Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,028 Ratings
RiservaRiserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,028
Reviews:
334
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
14.04%
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
296
For Trade:
23
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Photo of ChrisDolan74
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of Aisha
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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

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Photo of illadyll
4.96/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Pontzie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of bourassa23
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maddogruss
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours reddish body with white head with nice retention and lacing
S: smells crazy sour and dank, with more dank
T: cue up puckering sourness with dankness; after a few sips and getting used to the sourness, some raspberry sweetness comes through
M: medium bodied and smooth
D: nice mouthfeel and taste combination; good sour beer

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Photo of Timtac
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of midlifec
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the generosity of Ozzylizard for this glorious jewel.
Received in the infamous NBS BIF #3.

Popped the cork and was immediately graced by a bright tart raspberry aroma. Oh this is going to be a good one.
Pours a slightly burnished rouge with tiny particles of deep pink fruit and bubbles. Active. Loose white foam rises 2 fingers and recedes to a thin, scattered foam. Light lacing.
Smell is glorious. It rushes at you like vinegar forward sours, yet it comes at you with a tempting sour & tart raspberry, carried on the shoulders of a mix of not overpowering sour vinegar and yeasty funk.
The flavors carry this forward with even more complexity. The sour/tart raspberry shares the spotlight with the acidity. This really brings your whole mouth into the experience. The yeast is assertive in its funk, but as a solid third costar. Also coming in, some tannic oak notes and some vinegar notes that are no where near one dimensional. It's stunning.
Mouthfeel is active and on the fuller side. Carbonation stays constant, allowing the dance to continue.
Overall, I love this, wouldn't change a thing, and want more.

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Photo of Myotus
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled December 2015) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: A gargantuan gush of sour green apple is balanced by strong flavors of sweet and tart raspberries along with mild tobacco, balsamic vinegar, cranberry sauce, earthy yeast, hay, and oak flavors. The aromatic complexity is further expanded by subtle scents of lemon grass, bell pepper, sweet bread, and hints of vanilla.
4.75 out of 5
TASTE: A vigorous tartness of green apple balanced by strong, sweet and tart raspberry flavors initially bombards the palate. Strong flavors of hay provide a firm funk while mild cranberry flavors amplify the sweetness. The funkiness continues to grow as strong earthy yeast and mild balsamic vinegar flavors quickly follow. Mild flavors of tobacco, oak, lemon grass, and bell pepper transform this into a truly multifarious brew. Subtle flavors of sweet bread along with hints of vanilla make their debut at the end while the bell pepper and oak flavors grow slightly stronger. 4.75
NOTE: A near perfect brew from Weyerbacher! This bottle was nearly a year old, yet the raspberries were still a dominating aspect of the beer. I absolutely loved most of the supporting flavors and how they were present in just the right quantities. The only thing that kept this from being perfect, in my opinion, was that the tartness and vinegar were a tad too strong. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Weyerbacher continues to impress me with a mastery of a wide variety of brews.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkolls
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Perceivable, but light raspberry aroma, light sweetness, followed by a light lingering sourness.

A: Light brown color, pretty hazy, with a thin white frothy head that dissipates to a thin film across the glass.

T: There is noticeable, but light raspberry flavor, moderately sweet, followed by light lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderately light carbonation.

O: Solid; the beer is not overly complex but the raspberries and malts used provide a pleasing sweetness that contrasts well with the beer’s light lingering sourness.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,028 ratings.
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