UFO White | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#37,922
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
1,475
pDev:
14.6%
Bros Score:
3.8
 
 
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Ratings: 1,475 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i like this maybe best of all the ufo beers ive had to date. it pours a hazy bright yellow color with a tall white foamy head with decent retention. the nose is zesty like orange peel, peppery yeast, and more hops that i am used to for the genre. the taste is really fruity, lots of orange peel and juice to this, a little sweet, but the hops tame that perfectly. feel is awesome, really snappy and crisp, light in body for an unfiltered beer, and a ton of carbonation. again i see this more as a summer drink than a winter one, but it found its way into the winter box. i really enjoyed this though, and it makes me want to try the other ufo beers.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spycow
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a hazy yellow color with a nice fluffy white head on top. The lacing wasn't too bad here. The smell of the beer has some light grains on the nose and a pretty hefty amount of orange citrus on the nose. The taste of the beer was pretty refreshing, would be very nice on a summer day. The mouthfeel is smooth and sliky. The drinkability of this is really good in my opinion. Overall this beer is quite nice I think.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon is all about these UFO's.. every time I go to the store I see a new flavor.. guess they take a stab at a witbier here. Pours a murky golden color, nice head at first which quickly dissipates.. not much lacing to be seen. Somewhat light body to it and highly carbonated, really jumps around on the tongue. Get some nice fruitiness to it, and has a nice sweetness... nice and clean/balanced finish. Not too shabby.. certainly a tasty beer that goes down easy, and I liked it better than the other UFOs.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and wheat in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of lemon and wheat along with some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Beer with natural flavors added." "Unfiltered wheat beer." Reviewed as a witbier. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple label and branded red pry-off pressure cap acquired at a local bottle shop and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess. Poor complexion and consistency. Head retention is below average - about 1.5 minutes. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a murky dull copper - not quite the cloudy yellow-orange you'd expect from a good witbier. Lacks vibrance/glow. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

This looks pretty bad for a witbier. Outside style conventions, it's generally appealing. I have my reservations.

Sm: Coariander, citrus peel, clove, Belgian malts. A generally pleasing aroma of light strength.

No yeast character, alcohol, or overt hop character is noticeable.

T: Painfully simple. Artificial citrus fruit extract, an overly sweet Belgian pale malt base, and a touch of coriander. Lacks the artful balance and careful subtlety of the best witbiers. It comes off feeling like a homebrew extract imitation. I'm far from impressed. There's no intricacy or nuance whatsoever. Shallow depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. I can't say I like it.

Mf: Too coarse for a witbier. It should be light, refreshing, soft, and smooth, but it's none of those things. Wet and overcarbonated. The texture is all wrong for a witiber; far too thick and filling. Poorly executed.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: Downable but boring and bland for the style. This is the worst witbier I've had in a while. I'd caution friends against buying it and I highly doubt I'll be buying it again. Poor work from Harpoon.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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 brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Well, here is the kind of massive head I would expect from a Belgian style beer; the liquid is a hazy straw color with a honey aspect to it as well; plenty of lace squiggles are left behind

Smell: Rather floral and perfumey, with a cracker malt base; a bit of citrus peel but somewhat low on the spice quotient

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with a growing orange blossom flavor a slight hint of almond paste, as well; I don't pick up much spice, however; after the swallow; the finish is bready, with just a hint of the citrus

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has a lot of American Wheat character with just a dash of wit tossed in; rather dull compared to the better examples of the style

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/15/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, yeast, and spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, herbal, wheat, bread, light clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbontion and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for 4.8%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant witbier. Good balance and robustness of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light unfiltered yellow color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cloves and coriander is refreshing. Taste is a mix between some coriander with light orange peel notes and some wheat malt. Body is somewhat fuller then average with good carbonation. A bit short of the spices but easily drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and lemon citrus.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer has quite a bit of wheat notes in the flavor along with some light amounts of spices/coriander. There is also a moderate presence of both orange and lemon citrus.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and is definitely a sessionable beer, though one best enjoyed on a hot day. This beer is extremely refreshing. I will definitely have another one of these this summer and super happy that it is now available in cans.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle witha BB date of 15 August 2014, served in a snifter.

Pours cloudy pale amber with a weak head.

Aroma: sweet and fruity, with obvious orange and a hint of spicing.

Flavor: citrus fruit on wheat bread; only a hint of hops; lightly sweet. Orange peel is more obvious than the coriander and other spices.

Feel: light body with adequate carbonation; semi-dry.

O: a light, fruity and refreshing wheat that pusheds the orange flavor to the fore. Enjoyed this more than expected.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – Hazy, light golden cider. Nice white head holds up with ok retention and poor lace.

S – Nice, sweet orange and well pronounced wheat. Bright, tangy yeast note.

T – Opens soft with wheat, then snaps into an acidic middle with orange zest, water crackers, pear and plantains. Mildly bitter, wheaty finish.

M – Nice carbonation. Medium body. Ok smoothness. Sweet finish.

O – Not bad, but not great. A touch too acidic.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,475 ratings