Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev +42.5%
12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass
A Poured a very light golden yellow with a good amount of cloudiness to it. A nice three finger head of white fizzy foam came across the top but faded rather quickly leaving behind just a thin layer across the top and a small amount of side glass lace. There was ample carbonation visible throughout and there was also a touch of suspended particles floating through.
S The aroma was very bright. Lots of lemon like hops notes riddled throughout with a touch of a light fruit like aroma, almost strawberry like in sweetness. Assuming that was the pomegranate and it shown through very strongly. A bit of a light wheat or grass making up the back bone of it started to pull through as it warmed and gave it a little more depth.
T The flavor was very big and crisp. A large dose of hops greeted you from the first sip, and it was the fresh cut grass mixed with lemon type of flavor, very crisp, very clean, and quite bitter. Nice fruity flavors followed this through adding a good bit of sweetness to it and the pomegranate flavor really starting to pull itself together then. There was a nice light wheat and yeast added into to it as well which gave it a good amount of balance. The flavor overall was a lot more complex then I thought it would be and came off quite light and refreshing.
M Very light body which was more then amply carbonated this was definitely a light ale. There was a nice light crispness to it which would lend itself more towards a warm weather beverage, but was still nice at this time.
D Very good drinker, this had a very nice light crisp flavor profile and the feel itself was very light and refreshing. All of this combined with good carbonation and lack of filling gave it something you could easily put down a few of.
Overall I never know what to expect when I see these hybrid styles with weird fruit added in, but this one was actually very good. It was like a nice light wheat ale, mixed with a ton of bright hops and with an added little bit of fruit. Not bad at all I would have to say. I would defiantly try this one again and would actually like to pick up more then one next time I see it.
12-19-2007 00:05:29 | More by mikesgroove
4.33/5 rDev +36.2%
The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice tart and fruity wheat scent along with a slightly earthy yeast aroma. The taste is excellent. It has a fruity wheat and yeast flavor that is a bit tart and grainy. It goes down easy with a wonderfully smooth finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine wheat beer. I love the taste of this beer. This is another quality offering from Fort Collins.
01-12-2006 01:48:57 | More by WesWes
4.3/5 rDev +35.2%
"This IS the most unique beer ever produced. Unlike anything else you've ever tried."--strong claims made by the Fort Collins website.
Major Tom's pours a straw gold color with a huge, gorgeous white soapy head. Looks very inviting. Smells wheaty and sour. I don't detect any fruitiness in the nose; however, there is some in the flavor, which I assume is pomegranate (I've never tasted the fruit itself). It's sweet but tart, and balanced perfectly with the beer's chewy wheatiness. Major Tom's tastes really fucking good--I think I've found my new favorite lawnmower beer. Seems like an APWA, though, not a witbier. Turns out that the website wasn't bullshitting.
09-21-2005 17:33:30 | More by battlekow
4.25/5 rDev +33.6%
Presentation: Poured from a brown bottle with no best by date, into a tulip glass.
A: Dark gold color, almost copper. Very slightly hazy. Nice off white head with minimal to no lacing.
S: Very strong citrus fruity scent with a great balance of hop scents and floral tones.
T&M: Up front citrus taste and mild sweetness from the pomegranate. Very nice mouthfeel. Slight carbonation with some sweet malt and a slight bitter hops on the finish. Light bodied and clean mouthfeel. I love the lack of heavy carbonation usually present in most wheat brews.
I am always tentative with wheat beers, but this one is outstanding. It comes off as pale ale more than a wheat and that is probably why. Very good balance and taste. I think the overall rating is a diservice to its strengths and maybe I just got a good batch. I'll report back when I try it again if it's different.
08-04-2009 22:14:42 | More by cdizinno
4.22/5 rDev +32.7%
Nice color, not too pale but shy of amber with a nice frothy white head on top with a good amount of lacing.
Nice crisp aroma of wheat- not quite the flavor from wheat you get but also probably partially because of the yeast strain. Really actually seems like a witbier although there's nothing on the bottle that hints at that.
I think the taste is just 1 ingredient shy of being amazing. I don't know what that ingredient is, but it's missing. Great refreshing wheat character, subtle fruit flavor from the pomegranate but no overly juicy flavors. The fruit goes very well with the beer. Very balanced- great level of bitterness and maltiness but yet it's so light.. this is actually very very good. Hops are almost piney, almost noble, but neither of both.
This is one of the better fruit-wheat beers I've had. I wasn't expecting much. I even though this was going to be old and stale, but it tastes quite fresh.
10-06-2009 04:30:32 | More by wiseguy142
4.2/5 rDev +32.1%
This is why I try all kinds of beer. I thought for sure this was going to suck cuz I am not a fan of pomegranate and assumed it would be fruity and overspiced as many wits are. No way, Jose.
Pretty average looking, yellow, white head, average carbonation.
Smell was slightly fruity, but not overwhelming at all.
Taste was pretty clean, slightly fruity. Finished very clean and refreshing. Just enough flavor to keep it interesting. Great beer for summertime. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.
08-13-2009 15:42:17 | More by Chugmonkey
4.13/5 rDev +29.9%
A- Very light amber/yellow color. This 12oz beer's head filled out the pint glass perfectly, it was white with big bubbles.
S-Slightly sweet, fruity yeast, very light pomegranate, and the expected wheatiness.
T- At first it tastes just like a normal wheat ale, but in the middle of the body and in the finish there is a light and refreshing hint of pomegranate....giving the beer a slight tartness and a crisp finish.
M/D- A great summer beer....on the heavy side of a light body, refreshing....very drinkable.
07-06-2006 20:42:34 | More by jameaterblues
4.13/5 rDev +29.9%
Mix and matched my own Fort Collins sampler pack down at the health food store and could hardly wait to try them. Start off with the weakest-looking:
Pours dark wheat white-yellow with an uncontrollable voluminous head. Very nice
Smells of tart pomegranate and just a hint of wheat malt. Nice, once again, but it may be a little too fruity for some.
Tastes like very, very tart fruit up front, making way to an almost smoky lager middle, and giving up on a sour after taste--grain and grass with hint of hops. Sweet, but not in a childish candy sort of way.
This is the definition of a good fruit beer. Unique, not too sweet, still managing to taste like beer. Very nice.
10-07-2005 23:52:58 | More by mynie
4.1/5 rDev +28.9%
Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. 6 pack is mixed with two different label designs. Indecipherable code on the bottle.
Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass with a large foamy head. Gold with a slightly red cloudiness to it. Great head retention, and a little bit of bubbliness to the beer.
Smell: Aroma is like a lemony wheat, with some spices present as well.
Taste: Typical wheat flavors - subtle but well done. Then comes the fruit - it tastes somewhat berry-ish to me. The fruit is a nice addition, and does not overpower the beer.
Overall impression: Nicely drinkable beer with a twist. Interesting offering that is a bit different, but not just a novelty.
05-17-2005 20:22:09 | More by rowew
4.1/5 rDev +28.9%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Golden amber pour. Monster head peers out over the top of the glass. The foam retains and sticks pretty well.
Aroma is of pale wheat, pomegranate, and spicy hops. It's hard for me to determine if the citric nature of the nose comes from both the pomegranate and the hops, or if the hops are just contributing a little piney character. There's also a musty, earthy quality.
Flavor follows the nose. This beer is a pretty pleasant surprise. I enjoy the flavor of pomegranates...the crappy house I lived in with a few friends during our junior year of college had a random pomegranate tree in the backyard. There's a nice tartness and bitterness to the flavor.
Super easy drinker. So smooth, very flavorful, I like this a whole lot better than most wits. Really, really nice summer beer.
09-03-2009 02:50:53 | More by Gyle41386
4.08/5 rDev +28.3%
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.
05-04-2008 01:07:43 | More by MOShepp
3.98/5 rDev +25.2%
This is another one where I question the classification. Fairly cloudy, but of a murky sort of cloudiness; more like a hefe. Taste was a little more straight-up wheat, even with the promised "pomegranate" in the mix.
Very frothy for a wheat beer. Crisp flavor, despite the unfiltered nature of the brew. Pomegranate was an intriguing idea, and the reason I picked this out amidst a myriad of other summer offerings. But I was also a little worried that the fruity taset would be cloying, sickly sweet, and/or overpowering (which I sometimes find the case with both whitbiers and anything that has the name of a fruit in it). Anyway, it was none of those. The pomegranate was subtle (almost too subtle!), and complimented the grassy, husky wheat malt in a pleasant way.
I actually went so far as to visit the Brewery's site, where I can find no claim of its "whit" status. So - hard to dock points for straying from a style. Not necessarily "the most unique beer you will ever try," as Fort Collins Brewing claims, but a very enjoyable beer, nevertheless.
08-11-2008 01:42:31 | More by hylton44
3.95/5 rDev +24.2%
This caught my eye it sounded like an interesting combination.
The beer pours in the glass darker than the traditional wheat beer. It's under the style of wit but i dont see it frankly. The beer has a nice foamy head.
The smell has the traditional wheat beer smell with a funky tart smell. Not neccasarily bad just funky.
The part of a drink has a traditional American wheat but with a tart kick in the end. I feel the fruit works will with wheat.
Mouthfeel is nothing spectacular. ON a warm day I could drink this all day. Defenitely an interesting take on fruit infused wheat beers.
07-15-2006 02:48:50 | More by naderator55
3.93/5 rDev +23.6%
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!
05-17-2007 19:38:11 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
On tap at Spitfire Grille, Greensburg PA.
Appearance: very clear and pilsnerish like.
Smell: tart fruit from the pomegranate. Smell of hops as well.
Taste: initial taste is tart, then the hops take over. Pomegranate is fairly faint on the taste buds which is a good thing. Very hoppy and I wasn't expecting such a kick. This reminds me more of Southern Tiers Hop Sun American Wheat Ale.
Overall: I really liked this beer and will have many again. Will be especially nice on hot summer day.
04-26-2009 13:20:57 | More by Kolsch
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white head that fades fast into a thin film and leaves ok lacing.
The aroma is of sweet wheat, grainy straw, some bitter citrus notes and pomengrantite.
The taste follows with faint pomegranite riding on top of a sweet wheat and toast backbone.
Subtle, light, grainy, and rough around the edges.
Easy to drink, but nothing impressive.
08-21-2011 04:42:34 | More by JayS2629
Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.