Saranac Pomegranate Wheat | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac Pomegranate WheatSaranac Pomegranate Wheat

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Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

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Added by tempest on 03-24-2007

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz, did not see a date, but new 12 beers of summer pack.
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a thick tan head. Head dies out very quickly. Light carbonation. Aroma is fruity, pomegranate is noticeable, with a light yeast note. Flavor follows suit. Creamy. Fruit is not overbearing. Aftertaste is lightly of fermented fruit, but does not stick around long. I think they got this one right. Nice and refreshing. Not over the top or syrupy like some fruit beers.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy light amber color with less than a finger white head that faded quickly.

The smell is not just of a wheat ale but more like a fruit/vegetable beer with a strong sour smell.

The mouth feel is more on the wheat side than the fruit beer (and that's a good thing for me). Light bodied, a creamy characteristic from the carbonation. The flavor is light and a little sweet...not sour..not sure if that's pomegranate; wouldn't recognize it, but this isn't taking me to school either. Finishes a little dry.

Drinkability - I could see finishing this one. Glad that i had the opportunity to try it, but am not really a wheat person, so won't be going back again. Saranac can keep hook'n me up with their Imperial IPA though.

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Photo of zdk9
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try this beer as I find pomegranate to be a very interesting flavor addition, though I had never before tried it in a beer. The beer fell far short of my expectations though as this wheat brew is a weak addition to the saranac line up. Pours out a light gold with a finger of head and no lacing. Nose contains some light maltiness, along with just a touch of spice. The spice continues onto the tongue, but overall the taste is very light, and I would consider, Weak. Mouthfeel was decent, but this was overshadowed by the watery taste of the beer. Not recommended.

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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 albern
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is surprisingly better than I expected. It pours a slightly cloudy orangy and slightly reddish color with minimal lacing and some head. The smell is definitely sweet. If I didn't know it was pomegranate in there, I would have guessed at some other fruits. The taste is very subtle, sweet, and light, no doubt on the pomegranates and maybe some other slight fruity bits as well. The beer is moderately carbonated, very light on the alcohol, a little more malty than hoppy, but this is clearly a summer time refreshing beer that you could enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one cause it was something I'd never heard of before, so why not. Pours a lighter amber-light brown color, with about a finger of white head on top that dissolves pretty quickly. Nose is very mild, a hint of fruit (grape maybe?) and a touch of wheat. Taste is fairly similar, only a little stronger. Pomegranate - which seems to be a fairly mild, smooth fruit - comes through first, and is pretty tasty. However, aside from some wheat, there's not a lot going on there. Feel is average, medium body. Overall, a good beer to have every once in a while for a change, although its not one I'd want to drink that much.

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Photo of sleazo
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac pomengranite wheat. From the sampler pack

A- pours a dark golden and very similar to the kolsch and hefe in colour. Head is minimal and there is little lacing. 3

S-pomengranite comes through but is not overpowering. It definitely covers up whatever hops and malt there is. 3.5

T-refreshingly tart. The pomengranite is there throughout but doesn't overwhelm. The saranac taste is there just underneath. So far all of these beers have had a very common taste. For a fruit beer though this isn't bad. 3.5

M-medium body with aggressive carbonation. 3.0

D-a decent and refreshing beer for a hot summer afternoon. I probably couldn't have more than a few of these though due to the fruit. If you like ffruit beers this is a good choice. I am noting that the three I have tasted so far are all differenrt variations on the same theme

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Photo of Brad007
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale color with some lacing. The aroma isn't impressive at first, consisting of some fruitiness mixed in with the malt. The taste is the opposite as there's more of a sweet mix of pomegranate and wheat that seems to interact in some way. The end result is a bit sweet and hard to differentiate. Mind you, I've never had a beer with pomegranate flavors. Not too bad but feels somewhat off-balance.

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Photo of Zorro
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the glass this is a cloudy amber colored beer with a tall white head, it could be paler.

The scent is mildly sweet with a lot of pomegranate skin scent; it is a little tannin smelling.

The taste begins sweet and slightly tart on the tongue with a little fruit flavor. Pomegranate is present and light but it could be more.

The mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not a great one and one I need never try again.

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Photo of scott
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Really pleasant as far as looks. You visually want to drink this all night. Golden peach, cloudy and actively carbonated. Minimal head. Still, very good looking.
Nose is grain, mild fruit. I was expecting more.
Not very crisp or refreshing, especially for a wheat. Also, given that there was to be pomegranate, I'm highly dissappointed. Not fruit. It weighs the tongue down though. Too thick, and very boring.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy but light; is a light orange, like iced tea. The head evaporates quickly. Looks fruity. Very good spiderweb of lace.

Has a wheat scent with an undercurrent of light berries. The wheat is very nice and fragrant; quite sharp. The berries are sweet and smell dark, darker than normal berries.

Heavy and dark wheat taste. The berries sit on top. Somewhat sour. The wheat has a grainy base, sweet accents. Maybe a little too sweet? Too sour? It's different. The sweet turns to sour as it warms up.

The wheat definitely gives a dry, bready feel. It's a decent fruity beer. Decent, but really nothing amazing. Best probably for non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper with a slight touch of redness. An average white head that did not leave much lacing on the glass. The smell is hard to detect, I really can't pick up anything. The taste has a nice wheat backbone with a nice touch of pomegranate. Though if I didn't know this was a pomegranate brew, I would not be able to tell what fruit flavor it has. The feel is well carbonate crisp and light. A very drinkable summer beer, no offensive or cloying flavors.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: gold-copper color, a nice haziness with a 1/2" head off the pour; looks pretty good
Smell: kinda weird, not very pronounced; maybe a faint berry smell
Taste: very pleasant tasting, doesn't blow you away, but good; a nice fruitiness with some wheat; not much of a hop presence
Mouthfeel: too thin; they need to make wheat ales and fruit beers with a full body
Drinkability: i could do three of these in a night; tastes great on a muggy night like tonight

Overall, a good light beer. I would like to see some thicker beers of this style out there though.

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Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I know summer is near when Sam Adams and Saranac Summer Variety cases appear on the shelves of PA beer stores. I Picked up a case thinking at least my wife will like a few of these; not to mention it is pretty cheap. To my surprise this was a really decent beer.

Appearance: Pours a peachy hue with a fluffy white head in my Wiezen glass moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt with a touch of pomegranate in an otherwise clean pleasant aroma.

Taste: This is a very approachable beer and a favorite of my wife. It is sweetened and with a gent wheat backbone it showcase a pomegranate flavor with a very clean easy finish. A dash of hops keep the sweetness from becoming to much and help in a dry finish but there is really no bitterness to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Light bubbly esters slide through the palate quite gracefully.

Drinkability: The feature of this beer is it's mass appeal, approachability and easy drinkability.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of wingman14
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light orange with a frothy white head. The smell is underwhelming, sweet notes from the fruit with some wheat characteristics. The taste isn't very strong but the flavors are balanced extremely well. The sweetness doesn't overpower the wheat, or dominate the beer, yet it adds a unique flavor. The mouthfeel is light and smooth, great for a summer beer. This one is a very easy drinker and wouldn't get annoying like some fruit beers after one. Worth checking out. Enjoy.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass

A - almost clear golden color with a big fluffy white head that hung around leaving good lacing.

S - nice light citrus, wheat malt aroma.

T - good light tasting beer, the pomegranate doesn't over power the taste, but it's there.

M - light body, good carbonation, clean finish.

D - very drinkable beer, good seasonal offering from Saranac.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a weizen glass.

Pours a whitish gold with a camel hue. Creamy, pillow-like, bright white head with good strength. Trails of foamy white lacing.

Faintly musty, dry wheat and grains. Subtle hints of fresh berries that provide some citrus notes. The aromatics are not unpleasant, but too tame.

Bright, fruity esters: raspberry, strawberry, and pomegranate. A layer of semi-sweet, malted wheat and lightly buttered, toasted malts. The finish is dry and airy with an aftertaste of toasted biscuit and light berry.

Light in body; smooth, airy, and refreshing. A nice, unobtrusive mouthfeel not as dry as expected from a Pale Wheat.

A refreshing, interesting Pale Wheat. Good for the novelty and the summer season.

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Photo of cbl2
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5/17/2007 $6.99 6 pack N/A No best by date.


Pours a nice hazy orange kissed with a bit of pink (imparted from the pomegranate no doubt). Topped by a thin roughly carbonated head which settles rapidly, and mars the appearance of this otherwise attractive beer.


Crisp dry biscuity aroma due to the wheat with a definite undertone of fresh fruit (smells of raspberries to me, though I've never had a pomegranate before).


This is a very respectable, easy to drink fruit beer. In the same vein as the Boysenberry Wheat offering from Sam Adams (part of the Longshot series), this is better. Flavors of a nice light tongue tingling wheat are coupled with the sweetness of what I can only imagine is fresh pomegranate juice. Neither dominates the other. Rather they come together in harmony for a very enjoyable experience. This is a nice lawnmower ale, perfect, since the weather is starting to turn towards summer.

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Photo of beerphan
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
no date, part of the 12 beers of summer 2007

Pours with a muted haze, color is pale orange with golden highlights. A small bubbley head quickly disappears, leaving behind very litte lacing. The carbonation is typical of Saranac offering, large and in charge.

Nose: mostly bananna and yeast

Thin light refreshing mouthfeel with a quick dry finish. Flavors consist of bananna, wheat, some sweet fruit probably the pomegrenate juice but i've never had pomegrenate juice before so thats a guess. I gentle tartness is noted and borders on becoming annoying but never quite get there.

Good brew from Saranac. Highly drinkable spring time choice. Now lets add the pale, ipa, and some others brews and make this a real 12 beers of summer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy reddish-amber color with initial massive white puffy head. Good retention and nice lacing.
Smell is very light with a slight fruitiness noted.
Taste is refreshing with nice sweetness from the wheat and fruit and just enough hops at the finish to keep it interesting.
Nice taste retenion with a full creamy mouth feel
Very drinkable. Perfect summer afternoon beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is from the "12 Beers of Summer" pack. The beer pours a hazy gold/orange color with an inch white head which goes away quick. It smells like wheat and a bit of fruit, but the aroma is light. It tastes like wheat and some pomegranate. Luckily the pomegranate flavor is light and not overwhelming, and it's not light enough where you can't taste it, the fruit flavor is done right. Mouthfeel is light and a little bit watery, but it is crisp. Drinkability is good, I could drink a few of these on a hot day. It's a decent, refreshing beer that has just the right amount of fruit flavor to make it good and drinkable.

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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 wedge
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange. Small white head shrinks to a soapy film before too long. Softly fruity aroma dusted with a light sweetness. Reminds me of MH's #9 in its character. Sweet fruitiness sticks to the grainy wheat for a moment before giving way to a lingering cereal quality. Not too sweet or syrupy but, at the same time, not too light or watery. Fairly crisp and just enough flavor to keep things moderately interesting. I see nothing wrong with knocking back a couple of these on a hot day.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this as a limited release and was a bit reluctant to buy it, after my previous experiences with other Saranac brews. I'd never had any beer with pomegranate in it, and seeing that spring is finally here, I thought that this would be a unique way to celebrate the new season. Thankfully, I'm glad I gave this a try, even though it's a bit lacking in spots.

The pour was nothing spectacular - no head, no lacing, and not a lot of aroma to this. The color was a nice goldenrod, and of course, cloudy. Of course, there's pomegranate in the taste, which is very light and easy on the mouth. There's some secondary flavors of apricot, cherry, and a very light champagne, and the back is very tart. Since this beer is a bit watery, it's hard to enjoy the wheat and the maltiness, but I found this to be pretty enjoyable and easygoing. It's great for a summer day or just a light round of session drinking, but there isn't much under the surface here.

This is one of the better offerings from Saranac that I've had, but seeing how I didn't think too highly of their winter selection, that's not saying a whole lot. This is worthy a try for the novelty factor of the pomegranate, and for the relatively cheap price of the 6-pack. Beyond that, it's like most of their other beers - light, watery, and lacking in complexity.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was skeptical of this beer as soon as I read the label, spewing fairy tales of pomegranate loving bears trading their stash for honey (though the picture on the label actually is kind of cool...), and was disappointed by the Saranac Caramel Porter because the taste was a bit artificial. I feared this Pomegranate Pale Wheat would taste like fruit juice, and you know what, it kind of does, but it's pretty good.

It pours a light cloudy amber with a little bit of white head that left bits of lace on the glass. The smell has red fruit (obviously), but it's also got some yeastiness and a light herbal hop. Tastes a little candyish up on the front end of the taste, but the tartness of the pomegranate and a dry finish on the beer actually work well to make you want that next sip or that next bottle.

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Saranac Pomegranate Wheat from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.39 out of 5 based on 340 ratings.
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