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Mr. Pineapple | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU 15
Hops: Columbus/CTZ
Malt: White Wheat, 2-Row, Munich malt
Yeast: German Wheat

A stylish wheat with a tropical personality, infused with fresh pineapple juice from Fair Trade Costa Rican farms, takes traditional wheat beer and adds some seriously cool character.

Silver Medal – Great American Beer Festival
Silver Medal – AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
Best Local Beer in Phoenix – Phoenix New Times

Added by searsclone on 05-03-2012

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Photo of Resiferi
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting if slightly disappointing fruit wheat ale.

It pours an admittedly pretty golden yellow, reminiscent of clarified pineapple juice. A two finger head quickly dissipates, leaving behind a very thin bubble layer and many fingers higher up the glass.

Smells like it's name sake, with a strong pineapple scent dominating, a wheaty backbone and an odd, almost burnt/roasted note in the background. Not entirely sure what it might come from, but it's definitely present.

Taste sadly is where it loses a few points. Despite the name and prominent labeling, it doesn't really taste too much like pineapple. Its body has a very strong wheat taste, much like a Hefeweizen , with sweet, somewhat fruity overtones, but nothing makes it particularly stand out as a "pineapple beer". Given it blind I likely couldn't place it as being such, maybe besides the nose giving it away slightly.

Not a bad beer by any means, for sure a drinkable one, but I was looking for a more forward pineapple flavor and it failed to deliver. Overall a middling fruit inspired ale, nothing more or less.

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Photo of acelin
2.91/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I don't want to go into detail here honestly. It's just not deserving of that. It's drinkable, doesn't taste off, but it's a boring, somewhat flat example of this style. I wouldn't bother again.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a can glass

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that retains long after the pour

S- toasted wheat, pineapple juice, light floral hop

T- sweet and juicy tropical pineapple notes mix with a slightly sweet malt background, along with a toasted wheat finish, more pineapple on the linger

M- medium body with light carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into the finish with a tart linger, perfect drinkability

O- I'm a fan of pineapple, and this beer has just the perfect amount to make it super drinkable and compliment the base wheat beer. If this were available to me, I would buy at least a case every summer

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden in color,with a moderate, quite dense off-white head, and scattered, thick and patchy lacing.

Aroma: Prominent pineapple notes, but without the cloying sweetness are complimented by classic Hefeweizen aromas. The aroma is in no way overpowering, like some pineapple "malternatives". Clove and banana offer a subtle flourish.

Taste: The taste begins with strong, although not sweet pineapple flavors, like pineapple without the sugar flavors. As the taste progresses, the pineapple continues to dominate, complimented by the wheat malt base, and a little banana and clove. Strange as it seems with the love ABV of five percent, there seems to be a little warming, sensation, which was quite unexpected. Late in the taste, there is some mild bittering. Finishes with a mild, but lingering pineapple and wheat flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with some stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting and drinkable example for warm weather. Very well-balanced, and drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks (minus the voluminous head) and tastes like a traditional Hefeweizen; However, with the pineapple twist, this beer turns from what could be a great recreation of a traditional German style, to a refreshing, flavorful creation that doesn't sacrifice the traditional taste.

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Photo of backslide311
4.56/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is fantastic, It's the 1st pineapple wheat that truly tasted of pineapple. Because of this beer I decided to tweak my own wheat recipe and add some fruit to try and clone this.

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Photo of wedge6128
1.61/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer smells only very faintly of pineapple and almost more of mop water. I gave it a two for taste but only because it is kinda drinkable, like its not so bad you want to spew it from your mouth. I only drink half the can and I HATE wasting beer. The feel is stingy on the tongue and sharply carbonated. I like san tan brewery and have been to their Bar in chandler AZ many times I have liked many of the beers they make, However this failed to deliver the quality I am used to in their beers.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't get the low ratings on this beer tbh. I found a can in my fridge that was probably a good 8 months old and it tasted fantastic.

If you're looking for a beer that tastes like pineapple juice, this isn't it. It's a good wheat beer with a nice, light pineapple taste at the end.

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Photo of That_One_Guy
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

I enjoyed the refreshing nature of this balanced wheat. I was sitting by the pool on a hot AZ day and downed about 5 of these before I realized what happened. Not your 'normal' fruit beer, the pineapple takes a back seat (but remains noticable) to the sharpe wheat taste and color.

WIFE TAKE: This taste like beer that can get you in trouble. Speaking of that go clean the pool.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%

Extra can from trade. Thanks! Pretty tacky looking can here, made me chuckle a good bit though. Fun getting extras I've never heard of. Pours from the can to my tulip golden yellow colored mostly clear with ever so slight haze and a big white head that disappears rather quickly. Aroma is hay, wheat malt, honey, some sweet pineapple juice, pears, and some yeasties. Flavor is light hay and wheat malt notes, pears, pineapple, yeast funk, finishing surprisingly crisp with a light hop bite. Clean finish, light bodied, high carbonation. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Easy drinker on a hot day here in Florida, with the pineapple not overpowering this or making it syrupy sweet. I would totally drink this again. Definite summertime golf brew.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a slight haze that fell off to reveal perfect clarity by the bottom the glass. The head was scant but creamy white foam that fell with no lace. The nose is crisp wheat, a touch of bread, some grass, and a very light banana and a sweet little bit of pineapple. I think I am s=getting a bit of clove but not too much. Taste is excellent.. A nice sweet pineapple that is not too acidic and not too tart meets a flaked wheat sweetness. That mouthfeel is perfect. A little carbonation to keep it light, creamy, crisp an dry. Juicy middle. The bit of pineapple and banana are just enough to taste and enjoy but nothing that makes the beer too sweet or too much like a hefe. The clove disappeared on the palate for the most part and the hops came up deftly to balance this beer with a graceful bitter that you might not even notice.

Saucy little beer and I really liked it! Thank you Kerry4porters for giving me my first beer from Arizona.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can pours a barely hazed gold color with a modest cap of white head. Average retention and not much lace.

By the nose, I cant decide if this beer is trying to be an American Wheat or a Hefe. It has just a hint of clove and banana but not as much as most hefeweizens. The pineapple is mild at best, I might have mistook it for more yeast if unaware of what beer it was.

The pineapple is a bit more forward in the flavor, but still blends in with the other yeast flavors...this is definitely more of a hefe than APW I think. There is some definite yeasty phenols going on here - bubblegum and clove more than sweet banana. Wheat is fair enough, could be a little more snappy. Mouthfeel is decent - kind of like the beer overall - does the job but is not really all that memorable. I know pineapple is a tough ingredient to work with in a beer, but I dont see myself buying this again. If asked about pineapple beer, I would steer people to Rivertowne Hala Kahiki first.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden color with finger width foamy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing left on the side of the glass. Slightly hoppy pineapple aroma with a dash of cloves and orange peel at the end. Mildly fruity hoppy taste up front, quickly followed by cloves and orange peel. The pineapple taste is mild but definitely discernible at the end. Aftertaste is mildly pineapple as well. Carbonation is high. This beer is definitely different. Not bad but not the best. Would drink again if available but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into pint glass...

A: golden orange with white head that dissipates quickly

S: clove and wheat, it kinda smells like the can it came in

T: clove , pineapple , wheat

M: light and bubbly

Overall: great beer in the sun. Worth drinking for a good session.

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Photo of Todd
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A wheat beer brewed with pineapple juice?

12oz can. Hazy gold topped with a creamy, white foam head. Soft wheat, bready, fruity pineapple, clove, and a hint of banana in the nose. Light, creamy, and crisp on the palate. Wheaty, bready, nutty, grassy bitterness, juicy pineapple, green banana, and a dry, hay finish with a lingering spicy clove note.

I wish the pineapple was a bit more dominant, and the finish cleaner, but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazed golden orange body. Thick crop of white froth dwindles to a thin coating rather quickly, but lacing comes in numerous droopy rings. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Just a tad artificial, but not overly so. Flavor is o.k. It's got some of that artificial flavoring feel to it, but that was to be expected somewhat. Impression is sweet overall and pineapple juice is evident. Could serve as a decent thirst quencher on a hot day.

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Photo of Flip4beers
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Overall rating is originality and refreshing. I like pineapples and it does the quench for me. An orange hue of color and also you can see sediments of pineapple. Getting alot ripe pineapple smell and a hint of zest. Carbonation is also factor on the mouthfeel but lack of lingering aftertaste in the end. I would have liked it if there was some sourness feel to it. It's definitely a summer beer and would recommend trying it least once. Cheers

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crafted on 4/21/14. Batch # 085 016214.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, banana, caramel, spice, and slight pineapple aromas. Taste is much the same with banana, spice, and slight pineapple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with subtle pineapple qualities that really don't add much to the base beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a one inch white head that settles to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace. There is visible floating (pineapple) sediment in the glass.

The smell is somewhat muted and consists of pineapple juice, citrus zest, faint barnyard funk and biscuit bread.

The taste is of grains and faint sweet pineapple with a light hop finish.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

An interesting effort. This comes across more like your everyday light adjunct lager: light, refreshing and sessionable. The addition of pineapple (juice) adds a subtle sweetness and thicker mouthfeel. I see me drinking this ice cold, while wearing boardshorts, with my feet in the sand, near a large body of water.

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Photo of Auraan
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow-gold body with a one finger thick white head that stuck around for a while. Abundant bubbles shoot up the glass. A very nice looking wheat beer appearance. Scents of yeasty wheat bread, banana phenols, slight citrus aromas and clove esters with pineapple aromas in the background, coming more to the front as the beer sits. A nice wheat beer aroma, hefeweizen like in many respects, with enough pineapple to round out the aroma. Flavor begins modestly dry, with clove and spice esters mingling with pineapple and cracker-like wheat. This moves into more abundant pineapple flavors, a bit of spice and some more wheat. Finishes semi-dry with pineapple, wheat, spice and honey notes, and a bit of a floral flavor. Aftertaste is clove spice and wheat. A very nice and refreshing flavor profile that is fruity without being overly sweet. It balances sweetness and dryness quite nicely. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a watery, yet slightly sticky, feel and a semi-drying finish. A nice mouthfeel that makes this beer refreshing and easy to drink. Overall this is an excellent Summer beer. It takes a rather overdone style, the fruity wheat beer, and executes it in a way that is approachable and refreshing, but also balanced. A very good beer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish in hue, SanTan Brewing Mr. Pineapple pours to a hazy shade with a good deal of white foam. The nose on this beer is rather subdued, with scents of yeast and sweet fruit. The foam does last the way you like, even if it doesn’t leave much lacing

This SanTan beer offers the taste of wheat, grain, citrus, pineapple, and a touch of yeast. A second sip reveals more flavors such as banana and a touch of clove, similar to the flavor profile of hefeweizen.

Mr. Pineapple is an interesting beer. The greatest surprise is the subtlety of the nose. I poured it expecting a blast of pineapple scent, but the nose doesn’t really smell like pineapples at all. If I didn’t already know, I wouldn’t have guessed, based on scent, that this product contained any pineapple.

On the other hand, the flavor does showcase the pineapple and I like that the brewer didn’t get carried away with the added fruit juice. You can certainly taste pineapple, but it is not overdone in any way. This, combined with the hefeweizen like character and other qualities make Mr. Pineapple a good, refreshing beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A beer I threw in a mix-a-sixer at a Trader Joe's in Tucson. I've had a number of good beers from Santan and figured this should be good too.

I poured the beer into a pint glass.

The appearance is good. The pour produces a big head that takes up about a quarter of the glass. The head is fizzy and white in color. It dissipates quickly, settling into a thin layer over the liquid. The beer is dark golden in color and there's abundant carbonation visible.

The smell is very yeasty and malty, somewhat sweet, and has subtle hints of something citrusy, although I don't think pineapple.

The taste mostly continues what the smell started. It's a sweet blend of yeast and malt with an apple like flavor. It reminds me a lot of a friend's English brown, in which the malts also created an apple-like sweet flavor. The pineapple is not notable at all really.

The beer feels a bit overly carbonated, as it bubbles on the tongue far too much to make it smooth and easy-sipping.

Overall, it's an okay beer, but not one I'd likely drink again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Massive head, hazed peach hue

SMELL: Green banana, mild clove, pineapple juice, rind, bready, faintly spicy

TASTE: Very crisp, deep smoothness, grainy, dry breadiness, minimal hopping, mild juiciness, banana peels, lemon pith, spicy, nutty yeast, pineapple skin, bone-dry finish

Quite unique, as most brewers don’t think “pineapple” in beer. The dryness is a huge plus here. The pineapple is noticeable, yet does not try to take over the base Hefeweizen at all. It really comes down to the uniqueness, which makes it a must-try beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Sampled Time Market, Tucson AZ; April 2012
A bit over-carbonated, arrives with a three-finger thick, pale, just off-white colored head. The beer is a hazy, pale straw gold color. The aroma smells somewhat like stale, fruit focused beer; though not nearly as bad as that sounds in words. There is a definite pineapple like note, though in a fermented / muted sort of way. Dried hay and pale-cracker like malt is subtly here in the nose

Dry, with just a touch of sweetness, the pineapple fruitiness is dominant from the beginning through the middle, but a malty, sort of dried grass like flavor tends to dominate towards the finish. There is a definite wheat flavor to this beer, with a fair amount of graininess captured in the flavor. Light bodied and eminently quaffable, definitely a hot weather sort of beer; luckily this late spring day has gotten over 90 degrees F, so this works pretty well on that end. The pineapple flavors while certainly contributing, doesn’t taste like fresh pineapple, or like fake, pineapple concentrate (so I would guess real pineapple was used here); this is nice on one level, but sort of seems a bit muted on another level. Likely a bit more residual sweetness would help to accentuate the fruit notes, but would also destroy the quaffability and balance that this beer manages to achieve.

Fairly simplistic, and perhaps not as pineapple focused as one might expect in a fruit beer, but I can’t really say that I can complain about that as a big, fake fruit character would be quite a turnoff. As it is, this is a serviceable beer, that I don’t mind sitting here and finishing. Interestingly enough, the IPA I just had seemed to have had more pineapple notes than this beer does.

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Photo of TommyLiam
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent straw with a little bit of carb on the sides of my pint glass. Throughout the entire glass is what I can only guess is pineapple particulates, giving the appearance of backwash. The head is less than a finger of dirty white, quickly disappearing and leaving no mentionable lacing. The end result is one of the ugliest commercially brewed beers I've ever seen.

N: Standard Hefe with muted fluoride with a hint of inviting citrus fructose.

T: Initial taste is white spritzer, in a good way. The mid palate is sweet and thick, with pineapple clearly showing through but without being overpowering. The aftertaste lightens back out with the wheat and some more white grape. The lasting notes are rice, pineapple and acid.

M: Boilerplate for a Hefe but the end of the swallow displays a fructose thickness.

The actual taste of this beer is a vast improvement on what seems to be the base Hefe for this brewery. I generally hate otherwise decent beer foisted with fruit adjuncts but this Hefe is actually improved with the pineapple additives.

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Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.