Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,023 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:
1,023
Reviews:
332
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
14.04%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
293
For Trade:
24
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,023 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of Juuroumaru
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
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 PeteRiz
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of phooky
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Camel242000
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Kadonny
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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 Bonko_the_sane
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of cclark67789
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jl28r1
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of flyingPharmacist
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of joefuzz
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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 WynnO
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of IPAchris
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of csrbv
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of adam_e
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of JSkone09
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Etan
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
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 andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Hessian257
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mahak213
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Rushalt
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Lurkerson
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,023 ratings.
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