Mr. Pineapple | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Mr. PineappleMr. Pineapple
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
281
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
41.62%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
68
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge6128
1.61/5  rDev -55%
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 utopiajane
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Hoganlaw
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked the can better than beer, but who doesn't like nice cans?

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Photo of Imacopyouidiot
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Todd
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jamesmk48
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of inonesock
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of JohnLynch
2/5  rDev -44.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Auraan
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 LXIXME
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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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3.24/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.
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