Beer Reviews

Nitro Cobbstopper (Peach Cobbler Ale)

Musing on our bright and frisky Peach Dodo, Nitro Cobbstopper is suffused with a healthy dose of vanilla and lactose. The result is a tart and silky reverie revealing notes of luscious peach cobbler, vanilla cream and soft spice. Dream on.

Reviews are done by Jim Matt, our Chief Science Officer, who is also a veteran FoBAB judge, GABF judge, and BJCP Master judge.

Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat, Acidulated, Lactose

Hops: Cascade


This is our first canned nitro beer! Talk about why we decided to delve into canned nitrogenation, and why we chose Cobbstopper as our debut offering.

This is fairly uncharted territory for craft beer. Nitrogenation has been going on for a long time with several macro beers (the most famous being Guinness). We had some luck running nitrogenated sour beers last year, so we decided to go for a canned variety!

Nitrogenated beers are poured differently from your typical CO2 beer. Talk about why that is and how to properly pour Cobbstopper.

The atmosphere is actually 78% nitrogen, and nitrogen is not as soluble in beer as carbon dioxide is. Therefore, when the bubbles break out of solution they are much smaller/finer than carbon dioxide bubbles. Also, carbon dioxide gives a prickly/biting character to the mouthfeel (carbonic acid) but nitrogen does not. The proper way to pour out of our cans is to shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds then give a hard pour into a pint glass.

What are some of your favorite packaged nitro beers?

Guinness, Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Boddingtons.

What makes you want to drink this beer?

Tart but creamy and refreshing!

Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper in Pint Glass

Appearance: Poured from a can into a glass: cascading nitro effect that lasts >60 seconds when poured as intended. Clear yellow color.

Aroma: Peachy, slight lactic tang coming through the nose. No hop aroma. Overall quite fruity on the nose.

Taste: Moderate upfront peach, lactic sourness, secondary light fruit flavors. Medium low grainy malt flavor. No hop flavor. Finished off-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: A refreshing complex fruited sour ale that is complemented by the nitrogenation process.

What foods would pair well with Cobbstopper?

The obvious: peach cobbler! The not-so-obvious: Thai style stir fry with seafood and holy basil.

Ideal glassware for Cobbstopper?

Standard pint glass…pour hard!

Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper Can
Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper cans
Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper cans
Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper cans
Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper cans
Rhinegeist Nitro Cobbstopper cans