Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery

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Major Tom's Pomegranate WheatMajor Tom's Pomegranate Wheat

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BA SCORE
73
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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 03-16-2005

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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 218
Reviews by DavoleBomb:
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. A little over one fingers of frothy white head. Retention is below average and some irregular lacing is left.

3.0 S: The pomegranate is actually pretty strong in this. It overshadows the rest of the beer in the nose. It gives a sourish tanginess to it. Otherwise, some neutral wheat and not much else.

3.0 T: Tastes like pomegranate juice in a not too great wheat beer, which I guess is what it is. Pomegranate, some wheat, and maybe a hint of spice. Underwhelming.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth enough.

3.0 D: It's okay, but too many better options to buy again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Pomegranate is still all the rage even though many people have claimed that several other fruits have more anti-oxidant qualities to it. Regardless, you have to consume a large amount of juice or actually eat the fruit in its natural form to get the true benefits. Word of warning about this beer, it oddly contains sulfites.

Healthy looking head with some clinging lace on the glass, clear golden color. Mild bready wheat aroma with a very distant and vague fruit tone and a faint whiff of sulfite. Graininess from the wheat comes off very bready, there is some astringent husk in the middle that doubles up with the modest hop bitterness and lively crispness. Light twang of fruit, can't really tell that it is pomegranate. Breath of sulfite up front. Finishes semi-dry with lots of hard lingering grain.

Not really sure where this beer was going, but it seemed to fall flat other than an OK American Wheat Ale flavor. As for the fruit and sulfites, the fruit missed the mark, and why are sulfites used? Keep that to wine and cider please.

Photo of Outchillen
1.79/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend let me try this, I dont know what I did to him

Im not one for bashing beers, but I didnt like this beer at all

A: Pale orange, light hazy, had red flakes floating in it? didnt look too much like a wheat beer to me, head dissipated right away

S:The biggest turn off was the smell, hard to even discribe

T:didn taste great, very unbalanced, didnt taste like Pom or wheat

overall if you'd like to try a pom wheat, i recommend Saranacs, ive heard FCB has good beers, but this missed the cut

Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a big frothy white head that retained well and left some lacing.

The aroma was lemony wheat and light yeast and spices.

The flavor was more of the same - lemony yeasty spices. For a lighter beer, it was surprisingly medium bodied and was lightly carbonated.

Overall, a very fruity wit. It was very refreshing and would make a great summer drinker. It was one of the better wheats I've had (not a favorite style). I was surprised to like it as much as I did.

Photo of generallee
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no abv %.

Appearance: It has a light golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation. After the pour it sets up an average size just off white head. This head slowly settles to very thin film covering of foam with a nice lacey ring at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a mild malty and wheat like character with a light hint of floral hops and maybe even just a very slight touch of fruity sweetness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is a perfect copy of its aroma. This comes by way of a light feeling body with balanced carbonation. As it warms and take the last few sips I get a little more of the fruity pomegranate notes mixing with floral hop notes in the finish.

Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, straw yellow body with a small white head that leaves some skimpy lacing on the glass. Aroma is muted, with some tart pomegranate and wheat malt. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is bready wheat, some bitter citrusy hops, and a sour/sweet pomegranate taste. This one is better executed than the other pomegranate beers I've tried but I'm still not convinced that the fruit is suitable for such a union.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Outstanding appearance, head was fairly stable, which allowed the aroma to fully mature, and stayed for the most of the drink. The beer was poured into a wet sided glass as is usual with Witbier.

S: Drinking this with my girlfriend, allowed me to hear a second thought on the smell that this had to offer. The original smell was fairly wheat hearty, while she decided to input that there were subtle notes of the pomegranate that was used in the brewing process. On a second smell I did notice the slighter sweetness.

T: The taste was overall the most pleasant part of the experience, as I believe consuming beverages should be. The sweet, yet almost bitter taste of the pomegranate against the hearty wheat, was something that I know I'd reach for on a day to day basis. I feel that this is one of the better beers I've tasted, and I feel my rating reflects that.

M: The overall mouthfeel was not as full as I desired, however, as light as some of the witbiers I've tasted, it wasn't too bad.

D: The taste was overall outstanding, however, I don't feel that I could reach for this beer on the day to day. It's not your Sam Adams blackberry witbier, Blue Moon, or your 312. That said, I'd still recommend this over any of those.

Overall, I feel that this beer was a great purchase at $2.00 on the single rack. I don't see myself buying the 6-pack on a regular basis, unless it's spring... it's surely a light, and flavorful beer that would be better tasted during a season other than winter, still a great beer. Cheers.

Photo of MOShepp
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy small head, cloudy golden yellow with a small amount of yeast present.

I can faintly smell the pomegranate and straw.

Good balance of hops and malt. Hops really shine through the middle. The pomegranate is more of an afterthought than a flavor, but that's a good thing, it works for this beer.

This is much better than I thought it would be. It is easy to drink with some complexity. I'll buy this again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw golden slightly hazed with chill, bright white foaming head dwindles pretty quickly leaving behind even fine patterns of lace. Aromatics are not what I was expecting, fruit beers usually equate to sticky sweet messes in the smell. This smells like an actual beer, even has some hop aroma to it, nice. Pale cereal grains provided biscuit malt sweetness with a grassy background of hops and a mildly tart fruit pomegranate character going on. Flavor has the tart earthy sweet pomegranate extract twang but again it's all built upon a solid brewed beer, sharp wheat sweetness nothing too fizzy or cloying. Moderate balanced flow to it all it's sweet slightly tart with hop bitterness in the background finishing off the beer, a really even experience. Mouthfeel is not cloying or sticky with residual sugars, crisp sturdy carbonation but a very natural feel to it light to medium bodied overall, this is quality fruit beer. Drinkability, I enjoy everything Fort Collins is putting out, they make one of the best sampler packs out there every style comes to play and they do them quite well.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates rather quickly into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of wheat with a hint of citrus and slightly stronger hints of fruit sweetness that doesn't smell exactly like pomegranate but that's what I attribute it to. As it warms the wheat aroma gets a bit huskier.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pomegranate flavor is a bit more pronounced but still takes a backseat to the wheat flavors. I have been holding onto this one for a while (scared to open it) so the fruit flavors may have mellowed out a bit. Ending is nondescript and as with the smell the wheat flavors lose a bit of smoothness as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slightly thin and slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I actually didn't have a problem finishing the bottle however I won't have another.

Overall this was better than I anticipated although I must say it's much better before it gets much above 50 deg F - drink this one fast.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a big sudsy head of white foam on a clear light copper body that has strands of carbonation running through it. The head last almost to the first sip.

S- This beer has a soft yeasty note with a hint of green leaves and a bright earthy berry note in the finish.

T- The light tartness of dry berries starts off the taste with a taste of tap water and herbal note at the finish. There is a faint pomegranate bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a water texture. There is no astringency from the fruit at all.

D- This beer doesn't have any major flaws it is just bland. There are no real yeasty characteristics or wheat or hop flavors.

Photo of boochmonkee
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I expected a touch more pomegranate taste added by a little sweetness. What I got was a drab beer with a hint of pomegranate, and a very low alcohol content. I like a little alcohol in my beer, and I don't think I would of bought it if it had the 4.8 % on the bottle or 6 pack.

Photo of dacrza1
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body with a pleasant consistent bubble; thin white head leaves appropriate tracings down the flute... spritzy, sprightly fruity scents--subtly appealing... smooth up front, with an IPA-like trail off... unique indeed--a bit spritzy upon further drinking... I still don't know what pomegranate tastes like, but this has subdued citricity that settles tartly under the tongue... refreshing and light--a good combination for summer consumption... like a light, less candified, wheatier lambic.

Photo of jmz62565
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/honey color with a smallish white head. Not a really great looking brew. The smell is weak with only some sweet malt and bread yeast present. The taste is crisp with sweet malt ,bread yeast and some fruit flavors. The m/f is light with the scant flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer,but from Fort Collins I would expect more.

Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the lunchbox variety pack.

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a pale golden yellow color with great clarity and thin white head. It settles quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty mild, hard to pick up much except a mild tropical fruit smell.

Flavor is surprisingly nice. Again very mild here but the pomegranate adds just the right amount of tartness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant surprise. It's not the predictable fruity wheat beer that I was expecting. A nice bit of bitterness and tartness gives it a real balance.

Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Different retro-styled label than pictured, which altogether loses the whole Major Tom vibe.
Pours a smudged daffodil with a thin enamel cap and a few stray bubbles.
Scented of lemon candies, menthol, and pomegranate pulp, and white bread.
Begins with a steely lime juice tartness that gradually unfold into a gory mess of pomegranate seeds and pulp, as the tartness switches sweet. It lingers in concentrated fruit juice fashion as a minor hay dryness stuggles for balance and fails laughably.
It's appropriately light, and the tartness is alluring upfront, but the left-over sugars begin to make this a chore midway through.
There is a glimmer of promise here. The concept is interesting, even if the result is not. This needs some form of dryness and probably some complimentary spice notes. But with some tweaking, who knows?

Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy marigold with a thin cap of white suds that dissipates quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass. A quick swirl brings the head back up to half a finger.

S - Pomegranate seeds and funky hops. I smell some funky musty notes that might be a result of the yeast aromas, and I can always appreciate some bizarre notes in a beer.

T - Crisp orange peel and dirty yeast with some sharp tart pomegranate seeds and bitter hops.

M - Long lasting hoppy dryness finishes this light bodied, crisp, tart, and acidic beer. Very palate cleansing and thirst quenching.

D - This reminds me of tart lemonade with a pomegranate splash.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. Bought one for my girlfriend a few months back and thought I'd give it a try myself.

Pours an ominous Mt. Dew neon yellow/green with a tall bright white head. Smells of sweet tarts and sour grapes, with a standard witbier spicy wheat backbone. Taste is tart grapes, green apples and cherries, with wheat and corriander. As my compadre battlekow told me, kind of tastes like a carbonated sports drink with some mouth-puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, I can see myself downing a few but after a while I think my mouth would be tired with more than that. A decent balance of sweet, spicy and tart here. Really not as fruity as you would think. This is a unique brew worth trying if you can find it.

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow with little head. Nose offers wheat and yeast, but I don't pick up a strong fruit presence. Little if any pomegranate in the nose. Taste offers a little more fruit but mainly in the finish. The pomegranate is overall very faint. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. I was looking for a little more in this one, but not a bad beer for the summer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unusual ale with a distinctive tartness (real pom juice concentrate
is an ingredient). I was prepared to laugh this one off as another
fruity sweet beer, and to an extent that's true, but in reality, it's
not at all bad. It's nice and light, with a bit of a zing (and wins
some points for originality), but ultimately Major Tom's isn't a
standout beer, as there's really no depth to it.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden honey, one finger of head, thick white lacing...

Smells zesty with yeast and fruit in the back. It would be hard to say it smells like pomegranate because that fruit really doesn't have much of an aroma in the first place.

Fruit forward, wheat back. A sweetness light and staying hits the tongue and hops join in the after effects.

Mouth feel is more medium bodied than the wheats I'm used to, a nice change and the full blast carbonation leaves one a happy advocate

Overall it is lacking smell, good in flavor, great in feel. Not a bad drink. I

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite its status as a fruit beer, and a pomegranite fruit beer no less, Major Tom's has some nice citrusy hops to the nose and pours a surprisingly standard golden amber body - no ruby cast here!

Beyond the citrusy hops in the nose, there's a good bit of subtly sweet wheat malt, and beyond that a hint of gently tart fruit. The fruit come through fuller in the flavor, however, but it still remains just a component of the beer, and not the be-all-and-end-all. It lends a subtle touch of tartness that's juicy and refreshing, and the actual flavor of the pomegranite comes through just before mid-palate, and then again at the swallow and into the finish. It's moderately bitter, allowing the delicate tartness to do most of the balancing, although there is a lingering note of bitterness in the finish.

Interesting! A refreshing take on "fruit beer" that's surprisingly drinkable. A great summer beer to be sure!

Photo of cjgator3
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper colored brown with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with very little hops. Not bad but a little on the faint side.

T- The taste mirrors the aroma with a good malt presence with caramel, a touch of chocolate and a moderate amount of hops in the finish. Not overly complex, but tasty and very drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The drinkability for this one is pretty good, it would make a solid session beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of BeerCheese
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear medium yellow, which surprised me. With the pomegranate, I kind of expected it to be red or pink! Nice fluffy head and great lacing. Hardly any detectable aroma. Taste was interesting. Had to take a few drinks to decide if I liked it or not. Not fruity tasting, which is good. I think the pomegranate adds a little tartness to the bitterness of the hops, and it has a kind of sharp crisp flavor, almost a little like a sweet tart with the sweet left out of it. Mouthfeel was average, with medium carbonation and medium light body. Actually a pretty drinkable beer. Might surprise somebody who's expecting a fruity beer - like me.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a 3 fingers white head& good effervescence. Great lacing and good head retention

Smell: Wheat malt, slight citric notes. As it warms more sweet & fruitty notes

Taste: Intense sweetness followed by what tartness/ Finishes sweet & dry

MF: Effervescent, yet syruppy & funky at the same time. Reminded me of french farm house cider

Too swet strange and tasty to do more than one. Fruit beer lovers may think different

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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.