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

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

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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Brewer's Lunchbox mixed pack.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Distinct rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spices, and crushed pomegranate arils. Taste is of wheat, bread, and some bitter pomegranate flavors on the finish. The bitterness is mild and quickly fades. The mouthfeel on this one is crisp and bubbly. Overall, this is a decent fruited beer with more of an emphasis on the bitterness found in some pomegranates rather than a sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

meant to be a summer beer, but im not sure i would even enjoy it then. smells sour from the pomegranate juice, and a little bready from the yeast. tart and off a little. taste is a more intense version of the smell, really funky juicy vibe clashing with a wheat base, not nice at all. these flavors are just not complimentary here. mouthfeel is fine, but the tartness sort of dries out the mouth, not what i would be looking for on a summer day here on the front range. for collins makes some excellent beer, but this isnt one of them

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a golden color with a white fluffy head on top. The lacing was minimal on this brew and not really that impressive. The smell of the beer was fruity and had some aromas of fresh grains in there too. The taste has a tart pomegranate flavor to it. The flavor also settles into a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and pretty easy to drink. Overall this beer is a decent fruit beer, I'm not big on this specific fruit so I probably won't need to drink it again.

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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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3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruity for sure, but its relatively thin body and pectin sharpness keep the fruit tones somewhat ambiguous. I wouldn't have guessed pommegranite.

In more American Wheat fashion, the hazy straw colored beer forms a partly fizzy, partly foamy head that doesn't retain as well as I would have liked. Unusually, the straw color doesn't allow for any suggestion of fruit additions with any colors associated with fruit to have an impact at all.

Lightly musty fruits, a combination of raw and malted grains and some sort of tart fruit all make their way into the nose. Light herbal, peppery spice, and acidic balance all remain terse but aid the bready grains and fruity notes.

The flavor of bready wheat and raw grains take on a cereal-like impression in taste. Tart fruity notes of apples or under-rippened berries. The soft bready wheat that's typical of Witbiers is lacking, along with the complementary spice of corriander or orange peel. Instead the sharp acidic tone of fruit skins and seeds give a harsh bitterness of grasses, woods, and over-boiled tea.

Early medium-light body never develops the soft or powdery creamy textures of classic Witbiers. Instead, the grainy textures of American Wheat Ales and the sharp astringency of fruit pectin. Finishing with a conflicted acidity and overall thinness, the mouthfeel may be the less desirable aspect of the beer.

The odd pommegranite never makes much of a presence beyond general fruitiness, and the base Witbier flavors are lackluster and of marginal quality- both aspects leave this beer subpar and less interesting than that of Bell's Oberon or the like.

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3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a La Chouffe tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear dark yellow.

Sm: Musty wheat and a light raspberry ester. No pomegranate comes through even though I look for it. A mild strength aroma all around.

T: A pleasant light wheat and barley foundation with a light ester on the climax which I suppose must be pomegranate; it isn't raspberry. Not horribly complex, but effective for what it is. It's bold not to go with the usual orange peel witbier approach, but that said it's not too effective for what it is. Well built and balanced.

Mf: Smooth and a bit coarse on account of the wheat. Doesn't really suit the style or the flavours. Should be wet.

Dr: Maybe they should use real pomegranate juice instead of concentrate. It's very affordable here in Colorado but not horribly drinkable on account of the coarseness. It's worth a try, but I won't get it again.

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3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that displays great retention and leaves a Milky Way of asteroid lacing around the glass

Smell: The first thing that jumps out at you is the barnyard aroma; underneath that is an unusually tart berry-like fruit and a bit cracked wheat grain

Taste: Swirling the liquid in the mouth provides a combination of characteristic American wheat cracker with a slightly tart, fruity flavor and a hint of vanilla; after the swallow, it all breaks loose, with an acidic tartness that blends with the wheat cracker into the finish; the aftertaste is a little harsh

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual beer; not one that I would gravitate toward on a regular basis, but I admire the creativity that went into devising this concoction; I would like it better without the sour aftertaste

Thanks, oxymoron

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golden/blonde color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, some pomegranate and clove.

T - It tasted of wheat. There was a secondary pomegranate flavor. Overall, it had a nice sweet taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good beer with a fruit flavor. It is one of the better beers with pomegranate.

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.52/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -7.7%

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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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of white foam on a dark golden body with good clarity. The head settles quickly but leaves good lace.

S - Spicy wheat, light hops, and a berry like fruitiness.

T - Lots of wheat up front with tart berry like fruitiness. Sweet, fruity finish with a light hint of hops.

M - Somewhat thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad. At first I though this beer was fairly awful, but by the end of the glass it had grown on me. The fruit flavor is pleasant and actually blends well with the wheat. I still can't say I am a fan of fruited wheat beers, but this is drinkable.

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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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2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, wheat, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts with some fruit up front. Then some elements of wheat & caramel come in. The malt character is a little heavy for the style and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, not a good representation of style, there just wasn't very much in this beer that I found favorable.

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3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. "Contains Sulfites" listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, delightfully bright golden body with a full inch of white foam.

Smell: Singularly simple wheat malt nose with a mild berry-like waft of pomegranate and a nose-tingled zesty, spicy hop scent.

Taste: Initial tastes of humble barley and malted wheat with a mild, restrained sweetness. The pomegranate flavor is exceptionally light, providing only meager hints of tart fruitiness. Spicy, soapy hop character with a cleansing pop of bitterness. Severely deficient in the ester department, I must say, but, with it's squeaky clean filtration, I suppose none was really intended. Finishes dry, particularly crisp, and with a vague, light touch of lingering fruit character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus carbonation, it delivers a near-sparkling crispness practically from the first sip.

Drinkability: A light wheat ale with a light addition of fruit, charge it with an ample hop bitterness and nigh fizzy carbonation and you have yourself Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat.

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3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a 3 fingers white head& good effervescence. Great lacing and good head retention

Smell: Wheat malt, slight citric notes. As it warms more sweet & fruitty notes

Taste: Intense sweetness followed by what tartness/ Finishes sweet & dry

MF: Effervescent, yet syruppy & funky at the same time. Reminded me of french farm house cider

Too swet strange and tasty to do more than one. Fruit beer lovers may think different

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Equal parts orange and amber capped with a good looking polished ivory head that fills the top third of the glass. Given the fact that the surface bubbles are popping in slow motion, it's gonna be a while until I can get my nose in close proximity to the beer. Lace-like lace is beginning to appear in small sheets, but very little sticks when all is said and done.

The nose is differently fruity so I'm guessing that it's the pomegranate juice concentrate that's responsible. If I didn't know any better, I'd have said that the aroma is due to some variety of hop, although not one that I've run into before. It's a pleasant aroma, even a summery one.

The flavor is odd. Not 'bad odd' just odd. On the good side of things, the pomegranate flavor isn't too subtle. On the not-so-good side of things, it isn't really a fruit flavor that I enjoy. I don't believe that I've ever eaten a pomegranate before--or even anything flavored with the juice--and now I'm not so sure that I'd care to.

This is definitely not a witbier since there's no orange peel and no coriander. Technically speaking, it's either an American Pale Wheat or a fruit beer. Actually, I think it most resembles an APA, albeit one that uses the world's most exotic variety of hops (pomegranates are bitter just like hops). The beer itself is in the exact center of the sweet-bitter continuum.

Part of what gives it that APA vibe is the mouthfeel; it doesn't have the feel of a wheat beer at all. It's smooth and slick rather than soft and lush, probably as a result of the sticky fruit juice.

I'm surprised that Major Tom's is Fort Collins Brewing's best seller. I can't believe there are that many people who enjoy the taste of pomegranates in their beer. This bottle was enjoyable enough, but now that my curiosity has been satisfied, I won't be drinking this one again. Definite points for originality though.

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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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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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