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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery

Major Tom's Pomegranate WheatMajor Tom's Pomegranate Wheat

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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.93%


Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beaver13 on 03-16-2005)
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estlinska

Arkansas

1.85/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Served in a shaker at The Saucer on 4/7/13. Pours an almost flat golden-yellow favoring the flesh of a mango. There was a little haze to it, but it seemed more like something dirty floating in it than really a wit or hefe type unfiltered haze. There was no head to this beer. I watched the pour and it was done by one of the bartenders that knows how to pour a beer. He didn't not pour off the head. He poured it at about 75 degrees and it just formed nothing. The smell was just flat as well. There was tons of bubbles in the glass, so I didn't think it was a carbonation thing. There was maybe a whisper of fruit syrup and some maybe banana on top of some cheap white bread. The taste was just a bunch of nothing overall. I feared a flat beer given the head and the nose situation, but it was really quite fizzy; too fizzy really. There was something that maybe wanted to be pomegranate, but only came off as flavoring syrup. There was no wheat flavor at all and there was this harsh hops flavor to it as well; no flavoring hops, just a flat bitterness. Overall, this beer was just off. Sytlistically it just doesn't work right for either a wit or a true wheat beer. It really was like drinking a budweiser with some fruit flavor to it. I may give it another shot just to be sure, but I just didn't like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2013 18:09:11 | More by estlinska
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 04:42:34 | More by JayS2629
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MrDonQuixote

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- nice golden color, with a white head

S- light smell which makes you search for more. Pomegranate hints in the aroma

T- Extremely sweet, nice pomegranate flavor. Not too 'wheaty', not too sweet

M- Nice feel, great carbonation, nice sweet aftertaste

O- Great for a sweet fruity beer, which are usually not my favorite. Nice fruit taste, without all of the sugary rush that goes with it

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 05:23:48 | More by MrDonQuixote
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spices, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, fruit, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but that was about it. It was slightly spicy for the style or at least what I'm used in this style. Wasn't really sure what to make of it, good or bad. I honestly wouldn't have guessed this to be a Witbier but rather a Spiced/Herbed style. Highly doubt I will be having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 13:37:16 | More by thagr81us
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Imbiber1028

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, not an overwhelming flavor, and definite drinkability. I am a fan of pomegranate beers over most other fruit beers, usually because the pomegranate flavor tends to not overpower the beer. I think Major Tom's succeeds here by giving a well-balanced beer. The underpinning flavor of the beer itself is the slight drawback, not the pomegranate flavoring itself. Overall a decent beer...nothing I'll crave...but I would get it again.

Enjoyed on tap at 303 Cafe in East Boston.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 23:09:24 | More by Imbiber1028
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2009 13:20:57 | More by Kolsch
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andreasmwatt

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light straw color. fair head with a very thin lace left behind.

S - Very light aroma, definately floral though.

T - Very Sweet, can't really pick out the pomegranate though.

M - Florally, Nice aftertaste though.

D - Pretty Nice Beer again for the Summer outdoor activities.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2008 00:01:18 | More by andreasmwatt
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is much better on tap than bottle. Pours a semi-clear lemony yellow color with a bubbly head. Very limited retention and lacing.

The nose, not a wit, is limited overall. Some grainy and basic malt. No hints of wheat. Some citrus with more of a fruity twist than hoppy. A very distinctive FTC yeasty character as well. A hint of lemon but no real pomegranate at all.

The taste is limited overall as well. The malt is grainy with a more wheat presence than the nose indicated. Some basic flavors though. There is a more fruit cocktail flavor with the pomegranate coming out but mixed with lemons, orange and cantaloupe. Yes cantaloupe. Some bitterness but not much finishing. Distinctive FTC yeast flavors.

The body is crisp but still has some presence. Some yeast bite but overall not had. Overall limited in flavor and would like more of a fruit nose/flavor for a fruit beer (not wit).

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 18:31:28 | More by Oxymoron
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew was a crisp, light straw color with a slight haze to it. Like most flavored beers, the pomegranate was fairly light,but suprisingly pleasant. Mouthfeel was a little on the dry side, but other than that, this beer was very refreshing. I could see it being a great summer beer for Coloradoans, besides Coors Light. LOL!

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 08:06:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
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WesWes

New York

4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2006 01:48:57 | More by WesWes
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palliko

California

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is amber with not much foam or lace. Aroma has lemon, eucalyptus, yeast and faint malt and hops. Initial taste is a like a cherry Sweet Tart. On the tongue there are hints of fruit that I could not definitely say was pomegranate, though I take their word for it. It seemed to need some adjusting to make it a drinkable beer. No reference to the David Bowie song is found on the label.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2005 18:36:32 | More by palliko
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2005 07:39:35 | More by Beaver13
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, a bright clear gold beer, some initial head but it fades quickly leaves little lacing. Smell is vaguely grapefruity, pomegranate, floral, raspberry. Light but with some artificial aspects to it and a pungent fruity character. Taste is light, pomegranate is foremost, syrupy almost, raspberry, a bit sweet but not too muc actually. The wheat base is mild and it is an easy drinking refresher. Light bodied with a mild carbonation, detectable wheat creaminess to it. I'm not crazy about this but don't hate it either, the pomegranate does come across strongly and feel a bit forced and artificial but as a complete package the beer is alright, dry citrus finish, not a ton of traditional flavours but hey this is meant to be pretty off the wall. Not something I'd drink everyday but could be different one to try. Light and mild, smell isn't great but the beer itself could be worse. Some lemon and pomegranate, maybe would make a good salad dressing?

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:31:09 | More by mick303
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of a mixed six as a what the hell because I tend to like wheat beers, even the fruit ones. Not much on appearance, kinda thin and not much head. Not much to speak about with smell. Taste was also disappointing. Overall not a real strong beer, decent but nothing special. Probably will not buy again. Of course, may be overly rough because I drank it right after a Weihenstephaner Heffeweisbier, so tough act to follow.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:56:50 | More by JamieDuncan
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a 3 Stars Brewing tulip.

A: Poured an absolutely crystal clear gold with only a slight bubble formation posing as a head.

S: Very faint nose of pomegranate extract and honey.

T: Understated, but still okay. A bit thin on the wheat side, but still if you're looking for fruit, there's plenty here.

M: Here is where the brew nearly fails: It's almost flat as a pancake... seriously. When I go searching for a delectable poolside brew like this, I want some fizz!

O: Not horrible, but definitely not a Witbier. It wasn't funky enough for that. Passable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:02:35 | More by Chaney
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Note: did not pour from bottle so could not properly judge appearance.

Little more beer than "flavored" than a lot of fruit beers, which is good. Earthy hops notes forms a quiet undertone throughout, with the pomegranate adding a strange funky tartness it the end. The problem is that the two flavors combine to generate a strange sensation akin (but not as strong as) to OJ and toothpaste.

Overall, I liked this beer ok once I got into it a bit, as the sorta off-putting taste sensation dissipated or I got used to it. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but would look to other options if available.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:32:21 | More by cjgiant
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of pomegranate. The pomegranate becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a mirror image of the smell, with flavors of pomegranate and notes of wheat. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer had a good balance because the wheat flavors masked out any sweetness from the fruit. The beer is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:29:52 | More by metter98
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light cloudy gold. Frothy suds top the unfiltered pomegranate wit. Aroma of wheat and a hint of fruit. Interesting taste of tart Belgian yeast and wheat malt. There is a mild note of acidic fruit but really not discernibly pomegranate. Fair amount of earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied feel and well carbonated. Overall, this is a decent beer, different from the usual wit.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:22:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:01:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. If it weren't for the pomegranate there would not be anything distinguishing about this.

It pours like a slightly dark witbier with a thin head. The aroma is fruity. It might have been more interesting if that were achieved with yeast instead of fruit flavoring.

The taste is dominated by the odd fruit. This is interesting, but it doesn't really work for me. The aftertaste is just dirty.

Ground control to Major Tom, get yourself a new beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:34:37 | More by schoolboy
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Irelynn0607

Iowa

3.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle

A: Blonde, a little cloudy with a 2 finger head

S: pomegranate didn't come through as much as I would have liked

T: Nice and sweet. Could definitely taste the sweetness of the pomegranite

M: Good body. Medium wetness.

O: Overall pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:32:09 | More by Irelynn0607
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light bronze, hazy, with touches of white foam. Light fruity smell. Taste opens slightly sour from the fruit. Mild wheat. Tart balanced out by some awkward closing hop. Very light. Good fruit flavor. But not a huge winner.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 20:10:28 | More by KTCamm
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a rocky bone-white head with beautiful retention and lacing. Looks like whipped cream and bubbly pancakes. The aroma is quite nice...it has a typical American Wheat Ale nose of cracked wheat, crackers, pale malt grain husk, but overlaid by a dusty sour fruitiness akin to raspberries. Since I had a pomegranate today with lunch, I can pick up on it, but I probably wouldn't be able to place it otherwise. Carbonation is brisk. The carbonation stings the tongue and explodes upon the mouth. Medium-light body. The taste is very interesting...fruity, but sour and dusty. There is a bitterness which is akin to the bitter pulp of the pomegranate and is intermingled with a floral hop bitterness which is quite strong for the style. The aftertaste is pungently bitter and really hampers it's drinkability. The sourness is pervasive and more chemical in nature than anything I would expect.

An interesting, odd, and utterly undrinkable beer. The bitterness is crazy for the style and the sour, metallic nature of this brew real kills it's appeal. I would pass on this one again.
L=4.5, A=4, T=2, MF=3. O=1

Review 1/24/13-Well, for some reason, I got another and thought I would try it. Pours out to a lightly hazy peach. forming a small white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is of grain husk and kiwi fruit. Mouthfeel is moderately tart with a light body. The taste is just grain husk, kiwi fruit, a weird moderate metallic bitterness and more sourness. Not a lactobacillus infected sourness, but a citric sourness. The bitterness certainly seems toned down compared to my prior review, but it's still pretty brisk considering the style and body.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:43:39 | More by Mitchster
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with small amount of white head with no retention.

Slight scent of pomegranite and notes of wheat.

Very light pomegranite flavor, some wheat notes.

Light bodied, kind of watery, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was much too watery and lacking of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 15:06:45 | More by BeerCon5
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B0BZ1LLA


3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, straw colored beer that pours with no head

S: strong note of pomegranate

T: strong but balanced pomegranate taste up front followed by medium wheat flavor

M: medium bodied, neither dry nor sweet

O: A great fruit based beer that is still a beer overall. This beer is well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:36:42 | More by B0BZ1LLA
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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.