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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Major Tom's Pomegranate WheatMajor Tom's Pomegranate Wheat

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Beaver13 on 03-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 449 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by cdizinno:
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4.27/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown bottle with no best by date, into a tulip glass.

A: Dark gold color, almost copper. Very slightly hazy. Nice off white head with minimal to no lacing.

S: Very strong citrus fruity scent with a great balance of hop scents and floral tones.

T&M: Up front citrus taste and mild sweetness from the pomegranate. Very nice mouthfeel. Slight carbonation with some sweet malt and a slight bitter hops on the finish. Light bodied and clean mouthfeel. I love the lack of heavy carbonation usually present in most wheat brews.

I am always tentative with wheat beers, but this one is outstanding. It comes off as pale ale more than a wheat and that is probably why. Very good balance and taste. I think the overall rating is a diservice to its strengths and maybe I just got a good batch. I'll report back when I try it again if it's different.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Pomegranate is still all the rage even though many people have claimed that several other fruits have more anti-oxidant qualities to it. Regardless, you have to consume a large amount of juice or actually eat the fruit in its natural form to get the true benefits. Word of warning about this beer, it oddly contains sulfites.

Healthy looking head with some clinging lace on the glass, clear golden color. Mild bready wheat aroma with a very distant and vague fruit tone and a faint whiff of sulfite. Graininess from the wheat comes off very bready, there is some astringent husk in the middle that doubles up with the modest hop bitterness and lively crispness. Light twang of fruit, can't really tell that it is pomegranate. Breath of sulfite up front. Finishes semi-dry with lots of hard lingering grain.

Not really sure where this beer was going, but it seemed to fall flat other than an OK American Wheat Ale flavor. As for the fruit and sulfites, the fruit missed the mark, and why are sulfites used? Keep that to wine and cider please.

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Photo of Outchillen
1.79/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend let me try this, I dont know what I did to him

Im not one for bashing beers, but I didnt like this beer at all

A: Pale orange, light hazy, had red flakes floating in it? didnt look too much like a wheat beer to me, head dissipated right away

S:The biggest turn off was the smell, hard to even discribe

T:didn taste great, very unbalanced, didnt taste like Pom or wheat

overall if you'd like to try a pom wheat, i recommend Saranacs, ive heard FCB has good beers, but this missed the cut

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Photo of Beaver13
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler. Poured a cloudy pale yellow with a big frothy white head that retained well and left some lacing.

The aroma was lemony wheat and light yeast and spices.

The flavor was more of the same - lemony yeasty spices. For a lighter beer, it was surprisingly medium bodied and was lightly carbonated.

Overall, a very fruity wit. It was very refreshing and would make a great summer drinker. It was one of the better wheats I've had (not a favorite style). I was surprised to like it as much as I did.

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Photo of generallee
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no abv %.

Appearance: It has a light golden color with very good clarity and some visible carbonation. After the pour it sets up an average size just off white head. This head slowly settles to very thin film covering of foam with a nice lacey ring at the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a mild malty and wheat like character with a light hint of floral hops and maybe even just a very slight touch of fruity sweetness.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is a perfect copy of its aroma. This comes by way of a light feeling body with balanced carbonation. As it warms and take the last few sips I get a little more of the fruity pomegranate notes mixing with floral hop notes in the finish.

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Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of merlin48
3.38/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Outstanding appearance, head was fairly stable, which allowed the aroma to fully mature, and stayed for the most of the drink. The beer was poured into a wet sided glass as is usual with Witbier.

S: Drinking this with my girlfriend, allowed me to hear a second thought on the smell that this had to offer. The original smell was fairly wheat hearty, while she decided to input that there were subtle notes of the pomegranate that was used in the brewing process. On a second smell I did notice the slighter sweetness.

T: The taste was overall the most pleasant part of the experience, as I believe consuming beverages should be. The sweet, yet almost bitter taste of the pomegranate against the hearty wheat, was something that I know I'd reach for on a day to day basis. I feel that this is one of the better beers I've tasted, and I feel my rating reflects that.

M: The overall mouthfeel was not as full as I desired, however, as light as some of the witbiers I've tasted, it wasn't too bad.

D: The taste was overall outstanding, however, I don't feel that I could reach for this beer on the day to day. It's not your Sam Adams blackberry witbier, Blue Moon, or your 312. That said, I'd still recommend this over any of those.

Overall, I feel that this beer was a great purchase at $2.00 on the single rack. I don't see myself buying the 6-pack on a regular basis, unless it's spring... it's surely a light, and flavorful beer that would be better tasted during a season other than winter, still a great beer. Cheers.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw golden slightly hazed with chill, bright white foaming head dwindles pretty quickly leaving behind even fine patterns of lace. Aromatics are not what I was expecting, fruit beers usually equate to sticky sweet messes in the smell. This smells like an actual beer, even has some hop aroma to it, nice. Pale cereal grains provided biscuit malt sweetness with a grassy background of hops and a mildly tart fruit pomegranate character going on. Flavor has the tart earthy sweet pomegranate extract twang but again it's all built upon a solid brewed beer, sharp wheat sweetness nothing too fizzy or cloying. Moderate balanced flow to it all it's sweet slightly tart with hop bitterness in the background finishing off the beer, a really even experience. Mouthfeel is not cloying or sticky with residual sugars, crisp sturdy carbonation but a very natural feel to it light to medium bodied overall, this is quality fruit beer. Drinkability, I enjoy everything Fort Collins is putting out, they make one of the best sampler packs out there every style comes to play and they do them quite well.

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Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates rather quickly into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of wheat with a hint of citrus and slightly stronger hints of fruit sweetness that doesn't smell exactly like pomegranate but that's what I attribute it to. As it warms the wheat aroma gets a bit huskier.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pomegranate flavor is a bit more pronounced but still takes a backseat to the wheat flavors. I have been holding onto this one for a while (scared to open it) so the fruit flavors may have mellowed out a bit. Ending is nondescript and as with the smell the wheat flavors lose a bit of smoothness as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slightly thin and slick mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I actually didn't have a problem finishing the bottle however I won't have another.

Overall this was better than I anticipated although I must say it's much better before it gets much above 50 deg F - drink this one fast.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a big sudsy head of white foam on a clear light copper body that has strands of carbonation running through it. The head last almost to the first sip.

S- This beer has a soft yeasty note with a hint of green leaves and a bright earthy berry note in the finish.

T- The light tartness of dry berries starts off the taste with a taste of tap water and herbal note at the finish. There is a faint pomegranate bitterness that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a water texture. There is no astringency from the fruit at all.

D- This beer doesn't have any major flaws it is just bland. There are no real yeasty characteristics or wheat or hop flavors.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden body with a pleasant consistent bubble; thin white head leaves appropriate tracings down the flute... spritzy, sprightly fruity scents--subtly appealing... smooth up front, with an IPA-like trail off... unique indeed--a bit spritzy upon further drinking... I still don't know what pomegranate tastes like, but this has subdued citricity that settles tartly under the tongue... refreshing and light--a good combination for summer consumption... like a light, less candified, wheatier lambic.

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Photo of IPAylor
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Dewey0603
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/honey color with a smallish white head. Not a really great looking brew. The smell is weak with only some sweet malt and bread yeast present. The taste is crisp with sweet malt ,bread yeast and some fruit flavors. The m/f is light with the scant flavors mixing OK. Not a bad beer,but from Fort Collins I would expect more.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of the lunchbox variety pack.

Served cold into a pint glass, it has a pale golden yellow color with great clarity and thin white head. It settles quickly leaving no lacing behind.

Aroma is pretty mild, hard to pick up much except a mild tropical fruit smell.

Flavor is surprisingly nice. Again very mild here but the pomegranate adds just the right amount of tartness.

Mouthfeel is light in body and appropriate carbonation.

Overall a pleasant surprise. It's not the predictable fruity wheat beer that I was expecting. A nice bit of bitterness and tartness gives it a real balance.

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Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Different retro-styled label than pictured, which altogether loses the whole Major Tom vibe.
Pours a smudged daffodil with a thin enamel cap and a few stray bubbles.
Scented of lemon candies, menthol, and pomegranate pulp, and white bread.
Begins with a steely lime juice tartness that gradually unfold into a gory mess of pomegranate seeds and pulp, as the tartness switches sweet. It lingers in concentrated fruit juice fashion as a minor hay dryness stuggles for balance and fails laughably.
It's appropriately light, and the tartness is alluring upfront, but the left-over sugars begin to make this a chore midway through.
There is a glimmer of promise here. The concept is interesting, even if the result is not. This needs some form of dryness and probably some complimentary spice notes. But with some tweaking, who knows?

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy marigold with a thin cap of white suds that dissipates quickly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass. A quick swirl brings the head back up to half a finger.

S - Pomegranate seeds and funky hops. I smell some funky musty notes that might be a result of the yeast aromas, and I can always appreciate some bizarre notes in a beer.

T - Crisp orange peel and dirty yeast with some sharp tart pomegranate seeds and bitter hops.

M - Long lasting hoppy dryness finishes this light bodied, crisp, tart, and acidic beer. Very palate cleansing and thirst quenching.

D - This reminds me of tart lemonade with a pomegranate splash.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. Bought one for my girlfriend a few months back and thought I'd give it a try myself.

Pours an ominous Mt. Dew neon yellow/green with a tall bright white head. Smells 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. As my compadre battlekow told me, kind of tastes like a carbonated sports drink with some mouth-puckering tartness. Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable, I can see myself downing a few but after a while I think my mouth would be tired with more than that. A decent balance of sweet, spicy and tart here. Really not as fruity as you would think. This is a unique brew worth trying if you can find it.

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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 449 ratings