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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac Pomegranate WheatSaranac Pomegranate Wheat

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 03-24-2007)
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

dzlle25, Jun 26, 2014
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antsmarching713, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

LightsOut3000, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Scribbles
4.88/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy dark golden colour, 1 1/2 to 2 finger head when pured correctly into a chilled glass. Nice looking with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Classicly Wheat smell, malt, with some hints of fruitiness

Taste: Wheat, malt, with some fruity berry like flavourings in the background enough that they stay in balance. Somewhat sweet but not overly, it works with the rest of the beer's flavours well.

Mouthfeel: nice and smooth, creamy and refreshing at the same time.

Drinkability: I would have no problem drinking one or six of these, the taste is excellent, they're refreshing, and all around enjoyable to drink.

As for my random thoughts; if your looking to taste a lot of fruit get a wine cooler, if you want lots of hops get an IPA; but if you want a flavourful Wheat beer with just enough fruit to give if good flavour and stay in balance this is what your looking for, it certainly delivers on its promises. This beer will certainly make it to my fridge every summer from this year forward.

Scribbles, Sep 27, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

thebuck, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Guardian
4.4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Average to good...nothing different than your average micro

S- Very fruity smell. I would not guess Pomegranate but I would guess berries. Very sweet smell.

T- Nice and light. Very enjoyable. No aftertaste whatsoever.

M- Slight carbonation. Very light and pleasant feel on the tongue.

D- No question...able to drink quite a few of these. A quality beer imo.

Guardian, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Especially for the time of year. It was hot, and this beer was ice cold and went down so smooth.

A lot of citrus flavors, with a smooth wheat texture and taste. Crisp too. I enjoyed the flavors, but if someone were to give me this beer blind folded I wouldn't be able to say there was pomegranate in it.. just fruit and citrus flavors.

Try it!

nrpellegrini, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of AlHam
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually don't enjoy fruit-flavored beers. The two notable, big-name exceptions are Sam Adams' Cherry Wheat and this Saranac.

Served on-tap, it's an incredible summer and fall beer. It pairs equally well with a light summer lunch as with a flavorful fall dinner.

It pours clear and slightly hazy, from the wheat and the real pomegranate used in the brewing process.

It smells sweet and fruity - a promise the taste follows through on.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth.

The sweetness limits this beer's drinkability.

AlHam, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of SirSaranac
4.35/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Do I drink a lot of this beer? Indeed I do. Let's get this straight... despite the name, this is not fruit beer. This an American Wheat... Basically an American hefe, right? Ok... On with the review.

A- Pours a georgous golden-honey hue... cloudy, but not quite the cloudiness of a german hefe.
1 finger head settles and disappears, but subtle lacing makes love to the glass with each sip.

T- I think this brew is perfectly balanced: wheat malt and a sweetness that is hard to decipher. The last thing that I'd describe this beer as is fruity... It's sweet, but you really have to hone in to taste the pomegranate... If you don't know what pomegranate tastes like then you probably won't even be able to point your finger at it. Search deeper... subtle orange? Wheat malt dominates this brew.

M- Slighty tart... light bodied. Only complaint? Slightly over carbonated.

D- This is the ultimate social beer in my opinion. Goes down sooo smoooth, yet still has plenty of flavor. I'd give this a 6 in drinkability if possible.

Overall? Let's be honest... if you've tried it you probably liked it, but don't want to admit it to your friends. It's like a guilty pleasure. You see the girls at the bar drinking Smirnoff Pomegranate and you don't want anything to do with something that sounds remotely close to that. Do yourself a favor, and try this if you haven't. This is a great summer beer, but there's a reason why the West End made this a year round brew.

SirSaranac, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Backer2004
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this seaosnla option at the Saranac brewpub at the Albany airport on draft. My expectations were definitely low. Looked a nice ruby with a fair abount of head and carbonation. They could not have balanced out the fruit with the hops and malts any better. Actually quite tasty but not over the top. Not a bad choice at all and worth trying again.

Backer2004, Apr 06, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

beerhan, May 11, 2013
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RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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BodiesLexus, Dec 15, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pomegranate Wheat pours a light gold color with minimal head and no lasting lace. The aroma has hints of dough, fruit, and vanilla followed by a flavor with a good balance of pomegranate juice, sweetness, and a citrusy tang. It has a medium mouthfeel with more pomegranate showing through in the finish. This beer is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Highly recommended!

B967ierhunter177, Jan 05, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Mister Moto's in Burlington IA. The appearance was hazy golden orange, thin 2-finger head. I don't know what pomegranate smells like, but after this beer I have an idea. It was a very nice contrast with the hefe-weizen yeasty esters, fruity and a little sweet. A very easy-to-drink beer, I had a couple.

TurdFurgison, Aug 10, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully surpised by the taste of this beer. I am usually very adverse to Fruit beers, but was in an adventurous mood and figured what the hell. Defninitely a great summer beer. Ended up buying an entire case. Have not been able to find it in my area, will have to travel up to NY in the summer to buy more. Very tasty.

kaboose72, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy body and a golden color with a big white head that makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light fruity nose with hints of wheat and barley malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a sweet honey and light pomegranate character that blends well with the smooth wheat flavored malts. Its flavor is nicely sweet and well balanced to the wheat within the medium body. The carbonation is about average and it has a smooth and refreshing texture and great drinkablility.

Notes: This may be my new favorite summertime outdoor party drink.

generallee, May 21, 2008
Photo of 160Shillings
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very mild fruity esters and some wheat. No pomegranate. Very slight citrus from the Columbus hops.

Appearance: It pours with a good wheat beer head, but dissipates too quickly leaving only a thin cap of wheat foam on the surface of the beer. The color is a medium gold. It is appropriately hazy, from wheat protein not yeast.

Flavor: The flavor is mild, but a good blend between wheat and pomegranate. This balance is rather well done, arriving at a light and refreshing taste while still achieving an interesting and mutually supporting blend of wheat and pomegranate. There is a very slight underlying sweetness. Once again a slight citrus from Columbus hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium light. It is slightly heavier than I expected, but yet not to an extent that it distracts from the refreshing nature of this beer.

Overall Impression: This beer falls well within the boundaries of an American wheat beer. Pomegranate adds fruit flavor for an interesting contribution to a refreshing summer ale.

Comments: The surprise is how well they have accentuated a refreshing wheat beer with a very well done balance between the normal wheat flavor/tartness and pomegranate fruit. The pomegranate adds just enough complexity to keep this beer interesting without interfering with its basic refreshing nature. The Columbus hops character comes out more as the beer warms, so if you like citrusy American hops, let this beer warm slightly before you drink it.

160Shillings, May 13, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep amber almost red with a ring of foam around the top of the glass, Fruit dominates the nose in this one, actually smells nice. Flavor is actually pretty decent, Pomegranite is very subtle in this brew, finish is slightly sweet but definitely not cloying. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Honestly, I'm rather impressed, the last Wheat/Fruit combo I had was a bit disappointing, this however was not. A unique but nice refreshing beer.

funkengruven, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of drowninginhops
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass, review from notes.

A:Light gold with a little red from the pomegranate. <1 finger head, no lacing or retention.

S: Wheats, fruits, pomegranate, citrus. And do I taste a little vanilla.

T: See smell.

M:Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel

D: Very drinkable and refreshing brew. Highly recommended!

drowninginhops, May 16, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm usually not a fan of fruit beers but this one was too weird to pass up. What's next, kiwi beer? Asparagus beer? I look forward to whatever awaits.

A: Cloudy golden color with a big rocky white head of small bubbles fading to large bubbles and leaving lacing behind.

S: Sweet and fruity (suprise). Apricots.

T: Weird (or "unique" if you wanna be more polite). The hoppy bitterness and pomegranatey sweetness are an odd combination. It covers a lot of the palate spectrum, but I'm not sure if they're clashing or complementing each other. Wheaty aspects are there but aren't nearly as interesting to comment on.

M: Light and refreshing with a little sugary slickness. Alcohol not apparent, carbonation adequate.

D: Goes down very easily, I could see myself drinking a sixer of this by myself. This is sweet but not too sweet. It's more of a thick subtle dextrose sweetness, rather than an in-your-face candy-like fructose sweetness; likely that's what makes it more palatable.


This would make a great dessert beer (and there aren't too many of those). It would also be a good beer for chicks who like foo-foo mixed drinks. Add a paper umbrella if you wish.

I will be getting this again, can't say as I've ever had anything like it before.

BeerNinja007, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of DerBayer
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer - a solid Hefeweizen with a Pomegranate freshness.

The subtle hint of fresh fruityness rather than actually adding fruit and spoiling the beer was fantastically refreshing and the beer was very well balanced.

This is a beer that could be sipped or drank very quickly as a refresher - I drank mine way too quickly but that s cause I enjoyed it.

DerBayer, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

5.99 for a six pack.

WOW. Over the last 6 months i have had a shitload of this beer! It isn't a masterpiece, and I kind of feel like a pussy for liking such a fruity drink but come on this is just undeneibly pleasing! This is a slightly hazy golden color. The smell is fruity and sweet. Lately the health nut over reation pomegrante phase has resulted in me being aware of what the pomegranate tastes like and this beer certainly tastes like it! It is a moderate hint to it and very nice. The beer is lightly wheaty. The mouthfeel is light and carbonated but not too much. I could do a 6 pack(or more) all by myself. Once you try it you will constantly go back to it.

****Just to let you know i just paid 7.49 for a six pack less than a year later. DAMNIT!!! Saranac used to be the route for a decent microISH tasting brew for less price than a micro. Now its only 50 cents cheaper than a sam adams!

kbnooshay, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I know summer is near when Sam Adams and Saranac Summer Variety cases appear on the shelves of PA beer stores. I Picked up a case thinking at least my wife will like a few of these; not to mention it is pretty cheap. To my surprise this was a really decent beer.

Appearance: Pours a peachy hue with a fluffy white head in my Wiezen glass moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt with a touch of pomegranate in an otherwise clean pleasant aroma.

Taste: This is a very approachable beer and a favorite of my wife. It is sweetened and with a gent wheat backbone it showcase a pomegranate flavor with a very clean easy finish. A dash of hops keep the sweetness from becoming to much and help in a dry finish but there is really no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Light bubbly esters slide through the palate quite gracefully.

Drinkability: The feature of this beer is it's mass appeal, approachability and easy drinkability.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, May 23, 2007
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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat from Matt Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.