Pineapple Grenade | Young Veterans Brewing Co.

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Young Veterans Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Is Our Refreshing Take On A Classic German Style. This Pineapple Hefeweizen Explodes With Sweet And Tangy Fruit Flavors Backed By Fragments Of Spicy Clove And Banana.


Added by MistaRyte on 10-21-2013

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Zraly:
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2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Upfront note not fruity enough. Aroma is a bit too light for style.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a thick white head.

Smell: Smell of light citrus, cloves and pineapple.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of pineapple and cloves. Hints of citrus, hops, and grassy tones.

Overall: Excellent beer. I feel that this was more complex than I anticipated. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Young Veterans Brewing Co. "Pineapple Grenade"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without packaging codes or freshness dating
$1.67 @ Kroger, Virginia Beach, VA

Notes via stream of consciousness: I wasn't sure if I should rouse the yeast or not, but I did. It's now a hazy orangeish in color beneath a short head of white. Not a lot of head retention going on there. Wow, it's already headed towards becoming just a collar - but it's not the glass, I just used it with good results. Moving forward, the aroma is grainy, husky even, and fruity but in a kind of non-distinct way, with a bit of clove. I get pineapple but not in a pineapple juice kind of way, more like the raspy pineapple pulp, or skin, or leaves - I'm not sure, but it smells like when you pick up a pineapple in the store. Let's hope the flavor is better... and yes it is. The wheaty malt that's there balances the acidity that must be coming from the pineapple; although again, I'm not really getting "pineapple". I am finding some banana and clove once the initial pineapple-pulp (or whatever it is) flavor has passed... Anyway, it's interesting and refreshing, and balanced with a touch of tartness... but it's just not for me, and I don't think the pineapple has helped what would probably otherwise be a fine Bavarian-style hefeweizen. Medium-light in body and moderately crisp (which probably explains in part the limited head retention).

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with ample head and a nice faint aroma of pineapple. Taste is of the hefeweizen style and lots of tropical flavors; banana, orange and pineapple. Crisp, clean finish

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Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rjp217
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Aliskahan
3.24/5  rDev -9%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of SE-VAbeerdrink
1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of hippityhop86
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice mild Hefe. Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass. Big delicately bubbly white head. Clear gold on first pour, murky straw gold later. Head retention is good. Not much lacing. Aroma is lemon, wheat and yeast. Maybe a little clove but none of the astringency or "banana and bubble gum" found in the real complex hefeweizens. Mouthfeel is OK with good carbonation and a touch of wheat bitterness. World class?? No way. A pitcher of this with friends on a hot day? Hell yeah!!!!

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Photo of teromous
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On the bottom of the can: Canned on 04/04/16

Appearance: The body of the beer is completely opaque, hazy, murky, and orange. It has the appearance of pressed unfiltered apple cider. There is no head at all. There is a very slim white ring but even when I aggressively poured the beer I could get no head out of it. Obviously no retention for a headless beer and even the ring didn't leave lacing.

Aroma: I get a nice wheat aroma and a touch of clove. No pineapple aroma.

Taste: It has a good wheat taste with a bit of tang to it. It's a decent wheat beer. Again there is no pineapple. There is a touch of spicy hop character and a bit of clove.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty good. It is easy drinking and has just enough of a tangy presence to keep the palate alive and just a touch of a bitter bite at the end.

Overall: An average wheat beer if you don't account for the appearance. Unfortunately a large portion of the drinking experience in any good wheat beer is the thick rocky head. If you don't mind a poor appearance you are then left with an average tasting wheat beer that doesn't taste like the pineapple it advertises itself as. If you don't mind the poor appearance or the lack of pineapple then're just left with an average tasting wheat beer. I have had this beer more than once and it always fluctuates in quality but it is always in gradients of "poor". For a beer that is only two weeks old it is very unimpressive. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a burnt orange / brownish color and a cloudy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of pineapple, wheat, cloves, and other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of wheat, some pineapple (not quite as much as expected), some cloves, light banana notes, a hint of lemon, and a tinge of hops in the finish. This is a fairly good flavor, though it doesn't always hit all the hefeweizen notes (not enough banana and bubblegum). Still, the pineapple is a good addition.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Pineapple grenade is bumpy in spots, but not a bad effort. Drinkable.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L) Pours a dark amber color with significant haze, a bit dark for the style. Has a small, short-lived white head and minimal lacing.

S) Creamy banana is definitely present in the nose, but the pineapple is very difficult to find. There is a pleasant graininess and a touch of clove to the nose as well.

T) The banana and clove is present on the palate, and the pineapple makes itself known through a sharp acidity, although a strong pineapple nature to the acidity is somewhat lacking.

F) The beer has a medium to high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Very spritzy and surprisingly drying.

O) A solid Hefe, I wish there was more pineapple though. If I did not know there was pineapple in the brew, I probably would not have been able to pick it out.

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Photo of Boone757
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in my weizen glass, it is cloudy with a light orange-gold hue. The head was a little over a finger thick -- that's decent for most beers, but lackluster for a Hefe. Lacing was minimal.

S: Pleasant, but not as in-your-face as many of this style (maybe the small head didn't aerosolize the aromatics?) There's certainly sweet, fruity esters, including faint pineapple. Biscuit and a dash of pepper are there as well.

T: Malt is bready, not sweet. A tangy middle dominates, with pineapple flavors present and pleasant, but not dominating. Hops is a faint afterthought, with even the finish more tart than bitter.

M: Moist, with good carbonation at the start. By the finish, it's more crisp, with a hint of dryness (although not as dry as most Bavarian Hefeweizens).

O: What it lacks in complexity it makes up for in real drinkability. Not outstanding, certainly not if you're expecting an authentic German Hefe, but quite good; I'll be back for more.

(edit: I had this in their brewery's taproom, and took some home in a growler; that's what the review above is based on. I've now had it at a restaurant, and it seemed taste better there -- I'm not sure if it was just my perception, or if there's some batch-to-batch variation in quality.)

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Photo of MattSharpless
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Hayden34
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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Pineapple Grenade from Young Veterans Brewing Co.
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