Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev +14.4%
A light colored barely hazy beer with a thin, whispy white head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smells fairly bare with some weak tinny/fruity odors. Tastes pretty good. I'd say it's a good warm weather beer as it isn't overly complex. It has some sweet flavor, but nothing really like pomegranate. The hops are downplayed significantly. In the end it's a very light, good flavored beer that I think I could enjoy more in the summer.
11-25-2007 04:29:11 | More by cracgor
3.6/5 rDev +12.9%
a: pours a hazy gold/blonde with white head that quickly disappears leaving some lacing behind
s: the aroma is sweet and tart. I imagine this is from the pomegranate, but I must admit, I don't know exactly what a pomegranate smells like. Overall, the smell is pretty mild.
t: like the smell: sweet and tart. It has a slightly bitter bite to it, but I'm not sure its from hops. i can't pick up much hop flavor, maybe the bitterness is from the pomegranate. Finish is a bit sour.
m: light body, average carbonation, its crisp and pretty smooth
d: The pitfall of most fruit beers is too much sweetness. This beer avoids it. The pomegranate is pretty mild, it doesn't dominate the beer, but instead serves as a nice accent. Overall, not too bad. Would be a good summer session beer.
10-31-2007 01:50:50 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.8/5 rDev +19.1%
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!
10-28-2007 08:06:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
3.03/5 rDev -5%
Hazy amber/apricot color with a moderate white head that retreats quickly to just a ring but does manage a bit of lace.
The aroma is very mild, a bit of biscuity wheat and something else, apparently pomegranite but it's so mild it's hard to be sure.
The taste is grainy up front, a bit sour and lactic, with hints of pomegranite following and developing a bit more in the tart finish with just a bit of citrus hops.
Light bodied, drinkable, though maybe a bit tart for some. Worth a try, especially as a warm weather cooler.
10-26-2007 02:05:10 | More by whynot44
3.03/5 rDev -5%
Fruity for sure, but its relatively thin body and pectin sharpness keep the fruit tones somewhat ambiguous. I wouldn't have guessed pommegranite.
In more American Wheat fashion, the hazy straw colored beer forms a partly fizzy, partly foamy head that doesn't retain as well as I would have liked. Unusually, the straw color doesn't allow for any suggestion of fruit additions with any colors associated with fruit to have an impact at all.
Lightly musty fruits, a combination of raw and malted grains and some sort of tart fruit all make their way into the nose. Light herbal, peppery spice, and acidic balance all remain terse but aid the bready grains and fruity notes.
The flavor of bready wheat and raw grains take on a cereal-like impression in taste. Tart fruity notes of apples or under-rippened berries. The soft bready wheat that's typical of Witbiers is lacking, along with the complementary spice of corriander or orange peel. Instead the sharp acidic tone of fruit skins and seeds give a harsh bitterness of grasses, woods, and over-boiled tea.
Early medium-light body never develops the soft or powdery creamy textures of classic Witbiers. Instead, the grainy textures of American Wheat Ales and the sharp astringency of fruit pectin. Finishing with a conflicted acidity and overall thinness, the mouthfeel may be the less desirable aspect of the beer.
The odd pommegranite never makes much of a presence beyond general fruitiness, and the base Witbier flavors are lackluster and of marginal quality- both aspects leave this beer subpar and less interesting than that of Bell's Oberon or the like.
10-16-2007 18:07:10 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
A - Poured out a cloudy golden/blonde color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left a little lace.
S - It smelled of wheat, some pomegranate and clove.
T - It tasted of wheat. There was a secondary pomegranate flavor. Overall, it had a nice sweet taste.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.
D - This is a pretty good beer with a fruit flavor. It is one of the better beers with pomegranate.
10-15-2007 01:29:24 | More by zeff80
3.4/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
10-12-2007 14:28:07 | More by merlin48
2.9/5 rDev -9.1%
A- Clear, deep golden color. A hard pour recedes to a 1-finger head which stays around for a couple minutes.
S- Tart and fruity. Basically smells like pomegranate and alcohol.
T- Sweet citrus quickly changes to bitter and finishes almost sour due to the pomegranate. Would have liked it to be a little sweeter for balance.
M- Light with medium carbonation.
D- It was an ok beer but I wouldn't have it again.
08-29-2007 00:39:51 | More by catalysis
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Westy's.
A: The beer has a confused pale orange color, as though it wants to show off some pomegranate color but can't quite get there. The head had almost a finger in size but recedes quickly.
S: The aroma has a pronounced tartness, sweet and sugary with what I assume to be a pomegranate profile.
T: The wheat body is light, creating a subtly tart body for the fruit. The fruit has a slight tartness, an unusual taste that leaves a non-hoppy bitterness in the mouth. THe flavor is intense while it lasts but quickly disappears leaving the wheat body. Pleasant but mundane.
M: Pomegranate is an unusual additive to a beer. Not sure that I am entirely sold on the taste but the wheat tartness is enjoyable.
D: This is a pretty good lawnmower ale, excellent for a steamy hot August day like today.
08-26-2007 00:58:06 | More by akorsak
3.15/5 rDev -1.3%
Cloudy pale yellow body, several carbonation streams, topped by half a pint glass of whiopped white micro bubbles.
Pleasantly fruity nose, pomegranate I presume, which apparently bears a resemblance to the aroma of grapefruit. Nose just seems to come up a little short, like a sudden stop, when I think its about to really open up.
A sharp burst of malt sweetness, quickly engulfed by pomegranate fruit, an undercoat of wheat, and a strong tart finish. It all happens so fast, its a like a beer in fast forward. Clean finish.
Nice summer mouthfeel, not heavy but not watery.
Drinkability, less than i'd look for in a summer fruit wheat. Little too tart without being as refreshing as I would hope. Working through the mixed case, I never had two of these in a sitting.
An alright wheat/fruit beer, but maybe I was spoiled by Southern Tier's Hop Sun this summer. An ok experience, but I probably won't be back.
08-23-2007 00:40:41 | More by RonfromJersey
3.85/5 rDev +20.7%
This was a really tasty session brew. Smells of some citrusy lemon. Pours nice head and laces beautifully down the glass. The edges are a little rough and somewhat unrefined. Some of the tastes don't mesh with me well(a little unbalanced, lots of flavor going on), but they all taste nice in an of themselves..if you cut me some slack..But a nice session beer that I will be having again.
07-26-2007 21:58:01 | More by bigdeuce
3.53/5 rDev +10.7%
Pomergranate seems to be all the rage this year and I have a few of these beers to go through. I'm hoping that prunes will be the magic fruit for next year (just kidding).
This pours a slightly cloudy yellow and slightly gaseous. During the pour, the head was fluffy and taller than I expected. The bouquet did not seem to reveal the pomergranate in the beer. The same goes with the taste. I was expecting a little more fruit. This beer is pretty easy drinkin' and sure to be a hit with the ladies. Oh well, off to the collection with the bottle.
07-19-2007 21:03:31 | More by garcia2a
3.63/5 rDev +13.8%
A nice orange beer with a fair head and some lacing. Hoppy smell with pomengranete as well. This beer favors a pale ale more than a wheat. The taste reveals the hops and more pom, and is somewhat bitter. The mouthfeel is fair. This beer is a fairly hopped brew with pom flavors that I could drink again. A nice suprise!!
07-17-2007 02:09:33 | More by Enola
3.43/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to Enola for sharing.
Amber/Orange in color. Nice 2 finger white head with excellent retention. Sheets of lace line the sides of the glass as a tip to sip.
Smells like a wheat beer. I don't really detect any pomegranate with my nose.
The flavor is very wheat like in the body with some lemon/lime. The promogranate kind of rounds the flavor off, or completes it. It shows itself in the finish and adds a different type of bitterness to the flavor. Nice bitterness that's different than the one of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium, smooth and kind of fluffy.
Overall a interesting take on a wheat beer. The promogranate certainly adds to the overall flavor.
07-12-2007 02:17:11 | More by wcudwight
2.53/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
07-10-2007 14:58:47 | More by boochmonkee
3.38/5 rDev +6%
Not a bad beer ...this has the taste of your everyday run of the mill beer with what kind of tastes like a peach aftertaste.I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one considering price and low abv.But this is something unique and I don't want to bash it. My advice is to try it. It's not great but descent.
07-01-2007 04:13:56 | More by matty
2.9/5 rDev -9.1%
For a summer beer, a number of things go wrong here.
When I poured it out, into a clean, cool pint glass, the head was full of big, strong bubbles. Took up about 3 fingers after a pour down the side of the glass. Maybe a product of a disturbance in shipping. Not sure, and not a terribly big deal after it settled out. Still, the bubbles affected the mouthfeel in a rather negative way, creating a bitter, almost soda-like sting in the first few sips.
The color is really mediocre, pouring out an orange-blonde, and the smell is almost non-existent. Some citrus comes through, as expected, but none of the fruity or floral aroma you'd have expected with this one.
Things don't improve a whole lot when you taste it. The witbier is hidden beneath what seems like a pomegranate syrup. But instead of really going for it and letting the pomegranates carry the day, the brewers seem to have scaled back a little bit, going for the sort of subtle fruit tones employed by, say, Dogfish's Aprihop. The result is an unimpressive, overly sour taste that is only reminiscent of pomegranates -- a sour taste that attacks the simple, defenseless wit bier base. When you're brewing beers like this, I find that it's important to add a complementary fruit flavor that stands alongside and even enhances the base taste (allowing the wit to come through, in this case), or one with a dominating fruit flavor.
This one, as it pulls the reins on the pomegranate, chokes out the beer as a whole. These guys make great stuff, though, so chalk it up to a good effort and incomplete execution.
06-19-2007 22:29:29 | More by Scheity
2.55/5 rDev -20.1%
On my search for summertime wheat beers, I came across this oddity at $1.34 for a 12-ounce bottle in a mixed sixer at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO, just a couple of miles from the brewery where this unique offering was conceived and produced. It ought to be fresh.
Gentle pour yielded a minimal head over a clear amber body, with none of the pomegranate redness I expected. Looks like a simple plain lager.
Smell is mostly mildly malty-hoppy with a slight sweet-tart fruit note of strawberry and cherry. So THAT'S what pomegranate smells like? However, the smells are very mild, not overt.
Taste is like a not-so-great witbier with a cover of fruity tart-sourness. There is not a hint of sweet fruitiness. Indeed, the aftertaste is rather acrid: not bitter, but almost alum-like in acridity. The main taste is okay, but the finish is not so good.
Mouthfeel is okay. Kind of thin, but there's a stickiness to the after-swallow.
Drinkability ought to be okay, seeing it's just 4.8%. But this doesn't taste good enough to make me want to have much more.
I find it ironic that Fort Collins Brewing brings out such a terrific Maibock in April, and then follows it up with this very unimpressive fruit beer in May. They need to take this one back to the drawing board and redesign it.
06-01-2007 03:11:13 | More by ColoradoBobs
3.93/5 rDev +23.2%
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
3.28/5 rDev +2.8%
Appears a transparent straw toned light gold with a 2 finger, off-white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Sticky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of wheat, lemony citrus, rhubarb, and maybe a very mild dose of pomegranate.
Taste is pretty weak. I'm not getting much of the light fruit that was in the aromas. This is more of a standard American wheat without much depth to it. Perhaps the light tart fruit flavors are meant to add to the yeasty, wheat brew.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a slightly bitter, mildly tart, slick, smooth, and semi-dry.
05-05-2007 14:32:09 | More by weeare138
3.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle into tulip glass. A: Really nice amber-peach color, decent amount of light head. Really beautiful. S: Pomegranate really coming through with the wheat, some malt in there with just a touch of soapiness, minimal hops. T: The wheat hits you first followed very loudly by the pomegranate, a fruity-bitter finish, the hops dont really seem to jive with the overall character very well. Very citric. M: Moderate to high carbonation, fairly thin otherwise. D: It could be that I just dont like pomegranate, but I didnt really take to this very much. Its definitely interesting and the slight wheat flavor works nicely with the tartness, but the pomegranate is so overwhelming it was hard to fully enjoy. Definitely worth a try, if only for the novelty.
04-21-2007 05:48:41 | More by PlaywrightSam
3.88/5 rDev +21.6%
apperance: Nice golden color with light white head.
Smell: Wheaty with a bit of fruit. A little bit of a sour bite.
Taste: Light, crisp and refreshing with a nicely tart fruit finish (compliments of the pomegranate). Very delicious and perfect for a hot day.
Mouthfeel: Nice, round bubbles, well carbonated. Very Nice
Drinkability: Very high. I will definitely buy this again (I only bought a single bottle). The promegranate has a wonderfully dry finish without overpowering the beer flavor.
03-27-2007 00:56:38 | More by Tizzod
3.68/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured a hazy pale orange with a decent off white head. The aroma was a good blend of light wheat malt and strong fruit. The pomegranate was very present along with some other fruits such as banana. The pomegranate dominated the palate and added an excellent touch to the style. The beer was light bodied and decently carbonated. I'm not the biggest fan of witbiers, but the addition of pomegranate makes this one stand out.
02-24-2007 06:55:28 | More by atsprings
3.5/5 rDev +9.7%
Pours a light hazy copper, red tints. Lots of foam. Head kept rising.
Sweet smell to it. Some malt, but mostly flower and some lime.
Tasted a bit sour. This beer seems to have a bit of wheat to it.
The pomegranite is hard to place, but I assume the fruity sourness is from this fruit.
Feels a bit light and tingly.
Good for summer.
02-04-2007 02:21:47 | More by Mebuzzard
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance: Golden straw in color with with minimal head at pour that fades fast, very little lace.
Smell: Buscuity and tart.
Taste: Slightly malty with a balance of hops. Pomegranate for sours.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but crisp, and well carbonated.
Drinkability: The perfect beer for 4th of July or after running the lawn mower.
A true Colorado Native, Enjoy with a group of friends on a hot day!
01-19-2007 02:10:53 | More by BadRockBeer
Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
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