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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

851 Ratings
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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 164
Gots: 260 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 06-14-2008)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep red body with a little bit of a cream head. No retention at all. Just some bubbles popping at the surface. Lifeless shortly thereafter.

Smell - Strong raspberry. Mishmash of acidic flavors. Doesn't seem to be the cleanest of sours, but the raspberry flavor is nice. Slight funk to it, too.

Taste - Lots of tart raspberry. Another mishmash of sour flavors. A bit of mustiness and malt in the back as well as some raspberry sweetness. Strong oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. No booze, but lots of residual sugar. Medium carbonation despite its appearance.

Overall - Great fruit character but not without its flaws in the sour category. That said I've enjoyed my sizable pour of this.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

2008 bottle

Think oak barrels, Brettanomyces, red raspberry purée and over a year of aging.

Solid lacing, more than anticipated from a high-alcohol
Brett beer. Withered rose-red color with a shade of burgundy, good clarity as the sediment was left in the bottle. Mellow horse blanket, musty, minty and tart berry aroma. Very smooth and crisp from an active carbonation. Semi-slick mouthfeel. Fusel and a mild solvent alcoholic character lets us know right away that it has strength, with warmth and a peppery and tropical fruit mix. Phenols drop a blanket of herbal and minty flavors, maltiness is extremely dry with a light cracker-like flavor. Raspberry flavor is impressive, tart but balanced. Another breath of fusel alcohol in the semi-clean and lingering tart finish.

Fresh but not green at all, perfect to drink now, and we're sure several months, if not a year or so, would make things interesting. Weyerbacher is right on target with Riserva. Please, keep on experimenting, guys!

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on the recommendation of both bartenders at Always Ron's in hagerstown. They absolutely nailed it. I gave it a perfect taste, and perfect overall as I could not believe the ABV. Unbelievably drinkable for over 11%. Awesome, hope to buy again despite the cost.

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from DIM in the Rock Paper Scissors Championship. For anybody confused about this-DIM is the man. Thanks!!

A-Deep pink color bordering on reddish small white head
S-Rasberry primaty on the nose, but has mild brett rart smell
T-Mild sweet rasberry bit not overpowering or cloying, oak barrel, vanilla, maybe some booze flavor, a little bit of chocolate. This is amazingly complex.
M-Full to medium in mouth, and slightly creamy. Very nice
D-Not the biggest fan of rasberries but this was good and changed as it warmed. Very nice.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my alternative to champagne on New Years Eve. A good choice.
In a flute the beer was a red/orange color and was very still.
Aroma of cider vinegar and fruit.
Berry taste, cider vinegar.
Pleasantly sour and tart in the mouth. Alcohol not at all noticeable.
Nice beer, good change of pace.

Photo of thetommo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

2009 vintage. The beer pours a hazy red-brown color with a white head. It looks about like iced tea. The aroma is extremely tart raspberries. The flavor is more complex with raspberries and medium tartness. You also get some oak and vanilla. The beer has a decent amount of sourness, but it is not near as sour as the aroma leads you to believe it will be. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010
A: Amber-red and slightly murky. No head, as to be expected.

S: Raspberries, cider vinegar, oak and tons of funk.

T: Tart and acidic doesn't begin to describe this beer. Sharp tannins, sour raspberry funk and oak all combine to make this a delectable wild ale. There are some notes of vanilla and caramel in there. NOTE TO FIRST TIME DRINKERS OF THE Riserva '10: After the first pour, I immediately noticed a metallic taste on the finish. It turned me off at first, but I decided to let beer breath outside of the bottle for about 10 minutes, and that made a world of difference.

M: Tangy, acidic and full bodied. Tart and round. Big on the palate.

O: A great sour wild ale. If you can get this vintage, I recommend it. I've heard good things about the other vintages as well, but this wasn't too shabby.

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of boatshoes
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 750 of this from ATPete as an extra. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a pinkish-red out of the bottle with about a finger of fizzy white head. As per the style, the head died back very quickly and left little in the way of any lacing.

Smell- Smells heavily of raspberries with just a touch of oak and woodiness. Primary scent is of raspberry however and of a very good, fresh nature. Just a hint of funk and tartness as well.

Taste- Huge notes of fresh raspberry here again, with the woodiness figuring fairly prominently as well. Tastes a touch like raspberry seeds or cherry pits. On the sweeter side of sour with just a touch of mouthpuckering tartness. Not a whole lot in the way of funk coming through for me in the taste though. Two-dimensional at best but still fairly pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on for the style and drinkability is fairly high for me on this one despite the not too complex flavor. Goes down easy and tastes pretty fresh.

Overall, not the best wild I've ever had by any means but still fairly tasty and easy to drink. Probably won't wow you but it isn't terrible at all.

Photo of Mantooth
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of PatrickSullivan
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A: Cloudy and ruby red in color with a very faint amount of head that disappears as quick as it forms and no lacing to speak of.

S: Wow. If the warning sign wasn't foreboding about how sour this was going to be, the nose would definitely be telling. Lots of tart raspberry with a good amount of vinegar folded in. There is some oak and funk playing around in there as well.

T: So the warning sticker and the aroma have both warned me. Yeah, it's sour. It's really sour. Lots of raspberry tartness with a very good amount of acidity. Definitely getting a good amount of cider vinegar flavor. But there's also a sweetness in there that takes some of the edge off. Some nice funk notes in here and a tiny bit of oak. But overall, it's sour. Wonderfully sour.

M: Very acidic and mouth puckering. Barely any carbonation, which doesn't hurt this at all. Nice and dry finish. Catch a trace of alcohol burn, surprisingly small for the big 11.4%.

O: I'm a fan of sour stuff and I'm not sure it gets more sour than this. But it was a very good kind of sour. I really enjoyed this Weyerbacher offering.

Photo of danpam1024
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my personal opinion and may not be a fair reflection of what may be in fact a great "American Wild Ale". However, through this sampling I've discovered I'm not a fan of sour or high carbonation ales. Loved the smell though...

Others may rate this much higher if this type of beer is up their alley. Unfortunately, this style was overpowering and just not for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While listening to the Eels new album Hombre Lobo aka Wolfman. Appears a tarnished pink ruby hue over a musky amber brown background, the head is light colored white with a pink overcast. Fine speckled lacing coats my tulip chalice, oh so nicely. If you decide to pour the sediment into your glass, you'll be greeted by liquid apple butter but a few shades lighter with a khaki tint. Even the head turns a light beige brown.

Aroma carries well with strong tart vinous layers of raspberry and mild vinegarette dressing, it opens up like a dry cider with additions of ripened raspberry preserves. Leathery oily components come through as well with wild barnyard funkiness from the brettanomyces. Layered complexities arise while continuing to sniff this brew which excites your brain of the possibilities that the flavor has to offer. Oak barrel aging effects complement the hell out of this beer with the funky brett and tart fruit combos, I'm loving the experience so far.

Flavor initially strikes with a sharp layer of acidity and tart raspberry sweetness, with loads of extracurricular activity of flavor profiles joining the mix. Including the funk from the wild yeast additions, and I don't believe this alcohol content. There is no way this is nearing twelve percent alcohol by volume, or it the acidic nature outweighing the booze. I warn you it may induce cravings for proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Protonix after a few glasses but it's well worth it. Strong tree bark oak with a charred after taste hit along with the brett and acidic tart green apple and raspberry combo, what a quality level of complexity.

Mouthfeel has been effervescent and prickly with acidity throughout the drinking experience, which carries the palate with each sip. Sweetness and bitterness collided with the yin and yang of raspberry sugar content and the resins from the oak barrel aging. Keep it up Weyerbacher bring the funk like no other, out of the American versions of sour ales or fruit infused lambics this has been the most outward mouth puckering version I've come across and I love sour ales.

Drinkability is incredible for the alcohol and pure level of acidity that most beer drinkers aren't used to, but I enjoyed every sip. This is one of the beers I received at great discount on my birthday weekend. This stuff is pricey if you can even find it, the first time I had come across any of it was 22 bucks a bottle. I got mine around fifteen and that is well worth it. Overall excellent up there with the best of this style adventurous and extreme much like most of the works of Dan Weirback, again I hale from Weirton, West Virginia so I enjoy a good Weyerbacher every now and again. As I finished listening the album Hombre Lobo, it finished with "Ordinary Man" with a quote from the song "I am no Ordinary Man" that goes for any beer drinker who enjoys the works of Dan and company out of Easton, PA. Not for the mainstream but excellent craftsmanship to be enjoyed by those that appreciate the art of brewing.

My overall review one line review would be..."There's more b vitamins than a flinstone chewable."

Photo of mahak213
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into a HF stem-

Appearance- Clear, deep, dark red with an ever so slightly pink head that fizzles away quickly to a thin ring

Smell- Smells great. Sweet raspberries are very prevalent on the nose, with a nice funkiness behind that. Not too complex, but pretty solid

Taste- Starts off nicely with sweet and sour raspberries, but then things go downhill. Sweet raspberries move on to a very detracting medicinal flavor and then finishes with a big alcohol bite that's just out of place

Mouthfeel- Light and fizzy body that leaves a slightly sticky coating

Overall- Way to medicinal and just doesn't work well at all. Pretty disappointed with this one.

Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.