Saranac Pomegranate Wheat | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pomegranate WheatSaranac Pomegranate Wheat
Saranac Pomegranate WheatSaranac Pomegranate Wheat

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 340
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.07/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden color somewhere in between yellow and pink grapefruit. Drops a ton of carbonation, makes a 4/5" head, average retention. Had some kind of fruit juice smell, like those apple juices with other berries to change the color.

Taste is overly sweet, did they just homebrewer shortcut this one and dump pomegranate juice into a beer? Wheat base not enough to overcome cloying sweetness.

Beetus joke here.

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3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Shaker glass. Enjoyed on agt´11. Bright golden color, chill haze in appearance. Brief, white, head leaves some spotty lacing on sides. Yeasty – fresh bread- & fruity aromas. Moderate fruit sweetness followed by dry bitterness with grape zest notes. Bread crust hues in the middle, slightly harsh grainy sensation. Medium body, medium carbonation. Quite bland & flat. Not as refreshing as expected from a Pale Wheat.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very hazy, pale yellow color with a half inch thick frothy head that dissipates instantly. Has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Pale malts, sweet and tarty, and light aroma of pomegranate.

Taste - The pomegranate isn't as strong in the flavor, but it's very sweet/tarty. Pale malts, wheat, and a subtle spiciness at the end. Has minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall - It doesn't taste like I expected but it's pretty good.

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Photo of drtth
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

RThe lightly hazed orange tinged amber beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a 1" white head that recede to a thin ring and leaves little or no lacing behind.

The aromas include some fruity character a bit of malt with no real hops noticable.

The flavors include the fruit, some nice lightly malty sweetness with no real bitterness showing.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and a bit crisp with the moderate carbonation.

A drinkable beer but not one I expect to be repeating. I could drink more but tend to prefer a dry, lightly bitter ending.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden/copper color. 7/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of wheat, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and yeast. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, wheat, slight grain, slight sweet malt, and a hint of citrus. Overall, a good wheat beer, but the citrus is almost non-existent.

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Photo of Mako82
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy/cloudy golden orange color, slightly off white head that was foamy
S - Strong pomegranate smell, sweet/tarty, hops in the background
T - Mild malts and hops, nice sweet pomegranate taste upon the aftertaste, almost receive a second kick of sweetness during taste
M - Fairly carbonated

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Photo of SickGnar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Robust golden - a bit dark and amber hue. Hazy – mostly chill haze though as it brightens as it warms. A smallish barely off-white cap of foam. Some lace, but not much.

S: Distinct honey impression. Floral sweetness is layered over pomegranate jam and bready wheat beer. No hops. Sweet/floral/fruity with beer in the background. Still, it is pleasant in a desert like way.

T: More balanced between fruit and wheat beer than the nose, but still pomegranate forward. Again, fruit is strongly mixed with honey sweetness. Pomegranate is done alright – juicy yet rounded and blending decent with other aspects. What tartness there is seems to be more yeast / wheat beer derived. Bready wheat is a bit grainier than the nose and has faint toasty edge to it.

M: A bit over medium but carbonated to match. Despite obvious sweetness there isn’t as much sugary tack as might be expected. Faint tart edge and carbonation keep it refreshing even with a somewhat sweet finish.

D: Not too many Pomegranate Wheat beers other there – so props for that. While the focus is on the fruit, this does have some things going on in the base wheat beer. Given the fruit and sweetness, this could be seen as a “chick beer.” I can’t see myself having more than one or maybe two in a row, but it does make a nice summer – light and refreshing – desert beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark yellow with two fingers of head. Nice retention. Smell is mild with pomegranate coming through as well as rather strong wheat notes. Taste is a heavy wheat flavor with pomegranate sweetness. I like that the pomegranate doesn't take over the flavor, it adds just enough sweetness. It's actually the wheat that's a little heavy here. This beer is light, crisp, nicely carbonated, and very drinkable.

Makes for a nice beer at the pool. It's also a much better summer offering from Saranac than their Summer Ale or their Summer Brew.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque color then it is a style of white. Nose of wheat which is, as was thought, quite light and strong body weak and watery. Fortunately, the aftertaste safety, such as flavored with apple pectin and seed grenades just a little dope mix. Despite the lack of finish, the grenade brings a real plus and it is far from grenadine syrup commercially available that give too much glucose in beer. Here everything is light and the taste is that of the first Wheat although it is far from exceptional.

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Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first of 3 beers I tasted at the 1888 tavern after a great brewery tour on 7/3/11.

There's a soft white foam of head from the tap over a hazy gold-amber body. It's not really above average except that the lacing has some really good stick to it and maintains a presence on the glass.
The light aroma offers wheat, some fresh juice, and some pale malts.
The wheat is in the forefront in the flavor, soft but not bland, with fresh pom juice not for sweetness but the flavor of it. The juice shows up in the middle through to the finish, and pale malts are always underneath.
This beer is as light and crisp as I'd expect, with a light smoothness that develops after it. This would be a slightly higher score, but the crispness fades just at the end.
This is a good fruit beer and not one to shy away from.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/straw color. Poured a 3 finger billowy stark white head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Wheat malt and pomegranate; not overpowering and complementing the slightly sweet, bready aroma. Other fruity esters are very faint.

T: Consistent with nose, the slightly sweet, bready wheat malt is prominent up front. Prickly pomegranate comes to bear in the middle. Some spices in the finish add to a nice balance with sweet fruit lingering a bit.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Starts smooth, but sharp, fruity carbonation takes over through to a mild, spicy finish.

O: I liked since it had some malt character. I'm not partial to flavored beer that are so much so that they are one-dimensional.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faintly cloudy pale amber, smallish off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is grain, hint of pomegranate, basically just a light, zesty grain character, though.

Taste is light grain, crisp, faint yeastiness & faint juiciness, lightly sweet with faint tartness at finish. No Pomegranate taste is really evident. It’s not great, but it’s not bad, either.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.21/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Picked this one up for my wife yesterday as part of a mixed six pack. Luckily I only grabbed one, as this one really sucked. After about half the bottle between us, we gave it to Hank the Dog, who looked at it and walked away. Poured a lightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. Very muted aromas, a little wheat and a little pomegranate but not much else. Same on the palate, not a lot of flavor, crisp and light bodied.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass, review from notes.

A:Light gold with a little red from the pomegranate. <1 finger head, no lacing or retention.

S: Wheats, fruits, pomegranate, citrus. And do I taste a little vanilla.

T: See smell.

M:Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel

D: Very drinkable and refreshing brew. Highly recommended!

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Photo of jsprain1
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy orange with a thin eggshell head. Lacing bearly (see what I did there with the label?) sticks.
S- Not really picking up pomegranate in the aroma. Just a general sweet fruityness. Grainy for sure.
T- Starts grainy and then pomegranate came in and hit the wheat over the head. It's not so much that the individual flavors are bad, but they come into conflict instead of meshing together. Far too sweet in the finish from that pomegranate juice.
M- Light body, excessively so, though the carbonation is smooth enough.
D- A great idea, but I just find it lacking. Some tweaks could turn this into a better beer, but right now, it's just subpar.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wheat beer pours out as a cloudy golden color with a fluffy white head that settles down pretty quickly. The aroma is a little tart smelling on the nose. The taste of this beer is a little on the weak side. I know how strong Pomegranates can be so I thought that this would have a bigger flavor. There is a light tartness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and soft like most wheat beers.

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Photo of TheMadChef10
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured a thick head of a typical wheat, and very hazy. Not much to smell it would have been a very faint pomegranatey slightly citrusy fruity notes. The taste wasn't bad, you could tell it was a wheat beer from the appearance but didnt taste much of one. Very carbonated but didnt feel like it on my palate. I would probably drink this beer again, but I'm a sucker for wheat bears.

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Photo of shand
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy light-amber colour with two inches of head that retains nicely and has below average lacing. Most of the smell here is wheat, citrus, and grain. There's just a touch of the pomegranate here. The taste brings on the pomegranate in much fuller force, it's the dominating flavor for the first few seconds. Then, the wheat comes in. A simple, refreshing taste that delivers exactly what the bottle says.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both great - it's crisp and light-bodied. The juiciness of the flavor especially helps the drinkability. Don't come in here expecting anything more than what the bottle says - pomegranates and wheat. A successful beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pomegranate Wheat pours a light gold color with minimal head and no lasting lace. The aroma has hints of dough, fruit, and vanilla followed by a flavor with a good balance of pomegranate juice, sweetness, and a citrusy tang. It has a medium mouthfeel with more pomegranate showing through in the finish. This beer is a very drinkable and refreshing brew. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. Numbers all over the bottle but none seem to resemble a date.

Thanks to Onenote81 for knocking this off my wants! And since he probably wondered why it was on my wants: I tried this through a friends beer-of-the-month club before I got heavily into craft beer and wanted to experience it again. That's really it.

A - The vigor in the pour creates a billowing snow-white four-finger head. Moderate retention but no lace is left clinging above the cloudy golden straw yellow beer.

S - Light traces of pomegranate juice come from the beer with a pleasing aroma but it leans more towards the soft and dry wheat smell. Far too grainy though. Some harsh mineral aspects to it as well.

T - Hearty amounts of wheat are in this flavor and definitely overshadow the pomegranate a bit but it's still fair. A bit of that hard mineral and sharp grain flavor comes through.

M - Soft initially, the wheat is nice in that regard but it's quickly killed by the hard mineral body and sharp carbonation. It's a medium-light bodied wheat.

D - It's not an awful beer but it's not the greatest either. Average across the board, it's not something I'd ever seek out again.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden, hazy from yeast with a nice head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is fruity (reminds me of soda), bready. Light body. Taste like sweet, carbonated fruit juice. Sugar and honey dominate the flavor, some pomegranate perhaps. Good for thirst quenching but not much else

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes from a tasting of this summers 12 pack.

A-Unfiltered peach amber with hardly any head at all. Not particularly appealing.

S-Slight lambic sourness

T-Slighly sour, light malt in the palate, crisp, thirst quenching but not terribly complex and not at all what I was expecting.

M-verly light with moderate carbonation. Rather without substance but OK for a thirst quencher.

D-This is OK, but I am certainly not jonesing for another.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Looks like an extremely clear wheat beer. The absolute lack of red color shows how little pomegranate is really in this beer. Either that or they used a non-colored extract. Unfortunately Pomegranate juice is quite expensive, and rarely used to its awesome potential. I mostly smell wheat yeast in the aroma, and the smell is quite mild along with the carbonation. There is a slight redness to the head which is interesting. Pomegranate sits in the back of the sip, mild fruity flavor, slight tartness, that mixes well with wheat yeast estsers that are happening. Aside from that you have an American wheat. Highly drinkable. Refreshing summer beer. I definitely drank this beer offseason. Pretty good though.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy bright amber-orange color with a some nice white head (finger and a half) the had decent retention and some lacing left behind.

S - The major aroma is the wheat smell. There is also a nice fruitiness to the aroma, that had some pomegranate and some touches of citrus mixed in.

T - The taste starts off like a traditional wheat beer, then the sweetness of the pomegranates joins in. There is also a bit of citrus that mixes in towards the end, and the aftertaste is just a tad sweet and bitter.

M - Light to medium bodied, with a nice amount of carbonation that keeps the beer feeling very crisp.

D - Very drinkable beer. The overall mix of fruit flavors on top of the wheat beer is fairly well balanced and the beer overall is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle right out of the supermarket cooler poured into a hefe glass. no freshness date.

pours out a cloudy golden yellow color with a big 2 fingers of frothy pure white head. decent retention and a decent lace. lots of rushing carbonation bubbles.

light in the aroma. bits of grainy wheat and light berry/ tropical fruit aromas. no pomegrante.

pilsner grains and wheat are the main player in the taste, balanced by medicinal pomegranate and tropical fruits. this beer is definatly on the sweet side.

mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style. light bodied, crisp, refreshing, usual high bright carbonation.

drinkability is really good. bought this for my girlfriend and she thought it was very "krunkable". i would buy this again, just because its cheap and local, and a very easy drinker, but i wouldnt really recommend this. nothing special.

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