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:
190
Gots:
295
For Trade:
23
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,028 |  Reviews: 334
Photo of byronic
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dedevajinasi
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

perfect combination of sour and raspberry
pours a great white head

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Photo of cmf
2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kotzbauerm
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of polloenfuego
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LJTate
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several versions of this. I opened a 2008 version. It was very mellow and less tart than a 2016.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewery
Undated 25.4 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – raspberries
Head small (< one cm, careful pour), off white, fizzy, gone in 60 seconds, no ring, no layer
Lacing – none
Body – reddish-brown, opaque, effervescent, sediment in bottom of bottle. Clears slightly as it warms.
Flavor – moderately tart, some raspberry but (fortunately) not overpowering. A little wild ale funk. No malt, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, dry, lively carbonation
Leaves my lips slightly sticky, but otherwise not atypical for a wild ale, just not a fan of raspberries.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a small snifter at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. in Easton, PA.

The color on the 2015 Riserva is difficult to describe, falling somewhere in between reddish-pinkish-brown. Its body is murky with a small pink head that dissipates quickly. The first whiff of the aroma sent me into a frenzy. You get raspberry up front combined with oak tannins from the barrel aging and a funkiness from the wild fermentation. For some reason, I don't think I was expecting that much complexity but it's just incredible. There is no sweetness from the fruit in the flavor. Instead, a big and rather prominent sour character takes over. Acidic and dry mouthfeel and light bodied with no sign of the 11+% ABV. Everything working in harmony and balance.

Was I drinking a wild ale made in Pennsylvania or a Belgian lambic? I've had some impressive beers from Weyerbacher, but Riserva is on another level. They absolutely nailed this one. The beer was served to me too cold initially, but letting it warm a bit really improved its profile. I've avoided buying a bottle because they run about $20 in my area, but this is one that is probably worth the hefty price tag. A funky, fruity, sour masterpiece.

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Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of runondirt
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moonshae_D
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattsander
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CraigS119
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell right off the bat is the wood barrel character, Oaky tannins reminiscent of Rodenbach. However, taste is very different, much more tart and dry than Grand Cru, and the raspberries shine through. Finishes with a great cereal/rice grain flavor. This is a sour that I could drink a lot of, very quickly (10% abv is ridiculous), and very frequently. Weyerbacher has impressed. If I was served this in Belgium I would have been pleased. 99/100

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gobuccos
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Proclarush
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jodybrutal
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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