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 StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Knapp85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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 metter98
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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 oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
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 kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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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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 Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a really murky light golden color with a pretty hefty white head and some good lacing. The nose is a bit of light wheat and orange plus some lemon. The taste brings more orange, lemon, wheat, and a bit of grain. Pretty plain, but it works. Nice light body and some good drinkability. A good hot-weather brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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 chinchill
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is citrus (orange and lemon), wheat, some Belgian yeast, some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of orange & lemon and a little spice. Then some mild breadiness comes in from, wheat, Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, although there are better Witbiers out there but it's still a decent beer to drink for long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clouded, straw-hued body with a thin, albeit lasting coating of white suds on top.

Smell: A chiefly cracker dough accented wheat malt aroma with a decent pinch of spices and aromatic orange peel. Hint of almond sugar as well.

Taste: Pale and wheat malts giving hints of humble crackers and simple dough. Sweet hint of marzipan upfront. Earthy coriander spicing along with a touch of bitter orange peel. Additional citrusy taste of lemon on the back half. Traces of almond, spice, and citrus amidst the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A pretty solid white that made for very ideal, very appealing for drinking during the dog days of summer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of Wintery 12 pack. So far all have drank nicely..

Pours honey colored with a sliver of white head. Not much lacing or head retention

S: Faint phenols & lemons, pears

T: Fikkiws the nose, a touch of white pepper & coriander as well up front. A touc of grainy sweetness as this warms, along with some golden delicious apple & lemons. Finishes lemony, grassy, peppery & with a touch of juicy-fruit gum

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly assertive carbonation. Carbonation amooths out as this warms

An easy drinker, that stays very true to style

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston.

Whitish yellow color. Very cloudy. Good lasting head that leaves some blankets of lace on the glass.

Soft, subtle aroma of banana, clove and coriander. Attractive and inviting.

The flavor lands closer to the mild side of Wits. This would be an easy introduction into the wheat world. The flavor mimics the smell. Full bodied with elevated carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another one I have not had in a good long while I decided to give a whirl. Poured this one in a sixteen ounce pilsner glass and let it ride. Consumed on 03/26/2010.

The pour was easily the best part as the hazy and bright golden color rose up from the deep and produced a towering head nearly three inches high. Settling down and cratering nicely it starts to form a strong and consistent ring around the top of the glass that falls with the greatest of ease leaving a great amount of lacing dripping down the glass. Aroma is light banana, clove, hints of bready notes and a touch of light lemon or citrus that seems to come off very nicely. After a few moments of warming all that is coming through though is the strong bready notes that now seem to dominate the palate. Smooth, even consistency here now as it runs through the palate. Light and airy with a nice, soft feel to it, the clove and banana take hold and follow though with a light, but noticeable hop kick. Easily session able I don't think this one lasted but 5 minutes in my hands.

Overall a good, solid ale that could be enjoyed anytime but would work very, very well on a warm summer day. Would do this one again,

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date printed on the bottle.

The head is not shy to tower to the top of the glass, that is for sure as it leaves a sticky white lace on the glass. Hazed pale yellow straw color. Hint of spice and wheat malt in the nose, a bit of yeast as well. Solid crispness with a rolling smoothness over the medium body. Light and fluffy wheat maltiness is a strong enough base for the style, spiciness is assertive but not overbearing with a slight kiss of bitterness from the coriander and a soft edge of orange peel. A little dry breadiness and nutty yeast in the semi-dry finish.

While Harpoon's version is missing the tart plum fruitiness seen in most Witbiers it makes up for that with balance and drinkability which is what the style is about.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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 WVbeergeek
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a pale hazed golden hue much like other wits out there, the white head has tight bubbles which dwindle quickly leaving a nice collar of lacing sticking to the edges of my glass.

Aroma has a dominant flow of orange peels flying off it's head, not much else to detect in the nose a bit one dimensional. Very perfume like with no discernable hops present.

Flavor has creamy wheat notes with citrus rind bitterness, a little too zesty for Big a Tony. Not much coriander again a bittering dominance of citrus, in this case orange peels that sours the stomach and the palate.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied I wish I could say crisp and refreshing but that experience is not offered here, orange peels weighs heavy again. No real white ale profile to be spoken about this is an American pale wheat with orange zest flavor.

Drinkability is pretty poor go and seek something with some balance and some redeeming qualities not digging this brew at all.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a soft layer of loose, white head that has good retention. The nose has a strong citrus aroma showcasing heavy oranges and some faint lemon. The flavor is similar; intense citrus, oranges and lemon with some faint straw. The mouthfeel is a crisp but smooth medium body.

This isn't a bad beer. It gets points for drinkability. With such a big citrus character one may confuse this for breakfast beer. For the style it lacks complexity and that hint of spice that I find desirable in a Wit. I won't seek this out again, but I wouldn't refuse it either.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Deep light orange with hints of lemon yellow. Solidly opaque, with some degree and sight of carbonation inside. Head is fluffy and makes three fingers tall with an off white appearance. Fairly decent staying power as it falls slowly.

A real nice smell of orange but a bit sweet and artificial slightly. Spritzy clove slightly, but lots of bubblegum and penny candy smells.

Palate comes a little dissapointing. Very watery brew, with little malt depth at all. Not much Belgian character to this amongst a wet and orange tang sugary body. Kool aid like finish with lots of sweet character. Sort of flattened soda character also.

Overall it comes off kind of weak and really there's no wheat depth to this at all. Drinks like sweet tang kool aid fruit punch orange more than anything.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with a thin white head that fizzles down to some fizzy patches.

The smell is of orange peel with plenty of coriander/black pepper. Wheat tang in the back.

The taste is of orange, in an almost orange soda-like way. Some wheat dough mixes in. Sweet, slightly tart, with a touch of coriander/black pepper in the finish.

The feel is light-bodied and well-carbonated - a bit prickly. Crisp.

A basic wit - easy enough to drink and "refreshing".

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a weisse vase from a bottle, the beer is an unfiltered, almost opaque, pale, cream-yellow coloring with a foamy, light, frothy, big bubbled, white head that settles out to about an inch. Aromas of banana, cloves, nutmeg, and roasty/toasty characters all over the nose in a good, flavorful blend. The beer's palate is an interesting blend, as well, with the spices and banana characteristics, but also a quick highlight of citrus throughout. The roasted quality comes through once again, with an effervescent ending to the profile. The afteraste is surprisingly light despite the flavorful nose and palate, with only a hint of the fruit and spice blending. The beer was fairly light bodied, but smooth and creamy throughout. The finish is clean and crisp, making this an extremely easy beer to drink.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of lemon and orange. Taste is crisp and very flavorfull. Citrus and malt, quite delicious. Medium bodied in mouth and very drinkable. This is a quality brew.

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