Mr. Pineapple | SanTan Brewing Co.

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Mr. PineappleMr. Pineapple

Brewed by:
SanTan Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a sixer from Sprouts in mid-April for $6.99.

Beer poured golden orange with a pretty good white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is strange, dominated by the sweet pineapple juice.

Taste is your basic wheat beer with a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing.

Overall not a bad beer but one i would probably not do again. If having to make a choice of lawnmower beers i would recommend the Phoenix Ale Brewery's Watermelon Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pilsner glass.

Beautiful golden-orange color with a persistent 1 1/2" white head, the consistency of whipped egg whites. Leaves thick rings of lacing.

Smells of juicy pineapple and a little cloves, some sweet malt.

The taste follows the aroma, pineapple juice with a bit of clove. Comes on with a dry, spicy pineapple taste and a bit of hops, ends more malty but not too sweet. A little honey.

Light, lush, fluffy body. Makes it very drinkable.

Well made beer. Good wheat character, well balanced, not too much fruit or sweetness. Great warm weather beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy yellow beer, thick head of dense white foam.

Smell: There's pineapple in the nose, but it's more subtle than I would have thought. Otherwise the smell of wheat, banana, spice, and hay.

Taste: Pretty standard hefeweizen - light fruit, and as much banana as pineapple. They could have gone a lot stronger with the pineapple and I wouldn't have minded.

Mouthfeel: Light on the tongue, bracing.

Overall: Not bad. Could've used more pineapple. But not bad.

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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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.54/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First had this beer in a can last year at the AmeriCan Beer Fest in Chandler AZ. Found out they were doing it as a seasonal, and was really excited about it. Had it on tap at the brewery on Sunday, and it wasn't as good as I remembered, but then shared the growler 3 days later, and what a difference 3 days made!

Pours a dark yellow color with a fantastic head that looks like whipped cream. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells mostly like wheat, with just touch of pineapple.

Taste like freshly baked bread with pineapple instantly following. What sets this apart to me is that it takes the sweet side of the pineapple that nicely compliments the sour of the beer.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Nice carbonation, not too sharp. Creamy with a dry finish.

Overall, This is a must try if you like the style. Highly drinkable and really tasty.

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Mr. Pineapple from SanTan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 298 ratings