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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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315 Reviews

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Reviews: 315
Hads: 964
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 187
Gots: 291 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-14-2008

Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.
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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjw52 for hooking me up with this one in a trade eons ago.

Poured from a 750mL bottle (2011 batch) into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky garnet color that is closer to brown. A thin, white head sits on top and stays there throughout. There are small bubble streams of carbonation giving it a not-so-still appearance.

S: The raspberries have held up superbly. There is a tartness that stings the senses. A significant boozy aspect comes through at the end.

T: Nearly identical to the aroma with tart raspberries and an ample boozy finish. The "funkiness" is more noticeable in the taste than the aroma, giving the beer that lovely wild ale characteristic.

M: Medium to light bodied, a slight alcoholic burning finish, but overall pretty easy to drink. Moderate carbonation tingles the palate and allows the tartness to have a lingering effect.

O: While this beer may not be in the upper echelon of wild ales, it is quite tasty and incredibly easy to drink for such a high ABV. Count this one as another offering from Weyerbacher that has impressed me.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage Pours deep pink with a small bone white head. Smells like chambord raspberry liquor with a slight bit of funk. Taste is dominated by fresh tasting raspberry with a slight tartness, not super sour with a little bit of the barrel..reminds me a lot of blushing monk. Carbonation is on the higher side with light body. I have no idea why I passed on this bottle so many times..so glad I pulled the trigger and bought one.

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Photo of Etan
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a nice red-tinged white head.

S: Raspberries and musty lacto dominate the nose. The raspberry aroma is acidic and not very sweet.

T: Taste brings tart raspberry skin, some mildly earthy yeast and plenty of lactic acid. The only expression of the alcohol is some pleasant warmth in the throat.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A tasty but very simple raspberry wild.

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Photo of mahak213
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of danpam1024
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Bright ruby red color. Slightly hazy with lots of visible carbonation. A slightly aggressive pour yielded about a finger of a slightly off white/pinkish head that dissipated almost instantly to a thin collar.

Smell: Sour cherries, raspberries, lemon, a surprising amount of funk, oak. Smells really sour!

Taste: Not as sour as the aroma would have you think. The sourness is still on the high side, but not mouth puckeringly so. As for the flavors, I'm getting raspberry, stone fruits, lactic notes, green apple, and some light funk

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower end of medium. Nice lingering sour finish. If this is 11.4% abv, you don't taste it.

Overall: Excellent american sour. I can't believe this just sits on shelves in some places. It doesn't get the hype that some of the more popular popular sours get, but it's nearly every bit as good.

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Photo of gr0g
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 version. Hazy, reddish-amber in color. The two-finger head has a pink hue and lasts for a bit, but then fades without a trace. On the nose there's a great blend of fruit and wild ale funk. Ripe raspberry jam at the forefront. Some dank and musty cellar notes. After a bit, a tannic and woody character emerges. Great aromatic complexity.

Flavor is tart, with a good amount of raspberry fruit character to stand up to it. I can't believe that this is around 11% ABV -- it doesn't seem like it could be anywhere near that on the palate. Pleasant oaky smoothness in both the flavor and texture.

Pricey but worth the money. The great balance between fruit and funk is right up my alley, and it isn't at all boozy given the high ABV. Along with Insanity, this is the best I've had from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of match1112
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

pours a beautiful raspberry puree color. with no back lighting the body still captures all the light in the room and has a brightness to it. thin off white head settles just as quickly as it rises.

nose is very big yet simple. nothing but freshly crushed raspberries.

taste is more like juice and vodka than a beer. tasty yet simple.

mouthfeel is very wine like, cheap syrupy wine. little burn in the back of the throat from the alochol.

gets better as it warms. i would of been better off waiting till i had someone to share with. not that it's bad, it's just a little too much for me. hopefully it keeps for a day in the fridge.

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Photo of shigg85
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle somewhere in Pennsylvania with no label on it because Weyerbacher labels are cheap and fall off. An amazingly beautiful wild ale with some kind of CRAZY funk smell that i'm not sure I enjoy, but is definitely interesting to postulate about. Wonderful sour raspberry flavor and a strong alcohol presence. Overall, a great wild ale, but that smell is something to reckon with. Try it only if you can truly handle wild ales!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle won at a Monk's raffle
2010 vintage, consumed Dec. 2012.

Poured a ruby-mahogany color, clear at first, hazier as it got closer to that huge trub layer on the bottom of the bottle. A few stray bubbles formed on the pour, but there was no real head to speak of. Aroma loaded with raspberry and funky grass. Blast of raspberry up front in the taste, very sour, with a saliva-inducing acetic acid sensation, though lacking any pulverizing vinegar flavor, underlying berry and malt sweetness, oak and earth mid- to end-palate, with a slight, subtle grassiness in there that is mostly overwhelmed by the tartness of the raspberries. Kind of hard to believe that this had been mellowing out for two years, because it still packed a mean punch. Contrary to some other reviews of this, I can't really say anything bad about the beer...I thought it was great. Medium body, low carbonation, lacking a bit in crispness, but nonetheless, a great sour beer overall. I guess the ABV at 8-10%, and apparently I was wrong.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Deep maroon in color and quite murky with some visible sediment. Even a vigorous pour musters only the faintest whisper of head, leaving minimal lacing.

A nice mix of raspberries and cherries in the nose. A little bit of red wine vinegar, some oak and funk. No trace of alcohol, surprisingly, despite the high ABV.

Taste is all raspberry jam up front and very sour with a nice level of doughy sweetness muted just enough to keep it out of sweet tart candy territory. Gets a little musty in the finish and even faintly metallic, which bothered me at first, but I grew to like it. Again, the alcohol is incredibly well-masked.

Mouthfeel is fuller-bodied and a bit less carbonated than other sours I’ve had. Not a bad thing…seems to suit this one.

Very interesting and delicious. It really grew on me the more time I spent with it. Kinda reminded me of a raspberry kolacki, only sour.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.04/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Vintage 2010

Pours murky amber with just a thin ring of head from a vigorous pour. No retention or lacing.

Aroma features nail polish remover with some slight raspberry and oak undertones. Smells like pure acetone.

Flavor unfortunately is similar. This beer tastes almost exactly like when I got curious and took a sip of my roselare starter. Acetone overpowers any other flavors in this although if I try hard, I can find the raspberry hidden under the pure vinegar. Also finishes with a weird metallic aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. I would not have guessed this ABV. Dry and oaky finish.

This was a disaster. Not sure if it's the age or if this is just a bad beer, but as someone who usually loves extreme sour and puts vinegar on pretty much everything, it's too much for me. A big disappointment considering how much I love Rapture as well.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 (IE, the really really sour one) vintage

A- pours a murky reddish brown with no head at all, and the uncorking had a minimal pop. At least the warning label says "this isn't carbonated well". I'll give them credit for that at least

S- tons of raspberry coming through, and the sourness actually burns my nostrils a little bit. Never had that happen before...

T- the sourness almost burns my throat, it's that intense. Tons of raspberry coming through. But my god, the sour...it almost doesn't taste natural

M- thin bodied, as expected

O- I mean....Weyerbacher did throw a label on this saying it was more tart than ever. The acidity is off the charts. It's not an overly pleasurable experience though, because the beer comes off as very one-dimenstional. A disappointment.

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Photo of AwYeh
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 bottling poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a very foggy dark pink color; appears very creamy and viscous with a thin white coating of head topping off the glass. Some sediment sinks to the bottom of my glass while what appear to be raspberry seeds float atop it.

S: A big, rich, overripe raspberry smell controls things here- it's very intense. Fermented fruit provides a damp mustiness, while yeast and oak round the smell out.

T: Raspberry flavors- both sour and sweet- are most noticeable here, with the flavor becoming more tangy on the beer's finish. Oak and a light vanilla complement the sweet berry flavors. The aforementioned mustiness and a considerable dose of alcohol strengthen as the beer warms, and unfortunately along with them comes a metallic flavor which dominates the beer's flavor at the end of the glass. My opinion of the taste really changed over the course of my serving, unfortunately going downhill near the end.

M: Medium to thick body, with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

O: Riserva is a strange and interesting beer; while I prefer most of the other sours I've had to date, it was a good experience to try such a big one, in terms of ABV and body. It's considerably less sour than most other wild ales (or lambics, geuezes, etc.), and unfortunately the metallic flavor put a damper on my enjoyment of it.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most difficult beer to open in the entire world. A huge thanks to Aw Yeh for splitting this me.

Appearance - Lots of raspberry seeds floating around. A deliciously tart and acidic looking beer. A nice white and foamy ring around the beer, though there was really no head on the pour and obviously no retention. A bit of caramel-brown hue behind all of the red berries.

Smell - Smells lightly sour, but not overpowering. Tart raspberries. The berries are really overpowering here. Lots of wild yeast.

Taste - Definitely a complex taste that I was not expecting. This beer packs a huge punch with its 11.4 percent ABV. A huge alcoholic backing full of wild yeast and earthy notes on top of a delicious sour balloon of raspberry puree. A nice lemony punch behind the whole thing. Complex.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A nice smooth, yet tart, burn throughout the entire body. The wild yeast is intense and gripping. The ABV is very well balanced, though. Gets a little metallic after a few drinks.

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Photo of ChadQuest
1.47/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2010 bottle i believe.

I think this beer was aged in many small acetone cans. You can not convince me otherwise.
Redish brown color and no head, this thing was decapitated.
The nose is like acetone, just cuts the fruit apart. Bleh.
The raspberries are hard to find under the nail polish mess, some oak, it is sour and acidic, but still a terrible beer.

Run away.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer shared by ahalloin. Had this many times finally reviewing it. 2010 vintage tried tonight.

Pours a beautiful dark red hue with vrynlittl head or lacing, a pretty look for a wild. The smell is very sour, though there isn't much else other than soured berries, I limit much though. The taste is very tart but it has a nice balance with lots of tart berries, lots of layers of flavor for a wild of this abv. Nice raspberries and blackberries in the tast. The feel is acidic but also bry flavorful and deep, lasting very long on the palate.

Great sour overall, awesome.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unclear orange/pinkish with no head and no lacing. Aroma is mostly of fresh raspberries with acetic notes, oak, brettanomyces and light earthy notes. Taste is slightly sweet with fresh raspberries, moderate tartness, acetic notes, wood, earthy notes and light funk. Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden; it’s drinking like a 5-6% abv raspberry beer. Dry mouthfeel. Almost winey at times. Low to moderate carbonation. Medium body. A really good raspberry Sour Ale. Complex and really enjoyable.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml of the 2010 vintage... Poured into a diver glass

A: pours a murky raspberry red color, with absolutely no head and no lacing, although the label warned the carbonation levels ate low due to this batches high acidity.

S: I get a ton of raspberry aroma, I could smell it wafting out of the glasses after I poured them before I even rose the glass to my nose. When I due get the the glass to my nose I smell a ton of tart fresh raspberry with a hint of cherry skin, a bit of oak, there is a bi of raspberry sweetness in there as well along with the tartness.

T: they weren't kidding when they said this was very sour, damn, loads of raspberry flavor up front ending with a Puckering sour blast and some woody oak notes, cherry skin notes and oak tannins are also very prevelant in the taste profile. I can't get over how sour this is, I also get a faint touch of vinegar on the end along with a mild sweetness.

M: medium bodied, with a juicy lush mouthfeel, and a Pickering sour/dry finish.... Leaves me actually puckering my mouth.... The carbonation is low, as it said it would be on the warning sticker.

O: this is one of the sourest sour beers I've had to date, if your in the mood for some really mouth puckering raspberry sour deliciousness, give this bad boy a whirl, I'm still puckering.

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Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

Pours blood orange with a lightly pink thick sheet. Smells of sour raspberries, some oak, graham and lacto. Flavor is sour with a slight sharp sweetness and a nice grain feeling. There are some vitamin flavors as well. I like the flavor of this one. Medium bodied with plenty of carb and an off dry finish. This beer is a surprise for me - I'm not a weyerbacher fan, but this vintage of this beer is good. I've got a "flat" 2010 in the cellar still, and hopefully it's nice, but this one was quite enjoyable. 3.5/4/4/3.5/4

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Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. The color reminded me of cherry juice a little, almost like a dull ruby color. Just a trace amount of white lacing circled the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a pretty good mix of sour, tart flavors and sweet fruity ones. I get more of a sour cherry flavor to it at first, but the sweeter raspberries did come out soon after. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste also blends the sweeter fruitiness with a pretty bold sourness. The sweeter raspberry and cherry flavors come out more up front, but it quickly starts to take a sharp turn towards the sour side in the finish. The finish is very tart, sour and dry with a little of the oak barrel coming out as well. The fruit flavors are very good in it, I got a lot of cherry flavors out of it which I really enjoyed. A little sharp and acidic at times, but pretty nice overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being on the lower end. Overall it was a pretty solid American Wild. It was very tart and sour with some really nice fruit flavors. I do think it lacks some of the depth and complexity of the Belgian versions, but for an American version it was pretty good overall.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Riserva

LOOK: Pours a stunning reddish mahogany. Decent clarity with a chill haze. There is some yeast/berry sediment, most of which, I reserved.

SMELL: Aroma of sour raspberries, barnyard funk and Belgian yeast. There is a lemony element as well as a touch of red wine vinegar.

TASTE: In the taste, tart raspberry purée with some complex flavor and acidity. Barrel aged oaky notes and a hint of booze. Fair amounts of bitterness, tannins, vinegar and lactic notes make for an extreme flavor profile. Raspberry and dark cherry flavor lingers into the slightly sour finish.

FEEL: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated with a dryer finish.

OVERALL: I was not disappointed with the elusive Riserva. This is a big intense wild ale that has become highly sought after. The flavors make this offering worthy of such praise. Can stand up to any strong flavored cheese its paired with.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage purchased from Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME. Review from notes.

A: Depending on the level of sediment, the beer was either a clear dark purple or a cloudy lighter purple/brown color. No real head or lacing.

S: Very acidic with some nice tartness. There is some raspberry, oak, a little vanilla, and a little vinegar.

T: Similar to the aroma with a nice tart/sour quality. More raspberry and a little strawberry with a little wood.

M: Medium bodied, on the sour/acetic side of the spectrum. Not everyone I shared it with was a fan, but I enjoyed it a great bit.

O: A nice American Wild Ale, glad I was able to grab two bottles of this.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.