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Saranac Pomegranate WheatSaranac Pomegranate Wheat
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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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Added by tempest on 03-24-2007

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Ratings: 340 |  Reviews: 255
Reviews by hdofu:
Photo of hdofu
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid good wheat, nothing to get you out of your seat and go out and by a case, but easy drinking ale. Its light too which helps make it work as an session brew. Has a malty/hoppy flavor that is seems to merge into the pomegranate which seems to somehow hide its bitter aftertaste in some hidden place. Nothing exciting but a good brew none the less.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I THINK spring has sprung here in western NY so I picked a beer to go along with the warmer weather theme.Poured into weizen glazz a dull hazed peachy color with a nice tight,sticky 1 1/2 finger head that left spotty lace as it settled slowly,toasty wheat malt a long with pomegranate juice aromas a hint of leafy hop shows up as well.Somewhat sweet from the pomegranate juice drying out pretty well with toasty dry almost leafy finish.Although my wife loves the beer its not a "girly" beer it has subtle complexity,a decent offering from Saranac better than expected.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bit hazy, orange-gold in color, with a white foamy head of about 1/2" or so. Low retention, reducing to a whit ring of bubbles.

S: Wheat and malt with emphasis on the wheat. Faint hops.

T&M: An interesting taste, sort of a "semi-sweet wheat" or something. Malt flavors are prominent but there is another sweetness there, perhaps from the pomegranate, that lends well to the overall character. The wheat character is definitely there with little bitterness - but just enough to let you know there are at least a few hops in there. Finish is a malty with a touch of hop bittering but the linger is all wheat. Carbonation is fairly light and lends to a sort of smooth creamy texture.

D: Nice but not great. I found this to be refreshing and enjoyable. I would probably drink this again but I don't know that I would go out of my way for it.

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

Yummy cloudy light amber. Little to no head with not much staying power.

Smells wheaty. Not much fruit, maybe dry. Some ABV.

Sweet. Surprising with smell. Can kinda taste the pom, which is nice. Some bicuit, Not muvh hops, no real pale.

Calming. Relaxing in the mouth. Doesnt make me feel like Im mouthing a beer. Not in a bad way, a good way.

Nice beer. Not one that I would drink lots of, but very drinkable.

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Photo of generallee
4.17/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: It has a hazy body and a golden color with a big white head that makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light fruity nose with hints of wheat and barley malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a sweet honey and light pomegranate character that blends well with the smooth wheat flavored malts. Its flavor is nicely sweet and well balanced to the wheat within the medium body. The carbonation is about average and it has a smooth and refreshing texture and great drinkablility.

Notes: This may be my new favorite summertime outdoor party drink.

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Photo of Scribbles
4.85/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy dark golden colour, 1 1/2 to 2 finger head when pured correctly into a chilled glass. Nice looking with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Classicly Wheat smell, malt, with some hints of fruitiness

Taste: Wheat, malt, with some fruity berry like flavourings in the background enough that they stay in balance. Somewhat sweet but not overly, it works with the rest of the beer's flavours well.

Mouthfeel: nice and smooth, creamy and refreshing at the same time.

Drinkability: I would have no problem drinking one or six of these, the taste is excellent, they're refreshing, and all around enjoyable to drink.

As for my random thoughts; if your looking to taste a lot of fruit get a wine cooler, if you want lots of hops get an IPA; but if you want a flavourful Wheat beer with just enough fruit to give if good flavour and stay in balance this is what your looking for, it certainly delivers on its promises. This beer will certainly make it to my fridge every summer from this year forward.

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Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, slightly hazy, orange/yellow

Smell: wheat, malt, fruit, pomegranate

Taste: pomegranate and hops in the start, a wheat/malty finish...with a pomegranate finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, tart start, with a sweeter finish

Drinkability: An above average lawnmower beer. The fruit is not overpowering. One of Saranac's better offerings. I could have several.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

sevred into a wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,golden amber color with a 2" white creamy head that dissapated very quickly to a slight coating.Barley any carbination.not leaving ant lacing.

Aromas were moderate to faint,fruity aroma pomagrate i would guess,doughy,honey with an oaty/nuttyness.

Sweet taste,dried fruit,syrupy with honey and candied carmell,had a nice fruity tartness,again would guess pomagrate. Finishes tart and sweet with a fruity fade.

Light and tangy mouthfeel. Couldn't get past the syrupy feel knocked down the drinkability. Not very pleasing like a wheat beer should be. Saranac usually makes a decent and affordable beer this one was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a slightly cloudy wheaty golden amber with a thin white head with no lacing. Nose is wheaty and fruity to be expected.

Taste is pretty decent! The fruit is mild and crisp so it's not overwhelming. It's very easy drinking and the fruity flavors are subdued by the wheat leadi to a real easy drinking fruit beer.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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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Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Soonami
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dusty yellow with tint of salmon-pink in the light, hazy from yeast without any head to speak of

S- Wheat, yeast, bread, faintly fruity

T - Tart pomegranate and spicy wheat with a little mustiness

M- crisp, amply carbonated and light. Very easy on the palate and refreshing

D- balance of bready malt and tart fruit makes this easy drinking, not to flavorful and easy to quaff

Would be nice with BBQ chicken or anything with a sweet tangy sauce

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.78/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Looked all neat, almost ruby grapefruit lots of carbonation, head retention. Kinda smelled the part, fruit.

Taste, a sweet mess. Just drink Kool Aid and amp up the sugar, blend it with one of their other questionable beers (amber wheat) and you've got this beer. Just a brutal drainpour. Save this for a sugar craving or something.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another clouded wheat ale with a touch of a pink haze going on large white head that sticks around for quite awhile nice bands of lacing form as well. Aromatics a little bit of random tart smelling jam, with some citrus and yeast qualities going on pretty tame in the scent. Flavor sweet tart I guess pomegranate, but I'm not an avid Indian apple eater. So, if you ask me that could be any tart fruit flavor with a standard American Wheat. Not a bad combo just forgettable and nothing more memorable even though it's high in anti-oxidants. Body is light and crisp with carbonation, nothing extraordinary only bland yeast stays on the palate. Drinkability wise I could pass on another of these and I gasp at the thought of a whole twelve pack of this stuff like on the label I saw they're selling it in that format and cans. I was excited about the cans but why can't they just put the Kolsch or Golden Pilsner in those instead I'd buy either.

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Photo of DarrellK
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this brew in English pint glasses and chalices and a variety of tempertures but couldn't find a good range for this brew.

The pour finds a craggy bubbled head that starts out fine but dissapated too quickly. Almost no lace and the head is not typical of the style.

The aroma is very subdued with a little fruit and even less bread. The brew has some carconation and is asomewhat cloudy golden color.

THe lack of a decent nose doesn't help the mouth which is thin, but is a bit better when on the cooler side.

The finsh is again lacking with some vague aftertaste that is not unpleasant, just lacking.

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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 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 dacrza1
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not having much of a pomegranate background, except through Bible references, I took my chance on our deck Memorial wife tells me they are also called "Chinese apples" and are rather wonders how Saranac could "afford" to brew them into a sampler....pours an effervescent orange/brown haze; fizzing head reduces to small tracings...citrus notes with acidic appeal...all is working for this brew until the chew, which really is like chewing bark or some sort of forest timber...the taste mellows, unchallenging but leaving a lingering juicelike aftertaste...really not my thing, as authentic lambics, guezes and saisons handle the fruit realm with much more authority...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saranac- Pomegranate Wheat

Appearance- light hazy orange with a small, quick dissapating head.
Smell- Sugary sweet with light cherry/ pomegranate aroma.
Taste- Candy sweet, like sweet tarts. Light tart cherry/ pomegrate with a touch of apricot wheat.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front and watery throughout.

Overall- Quite bland. Not worth the $2 I paid for a 12oz.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden hazy orange, apricot-like color beer under a white head. Head is medium sized before it turns to a thin layer with bits of spotty lace. Aroma isn't bad really. Crisp lightly sweet wheat aroma with a peachy berriness to it. The crisp fruity and grainy flavors are well blended, non offensive, and moderately entertaining. Easy smooth feel with animated carbonation and very easy drinkability.

Not bad hot day drinking.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tasting #2 of the saranac summer 12-pack:

AP: This pours a murky but vibrant golden color, big carbonation creates a 1/8" deep, smooth and even all-white head.

nose: Lightly sweet scented malt with a vague red-berries current with some minor tangy pomegrante scents. sour yeast and zesty hop way down deep rounds out the array of aroma's.

flavor & feel: since the Pomegrante juice and wheat-malt was fermented together the tow distinct flavors really blend well together and really tastes authentic. The light and crisp wheat-malt flavor hits first with mildly zesty herbal hop following right behind allowing the very natural pomegrante juice to flow in later steal the show. It's not overally sweet like some fruit-added brews can have, this has a pleasant sour-raspberry effect right at the end.

Da: After really enjoying the amazing sam adam's Long-shot boysenberry-wheat ale not that long ago, i've come to respect these fruit beers on a new level. Overall: refreshing is it's best quality.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came in my last Beer Of The Month delivery:(

Poured a hazy amber and had a good 2" head that dropped to a ringbut still left some lace here and there. Smelled like most other wheat beers I've tried but differed in the taste..Less lemony and more Pomegranate(y)? Smooth not so dry finish.

Slightly thicker bodied than I expected and had a satisfying mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

I like!

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