Beer Reviews

Slangria (Fruited Ale)

Slangria (5%) sows scarlet seeds of juicy delight. Pomegranate, blueberry, and lime collide in an effervescent blend of ruby red refreshment.

Review courtesy of our Sensory Specialist, Travis Houston, a Certified Cicerone and FoBAB judge.

Slangria is our latest Fruited Ale. What does this beer bring to the table, and how does it complement other fruit-forward offerings like Wowie, Bubbles, and Little Bubs?

Pomegranates are delicious, but also have a very unique flavor. Slangria is flavorful and complex, showcasing the deep, rich characteristics of pomegranate. Blueberry complements this complexity well, and the addition of lime adds a bit of citric acid, brightening up the brew and accenting the fruit. Malt is subdued but present, and the interplay between bready grain and sweet, fresh fruit tricks the mind into tasting things that aren’t in the recipe.

Can of Rhinegeist Slangria surrounded by fruit

Where did the idea for a pomegranate-driven beer come from?

Pomegranate has been extremely popular in other countries for centuries. Only recently has it gained traction in the US, transitioning from an exotic curiosity to common ingredient and flavor. With colder weather approaching, we wanted something deep and complex that would still be refreshing and approachable. We experimented with just about every fruit you can imagine, and we found that pomegranate has all those characteristics we were searching for.

What makes you want to drink this beer?

Slangria is the perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. There are no added spices to this beer, but the combination of pomegranate and blueberry gives the impression of blueberry pie crust. This beer is going to pair perfectly with hearty winter foods; I already plan to drink this with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s also going to be perfect around a fall bonfire.

Rhinegeist slangria poured from can into pint glassAppearance: Reddish-purple, the color of sangria, with good clarity and fluffy pink foam.

Aroma: Pomegranate and blueberry, with hints of cinnamon, baking spices, and pie crust.

Taste: Fresh pomegranate and blueberry juice balance a mild tart acidity, with hints of spice and malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with medium carbonation and a mouth-watering, mild tartness.

Overall: This beer is calling for the weather to change. Fresh pomegranate and blueberry burst from the glass, with hints of spice and malt adding unique complexity. The balance between tart lime and sweet fruit is perfect. 

What foods would pair well with Slangria?

This beer will pair great with fresh fruit, or with fruit pie.

Ideal glassware for Slangria?

A standard pint glass.


Rhinegeist Slangria on the canning line
Rhinegeist Slangria on the canning line
Rhinegeist slangria poured from can into pint glass