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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 171
Gots: 263 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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 TheRuss9585
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

Photo of AwYeh
2.85/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of MASPuros
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChadQuest
1.48/5  rDev -63.6%
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.

Photo of Mag00n
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jbaker67
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of billab914
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011: $15

A: Pours out a very pretty clear red color with about a finger of white head. The bubbles racing from the bottom of the bottle hold a thin ring of head at the top that doesn't lace all that well. Luckily I was able to avoid pouring the crazy amount of yeast that had collected at the bottom of the bottle. 4.5

S: Big hit of sweet raspberries and really tart, sour oakiness. I was actually pretty shocked to see how high the ABV was, and it is extremely apparent here. It smells delicious, but I am docking it a little because it hints towards disjointed instead of balanced. 4

T: I believe that having an American Wild Ale that is this tart, yet paired with so much booze is a first for me. It starts off very tartly acidic, and evolves into sweet raspberry puree, before being taken over by hints of oak and a boozy finish. The tastes develop very well on my tongue and leave me wanting more after every sip. It's a good thing the raspberry is so sweet, otherwise the beer would be too tart and boozy. 4

MF: Medium to heavy body for an American Wild Ale with a nice amount of carbonation. I'm going back and forth on how drinkable this is. The tartness, sweetness, and booziness does get to you after a while, but it's just really tasty. 4

O: This is a great beer. I really like what they're doing here, and am excited to see how it ages. 4.5

2010: $24

A: The pour is different from the 2011. The carbonation is much lower than normal. Absolutely no head, but still a nice ruby red pour that seems to be a bit more hazy than 2011. 4

S: This aroma is much better balanced than the 2011 was. The alcohol has taken a big step back, with the sour and tart characteristics taking over. The sweet raspberry puree hides in the background, but is stronger than the booze notes. Oak and sour dominated, I much prefer this vintage's aroma. 4.5

T: The variation in tastes between the 2010 and 2011 is absurd, it's like they're different beers! The oak has stepped up its game, with the alcohol mellowing extremely nicely, making the beer more balance.. The raspberry puree lends a very nice amount of sweetness to the tartness (which I don't think is too aggressive. I was expecting an enamel ripper from what the sticker said). Instead of developing on the tongue, this taste is more consistant, which is good and bad. The palate is just bombarded by oak, sour, and raspberries...and I just happen to love it. By the time I reached the bottom of the second glass, however, the sour had taken over-defining enamel ripper. The aftertaste, however can border on unpleasant at times. It's a bit musty and almost seems to come from "extra" fruit. 4.5

MF: The body on this vintage is more thin and much less carbonated than the fresh vintage. I can't say, however, that it hurts the drinkability. I really found the thin, undercarbonated body matched the other characteristics of the beer really well. 4

O: It is actually really difficult to compare these two. My recommendation would be to buy a bottle of this year's and see what happens. 4.5

2009: $26

A: Very clear ruby red pour with an initial head of about two fingers and white in color. The head is nothing more than a few bubbles, and recedes into the beer quickly. I will say that a ton of bubbles are racing up through this beer, which I was not expecting. As before, just a ton of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. You have to make sure you dump the last inch or so of liquid. 4.5

S: This is more a return to the 2011 vintage than the 2010 vintage in terms of aroma. A really nice amount of raspberries really take the forefront, with oak, some booze, and some tartness playing along. I certainly wouldn't refer to it as boozy, but it certainly has mellowed over the last 3 years or so. It's wonderful blend of sweet fruit and sour tartness. 4.5

T: Yet again, a new take on the taste for this beer. I can't really say I expected three years of vintages to have such different flavor profiles. Again, the 2009 vintage harkens back to the 2011. The beer certainly doesn't seem as disjointed as the fresh vintage was, but I can't say the flavors are better overall, they're just not as strong. The taste starts right off the bat with sweet raspberry and is taken over quickly by a nice tart character. There's an underlying oakiness, but nothing assertive. I'm shocked that there's hardly any booze in the taste at all. It's more balanced and mellowed, but less impressive. 4

MF: Lighter body than the others with a medium level of carbonation (much more than 2010). It's really drinkable. The lack of booze really makes this quite an easy drinking beer. Really dry finish, the sour character completely coats the mouth. 4.5

O: I believe the 2009 might have scored the highest, but they all had their high points. They were such different beers, this had to be one of the most eye opening cellar tastings I've done. I absolutely recommend you buy this, drink it fresh, and age it. 4.5

Photo of Jparkanzky
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BostonHops
2.43/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter glass.

2010 vintage.

pours a murky, rusty cranberry tone yielding no head whatsoever. hmm... sticker on the bottle warns this batch is very different from prior years. so it seems.

appealing, bold nose smacks of rasberries and apple cider. big tart/sour presence through and through. my hopes are buoyed. but whoa... taste, unfortunately, takes my suddenly lofty expectations and does an about-face, pile-driving them into the frozen dirt outside. rasberries out in front quickly become engulfed in a tidal wave of cloying sourness, drowning my palate with such mouth-puckering acidity i wonder if it will ever un-pucker. way overdone. also on the boozy side.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with very low carbonation, makes it tough(er) to drink. disappointing. i really wanted to like this beer, especially paying almost $19 for the bottle. alas, it's simply not for me.

originally reviewed: 12-29-2010

Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Littleb for hooking this one up a while back. enjoyed from a cantillion zwanze day glass.

2010 vintage

a - de-caged and de-corked with hardly a pop (expected based on the sticker on the bottle). the brew poured an effervescent champagne looking pinkish red almost brownish orange too with essentially no head but some soft tiny bubbles.

s - smells super tart of raspberry and oak. really nice, but very vinegary.

t - WHOA THAT'S GOOD SQUISHY!!! talk about super sour and super tart, but super delicious. HUGE vinegar and raspberries. tart, but digestible. some oak is present, but this bad boy is SOUR.

m - very light carbonation (as expected), medium bodied and very juice like. doesn't really feel like a beer and with all that tartness there is no way you detect the huge ABV.

o - i would DEFINITELY have this beer again. the sourness is huge and it works. would love to try a different vintage, but wouldn't mind revisiting this one again. if you are a fan of sour beers, this is a MUST try. the low carbonation would normally hurt this beer, but the tartness is just that good.

Photo of leschkie
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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