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 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 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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Photo of blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent straw golden color with a white 2 finger head. Retention is below average. Looks carbonated well and is generally appealing.

S - Pale malt, barley, and crisp wheat. surprisingly no fruit on the nose. Really mild.

T - Finally the pomegranate comes through, even though it's subtle. A very solid wit foundation builds the beer, with a very nice tart pomegranate flavor. Refreshing.

M - light and crisp. Nearly ideal for the style.

D - Surprisingly, one of FCB's best brews. Very nice overall example of the style.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a bright golden color with a white finger’s worth of head. The retention was not very good and it left thin bands of lacing. The aroma was of citrusy hops, tart fruit, pale malt and wheat. The flavors were very tart with notes of pomegranate, berries, citrusy hops and a twang of wheat. It tasted off to me, however, too tart and misbalanced. I wonder if it was not stored properly or just didn’t age well. I feel it should be better than the example I had. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, the body medium/light and the carbonation average.

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

Pomegranate Wheat? Hmmmm.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a reasonable sized cream colored head that dissapates to a slight film over the brew. Light lacing. Berry aroma with light wheat. Reminds me of a fruit juice. The taste definitely displays some pomegranate, I think, but has a wheat backbone on the swallow. Tangy (almost harsh) finish with some rind-like characteristics. Juicy comes to mind as well. Overall I applaud the effort to add pomegranate to beer but this (and most fruit beers) was just so-so for me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ground control to Major Tom - we have a mayday situation on our hands...

I didn't think things would end up like this. Really, I wanted to like this beer. Pomegranates are so "in" right now and who doesn't love a good wheat beer? I do, except for the times when I see "wheat" on the side of the bottle and get duped.

This was one of those instances.

It was missing, right up there with the head, lacing, body, and most other aspects of a beer that get me excited when I open it up and pour it out. Yes, this was a liquid and probably had some malted barley and hops somewhere in the midst of the syrup and misfired attempt at flavor. I'm sure there was wheat in this too even though this was nearly clear as I held it up to the light. No matter, at least I can had a chance to sip and enjoy this...

On second thought, maybe this would taste better as I worked my way down my glass and this warmed up.

Of course, that was wishful thinking. What I ended up with was something resembling flat club soda with a moderate body and a golden hue that looked like some pomegranate syrup was added in for good measure.

Lest I need bee reminded that this is a craft beer and I would expect that some thought and effort was put into this. Instead, I ended up with something that should have just said "beer" on the side of the bottle, like a prop in a movie that has to be nameless as not to violate any copyright laws.

Maybe if it was 80 and sunny right now, I could have enjoyed a few of these. For those looking for a fruit beer, or a wheat beer, or a session beer, or a...oh, hell! Just move on to something else. You probably couldn't do much worse - isn't that right Major Tom?

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Wegmans

A- light gold in color with no head. No lacing either.

S- biscuity and faint hint of fruit. light malt smell as well.

T- hay and light pomegranate spice. biscuity/doughy as well.

M- dry and doughy with mild tartness.

O- its a nice effort to combine the wheat with pomegranate but i dont think it works. It is a nice beer to give a try but i wont have another.

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Photo of flexabull
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the mixed 12 pack.

Pours a clear gold color with a thin almost non existent head.

Aromas are lightly sweet and creamy, not much going on with the nose though.

Taste is doughy and surprisingly kind of spicy from the wheat. Nice general tartness, with just hints of pomegranates. There is a soft creamy sweetness, and a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and light, with decent snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is an OK fruit beer. While I can't say I love it, it's more interesting than I thought it would be.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz->Summer Ale Pint
A ~ Pours burnt orange with lively carb. No lacing. Nice color.

S ~ 2 note nose: Pomegranate & Grains...touch of Jam

T ~ Wheat..Hay..Pomegranate..bit of berry & spice..not much to warrant the "Witbier" moniker.

M ~ Crisp & juicy with alot of pomegranate flavors. Sadly, they get a little too sweet after awhile.

D ~ I long for a little hops to play second note to the pomegranate. Overall a bland experience. Pomegranate in beer is a good idea, but this one needs major refining.

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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 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 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 whatthehull
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


A - cloudy golden, 1/2 finger white frothy head and no lacing

S - Sweet, wheat, flowers, crisp hops, heavy malts, lots of grains and lots of pomegranates/fruits

T - Lots of wheat, fruits, some yeast and flowers

M - Medium body, low acidity, medium balanced, low complexity and medium finish

D - If you like light beers, hefes or fruit beers, give this one a try

Final thought - Not bad either

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Fort Collins Brewery:

A- nice golden color, with a white head

S- light smell which makes you search for more. Pomegranate hints in the aroma

T- Extremely sweet, nice pomegranate flavor. Not too 'wheaty', not too sweet

M- Nice feel, great carbonation, nice sweet aftertaste

O- Great for a sweet fruity beer, which are usually not my favorite. Nice fruit taste, without all of the sugary rush that goes with it

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

poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A: Golden color that poured with a nice white head that slowly disappeared to a thin layer.

S: Fruity aroma that had a slight funky artifical fruit aroma to it.

T: Had an upfront wheat beer taste with a back end pomegranate flavor coming through.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Light refreshing beer to drink during a hot summer day. Would have liked more pomegranate flavor to come through.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden yellow in color with a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: Wheat earthy hops and a hint of pomegranate

Taste: Upfront the beer is very wheaty and the backend end carries a kind of funky fruit note that could only be the pomegranate

Mouthfeel: Light in body with high carbonation and easy drinkability crisp and clean on the finish

Overall: Not a bad little beer. I think the first sip you take the flavor kind of shocks the palate but each sip afterwards became more and more enjoyable

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Major Tom's Pomegranate Wheat from The Fort Collins Brewery
3.25 out of 5 based on 447 ratings.
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