UFO White
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

UFO WhiteUFO White
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Style:
Belgian Witbier
Ranked #307
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #40,149
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,524
From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
82
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UFO WhiteUFO White
Notes: 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.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Slightly hazy, rich golden color. One finger white head that faded immediately to a cap. Left minimal lacing.

S---Advertised orange peel is noticeable. Advertised coriander is not. Fairly strong wheat is present.

T---Orange is the dominant flavor, with a strong wheat backbone.

F---Crisp & light as advertised. Surprisingly well carbonated for how dead the head was.

O---A functional summer wheat beer. I could see pounding them on a hot day, but I won't be doing that because I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How have I not had this before? I've reviewed 11 beers from Harpoon over the years on here but somehow, this slipped through. I love my Belgian Witbiers and even though it's not spring, this was still enjoyable on a muggy summer's night such as tonight!

Not a bad pour to this as the liquid was bright, golden, and topped off with plenty of slow-settling head. Wasn't surprised at the lack of lacing left behind even though that wasn't indicative of the consistency of this beer. Usual array of flavors in the nose - banana, coriander, wheat, and orange peel as the taste contained all of those to a greater extent. Some bubblegum sweetness and hints of white chocolate dryness came in as this warmed up but overall, this was typical for the style and easily accessible; as any Belgian Witbier should be!

Not a lot of booze here which makes this so easy to quaff as it left me wanting for another bottle. Sure, I picked this up at Gary's in Wayne and could easily go back and get some more but next time, I'd just buy a six-pack of this. Not the best in it's style but when something's this good and this easy to find, you ride with it. A great beer for a summer gathering or as an improvement over Blue Moon!

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Photo of Sgt_1991
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with my second Harpoon brew. Almost like a blue moon light except much tastier. Doesn't kill you with coriander and orange peel is present but not so over powering. Not bad at all. Would recommend.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a white head that leaves lacing. Nose is light spice and citrus. Palate is light bitterness with spice overtones. Thin body for a Belgian white ale.

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Photo of RyanH
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Much better than a Blue Moon but similar style. The point of the beer is: Is this a good beer or not? Yes, it is a good beer. It is my Go-To beer since the Atlanta Area is hot from March-October and this is a good beer in hot weather. It pairs with most foods and is just as good to drink while sitting on the porch doing nothing. It may not be "World Class" but for the price and in its category, there aren't many others that can sufficiently do better and justify the cost. It's not gonna break the budget and still gives a little bit of premium glory. This is, IMHO, 3 steps above the Blue Moon and only 2 steps from being that World Class beer.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy yellow amber, rapidly receding head.
Smell: Orange, lemon, bread, some banana. Mild aromas.
Taste: Vanilla. Biscuity malt/wheat. A hint of orange and coriander. Bubblegum sweetness. Some spicy herbal notes.
Feel: Thin, crisp, carbonated, refreshing.
Overall: Mild, drinkable, tasty, balanced.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange yelow body, quickly dissapating head
Ester, orange peel, coriander, pepper, sour cherry
Orange, cream, wheat, pepper
Smooth medium light body, don't feel any carbonation
A pretty good beer for a style I don't usually like

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Photo of drtth
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The lightly hazy golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” bright white head that soon recedes eventually to a thin island of foam on the surface and leaves only a ring with a few spots and legs of lacing on the sides of the glass. At first sipping creates arches and lots of scattered patches of lacing but eventually there are only scattered small spots, some of which slide back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some citric zest and some wheat and crackery malt. There’s also just a bit of coriander and spiciness in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with some orange zest riding on the wheat and crackery malt. The touch of sweetness is blending nicely with a bit of spiciness and the coriander.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and lightly prickly with the active carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and light spice begin to fade, to be followed by the crackery malt, leaving a nicely dry citrus tinged and slightly bitter ending.

Overall an easy drinking beer. While not a challenging beer it is reasonably refreshing and enjoyable. If offered I’d probably be willing to have another but it doesn’t come close to bumping the Allagash White or a few others from my rotation.

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Photo of PMakowski
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Hazy yellow colored, a decent foam head and not much lacing on the glass
Smell - Fairly typical for the style - wheat, coriander, navel orange peel, various other spices like pepper.
Taste - not overpowering with coriander which is nice. Get the orange, a hint of lemon, decent amount of white pepper, and some sweet malt on the back. It's smooth and drinkable. Won't blow you away with massive flavor but well constructed. It's just as intended to be - a wheaty beer with notes of orange and spice. Carbonation is medium-high.

Overall good beer. It tastes natural and it's just about what i expect from this style. In my personal opinion, i prefer Hoegaarden. I give this beer a grade of B+

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Photo of Tucquan
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2018-08-22 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Lightly hazy straw with a 3-finger white head and mild lace

S - Wheat, honey, grass, light coriander.

T - Sourdough wheat and corn bread, honey, grassy/herbal/coriander spice. Hint of tartness and mild bitterness in the finish.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

O - Just an OK brew for me. Kind of a generic Witbier.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid white ale, similar to another one from Allagash that I had while on vacation in this part of the country. Didn't blow me away, but certainly held up well to ones I get at home. More like a Belgian witbier than a straight white ale, but I guess you can quibble with that if you want. I'd try more from Harpoon if I'm back in their neighborhood.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I drank a can of UFO White because I got it for free.
Look: UFO White had zero foam.
Smell: UFO White had smelled like both citrus and beer.
Taste: UFO White had a mellow taste of vague citrus and light amounts of grain.
Feel: UFO White had a mellow feel of average carbonation.
Overall: UFO White would be appreciated by people who enjoy citrus flavored beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into narrow glass: color is gold, hazy, head is brighter white and presented about 1/2 inch thick and then dissipated to top and then to a ring, some spotty lacing.

Smell is lightly bready, biscuit, then some zippy citrus and light coriander.

Taste is similar with bread, biscuit, light citrus (less lemon like than aroma) with subtle spices, coriander dominant; a bit of bite to the flavor with less yeast like spiciness than others.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit of bite, not overly carbonated but just a bit sharper than some in the style.

Overall a good beer but a bit on the simplified end for a witbier - some wheat, some spice and some citrus notes.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very hazy golden yellow color with a two finger, frothy white head. Retention is average and there are a few patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very heavy on the corriander. There is also some orange and wheat, but very heavy on the spice.

Taste is not what I was expecting. It is just plain bland. The flavors from the smell are barely there and also very muddled. The is noticeable spice on the finish.

Feel is light and smooth. Severely lacking in carbonation and crispness. Almost feels like a soda that went flat.

Overall this beer is not for me. Maybe a step above shocktop and on about the same level as Blue Moon. I'd much rather have spent the $10 on a 4pk of Allagash White instead of a 6er of this.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: cloudy yellow orange with a quickly dissipating off-white head
Smell: citrus and spice
Taste: leads with the citrus (orange) notes and settles into a full, sweet wheat malt backed by spice
Feel: medium body, good carbonation

Fairly true to the style, it's a basic but solid wit. Smell is not very developed but the taste is balanced and full.

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Photo of illpass78
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Mostly cloudy orange with a big white head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Citrus, lemon, wheat.

Taste: Follows nose. Nice spicy notes. Citrus leads.

Mouthfeel: Drinkable and easy.

Overall: Perfectly solid wheat beer. Good deal at $1.50 a pint, too.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange color, about medium feel/body. Aroma isn't overpowering, some grain,spice and orange peel. Taste is very similar but it's very dry,not at all sweet. It was refreshing but lacking just a bit

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Photo of arawrebirth27
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not an experienced reveiwer of beer, just a guy that enjoys sampling new ones. With that being said, I really like this one! It's easy to drink, fruity without being sickening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mass. Bay Brewing Co. "UFO White Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Enjoy By 13:02 02/15/18 220" and sampled on 10/08/17
$1.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another easy review as I've had this beer several times before. It pretty much follows the guidelines for a Belgian-style witbier exactly with just a little more bite here and there while still remaining light and easy to drink. It's far from overblown like Blue Moon or ShockTop. So, typical appearance although it's a slightly darker gold than some; and the head retention and lacing could both be better. The aroma is bright and fresh and interesting with fruit and wheat and soft coriander, and the flavor follows. The orange peel comes through clearly, and there's a light tartness to it as well. That tartness also helps to balance it as the bitterness is limited. Then it finishes dry with a swirl of soft spiciness. It's light-medium in body and delicately bristling with a softly effervescent carbonation. It's not the most complex witbier, nor the most full-flavored, and it's certainly a bit lighter than some, but at the same time I think the style has been over-exaggerated by a lot of brewers and this is much closer to the very drinkable version that Pierre Celis gave us in Hoegaarden and then Celis White.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a date

No head, looks like carbonated pear juice. Smells like key lime pie. Very light flavored wheat beer, with fruit flavors being most prominent, with just a bit of spice.

Very enjoyable, although I'm not sure what UFO refers to

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Photo of Wit123
4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth, fresh, carbonation helps keep it light, but still a solid beer taste as opposed to light beers. Standard Wit flavor with orange and coriander. This has been my go-to Wit beer for a while now, just so refreshing.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is big coriander, spices and wheat. The flavor is citrus, coriander/spices, wheat and a mix of mild sweetness and slight fruit tartness in the finish.

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Photo of briandschorr
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a sample bottle of this beer from my distributor. Overall it reminds me of Blue Moon with a slightly less citrus taste. You may notice a good mouthfeel with a light body and a clean finish. No lacing. This is a good choice for White Beer who are not in the mood for an adventure. A nice addition to the UFO brand.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at my buddies in Philly. It poured yellow with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had hints of citrus peel. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's decent.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Shaker pint.

A: pours a hazy bright yellow that retains half a cap of thin skim. Not much in the way of visible carb. No lacing, but the cleanliness of the glassware here is seriously questionable.

S: clean wheatiness. Very mild citrus, but not getting much in the way of spice.

T: arrives with an immediate touch of mild clove and tangy bitterness. Some phenolics linger, but the whole affair is light.

M: midweight, but with high small-bubble carbonation, so it feels lighter. Lingering slickness.

O: this is quite nice. I don't like it as much as Holy Moses, possibly on par with winter white. This is less phenolic, more citrusy on the palate. Way better than Hoegaarten.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1524 ratings