Pomegranate Wheat (Saranac Brewery)

Day 6 is the final day of SARANAC BREWERY THEME WEEK.  How did it hold up to the rest of the “week”?

Pomegranate Wheat is a pale wheat ale from Saranac Brewery.  This summer seasonal clocks in at an average (for the mix pack) 4.7% ABV.

This wholesome combination of unfiltered wheat beer and real pomegranate juice makes a smooth refreshing beer with all the goodness of pomegranate. Look for a light body with a slight tart finish and golden straw color.

The liquid that hits the glass is a cloudy gold color.  Orange highlights appear when it’s held to the light.  The head is bubbly and white, but fades just like the rest of the beers in this sampler.  Lacing is foamy and messy, but doesn’t stick around for long.

When first smelling this beer all I picked up were sweet fruits.  I couldn’t decipher what fruits exactly, but they were sweet-smelling.  As the beer settled I noted the following scents: malts, Welch’s grape juice and the smell of a Cape Cod (vodka and cranberry juice)

Wow, this is a tart beer!  There is a slight pomegranate taste, but with an overpowering acidic grape juice flavor.  Wheat notes are mild and are drowned out by the tartness/acidity.

Thankfully, the tartness subsides as the beer mellows.  This allows the flavors to balance out more into a nice balance of the fruit and wheat flavors.  Also, mild citrus/orange notes come through in the backend.

Mouthfeel on this beer is creamy and smooth.  This beer sticks to the inside of your mouth and in the process dries out slightly.

Pomegranate Wheat is the first Saranac beer out of the mix pack that actually gets better as it warms.   It’s  a fairly good beer and the best of the Saranac Brewery Summer Mix Pack.

Overall: 7.5 out of 10

As a WHEAT BEER: 7.5 out of 10


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