Hala Kahiki | Rivertowne Brewing

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Hala KahikiHala Kahiki

Brewed by:
Rivertowne Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A beer so enticing you may think it's nectar from the gods. The name "Hala Kahiki"(hahlah-kah-hee-kee), originates from the Hawaiian words for pineapple. Feel the way it rolls off your tongue? Our sweet and refreshing beer will take you away ...have a sip ...grab a lei!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from an overall quality standpoint, this beer feels cheap to me, forced and over flavored, and on the edge of being a gimmick, but in the end, it tastes pretty good, my girlfriend (who has a fine and particular palate) really dug it, and its hard to be too critical, this is not meant to be the best beer in the world i wouldnt think, and it certainly doesnt present itself that way. crazy juicy yellow color, they must have use a ton of pinepple in it, and it has a nose to match of crushed pineapple right out of the can, sweet no doubt, and not much malt or hops apparent in the mix, but pretty attractive really, if thats your thing. the flavor has some canned and some fresh pineapple character, no doubt about what fruit they used, and they used plenty of it! i get the slightest cereal malt element when it warms a little, and its almost too sweet to drink a whole one, but the flavor is good, as over the top as it is, and the high carbonation helps it not get too syrupy feeling. i dont think i could have more than one, honestly, but my lady did, and really was bummed when our sixpack was gone, which i guess is one mark of a good beer. we had fun with this one, it certainly is the most pineapple i can think of in a beer, but you better be wanting a juicy fruity beer, not a pineapple accent. i may not buy this again, but i will remember it fondly...

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Photo of SkipZ
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and crystal clear yellow color with 1/2 finger pure white head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. The color is rather inviting and let's you know what you're about to get into when you see it in the glass. Reminds me of the juice from superbly ripe, freshly cut pineapple. Poured one in a snifter and the next one in a generic bar-style pint mug.
S: Lemon and freshly cut pineapple immediately bombard the senses with a hint of lightly toasted cracker here and there. Smell the empty can and it reminds me of a summer night at the MLB park and getting that strong whiff that lets you know the beer man is pouring some fresh suds nearby. No hop presence noted.
T: Immediate "lemon-pineappleade", if that's a word. Sweet and crisp with dominate fresh ripe pineapple. I was slightly confused by the sweetness at first however, after a few more swigs, my palate, tongue and gums stopped fighting amongst themselves and I got a better perspective of the flavor profile. The pineapple is not an essence or infusion type of flavor. It is pure ripe, and sweet pineapple that lingers on the lips. The malt backbone and hop presence is weak but that isn't supposed to be the star here. It does finish rather quick, crisp and refreshing.
M: Thin body with sweet pineapple. Any malt characteristics quickly rolls over the tongue and disappears with a dryer backend with pineapple sweet-stickiness remaining on the lips.
O: Definitely refreshing and very easy to drink more than one but after two, I found the lingering sweetness a bit off putting. The pineapple flavor is delicious, especially if you love fresh cut pineapple at the peak of ripeness. This would be a hit at a backyard barbecue party on a hot summer day or with some freshly smoked pork shoulder, ribs or CARNITAS!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear lemon color with half finger head that looks soda pop carbonated.

S- sour pineapple and lemongrass malts. an almost lemon meringue smell.

F- strong pineapple, like biting into a pineapple fresh off the tree. lemon malts.

M- pineapple fruit juice and light bodied.

O- never really had a beer with this much pineapple flavor....i am torn...at first i like it but then over a few sips it becoems overpowering.

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Photo of Act25
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 FickleBeast
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy yellow color with chunks of what I assume to be pineapple floating around. Aroma smells like fresh pineapple juice. First sip backs up the smell - this beer is rife with pineapple flavor. It tastes more like pineapple juice than beer. Finishes quite sweet.

This is a nice refreshing summer drink, but it hardly qualifies as beer. Easily the most intensely pineapple beer I've had. Enjoyable if you are in the mood for a drink of this type, but realize what you are getting into when you crack this open. Pineapple city.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -12.3%
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 -17.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is way too sweet. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head and no lace. Scent and taste dominated by pineapple. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it's ok.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It actually tastes like fresh pineapple chunks. You can taste the skin. Surprisingly less swee than I imagined. Almost a hint of smoked. The wheat malt base is a little weak though, so the whole thing rides on the pineapple the whole way, which gets old by the end. If you are a huge pineapple fan you should definitely try it.

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Photo of Dray
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow in color (not dissimilar to pineapple juice) with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fairly quickly and faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tropical pineapple - like one freshly sliced or the chunks from the can.

T: Upfront there are light flavors of wheat malts which are quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of pineapple (more like canned pineapple than freshly cut pineapple). Overall there is only a light amount of sweetness which surprised me as I was expecting the pineapple to contribute a lot more sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish and it does not linger at all.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing for a hot day here at the beach in NC. Nice canned format and low ABV makes this one a nice afternoon beer. Definitely worth grabbing if you like pineapple and delivers exactly what it promises.

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Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -29.3%
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 +12.5%
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 +17.9%
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 +6.6%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This one pours a hazy yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like pure candied pineapple and not much else.

This is essentially pineapple soda. There's basically no beer character at all, save for some slight wheat bitterness near the end. It's very sweet, and it would be refreshing ice cold, but I have a really hard time calling it a beer.

This is highly carbonated, giving more similarities to soda. It's got a crisp mouthfeel, and a thin body.

I guess this was ok, but it was hardly satisfying as a beer. The sweet pineapple flavor got pretty old quick.

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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 demonspeed
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What first started out as surprisingly delightful, turned into a souring disappointment. I'm by no means a beer snob; rather, I'll take a lawnmower beer before one of these things.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -18.8%
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 rudzud
4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy hazy pale pineapple juice hue with a quarter inch head that faded quickly to leave a light light halo.

S - Aromas of really sweet pineapple chunks, from a can, pineapple candy. It delivers what it promises.

T - Really wish the taste lived up. The start is in your face pineapple, sweet crushed pineapple before giving way to a wheat/cereal like finish. The aftertaste is a bit underwhelming too, perhaps even slightly unpleasant. Just lots of that grain on the end with a lighter pineapple, the lingering aftertaste of sweet cereal.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thinner/watery side though is brightly carbonated.

O - Overall, this was a super neat beer. The nose was really, really good and so was the taste until the cereal grains came out. Still, it was a tasty beer and if this was ice cold I could see this going down incredibly easy in the summer time. Clearly not for everyone this beer does deliver exactly what it promises though.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of buschbeer
2.59/5  rDev -26.2%

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a Kulmbacher pokal glass

It is pale yellow in color similar to the color of the fruit of a pineapple. There was a white head that disappeared before I really noticed it.

The smell definitely had a pineapple smell. It also had a sweet, sugar coated cereal smell.

The taste has pineapple, but it combines with a flavor like the marshmallows in a box of Lucky Charms.

It has a thin and watery mouthfeel.

I tried this beer on tap and thought it would be good after mowing the lawn on a warm, summer day. The sugary sweet cereal taste and smell throws me off. I love pineapple, but the sweetness is too much.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
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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