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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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372 Ratings

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Ratings: 372
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 akorsak


3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:58:06 | More by akorsak
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 00:40:41 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of bigdeuce


3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 21:58:01 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of garcia2a


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 21:03:31 | More by garcia2a
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 02:09:33 | More by Enola
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 02:17:11 | More by wcudwight
Photo of boochmonkee


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 14:58:47 | More by boochmonkee
Photo of matty


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 04:13:56 | More by matty
Photo of Scheity

New York

2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 22:29:29 | More by Scheity
Photo of ColoradoBobs


2.55/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 03:11:13 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 19:38:11 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of weeare138


3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 14:32:09 | More by weeare138
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

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

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 don’t 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 don’t like pomegranate, but I didn’t really take to this very much. It’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 05:48:41 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of Tizzod


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 00:56:38 | More by Tizzod
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 06:55:28 | More by atsprings
Photo of Mebuzzard


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 02:21:47 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of BadRockBeer


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

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 02:10:53 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of Mdog


3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Atypical for a witbier, looks like a golden lager with good carbonation and a ok head.

Smell: Tart sweetness.

Taste: Starts with a little malt sweetness then a sour tartness comes through from the pomegranate.

Mouthfeel: Instead of hoppy bitterness, the tartness lasts for a while after swallowing.

Drinkability: It's definitely different, but still pretty easy to drink.

A Christmas gift, I had never heard of this beer. The first one was just "weird" tasting to me, but the 2nd and 3rd have been all right. I think I'm getting used to the pomegranates or something!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 15:54:20 | More by Mdog
Photo of BeerRun13


3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pors a mostly clear, pale, golden straw color. Very unimpressive head retention for a wheat beer. A slight ring leaves limited lace.
A little wheat and sugary fruit present in the nose.
Improves a bit in the taste. Slightly sweet and tart. Overall low pommegranate flavor. Maybe it fermented out...?
Light bodied and very refreshing. Nice yet modest carbonation.
I think I've only had one other pommegranate/wheat combonation, but remember it being much more flavorfull and robust. This one however is very drinkable and refreshing, and would probably make for a great yardwork/lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 23:59:24 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well-hazed orange/amber pour with a great looking eggshell colored head that unfortunately doesn't last long and leaves very little lace.

Aroma is tart, yeasty, and has a wheaty twang. There's a distinct fruit notion, but it doesn't scream pomegranate to me. There are metallic and chalky undertones.

The flavor is very similar. A light wheaty base with semi-tart fruit and berry notes. Fruit is quite subtle and not as tart as some of the reviews lead me to expect. The is absolutely nothing about this beer that should land it in the Witbier category.

Body is light and fizzy, too light, and too fizzy. Soda-like mouthfeel. I guess i could see drinking this very cold after mowing or something.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 22:09:08 | More by AlexJ
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Explodes out of bottle with a five+ finger white head that fades to a shallow layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Fruity nose, is this what pomegranate smells like? Starts tart and fruity, different, can't really detect any wheat, tart almost sour finish. This would be a good summer beer. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 23:53:44 | More by jdhilt
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that displays great retention and leaves a Milky Way of asteroid lacing around the glass

Smell: The first thing that jumps out at you is the barnyard aroma; underneath that is an unusually tart berry-like fruit and a bit cracked wheat grain

Taste: Swirling the liquid in the mouth provides a combination of characteristic American wheat cracker with a slightly tart, fruity flavor and a hint of vanilla; after the swallow, it all breaks loose, with an acidic tartness that blends with the wheat cracker into the finish; the aftertaste is a little harsh

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual beer; not one that I would gravitate toward on a regular basis, but I admire the creativity that went into devising this concoction; I would like it better without the sour aftertaste

Thanks, oxymoron

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 01:32:04 | More by brentk56
Photo of Bitterbill


3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a huge head of foam that actually grew after pouring and almost overflowed. Half way through the session and on, I had about a 1/2" layer but it was still "billowy".

The smell is a very sweet fruity nose. Not ever having tasted a pomegranate, I can't say it smells like that but..it's nice.

The taste is of wheat and what I presume to be pomegranate. It's an interesting flavour for sure; a mix of sweet and bitter that, imho, makes for good drinkability, especially in the hot weather we've been having in Casper.(today it's 94F, yesterday it was ~107!)

Bottom line: An unusual, and good, enough taste to visit again and...the label is really cool looking.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 18:07:00 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Equal parts orange and amber capped with a good looking polished ivory head that fills the top third of the glass. Given the fact that the surface bubbles are popping in slow motion, it's gonna be a while until I can get my nose in close proximity to the beer. Lace-like lace is beginning to appear in small sheets, but very little sticks when all is said and done.

The nose is differently fruity so I'm guessing that it's the pomegranate juice concentrate that's responsible. If I didn't know any better, I'd have said that the aroma is due to some variety of hop, although not one that I've run into before. It's a pleasant aroma, even a summery one.

The flavor is odd. Not 'bad odd' just odd. On the good side of things, the pomegranate flavor isn't too subtle. On the not-so-good side of things, it isn't really a fruit flavor that I enjoy. I don't believe that I've ever eaten a pomegranate before--or even anything flavored with the juice--and now I'm not so sure that I'd care to.

This is definitely not a witbier since there's no orange peel and no coriander. Technically speaking, it's either an American Pale Wheat or a fruit beer. Actually, I think it most resembles an APA, albeit one that uses the world's most exotic variety of hops (pomegranates are bitter just like hops). The beer itself is in the exact center of the sweet-bitter continuum.

Part of what gives it that APA vibe is the mouthfeel; it doesn't have the feel of a wheat beer at all. It's smooth and slick rather than soft and lush, probably as a result of the sticky fruit juice.

I'm surprised that Major Tom's is Fort Collins Brewing's best seller. I can't believe there are that many people who enjoy the taste of pomegranates in their beer. This bottle was enjoyable enough, but now that my curiosity has been satisfied, I won't be drinking this one again. Definite points for originality though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 20:52:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 02:48:50 | More by naderator55
Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.