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 DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a short, fine white cap. Decent head retention, a bit of lace. Crackery wheat aroma with a bit of citrus zest. Malty flavour, light wheat sourness, orange zest, slightly spicy finish. A bit dry, light bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty good, easy drinking.

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Photo of tchenery
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks great. It has a nice big head on it and is a hazy orange color. It has a bit of a tangy fruit smell to it, but nothing else.

It doesn't taste like much either. No citrus really, no nothing. There's a faint yeastiness to it but that's all. It's pretty thin and refreshing but not much behind that.

Very drinkable though, much like a Blue Moon.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light, hazy yellow with a white head. Not as frothy as many wits but there's decent head retention.

S - Smells strongly of lemon. Notes of biscuits and honey are there too.

T - Very citrussy, primarily of lemon. Flavor is a bit thin but the crispness helps.

M - The high carbonation level helps to lend this it crispness. Light bodied helps to make it an easy drinking brew.

D - A somewhat mediocre wit, but it is light, crisp, and refreshing, and isn't this what people look for in a wit anyway? Could drink a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of txbrewer
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - translucent wheat gold

S - light, crisp, a bit of citrus

T - refreshing wheat beer without being plain at all, actually an enjoyable flavor

M - light but heavily carbonated, refreshing after being out in the sun

D - quite so - no one flavor is overpowering the other

After having the UFO Hefe I was happy to pick up this six pack (as it was also on sale for the week!!!) and give it a try. Glad I did. Just a refreshing as the Hefe and just as enjoyable. I look forward to finishing this six pack (especially as the afternoons warm up).

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this one was a pretty good surprise. I really enjoyed it, I did have a feeling it was going to have a decent citrus feel. nice light feel, smooth beer, overall this is one of the better white beers I have had in a while. Will have another when I go back to Texas

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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 beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a lemon-gold with a semi-haziness that allowed some light to penetrate with some distinguishable character of objects on the far side of the glass. A flat, fizzy off white head showed little interest in sticking around as well the lacing. Several micro-bubble streams rise at a moderate pace and in unison. Points for a slight haze and color, but maybe not so much for head retention.

S: Fresh oranges come first followed by a slight twang of lemon-citrus. Soft traces of fresh wheat bread and a light lemony-citrus tartness and dryness comes through on the finish. Moderate in strength and appreciation, albeit a bit limited in complexity.

T: The flavor was crisp from the start with a bright sense of oranges and fresh citrus notes. Soft wheat, slightly dry, with a sweet and tart spicing (coriander seed and curaco oranges). Tart and tangy best describes this flavor with a refreshing finish that was crisp with a sweet orangey fade.

M: Bright and crisp mouthful with a lively state of carbonation makes this dance in the mouth. Very well suited per style.

D: A very easy drinking and likeable wit. Tart, tangy, crisp and clean. By all means 6 pack worthy making for a perfect picnic beer that is easily sessionable. Sure to quench the thirst and satisfy.

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy straw color, thin white head which dissapates after a couple minutes.

S - Crisp fruity aroma - banana, some orange, a lemon accent.

T & M - I don't know what this is. I have trouble detecting flavor in wheat beers. I get the banana but its more mild in this than other wheat beers. There is mildly lemony note in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasing and creamy. This beer seems a tick past medium bodied and the flavor is solid - nothing thin or watery about this.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange color, with a foamy bright white head. Some lacing sticks around.

S: A lot of orange going on here, also quite sweet.

T: Very tasty orange flavor, followed by some spices, such as coriander; finishing off with wheat sweetness.

M: Very smooth, and an almost creamy quality to it, maybe the best part of the beer.

D: This definitely hit the spot, refreshing, and not too fruity. Can enjoy a couple with the low ABV. Probably the best under Harpoon's "UFO" series.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Body is appropriately hazy, but a rather dull orange/yellow/dun color; 1" head is nice and creamy, settles slowly, and leaves a good amount of lace. Not a bad looking brew.

S: Whoa, that's over the top with spicy orange and clove. Absolutely nothing else here, and it isn't terribly pleasant.

T: Like the nose, but less overbearing with the artificial-tasting orange flavor. Nice and creamy fruity flavors with a bit of bready malt on the finish. Not a bad tasting wit, but not a good one either.

M: Pleasantly creamy medium body, but too prickly with the carbonation.

D: Gets a little sticky and cloying with the constant orange-peel assault. Still, fairly light and easy-drinking.

Notes: Better than Blue Moon and Shock-top, but not by much. At all.


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

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a large foamy white head.

S- Smells sweet and orangey, almost artificial. Notes of lemon and coriander.

T- Slightly sweet wheat with lemon/orange flavors.

M- Light bodied, lightly carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

D- Not a great Wit but a not half bad brew. This would be nice on a warm weather day. A definite step up on Blue Moon.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Belgian challiss.

A-orangish white body and a off-white head.

S-orange some grain, almost Orange Julius smell and some yeast

T-some orange julius taste, sorbet, slight Belgian yeast taste,

M-light and high carbonation

D-very drinkable and refreshing. I would drink this again but with some reservations. Something about this beer reminds me of Zima.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is what you would expect, coriander and orange peel. The flavor is mainly coriander with some orange in there as well. The finish is spicy coriander. This is not bad, but is a little heavy on the coriander resulting in an unbalanced overall flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pokal.

Golden pour. About two fingers of white foam initially, but recede quickly. Not much lacing sticks.

Pale wheat, orange peel, spice. Pretty subtle and unspectacular wit nose.

Sweet and somewhat tart flavor. Wheaty, grainy finish. Orange is a bigger flavor in this beer than I'm used to from wits, which I kind of enjoy.

Medium-light body. Tingly, prickly on the tongue. Crisp and refreshing. Not exciting, but very drinkable.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 3/15/10

Poured into a shaped pint glass with a surprisingly fizzy head that quickly disappears completely. What the hell? I can't stand the site of a wit beer without a head so I poured it from the pint into a pilsner glass. Same result. The fizz dissipated quicker than a can of coke. I thought wheat was great for head retention. The glass is filled with streaming bubbles. The color is light gold with a very slight haze that isn't enough. Just an ugly looking beer.

The aroma has lemon and orange notes, but they don't seem very authentic. It kind of reminds me of a cleaning product. A touch of floral spice comes through, a bit like ginger. It's not bad smelling but it seems artificial and lacks any yeast character.

The taste of this beer finally brings a little bit of excitement. It has some orange along with limes and mint. It's slightly sweet with a little bit of the cleaning character coming back. There isn't much wheat character and only a slight yeast flavor. The mouthfeel brings a slight fizz, with a light and crisp finish. There isn't anything spectacular in the mouthfeel, and it fails to bring the yeasty creaminess that a great wit beer does.

I thought the mint and lime character was interesting, but not enough to carry this beer. I wouldn't pour this out, and if I bought a six I would finish it, but I don't think I'll ever get it again. I'll stick with hoegaarden next time, but to be honest I would even choose Blue Moon over this.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown bottle with a "Best By" freshness date of 02/15/10 printed on the bottle.

A: Cloudy honey/straw color. White head with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malty scent hits you up front. Hint of spice and citrus.

T&M: Light bodied with tangy tongue feel. Crisp and smooth. Light wheat maltiness is a strong enough base for the style, very mild spiciness, and light bitterness from coriander and orange peel. Sweet, semi-dry finish.

It's a decent brew. Not something I'd go out of my way to get, but if you like witbier styles, it may be one for you.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, cloudy gold with a quickly fading head. Aroma is quite light, with some bitter citrus peel and a faint hint of coriander. Disappointing taste, with sweet malt and a bubblegum fruitiness, but the light on the primary flavors you expect from a wit: coriander and citrus peel. Body is watery, thin.

Poor, especially in comparison to the Wolaver's wit I tried for the first time 3 days ago--there's a good wit. This is poorer than Blue Moon.

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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 Duhast500
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a cloudy yellowish orange with two fingers of foamy white head. Some slight lacing.

the smell is citrus flavored with some lemon and orange flvor mix into the background.

The taste is a mix of light fruity flavors. Some lemon zest mixed with some orange and other citrus flavors. A bit of a spicey flavor does come out from time to time in the background but to for too long before giving into the light smoothness of this beer.

Going down easy, this beer is just the right about the right ammount of smooth drinking and light mouthfeel that it makes for a really good session beer and a better Hefeziezen. A really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clean crisp citrus/orange taste and aroma with bits of coriander spice. This is one extremely refreshing and drinkable beer. It is a GREAT brew for one of those overly hot & humid days like we had the whole month of August.

This is a simple, delicious, easy-drinking, very wet summer beer that will quench your thirst due to the 4.8% abv and 10 IBUs. This is superior to the very similar Long Trail Belgian White ale. A very nicely done American version of the witbier. HIGHLY recommended (in the heat of the summer).

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Photo of kenito799
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Yellow brew with creamy white copious head, swirling in the yeast makes a nice haze.

Clean crisp lemony aroma. Extremely refreshing and drinkable brew, light tangy-lemony taste and very mild spice, no grassy coriander and no banana hefe-weizen notes--this is the most pure and delicious expression of an American-style witbier. Fairly simple but fairly perfect, I keep coming back to it over other wheat beers in the fridge. Well done.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon's UFO White pours hazy off-white in a weizen glass. Big fluffy, quickly dissipating head in the glass. Lots of orange zest fills the palate; there is some subtle spice and a fair amount of carbonation but nothing to write home about....Smooth drinking and easy down the throat.

Personally: A very "light" wit beer, I would choose this over a Corona any day.

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Photo of ghebb
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Sampled on tap at the Boston Brewery.

Poured a hazy very light pale straw color. Aroma is strong w/ coriander & orange peel. Maybe my palate was off, because this sample follwed an IPA and Summer beer, but it basically tasted like fizzy lemon seltzer water to me. Thin, weak, and highly carbonated. I guess its easy to drink, but severely lacking in flavor. I would rather drink a PBR over this any day of the week.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint,hazy golden with a massive white head that is in it to win it.nose is tart and slightly sour and citrusy.taste is citrusy,somewhat tart,with bready malt characteristics,slightly lemony,and yeasty.moderate body and carbonation + a nice balance gives this beer high drinkablity.my dad would probably like this beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass. The color is a hazy, unfiltered, pale orange hue that produces a nice white head. After a couple of minutes though, the head is reduced to almost nothing.

This is a fragrant beer. I can smell a strong orangey zest aroma that overpowers almost any other smell coming from the glass. In the background there are some wheaty grains and maybe a hint of spice.

The flavor is much like the smell, except that a smooth malty base mixes with the orange zest and bits of spice, possibly coriander. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a decent amount of carbonation and some slight bitterness, but very slight.

Overall, this is my favorite UFO that Harpoon brews. Its a good solid beer that is smooth, easy drinking, and has a solid amount of flavor.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.6 out of 5 based on 1,414 ratings.
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