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 brentk56
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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Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear light gold with a huge head of foam that actually grew after pouring and almost overflowed. Half way through the session and on, I had about a 1/2" layer but it was still "billowy".

The smell is a very sweet fruity nose. Not ever having tasted a pomegranate, I can't say it smells like that's nice.

The taste is of wheat and what I presume to be pomegranate. It's an interesting flavour for sure; a mix of sweet and bitter that, imho, makes for good drinkability, especially in the hot weather we've been having in Casper.(today it's 94F, yesterday it was ~107!)

Bottom line: An unusual, and good, enough taste to visit again and...the label is really cool looking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
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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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 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 beerphilosopher
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this one up while in Iowa last week ... a 12 oz bottle with a different label than the one in the example picture. Older or newer, I wonder?

Pours a clean yellow straw color with a white, moderately dense head. Not a lot of staying power. Sporadic lacing. Nose is not of wheat, but I do detect some fruity character here ... could be the pomegranate, I recon. Hops seem to be prominent too. Palate is interesting, to say the least. This is a wheat beer? I don't taste the wheat, and for that matter, I don't taste anything that I'd classify as a pomegranate flavor either. This is one of the strangest brews I've tried. Tastes more like a medium-bodied lager, or maybe a Kolsch, than it does a wheat ale. There is an off flavor here too, which I can't identify. Slightly sweet, with a medium/light mouthfeel. Rather high carbonation, and a slightly bitter finish. Lacks substance. I have to confess I was way underwhelmed with this beer. I managed to finish 2/3 of it and poured the rest. A Witbier classification? I don't think so. Despite this brew, I'm anxious to try some of the other offerings from Fort Collins Brewery.

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Photo of Winter
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours and amber in appearance with a stark white head. Fruity, yet somewhat sour/tart pommegranate aroma in combination with a wheaty maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a pleasant crispness to it. Flavor teeters between a sweet and sour tartness from the pommegranates. Wheat malt is present but remains in the background. Some spiciness from the yeast, but again, that gives way to the over-riding tartness of the beer.

After one of these, I wanted to move on to something else. Not that it's a bad beer, in fact, it's fairly interesting, just not overly refreshing.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden straw with a barely off-white, tall, and long lasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light citrusy orange character. Wheat was present as well and the fruit aroma was a bit exotic (pomegrante?).

The flavor was a bit to the odd side with a lightly citrusy flavor, some wheat, and a slick slightly sweet yet lightly sour nature that just didn't go down well. Wheat ruled the beer, but the fruit (again pomegrante?), was a bit odd with a sort of saccharine character.

The finish was dry with lasting fruit and saccharine too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium, with a decent carbonation but no roundness to the mouthfee. The aftertaste was just not pleasant to me, gotta say skip this one.

12 ounce bottle with a yellow label of a bi-plane.

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Photo of Crosling
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow-orange in color. Seemingly filtered clarity. Subtle aroma, which is slightly tart, while yielding a base of aromatic honey and mild fruit. Equal balance between the sweet and sour flavors, while avoiding being overly cloying like I was expecting. Tastes fairly substancial for its size and its style. Their goal was to appeal to the Sunshine wheat and Easy Street Wheat fans and they achieved their goal, because this beer is better than both.

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Photo of russpowell
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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Photo of aforbes10
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear, yellowy drink with a big white head. looks like a hefe. smells like apples and sour wheat and i presume like pomegranates as well but i'm really just not around them enough to know for sure. tastes fruity and sweet. fruit (apple, pom) flavor is a bit cloying and distracting. very thin mouthfeel. not very good drinkability because it just didnt seem like i was drinking any kind of beer.

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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 soulgrowl
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a wine glass, this is an attractive but plain pale orange. Tiny bubbles constitute a soft, white head. No lacing and thin, patchy retention.

Smell: Green peas, some (baby) corn, and just a tiny poke of pomegranate. A bit of white grape juice.

Taste: Where's the pom? Oh, there it is. It comes through mid sip, well-hidden behind a grainy, corny sweetness. I am disappointed. I appreciate the brewer's attempt to keep the pomegranate flavor subtle, but this is beyond subtle. It really takes some effort to notice, and I wish it were just a little bit more outgoing. Finish introduces some grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Slick, almost cloying. Nothing special.

Drinkability: Matches pretty well with the Vermont white cheddar I'm eating, but not something I would recommend by itself.

Edit: This is a witbier? I don't think so. Typical wit characteristics - like spicy coriander and a strong citric character - are missing.

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Photo of benito
2.66/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fort Collins Brewery's most popular beer pours a transparent yellow straw with great head, good carbonation, and lengthy lacing. The bouquet is sweet but not distinct in any particular way.

The taste of pomegranite is clear from the beginning--a nice mix of sweet and tart, and the edge is taken off by a crisp dryness at the end of each swig. At first, I was pleased with how light (bodied) and refreshing this was and was especially impressed by the balance between the fruit sweetness and a more typical, dry side to the flavor profile.

What disappointed me ultimately here was I moved through a pint, and particularly as the beer warmed, it's tartness became overwhelming. Too much tartness without enough other flavor to balance it out. The mouthfeel was light but, eventually, biting. Overall, this is rather drinkable brew with a flavor scheme that didn't mesh well with my taste in fruit beer (I like fruit. I like beer, but I want my fruit beer to taste like beer). An interesting wouldn't be too hard to tempt me to try another one of these, but I doubt that I'd ever buy a six pack

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Photo of hero27
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly clear yellow color with tons of carbonation, but actually leaves a sticky lacing on the glass due to the obvious overcarbonation. The head mushroomed as soon as I poured it into the glass.
Smell is pretty funky..light, fruity wheat smell. Interesting taste from the pomegranate & wheat blend. Different, but pretty good.
For some reason this reminded me of Gumballhead. Obviously, the wheat character had a lot to do with that, but the fruit and mild hops as tasted like it could be Gumballhead's little brother...if David & Golaith were brothers, I guess. Cheap and fairly unique, worth a try if you find it.

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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 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 Skidz
3.81/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy pale straw and sits cloudy light gold in the glass with a massive soapy white head, sputtering to a thick layer of head, nice lacings all around.

Smells crips and wheaty up front with some dominant citrus notes. Pommegranite hints from all sides. Clear grassy hops push out from underneath.

Tastes midly sweet up front, sweet citrus notes penetrate with oranges and just a speck of lemon. Tart bits of pommegranite balance out whatever sweetness existed then fade into a mildly bitter pronouciation of grassy hops. Lightly crackery, with only a bit of wheat influence.

Crisp, light and incredibly refreshing. Carbonation is adequate and boasts a light body.

A good summertime break, interesting fruit melodies that I would not have expected. I ejoyed the tartness and found this to be satifying overall, yet not completely extravagent.

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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 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 lampkins
2.15/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To those fellow BA's that are going to purchase this beer I offer the following advice: pour half of the bottle into your pint glass. If you pour any amount greater than that it will overflow with the biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. Although the beer had been sitting undisturbed for a week it pured as if someone tossed it around. I assure you I did not do this. Beer was rather tart like a sour cherry, but it did taste like pomegrantes. Could not drink too many of these since half the bottles overflowed in my sink and though the beer was overly carbonated.

Nothing stands out about this beer and I would not go out of my way to try it again. There are better fruit beers out there.

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Photo of ZAP
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have no idea what pomegranate tastes like...nver had it....but my guess is it must be a tart fruit....this pours out a gigantic white head (too much)....smells a little like cactus...flavor is sweet-sour like....some lime-like flavor to this wheat beer....puckery mouthfeel....pretty charged up carbonation....spritzy...

Interesting enough but one of these is all I'd want...nice stab at something a little different though...glad I tasted it...

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Photo of palliko
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the brewery yesterday. Appearance is amber with not much foam or lace. Aroma has lemon, eucalyptus, yeast and faint malt and hops. Initial taste is a like a cherry Sweet Tart. On the tongue there are hints of fruit that I could not definitely say was pomegranate, though I take their word for it. It seemed to need some adjusting to make it a drinkable beer. No reference to the David Bowie song is found on the label.

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Photo of cokes
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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