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UFO White | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

229 Reviews
UFO WhiteUFO White

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

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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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,360
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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Photo of elniko
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Bottle marked best by 11/15/2009.

A: Hazy coloring with huge pillowy head that stuck around. Nice lacing apparent as well. Really good looking brew.

S: Spiciness is apparent but overwhelmingly so. For a wit pretty mild on the nose.

T & M: Mouthfeel rather thin which is to be somewhat expected but too thin and watery in my opinion. I really feel that a little more backbone is needed. Taste makes the orange peel quite apparent, I don't get much of coriander or any other spice.

D: Quite drinkable, goes down nicely on a hot Texas summer day. Still, Harpoon's offerings in DFW besides the Leviathan series have left me somewhat underwhelmed.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09/15/09-095. Sampled on August 8, 2009. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. It looks the part minus the sediment. The aroma exhibits a combination of wheat, malts, and something slightly fruity. The mouthfeel is about medium and enticing. The aroma has a bit of spicy corianders with a hoppy aftertaste. Harpoon did a pretty nice job on the traditional witbier recipe.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a nice hazy golden color. The head does not quickly subside, which is something I really like in a good white ale, a nice thick head.

S - Citrus and some spices, almost flowery smelling.

T - This is a really nicely balanced white. Spice and orange up front, with some of the typical belgian white malty taste. The lingering taste is purely orange and is really pleasant.

M - Much thicker than, say, Blue Moon. Silky feeling like a good Hefeweizen.

D - I usually like to start with something nice and pleasant like this and then move onto the more "extreme" hoppy beers. I don't tend to session white ale but it is extremely sessionable.

Overall, this is a very decent white ale and one to pay the extra dollar or two if you are reaching for Blue Moon. Refreshing and light, a great summer beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, translucent straw color with a runaway white head. Retention is ok but should be sturdier for a wit.

Smells and tastes like orange juice, coriander and buttery Harpoon house yeast. Breakfast beer anyone? Creamy mouthfeel. Simpler and gentler than most wits, it's no comparison to the Allagash Whites of the world but enjoyable in it's own right.

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Photo of jonziefle
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy pale whitish yellow. No “macro” suspension of particles, but the “micro” suspension causes the cloudiness. One finger white head with decent retention (sticks around, but not that much). Plenty of visible carbonation. Not much lacing at all.

Smell: Very strong citrus nose (lemon and orange), with your typical Belgian wheat malt to back it up. Cinnamon and other spices are present as well, but they are more subtle; they blend in nicely as opposed to taking over.

Taste: Light wheat taste, with some lemon present to give it some zip. Some Belgian spices as in the nose, but understated. Sweetness is also understated. Flavors are very mild and subtle, but very enjoyable; no one flavor takes over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-boided and very smooth. While plenty of carbonation is present, doesn’t feel overly “fizzy”

Drinkability: A very good witbeir that is incredibly true to style. Very easy to drink and very refreshing. All the flavors are mild and work together very well. Definitely a great summer beer to just kick back and relax.

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

Appearance: A beautifully hazy, golden-straw body capped by a finger and a half of creamy, nearly white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Floral and perfumey citrus over a mild wheat base. I can almost imagine that this is a fancy candle under my nose.

Taste: Perfumey citrus peel, tropical fruit, mild yeast, and spices (clove and coriander mostly) over a bready wheat base that is much more pronounced than in the nose. The aftertaste is citrusy and bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with sharp carbonation. Dries a little in the finish.

Drinkability: A very drinkable proposition, though the perfumey character might get a little old.

Verdict: UFO White is perhaps a more floral take on the Witbier than most, but still a solid enough brew that's perfect for Summer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice, hazy straw yellow color with a thick one finger of white sticky head to it. Head retention is pretty good leaving ample sticky lacing on the glass. Nose is full of spices - pepper, clove and corriander, wheats, and nice softer orange hint. Taste is of wheat upfront, making way to a generous though balanced amount of orange zest, touch albeit mild of lemon, with a nice finish of clove and corriander. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, slight creamy up front but becomes crisp and finishes dry. This is a fantastic summer beer with very good drinkability.

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Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of a dense white head atop this hazy straw colored white wheat beer.

Hints lemon, lightly toasted bread, and spice.

The mouthfeel is medium to full and it is quite delicious.

The taste is sweet with an emphasis on bread and straw. Kind of makes me think of a farm. Bits of lemon and orange along with a spice. Lots of coriander in this white offering.

This is a nice solid witbier from harpoon.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light, white color, lively, crispy look. an airy, white fluffy but thin head rises and falls pretty quick. Minor lacing around.

The Aroma has a hair-treatment, chemy aspect like a "Perm" type-smell, not pleasant. Otherwise there is corriander and spices and a sweet, light malt.

This has a crispy and light malt with a wheat effect and herbal edge of corriander and mild spices right from the rack. Crisy and light feel, slightly dry aftertaste. The herbal qualities seem to takeover a bit. The light malt does a decent job of balancing things out.

"white" can be a great, flavorful style especially when the yeast cancarry it's own!

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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 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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Photo of Kallessin
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden in color, slightly cloudy, with a full white head.

Has a definite orange aroma with some peppery notes.

Tastes very strongly of orange, some coriander, peppery flavors and lemon zest. Despite all this going on, I find the flavors a little superficial. There's no real depth to it. It's pretty good, just expecting more.

Smooth, but dry with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall it's very easy to drink, but the orange flavors started to get to me after a while. I'd say it's a pretty decent beer, just not spectacular.

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UFO White from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.
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