Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of Duncian
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.

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Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaktcc
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLKS9
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.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ChrisDolan74
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

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Photo of Aisha
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jopezu
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
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

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Photo of illadyll
4.96/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Pontzie
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.

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Photo of Tracker83
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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Photo of bourassa23
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maddogruss
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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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