UFO White | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

241 Reviews
UFO WhiteUFO White

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

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

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

This beer pours a hazy yellow with a large head. The aroma is hugely lemony, with a touch of spice, cracker malts, orange peel, melon, and pineapple. The flavor features bubblegum, blueberries, light lemon peel, pineapple, and melon. The mouthfeel is light and soft with bubbly carbonation. Overall this is a very naturally fruity beer, with a great soft mouthfeel and just the perfect hint of spice. Quite excellent.

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Photo of Raas
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Yellow\light golden color, cloudy with sediments, white head dissipating leaving weak rings of lacing
S - Light aroma, sweet and citrusy.
T - Citrusy, wheat with light bitterness not stays to long, I didn't found coriander taste.
M - Medium carbonation, light body, low level of alcohol in taste.
O - Nice smooth refreshing wheat beer with citrus and hoopy taste, good example of the style

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear light gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is citrus hops. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of Schoeni
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I cant say anything about the appearance. ..because i tasted this one Straight out the can. Aroma is sweet and citrucy. Taste is sweet and spicy. For me this tastes like a Martini Cocktail or like almdudler. No elements of expected yeasty and dense mouthfeel. All in all ok for the style.

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Photo of Hoosteez
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Looks a bit hazy as traditional of wheat beers smells orange and malty taste a lil bit of coriander and orange in with a nice typical moderate bodied beer flavor a bit of maltiness feel is moderate bodied overall pretty good beer

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Photo of jasadewi
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy bright orange with a fluffy white head.
S: Orange, wheat, with a hint of coriander.
T: Mildly sweet wheat taste, with hints of orange peel and less so coriander.
M: Easily sessionable.
O: I love Witbiers on the sweeter side, as I am a big fan of Blue Moon. This, is a small, but solid improvement on the Blue Moon flavor and I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of ThePold
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into a proper wheat beer glass, yes. I always shake the last ounce and pour it on top for a great head and the capture of all the good bits. Lovely clouded amber color, but not a lot of smell, which is fine with the style. I like this, it's a good quality witbier.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer but, but left me a little disappointed. Beer pours to a clouded orange with a head which dissipates in short order. Light citrus scent with much more orange peel than coriander. It is a little thin on feel and carbonation lacked a bit. This is a good beer, but it still fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 355ml bottle from in Whole Foods on my recent trip to NYC. Pours a hazy yellow colour with a tiny white head. Aromas of light coriander. Tastes of coriander, orange peel, wheat & malt. Aftertaste is on the sweet side. Somewhat of a disappointment.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at Harpoon in Windsor, VT.
A - Pours a cloudy orange with a white head that settles quickly.
S - Aroma is a light citrus.
T - Flavor is on the light side, more orange peel and not much coriander.
M - Mouth feel is rather thin and carbonation is less than medium.
O - Overall a pleasant tasting lighter beer. Would be a fine lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

orange zest, citrus, bubblegum, wheat on the nose. taste is similar, but doesnt come through as clean - some orange, wheat, light spice on the finish. light and watery feel, seems appropriate though. overall decent brewsky.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much like Blue Moon, maybe a little smoother flavor. This pours golden with minimal head. Aroma is spiced orange wheat. Flavor is light with mild spice and light malt with a touch of honey. Slightly more carbonated than desired.

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Photo of JacksonCR1
2.26/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Orange-brown pour with a small head and little lacing. Aroma of citrus and burnt malt with some spices--pepper, coriander perhaps. Taste is of orange and citrus with a hint of pepper spice and wheat bread. Good body with some carbonation.

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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 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 WillieThreebiers
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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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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