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 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 WoodBrew
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a can of Major Tom off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a murky gross yellow with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had hints of biscuit. The taste was fruity with some wheat counter. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's not for me.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in bottle form a while back, and I may even have a bottle still buried in my backlog, but tonight belongs to The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Ameri[CAN]-style fruit wheat beer brewed with pomegranate and pink peppercorn for a hazy-golden hue, mild hop aroma and sweet, tart finish. Tried-and-true and cleared for landing."; "Family owned & operated since 2003"; "Pairs well with: Steamed Mussels, Lemon Meringue Pie"; "Ale brewed with pomegranate juice and spices".

Upon Crack!ing the CAN open, I immediately got some foaming through the vent. I am tiring of babysitting beers that CANnot behave in a CANstructive manner. I decided not to ChANce an inverted Glug & went with a gentle one, instead. I ended up with two fingers of puffy, fluffy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy (not hazy, own it!) Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled like JuicyFruit chewing gum - very fruity, but too much of a mélange of aromas to discern one from another. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not outright watery, but definitely lacking in body. The taste was interesting, jumping from sweet to tart and back again, but it never established itself one way or the other. That said, it was perfect on a hot, humid summer evening. Finish was dry and refreshing and when combined with its old wetness coming out of my reefer, it was welcomed.

As it turned out, I was correct! There was, indeed, one hiding in the Bottle Backlog awaiting me. Today is Su, 11 Dec 2016 & I am divesting myself of these pesky bottles.

From the bottle: "Our most unique creation is the result of the tasteful infusion of pomegranate into one worthy wheat ale. The outcome is a refreshingly crisp, straw blonde brew that finishes sweet and tart - just the way we like it."

I really agitated the bottle before Pop!ping the cap, especially since it is a Wheat Beer of some stripe, not necessarily a Witbier. An aggro pour produced two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a tartness that I might have identified as cranberry had I not known that it was wheat and pomegranate. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nicely tart, not overpowering, and while I still might not have been able to guess pomegranate, it was not cranberry, either. The wheat gave it a light dryness that made it refreshing. Finish was semi-dry and more suited for hot, humid summer weather. So be it.

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Photo of tlema1
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: cloudy Amber, with a thick lacing head
S: fruity, with a yeastiness
T: starts out like a decent here, but falls off from there, the fruit is almost artificial and there is a slight tang
F: awful aftertaste
O: I was hoping for more out of this beer, and I'm disappointed

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Photo of basaywhat
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. The brew was a crisp, light straw color with a slight haze to it. Like most flavored beers, the pomegranate was fairly light, but surprisingly pleasant. Could see myself drinking this on a very hot day, very refreshing.

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Photo of akolb
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crazy turbid. A mild head over an iced coffee colored body. The aroma has peppercorns, yeast, a little grapefruit, and wheat. Tastes like blood orange, saison yeast, and a little tartness, with a citrus rind-like bitterness. Pomegranate is not noticeable. An easy drinker that tastes like a cross between a wheat beer and a saison. Actually tastes a lot like Upslope's Blood Orange Saison, which isn't a bad thing.

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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 Parmesan
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy grapefruit color with a small white head.

S: Pomegranate, lemon, banana yeast wheat, other than the pomegranate your typical wheat beer smell.

T: Wheat and lots of Pomegranate. The Pomegranate overpowers most other flavors

F: Creamy mouthfeel, fairly light body, fairly high carbonation.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a wheat glass.

A : The head starts at 2 fingers but quickly vanishes to a foamy layer on top with some sparse lacing here and there. The body is 90% opaque, slightly hazy, and apricot-honey in color.

S : Some very fruity and floral aromas, both pleasing to the nose. Overripe tossed banana peel. Tons of antiseptic/chemical; an open jar of barley and grain, and then finally the pomegranate in the form of crushed seeds and flesh.

T : Tartness from the pomegranate mixes with a sharpness from the hops. Ordinarily you'd think that would make a great match but it ends up being a bit unbalanced. The hop ends up out front and overpowering the pomegranate, which is tart and fermented anyways, making this one funky taste experience. Behind that the wheat does come in, if only to provide some substance to the awkward see-saw of pom and hop oil. A slight clove presence also comes in to further weird out the profile. This ends up tasting like a horribly skunked saison. If I knew it as anything else other than a Pomegranate beer, I'd be rating this way lower. I can process it better knowing that what I'm tasting is pomegranate, but it's still rather horrible.

F : Medium bodied, the wheat being suspended in the midst of the body, with a very mild hit of carbonation underneath. It ends a bit puckered and tight with some dryness.

O : The tartness of the pomegranate is here, and is easily the best part, but overall this beer is a failure. I want to drink it for the tartness, but each time I end up wrinkling my face and ultimately, the rest of this will be a total drain pour.

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Photo of dar482
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The aroma offers lots of Belgian quality, spicy, Banana Runts, wheat, pale malt.

The flavor follows with lots of fruity Banana ester, some spicy quality, wheat, light bready malt, and a weak finish with some offensive metallic character.

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Photo of supervike
2.19/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

No foam and a cloudy yellow color. The smell is sickly sweet, and the taste is slightly better. The aftertaste is a bit cloying. It's not bad for about 1/2 the bottle, but then it's just too much for me. Just not my kind of beer, as I don't care for the sweetness that lingers..

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Photo of bwood06
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Very dark, cloudy, reddish amber in color. Yeast easily visible. 3/5

S - Tangerine. Tartness. Bready. 3.25/5

T - Citrusy with a very tart finish. Fruitiness overshadows bread. Definite pomegranate finish. 3.25/5

M - Medium body with a lingering feel and taste. 3.5/5

O - Decent offering but not one that I will buy again. Just not my type of beer. Definitely fruity but pomegranate fruitiness overshadows all other normal aspects of a wheat beer. 3.25/5

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pomegranate, pear, apple, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with decent balance of pale malt, fruit, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. A bit too estery in the nose. Taste of lemon, pomegranate, pear, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity tartness and earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pomegranate, pear, wheat, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, fruit, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a solid fruited wheat ale. Good robusntess and balance of pale malt, fruit, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.

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Photo of generallee
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
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 mick303
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle, a bright clear gold beer, some initial head but it fades quickly leaves little lacing. Smell is vaguely grapefruity, pomegranate, floral, raspberry. Light but with some artificial aspects to it and a pungent fruity character. Taste is light, pomegranate is foremost, syrupy almost, raspberry, a bit sweet but not too muc actually. The wheat base is mild and it is an easy drinking refresher. Light bodied with a mild carbonation, detectable wheat creaminess to it. I'm not crazy about this but don't hate it either, the pomegranate does come across strongly and feel a bit forced and artificial but as a complete package the beer is alright, dry citrus finish, not a ton of traditional flavours but hey this is meant to be pretty off the wall. Not something I'd drink everyday but could be different one to try. Light and mild, smell isn't great but the beer itself could be worse. Some lemon and pomegranate, maybe would make a good salad dressing?

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up as part of a mixed six as a what the hell because I tend to like wheat beers, even the fruit ones. Not much on appearance, kinda thin and not much head. Not much to speak about with smell. Taste was also disappointing. Overall not a real strong beer, decent but nothing special. Probably will not buy again. Of course, may be overly rough because I drank it right after a Weihenstephaner Heffeweisbier, so tough act to follow.

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Photo of Chaney
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a 3 Stars Brewing tulip.

A: Poured an absolutely crystal clear gold with only a slight bubble formation posing as a head.

S: Very faint nose of pomegranate extract and honey.

T: Understated, but still okay. A bit thin on the wheat side, but still if you're looking for fruit, there's plenty here.

M: Here is where the brew nearly fails: It's almost flat as a pancake... seriously. When I go searching for a delectable poolside brew like this, I want some fizz!

O: Not horrible, but definitely not a Witbier. It wasn't funky enough for that. Passable.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Note: did not pour from bottle so could not properly judge appearance.

Little more beer than "flavored" than a lot of fruit beers, which is good. Earthy hops notes forms a quiet undertone throughout, with the pomegranate adding a strange funky tartness it the end. The problem is that the two flavors combine to generate a strange sensation akin (but not as strong as) to OJ and toothpaste.

Overall, I liked this beer ok once I got into it a bit, as the sorta off-putting taste sensation dissipated or I got used to it. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but would look to other options if available.

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Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of pomegranate. The pomegranate becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a mirror image of the smell, with flavors of pomegranate and notes of wheat. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer had a good balance because the wheat flavors masked out any sweetness from the fruit. The beer is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a light cloudy gold. Frothy suds top the unfiltered pomegranate wit. Aroma of wheat and a hint of fruit. Interesting taste of tart Belgian yeast and wheat malt. There is a mild note of acidic fruit but really not discernibly pomegranate. Fair amount of earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied feel and well carbonated. Overall, this is a decent beer, different from the usual wit.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed medium orange color. A little over one fingers of frothy white head. Retention is below average and some irregular lacing is left.

3.0 S: The pomegranate is actually pretty strong in this. It overshadows the rest of the beer in the nose. It gives a sourish tanginess to it. Otherwise, some neutral wheat and not much else.

3.0 T: Tastes like pomegranate juice in a not too great wheat beer, which I guess is what it is. Pomegranate, some wheat, and maybe a hint of spice. Underwhelming.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth enough.

3.0 D: It's okay, but too many better options to buy again.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. If it weren't for the pomegranate there would not be anything distinguishing about this.

It pours like a slightly dark witbier with a thin head. The aroma is fruity. It might have been more interesting if that were achieved with yeast instead of fruit flavoring.

The taste is dominated by the odd fruit. This is interesting, but it doesn't really work for me. The aftertaste is just dirty.

Ground control to Major Tom, get yourself a new beer.

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Photo of Irelynn0607
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Blonde, a little cloudy with a 2 finger head

S: pomegranate didn't come through as much as I would have liked

T: Nice and sweet. Could definitely taste the sweetness of the pomegranite

M: Good body. Medium wetness.

O: Overall pretty good.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light bronze, hazy, with touches of white foam. Light fruity smell. Taste opens slightly sour from the fruit. Mild wheat. Tart balanced out by some awkward closing hop. Very light. Good fruit flavor. But not a huge winner.

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Photo of estlinska
1.84/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Served in a shaker at The Saucer on 4/7/13. Pours an almost flat golden-yellow favoring the flesh of a mango. There was a little haze to it, but it seemed more like something dirty floating in it than really a wit or hefe type unfiltered haze. There was no head to this beer. I watched the pour and it was done by one of the bartenders that knows how to pour a beer. He didn't not pour off the head. He poured it at about 75 degrees and it just formed nothing. The smell was just flat as well. There was tons of bubbles in the glass, so I didn't think it was a carbonation thing. There was maybe a whisper of fruit syrup and some maybe banana on top of some cheap white bread. The taste was just a bunch of nothing overall. I feared a flat beer given the head and the nose situation, but it was really quite fizzy; too fizzy really. There was something that maybe wanted to be pomegranate, but only came off as flavoring syrup. There was no wheat flavor at all and there was this harsh hops flavor to it as well; no flavoring hops, just a flat bitterness. Overall, this beer was just off. Sytlistically it just doesn't work right for either a wit or a true wheat beer. It really was like drinking a budweiser with some fruit flavor to it. I may give it another shot just to be sure, but I just didn't like it.

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