Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat | The Fort Collins Brewery

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Major Tom's Pomegranate WheatMajor Tom's Pomegranate Wheat

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.52/5  rDev +39.1%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice tart and fruity wheat scent along with a slightly earthy yeast aroma. The taste is excellent. It has a fruity wheat and yeast flavor that is a bit tart and grainy. It goes down easy with a wonderfully smooth finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine wheat beer. I love the taste of this beer. This is another quality offering from Fort Collins.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.27/5  rDev +31.4%
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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Photo of battlekow
4.26/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"This IS the most unique beer ever produced. Unlike anything else you've ever tried."--strong claims made by the Fort Collins website.

Major Tom's pours a straw gold color with a huge, gorgeous white soapy head. Looks very inviting. Smells wheaty and sour. I don't detect any fruitiness in the nose; however, there is some in the flavor, which I assume is pomegranate (I've never tasted the fruit itself). It's sweet but tart, and balanced perfectly with the beer's chewy wheatiness. Major Tom's tastes really fucking good--I think I've found my new favorite lawnmower beer. Seems like an APWA, though, not a witbier. Turns out that the website wasn't bullshitting.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color, not too pale but shy of amber with a nice frothy white head on top with a good amount of lacing.

Nice crisp aroma of wheat- not quite the flavor from wheat you get but also probably partially because of the yeast strain. Really actually seems like a witbier although there's nothing on the bottle that hints at that.

I think the taste is just 1 ingredient shy of being amazing. I don't know what that ingredient is, but it's missing. Great refreshing wheat character, subtle fruit flavor from the pomegranate but no overly juicy flavors. The fruit goes very well with the beer. Very balanced- great level of bitterness and maltiness but yet it's so light.. this is actually very very good. Hops are almost piney, almost noble, but neither of both.

This is one of the better fruit-wheat beers I've had. I wasn't expecting much. I even though this was going to be old and stale, but it tastes quite fresh.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is why I try all kinds of beer. I thought for sure this was going to suck cuz I am not a fan of pomegranate and assumed it would be fruity and overspiced as many wits are. No way, Jose.

Pretty average looking, yellow, white head, average carbonation.

Smell was slightly fruity, but not overwhelming at all.

Taste was pretty clean, slightly fruity. Finished very clean and refreshing. Just enough flavor to keep it interesting. Great beer for summertime. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mix and matched my own Fort Collins sampler pack down at the health food store and could hardly wait to try them. Start off with the weakest-looking:

Pours dark wheat white-yellow with an uncontrollable voluminous head. Very nice

Smells of tart pomegranate and just a hint of wheat malt. Nice, once again, but it may be a little too fruity for some.

Tastes like very, very tart fruit up front, making way to an almost smoky lager middle, and giving up on a sour after taste--grain and grass with hint of hops. Sweet, but not in a childish candy sort of way.

This is the definition of a good fruit beer. Unique, not too sweet, still managing to taste like beer. Very nice.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light amber/yellow color. This 12oz beer's head filled out the pint glass perfectly, it was white with big bubbles.

S-Slightly sweet, fruity yeast, very light pomegranate, and the expected wheatiness.

T- At first it tastes just like a normal wheat ale, but in the middle of the body and in the finish there is a light and refreshing hint of the beer a slight tartness and a crisp finish.

M/D- A great summer beer....on the heavy side of a light body, refreshing....very drinkable.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. 6 pack is mixed with two different label designs. Indecipherable code on the bottle.

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass with a large foamy head. Gold with a slightly red cloudiness to it. Great head retention, and a little bit of bubbliness to the beer.

Smell: Aroma is like a lemony wheat, with some spices present as well.

Taste: Typical wheat flavors - subtle but well done. Then comes the fruit - it tastes somewhat berry-ish to me. The fruit is a nice addition, and does not overpower the beer.

Overall impression: Nicely drinkable beer with a twist. Interesting offering that is a bit different, but not just a novelty.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Golden amber pour. Monster head peers out over the top of the glass. The foam retains and sticks pretty well.

Aroma is of pale wheat, pomegranate, and spicy hops. It's hard for me to determine if the citric nature of the nose comes from both the pomegranate and the hops, or if the hops are just contributing a little piney character. There's also a musty, earthy quality.

Flavor follows the nose. This beer is a pretty pleasant surprise. I enjoy the flavor of pomegranates...the crappy house I lived in with a few friends during our junior year of college had a random pomegranate tree in the backyard. There's a nice tartness and bitterness to the flavor.

Super easy drinker. So smooth, very flavorful, I like this a whole lot better than most wits. Really, really nice summer beer.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.07/5  rDev +25.2%
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, with a nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of hylton44
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is another one where I question the classification. Fairly cloudy, but of a murky sort of cloudiness; more like a hefe. Taste was a little more straight-up wheat, even with the promised "pomegranate" in the mix.

Very frothy for a wheat beer. Crisp flavor, despite the unfiltered nature of the brew. Pomegranate was an intriguing idea, and the reason I picked this out amidst a myriad of other summer offerings. But I was also a little worried that the fruity taset would be cloying, sickly sweet, and/or overpowering (which I sometimes find the case with both whitbiers and anything that has the name of a fruit in it). Anyway, it was none of those. The pomegranate was subtle (almost too subtle!), and complimented the grassy, husky wheat malt in a pleasant way.

I actually went so far as to visit the Brewery's site, where I can find no claim of its "whit" status. So - hard to dock points for straying from a style. Not necessarily "the most unique beer you will ever try," as Fort Collins Brewing claims, but a very enjoyable beer, nevertheless.

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Photo of naderator55
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, best by 09/2016 printed on the bottom of the can. Artwork on the can label is a bit different than the beer pictured; can lists a 5.10% abv. "Ale brewed with pomegranate juice concentrate and spices". My first stab at a pomegranate beer, so far as I'm aware.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a very attractive and very hazy / juicy golden orange body, with about a finger of frothy soapy white head that leaves good scattered lacing throughout. Very juicy appearance, this thing looks like a glass of nectar. Appears adequately carbonated.

S - Aroma is of fairly average intensity: pomegranate doesn't exactly come through much, there are some funky saison-esque notes from the addition of pink peppercorn, and my guess would be the yeast strain used also. Only very subtle notes of wheat appear. If I didn't know better, I might mistake this for a session saison.

T - Taste brings in more of the same: there is a juicy fruit / berryish flavor that permeates, but the actual pomegranate is a bit indistinct; i wouldn't know it was pomegranate without being told. The pink peppercorn & yeast base again make this come off as a session saison of sorts. Notes of funk. Subtle tart / creamy wheat on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, semi-prickly, with decent carbonation. Light-bodied; easy-drinking stuff. Semi-dry finish, yeasty finish.

Overall, I thought it was rather enjoyable. Not quite sure why this beer has gotten such bad ratings. Simple, flavorful, and unique. A nice beer, and I would recommend it to the discerning drinker.

Fort Collins Brewery Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat -----4/5.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a thick white head that fades fast into a thin film and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of sweet wheat, grainy straw, some bitter citrus notes and pomengrantite.

The taste follows with faint pomegranite riding on top of a sweet wheat and toast backbone.

Subtle, light, grainy, and rough around the edges.

Easy to drink, but nothing impressive.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw colored in my SA beer drinking glass. Bright 2 fingers of luscious white froth. Definitely pick up some pomegranate on the nose, with a touch of corrainder. More pomegranate on the 1st few sips, but surprisingly not overwhelming. A good amount of wheat taste with some zesty hops. Light berry fizz in the mouth, finishes rather dry. Very light in the body, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of Tizzod
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tad more filtered than I like my wheat beers but nice golden appearance. Slightly cloudy with some heavy carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. White head coats the surface. Nose is wheaty with a bit of fruit. I can only assume the fruit aroma is the pomegranate because it is not the normal banana/citrus of a wheat beer.

Really digging this beer-especially considering it is a fruit beer. Never particularly fond of fruit beers. Heavy on the wheat flavor with just the slightest hint of pomegranate. Which is a good thing because I am not fond of pomegranate juice. Some oily flavors that really do stick well together. Medium mouthfeel that has some heft to it actually. Kind of pleasantly surprised by that. Will definitely have to buy this on again.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought the Fort Collins Brewery variety case from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a slightly cloudy gold color. The head is massive, white, has great retention and tons of sticky lacing all coming from huge bubbles.
Smell: The aroma is dominated by pomegranate with yeast aromas hidden in the back.
Taste: The flavors are again pomegranate with lots of peppery spice.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a crisp mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This beer is tremendously drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the most interesting wheat beers I've ever had. I've never had pommegranate before, but I know distinctly what it tastes like just from a sip of this beer.

When I opened the bottle, all seemed well, but as I poured it I noticed that I had a whole glass of foam, which was pouring like sludge from the bottle. I don't know if this is common with this beer or not, but after the foam settled out I poured the rest of it very carefully producing a nice thick two inch head. The beer itself is golden and somewhat light, only the slightest bit hazy with a good carbonation. The foam sticks around forever and coats the edges of the glass all the way down.

Smells very fruity, like what I could only guess is pommegranate. A very exotic citrusy flavor, like a mix between lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, kiwi, etc. Yet very distinct in its own way. Smells like a lot of hops, but judging from the taste and the style I think it's coming from the pommegranate.

The taste is quite citric. Very refreshing, yet nearly to the point of overbearing. I realize I may as well just seek out some fresh pommegranate at some hippy grocery store than drink a beer that tastes so overbearingly like the fruit; but this beer is more easily accessable at MY hippy grocery store than the fruit itself, so I kind of enjoy it. There is a slight hint of wheat in in the taste, and maybe even some banana, but mostly just tastes like they crammed it with pommegranate just because they wanted to see how it would taste in their beer.

The mouthfeel is very citric. Quite astringent on the mouth. The body is fairly light. As much as I like the taste, and as little as the alcohol content probably is (listed as unknown at time of review), I probably couldn't drink more than a few of these in a row in a single night before I got sick of the flavor. I'm sure this beer would be great in the summer, and in moderation... like an "I just finished some yard work" afternoon refresher.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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