Pineapple Pilsner | Short's Brewing Company

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Pineapple PilsnerPineapple Pilsner

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pineapple Pilsner is a refreshing American Pilsner with an exotic twist. Subtle esters of grain and hints of sweet citrus fruit collide with a mouth puckering pineapple flavor. The slight essence of malt and corn produce a relatively clean mouthfeel and a lingering tart finish.

Added by jale on 01-16-2011

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by BB1313:
Photo of BB1313
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottled on 7/25/17. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a glowing hazy, cloudy and murky burnt orange with a small off-white head that fades leaving solid retention and okay lacing. This looks nothing like a pilsener based off the color and cloudiness. The aromas have a subtle sweet and sticky vibe going on. The pineapple is there without dominating and doesn't come off as artificial. Lots of malts along with some hints of caramel. It doesn't smell like a pilsener at all. The flavors are on the sweeter side. It's borderlining on being cloying. It's slightly tart as well. Nice natural pineapple flavors. Some pine resin in the mix. Strong malt backbone. Moderate to low bitterness. Finishes juicy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and slick with moderate carbonation.

This is an interesting brew. There's absolutely nothing about this that resembles a pilsener. It's a good "fruit beer", but it's a horrible pilsener. No problem drinking and enjoying it though. The pineapple flavors are really nice.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Sunset Grill

Appearance: bright caution light yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, hazy, low carbonation

Smell: pineapple, small orange, and grain

Taste: big dose of Dole pineapple juice and light toasted grains and grass

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet

Drinkability: My first impression was like this is ok, but midway through and towards the end, I was like damn this is a great beer. I think this is because when I think of Shorts, I like them cause they take good base beers and combine them with different ingredients. This is a classic example. There is no denying the sweet pineapple juice. The baseline pilsner is super drinkable. The net result is a beer that almost drinks like a hefe. A really good beer and one I wish i could get here.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Sunset Grill & Tap (Allston, MA) on 3/11/11. Served in a Pils glass. ABV listed as 5.0%.

Pours a clear pale gold, topped with a thin cap of bright-white foam. This retains with a thin frothy richness that dots the sides of the glass with spotty lacing. The aroma is grassy, lightly spicy, and maybe even a touch leafy. This is layered on top of tart pineapple flavor and juicy smelling sugars. Those Pils malts sit against the back of the nose with a flat yet supportively sweet grainy character.

The taste here is all about the pineapple, which is initially coming off as more along the bitter route with less of the tropical sweetness that you would expect out of the fruit. This is almost more akin to a pithy juiciness that clings to the leafy and grassy hops that are present here. As this warms, some more residual fruity sugars come out to play and work well with the grainy sweetness of the malts to help balance things out on the edges of the profile. In the end though, this definitely leans towards the bitter side though, with the lingering tartness of the pineapple hanging on the tongue for quite a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness to the carbonation, yet this has a LOT of underlying oiliness which keeps this silky smooth as well. Really nice feel here to this in the mouth.

Out of the 25 Short's beers on tap here, this was the one that I was most excited for (what can I say, I like pineapples!) and it did not disappoint. The focus on the tartness of the fruit gave this a crisp and thirst-quenching character and I really liked what I felt from the base Pilsner underneath as well. Just overall great stuff here that went down way too easy!

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of HardyA
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Pineapple Pilsner in their new variety pack. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and now that it's bottled it's time to see what this beer is all about, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label is nice, it goes well with the name and it's a little eye catching. It poured a pretty hazy darker orange color that didn't change when held to the light and it had almost a fingers worth of slightly creamy and slightly bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is pretty nice Looking Pilsner, but it's pretty hazy and I wish it had a little more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the pineapple being the first to show up and it impart a nice and noticeable pineapple like aroma with some citrus rind hop aromas showing up in the background along with a some spicy and light grassy like hop aromas. Up next comes a little bit of a clean yeast aroma and that goes into the malt which show up just enough and impart some pale malt, biscuit, light bready, bread crust and sweet malt like aromas with no single aspects sticking out more than the others. This beer has a good aroma, it's got a nice balance of pineapple and Pilsner like aromas.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with hops being the first to show up this time and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the pineapple which is still noticeable and it's lighter this time and it imparts some pineapple like sweetness. Towards the end comes a little bit of that clean yeast that leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they are just a little lighter. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with some more sweetness showing up. this is a good tasting beer, pineapple shows up just enough, but it's a little on the sweet side for a Pilsner.

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, slightly cloying, slightly sticky, medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. THe mouthfeel is pretty nice, but I wish it wasn't slightly cloying.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of the style, it did a good job at living up to it's name and besides the higher amount of sweetness nothing really felt out of place with this beer. This beer had nice drinkability, I think one or two wold be the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and it might start to get too sweet for me. What I like the most about this beer is the how well it lives up to it's name, first you taste the Pilsner then you taste the pineapple. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, it's just too sweet for a typical Pilsner. I would buy this beer on it's own and I would recommend giving it a try if your looking for a Pineapple Pilsner. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and I think if they could keep the pineapple flavor, but tone down some of this sweetness and this would be a great beer. It's not my favorite Shorts beer, it's not the great Pilsner, but it's a good example of a fruited Pilsner. Good job guys, this is a tasty and unique beer, keep it up.

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Zaphog
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjcoy06
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparty1224
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brief Review:

O: Glad I was patient before reviewing this cold, because from cold to room temp, this beer changes drastically. Cold, it's very cloying and metallic. But as it warms, the fruit flavor blends in a bit better and it becomes more palatable. I was very excited to try this beer based on the style, combining one of my favorite fruits with one of my favorite styles. But the reality is that it's just okay. It's too sweet to have more than one, but it's a nice summer beer.

Recommendation: Whatever you do, let it warm a bit before you drink it.

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Photo of avschmitt
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 7/25/2017. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart pineapples, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, cracker, corn, biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of pineapples, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart pineapples, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, cracker, corn, biscuit, light pepper, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spicy bitterness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/lightly tart pineapples, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, cracker, corn, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pineapples, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tartness. Clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly acidic/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent fruited Czech pilsner style! All around great robustness and balance of pineapples, citrus/earthy hops, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink; with the mildly tart/bitter finish. Very flavorful for the ABV. Perfectly balanced between all flavors. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of midlifec
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jale
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at reno's west in Lansing

A: Pours a clear light straw color with a quarter of white head

S: pineapple and orange with a slight hop aroma. Fruit wine like aromas as well.

T: Initial pineapple and orange taste followed by slight hops. Very light and almost drinks like a fruit wine. Little sourness towards the end.

M: Light and refreshing

D: Would drink another

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Color is dark orange and cloudy, the first of several surprises. I figured a pineapple Pilsner would lean more towards the color of, well, pineapple - a light gold or straw color. One finger of pretty solid head that dissappears. No lacing. Nice grainy malt aroma tinged with tart fruit. Pineapple, orange, nectarine. The taste is cloying sweet with a very mild tartness. Syrupy feel, too thick to be a real thirst quencher. Not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Klemperer
2.63/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tracker83
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pineapple Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 25 ratings