Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle. Today, they operate out of their original Boston based brewery and their newer Windsor, Vermont brewery. They brew year-rounds as well as seasonal and their UFO series, which stands for UnFiltered Offering.
UFO HEFEWEIZEN: 58 Points
This is part of their UnFiltered Offering Series. It has an IBU of 19. First brewed in 1998, it is available year-round on draft and in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “The unfiltered yeast remains in suspension, giving this style its signature cloudy color and a soft mouthfeel. Unlike traditional Bavarian hefeweizens, however, UFO Hefeweizen uses a northern German ale yeast to produce it’s signature “citrus-like” aroma.”
My Description: This is not a hefeweizen. Just because it is an unfiltered wheat beer does not automatically put it in the hefeweizen category. Please don’t base an opinion on hefeweizens after drinking this beer. First off, the head is white in color and it has pretty decent thickness and density. The lacing is held to a minimal but the head retains itself for some time. The aroma is where I first realized an error in the style. It has no hint of cloves, yeast, or spices that a traditional hefeweizen delivers, but rather it smells earthy and grassy. It almost smells like freshly used fireworks. The taste is horrendous. There are no welcoming banana and spice flavors with notes of bubble gum or fresh yeast. This beer has a earthy and grassy taste accompanied by notes of sweetness and a very minimal citrus presence. It would be one thing if these flavors worked in harmony but in this beer they do not. It is light to medium bodied and is relatively smooth and easy drinking. I wouldn’t be so bothered if they just called this a Wheat Ale, but they didn’t. If you are looking to drink a hefeweizen please look for another bottle. This beer is an insult, please do not drink around Germans.
ABV: 4.8% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1/10