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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 161
Gots: 249 | FT: 28
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

2010 version, reddish colour and a small head very gorgeous. Funky aroma. Bold tastes, lots of vinegar with the raspberry. Brett made for a balance. Would it mellow if older, or was it not as well put together, I shall find out from 2009 edition. Decent drinkability for sourheads.

Sammy, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Wow, this is an intense beer. Got this one from RblWthACoz along with a bottle of Cuvee De Castleton. Very generous trader.

Pours very red, clear at first and then the junk starts coming out of the bottle. Looks very kriek-ish. Produces some head but no retention.

Smells like funk, raspberries, touch of alcohol. Not much like a beer but very enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell but its heavy on the booze. Thats my one real complaint about this beer. Maybe what ever little malt is in there will mature and cover the abv in time. Also, theres a little bit of oak flavor, it may be contributing to the harshness of the alcohol bite (I'm thinking new oak).

Body is real thin but thats what a "lambic" is supposed to be, light and drinkable, except that this one will kick your ass.

Drinkable but be careful.

Speaking of special releases, why is it that Captain Lawrence and Weyerbacher can release quality rare beers for $13/750 ml bottle and we're paying in $30 for Isabelle or $15 for a 375 ml of Beatification out here in Ca? I think I'm getting my beers from the east coast from now on.

t0rin0, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but super sour and acidic.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.42/5  rDev -40.4%

Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this with us at the Splinter Black release. Served in a Savor snifter.

Pours a reddish color with a bit of rust. Zero head, zero lacing, and zero carbonation...well not quite the last one, but pretty close. The nose is intensely sour with quite a bit of very strong lactic character and a mild amount of acetic acid. Some cherry presence lingering in the background. It's rough, but I enjoyed it.

The taste is a different story. This is over-the-top source and the slight fruit presence from the nose is completely gone. Instead, there is an incredible amount of pucker factor and a hefty dose of vinegar. After Alex shared that Santa Fe wild a few weeks back, I thought that I had reached a sour peak. Not necessarily so. I'll bump the mouthfeel for the fact that I somewhat enjoyed trying to choke this down before it melted my nearly-frozen insides on this frigid, frigid morning. Oh yeah, it's flat. Drinkability was not good. If not for the pure novelty of trying to drink something this sour, there's not really much to enjoy here.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, somewhat resembling watered down ruby red grapefruit juice. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tart raspberries are present in the nose; these smell a little like a raspberry sorbet.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging and faint hints of sourness. No sweetness or alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is a little tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well.

metter98, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.5%

2008 bottling, tasted 9/5/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet color with a bubbly head that fades quickly to a film, like a soda, without leaving much lace

Smell: A somewhat sour profile, with raspberry puree, oak and alcohol

Taste: Sweet raspberry puree, up front, which takes a decided turn to the sour side by mid-palate, though it remains quite sweet underneath; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds fruity complexity to the flavor profile, although the wild, funky side never really develops; woody flavors also persist in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: If you like your Wild Ales on the really sour side, the 2008 will disappoint (it appears the 2009 might be quite different in this aspect); nevertheless, this is a nice achievement for a brewery that frequently tries to push the boundaries

(Note: The 2010 is much more sour than the 2008. I never tasted the 2009, but Weyerbacher is clearly perfecting its technique.)

brentk56, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

Sun-fired salmon with apricot colored highlights and a fizzilicious crown of rose petal pink. Too bad the cap disappears rapidly and is depositing next to nothing on the sides of the glass. Possible culprits include the ABV, barrel aging and a lack of hop resins. Looks good immediately after the pour, however.

Brettanomyces funk, although it doesn't attack one's nose with ridiculous aggressiveness, is easily appreciated. Red raspberry puree... not so much. Still, the beer is tart fruity and smells like it will be a complex and delicious concoction. Here's hoping that slightly more than two years in the bottle have been kind.

Weyerbacher Riserva is interesting ale, and is different than anything in recent memory, because it combines high ABV power with sweetness, red raspberries, oak and funkitude. If, like me, you're a huge fan of that list, then pop the cork or trade for a bottle. This is a seasonal release, right?

The brewers did a wonderful job marrying the various flavor elements. No one ingredient overpowers any other, which is not an easy task when Brett is involved. Each sip delivers a river of raspberry jam, sugared oak staves, and a background barnyardiness that won't scare off those who fear the funk.

Even though the mouthfeel is thinnish and underinflated, the sugars add a slick quality that keeps beer in contact with taste buds for an extended period of time. Actually, the laid back bubbles make drinking this high-ABV beast easier, even if the sweetness means that sipping slowly is the way to go.

Kudos to Weyerbacher for bringing something new to the American wild ale table. Riserva is a hybrid fruit lambic and wild ale will probably give purists a stroke, but I'm fully onboard with their vision. If this isn't an annual release, it should be. Thanks onix1agr.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%

Bottle: Poured a dirty and cloudy reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of gross funky notes and lightly sweet and somewhat tart raspberry is pleasant but gets gross with the weird funky notes. Taste is also a strange mix between some nice tart raspberry notes with just enough sweetness too offset the acidity but the weird barnyard notes are not that pleasant. Body is quite full with limited filtration and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I very much anticipated tasting this one but must admit being disappointed after all.

Phyl21ca, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

vintage 09 bottle from notes

Full of haze and cloudiness the cherry color really just popped about as big as I could have imagined. Amazing head of nearly three fingers in height just rises up over the top of the glass,

. Deep, tart raspberries were so strong and prevelent it was almost unlike anything I have come across before. Huge aroma, lightly tart, but yet sweet with hints of like woody notes in the back that are all but buried by the huge fruit flavor. Simply amazing as it rolls across the tongue, smooth, even carbonation just a wonderfully rich fruit flavor that would not quit. Raspberry and cherry dominate here with a light tartness and sweetness that seem to be offset but a touch of spice. This was just dripping with ripe fruit flavors to the point That you had all you could do to not drink the entire thing in five minutes, Simply outstanding

overall easily the single best offering from weyerbacher i had ever had.

mikesgroove, May 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Texasfan549, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

kjkinsey, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. I've had this beer several times now, but never got around to reviewing it.

A: The pour is a bright pink-red color with almost no head, as far as I can tell.

S: Very tart, especially lactic acidity, on the nose. But, as usual with raspberries, there's a lot of acetic acid here too. The raspberry aroma is intense, as is the oak and grass/hay. Some obvious booze aromas are present on the back end.

T: Lots and lots of raspberry flavor, which is good. Pretty damn sour, especially from all the acetic acidity. There's a bit of oak and grass, but mostly just brutal sourness.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: This batch didn't seem to be quite as good as the previous ones, though that could be due to my increased experience with wild beers. Still enjoyable enough, though.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

ygtbsm94, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, rosy hued body with a modestly-sized, white head.

Smell: Riserva sits here, largely smelling of raspberries, though some small albeit aspiring notes of vague malts, basement mustiness, and spice are present.

Taste: Rolls relatively sweet along the tongue with an anticipated taste of pulverized raspberries including an easy-breezy tartness to it. Sensibly acidic. Slight spicy phenols work their way through the berries along with a touch of old, stale cinnamon and an underlying schadenfreudenistic band-aid hint. Drying, warming, raspberry-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Harbors a somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Overall: Some sweetness, some tartness, some berries. It's not quite as complex as others on the market, but it's still reasonably tasty.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%

Revised Review: After trying last years vintage (2011) I was floored by how much I enjoyed this beer. This beer was completely different than I remembered it. The aromas and the flavors were much more balanced. The beer felt more complete and had some nice complexity to it also. I'm hoping that the the future vintages will be this solid as well. Very good stuff!

Original Review: This beer is wild for sure. The color of the beer is a like a pinkish hue thats a bit cloudy sort of like a wine that had something else spilled into it. The sediment was unmistakable and the head disappeared within a few minutes after the pour. The aroma of this beer was of sweet and tart fermented raspberries and a bit of the wild yeast in there too. The taste is sour, makes me almost pucker. I sipped this one for quite some time. The mouthfeel is pretty light and a little on the flatter side. Glad I tried it, but it's a little too pricey to have again.

Knapp85, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks Mike for the 2010 bottle. Also thanks to Russ and Wil for samples of the 08-09 batches. This one seems a wee bit more sour...

Cork was a little stubborn, but eventually was extracted with a pop. No gushing, or any carbonation visible in the bottle. A splashy pour resulted in some larger bubbles and a fleeting head of foam that faded quickly to a cluster of larger bubbles on one side. Hazed pinkish orange coloration in the light, otherwise it's a dead sexy red.

Strong acetic raspberry aroma, god that's good. Pure unadulterated raspberry and oak. As it sits and warms up there's a fantastic raspberry cider vinegar element that becomes noticeable, as the label alludes to.

Truly puckering sourness. Pure juicy raspberry, dry woody spice, finishes dry after the initial pucker kicks the salivary glands into overdrive. Tannic with bitter raspberry seeds (long since dissolved in the barrel), it finishes nicely, aridly dry and oaky with lingering traces of fruit skins. Rustic and sharply sour, purposefully acetic and potentially an esophagus ripper. Double digit abv is masterfully hidden. Not for guzzling... or for the faint of heart. It comes with a warning sticker FFS...

emerge077, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.58/5  rDev -36.5%

Thanks for sharing this one, Barry.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear ruby red, completely still; not a trace of carbonation.

Smell: Ripe raspberries and somewhat harsh solventy alcohol. Pretty much completely lacking anything I'd consider wild or funky, this smells more like a boozy wine cooler. The fresh raspberry aroma is about all this has going for it; the base beer would be a trainwreck without it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry, slightly tannic and woody. Raspberry flavor is up front but neither sweet nor tart; it tastes oddly flat and lifeless. The lack of carbonation is puzzling as other reviews mention it being carbonated. $20 beers should not have quality control issues like this, as far as I'm concerned. The finish is solventy and somewhat harsh, though the alcohol is masked slightly by the fruit. Oddly one-dimensional; this beer needed a lot more time in the barrel, I think, as it has very little yeast character and any perceptible tartness seems to come more from the fruit. Not a terribly impressive beer on the whole, though I didn't mind drinking half a bottle.

largadeer, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale pink color with caramel highlights. It had a small, tan head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled of raspberry, sour notes and some vanilla.

T - It tasted of raspberry, some funk and mild oak/vanilla notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky ABV heat.

D - This is a really interesting beer. Thanks to drfabulous fro sharing.

zeff80, Feb 13, 2011
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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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