Slangria pours from a 12oz can with a clearly marked packaging date, revealing its fuchsia-colored, crystal-clear hue. The effervescent nature of this beverage produces a fleeting, purple-tinged foam head, akin to the quick disappearance of carbonation in craft sodas or hard seltzers. This lackluster head retention is a predictable outcome considering the beer’s low hop oil content and acidity.

Aroma Upon lifting the glass to your nose, Slangria offers a refreshing burst of ionized air, accompanied by delicate notes of soft blueberry and a hint of melted fruit popsicle. As it warms, subtle nuances of blueberry pie emerge, adding depth to the aroma profile.

Taste Slangria manages to exceed expectations in the flavor department. It delivers a complex combination of sensations – salty, tannic, and moderately acidic, with an overwhelming presence of fruit juice that blurs the lines between beer and fruit cider. In fact, it leans more towards the latter. Surprisingly, it maintains equilibrium through restrained sweetness and an unexpectedly robust bitterness originating from the fruit skins. This tannic, slightly wooly balance resembles that of a red wine, a rarity in the world of fruit beer. Unlike many contemporary fruit beers, there is no discernible lactic acid component or kettle-soured funkiness; Slangria relies solely on the citric acid derived from its fruit juice content.

Mouthfeel The perceived specs for Rhinegeist Slangria reveal a profile with moderate sweetness, bitterness, and acidity, with subtle saltiness. It lacks the fat, funk, or milkiness typically associated with lactobacillus kettle sours. This characteristic places Slangria closer to the realm of hard seltzers and hard kombucha, making it less polarizing.

Overall Slangria distinguishes itself as a pure fruit beer in a craft beer landscape dominated by fruit gose, fruited Berliner Weisse, and other obscure kettle-sour concoctions. Its robust citric acidity, largely attributable to its copious fruit juice content, sets it apart from the competition. However, this acidity, coupled with the possibly superfluous addition of lime, makes Slangria taste more like a wine cooler or a straight-up berry cider, leaving traditional beer purists searching for a more beer-like experience somewhat disappointed.

Similar Beers For those seeking alternatives, New Glarus fruit beers, particularly Serendipity, crafted with apples, cranberries, and cherries, come to mind.

In a craft beer scene teeming with innovation, Rhinegeist’s Slangria makes a bold statement by blurring the lines between beer and fruit cider, offering a refreshing take on the fruit beer category. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you’re a purist, but it undeniably carves out a unique niche for itself.