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Thursday, January 14, 2010

A taste of… UFO Hefeweizen

Massachusetts Bay Brewing Company
Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 574-9551

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of UFO Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Beer was purchased for $1.75(USD) at Peas & pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was no “Best by” date on the bottle neck.

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of a creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: Traditional Hefeweizen are cloudy from the yeast left in the bottle or keg that continues the final fermentation. This is a golden lemon colored brew that has a vigorous fermentation that builds a thick head of tiny bubbles that leave a trace of lace.

Aroma: First impression is a bready sensation with a lemon underpinning. Second impression reveals a flower aroma from the hops.

Mouth feel: A tiny dancer on the tongue and pallet.

Flavor: First impression is a whisper of yeast and a kiss of malt. The second meeting leaves a pleasant sensation of green grass freshness and a scintilla of a citric. A final sip leaves the sensation of where-did-it go?

Finish: If this brew was a character in a film it would be that fine looking woman in the white car seen in the film “American Graffiti”.

Comments: The folks at Harpoon have a perfect Summer brew here. I am coming back to try this one in six or seven months.
Food & Beer: Right now though, I would settle down with two of these brews, a bowl of fresh popped pop-corn and one of the “Jack Sparrow” movies rolling off the DVD.

The Brewery: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/

Style: American Unfiltered Wheat Beer
History: Brewed since 1998
Original Gravity: 12 P
Alcohol by Volume: 4.8%
IBU’S: 19
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: spicy foods, seafood, green salads

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/10097/318

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/harpoon-ufo-hefeweizen/2356/

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