UFO White
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #337
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,238
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
1,561
From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  60
Gots
  560
SCORE
82
Good
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.

10 IBU
Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 1,561 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brewme from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stole a single bottle from my friend's Airbnb fridge. My fourth brew reviewed from these guys, have had many more. This was just ok, bottled on date on 5/2020 doesn't help.

Mar 21, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight orange peel and coriander hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight coriander and orange peel flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A decent Witbier

Oct 11, 2020
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SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The reviews live up to the hype, this is a better-executed Blue Moon in every way. Slightly biased as I am an avid fan of Belgian style witbiers after studying abroad there a few months. Light, crisp, refreshing beer with citrusy notes that aren't too overwhelming and perfectly exemplify the style. Extremely well rounded in every aspect; great body, citrus aroma, light mouthfeel and a tasty finish. Easily one of my go-to's from now on and definitely worth trying.

Mar 31, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Hazy yellow color with some white head. Orange and wheat smell. Light body. Wheat flavor with some notes of orange and coriander. Decent, but definitely more American than Belgian.

Jan 31, 2020
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Dontbelikethat

4.54/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have tried many Whitbiers by now; but when I change up from ufo white in the bottle, I always say “why did I buy that?” Meaning I should just stick with the best tasting, IMO UFO White. So refreshing, much tastier that Blue Moon which does not compare after trying ufo. Didn’t know what I was missing, glad I found it. Add a little orange wedge or not. Still awesome. And marked as 4.8% alcohol, a tad less than blue moon and some of the German Whitbiers- but ufo is a clean, not murky “buzz.” And actually a better buzz than the other higher alcohol content “White ales”.
Needless to say, yes please, pass me another UFO White please, I’m not sick of it yet!

Jan 17, 2020
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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

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

Look, nice white and hazy.
Smell, very pleasant.
Taste, similar to a Blue Moon perhaps a bit more tasty.
Feel, good feel and carbonation.
Overall, really close to Blue Moon both are among my favorite beers.

Jan 13, 2020
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Day 11 of the Advent Calendar 2019

An unspectacular, yet a very pleasing, effort this time-- Good carbonation but without excessive head. Looks like a Wit, smells like a Wit, tastes like a Wit. Orange and coriander were promised on the label, and both traits add to the flavor; but (thankfully) in a subtle way.
It wouldn't be appropriate to style, but if this had a little extra alcohol "woof" and burn, this would have been a stellar beer.
Nothing wrong with it otherwise. Very nice.

Dec 13, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, PKG 07/08/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: pale, golden-amber liquid; swirled bottle, but only got a bit of haze, little murk/swirled sediment... foam crackles on pour, slows into thin spongy cap; that all but disappears, barely a collar remains... uninspiring

S: tons of coriander front and center; perfumy, lotion-like background scent, vaguely vinyl (pool liner); orange zest slowly creeps in, but it is also rather potent... gets grassier as it goes... aromas at high volume, though muddled, static

T: coriander burst, pithy but fresh orange chaser; coriander powder and a soft crackery grain lingering in aftertaste... malt base unsurprisingly eventually pushes forward and ahead, but the back end does have a subtle taper to it, herbal bitterness helping to enhance the marginal dryness ever so slightly

F: typical lazy river flow, sluggish carbonation, lightly weighty underbelly... back end dryness does thin out the body a bit; body never expresses much roundness

O: merely a tick purchase, also not sure if I've ever had this somehow... the most recent Wits I've reviewed were Shock Top and Blue Moon, and this does overall marginally best them, but it's not unique and still very much American in its execution (1512)

Sep 23, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 11, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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!

Aug 07, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

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.

Jun 17, 2019
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basaywhat from Illinois

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.

Apr 21, 2019
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RyanH from Georgia

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.

Apr 16, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 01, 2019
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

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

Sep 13, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 30, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

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+

Aug 24, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 22, 2018
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dcscientist from Colorado

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.

Jun 18, 2018
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

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.

Jun 10, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

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.

Apr 16, 2018
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CNoj012 from New York

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.

Apr 13, 2018
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vainosuomi from Virginia

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.

Apr 13, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

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.

Apr 02, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Mar 05, 2018
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