Weyerbacher riserva, ripoff?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by RollTide7, Apr 6, 2013.

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  1. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey

    In general I am a fan of weyerbacher, I really like merry monks and their double ipa is also really good. I ran across riserva in my local shop and saw the price tag was a whopping $18 for a 750ml. I was thinking about trying it, but having never had it I was very hesitant to spend 18 bucks on basically 2 beers. Seemed ridiculously overpriced and my shop is quite fair usually with prices. Why is riserva so damn expensive and is it even worth it? Thought it was weird considering most of their beers are in the $10-$12 a four/six pack range.
  2. cryme

    cryme Initiate (147) Jun 29, 2011 Delaware

    Bout par for the course for cork-n-cage barrel aged sour beers.

    BARFLYB Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2007 Pennsylvania

    If it was a 750ML Lost Abbey sour beer, it would run at least $30. I don't find Riserva to be all that expensive for what it is. The quality of riserva changes from year to year and I have not yet had this years version yet. Split it with a friend and shop around, I've found it in Jersey for $14. Cheers!
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  4. sideshowe

    sideshowe Disciple (373) Jun 20, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I take it you haven't delved into the world of sour beers yet :wink:
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  5. DaGrizz

    DaGrizz Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 New Jersey

    This year's riserva is AWESOME! Well worth the 18 bucks. The beer spends like a year in a barrel which equals higher prices. But as someone said above if it was a Lost Abbey or Russian River beer it would have been 15-20 bucks for a 375ml.
  6. whitehouse50

    whitehouse50 Aspirant (244) Dec 27, 2006 New Jersey

    i havent had but its $19 near me in northern nj. ive heard its very good but im not that into sours so im passing.
  7. TriageStat

    TriageStat Disciple (320) Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    21$ at the beer store in southampton..picked up two
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  8. RollTide7

    RollTide7 Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2013 New Jersey

    haha yea not too much, had a duchessse which i liked, habve a monks flemish sour in the frige right now...its all about baby steps my friend. just dont want to pay a lot for somethin i may not like when i can load up on a few 6ers of NN or a few iipas
  9. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Found them this year for $15.99, and this years batch is outstanding. Well worth the price, in my opinion.
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  10. DaGrizz

    DaGrizz Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 New Jersey

    Agreed! Not a vineragy as 2010 a different animal completely. Good stuff on both instances. I loved 2010 for the crazy vinegar taste. But I could drink the 2012 all day and not care!
  11. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,631) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I loved the 2010 too, but this is just so well balanced. Whatever they did this time around they should keep doing.
  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (1,816) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I just opened mine, which I got for $18.99, and am adding another 'outstanding' vote. I am very impressed, and will happily spend the bucks again to get some more- well worth it.
  13. ufmj

    ufmj Initiate (168) Feb 15, 2013 Florida
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    I snagged a bottle of 2012 @ Wine Library today for $18.99. Stoked to try it.
  14. Pnell316

    Pnell316 Initiate (164) Aug 16, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Just drank a '12 tonight and I'd put it in the realm of really good fruit tart beers, very tart up front not much on the back end, but compared to '10 that was a fantastic wild ale.
  15. joshwars

    joshwars Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 New Jersey

    Its wonderful beer and 750's in this style - you are going to spend every bit of $15+ on up. Ive never seen a sour worth having in large format under that price.
  16. digdug1810

    digdug1810 Aspirant (246) Mar 1, 2011 New Jersey
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    is the new label the 2012? anyway, picked one up the other day for 16.99, haven't cracked into it yet but probably will within the next few weeks, wish i would have picked up the 2011 (last year of the old label?) too, but didn't thinking it would sit forever which it did, but now seems to be gone? Anybody in SJ seen the old version places, it's got to be out there somewhere.
  17. Matishopbrew

    Matishopbrew Initiate (36) May 25, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    There was probably a half dozen 2011s at Canal's Hainesport about a month ago.
  18. alysmith4

    alysmith4 Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2005 District of Columbia

    Yep, I believe the "new" one is 2012.
  19. Giantspace

    Giantspace Zealot (503) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I passed at $18. My money tree died.

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  20. fiedler84

    fiedler84 Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Bought a case at the brewery for $17-18/each after trying some there. Don't regret it one bit. Drank one the other night. Fantastic and worth every penny.
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  21. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Welcome to sour land /expensive land
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  22. sandman3479

    sandman3479 Devotee (409) Dec 8, 2006 Connecticut
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    How is 09 drinking? Found 3 at a local shop.
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  23. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Devotee (404) Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Agree with a few comments above - the 2012 is excellent and by far my favorite vintage to date.
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