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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 righthereisay
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again, Saranac brewery provides a lousy beer with a pretty label. Can't say much else.

almost like they just added some pomegranate juice to Milwakees best and put a good label on it.

I really don't know why these beers cost more $10 for a case. Basically I guess a college kid could get drunk on these.

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Photo of atsprings
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Flying Saucer on fire sale for $3 served in a standard pint glass a hazy orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet fruits and not much else. The taste is sweet fruits with slight malts and hops, but not enough to overcome the lingering sweetness. The beer is of course light, but the sweetness gets in the way. This is a beer almost worth trying, but also worth passing by.

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Photo of HUXC
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- slightly cloudy, golden wheat color with a brown tinge. About a fingers worth of white head.

S- Sweet smelling of wheat and fruit. Hint of pomegranate sent.

T- Sweet tasting summer beer. Fruity with an aftertaste of golden wheat.

M- Not very much carbonation, no harsh aftertaste or bite to speak of.

D- Easy to drink, a little sweet but it goes down very smooth.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Yellow w/orange highlights. Good fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing.

S: Very wheat smelling, with hints of citrus and pomegranate.. Pretty light overall.

T: Straight up wheat beer here, with nice sweet yet tart pomegranate floating mid to late in the taste. Just a touch of citrus also floating around. Aftertaste is pretty clean with just a little bitterness.

M: Light to Medium mouthfeel. Crisp with a nice shot of carbonation.

D: Great little summer brew here.... Low ABV and very good flavors... Not overly fruited up... nice blend. Worth a shot.

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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 huxcrunner
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

rich tan head that is about 1.5 fingers, and is cloudy orange brown color with good carbonation

the aroma is of wheat with sweet fruit undertones

good smooth mouth feel it is pretty average in body the fruit flavor has a good ratio in it and is not over powering at all that makes this beer a good summer beer to have

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Nice clooudy honey colour with a nice tight white head that reduces to a film.

S - Not much but small grain from the bottle.A little sweetness once poured.

T - The pomegranate is sort of there, nonetheless it's anice wheaty flavour that has a little bitterness on the finish and sweetish in the middle.

M - Light to medium body with nice carbonation that is balanced.

D - I have never tried pomegranate so don't really know what to look for but quite enjoyed this brew.

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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 Arithmeticus
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow, cloudy, carbs dissipate quickly; lacing is very thin and spotty
S: very wheaty with hints of fruit
T: fruity, but somewhat sour, not sweet. The pomegranate is there, but not overwhelming.
M: Good carbonation in the mouthfeel, but a bit watery

A faddish beer. Could have some appeal to a type of beer drinker, but only for a short time.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours...I don't know how to describe this. A very, very cloudy...yellowish...pinkish...kinda thing. It doesn't look like beer, thats for sure. Head is one finger, an offshade of white. Fades quickly.

S- it smells like sour strawberries. The bottle isn't infected...pretty sure they're trying to get some pomegranate flavor in there, and are failing miserably.

T- its actually got a decent flavor, albeit very mild. Slight sweetness from the pomegranate...fruity. Interesting for the style. Finish is a little bitter actually...

M- alright. Its got an odd thickness that somehow appeals to me...feels a little like a smoothie

D- eh, its alright. Pomegranate doesn't mix well with beer...maybe if the flavors were a little stronger, it would. As is...meh

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy with a dark grapefruit like color. Nice head, but what really stands out was the extremely wonderful lacing.

S - Slightly sweet and fruity. Wheat noticeable as well.

T - Slightly sweet and tart, pomegranates and lemons detected.

M - Good carbonation.

D - A nice decent beer.

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Photo of shoik
1.75/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Flimsy head that immediately dissapeared. cloudy yellow

S: Very Sweet smelling

T: Tasted like medicine. Hard a a tart then sweet taste. Not nice

M: Mouthfeel kind of rough, difficult swallowing it even.

D: Very rough going down. Could not finish the bottle.

I was excepting better.

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Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed solo poured into a shipyard pint glass.

Appearance: cloudy yellow and tan with a 1 finger of head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: not much but I get a hint of wheat and light malts.

Taste: this is one dimensional and opens with a wheat profile which is consistent throughout the the end as subtle red tang finishes this brew leaving little in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly flemey with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a hot summer day. I recommends to those seeking a solid wheat profile wit a subtle red fruit tang. Better alternative than BMC.

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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 hdofu
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last beer in the variety case. Loved the story about the bears and the pomegranate stash.

A - Poured a ruby grapefruit color with decent head. Like all others way over carbonated.

S - Mostly like Pomegranate and mild wheat. Smell spot on.

T - Wow really great flavor! I did find that the actual pomegranate taste wasn't bitter which did make it more enjoyable but in a way sort of artificial. The nice wheat gave the beer a mild bitter kick at the end that reminded you your drinking a beer. Yummy.

M - Light and refreshing as all of Saranac's summer beers are.

D - Really a treat and have three more. A fruit beer done right that is also affordable. Also great tasting. Well done Saranac.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.78/5  rDev -47.6%
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 HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz pry off bottle into a pint glass, the Pomegranate Wheat pours a hazy lemony amber with a thin cap even with a relatively firm pour. Offers light retention and lacing. Carbonation does allow for a minimal cap through the pint however.

Nose has a dense wheat nature to it and is accompanied by just a hint of fruit, though increasingly so with some exposure. Taste yields a bit more fruit though not very discerning. Light berry in nature and with a good wheaty texture in feel. Fruit is more evident on the finish and gives enough complexity to encourage easy quaffing.

Offers just enough fruitiness to keep things interesting, yet without overwhelming the senses and compliments the wheat flavors well.

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Photo of CaptYellow
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Orange-hued yellow. Pours a head over half the glass, falls quickly into a fluffy head, which again quickly falls into whisps.

S: Fruity.

T: The backtaste reminds me of a dubbel. The tartness from the pom was more apparent than the taste of pom. Seemed sweet to me. But then pom is very tart so I suppose it would have to be weak in pom and strong in sweet.

M: Light-medium.

D: Cloying. I started out thinking I would like this but it got to be a bit too much.

Overall: Worth the price? Probably. Would I buy it again? No. Recommend it? No. Search it out? No.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a medium white head, nice retention leaving some tiny spots of lace.

S: Hint of pomegranate, sweet orange marmalade and malt.

T: Semi-sweet malt with a hint of puff pastry and some light pomegranate. Doesn't taste extracted and doesn't take over the beer. Nice balance of flavours.

M: Light-bodied, crisp upfront but with a watery finish.

D: The 2nd best Saranac brew I've had so far, a nice little fruit beer which would be a real crowd pleaser.

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

Pours a hazy . rusty gold color with fluffy white head, diminishes quickly. Scent is tart and acidic with very little touches of grain. Taste is rather mild, the pomegrantate is forward, slightly tart and acidic, touches of lemon, and the wheat is pale to the extent it does not shine through. Light bodied, active carbonation, slightly dry. A decent beer that is light and refreshing and doesnt overpower.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Thin white head quickly dissipates leaving only a straw colored body and some minimal soapyish lacing. Aroma is of mildly sweet malt and some mild fruit flavor that I assume is pomegranate. Taste is actually pretty refreshing, again, mildly fruity, not too sweet, I'm sure because of an addition of wheat. Light citrus notes round it off. Nothing exceptional but solid summery-type beer. Paired pretty well with french toast.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The color is a hazy orange/amber color with two fingers of foamy white head with some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet with some nice tropical fruit flavor. The pomegranate is detectable mixes with some sweet malt flavor and some bready flavor as well.

The taste is thick with a wheat flavor and has a bit of a honey flavor with that slight fruity flavor. There is a sweet malt flavor but only has a minor bitterness in the background.

This beet is light and pretty drinkable. Going down smooth with a good amount of carbonation, this would go well with some nice BBQ.

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Photo of capaneus
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(A) poured into my Watou's Wit glass. very nice honey, amber color and a translucent haze. there is a somewhat below average head which receded to spotty lacing. generous carbonation remains visible till the end. an enjoyable beer to look at.

(S) very-ripe fruit, and an accompanying cidery character. i'm not noticing much malt on the nose, but i like cider so this could work.

(T) a lot like it smells, but this was, to me, unfortunate. while not sour by any means, this beer has a noticeable acidic taste. the over-ripe cider taste gives way to a cloying sweetness which reminds me of white grape soda or apple juice. i try to tell myself, "i'm just tasting the 'pomegranate' " but i'm not so sure. hops were, somewhat less distinct even for the style.

(M) thin mouthfeel coupled with vigorous carbonation enhance the soda-like characteristics of the taste. not really my preference.

(D) i have fond memories early on in my beer drinking of happily sessioning these. for whatever reason, i had trouble finishing this one tonight.

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Photo of 160Shillings
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Very mild fruity esters and some wheat. No pomegranate. Very slight citrus from the Columbus hops.

Appearance: It pours with a good wheat beer head, but dissipates too quickly leaving only a thin cap of wheat foam on the surface of the beer. The color is a medium gold. It is appropriately hazy, from wheat protein not yeast.

Flavor: The flavor is mild, but a good blend between wheat and pomegranate. This balance is rather well done, arriving at a light and refreshing taste while still achieving an interesting and mutually supporting blend of wheat and pomegranate. There is a very slight underlying sweetness. Once again a slight citrus from Columbus hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium light. It is slightly heavier than I expected, but yet not to an extent that it distracts from the refreshing nature of this beer.

Overall Impression: This beer falls well within the boundaries of an American wheat beer. Pomegranate adds fruit flavor for an interesting contribution to a refreshing summer ale.

Comments: The surprise is how well they have accentuated a refreshing wheat beer with a very well done balance between the normal wheat flavor/tartness and pomegranate fruit. The pomegranate adds just enough complexity to keep this beer interesting without interfering with its basic refreshing nature. The Columbus hops character comes out more as the beer warms, so if you like citrusy American hops, let this beer warm slightly before you drink it.

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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 341 ratings.
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