Hear the term “UFO,” and you probably think of little green people, unexplained phenomena, and bad movies, making it an audacious name for a line of beer. That didn’t stop Harpoon Brewery, which launched its first UFO beer back in 1998. Standing for “UnFiltered Offering,” the beers in this portfolio are all unfiltered, something the brewery says “was an alien concept for beer brewed in the Northeast at the time.” Its UFO White witbier is brewed with orange peel and coriander, and clocks in at 4.8% ABV.
UFO White pours a hazy gold, with a decent head that quickly dissipates. It leaves little to no lacing. It looks and behaves like a short summer—gone before you can appreciate it.
Put the glass to your nose and you’ll get faint citrus. Following that, you’ll pick up some coriander, banana, and hay. The nose is quiet and doesn’t give you much reason to think about it after a moment or two.
Despite being easy to drink in theory, UFO White won’t have you reaching for another sip.”
To put it bluntly, the flavor is dull. UFO White tastes like sparkling water with a twist of citrus that’s been sitting in a bottle for a few years. There are notes of orange and spice, yes, but it takes some searching out. It’s slightly sweet and sits thinly in your mouth. Despite being easy to drink in theory, UFO White won’t have you reaching for another sip.
UFO White is that person at a party who has a real interest in cabinet liners that you somehow get stuck talking to for an hour. It’s bland and doesn’t have anything to say. If you’re searching for a refreshing summer beer or something bright in winter, look somewhere else. You can do much better.