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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat - The Fort Collins Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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396 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: Beaver13 on 03-16-2005

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Photo of MOShepp
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden yellow with a foamy white head that quickly reduced and left minimal lacing.

S-Light citrus aroma with a bit of wheatiness in the background.

T-Almost like a macro-lager with a interesting mix of tart/sweet fruit notes. A bit of biscuity maltiness with some earthy notes followed by a mild hop bite and finally the tart finish. All in all nice....but all of these flavours are mild...if they would POP more this beer would be much better.

M-Medium-light body with a pleasant light zing.

D-A bit light and "odd" for my tastes....but overall nice. This is a great stepping stone beer or a nice one to have at a summer BBQ. Light and refreshing with a low ABV makes it easy to have multiples.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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).

Photo of BeerCheese
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear medium yellow, which surprised me. With the pomegranate, I kind of expected it to be red or pink! Nice fluffy head and great lacing. Hardly any detectable aroma. Taste was interesting. Had to take a few drinks to decide if I liked it or not. Not fruity tasting, which is good. I think the pomegranate adds a little tartness to the bitterness of the hops, and it has a kind of sharp crisp flavor, almost a little like a sweet tart with the sweet left out of it. Mouthfeel was average, with medium carbonation and medium light body. Actually a pretty drinkable beer. Might surprise somebody who's expecting a fruity beer - like me.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark yellow with a tall bright white head. Nose of sweet tarts and sour grapes, with a standard witbier spicy wheat backbone. Taste is tart grapes, green apples and cherries, with wheat and corriander. It is a little on the thin side to me. While it tasted ok it is not smoething I will seek out.

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

A - Pours clear golden with a slight amber tint. A thick white foam head stands 1 finger tall, but dissipates quickly to a covering with no lace.
S - Light aroma of sweet fruit (pomegranate) with an equal scent of wheat. Overall, the smell is pretty light.
T - More hoppy than expected. Sweet and sour fruit backed by a wheat aftertaste. Great transition of flavor from sip to swallow and after. More powerful than smell.
M - Close to medium body with a hoppy bite. Sour on sides of tongue and sweet on the tip. Medium carbonation.
D - I really liked this one. I scored it a little low only because I think it's too hoppy for the style and what most would expect a wheat to have. I liked the hop level, though. Recommended.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.54/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this bottle in pick-your-sixer deal on base. Far from being one of my favorites, but it would work well ice cold on a hot summer day.
Appearance - typical pale looking wheat
Smell - a little citrus, fruit smell of pomegranate definitely noticeable
Taste - too weak for my taste, seemed to be lacking in the substance of wheatness
Mouthfeel - light and refreshing
Drinkabilitiy - not bad, maybe a little flat.
Not one I will be looking for on the next beer run...but might keep in mind for a barbecue.

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

I continue to try new Wheats. This one is impressive when poured, at first. Then I noticed it is completely clear. That is unusual for a wheat.

The nose is rather disappointing as well. Some bread but really this smells more like a macro!!!

The taste lacks the carbonated bite, citrus and other fine characteristics that I like in this style. The malt is there, but this is mostly grainy. The only reason I gave this the grade I did was that it was not bad to drink, just didn't follow the genre.

Photo of Fish113d
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale lemon/gold color with a fizzy white, head that "screams" its way to the surface, but quickly begins to dissipate, allowing some aroma to purge to my nostrals.

Aroma is of citrus fruit peel (lemon/lime) while a weak, grainy, wheat aroma hits my nose as well. NOt much substance here. Pomegranate? Nothing on the nose reminds me of Pomegranate seeds (fruit).

Sipping reveals a better than average body with a sharp carbonation hitting the tip of my tongue while the flavors of grain hits my palate. I guess I can get the sense of the pomegranate fruit coming through afterward, but honestly, it's very subtle, much like eating the actual fruit itself.

Feel and drinkability are both just "okay". I'm not a huge wheat fan, and this one doesn't help my feelings about them. A rather disappointing showing to be honest. However, I'm betting at the abv and style, this would make a very nice summer guzzler.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at room temperature.

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a foamy white head; left lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Citrus (mainly grapefruit and lemon) aroma with some wheat in the background; maybe some spices.

T - Unique blend of citrus, hops, and grassy-wheat flavors. Fruit notes are difficult to differentiate - semi-sweet/semi-tart lemon and orange, maybe. Earthy notes follow the juicy hop flavor, finally making way for a tart finish. Lots of flavors working here.

M - Medium body with a tart finish. Strong carbonation present.

D - I wasn't too sure after the first bottle, but the next day I had changed my mind and found it quite enjoyable, even in the blustery-winter weather. A unique addition to their sampler case.

Photo of secondtooth
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An unusual ale with a distinctive tartness (real pom juice concentrate
is an ingredient). I was prepared to laugh this one off as another
fruity sweet beer, and to an extent that's true, but in reality, it's
not at all bad. It's nice and light, with a bit of a zing (and wins
some points for originality), but ultimately Major Tom's isn't a
standout beer, as there's really no depth to it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

And here we go with yet another pomegranate wheat beer. I still haven't figured out why everyone keeps taking a stab at this precise combination. It just seems to bode a beer that misses the mark. Let's see how this goes.

Pours a fogged golden amber with a big head off a firm pour that falls thin pretty quickly. Nose is barely there. Seems to be a very elusive whiff of fruit, and that's all. Flavor is slicky sweet with what one would guess to be the pomegranate , but doesn't really seem like it too much. I am sure it is just another pouring of syrup into the beer kinda thing. At least this one has some decent wheat character to it. And it seems like the warmer it gets, the more even it becomes. I am actually sitting here thinking that I might give a 4 on flavor, so I will. That surprises me as most of these pomegranate wheats just end up being totally weak. This one at least has some positive attributes. Feel is a bit of a tingle on the tongue from carbonation and who knows what else. Liquid is kind of doughy. This ends up being pretty drinkable actually. Though it seems to be better warmer than cold.

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

Got this in a mixed pack from a holiday beer club event. Out of the 24 different and sometimes exotic beers, this was the one that my girlfriend was looking forward to sampling most. Girls and pomegranate, huh?

It pours with a two-finger white head that dissipated quickly, but not without leaving some lacing. It’s a nice golden haze, with lots of bubbles floating through the glass during the duration of the session.

The nose isn’t very distinguished. It smells like any other summertime citrus wheat. I think more grapefruit then anything else.

It has a nice tart taste from the pomegranate. There is a lot of citrus notes. A little sour, and not extremely smooth, but there is a nice balance from the hops and fruit.

Something that I would definitely like to try more of, and would probably make a nice session beer for a ball game over summer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very light golden yellow with a good amount of cloudiness to it. A nice three finger head of white fizzy foam came across the top but faded rather quickly leaving behind just a thin layer across the top and a small amount of side glass lace. There was ample carbonation visible throughout and there was also a touch of suspended particles floating through.

S – The aroma was very bright. Lots of lemon like hops notes riddled throughout with a touch of a light fruit like aroma, almost strawberry like in sweetness. Assuming that was the pomegranate and it shown through very strongly. A bit of a light wheat or grass making up the back bone of it started to pull through as it warmed and gave it a little more depth.

T – The flavor was very big and crisp. A large dose of hops greeted you from the first sip, and it was the fresh cut grass mixed with lemon type of flavor, very crisp, very clean, and quite bitter. Nice fruity flavors followed this through adding a good bit of sweetness to it and the pomegranate flavor really starting to pull itself together then. There was a nice light wheat and yeast added into to it as well which gave it a good amount of balance. The flavor overall was a lot more complex then I thought it would be and came off quite light and refreshing.

M – Very light body which was more then amply carbonated this was definitely a light ale. There was a nice light crispness to it which would lend itself more towards a warm weather beverage, but was still nice at this time.

D – Very good drinker, this had a very nice light crisp flavor profile and the feel itself was very light and refreshing. All of this combined with good carbonation and lack of filling gave it something you could easily put down a few of.

Overall I never know what to expect when I see these hybrid styles with weird fruit added in, but this one was actually very good. It was like a nice light wheat ale, mixed with a ton of bright hops and with an added little bit of fruit. Not bad at all I would have to say. I would defiantly try this one again and would actually like to pick up more then one next time I see it.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy blonde color with an almost complete lack of head even with a vigorous pour.

S: Not really a pomegranate smell but a sweet smell is there. Wheat is the dominant scent on this one.

T:Barely taste the pomegranate. If you want that go for Saranac's version. Some citrus notes and a sour taste. Slightly creamy on the finish.

M: Easy going light body.

D: Has all the makings of a good summer session beer. Light on the taste though. If this was cheaper I would pick it up regularly for friends that are not really into craft beer.

Photo of cracgor
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
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!

Photo of whynot44
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.