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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Reviews: 255
Hads: 340
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: tempest on 03-24-2007

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Reviews: 255 | Hads: 340
Photo of Scribbles
4.85/5  rDev +41.8%
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. (1,010 characters)

Photo of Guardian
4.39/5  rDev +28.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
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! (373 characters)

Photo of AlHam
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of SirSaranac
4.31/5  rDev +26%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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! (374 characters)

Photo of kaboose72
4.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of drowninginhops
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
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! (324 characters)

Photo of 160Shillings
4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (1,466 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
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! (902 characters)

Photo of Mako82
4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy/cloudy golden orange color, slightly off white head that was foamy
S - Strong pomegranate smell, sweet/tarty, hops in the background
T - Mild malts and hops, nice sweet pomegranate taste upon the aftertaste, almost receive a second kick of sweetness during taste
M - Fairly carbonated (293 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
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! (975 characters)

Photo of Rehtakul
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Part of the 'Twelve Beers Of Summer' sampler pack. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a frosty pint glass. Not much of a head on this one, but appearance is nice. Gotta love the wonderful wheat ale aroma....mmm. Taste is well above average for this style. Having been disappointed with fruit beers in the past, this one surely pleases. The pomeganate flavor is there, but stays in the back, where it should. Very drinkable. This is a definite 'session' canidate, which is rare for a fruit brew. No 'sickening sweet' going on here..(hello Sam's Cherry Wheat). As far as the sampler pack goes, the hefe was ok, the belgian white was average, the kolsch was excelent, but this one takes the blue ribbon. Another fine brew from a fine brewery. (736 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Nothing leading me to believe this was brewed with fruit. Gold, and more than a little cloudy. I now read on the bottle that this is an unfiltered beer, so that explains that. Decent retention, a few globs of lacing.

S - Some typical sour wheat aroma, along with a fruit smell that again, I would never be able to blindly recognize as pomegranate. I just can't recognize pomegranate in beers. Good aroma, though.

T - Pretty nice. No terribly complicated spicy, estery yeast stuff going on, as this isn't German hefe yeast, but tasty. Solid, straightforward wheat backbone, with some not-sweet fruit essence. Yeah, I guess it's the pomegranate. Blindly, I'd probably think it's strawberry or cherry.

F - Excellent. This style, to me, is often overly carbed-out, making them abrasively burpy. This isn't. It's smooth. Almost even a little creamy.

D - I tihnk I found a favorite American Pale Wheat Ale. Uncomplicated, but without really being "boring." Judging within style, to me this seems underrated. A very good warm weather beer, though I could enjoy this anytime. Unfiltered, that's also a nice touch. File under "A Pleasant Surprise." Definitely give this one a go. (1,210 characters)

Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid good wheat, nothing to get you out of your seat and go out and by a case, but easy drinking ale. Its light too which helps make it work as an session brew. Has a malty/hoppy flavor that is seems to merge into the pomegranate which seems to somehow hide its bitter aftertaste in some hidden place. Nothing exciting but a good brew none the less. (360 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a typical fruit beer. well balanced, not too sweet. crisp and refreshing. great wheat flavor with a hint of pomegranate (which is one of the best fruits ever, in case you didnt know) if you're a fan of Long Trail's Blackbeary Wheat, be sure to give this a try. (264 characters)

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very refreshing beer, especially if you like pomegranates. Pours a nice reddish amber color with a nice white head with a a very light tint of pink. It has a very sweet smell of wheat and pomegranate. The taste is just as good. Very sweet, but not too sweet. The right mix of wheat and pomegranate makes it really refreshing, especially on a hot summer day. Very crisp, fresh mouthfeel and good clean aftertaste. A very very drinkable beer. Can't wait for next summer's batch! (476 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last beer in the variety case. Loved the story about the bears and the pomegranate stash.

A - Poured a ruby grapefruit color with decent head. Like all others way over carbonated.

S - Mostly like Pomegranate and mild wheat. Smell spot on.

T - Wow really great flavor! I did find that the actual pomegranate taste wasn't bitter which did make it more enjoyable but in a way sort of artificial. The nice wheat gave the beer a mild bitter kick at the end that reminded you your drinking a beer. Yummy.

M - Light and refreshing as all of Saranac's summer beers are.

D - Really a treat and have three more. A fruit beer done right that is also affordable. Also great tasting. Well done Saranac. (698 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pomegranite scent laid over a mild wheat and pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity with a nice pomegranite touch. It's like most Saranac beers. It's a bit middle of the road, but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's nothing over the top, but it goes down easy. That's the key, especially during these warm summer months. (631 characters)

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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
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