The trend of beers that don’t taste like beer continues with Rhinegeist Brewery’s Bubbles, a tart rosé ale brewed with apples, peach, and cranberry. Considered a fruit ale, Bubbles began as an experimental release for the Cincinnati brewery, but it quickly climbed in popularity to become a seasonal staple. In 2018, the beer made up nearly 20 percent of Rhinegeist’s sales.
Appearance and Aroma
Bubbles’ can design is fun, modern, and playful all wrapped in a bright magenta backdrop. The apple-like skull on the front is a fun play on the brewery’s standard logo. The beer pours a vivid ruby red color with crystal clarity. An off-white foam is present briefly after pouring but dissipates quickly, leaving an almost still-looking beverage. Swirling the liquid in my glass kicks up the effervescence again and brings forth strong aromas of green apple, peaches, and berry.
Bubbles is the perfect combination of fruity sweetness and zest pulled together with a crisp ending on the palate.”
Taking my first sip, I’d swear this beer was actually a semi-sweet cider if the label didn’t say “Rosé Ale.” The way Bubbles tastes and drinks is just so… well, cider-like. It’s light, energizing, fruit-forward, and bursting with strong, yet tart flavors of apple, cranberry, pomegranate, and stone fruit. The finish is bone-dry. Altogether, it’s the perfect combination of fruity sweetness and zest pulled together with a crisp ending on the palate.
So, is Rhinegeist’s Bubbles a cider or beer? The branding says one thing, my palate another. Honestly, though, I don’t really think it matters. It’s delicious, refreshing, and fun, and, if it was available more readily in my neck of the woods, it’d be one of my regular summer sippers. It’s easy to see why it’s become so popular for the brewery in such a short time.