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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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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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Photo of Mitchster
2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to a clear dark golden, forming a rocky bone-white head with beautiful retention and lacing. Looks like whipped cream and bubbly pancakes. The aroma is quite nice...it has a typical American Wheat Ale nose of cracked wheat, crackers, pale malt grain husk, but overlaid by a dusty sour fruitiness akin to raspberries. Since I had a pomegranate today with lunch, I can pick up on it, but I probably wouldn't be able to place it otherwise. Carbonation is brisk. The carbonation stings the tongue and explodes upon the mouth. Medium-light body. The taste is very interesting...fruity, but sour and dusty. There is a bitterness which is akin to the bitter pulp of the pomegranate and is intermingled with a floral hop bitterness which is quite strong for the style. The aftertaste is pungently bitter and really hampers it's drinkability. The sourness is pervasive and more chemical in nature than anything I would expect.

An interesting, odd, and utterly undrinkable beer. The bitterness is crazy for the style and the sour, metallic nature of this brew real kills it's appeal. I would pass on this one again.
L=4.5, A=4, T=2, MF=3. O=1

Review 1/24/13-Well, for some reason, I got another and thought I would try it. Pours out to a lightly hazy peach. forming a small white head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is moderate ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is of grain husk and kiwi fruit. Mouthfeel is moderately tart with a light body. The taste is just grain husk, kiwi fruit, a weird moderate metallic bitterness and more sourness. Not a lactobacillus infected sourness, but a citric sourness. The bitterness certainly seems toned down compared to my prior review, but it's still pretty brisk considering the style and body.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden color with small amount of white head with no retention.

Slight scent of pomegranite and notes of wheat.

Very light pomegranite flavor, some wheat notes.

Light bodied, kind of watery, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was much too watery and lacking of flavor.

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Photo of B0BZ1LLA
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy, straw colored beer that pours with no head

S: strong note of pomegranate

T: strong but balanced pomegranate taste up front followed by medium wheat flavor

M: medium bodied, neither dry nor sweet

O: A great fruit based beer that is still a beer overall. This beer is well balanced.

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Photo of circus_cat
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Completely transparent with a thick, soapy white head which leaves some decent lacing. Gold in color.

S: I honestly don't smell the pomegranate. I'm getting a lot of grass and grains. Some of that typical beer smell. Smells like a pretty typical summer wheat.

T: Sour, grassy, some pomegranate/sour grape through the middle with absolutely no aftertaste.

M: Light mouthfeel. Nothing left on the tongue. Not too effervescent. A very good summer beer, but I don't think I'd drink this if I weren't at a BBQ or on the beach.

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Photo of stakem
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. The brew appears a clear golden color. A light off-white cap slowly fades leaving spotty lace sticking to the glass. A light swirl brings some suds back to the top.

The smell is quite fruity with some caramel and almost a buttery tone. A touch of herbal hops is faint in the background. The more I smell this, the more it reminds me of kids cereal with a mixture of grainy sweetness and a bright, somewhat artificial smelling fruit.

The taste is fruity citrus almost like lemon. Caramel grains make themselves known with an additional sweet toasty grain character. All the while, there is a hint of butter that doesnt quite belongz Faint herbal hop aftertaste provides a minor bitterness to contrast the fruity sweetness.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amout of carbonation. A nice fruity summertime offering that isnt overdone with the fruit inclusion but the buttery notes need to go. There is a time and place for every brew, i enjoyed this while sitting on the beach. Under other circumstances maybe I wouldnt have enjoyed this as much as I did.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy muted golden color. An off white head settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass. The beer smells slightly tangy, if that. I'm not getting a lot else from the aroma other than faint wheat/grains. The beer tastes tangy up front. It's not over-powering with pomegranate, and that's appreciated. It's not cloying. I nice mellow wheat beer with a small coat of tangy pomegranate, just tart enough to let you know what it is. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly carbonated.

Overall, I had no idea what to expect with this, but it's not bad at all. I'll probably never have it again, but it's good enough to not regret a six pack. Worth a try if you like fruit beers or wheat beers.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with little head and little lacing. 2.5

Wheat malts, hardly any hops, and some kind of red-skinned fruitiness. Maybe strawberry. Very benign. 3.5

Okay, the pomegranate shows up in the taste. Semi-tart fleshy seeds, more wheat malts, an underneath sweetness. Mildly grainy with a clean bitter and semi-tart finish that highlights some more strawberry. Nothing outstanding. Just easy-going summer ale drinking. 3.5

Medium carbonation with a light body. Very sessionable. 4.0

Refreshing vibe of subdued fruitiness that lingers quietly. Solid enough for an affordable summer beer. I'll take it. 3.5

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in a bottle before, but liked it better in a can. And yes, that can came courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is wheat, some pomegranate. Taste has some tangy wheat notes, pomegranate is present but not over powering, tart with a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
2.38/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a translucent gold color with a small 1/2 finger white head with some retention and lacing. The appearance might be the beer's best quality.

S - Extremely mild wheat/bread aroma with a equally mild fruit (pomegranate) aroma.

T/M - The beer starts off with a grain character that really never dissipates and dominates the flavor throughout. Very siimilar to bread. The middle brings a medium bitterness that I found also a little overbearing. Never really got any hint of pomegranate. Light to medium body with lots of carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Not impressed.

Overall, I found this beer to be a disappointment. I found the aroma weak, the flavor lacking, and not very drinkable - which is tough for the style! Wits with fruit are supposed to be easily to put down, that's the point! Won't be back.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-14-2011 14:42:58

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Photo of tgorgz
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Into a glass from 12 oz. bottle. Picked this up for a Friday night. Not a huge witbier fan, but I was feeling adventurous.

A: Medium-to-solid gold colour. Good carbonation, a bit of a head on this guy. Lacing, not so much.

S: A good balance going on between the wheat and the sweet. First you get what promises to be a bit bitter,then followed up the sweet.

T: My prediction was correct. First you get hint of the bitter, then more a gentle kiss of sweet than I was expecting (not that that's a bad thing), and then back to bitter.

M: A little slick, but not a much as I was expecting. Lighter than some witbiers I've had.

O: Definitely not a January beer, but I wasn't really in the mood for a porter or imperial stout. I need to study tonight. Wondering what else Fort Collins offers...

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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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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
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