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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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Ratings: 1,034 |  Reviews: 337
Photo of tommy5
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +13.7%
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 +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jkolls
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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


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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Photo of LeftHanded666
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

As with many bottle conditioned beers, be careful when you pour this, as your beer will change flavors quite a bit depending on how much yeast you get in your glass.

When clear/not filled with yeast, this beer is super clean, sour raspberry with just a modest bit of sour funk and a nice snap of carbonation. When yeast finds its way in, it tastes a bit more earthy/less "bright", with a more muddled carbonation. Both are tasty, but what you want is the first one -- which is definitely better.

The Bros rating of 100 for this is a bit bizarre to me, but to each their own. I definitely enjoyed this "How the hell is this almost 12% ABV?" sour, but this somehow doesn't come off as big and bold as I had envisioned it would... especially for $20 for the bottle.

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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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation & a thin lace of foam. The front of the nose is bullishly lacto / saccharo yeast funk which is a very generic smell for "wild" ales. There is certainly some raspberry underneath but it really struggles to come out consistently. There is also an off-note that is tannin-based for sure but ends up smelling a bit like a household cleaning product. Weyerbacher has also been fairly bad with aroma & this is no exception.

The taste profile is better & more consistent, but nowhere near a home run. Again it is predominantly yeast with fighting faint notes from the raspberry & oak, which ultimately are drowned-out by the yeast. Another Weyerbacher hallmark is taking one note & cranking it 11 with little regard for balance or supporting flavors, and this is a good example of that. Surprisingly it isn't super sour, but the acidity and yeast do overpower everything else...just not in an obnoxious way. The end result is not bad by any stretch, but if you lined this up next to ten other random sours I'd be hard-pressed to pick this out.

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

750 ml bottle into a snifter. The 2014.2 edition.

Pours a pinkish red, very wine- looking. A little hazy, with a small head and a fair amount of lacing. Quite good looking. Smell is sour, some funk, raspberries- more as it warms, some oak, some yeast. The taste leads with strong raspberries, is a bit sour and tart, some funk, yeast, light malt. Smooth, good body, the taste- and tartness lingers.

Flavorful, great raspberry taste and aroma. Very enjoyable offering. Well worth a purchase, although the price point is a little high.

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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.

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

Photo of Whatup14
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OrangeMen
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage
~ 6 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a darker reddish amber color, glistens with brightness, transparent. Finger thick, fizzy off white colored head, dissipates rather quickly, fast rising carbonation bubbles.

Aroma- Fresh raspberries, mildly tart but not really acidic. Bright berry notes, cherry pie filling sweetness, crackery malts. Dry oak, spice, lots of earthy funk, mustiness, hay.

Taste- Tart fruits, juicy raspberries, sour cherries and apples. Drying oak with a bit of spiciness and vinous qualities. Berry, fruity sweetness. Finishes with musty, funky notes, earthiness, clove and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied feel, punch of acidic tartness up front but finishes sweeter and drying. Moderate to higher carbonation, fairly crisp and clean.

Overall- Raspberries are so well integrated into this beer, a wonderful mixture of sour fruit notes and really ripe juiciness. Oak and yeast come through to add wonderful layers of earthy flavors. Great amount of tartness, excellent feel and carbonation. An amazing beer all around.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 20 oz Stella Artois chalet. Vintage 2015, Pours a very attractive ruby red, with a 4 inch white with a reddish hue head that settles very quickly in a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is must, raspberries, oak, and sour apples.

Taste follows musty stank, tart cherry, raspberry, and apples, oak, and vinegar.

Mouthfeel is fairly thing, lots of prickly carbonation, a tad dry, and drinkability fine for its girth, especially if you are in to the whole sour thing.

Overall this isn't my thing, but I can why some find it appealing.

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Photo of groleau
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of nyrblue2
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like raspberries and a little funk
Tastes like raspberries, sour, oak

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This is a very good beer, it's got lots of sour raspberry flavors that impart a nice natural and sour flavor that has just the right amount of sourness and it isn't overly acidic. My only complaint is that I wish the oak barrel came through more since it's not really too complex, but I enjoyed and I would recommend it to anyone who likes raspberry sours.

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

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 1,034 ratings
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