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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery

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395 Ratings

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beaver13 on 03-16-2005

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Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on a dark golden body with good clarity. The head settles quickly but leaves good lace.

S - Spicy wheat, light hops, and a berry like fruitiness.

T - Lots of wheat up front with tart berry like fruitiness. Sweet, fruity finish with a light hint of hops.

M - Somewhat thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad. At first I though this beer was fairly awful, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me. The fruit flavor is pleasant and actually blends well with the wheat. I still can't say I am a fan of fruited wheat beers, but this is drinkable.

Photo of Imbiber1028
3.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. "Contains Sulfites" listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, delightfully bright golden body with a full inch of white foam.

Smell: Singularly simple wheat malt nose with a mild berry-like waft of pomegranate and a nose-tingled zesty, spicy hop scent.

Taste: Initial tastes of humble barley and malted wheat with a mild, restrained sweetness. The pomegranate flavor is exceptionally light, providing only meager hints of tart fruitiness. Spicy, soapy hop character with a cleansing pop of bitterness. Severely deficient in the ester department, I must say, but, with it's squeaky clean filtration, I suppose none was really intended. Finishes dry, particularly crisp, and with a vague, light touch of lingering fruit character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus carbonation, it delivers a near-sparkling crispness practically from the first sip.

Drinkability: A light wheat ale with a light addition of fruit, charge it with an ample hop bitterness and nigh fizzy carbonation and you have yourself Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat.

Photo of Kolsch
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours light amber with no head. Not quite what I expect from a wheat beer. Smells of artificial fruit, sugar, and some sour- like a cheap candy. Similar in the mouth. Starts bitter and artificial and progresses to thin, watery, sour, and insipid with a metallic tang on the finish. Sharp and prickly in the mouth, this one is a drain pour for me.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark yellow/gold, pure white head - thin, decent retention. Bubbly, slight haze.

S: I'm getting a salty smell, faint lemon and wheat. Traces of ash.

T: Pomegranate comes in the finish, but not that strong. Very tart from the get go, with the finish being dry and sharp/tart. Aftertaste is a sour, acidic citrus flavor similar to grapefruit. I'm getting that salty smell I detected in the hops, which rests in the back of the tongue and it quite present for the typical wheat.

M: Thin, watery. Pretty typical wheat...

D: Just a little too sour/tart for me. Has a strong grapefruit character, and I wish the pomegranate would have shined more. Not as smooth as typical wheats.

Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber yellow with some visable suspended particles and a massive foamy head that leaves nice lacing. Smells kind of bitter & fruity, must be the pomegranate in there, also some caramel maltiness. Tastes weird as the bitterness comes from the actual fruit instead of hops tasting like grapefruit. Not terrible tasting but not true to the style at all. Are we sure this is a witbier? Seltzery slick mouthfeel. A strange brew.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention. Laced in thin rings. Decanted continually.

S: Wheat malt, slightly sweet fruit and citrus. Mild peppery hops well in the background.

T: The fruit (pomegranate) taste is righ up front, but not overpowering. Wheat and slighly sweet malts build in the middle. Mildly bitter hops in the finish. Slight sweet taste lingers (but not in a bad way).

M: Medium body. Balanced carbonation. Finish is clean and dry.

D: Easy drinking; a nice summer beer though the sweetness may get tiring. Strangely enough, not real smooth going down.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, wheat, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts with some fruit up front. Then some elements of wheat & caramel come in. The malt character is a little heavy for the style and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, not a good representation of style, there just wasn't very much in this beer that I found favorable.

Photo of skeetermoses
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, i don't know about this one. the pomegranite juice is prominate in this beer. almost too overpowering. I really could deal without drinking this one. I believe my friend and I had about the same reaction to this beer. Let me try something else. Not the worst beer in the world mind you.

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.98/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

It's a super clear light gold color with a miniscule amount of foam, even with a heavy pour. Basically nothing on the surface after 5 seconds. Not a good start to this one.

Pomegranate? Where? All I smell is some knappy malted milk maltiness and some sweet caramel. No wheat aroma to speak of either.

I dont know what it is, but this is my second FCBC beer and both have been horrible (Summer Fling is the other). This one does not taste at all like pomegranates, nor does it have much of a noticeable wheat crispness or zing. There is a very good chance this will be my last Fort Collins beer, just atrocious.

Photo of confer
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very nice crisp gold, with a small head that is gone in no time.

S-The aroma is fresh and sweet.

T- Disappointing, I love wheat ale and I love pomegranate but this combination doesn't cut it. It gets better the more you drink, but still has an after taste that is stale.

M- Mouthfeel is a little oily.

D- Not a beer I would buy again.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.84/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Fort Collins Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a slightly cloudy gold color. The head is massive, white, has great retention and tons of sticky lacing all coming from huge bubbles.
Smell: The aroma is dominated by pomegranate with yeast aromas hidden in the back.
Taste: The flavors are again pomegranate with lots of peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a crisp mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This beer is tremendously drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of OldYoda
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a committed hop head this beer is way outside my wheelhouse, so take my review with a grain of salt.

Poured from a bottle into my trusy Troeg's standard pint. Minimal head and no lacing - a hazy orange and not an unattractive beer.

Smell is a little tart, you can smell the fruit. Not bad, but doesn't say jump in to me.

I thought the taste was ok, better than I expected. Very fizzy mouthfeel.

Drinkability with this is fine but not something I would seek out, but I'm glad I tried it.

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear yellowish orange in color with a very short 1/4" head. Some spotty lace arrives during the session. Only a few carbonation bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

Smell: fruit sweetness is pleasant but is one dimensional.

Taste: light grainy wheat tones with some fruit sweetness and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout but lightly dry towards the finish. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short-lived.

Drinkability: so-so in my book as this did not refresh nor did it excite the tastebuds.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange brown color, darker than most American wheats. White head is pretty puffy, with good retention but not much lacing. Actually, no lacing. Disappointing.

Lots of fruit - I suppose you can come up with pomegranate if you know beforehand. More tropical than anything, definitely not as sharp as real pomegranate juice. Pleasing nose, if one-dimensional.

Pomegranate is a pretty serious ingredient, which should be used judiciously. I'm not sure that Major Tom has done that. Along with a little hopping, this one is pretty oddly bitter.

The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Where's the wheat? The hops are overly prominent, and the fruit is intense. This is not a witbier. It's not bad, but it's not a wit.

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

This is a decent, light, somewhat crisp wheat beer that is refreshing, largely inoffensive, and a couple notches better than average. The beer pours a clear slighly ambery yellow color. There is a light foamy head and loads of carbonation. The nose is sweet, but I don't detect pomegranate. There is a very light wheaty aroma but that is all.

The taste is crisp and typical of a wheaty beer, but where is the pomegranate? There is a slightly sweetish tint to the beer, that segues into a more dryish and crisp tartness as the beer settles, but I'm just not getting loads of pomegranate. Maybe that's not such a bad thing. The beer is a decent, slightly sweeter than normal wheat beer, with a tartness and a crispness that is its defining qualities. It's an okay beer, and that's all one can say.

Photo of echdk3
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass

A_Translucent golden-oragne yellow color, thick white frothy head, lively with lots of bubbles. A little bit of lacing. Nice

S_Wheaty and fruity, fairly pungent

T_Fairly tart, and sure the wheat is there too. The pomegranate shows up in the aftertaste. A little bitter, but nice

M_Light body, very high carbonation, clean mouthfeel. Just as I had expected and hoped

D_Too bitter and funky for immediate repeats. I appreciate this beer, but I don't want to have more than one

Photo of ATPete
2.16/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle

pours a transparent yellow orange color with an enormous white head. Aromas of soap and artificial fruit in the nose, pomegranate sure doesnt jump out at you, more like over ripe and sour plums, green apple and tart berry. Tart in the mouth as well, fake fruit concentrate again dominates the flavor here, tingly with a metallic taste on the tongue. No true pleasurable wheat character to speak of and an ear wax like aftertaste. Avoid this beer, if you must drink a fruit beer there are better options than this.

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 tmitch75
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle over-flowed a little on opening and poured with a HUGE white head. Beer is slightly cloudy, but surprisingly clear for a "lightly filtered" wheat beer. Straw gold color.

Slightly funky/musty smell, otherwise standard wheat beer with no noticeable fruit smell.

Distinctive flavor, standard American Wheat beer with some light pomegranate flavor. Interesting enough for a one-timer summer beer.

Light body, fizzy almost to a fault.

This beer is nothing spectacular, it's a pretty average wheat/fruit beer, but the pomegranate is distinctive and worth a try.

No date visible on the bottle so I have no way of telling if it was fresh or not.

Tasted 7/30/08.

Photo of MTNboy
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beers body is blonde and hazy. There is a lot of head but not much for lace. It has wheat and fruit aroma so I guess one could say it is true to its style. I thought it did not taste like a wheat beer at all it was more like pale ale in taste. It has a very sweet and tart flavor. It is refreshing and light and I would recommended it for a summer beer.

Photo of Vancer
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The major pours a clear golden straw, big ol' frothy eggshell topping in the Corsendonk tuplip. Plenty of lacing to entice the taste buds.

Easy and light aroma of malts and Pomegranate (kinda of a spicy orange / mango) in this one, quaff is exactly the same. Light and easy drinking, a very nice summer brew to quaff in the heat. A very nice cross-over, "try this" one beer. No problem sipping on a sixer.

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 BWH3
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Now this beer is not offensive but I just fail to see any upside to it. The color a golden clear beer. No wheat beer haze or large fluffy head. The scent is sour atop a whiff of malt sweetness. Not smooth or tart but oddly sour in an unpleasant way. The taste is similar with little complexity or depth of character. Mouthfeel is thin. I would not drink another.

Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.