Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer | Rivertowne Pourhouse

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Hala Kahiki Pineapple BeerHala Kahiki Pineapple Beer

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Pourhouse
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by letsgopens on 05-29-2010

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 266
Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's a shandy, not a beer, but for a shandy, it's fine.

a) a cloudy yellow color with a thin wafter of white bubbles for a head, without any retention or lace, fades to nada, looks like juice.

s) The aroma is fruity pineapple. Period. But it's good pineapple juice! Sweet, floral, fresh. No beer.

t) Follows the smell of pineapple floral sweetness upfront but is supported by whiff of fresh grainy malt. Kind of like thick pineapple marmalade on a communion wafer. But still floral, fresh, original. Shandy style.

f) Slightly watery in feel, with prickly carbonation that eventually fades and flattens.

I'm not a shandy guy and would not get it again, but it's a novelty. Too sweet tho even for summer.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought it for a Hawaiian themed birthday party. Perfect summer day, fish tacos and pulled pork. Its pineapple flavored beer, not over the top, but you get what you get. I would get it again.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The ultimate lawnmower beer? Tastes like pineapple juice with little or no beer taste. One of these is great on a hot afternoon, but by the second or third one, the pineapple aftertaste lingers as heavy, sour, and strangely bitter. This is a killer draft beer at a ball game, but as said, after two or three, the aftertaste accumulates and sends one looking for a clean beer to wash away the pineapple aftertaste. So, drink one cold one with enthusiasm. But don't drink two!

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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet pineapple juice on the nose with little else. On the tongue this comes off as pineapple upside-down cake, which I love...just not as a beer. Too sweet, couldn't finish it.

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Photo of Dray
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its about what you would expect; Kind of like a shandy, but not in a bad way.
Look- was a little light
Smell- PINEAPPLE bread if there is such a thing
Taste- Bready pineapple.
Feel- Carbonation is a bit much, but not overbearing.
Overall-Great for a hot day or something that non beer drinkers will like. lawnmower beer that you can down and go back to cutting.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Taste is pineapple juice, wheat, sugarcane, and slight breadiness. It is an interesting stab at a fruit that I do not often see get added to beer. The pineapple juice blends more with the beer taste as the beer warms. The sugar levels are reminiscent of a non-alcoholic beer, This is one I am glad I tried. I might like it if I lived in a warmer climate, but I do not see myself getting it again.

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Photo of JPowell712
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to try something different for the warmer weather. I picked this up and said "what the hell!" . It poured a very hazy pale yellow color with a white head. Right away off of the smell I could pick up the pineapple juice and the citrus odor. The taste was overly sweet. This is like a shandy, a style I am not too fond of. The beer and fruit juice mix just doesn't please me. It isn't for me. It was drinkable, a little by refreshing for a hot day, but overall, I thought it to be Overly sweet and just too much pineapple favor and taste. Where's the beer in this???!!!

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Photo of Urk1127
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours so light, clear and yellow. Little to no head. Smell is like fresh pineapple and stale beer. Taste is crazy better than the smell. Like drinking pineapple juice with a beer aftertaste.

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Photo of ElHefe2000
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer from a vendor at PNC Park, so feeling adventurous, I bought one. Smelled absolutely fantastic, not like beer at all. It tastes to me, like drinking a can of pineapple juice. Later on during the game, I found out it was on tap at the Beers of the Burgh at PNC Park. It tastes much better(to me) on tap than out of the can.

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Photo of brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: So it pours out of the can looking like pineapple juice, with a modest, but frothy, head; dots of lace

Smell: Smells like pineapple juice; just a little bready, too

Taste: A little bready, but mostly sweet pineapple juice

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat watery; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Is it a beer or a shandy - not sure, but it is refreshing

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer brewed by Rivertowne Pourhouse, with an ABV 4.80% This brew pours out a light cloudy amber color, with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with pineapple. You also pick up on a hit of grains and malts. Now for the taste, it is odd. There is some sweetness, but a odd aftertaste to this brew. The mouthfeel is sweet but Hala Kahiki Pineapple has a odd nasty aftertaste. The aftertaste just kills this brew. I was expecting more out of this rivertowne brew. Overall I'm giving Hala Kahiki Pineapple Beer a 2.5 out 5

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Photo of Jwale73
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can courtesy of HopFace. Served in a shaker pint. Pours a pale yellow with a hazy clarity and a thin white head that quickly dissipates into nothing. Nose is a bit reminiscent of pineapple soda. Taste expresses some pineapple notes, but there's a prevailing artificial sweetener character and a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is light in body with a light, effervescing carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of BWED
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. can into craft tumbler

A- Pale yellow and hazy. Fizzy white head, with poor retention. Looks like fizzy pineapple juice.

S- Lots of pineapple, with a very faint toasty malt background.

T- The beer characteristic comes out a little more in the flavor. Still pineapple the big player, subtle malt in the background.

M- Hops seem to dry this a little bit, mellowing the overwhelming sweetness of pineapple juice. Light body and wet feel. Not even a real pineapple tang to it either.

O- It's not unpleasant tasting, but I would call this "beer-flavored pineapple juice". Very sweet, very light on any beer flavor; it sure seems like there is more juice in here than beer. The fact that it is mixed as well. At least age it on pineapple...

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

- can. pineapple beer. natural pineapple juice added.

A: Palest of straw pour produces a monstrous white pearl head of two fingers, which lapses rather quickly leaving splashy lace marks on the vessel. Very light misty haze, with a dense nature of macro-effervesce rising at a good rate.

S: The pineapple is fresh and fruity upon the pour, fairly dominant at arms reach. Inside the glass a more natural, warm pineapple aroma, lightly tart with some funky straw, barnwood and pineapple leave.

T: The pineapple juice definitely takes over the beer aspect. A pineapple shandy? Lightly tart, funky warm, cooked pineapple slices like you would have on a ham. Fruity aspects with a strange apple sauce bite on the swallow.

M: Wheaty, pineapple feel on the mouthful, mid-body depth, carbonation feels much lower then the visual, ok overall.

O: Drinks like a pineapple shandy or wine cooler. Seemed a bit odd at times. Its a pineapple beer, and as much as i like pineapple, i like it better when derived from citra hops and not from pineapple juice addition. A C- range beer at the days end, with a strange tart pineapple finish that may discourge next sips let alone second servings.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with no canning date. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 7/13/2014.

A- Mostly clear, though slightly hazy, light straw-yellow body with a one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly. Looks like filtered pineapple juice, I suppose.

S- Smells slick and sweet, just like what I would expect freshly squeezed pineapple juice. If you cut up some pineapples and bring them to work in a tupperware to eat as a snack, this smells like the residual juices in the container. And a touch of yeast. No complexity, just that nice pineapple sweetness.

F- Starts tasting more like a pineapple beer than pineapple juice. Crisp, slightly tart but mostly sweet pineapple juice mixes in with an earthier but still sweet pale malt with a touch of yeast spices. Quite sweet, but in a refreshing fruit manner, not a sugary ice frosting manner.

M- Thinner in body but not watery. Packed with plenty of flavour and carbonation. Easy drinker with a pineapple (what else?) finish.

O- Haven't had a pineapple beer up to this point, but this is pretty much what I would expect out of a pineapple beer. This is a well-executed beer, even if it's more of a novelty summer session beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden straw color with a small foamy white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with decent strength. Taste of slightly tart juicy pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, pear, light banana, wheat, bread, light honey, and light grass on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a nice session fruit beer. Good balance and solid robustness of pineapple fruit and pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to drink. Nice amount of authentic fruit flavor without feeling watery; a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rkcrozier
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a fan of "sweet" beers but it was a very hot day and and was out in the sun most of the day. Saw this beer on tap and was willing to give it a try as it sounded very refreshing. Was completely surprised with the flavor and overall experience. I know if I had this beer at a different time and place it wouldn't have been as appealing. The color mimicked the color of a pineapple and there was plenty of carbonation which added to the refreshment; the smell of pineapple was strong enough to notice but not overbearing. The mouthfeel was thin but not too thin too feel watered down; the low alcohol also was welcomed. A great beer, worth a try for sure if you're on the fence about fruit beers. Nice job, Rivertowne!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a mug.

A- Poured a very clear and pale straw color, some minimal carbonation was visible, white soapy head dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Smells like a can of goya pineapple juice.

T- Tastes like canned pineapple juice, some earthiness like an unripe pineapple, and that's really it.

M- Prickly carbonation, dry, lighter bodied, and refreshing.

O- It was refreshing and quenching enough on a hot day, but totally one dimensional. It was like drinking a can of pineapple juice or soda.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Pinocchio's.

Straw-yellow pour, clear, with no head...maybe a few stray bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Looked like a flat Miller. In the nose, pineapple juice and raw grains. The taste was pretty much the same, with unripe pineapple juice being the dominant flavor, and a steady husky graininess coming in a close second. Not much else going on. Light body, thin mouthfeel that wasn't helped by the extremely low carbonation. I didn't care for this one at all, though it wasn't completely undrinkable.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well this could have been worse. Fruit beers, though usually refreshing and often interesting, are always precariously to much like a soda pop. This one walks that fine line and just barely stays on the fair side of that.

It looks like a pale ginger ale. The color is light yellow and it has more of a champagne fix than a beer head, bit odd that bad? The aroma is extremely weak, but at least it isn't bad. It increases with warmth.

The taste is sweet and refreshing but still of beer. There is a little yeast taste, like a what, but just barely. It is not annually to your taste. The aftertaste is sweet as well.

Overall, this is an interesting, refreshing drink.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rivertowne Pourhouse "Hala Kahiki"
12 oz. can

One of the most charming beers I've had in a while. It's a pineapple-flavored beer and nothing else, nor does it intend to be. It's sweetish but not too sweet, and very subtly tart - think of it as a kind of sweet and extra fruity witbier. It tastes like pineapple, apples, and delicate sugar. It's not bitter, but neither is it cloying. Overall, it's a unique, refreshing, and enjoyable fruity ale. Worth trying, and maybe even worth seeking out.

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Photo of themanilow
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

The wife said because it is a beer that she enjoys I need to give it a 5.0 so there you have it.... Domestic communism

A rather surprising flavor a good aftertaste that will linger with the pineapple flavor. Very light in color that is expected with the name of the product. Not far out of expectation with this one

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy yellow. Miniscule head. Nothing on the surface after a while.

Smell - Pineapple. Lots of pineapple. Some vanilla creaminess.

Taste - Sweet pineapple. And even more pineapple. A touch of tang and vanilla. The sweetness is a bit like aspartame.

Mouthfeel - Sweet. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's just pineapple. And sweetness.

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Photo of Brenden
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks about like a simple light-style ale, pale yellow in color with a bit of effervescent activity to it forming a bubbly white head that reaches half a finger, settles pretty well, and deposits spotty lacing.
It really smells like fresh pineapple off the bat before a sugary essence kicks in, at which point it smells like one of those old-fashioned clearish pineapple candies. A little mor fresh juice would be fantastic, but it's very nice in a guilty pleasure sort of way, and there is a bit of pale malt that speaks to its nature.
The base beer is simple enough to put some flsvor into so that it can take charge, but it's clearly well constructed, seemingly something like a blonde ale. Pineapple is fresher and juicier on the palate, and I can believe the claim that this was aged on pineapples. Lightly acidic to cut through a sweetness that's short of cloying, care was clearly taken in making sure this wouldn't be a pineapple soda.
The feel is light, bright and clean with plenty of crispness. There's actually a bit of body, though it remains light, but with depth.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a glass, it has a cloudy yellowish color body with just a small thin lace around it. The smell is of fresh pineapple. The taste has a sweet but not overly sweet taste of pineapple. It is like drinking hard pineapple juice. The mouthfeel is great, smooth, not over carbonated. overall i could drink this all year long. it is very refreshing.

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