Riserva
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #531
ABV:
11.4%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,115
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 13.17%
Reviews:
345
Ratings:
709
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 03, 2022
Added:
Jun 14, 2008
Wants:
  190
Gots:
  294
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.
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Reviewed by 86sportster883 from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is my last bottle of the 2014.2 version of this beer. At 8yrs. old, you never know what your going to get, but this one held up nicely in its corked & caged 750 ml bottle. Just a slight pop on removing the cork gives me comfort that the beer has endured. A slow careful pour into stemless tulip produces a short-lived thin white head while keeping the majority of the bottle sediment out of my glass. A residual white collar of tiny bubbles sits atop a slightly hazy (could be chill haze) and beautiful reddish dark amber brown. The smell has big sweet raspberry notes atop a sour,funky, leathery base. I am not surprised by the very tart, sour, mildly acidic and raspberry flavors that dominate this beer. Even once my palate adjusted, I was still only able to drink this beer in sips. As it warms and opens up, the tartness becomes more balanced by a drying and slightly fizzy finish. This beer could serve as the perfect tart palate cleanser or beside a pot of steamed mussels. The mouthfeel is almost light and really enhances the beer’s drinkability, but this is not a beer that is going to convert any sour beer haters. Recommend splitting a 750ml bottle four ways during a light appetizer or between a salad and your main meal.
Apr 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 13, 2021
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Rated by GOBLIN from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not worth the cost
Spent $20 on the bottle ... not bad but should've passed
Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Aug 20, 2020
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Reviewed by jettjon from Florida

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
From a bomber with no visible date into a Perfect Pint glass, it’s a translucent black cherry color with a small amount of precipitating carbonation beneath a non-existent head. Nose is strongly sour with hints of alcohol. Taste of very sour sweet tarts, I mean holy sour bomb. It just dominates the palate. Raspberry is discernible but it’s overwhelmed in sourness. A bit dry on the finish with more sourness like lemon rind. Mouthfeel is good, a bit bubblier than evinced by the carbonation, and nicely quenching. Overall: OK, perhaps this is heresy but I don’t think I’ll ever find a sour ale “great.” I can appreciate the nuances of flavor, but I suppose to me it’s the same as some people and very hoppy beers. I also get that I shouldn’t expect a head on this type of beer – but I do. It’s a one and done for me.
Jul 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 vintage... poured form a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Nearly clear burgundy pour to start... 2nd glass had tons of sediment which hazed the glass. Two fingers of off-white head. Modest lacing.

S: Raspberry and jam. Tart and fruity.

T.F: Tart bordering on sour to start. Strong raspberry and stone fruit... some funk and oak from the barrel. Jam and fruit preserves. A little funk, but the fruit is forward throughout. Medium bodied... and more raspberry tartness to finish.

O: A simple but tasty brew... tart raspberry throughout with some barrel and funk. Really nice, and a few years in the bottle did nothing to diminish this beer. One I'd love to have again.
Jul 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

Jul 04, 2019
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Reviewed by smanson56 from New Hampshire

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip type glass it pours a murky reddish brownish color with a nice 1/2 whitish head on top.
The nose is funky with a nice tart raspberry smell perhaps a little earthy oak.
The taste is sour but not overly so lots of raspberry going on here. Really a nice blend it's hard to believe this is a 10% ABV beer.
The mouthfeel is pleasant lot of carbonation but not over the top.
I'm assuming this is a recent bottling as there is no date on the bottle that I can find. Very pleasant to enjoy now I would like to let one age a few years to see how it holds up.
Apr 14, 2019
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. "Riserva"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged.
$21.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: As I pulled this out of the fridge I thought to myself "Weyerbacher Riserva, I haven't had one of these in a long time". It's been at least 4 years, and probably more like 6 or 8, but then when I looked at the receipt for it I realized why - $22!!! That's OK, I'm a fan, have been since day one, and I really like Dan although I haven't seen him in at least a decade. Enough of that though, on to the beer. It's a hazy dark ruby in color beneath a short head of foam that dissipates almost immediately. That's common for sour beers though, so I'm OK with it. In the nose it's fruity with raspberry and it has that raspy thing going on like real raspberries picked in a field and eaten at their freshest. Oak backs it up. That's all I get, those three simple notes. Could it be funkier? Sure. Could it be more fruity... I'm not so sure about that, well, at least not with the real raspberry character it has. I'm glad they didn't add any extract or extra sweetness to it. What about the taste? Pretty much the same. There's a touch of medium caramel to it from the malt, but that fresh, real raspberry note is there, more prominent, backed by tartness, and then dried by oakiness. It's not that funky but it is vinous, and there is a bit of a higher alcohol note going on. With that said, I guess you can expect that it finishes dry - being tart, vinous, oaky, and with a touch of heat will tend to do that to a beer. Again, I'm glad they left it as it is rather than trying to smooth it or sugar it up because it's really unique and it would be a shame to mess with that to try to appease those with less experienced palates. In the mouth it's medium bodied but with some residual dextrins to it, and except for the fine bubbled moderate carbonation it has a kind of a wine-like feel to it. Raspberry wine? Yes, exactly, it's very much like that. So what have I missed? Looks like nothing. I'm enjoying it. It's really unlike any other beer I've ever had.
Review #6,539
Mar 24, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from 2012

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a reddish brown topped by a half finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells strongly of raspberries with hints of oak and sourness along with a little funk
T: Taste is tart raspberries with some oaky funk along with some nice building sourness. Raspberry stays pretty forward throughout though. Swallow is a little caramel, vanilla, raspberries and oak with some lingering tartness.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is slightly lower than anticipated for the style but not bad. The acidity gives this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is well brewed and has stood up to time very well. Good complexity and flavors and if that ABV is correct it is deceptively drinkable. Well worth a try if you can find it.
Sep 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by mjw2808 from Maryland

Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

May 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by Scottsbeer from Florida

May 01, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 26, 2018
 
Rated: 4.26 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This one definitely has some batch-to-batch variation, and I've had bottles that were aged too long. Generally a big fan, though the sourness can be pretty intense.
Jan 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Lukass from Ohio

Jan 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by Zaktcc from Maryland

Jan 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2017
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Reviewed by TLKS9 from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Really great coloring not at all cloudy. The smell is very raspberry but pleasant. Tart at first sip but the flavors blend so well. I could have stood for a little bit more from the raspberry purée but I wouldn’t have wanted it to be too sweet so I get it. Definitely recommend.
Dec 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

Oct 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.42 by npala86 from Florida

Oct 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Oct 03, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My rating is for a 2010 bottle of Riserva, consumed August 29, 2015, reviewed from notes.

Color is in the amber range, that mixture of golden but then the intrusions of the raspberries pink color bring the mixture to that amber realm. Lots of chunkees throughout the liquid and a very fine 1/8" head. The aroma is largely an almost french (read: dry) oak like presence along with the further dry raspberry aroma. There is no sugar (added) to be discerned here.

Taste is nice, its strong, but doesn't drink as strong as the high amount of alcohol would suggest. The raspberry is there, very dry again. The oak is very prominent. Its a clean feeling beer, there isn't much in the way of spontaneous complexity or funk. Carbonation was fine and there wasn't much, if any in the way of oxidation.
Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into a weyerbacher tulip. 2015 vintage

clear deep pink/amber body. lots of carbonation. nice slightly off white head which persists throughout. NOTE. there is a TON of crud laying in the bottom of the bottle, so pour VERY carefully.

aroma is somewhat muted. Some raspberry, and somehow manages to smell tart.

slightly sweet, slightly earthy, really nice mouth puckering tartness. There is only a hint of the oak. Raspberry taste gathers on the back of the tongue and intensifies as it warms.

Mouth is a little above medium, tart and dry, slightly sweet on the finish.

Overall, a very enjoyable fruit wild ale. recommended for those who like their Wilds tart and fruity.
Sep 15, 2017
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2017-08-31
750ml corked/caged bottle served in a snifter. 2016 bottle. Packaged 2/27/17. I think it was given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours a ruby color with almost no head and with a surprisingly large amount of extremely fine carbonation. Smell is nicely tart and clearly raspberry.

Taste is along the same lines. Nicely tart and clearly raspberry.

Mouthfeel is very dry and nicely effervescent. Overall, solid beer.
Sep 01, 2017
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Rated by ChrisDolan74 from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The pungent raspberry was a little too much for me. Did not get the oaky presence I was expecting
Jul 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Aisha from Massachusetts

Jul 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.56 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Jul 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jun 16, 2017
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Reviewed by jopezu from Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pours a cloudy rouge amber with a medium head that hangs around. nose; tart raspberry, unripe green apple, oak, & light brett. taste; very tart apple & cranberry, cracker malt, brett, lemon zest, & hay/grassy notes. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. even though this one strikes out with the malt vinegar assault initially, i did warm up to it after a bit. the fruit and farmhouse elements always showed up after the sour & tart attack and kept it interesting, and with a little warmth, balsamic & cranberry character emerged. definitely a huge step forward in sours to my palate.
Jun 03, 2017
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In review is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours a copper raspberry color with alot of floaties, micro-thin lacing.

S - Tart, juicy, white grapes, green apples, and sour raspberry aroma with delicate acidity.

T - Tart raspberry, oak, woody, and vanilla. The raspberry has mellowed nicely.

M - Medium body with mild puckering, makes the palate water on the back end, wet finish.

O - The ABV is completely hidden in this beer and it aged beautifully.
May 28, 2017
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Orange cranberry cloudy color. Aroma is tart,raspberry,yeast, and it oddly reminded me of tart sour candy. Taste was similar to aroma,they definitely didn't spare the raspberry but it works. Tasted like a really well crafted sour that was very well balanced. Abv is high but not at all noticable and is so well hidden behind the great flavors. An excellent offering from a great brewery
May 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.96 by illadyll from Florida

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by Pontzie from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
L: much more of a flat orange brown than I was expecting. Opaque laziness that make it appear very flat. Minimal head.

S: Sour raspberries. I love raspberry and I love sour, so this was an appealing combo. Deeper scents of something almost grassy. Very rich and organic overall. Not detecting the oak in the scent.

T: Definitely a sour mash of fruit up front. The ale is present and rather tasty. Good carbonation, this is not a flat sour, the bubble lightens up to taste a bit. The after taste is yeasty and a bit funky and here the oak starts to make it's presence known .

F: so, I love the scent and the taste is more complex than expected, but the feel is leaving me underwhelmed. Something about the sour pickers up my mouth and leaves me wishing that there was a better feel to this overall. It is sort of caught between being a sour and being a more open wild ale. Definitely a bit challenging to taste.

O: I love it. There are some challenges to this, and I probably wouldn't enjoy a night of drinking only this. However, when paired with a savory dish or some fresh baked sourdough this is a wildly fantastic palette expanding drink. Highly recommended, but don't plan on it to be an easy drink.
Apr 28, 2017
 
Rated: 3.89 by Tracker83 from Michigan

Apr 12, 2017
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
look: kind of a reddish, orangish brown. Very hazy. Sparse pinkish head.
smell: Quite tart and funky, hints of sweet fruit and oak.
taste: very nice balance of tart, funk, sour, some sweet but mostly dry fruit.
Alcohol is amazingly well hidden. A fine beer all around.
Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had this on 2017-03-19 in Lititz, PA from a 22oz bottlle

Quite sour with lovely raspberry, Brett and oak flavors. Not vinegary. Had this side-by-side with a Russian River Consecration. The Riserva is just a bit sweeter and isn't as complex as Consecration but it holds its own nicely; plus it is much more readily available here in Pennsylvania. Good stuff.
Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.15 by bourassa23 from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2017
Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1054 ratings