Beer Reviews

Wowie (Ale with Pineapple and Passionfruit)

Reviews are done by our Sensory Specialist and Certified Cicerone Travis Houston.

Wowie (6.2% | 0 IBU), an Ale with Pineapple and Passionfruit, is Bubbles’ tropical partner-in-crime. This effervescent brew is now available in cans year-round!

NOTE: Wowie, like Bubbles, is not gluten free. Both are ales that contain malt product, which is known to contain gluten. For further information, email quality@rhinegeist.com. 

Wowie is an Ale with Pineapple and Passionfruit. How was that specific flavor combination conceived and how was it produced in this beer?

The beer was conceived as a tropical partner for Bubbles from the start, but a debate quickly started as to what fruits should be used. Pineapple was almost a necessity, but it can be a bit boring. We whipped up some test batches, and quickly found that we love the lively tartness and bright flavor from passionfruit. From there, it was just a matter of tweaking the levels to find the perfect balance of juices.

Wowie is reminiscent of Bubbles, our Rosé Ale, with a decidedly tropical twist. Talk about the relationship between those two brews.

Bubbles required some innovation from our brewing team, since the process is unique and different from the rest of our brews. Wowie utilizes that process, just uses a different recipe. Since Bubbles paved the way, the development and creation of Wowie was a breeze.

What are the notable characteristics of this beer?

Bright, fresh, and tropical fruit aromas jump from the glass. The flavor is well balanced, with sweet pineapple and tart passionfruit dominating.

What makes this beer unique?

Wowie is packed with fruit flavor without being thick, heavy or syrupy. The light body and clean finish make this the perfect brew for a hot day, while the bright tropical fruit notes will satisfy even the slowest sipper.

What are some other Fruited Ales that you dig?

Rubaes from Founders, Nellie’s Keylime Caribbean Ale from Taft's here in Cincinnati, and Dark Horse Raspberry Ale are all excellent.

Appearance: Crystal clear and gold colored, with a very thin white head.

Aroma: Pineapple and passionfruit, with a hint of apple.

Taste: Sweet pineapple and tart passionfruit. Mild sweetness leads to mild acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Slightly sweet, slightly tart, and bursting with tropical fruit flavors. This brew is loaded with flavor, but is still an easy drinker.

What foods would pair well with Wowie?

Chicken tacos with mango salsa

Ideal glassware for Wowie?

Standard pint glass!