Mr. Pineapple - SanTan Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: searsclone on 05-03-2012

Wheat beer with pineapple.
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Ratings: 234 | Reviews: 39
Reviews by TommyLiam:
Photo of TommyLiam
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of wedge6128
1.61/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good idea, but they didn't pull it off.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pz can.
Slightly sweet at the start but more tart and even more bitter by the finish. Clear pineapple presence but ubtle enough to create a generic tropical fruit impressions and not just pineapple. A solid wheat base.
O: This beer works way better than expected. Very refreshing. Good recommendation from McGaugh's (Flagstaff, AZ) passed along to you.

Photo of Auraan
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A big white to slightly off white head slowly settles above a thick yellow-orange honey colored beer.

Spices, cloves, bananas, and some sweetness in the aroma of this pineapple wheat beer.

Light spices and banana combine with the pineapple juice in the taste of this wheat beer, there also seems to be a little bit of the wheat grain coming through as I drink this beer.

A light dryish aftertaste with a light sweet pineapple taste hanging around in the aftertaste of lighter bodied wheat.

The can looks sort of like a soda pop can and this beer kind of makes me think that is what their aiming for.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of WBooker88
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth...refreshing... Not overwhelming with the pineapple taste... Nice buzz gets the job done

Photo of yetijosie
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

it reminds me of coors light with a hint of pineapple. not too bad! but not phenomenal either.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of bambam2517
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft at the brewery, with a wedge of pineapple served on the side.

A - A tinge clearer and brighter than a standard IPA, carbonation a little less active than standard but a nicely developed head, strong lacing.

S - Still maintains the clove and banana esters common in the style, but the sweetness of the pineapple is center stage and lends a tropical cocktail note to the nose. Quite different from the complex hop combinations that mimic pineapple, this is simple and straight-forward.

T - Pretty one note, pineapple sugars dominate. Theres a faint Hefe backbone, but it does nothing to bring out any interesting combinations. Nicely unique, but I would have liked it better if either the pineapple were turned up even more or it were brewed in a more aggressive hop profile.

M - Syrupy sticky. Refreshing though, nice even finish.

O - Good choice for a food pairing on a warm patio day. Seems a bit gimmicky yet to me, but I did think it was enjoyable.

Photo of ronniebruner
4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This may be the biggest surprise for me in a while! Honestly I really thought I would hate this beer as I thought it would be as bad as all other flavored beers, however this is my all time favorite at this point. I been drinking this for a few months and keep it stocked whenever I can. The aroma is obviously fruity and sweet, yet light and more of a legitimate beer. The taste is sweet, the pineapple notes light, making it taste like a real beer. The light golden color is a nice touch as is the minimal head and lacing. An amazing finish makes this a great beer! A great effort indeed.

Photo of Flip4beers
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of Kevin_Runnels
4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Good. Real good. Isn't that enough?

Photo of beagle75
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of dense white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and streams of bubbles climb around the periphery of the column.

S: Very yeasty, this beer's smell fills the local area with the qualities of newly-risen dough and banana esters. Actual pineapple is fairly weak, but it is revealed in a very close-up inspection.

T: Begins very off-dry, with soft palate-filling wheat and citric acid. The middle is milder, with generic fruity yeast esters and a whiff of the ebullient baker's yeast from the smell. A thread of honey populates the very un-bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, soft on the palate to the point of being delicate, with low carbonation.

D/O: At first I was skeptical when I saw that this beer's in-site classification was as a hefeweizen--but it took only as long as my first whiff of the filled glass sitting on the table for any red flags in my mind to be withdrawn. Weissbier yeast dominates the sensory profile, very bready and ester-affected. It may be difficult for one to blindly guess that pineapple is actually involved. Otherwise, it is approachable, inoffensive--safe.

Photo of sundevil21
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Fun and balanced. Refreshing.

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

What I hadn't thought of before is the Hefeweizen clove spiciness really complements the pineapple taste. Serve it up with a slice of baked ham! A little haze on the golden amber brew with an attractive head and sudsy mouthfeel. Smells like a tropical drink

This seems to have just the right balance of sweet and tart. Tangy and malty both. Slight bitter aftertaste. I don't think that more hops would do it any good. It is a rich, flavorful brew that has me surprisingly enthusiastic about the fruit. I'm wondering if pineapple might be the right taste for a Witbier as well. would be From the 12 oz can bought at AJ's Fine Foods in Chandler.

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mr. Pineapple Wheat was originally cooked up for SanTan's annual luau party in downtown Chandler last year. After the event, the brewers found they had a little left over, so they decided to send it to Denver for judging in the Great American Beer Festival. What seems like a whim had a nice payoff -- Mr. Pineapple came home with a silver medal in the fruit wheat category, beating out nearly 50 other entries. Since then, the beer has been SanTan's most anticipated release.

To make the brew, says Anthony Canecchia, SanTan's owner and brewmaster, about 130 ounces of pure pineapple juice are added to every barrel during primary fermentation. "The yeast is still active and will metabolize a majority of the fermentable sugars, leaving the longer polysaccharide chains intact without driving off all of the volatiles and aromatics," he says. Translation: the yeast eats away most of the fruit's sweetness, but leaves behind some characters of its distinctive flavor and aroma.
In a weizen glass, Mr. Pineapple is a soft mango-orange, with just a little wheaty haze. The head is frothy and white -- like whipped cream -- giving the brew an overall look like some mixed drink you could pick up in the tropics. The aroma is smooth and subdued like a good hefeweizen: wheat, apple, pear, banana, white bread, clove. There isn't much pineapple to be found here, however.

That's because it's in the flavor, adding a zesty tang to the subtle sweetness of wheat. In the front, apples and pears mingle in the complex wheat flavor; upon the swallow, the finish dries things out just a bit. The body, while soft like a pillow, is also packed with spritzy carbonation, making every gulp sweet, tangy and refreshing. I can see myself thoroughly enjoying it on a blistering summer day, poolside, sipping out of a can. I shouldn't have to wait long -- Canecchia says there are plans to get the brew into cans by next spring,

There is a tendency in those who make fruit ales to let the fruit run amok, overpowering the base brew to the point of unrecognizability. Not so with Mr. Pineapple -- the very solid wheat ale below contains just enough fruit flavor to create interest. I can see how it won GABF hardware.

Photo of backslide311
4.56/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.49/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured a nice golden color with a quickly disappearing head

S- smells very bready/yeasty bannana and pineapple do come through though

T- at first this one starts very yeasty and almost expected spice but instead fades to a very clean pineapple banana fruit

M- Very light and delicate super refreshing and clean

O- For the style this beer is great nothing extraordinary just a well executed heffeweizen great for those africa hot arizona days cheers san tan well done. I usually don't like heffeweizen because of that yeast spice at the end but this one cleans that up nicely

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.