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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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837 Ratings

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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 163
Gots: 259 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

wethorseblanket, Apr 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

superspak, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of brystmar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.

Murky red-brown pour with ruby hues. White head briefly leaves mild lacing.

Strong raspberry aroma right off the bat. Some booze and a touch medicinal, but mostly raspberries. Taste follows suit: nice and tart up front, fruity middle, oak as it descends. Oak barrels impart some bitterness after swallowing.

After having so many top notch sours lately, this previous favorite of mine simply cannot compare. Regardless, this is a solid American sour beer.

brystmar, Apr 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

hoppymcgee, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of yankeefan287
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

yankeefan287, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

stevec32, Apr 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation in this one... cork came out with some force behind it

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a decent fizzy white head that disappears leaving little lacing. Beer is cloudy with a reddish tint

S- Has a nice aroma... sweet cherries with some funky tart backbone

T- Starts out with a subtle sweetness that is quickly taken over a sour funky notes and boozy heat

M- Light bodied with light carbonation

O- Doesn't compare to the Rapture IMO, but a decent attempt at a Wild Ale. I wish I had a second bottle to cellar for a few years as I think some age would do this brew wonders


bbeane, Apr 15, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Newest vintage...2011 I believe. Pours a very murky amber color with a slight hue of pinkish red. Medium white head that disappears very quickly. Not the prettiest beer, that's for sure. Scent is..Wow...strong raspberry puree/jam aroma. Lovely, tart berry aroma with some sweet cherry scents as well. Slightly medicinal. Taste is initially tart berries...raspberries and strawberries. Some definite alcohol presence. Some maltiness as well. Slight cherry cough-syrup flavor lingers on the back of the tongue. Not nearly as sour as I was expecting. Slightly warming alcohol burn in the throat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fizzy, and warming. Drinkability is fair. Overall, not the best wild ale...I would say this is more of a fruit beer with the lack of sourness and heavy fruit profile. By no means is this a bad beer, but it is very interesting. Would have loved to see more pucker to this and less booziness/medicinal flavors.

DovaliHops, Apr 12, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

fpreh1957, Apr 07, 2012
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MITCHELLMPLS, Apr 05, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass at cellar temperature.

L - Cloudy amber-brown color with a 2 finger pinkish-white head that dissipates rapidly. A few noticeable carbonation bubbles (hard to see with the haze) and alright lacing.

S - Raspberry, grape, and cherry aromas with definite vinegar acidity. I get some oak notes, as well. One unpleasant smell that I get is an astringent rubbing alcohol aroma. I don’t know if it’s the booze mixing with other aromas like vinegar, oak, and fruit, but it is slightly off-putting.

T - Sweet raspberry and other berry flavors followed by sharp vinegar acidity and sourness. The funk from the oak barrel and the possible Brettanomyces shows up at the end. Thankfully, that rubbing alcohol smell doesn’t show up in the taste.

F - Medium-bodied, good tingling carbonation sensation, and a biting, almost harsh, dry, sour finish. Definite warming sensation from the alcohol.

O - This is a nice drinkable beer for the style and for the alcohol content. It’s got a nice balance of sweet and sour but still plenty mouth-puckering tartness for those sour-heads out there. A couple of downsides are the slight rubbing alcohol aroma and the very sharp finish. However, if you can get past those, this is a pretty good sour.

BlackBelt5112203, Apr 05, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2012

Strawberry-brown with a creamy white head. Big aromas of raspberry, oak, and red wine vinegar. Taste is similarly tart, basically raspberry vinegar, sweet and sour at the same time. Medium-thin mouthfeel, fairly crisp and drying. Not my favorite brew of the day, just not much going on other then raspberry and vinegar.

jsanford, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

cosmonick, Mar 27, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Jon for the hook up.

A: Super hazy brownish gold color. Aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger white head that sticks around for a few minutes before fading to a slight ring. Lacing is spotty yet present. Appearance is probably the weakest point to this beer.

S: Funk - in a clean way, not barnyard but the epitome of sour. Lots of raspberries, yeast and some malt presence. Really nice smelling beer...complex, yet simple.

T: Follows the nose but the fruit stands out way more in the flavor than the nose. Bready yeast and slight malt profile blend in to make one of the best tasting sours I've had yet.

M: Perfectly carbonated sour. Crisp, dry finish, wonderful feel.

O: Fantastic beer. The best of the best in the class of sours. Really surprised at how good this one is. Bravo, Weyerbacher, bravo.

suspect, Mar 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

GoGators, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

mattop, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bockerdoppel91, Mar 13, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color with about an inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like raspberries and raspberry jam, apple cider vinegar, sour fruit, oak, and some funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the sour and earthy flavors are stronger than the sweet ones, not that I'm complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew and definitely worth trying. $18.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Mar 10, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought this for my brother-in-law to try. We both were a bit surprised. This is review is from notes I took last weekend on the 2010 edition.

A: No head and dead still! The color is brown with a slight lavender hue in the light and cloudy.

S: Cherries and raspberries. Vinegar, alcohol and something that reminds me a sweet fruity BBQ sauce.

T: Tart! Sour! I get a pickled beets sense, but the raspberry is apparent. There is also sour apple and some funk. The oak comes through and the alcohol lights it up.

M: Very low carbonation, heavy body, and a super sour sour.

KMcG, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KnightRider, Mar 07, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL. corked and caged bottle (2011 Vintage) into a tulip glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that slowly dissipates after a few minutes to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a very cloudy pinkish brown with traces of rose when held to light. Some decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

This nose is sweet, tart, and really funky. Aromas of rotting raspberries, mildew, and sour milk combine perfectly. Typically, one would not find any of the aforementioned aromas appealing. However, they really seem to work in this beer.

Each sip starts with flavors of raspberry and strawberry preserves and rhubarb. These flavors really come out in superb clarity. Swallowing this beer unleashes a strong and sweet pure raspberry flavor, which is met within seconds by a dry, funky sourness. A slight alcohol heat builds in the back of the throat, which honestly seems to clash with the awesome sourness.

Medium to full bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is remarkably smooth. The body is thick but silky, like melted chocolate. The carbonation is fizzy but only seems to be a help.

output01x, Mar 07, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.4oz from Tully's, Wells, ME. 2010 edition.

Looks like a port-aged bourbon. No head whatsoever. Clear.

Nose of lactic acid. Cherries. Red wine vinegar. Like a crisper and lighter Mad Elf.

Taste is all acid, a strong, mouth-watering stinging wild bite. This is nice. The sweetness is well balanced and the rest of the flavor profile crisp and relatively light. Cherry tones but little malts. No alcohol flavor, really. Not sure if I believe the listed ABV.

Mouthfeel is just right. Very drinkable if you can keep up with the acid.

bminor7, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Dweedlebug, Mar 04, 2012
Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.