, orange, some subtle maltiness. Hop bitterness on the back end balances it out, but just a bit too much bitterness on the back end for it to be as well-balanced as I would personally like it to be. Nonetheless very refreshing. (3.5)

M- Pretty light-bodied, but certainly not watery. Spritz-like carbonation and goes down very easily. Great for lighter dishes or hotter days. (3.7)

O- A very nice take on the classic Belgian Witbier. Very nice for spring through late summer, very refreshing and very easy to drink. By far and away one of the better "summer beers" for the money. (3.62)

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Photo of TWStandley
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%

Overall a remarkable average beer.

Have had on numerous occasions. Always pours a light straw color with a decent haze, large billowing head.

Typical yeast smells, slight tartness.

Taste is somewhat subdued, a bit watery.

Mouthfeel light and bubbly.

Overall an OK beer.

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