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 bamadog
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pomegranate wheat beer? Oh yeah, I've gotta try this. Review is from notes taken on 8/3/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark yellow, coppery color and it starts with a full, one finger, slightly off-white head with moderate retention; body is crystal clear, and shows strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: Could be a bit stronger, but there is a bitter, toasty/husky graininess to it; lightly fruited in the back; slight citric hop bitterness.

Taste: It's not bad -- up front, it really tastes like a straight up witbier with plenty of toasty and wheat graininess and a slightly citric (lemon?) hop bitterness; at first I'm disappointed as there is not much of a presence at all of the pomegranate, but towards the back of the flavor profile there is a slightly sweet and syrupy pomegranate flavor that I wish was much stronger.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, with a strong and spritzy carbonation to it; semi-dry, sticky thin coating is left on the roof of the mouth that holds some of the hop and grainy bitterness. Pretty refreshing, ultimately.

Overall: Well, I wouldn't say it lived up to my expectations -- as mentioned, I was really hoping for a stronger fruit presence (kind of like how DFH does the Aprihop); decent flavors though in the end and it is a pretty refreshing summer drink. I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone offered it to me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow with little head. Nose offers wheat and yeast, but I don't pick up a strong fruit presence. Little if any pomegranate in the nose. Taste offers a little more fruit but mainly in the finish. The pomegranate is overall very faint. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated. I was looking for a little more in this one, but not a bad beer for the summer.

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Photo of samie85
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear golden amber with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some creamy lacing behind.

S-Very sweet butterscotch with a green apple aroma. No notes of pomegranate.

T-Wheat upfront with some notes of very mild pomegranate and blackberry on the finish.

M-Very slick and well carbonated with a light to medium body.

D-Eh, not a bad beer by any means, but I'm really not enjoying this one all that much. The pomegranate is barely there and fruit wheat beers aren't my favorite style.

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Photo of NODAK
3.67/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a fairly tart and fruity aroma to a tart apricot smell, but of course it's actually pomegranate. Who actually knows how that fruit smells anyway?

Pours dark golden and clear...little to no head. Not very remarkable there.

The taste follows the aroma with a tart fruitiness prevailing in the body, presumably from the pomegranate juice concentrate that the label mentions. Again, it's tough for me to differentiate that from another fruit, such as apricot, because pomegranate isn't exactly a fruit I eat often. The wheat shows up mildly in the back, helping to finish the beer off. A small bitterness is also present, just barely tingling the tongue.

Pretty refreshing and drinkable, if not unremarkable. Decent summer beer here....not much to really think about when drinking it.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear gold in color, with a rather short head of white foam.
Aroma-Wheat, faint fruitiness.
Taste-Wheat, subtle fruit tartness, refreshing. Subtle flavors, nothing overdone. A decent, different, refreshing hot weather brew.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden honey, one finger of head, thick white lacing...

Smells zesty with yeast and fruit in the back. It would be hard to say it smells like pomegranate because that fruit really doesn't have much of an aroma in the first place.

Fruit forward, wheat back. A sweetness light and staying hits the tongue and hops join in the after effects.

Mouth feel is more medium bodied than the wheats I'm used to, a nice change and the full blast carbonation leaves one a happy advocate

Overall it is lacking smell, good in flavor, great in feel. Not a bad drink. I

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

not a bad beer pours leaving a about a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving little to no lacing. is a light golden color similar to more generic beers like a Budweiser for say. taste is light but overall pleasing more of a watery feel very drinkable you could say , the pomegranate is very noticeable . I would defiantly recommend this beer to someone who likes fruity beers .

This is my first review on this site so please if you have any advice message me thanks

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Photo of rawfish
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle to NB globe pours honey gold with a bit of orange glow into the glass netting a film of forth with no lacing. Color is nice but nothing else really amazing.

Smell is all over the place, a lot of variety but not exactly pleasant. Dry grain, bready malts, fruit tartness and sweetness, though not pomegranate, more like berries followed by sulfur, yeah it's definitely sulfur, not rotten eggs strong or anything but a bit off putting.

Taste is of dried grain with a wheaty twang, not earthy at all but rather bright and bland. Not much sweetness to the fruit and a vinegar tart finish on the end of the drink. Tastes a little like a failed berliner wiesse. In addition the finish starts of drying with a little bit of grain husks then sulfur on the palate than lingers on through the dryness. What bitterness there is, is accompanied by drying sulfur.

Okay if you ignore the bad after taste the carbonation is lively and the drink is light bodied and easy. It even begins to dry pleasantly until the flavor kicks in. This would be fun if I didn't have tastebuds.

Not sure if I'm being harsh on this one but first of all this is not a witbeer, no orange, no coriander and no yeast character whatsoever. In addition that sulfite addition is not adding to the illusion of pomegranate in this. It's an average wheat beer exposed to a chemistry fair volcano. On the brightside, FCB finally proves to me they can produce a beer that is actually carbonated. * golf claps*

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Photo of thagr81us
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spices, and orange zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, fruit, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but that was about it. It was slightly spicy for the style or at least what I'm used in this style. Wasn't really sure what to make of it, good or bad. I honestly wouldn't have guessed this to be a Witbier but rather a Spiced/Herbed style. Highly doubt I will be having this one again.

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Photo of keethrax
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden glass with a small head. Not a lot of aroma good or bad.

Fizzier than I would have expected, but not unpleasantly so with a lingering dry finish.

There's a bit of fruitiness to it, but it's hard to identify it as pomegranate. Not bad, just sorta "generic brightish fruit" instead of "hey! pomegranate".

Tasty and refreshing enough, but nothing special, and in particular no real pomegranate flavors.

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Photo of Outchillen
1.79/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend let me try this, I dont know what I did to him

Im not one for bashing beers, but I didnt like this beer at all

A: Pale orange, light hazy, had red flakes floating in it? didnt look too much like a wheat beer to me, head dissipated right away

S:The biggest turn off was the smell, hard to even discribe

T:didn taste great, very unbalanced, didnt taste like Pom or wheat

overall if you'd like to try a pom wheat, i recommend Saranacs, ive heard FCB has good beers, but this missed the cut

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Photo of shand
1.86/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a clear golden colour with plenty of floaties suspended in the glass. The head was a nice inch and left some decent lacing ... what's with the floaties though? The aroma is fairly tart, no pomegranate to speak of, just general tartness over general "beeriness". The taste is just entirely non-descript. There's barely anything here beyond the generic beeriness and a touch of tartness. Very boring, there's really nothing here to enjoy.

The mouthfeel is fairly nice, it's crisp and well-carbonated. The drinkability? Eh, it's decent, but there's no reason. Overall? This is a bad beer. There's really nothing here to enjoy. I might have a bad bottle, because the floaties don't seem to be mentioned by any other review. I'd try it again, but wouldn't be fooled twice. Saranac's Pomegranate Wheat is much better.

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

Golden with a bit of haze and plenty of carbonation. The head quickly disappears. Sweet honey like aroma. Good amount of carbonation on first sip. The fruit comes out in the middle with a bit of sourness. Nice amount of hops in the back. In the end the sour and bitter clash making for an odd finish. Medium body

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've been seeing more of Fort Collins in the BR market... definitely a good thing. Pretty reasonable too, $9.99 for a 6-pack at the Bet-R.

I poured it from the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass... it's a clear golden color with a white head and minimal retention and lacing... nothing special at all to look at.

The smell is full of wheat, but not a whole lot of pomegranate. It's pretty weak on the nose, hopefully more on the tongue.

There is definitely more pomegranate on the tongue, especially if you let the beer move around in your mouth and hit all the taste buds. It's pretty tasty actually, a good blend of fruit sweetness mixed with the body of the wheat and then some bitterness coming from the fruit as well on the end. Solid beer.

It's a little thin on the mouthfeel, but high marks for drinkability, this one goes down easy and I could definitely go for more.

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Photo of ChangeBrewery
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A clear golden ale with decent lace down the glass.

S- The smell of beer was true to the wheat name with a floral aroma of the hops

T- A sharp bitterness on the approach followed by the crisp notes of the hops. The pomegranate is not overwhelming but very subtle.

M- Decent carbonation, average feel

D- Very drinkable and goes down easy.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.27/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy pale yellow with a tannish hue. Nice white foamy head. Laces well on the sides of the glass.

S: Super malty and hoppy and that's about it. Strange for a witbier. I detect light fruit but nothing else. Smells like an APA all the way, or a bad IPA.

T: How is this a witbier? Tastes like almost like an IPA with a light berry presence. Did I get an old bottle or something?

D: I can't really say I'd have more than one of these. If I was gonna drink a pomegranate ale I'd go with the Peak Organic.

Value: Pricey as heck for what it is.

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

Seemed worth a try if for no other reason that the pomegranate aspect.
Pours a clear medium amber with a decent off-white head that drops quickly and leaves scant lacing.
Smell is hops, light fruit and malt.
Taste is malt, hops, fruit (tart) and vinegary.
A medium-bodied brew with a watery, dry finish. Medium effervescence. Overall, a decent beer but just a middle of the road one.

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Photo of sauron681
1.63/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a reddish blond color, with no head or lacing at all. Very clear, ( are you sure this is a wheat beer?)
Starts out lightly sweet, and finishes dry and chalky. Has a rancid aroma, with hints of lemon and citrus fruit. Has a very faint Hefe taste. I could not find no hints of pomegranate whatsoever.

Overall this was a disappointment, Not sure how a fruity "wheat" beer can be sweet and bitter? This could be better, pomegranate is a wonderful fruit to brew with. I use it once in a while in my homebrew witbier, and its great. With a little work they can greatly improve this beer.

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

A: The label claims a straw-blonde color, my eyes disagree and appeared more of a watery down orange with a bit of brass glow when backlit. The head was slight, bubbly and a bit soapy, quick to dissipate to a non-relevant status. Carbonation is light, amply spaced and fairly quick on the move. A lack of lacing offers little in the visual department not helping matters here.

S: Bits of tartness and pomegranate are evident. When agitated alcohol, sour green apples and wet hay and citrus are evident but don't necessarily play well together with a miss-mash of flavor that never gets going. Overall the strength was light.

T: Juicy pomegrante notes in the front, wet with a bit of apple juice follows up. There is a bit of wet tartness of lemon-lime, green apples and some sour pear fruitiness as well. The malting is barely worth mentioning, lightly dry and sweet, allowing the fruity nature of the drink to take over. Sweet and fruity upfront followed up by a sour twang of wet lemons on the finish.

M: The label claims it crisp, I claim it flat and boring, falling short of expectations and imaginative wishful thinking. Decent fluid viscosity, smooth with a juicy sweet fruitiness like appeal on the tongue. A light lemon tartness and green apple appeal ensures on the swallow.

D: Ones plenty for me thanks, even by style and not enough to recommend even a single purchase here.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Pomegranate is still all the rage even though many people have claimed that several other fruits have more anti-oxidant qualities to it. Regardless, you have to consume a large amount of juice or actually eat the fruit in its natural form to get the true benefits. Word of warning about this beer, it oddly contains sulfites.

Healthy looking head with some clinging lace on the glass, clear golden color. Mild bready wheat aroma with a very distant and vague fruit tone and a faint whiff of sulfite. Graininess from the wheat comes off very bready, there is some astringent husk in the middle that doubles up with the modest hop bitterness and lively crispness. Light twang of fruit, can't really tell that it is pomegranate. Breath of sulfite up front. Finishes semi-dry with lots of hard lingering grain.

Not really sure where this beer was going, but it seemed to fall flat other than an OK American Wheat Ale flavor. As for the fruit and sulfites, the fruit missed the mark, and why are sulfites used? Keep that to wine and cider please.

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

Pours slightly hazy with a nearly white head that has good retention and execellent lacing.

Smell is of lemon peel. Taste has a litlle lemon that comes through. This brew is betterthan any wheat I have tried and for me that is favorable.

Not sure how true this is to it's wheat lable, as I don't care for wheat's and I find this one quite likeable.

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Photo of dstc
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a big white head. Head falls fairly slow to a minimal one. Thin, even lacing.

Has a simple, mild wheat aroma. Fruit is buried on there as well.

Nice wheat taste. Ends with the flavor of the pomegranate and a sharp tartness. Lingering bitter, funky aftertaste that is a bit off-putting.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation and a slight bite.

So-so. Average wit but the pomegranate did nothing for me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My final brew I got in my variety case.

A - Poured a very light almost clear yellow with white head. Looks like a light beer.

S - Semi sweet Pomegranate with bitter wheat base.

T - Well it's not terrible but not great. It had a sort of off putting bitterness to it that made it hard to enjoy. It was OK for the style.

M - Light and refreshing

D - Well thankfully I only had four of them which were not much of a chore to consume but I really would have rather had Saranac Pomme offering.

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

Appearance - Very large head formed upon the initial pour. Resolved to a light ring with a bit of lacing on the pint glass. Clear (for a Witbier) with moderate carbonation continuing to feed the retained head.

Smell - Bright, sweet aroma with a tartness present as well.

Taste - Tart from the get go, but not a hoppy tart. A fruity component (I'm guessing the pomegranate concentrate...) takes center stage. The finish is very dry and crisp. Leaves you wanting another. A bit of a metallic bite as well. Not a natural feel.

Mouthfeel - Not much in the way of depth, but that's to be expected from a Witbier. Nice and light.

Drinkability - An obvious easy drinker. A bit too tart for me for a witbier, but I can see the appeal.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Brilliant brass with stunning clarity and a steady stream of moderately sized bubbles. A small white cap is slow to form and quickly withdraws to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves a light latticework of lace.

S: Smells like pomegranate on top of biscuits, with a light medicinal aroma.

T: Pretty malty at first, as cracker and straw flavors start things out. The pomegranate adds a nice fruity tartness in the middle. Bitterness is sharp and somewhat harshly metallic. Finishes tart, with some lingering pomegranate flavor.

M: The medium-light body is slightly syrupy and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer honestly didn't do much for me. A bit too harsh in the middle for me to truly enjoy it. The lightness; however, makes it go down quick.

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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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