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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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369 Ratings

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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Photo of stephens101


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the American Wheat beer. We've done so well with so many styles, as have we with this one, but sometimes it seems to struggle with attaining the level of respect that say, an IPA or a Barleywine can. Maybe it's just our palates are enjoying other styles moreso at this time, or maybe the brewers aren't putting the effort into lower gravity, cleaner drinking brews. Who knows? Who cares? Let's just drink the SOBs because they're damn good in their own right.

Pours a clear pale orange with plenty of bubbles rising quickly to the top and forming a one-finger off white and quickly receding head. The bubbles continue for a while. There is no head retention to speak of. I get some corn, straw and an aroma of biscuits and honey on the nose. Tastes malty and sweet with a bit of lemon and possibly pomegranate (makes sense) thrown in a slightly bitter finish. It's crisp, but has a certain almost indiscernible breadiness that rounds off the edges. A good wheat beer that could probably use a bit more gusto in the taste department, but will go a long way toward whetting the whistle when that's all you need.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 23:11:04 | More by stephens101
Photo of SteveO1231


3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle with a yellow label with an image of a bi-plane on it.

Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head, no lacing.

Aroma very light and is fruity, light hints of cherry, pale malts, and grassy hops.

Surprisingly full-bodied texture for such a light beer.

Crisp and sweet up front with hints of sour cherry and grape skins. The fruit is nice but does not overpower. The beer finishes dry with a slight grassy bitterness.

I would have to say that is is one of the best fruit beers that I have ever tasted. The fruit flavor was crisp and sweet but not too overdone, with no fake imitation flavors.

Great beer on a hot summer day!


Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:23:18 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Golden straw colored in my SA beer drinking glass. Bright 2 fingers of luscious white froth. Definitely pick up some pomegranate on the nose, with a touch of corrainder. More pomegranate on the 1st few sips, but surprisingly not overwhelming. A good amount of wheat taste with some zesty hops. Light berry fizz in the mouth, finishes rather dry. Very light in the body, clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 20:39:23 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass a clear golden body capped with a thick finger of soft white foam that retains at a thin ring and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is tart and fruity with a note of sugary red syrup.

The taste of the drink is sweetly malty with tart fruit and a burnt citrus rind-type bitterness that really pervades the finish and upsets an otherwise inoffensive balance.

Medium-bodied with ok carbonation and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 00:35:20 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of ajmoody76


3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer store. i am a pomegranate fan- they are messy and time consuming to eat, but good! 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. clear gold to amber color. do not see the cloudiness of the style or the "strawberry-blonde" the bottle claims. thin white head. looks okay none-the-less.

fruity and wheat on the nose. some citrus hops. no off odors.

fruity with a dry aftertaste. the more i drink it the more i may trick myself into tasting pomegranate. it is fruity but if i did not know the fruit involved i would not pick pom.

good carbonation. easily drinkable. i like the beer. i could do a session. the pomegranate designation does not fullfill. i would like to have this unfiltered also.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:56:47 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of hylton44


3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 01:42:31 | More by hylton44
Photo of pokesbeerdude


3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes:

A: Poured a clear gold, similar to a lager, white head about an inch thick. 3.0

S: Definitely a wheat beer, the pomegranate is slightly subdued, but lingers in the nose quite a while. Not too terribly bad, but not as aromatic as I hoped for. 3.0

T: Very sweet up front, pomegranate hits early, but doesn't linger too long. Has a refreshing bitterness at the end. Nicely hopped to balance out the sweetness. The tangy wheat malt characteristic is there as well. Not too bad really. 3.5

M: Crisp and smooth, clean finish, pretty refreshing a little thicker than most wheats. 3.0

D: This wouldn't be a bad session beer really. It was worth a shot, and not too bad. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 02:48:36 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of TexIndy


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipped back from Indiana during trip to see folks.
Poured from a 12oz bottle with no date into a pint glass. It was a hazy yellow with a bunch of tiny yeast bits floating around. It opened with a loud pop and had a huge 4 finger head. Needless to say it had good carbonation. Good lacing as well.

The aroma was pomegranate on top of a wheat malt base. Also had some high profile hops as well. The taste was heavy on pomegranate as well. It was a good balance and not overpowering. The base beer seemed good as well. I had it on-tap at the brewery a couple years back and remember liking it better so either my tastes have changed or an iffy bottle. Good mouthfeel. Nice and crisp.

Overall, a good fruit beer. I love pretty much all the FCB beers and this one doesn't disappoint for what it is. Fruit beers are good on-offs for me but not session or several times a year. With that said, I'd be happy to get a few of these a year.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 01:31:57 | More by TexIndy
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, a nice fruitiness (pomegranate), and wheat notes. In the taste, fruity, pomegranate notes, mainly a dry wheat flavor. A fruity bite, and a light bodied mouthfeel, and a semi dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice fruitiness in a nice wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:18:14 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of pmcadamis


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:11:49 | More by pmcadamis
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 02:14:25 | More by dacrza1
Photo of PiecefulToker


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow, straw color with a thick 1.5-finger head in my weizen glass. Some lacing. Unfortunately this beer is filtered...

S: Sweet fruit (pomegranate I assume?), sweet pale malt, honey, straw.

T: Everything is subtle. There is a sweet and smooth wheat maltiness that washes through, carrying a slightly sweet and fruity hint of pomegranate, not overpowering, just highlighted. Sharp lemony zest at the end, with some hop bitterness. Nothing too substantial, but this is well balanced and tastes pretty good.

M: Smooth and silky, carbonation perfect.

D: Very high. They say on the box that this is made to be a session beer, and it certainly lives up to that. I could drink a sixer no problem on a warm afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 04:54:31 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of ibashmuck


2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Looks and smells like a witbier, but the taste isn't really close. Slightly sweet, but not enough of the wheatiness I look for in a wit. Lacking in just about every category. I like wit's, I like pomegranate, but I tend to not like fruity beers as they usually overdo it (see: Sam Adams Cherry Wheat). This one had a modest fruitiness, which was good, but not enough of the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 20:12:56 | More by ibashmuck
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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
Photo of beeragent


2.28/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a glass from a 12oz bottle. The beer poured a clear medium straw, forming a 1 inch white head, creating light lace as it faded. The aroma is very grainy and only has a hint of any wheat qualities. Taste follows closely, having a very pronounced almost BMC graininess to it, along with a light wheat flavor, and absolutely no hint of pomegranate anywhere. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, more like a lager. This beer just seemed to be lacking in flavor, and in no way resembled any wheat beers that I know of. Very dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 20:49:41 | More by beeragent
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tad more filtered than I like my wheat beers but nice golden appearance. Slightly cloudy with some heavy carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. White head coats the surface. Nose is wheaty with a bit of fruit. I can only assume the fruit aroma is the pomegranate because it is not the normal banana/citrus of a wheat beer.

Really digging this beer-especially considering it is a fruit beer. Never particularly fond of fruit beers. Heavy on the wheat flavor with just the slightest hint of pomegranate. Which is a good thing because I am not fond of pomegranate juice. Some oily flavors that really do stick well together. Medium mouthfeel that has some heft to it actually. Kind of pleasantly surprised by that. Will definitely have to buy this on again.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 18:34:42 | More by MuddyFeet
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New York

3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not too sure what to think of this brew. As a witbier it doesn't really seem to hold up but works pretty well as a summery, American pale wheat ale. The pomegranate doesn't seem to show through very much except for a tartness that is consistent. Scents are pretty non-existent. Color is nice and golden, head is good, lace is good...
Mouthfeel is very dry and on the tart side which I find makes this pretty drinkable. There is a little bit of assertive bitterness in the finish which I find one can counteract by having another swig!
The signature witbier flavors of coriander and citrus aren't really in here; maybe some tartness or sourness but nothing that speaks of the fruit.
Definitely more palatable when poured into a glass as opposed to consumed straight from the bottle as the bitterness can be too much if not decanted. Some that might have a problem with the usual sweetness of the style may enjoy this brew over other witbiers.
All in all I'd have to say that I would get this again, especially when served cold on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 23:58:48 | More by ommegangpbr
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2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours into a Paulaner tasting glass with 5+ fingers of foam and a resulting (small) mess. The foam subsides very slowly, leaving behind pops and dashes of crusty lace. The beer is a slightly hazy peachy golden color.

Aroma - a vague fruitiness, common grain/wheat smell, soft and unassuming.

Taste - husky wheat, a touch of pomegranate tartness. The swallow is more of the pomegranate tart flavor. Nothing real special but not bad.

Mouthfeel - average weight, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - not my kind of beer, pomegranate for all it's anti-oxidant porperties, does nothing for me as an additive.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 19:08:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; a pure clean reddish gold, too clean for a Witbier, off white big head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing and retention.

Smell: Artificially sweet and grainy, I couldn't have guessed this was pomegranate if it wasn't on the bottle. It reminds me of a paler #9.

Mouthfeel: Light and almost fruit juicy, high carbonation.

Taste: Pale, weak and grainy, tart and a little sour on the finish, not pleasant. Funny... I just happened to have some pomegranate juice and threw in a splash; not bad... a tart sour champagne like concoction.

Drinkability: As there's no dating anywhere, I have no idea how idea my bottle is, the flavor could just be gone. I wouldn't drink this again, and probably wouldn't have finished this had I not had the real pomegranate juice. A disappointment compared to the others in the Brewer's Lunchbox.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 00:53:35 | More by joezak5
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured clear and blonde, with carbonation rushing up the top of the beer, and a small white head that quickly left a lace around the edge. Looked good enough. The smell was wheaty, with a mixture of hops and sharp fruit tones that gave a little bit of a pleasant stinging sensation to the nose. The taste was wheat and hops (surprisingly, the latter came out stronger), and some complimentary tart fruit along for the ride, which obviously included pomegranate, but also might have had some citrus in there. The hops and the dry, carbonated mouthfeel gave the beer a bit of a crips bite. I enjoyed the taste at first sip, but as I drank more, I liked it less. The tart flavors just got more and more sour to me, the beer a bit too carbonated, and I had enough by the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 15:25:34 | More by micahgoldfus
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New Jersey

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

12oz single poured into pint glass.

A: Transparent yellow color with a thick head falling to nil.

S: Pomegranate? Really just bland wheat. Some fruitiness but mostly just tartiness.

T: Citrusy with a whole lot of sweetness. Really not bad, probably very good on a hot day. Some hops but otherwise no real pomegranate, more celery or peas oddly enough. Cant say I hate it though.

M: Close to medium body with a hoppy bite. Sour on sides of tongue and sweet on the tip. Medium carbonation.

D: Not impressed in terms of either a fruit beer or a wheat beer. Lacked flavor and from other reviews expected more by way of hop flavor.

This one didnt do it for me. Not horrible, not a repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:51:41 | More by marcpal
Photo of Risser09


3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling? - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with an off white head that's 1" tall. Very little carbonation activity. Great retention. Plenty of lace. Nice foamy head.

Smell: Dried wheat, lightly toasted malt. No fruit aromas. Slight woody/nut fragrance.

Taste: Heavy wheat presence. There are some indiscernible fruit flavors but they don't taste like pommegranate.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy with an earthy, tannic, aftertaste. Medium bodied beer that goes down smooth with no noticable alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good. A nice quencher that does disappoint with it's lack of pomegranate flavor. Overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 11:59:56 | More by Risser09
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3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very lightly hazey banana with small, sluggish bubbles rising to the surface of a well foamed beer. Very little lacing. The aroma is a very faint, yet sharp fruit. The first sip is a tart fruity, pomegranate with a bone dry hop finish. Very light bitterness overall, but its there at the end. Helps round out the whole brew. Very dry palate mixed with sharp pomegranate fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:06:13 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of MOShepp


4.08/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 01:07:43 | More by MOShepp
Photo of jwc215


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed golden yellow with a white head tht quickly thins and stays, leaving a clean glass.

The smell is of wheat dough/tang... not really catching the pomegranate, though thankful that it isn't artificial/overwhelming as with some other fruit beers.

The taste is of wheat, dough a slight hint of citric tang - pomegranate. Not too sweet overall, as there is some balancing tartness.

Light-bodied, as per style.

Can't really complain as it's not the artificial-like syrupiness that many fruit wheat beers have. Still in all, it's a pretty typical American wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 13:57:10 | More by jwc215
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