Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
RiservaRiserva
BA SCORE
4.1/5
Exceptional
1,044 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
Ranking:
#4,302
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,044
pDev:
13.17%
 
 
Wants:
193
Gots:
296
Trade:
22
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,044 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 version, reddish colour and a small head very gorgeous. Funky aroma. Bold tastes, lots of vinegar with the raspberry. Brett made for a balance. Would it mellow if older, or was it not as well put together, I shall find out from 2009 edition. Decent drinkability for sourheads.

 281 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the thing about this one is that it has elements of a flemish red, that vinegar character and a real effervescent carbonation. i dont think the fruit is as forward as it could be, but with the lighter side on the malt, i think it shows through well enough. it certainly isnt sweet, and it definitely isnt artificial in any way. super tart and acidic in the nose, citric and even more so from the berries. wheat in the malt, but thats not all. i cannot believe, i mean, i absolutely cannot fathom this being almost 12% abv, it drinks like 7%, with huge carbonation, dryness, and a pleasant fruity thing that makes it feel summery and light. where does it all come from? i have no idea. there is no candy sugar character or anything else, its really cool. fruit and vinegar in the finish, and it tastes a little like salad dressing for a second, but the quality is through the roof, and this is easily the most complex beer i have had from these guys, who definitely seem to be getting better with time. i like the subtle fruit and the subtle alcohol, well done.

 1,060 characters

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but super sour and acidic.

 563 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revised Review: After trying last years vintage (2011) I was floored by how much I enjoyed this beer. This beer was completely different than I remembered it. The aromas and the flavors were much more balanced. The beer felt more complete and had some nice complexity to it also. I'm hoping that the the future vintages will be this solid as well. Very good stuff!

Original Review: This beer is wild for sure. The color of the beer is a like a pinkish hue thats a bit cloudy sort of like a wine that had something else spilled into it. The sediment was unmistakable and the head disappeared within a few minutes after the pour. The aroma of this beer was of sweet and tart fermented raspberries and a bit of the wild yeast in there too. The taste is sour, makes me almost pucker. I sipped this one for quite some time. The mouthfeel is pretty light and a little on the flatter side. Glad I tried it, but it's a little too pricey to have again.

 944 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, somewhat resembling watered down ruby red grapefruit juice. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tart raspberries are present in the nose; these smell a little like a raspberry sorbet.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging and faint hints of sourness. No sweetness or alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is a little tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well.

 796 characters

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is an intense beer. Got this one from RblWthACoz along with a bottle of Cuvee De Castleton. Very generous trader.

Pours very red, clear at first and then the junk starts coming out of the bottle. Looks very kriek-ish. Produces some head but no retention.

Smells like funk, raspberries, touch of alcohol. Not much like a beer but very enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell but its heavy on the booze. Thats my one real complaint about this beer. Maybe what ever little malt is in there will mature and cover the abv in time. Also, theres a little bit of oak flavor, it may be contributing to the harshness of the alcohol bite (I'm thinking new oak).

Body is real thin but thats what a "lambic" is supposed to be, light and drinkable, except that this one will kick your ass.

Drinkable but be careful.

Speaking of special releases, why is it that Captain Lawrence and Weyerbacher can release quality rare beers for $13/750 ml bottle and we're paying in $30 for Isabelle or $15 for a 375 ml of Beatification out here in Ca? I think I'm getting my beers from the east coast from now on.

 1,102 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, bottled in 12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/orange-ish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruit/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with nice malt/sour/spiciness balance, with no astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; very smooth to sip on for the big ABV and acidity. This is nearly puckering on sourness, but has just enough malt character to keep it from getting astringent. A highly enjoyable offering.

 2,110 characters

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

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Simple yet appealing label art. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. 2014 vintage ("2014.2" - is this a batch #?). 1 pint 9.4 fl oz.

Cost was $26.95 USD at a bottle shop in New York City. Reviewed live (with Schlimenhaumer) as an American wild ale per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are sky high; I tried a splash of this that had been sitting out in the sun at a bottle share and even that was incredible.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Grey-white colour. Fairly thin. Not realy frothy or creamy. It could be fuller and softer looking, but it's generally appealing. Retention is below average - ~1-2 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: It's a red hue of some kind; Schlimenhaumer suggests a candy apple red and I'm inclined to agree. But it's somewhat thin and light; not the robust red I expected. Average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's not unique or special for the style, but it's generally appealing.

AROMA: A white oak tone lends it cohesion. Raspberry puree is notable. Evokes powdered sugar glazed raspberries. Sourness isn't too intense - maybe a 4/10. It has the clinical clean sourness of lactobacillus, but none of the truly spontaneous funkiness of lambicus, farmhouse brettanomyces, or crazy bacteria. A hint of leather. Oak sugars. Any malt presence is so neutral the raspberry takes over, and the hopping is too minimal (preservative only) to contribute flavour.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Suggests a balanced enjoyable sour, but I do think the raspberry could be more evocative.

TASTE: Tart raspberry dominates - as well it should - but the pureed aspect of the fruit addition does seem to hold it back; fresh raspberry would likely lead to a more evocative genuine raspberry taste. Sourness isn't puckering; it's a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. A backgrounded oak tone ties the beer together, lending it undeniable cohesion and infusing it with oak barrel sugars. I don't find vanilla or toastiness. Finishes a bit sweeter than most wild ales would, with the sugars of malts but no distinct malt taste; the malts used were clearly quite neutral and easily imposed upon by the more pronounced oak and berry notes.

Schlimenhaumer points out the jammy feel of the raspberries; I concur.

Nice depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's adequately complex, and I do find it nicely balanced overall, but it could be dialed in a bit more. There isn't a great deal of subtlety or nuance here, and my big note is that it could use still more sourness and tartness. It does develop a bit as it comes to temperature, bringing more layers of berry flavour.

Hides its ABV shockingly well - I was flabbergasted to learn this is 10%. I'm also surprised the brettanomyces isn't lending it aggressive funkiness.

TEXTURE: Smacky and lactic on the palate, with nice acidity. A biteen acetic. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Medium-bodied. The thickness is aptly moderate. Almost perfectably carbonated.

The smackiness it has on the palate is its best attribute, accentuating the sour tart flavours. While this texture fails to elevate the beer, it does complement it quite nicely.

Schlimenhaumer is right in that a more dry feel would coax out the berry more.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable for its 10%. I'd have thought it was 6% blind. It's a great introduction for me to Weyerbacher, and makes me eager to try more of their lineup, but I couldn't justify purchasing it again at this price point. A well-executed stab at the style, and a beer every enthusiast should try once. I enjoy it more and more as it warms, and find the berry really opens up. Served cold, it was a "B" but once it started to come to temperature, it grew into a B+. Still, it's not mind-blowing or world-class.

Low B+

***
Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:

A / OUTSTANDING

 4,031 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocked full of raspberries, the 2012 installment of Weyerbacher's Riserva casts a fruity glow over the session; along with piquant sourness, oak nuance, and a peppery, earthen array.

Deep crimson in its pour, its blood red hues suggest something fruity within. A billowing froth ensues- spritzy upon the pour and then fast dissolving, obviously succumbing to its own acidity. And those acids enliven the raspberry fruit- radiant, juicy, succulent and laced with vinegar-like pungency. Oak and nuttiness follow with a first candied-sweet taste of jolly rancher, red wine and balsamic.

As the flavors take hold on the middle palate, the sweetness quickly relaxes and the brazen sourness dominates the palate. Still wrapped in a fruity, berry-infused cocoon, the strong acidity is vinegar-like, cider-like and while carrying a saucy pepper character of acetone that evokes sweating behavior. Trailing oak brings out a cherry and prune taste to resemble robust red wines like bordeaux or cabernet.

Jaw-tightening and mouth-wetting, the beer's relatively full body is dissected by alcohol, peppery flavors, powdery tannins and the sheer brunt of acids that seem enamel-stripping. A fruit forward, vinously tart finish trails only by the woodsy funk of beer oak's natural microflora.

 1,282 characters

Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours cloudy red with very little white head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one smells very sour, almost like a raspberry vinegar.

Taste: Initially there is some sweetness. This is followed by extremely sour raspberry, but it's not too fruity. Very, very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. There is hardly any carbonation.

Drinkability: Super sour and dry. The acidity is almost overwhelming, but this beer is still good.

 501 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike for the 2010 bottle. Also thanks to Russ and Wil for samples of the 08-09 batches. This one seems a wee bit more sour...

Cork was a little stubborn, but eventually was extracted with a pop. No gushing, or any carbonation visible in the bottle. A splashy pour resulted in some larger bubbles and a fleeting head of foam that faded quickly to a cluster of larger bubbles on one side. Hazed pinkish orange coloration in the light, otherwise it's a dead sexy red.

Strong acetic raspberry aroma, god that's good. Pure unadulterated raspberry and oak. As it sits and warms up there's a fantastic raspberry cider vinegar element that becomes noticeable, as the label alludes to.

Truly puckering sourness. Pure juicy raspberry, dry woody spice, finishes dry after the initial pucker kicks the salivary glands into overdrive. Tannic with bitter raspberry seeds (long since dissolved in the barrel), it finishes nicely, aridly dry and oaky with lingering traces of fruit skins. Rustic and sharply sour, purposefully acetic and potentially an esophagus ripper. Double digit abv is masterfully hidden. Not for guzzling... or for the faint of heart. It comes with a warning sticker FFS...

 1,191 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale pink color with caramel highlights. It had a small, tan head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled of raspberry, sour notes and some vanilla.

T - It tasted of raspberry, some funk and mild oak/vanilla notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky ABV heat.

D - This is a really interesting beer. Thanks to drfabulous fro sharing.

 387 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,044 ratings