Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
05/13/2008, 3:25 AM
Filed under: Harpoon, wheat ale (shaker, weizen) | Tags: , , , , , ,

Glass: weizen
Purchased at: Gift from Sean P.
Price: Thanks, Sean!
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 5%
Estimated Calories: 150 C
RateBeer Rating: 25

Aroma 2 out of 10
Intensity: very Faint
Balance: sweeter
Impression: neutral

Malt Flavor: Grain wheat
Hops Flavor:
Notes: Really nothing coming out in terms of aroma. Very still.

Appearance 1 out of 5
Color: Straw
Clarity: Dull
Head Retention: Good
Notes: head persistence and lacing seem chemically induced.

Flavor 3 out of 10
Intensity: Faint
Balance: neutral to sweet
Impression: neutral
Malt Flavor:
Grain Bread
Hops Flavor: Herbal Spice Citrus
Other: Corn Chemical
Notes: Really very light, weak, and a bit watery.

Palate 2 out of 5

Sensation: Drying
Body: very Light
Carbonation: Faint

Length: Short
Intensity: Faint
Balance: just a tiny bit of sweetness
Notes: It might as well be flat seltzer.

General Impression: 3 out of 20
Craftmanship: Boring
Freshness: seems a bit Stale
Personal Taste: Disliked very much.
Notes: There’s no ‘there’ there. It’s the first unfiltered beer that had no haze. It’s the first wheat beer that had no wheaty body. Poorly crafted, badly balanced, and just downright watery. Very much like a light beer, but I’m still consuming the extra 50 calories.

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I’m three for three for your hatred!

Comment by Sean Piotrowski

It’s not you, man, it’s the beer. And, I’m fairly certain that you were not trying to engage my taste buds with Harpoon Hefeweizen, which really seemed more like a light American Pilsener (AHB Natty Light). 😉

I think you might really like the O’Hara’s Irish Stout, which was kind of nice, and seems a lot like some of your other fave stouts, but the rest were just taking up your fridge space.

Like I said, I think I’ll really enjoy the Hardy’s 2 years from now. I sincerely liked the 2 Oskar Blues I gave you (easily my favorite Scottish style ale), and I hope you enjoy them. j.

Comment by lemasney

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I looked up this site b/c I’m drinking UFO hefeweizen right now and couldn’t believe how bad it is. I wondered if the 6 pack I bought had something wrong with it. Your review is spot-on. Can you suggest any good american hefeweizen’s?

Comment by obese

@Obese There are plenty of okay hefes being produced by American companies, but if you want great hefes, start with the Germans and work your way through Europe. That being said, I prefer Belgian styles to Hefes because I think they take the idea of a hefe (spices, banana, cloves) and up it tenfold.

Try Southern Tier Uber Sun Wheat Beer, G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus, Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse, Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse, or Southern Tier Hevy Weizen. They’re all winners.

Here’s some of my other reviews of wits, hefes and belgians that might help you to find something great:

Southern Tier Uber Sun Wheat Beer
• September 28, 2008

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Paulaner Hefeweizen
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Blue Moon Belgian Wit
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Starr Hill The Love
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G. Schneider & Sohn Aventinus
• August 1, 2008

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Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
• August 1, 2008

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Triumph Goze
• July 19, 2008

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Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse
• July 6, 2008

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Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse
• July 4, 2008

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Bell’s Oberon Wheat Ale
• June 27, 2008

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