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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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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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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 341
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Buffalo Brewpub. A chick drink, but not bad. A good appearance, with a lasting white head. Super lacey, with cloudy bannana bodyA juice infusion of pomegranate whatever makes the combination with real sourish wheat very pineapple. Fresh though neutral aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, representing this sweet beer style found everywhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought as part of the Saranac 12 Beers of Summer mix pack ($11.99/12)

Truly, I've never had a pomegranate so I'm not sure what it's exactly supposed to taste like. Also, this beer had such little flavor of this fruit I couldn't really make an opinion. I don't like my fruit beers overpowering in anyway but this one seemed to not have enough and tastes like a bland, wheat ale basically.

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Photo of zeff80
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden/yellow color with flecks of brugandy. It had a white, foamy, one-finger head that left no lace.

S - It smelled of a little pomegranate. There was definately a wheat aroma present.

T - It tasted first of pomegranate and then some sweet wheat flavors. There was a hint of yeast.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad. It could be overpoweringly sweet but it isn't. I sample it after mowing my lawn and it was perfect for such an occasion.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saranac Pomegranite Wheat pours a hazy amber-orange body with a brass cast beneath a solid head of creamy white froth. The retention is good and it leaves short splashes and streaks of lace about the glass. The nose displays the typical Matt yeast and wheaty malt base with a subtle hint of apricot-like fruit. The flavor, however, displays more fruitiness, and the pomegranite is discernable, but without the tart quality normally found. It's well balanced and fairly drinkable. Interesting and enjoyable but not particularly exciting. A great beer for backyard barbeques, camping trips, and picnics!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, pomegranate, other citrus fruits and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with a bready wheat flavor and tart flavors of pomegranate & citrus. There's a mild hops presence but not a lot of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, not the type of beer that I normally drink, but there are better fruity wheat beers out there.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body topped with a fine ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Wheaty aroma with a touch of yeast. I guess the taste bares the brunt of the pomegranate as there isn't too terribly much in the aroma beyond a vague, tart fruit scent.

Taste: Soft wheat malts are rushed by the juicy, sweet-tart pomegranate flavor which holds onto the tongue with a vice-like grip. Tangy finish. Part of me is pomegrateful it's over.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Much like the bear on the label, this beer does an decent job at juggling the pomegranates, though maybe this beer would be better had I not drank it in the dead of winter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Midway between ripe tangerine and honey... probably favoring the former. Although the beer looked moderately hazy on the pour, backlighting shows it to be perfectly clear. The head could look better. It's off-white, soft, almost featureless and leaves a smattering of sudsy lace.

American pale wheat ales need to do something out of the ordinary to stand out from the crowd. The best use boatloads of hops. The Matt has decided to use pomegranate juice. The fact that that fruit is appreciated in the midst of an otherwise bland, wheaty nose is the only reason for the above score.

As always with this brewery, what sounds like a pretty good idea on paper falls flat due to a lackluster base beer. Whether it's the use of cheap ingredients to keep the cost of the final product down or a simple lack of brewing skill is hard to say.

The pale and white wheat malt backbone tastes grainy in the same way that some BMC lagers taste grainy. It wouldn't be so noticeable if there was more Columbus hoppiness and/or more pomegranate juice. More of each would have been great and might have made SPW an ale to be reckoned with. Few negatives. Even fewer positives.

The body/mouthfeel is predictably light, almost reaching aqueous on the finish. Low-quality bubbles that manage to be both soft and fizzy at once (and fade before the swallow) don't help the cause at all.

Saranac Pomegranate Wheat has potential, but it will probably have to be brewed by some other brewery for that potential to be realized. That pretty much sums it up. The end.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I gotta admit this one kinda shocked me when I pulled it out of the mixed twelve pack. Pomegranate Wheat? I mean I guess it is all good, we shall see...

A - Poured a hazy orange amber with a nice one inch head that faded to leave a ring around the putside of the glass. No real glass lace. Very nice hazy appearence, lots of carbonation was visible steaming up from the bottom, looked pretty decent.

S - Aroma was light, nothing really jumping out at you, but once it settled in was actually fairly decent. Lots of yeasty and grain like aroma, however there was a definate fruitiness to it. Something sweet lingering in the back that you just could not place.

T - Very intresting, it was like a Hefe mixed with fruit, Actually very good. Nice grain flavors making up the bulk of it, however the Pomegranate was very evident, not somethign you had to go searching for. Left a nice finish as well. Very sweet finish.

M - Very crisp, smooth, with lots of carbonation. Really let the flavors pop off. Had the crisp summer beer feel to it. Really made you wanna drink it.

D - Very good, however, with the heat the sweetness would keep you from drinking too many. It was really good the first couple, but that was it, it could be sessionable, but not really for me.

Overall this was excellent and so far my favorite of the mixed pack. I could drink this fairly regular and thought it was a great addition to the lineup. Look forward to having another!

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Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint orchard fruit

T: Apples, cranberry, & grassyness up front. Strawberry & black currant as this warms. Finishes crisp, fruitty & with a touch of honey sweetness

MF: Light/medium body with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks really easy, much better than I thought it would be. Pretty refreshing

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Photo of smcolw
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great starting head but it dissipates very quickly. Some good ring lace. Less cloudy than expected; gold color.

Weak sour cherry aroma is what comes to mind. I cannot detect any wheat. There is light barley malt in the background. Overall, a very light nose profile

Interesting sour floral flavors--almost like a cross between a golden ale and mild lambic. Honey and citrus background. This is an unusually thin beer, even for a wheat.

Probably belongs in the class of lawn mower beers, although I would say this more flavorful.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy pale straw white a thick white fomay head that retreats quickly, leaving behind some mild lacing. The smell is rather weak, with a watered-down pomegranate trying to clash with an even weaker banana-clove. The taste has more strength to it, but not by all that much. The pomegranate is still quite watered-down, while the yeastiness fights with it at all sides, resulting in something of a confused weissbier taste. Luckily, though, the body isn't too thick or heavy, keeping the drinkability at a relatively high level.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This created a finger of off-white head with very low retention. The color was a cloudy orangish-amber. The nose was on the sour side with a light fruitiness underlying the sourness. The mouthfeel was medium with a slightly sour taste on the tongue, followed by a light, sweet fruitiness. The finish was dry and refreshing. This was definitely a nice beer to have on a humid summer evening.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded straw/gold. Nose is slightly fruity with pomegranate. I mean it just smells like you would expect. I am starting to think that most of these fruit beers are all the same. Anyways. Onward. Flavor is actually a bit more full bodied that I had expected. Smooth and even. I am not really sure how much it tastes like pomegranate, but there it is. Mild wheat characteristics. The strongest part here is the fruit. Not much else. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid with a typical carbonation. Overall it is actually pretty drinkable. IMO it doesn't totally suck as a lot of these fruit beers end up being.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with no indication of freshness poured into a weizen glass. Appears a cloudy light golden color with less than a finger of white head that is gone half way through the experience. Aroma smells primarily of wheat with a bit of sulfur and a slight hint of unidentifiable fruit in the back that is most likely the pomegranate's contribution. Taste is mostly wheat with again the same unidentifiable fruity sweetness. However, there is a lingering flavor in your mouth very similar to when/if you chew up the core of a pomegranate seed. Light feel with a moderately high level of carbonation. As it warms a bit more of the pomegranate flavor comes forward and contributes to the sweetness. As a lawnmower beer it is drinkable enough that I could see easily being able to drink a few of these. However, if really looking to sit and enjoy the flavor of a wheat beer, I would most likely pass on this in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head that becomes uneven patchiness.

The smell is of light pomegranate with a wheat tang.

The taste is of pomegranate - there, but not overpowering or syrupy - with a doughy wheat maltiness. Sweet, but balanced.


Not bad for a run-of-the-mill fruit wheat beer, which it pretty-much is. At least it doesn't have the syrupy or artificial taste that some fruit beers have.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Tone
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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 tempest
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better fruit beers because the fruit isn't overpowering. It's just nice. This beer centers around the pomegranate. Some fruit beers, you know its just fruit extract. You know, overly sweet and not very drinkable. This one, however, is a nice middle ground. If you like a little fruit in our beer, give it a try.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange with orange highlights. Two finger head lingers around a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma was dominated by pomegranite and oranges.

Taste: pomegranite, oranges, wheat, hints of banana, bit of grass, and a soft bitterness make up a nicely flavored fruit beers.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Crisp from start to finish. A short fruity aftertaste quickly leaves the tongue.

Drinkability: nice and refreshing. The fruitiness is not offensive, and this was a good beer to drink on a hot summer day. Give it a shot.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pomegranite scent laid over a mild wheat and pale malt aroma. The taste is good. It has a light and refreshing wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity with a nice pomegranite touch. It's like most Saranac beers. It's a bit middle of the road, but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's nothing over the top, but it goes down easy. That's the key, especially during these warm summer months.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can 12 ounces can for me? On to the beer:

It's hazy golden yellow in color, head retention is solid and so is the lacing. The smell is kinda sweet pomegranate, C'mon, who didn't see that coming? It's a little better than expected, and the shreddred wheat notes work well here.

It's already tasting better than the only other pomegranate beer I've had. The pomegranate is semi-sweet, not overberaing, with a touch of tang, and chasing along are hints of cherry skins. Shredded wheats notes come in towards the end of the sip, where it build and sticks around in the aftertaste. As for mouthfeel, ugh, it's "firm" and a little syrupy. I wouldn't call this refreshing, but I would call it pretty good.

The only other pomegranate beer I've had was from Moylan's, which was merely okay, so I'll admit I was a little worried about Saranac's version. This is a nice little surprise.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruit and grains. Taste is good, fruits but not really sweet, well balanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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