Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
330 Reviews

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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shaun bought over a 2012 vintage C&C bottle today, 10/15/2013. Thanks Shaun! Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass.

Pours a very pretty reddish-pink body. Surprisingly, this comes with a relatively moderate head for a Wild- a 1cm pinkish head that dissipates slowly over time into a thin film. Not much lacing to speak of.

This beer smells so acidic, more of lactic than vinegar type of acidity. Tart raspberries and a little bit of oak, with hints of earthiness. Not superbly complex, but smelling this beer gives me heartburn, it's just that damn sour.

Sour, sour, sour. Mostly lactic sourness mixed in with tart, crisp raspberry flavours. Not overly harsh, very tasty. Again a little bit of oak and funk. This is not a funky framboise by any means- its pretty much a very sour raspberry beer that doesn't bring much complexity but it does bring what it advertises and in a clean, balanced flavour profile. I dig it.

Medium bodied, heartburn inducing, dry finish with tart raspberry fruit on the tongue. I cannot tell at all that this is a 11.40% ABV beer. I did not know this until I wrote this review. No wonder the night ended the way it did...

I really enjoyed this sour. Its not Lou Pepe Framboise by any means, but it definitely brings the sour and raspberry fruit flavour to the table. It's to the point, crisp and enjoyable. Dangerously so considering this is a huge 11.40% bomb.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a hazy pale ruby reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange + rosé highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberries with lighter notes of oak and vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of tart raspberries with some lighter hints of oak. The beer is quite tart (almost tart enough to cause my mouth to pucker) and slightly sour. No alcohol flavors are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: While the alcohol is well hidden in this beer, making it easy to drink for it's strength it is not a beer for people that are not fans of sour beers as it is quite tart. It seems like I got a quite tart batch and it is enjoyable.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jim. Thanks!

A: Brackish, opaque red. Pinkish head devolves into a ring. Decent lacing.

N: Raspberries, grapefruit, lemon, oak, and vinegar. Touch of red grape.

T: Aggressively sour, perhaps top 3 of any I’ve had. Vinegar, oak, hints of acetone and the sweetness of raspberries offer some respite, but really, this just puckering.

M: Light body, incredibly scraping. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A kick in the teeth, but it remains enjoyable. This might cause some digestive issues if you’re not careful, though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a darker pink color. Thin pinkish white head crackles and pops away to a thin shelf of foam.

S-Tart and forceful raspberry. Berries are underripe and tart more than they are sweet and jammy. Brett notes accompany the fruit well. Sturdy oak too.

T-The flavor is great. Strong, tart raspberry coated in wood. Puckering and nearly vinegary. Brett comes into effect as well. I love the raspberries here.

M-I was surprised at how high the ABV was. The body isn't too thick. I still could see a full bottle of this being a long session of sipping.

O/D-Great beer. Always wanted to try it but I didn't want to shell out the $17ish dollars for it. Now after sampling it I am pretty sure I will be purchasing a bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Treebs
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml c&c bottle served in a Town Hall Tulip. Thanks to BenTenison for the bottle. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring with no real left down the glass.

S: Sour raspberry with a sugary sweetness, almost like a warhead. Oaky with some

T: Tons of sour pucker on this one. Slightly cheesy on the backend with some oak and vanilla. Tart raspberry with some enamel stripping sour notes. Definitely some funky and sour stuff here.

M: Light, but extremely teeth grinding, enamel stripping in texture. It just coats your teeth and the back of your throat with an intense sourness.

O: A little sour and the teeth coating qualities were a little much for me. A little one note.

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Photo of uturn
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

A; The beer poured a cloudy reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head. This brew left no lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was of tart raspberries, mildly acidic with hints of oak.

T: The taste was like biting into a raspberry sweet tart, without having an over the top raspberry flavor nor sweetness. As time went by the brew became tarter and some of the woody oak flavors came through. The finish was very dry and refreshing with almost no hint of alcohol.

M: This beer had a medium crisp body with a low level of carbonation.

O: Overall I really like this brew. I'm going to try to see if this brew will benefit with a little age on it too.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that soon turns into a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Smells like a very sweet Flanders style ale which is right up my alley. Some lactic acid on top with strong raspberries beneath.

T- Bounces around from sour to sweet and then back to sour with plenty of acidity and a surprisingly small amount of alcohol as it goes down. In the end, the sour wins and ends up not being so subtle. Notes of sour apple, tart cherry and a raspberry aftertaste.

M- Very puckering, dry and it stings the back of the throat. Medium-low carbonation and a lightish body.

O- For the ABV, this is a very drinkable wild ale. For someone who doesn't normally dig on sours, I really enjoyed this. Can only have 8 ounces at a time though.

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Photo of Piddmeista
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Little get together with a certain san diego bottle share group. originally had this at a 4.25 but after contemplation and realizing it was 11.4% abv I had to chiggity check myself. The alcohol was hidden too well. I would have guessed 7.75 at the most, maybe 8 if we were getting crazy, but it was a monday night...I digress. It poured a pinkish red the 1st round but got murkier towards the end eventually down until the dregs, which were straight brown and opaque; reaching an extreme funk. The smell was lambic and footy (wild ale for those being PC). The taste matched the smell plus a viscous coating of raspberry puree.. Not super tart but not New Glarus either; A funky raspberry effervescent wild ale/sour This would be very nice as a vertical.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-minimally hazy red amber color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing

S-raspberry, tartness, slightly spicy, oak

T-raspberries, yeasty, hint of sweetness, red wine flavors, hint of oak

F-medium body with moderate prickly carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-nice, refreshing wild ale with nice flavor, good summer beer

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of off white head

S - tart raspberries, lactic

T - tart, lactic, sweet raspberries, oak, woody

M - medium bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a fantastic Wild Ale. It has tremendous balance, deep flavor, and great balance. The oak-aging is superb as are the raspberries. The lactic, tartness is intense but almost perfect. This is definitely a beer that is worth trying.

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Photo of beechner224
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into large pint glass since I was drinking it by myself. The appearance was a nice red with a thin layer of foam. Lots of carbonation, which I like with sours. The smell was great, lots of raspberries and vinegar. Thought the taste was great. Just what I wanted with this sour. The raspberries are upfront, then the sour, vinegar, funk comes through nicely. Mouthfeel was very nice, with the tons of carbonation and dry with lip smacking tartness.

Overall, thought the beer was great and would definitely get again. But next time, I might share with a friend, it is a strong beer.

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Photo of weltywm
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 4 snifters and split with some friends.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a thin 1/2 finger of foam. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, vinegar, and funk.

Taste: Wow, this is good. The raspberries are obvious and big, complemented well by strawberry, vinegar, and lots of funk. As I kept drinking, I also picked up on really dry, red wine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is long, dry, and mouth-puckering. Delicious.

Overall: A very, very fine beer. Weyebacher has done it again. All of the flavors are complex and complement each other very well. Despite the steep price, I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The body is a bright red color and clear. It has active carbonation the creates a tall but whispy head.

It has a great fruity smell of raspberries and strawberry with a funk.

The raspberries dominate the flavor with a high level of tart and acidity, giving it an vinegar aftertaste on the palate. My eyes were on the verge of watering.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light. Aside from the vinegar it's amazingly drinkable for 11%.

I felt the sourness was a little too overboard and detracted from what is otherwise a really good beer.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy red with a small white head.
S- smells of raspberry along with slight souring.
T- Acidic raspberry up front that mellows into a slight sourness on the tongue.
M- a pleasantly thin feel with good carbonation bubbles
O- the reddish pink hue gives it a very inviting appeal. Definately a beer worth aging can only get better with time.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 version.

A: A nice rose red color with a two finger off white head. No glass lacing to speak of.

S: Loads of tart fruit with mostly raspberry smells. I get some funk on the nose too with some woody tones.

T: Nice tart flavor. The raspberries really dominate the flavor fruit wise but get coupled with a hefty funk flavor of wet hay and barnyard flavors. I didn't know this has brett in it, but obviously it does. Sourness is not overwhelming and it gets mixes with some slight sweetness, but make no bones about it this beer is a sour. Tartness lasts through the finish and it remains very dry. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but no where near the 11.4 listed. Amazing beer, a tremendous wild ale.

M: Medium, tart, dry with very little alcohol noticed. Nice carbonation.

O: A tremendous beer, the fruit and funk mix nicely to make a very enjoyable experience. Not quite a top notch sour, but pretty damn close.

I loved this beer, I'm going to go out and try to buy some more bottles. I'd love to see how the brett progresses a year from now. Buy this if you see it.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjw52 for hooking me up with this one in a trade eons ago.

Poured from a 750mL bottle (2011 batch) into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky garnet color that is closer to brown. A thin, white head sits on top and stays there throughout. There are small bubble streams of carbonation giving it a not-so-still appearance.

S: The raspberries have held up superbly. There is a tartness that stings the senses. A significant boozy aspect comes through at the end.

T: Nearly identical to the aroma with tart raspberries and an ample boozy finish. The "funkiness" is more noticeable in the taste than the aroma, giving the beer that lovely wild ale characteristic.

M: Medium to light bodied, a slight alcoholic burning finish, but overall pretty easy to drink. Moderate carbonation tingles the palate and allows the tartness to have a lingering effect.

O: While this beer may not be in the upper echelon of wild ales, it is quite tasty and incredibly easy to drink for such a high ABV. Count this one as another offering from Weyerbacher that has impressed me.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage Pours deep pink with a small bone white head. Smells like chambord raspberry liquor with a slight bit of funk. Taste is dominated by fresh tasting raspberry with a slight tartness, not super sour with a little bit of the barrel..reminds me a lot of blushing monk. Carbonation is on the higher side with light body. I have no idea why I passed on this bottle so many times..so glad I pulled the trigger and bought one.

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Photo of Etan
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby with a nice red-tinged white head.

S: Raspberries and musty lacto dominate the nose. The raspberry aroma is acidic and not very sweet.

T: Taste brings tart raspberry skin, some mildly earthy yeast and plenty of lactic acid. The only expression of the alcohol is some pleasant warmth in the throat.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: A tasty but very simple raspberry wild.

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Photo of mahak213
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage poured into a HF stem-

Appearance- Clear, deep, dark red with an ever so slightly pink head that fizzles away quickly to a thin ring

Smell- Smells great. Sweet raspberries are very prevalent on the nose, with a nice funkiness behind that. Not too complex, but pretty solid

Taste- Starts off nicely with sweet and sour raspberries, but then things go downhill. Sweet raspberries move on to a very detracting medicinal flavor and then finishes with a big alcohol bite that's just out of place

Mouthfeel- Light and fizzy body that leaves a slightly sticky coating

Overall- Way to medicinal and just doesn't work well at all. Pretty disappointed with this one.

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Photo of danpam1024
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my personal opinion and may not be a fair reflection of what may be in fact a great "American Wild Ale". However, through this sampling I've discovered I'm not a fan of sour or high carbonation ales. Loved the smell though...

Others may rate this much higher if this type of beer is up their alley. Unfortunately, this style was overpowering and just not for me.

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Photo of Jonada
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Bright ruby red color. Slightly hazy with lots of visible carbonation. A slightly aggressive pour yielded about a finger of a slightly off white/pinkish head that dissipated almost instantly to a thin collar.

Smell: Sour cherries, raspberries, lemon, a surprising amount of funk, oak. Smells really sour!

Taste: Not as sour as the aroma would have you think. The sourness is still on the high side, but not mouth puckeringly so. As for the flavors, I'm getting raspberry, stone fruits, lactic notes, green apple, and some light funk

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower end of medium. Nice lingering sour finish. If this is 11.4% abv, you don't taste it.

Overall: Excellent american sour. I can't believe this just sits on shelves in some places. It doesn't get the hype that some of the more popular popular sours get, but it's nearly every bit as good.

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Photo of gr0g
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 version. Hazy, reddish-amber in color. The two-finger head has a pink hue and lasts for a bit, but then fades without a trace. On the nose there's a great blend of fruit and wild ale funk. Ripe raspberry jam at the forefront. Some dank and musty cellar notes. After a bit, a tannic and woody character emerges. Great aromatic complexity.

Flavor is tart, with a good amount of raspberry fruit character to stand up to it. I can't believe that this is around 11% ABV -- it doesn't seem like it could be anywhere near that on the palate. Pleasant oaky smoothness in both the flavor and texture.

Pricey but worth the money. The great balance between fruit and funk is right up my alley, and it isn't at all boozy given the high ABV. Along with Insanity, this is the best I've had from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep red body with a little bit of a cream head. No retention at all. Just some bubbles popping at the surface. Lifeless shortly thereafter.

Smell - Strong raspberry. Mishmash of acidic flavors. Doesn't seem to be the cleanest of sours, but the raspberry flavor is nice. Slight funk to it, too.

Taste - Lots of tart raspberry. Another mishmash of sour flavors. A bit of mustiness and malt in the back as well as some raspberry sweetness. Strong oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. No booze, but lots of residual sugar. Medium carbonation despite its appearance.

Overall - Great fruit character but not without its flaws in the sour category. That said I've enjoyed my sizable pour of this.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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