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Weisse Versa Wheat - Karbach Brewing Co.

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very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.49%

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
German Hefeweizen / Belgian Witbier hybrid, brewed with coriander and citrus peel.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orange and hazy, head and lace are ok but not great.

Aroma is real nice, yeasty and clovey, wheaty. Flavor also nice, certainly has aspects of both wheat beers, hefs and wits, cloves, a smidge of banana, a little spice, ample wheat.

Body is pretty thick and chewy, good for the style.

I continue to enjoy Karbach's beers as I try them. Another tasty one.

Serving type: can

11-22-2013 22:13:03 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can to Weizen glass.

Hazy amber gold body with a quickly diminishing white head.

An expected bouquet: there is banana, lemon, vanilla, maybe a little spice. This beer is mostly sweet however.

The sweetness of the nose is much subdued on the palate. The beer starts with lemon and slowly adds some clove and a general earthiness. As the drink is swallowed, the banana cream pie sweetness is reintroduced and makes for a very satisfying finish.

More bubbly than creamy, this Hefe still manages a solid medium body. I prefer a little less crispness with this style.

The aromas of this beer are excellent, almost like sticking your nose in a banana cream pie! I wish the palate did the same, but it spends more time with herbal and earthy tones. Only getting to what the nose flirted at in the finish. Still, this was quite the easy drink.

Serving type: can

11-15-2013 09:09:06 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

A - Very hazy straw color with a finger and a half of white head that dissipates quickly

S - Banana, clove, yeast, and lemon are all apparent in the aroma

T - The taste closely follows the aroma, with banana, lemon, clove, wheat, and Belgian yeast being the predominant flavors. This is accompanied by some citrus fruity esters. A really nice balance in the flavors

M - A moderate body, pretty chewy for a hefeweizen, and moderate carbonation

O - This is a great balanced American hefe with a Belgian twist. It's easy drinking and is quite complex. Good job Karbach

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 00:34:12 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of RTG3467


3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from local H-E-B in 6 pack, cans.

A- Poured from can into pint glass, 2 finger thick light khaki foamy head. Left good lacing on glass, dissipated a little fast.

S- Citrus, Subtle Wheat, and Banana. Very complimenting of each other. No alcohol

T- Easy tasting wheat on the front end with a good balance of citrus notes. Spicy on the finish, probably from the yeast, coriander and banana.

M- Smooth, with excellent constant carbonation.

O- Not overpowering in wheat or hops. Good overall balance, no major flavors really standing out. Still exceeded my expectations, enjoyed this very much for an early afternoon.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 20:16:07 | More by RTG3467
Photo of kojevergas


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz aluminum can with colourful label art acquired as part of a 6 pack for $13.00 at the Growler Room here in Austin (less than an hour ago) and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are somewhat high given its current ratings. Reviewed as a hybridized hefeweizen/witbier because the label identifies it as such. I'm skeptical of that style - if only because this brewery has yet to impress me. No ABV is listed on the can.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a three finger wide head of biege-khaki colour. Nice soft welcoming complexion. Decent creaminess and thickness. Somewhat frothy. Uneven but consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good for the average ABV - about 5-6+ minutes.

Body colour is a semitransparent translucent lemon-yellow of good vibrance. Cloudy. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks good for its hybridized style. Not hazy like a hefeweizen, and it's clearly filtered somehow, but it looks good. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Banana, clove, and tinges of lemon and orange fruit esters. Clean wheat provides a pleasant fresh base. A bit of crackery malt. Pilsner malts. Light floral hop presence. Some cream. I like the well-integrated citrusy notes; I'd like the beer to go even further with them. Not as juicy or citrusy as it could be, but pleasant and appealing overall.

No yeast character is detectable; it doesn't seem alive. Though I do get clove and banana, which probably emerge from the yeast. No alcohol is detectable.

Better than expected for the hybrid of two different styles. Really looking forward to trying it. An approachable likable aroma of mild strength. No off notes are detectable.

T: It's a nice pleasant flavour profile across the board. Clean fresh wheat provides a nice simple foundation, and is complemented very nicely by fairly timid lemon & orange citrus peel and their accompanying esters. Pilsner malt lightens it up a bit. If you're a spice fan, it's got a fair amount of banana and clove, bringing in some of that yeasty complexity you'd expect from a good hefeweizen. Has a lightly fruity and floral hop presence, which works well with the other notes. What really works here is its great balance; it's a gestalt cohesive beer. Every note in the profile has a place. That said, it is a bit simple; you won't find the yeasty complexity of the best hefeweizens or the incredibly refreshing lemon peel and fresh cilantro of the best witbiers. But it works as a hybrid; it doesn't feel like a gimmick. While most beers that attempt this kind of thing end up displeasing fans of both styles, I think most fans of either will enjoy this one. Good subtlety and layering. A tasty beer with a lot going on. Very pleasant.

Slightly on the sweeter side.

Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Good flavour diversity; this may be its strong suit coupled with its balance.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Refreshing, smooth, and wet. Clean and fresh. Great body and presence on the palate for the style. Excellent carbonation. Really complements the flavour profile nicely, even coming across as though custom-tailored specifically to it. Shockingly good execution here. The texture suits the taste quite well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy. Not chewy either.

Dr: Really surpassed my modest expectations. I walked into this suspicious it was a gimmick - the hybrid style is a red flag - but Karbach really pulled off the concept well. Karbach has scored points in my book, and I look forward to the offerings from them I currently have in me fridge. I could definitely go for another and will look forward to finishing off the rest of me six-pack. I might even go for a second after this review; it's pretty tasty stuff. I'd recommend it to friends and trade partners; look out, Live Oak.


Serving type: can

09-18-2013 02:26:23 | More by kojevergas
Photo of stercomm


3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchase a six pack of cans from Spec's (yeah I miss my local Spec's)

A- Poured into a nasty hotel glass, hazy straw in color with a slight white head that receded quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

S- get a musty banana scent with some slight spices.

T - Nicely balanced flavor, getting the banana taste good finish.

M - medium bodied with slight carbonation

O - I really like this beer, good flavor profile, nice session beer

Serving type: can

09-18-2013 00:12:29 | More by stercomm
Photo of brurevu


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It poured a hazy gold with a nice fluffy white head and the nose was dominated by the classic Bavarian wheat banana notes with some slight cloves and citrus as well. The taste was a perfect blend of both Belgian and Bavarian wheat styles with the classic clove and banana flavors of a Bavarian wheat melding seamlessly with the citrus peel and coriander of the Belgian White. It had the thick and creamy body you would expect from a top notch wheat beer, but was light and refreshing enough to withstand our Texas heat.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 17:44:24 | More by brurevu
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Long road trip to Texas. Upon arriving at a friend's place, a sixer of this beer awaiting me and my wife. Very thoughtful.

The beer is hazy and pale yellow. An inch of head rapidly fades to but a thin wispy layer. The aroma and flavor are both a bit off. Overly sweetened, with abundant pilsner malt and/or cereal grain character. Metallic and harsh on the palate. One was more than enough. Not again.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 23:02:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Dope


3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber pour. Big fluffy tan head that fizzes away very quickly. Soap bubble-like head. Zero lacing. Looks still afterwards.

S: Really sweet grains. Almost like corn syrup somehow. A bit of orange and banana?

T: Sweet orange and some...coriander? Wheat shows up in the finish but there is a sickly syrupy sweet layer of orange over everything. Mildly dry finish oddly enough, despite the sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Hmph. Wasn't feeling this one. It's a really sweet and orangy witbier-esque brew, it actually reminds me heavily of shock top. That's not a good thing. Not terrible but not great either. Makes me wonder if it isn't old - but there's no date so who knows.

Serving type: can

07-15-2013 02:39:56 | More by Dope
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

cloudy orange pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of bready pilsner malts, citrusy orange, coriander - pretty standard witbier. this reminds me pretty much of hoeegarden.. the flavor is bready, slightly sweet, with mostly the orangey citrus flavor.. and a slight hint of coriander. light/medium body with high carbonation.

this is probably the most unimpressive beer i've had from karbach. it IS refreshing at least, so that's a plus for this hot weather.

Serving type: can

07-03-2013 00:35:47 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a very bold, golden appearance, with relatively large brown chunks and relatively tiny white chunks suspended throughout the beer. There are lots of tight bubble streams and decent lacing. The aroma is of banana pudding, white bread, and powdered sugar. Taste is of coriander, slight banana, and Sunbeam brand white bread, with some background bread crust and underlying, yet faint, banana notes. Mouthfeel is watery and slick, and Karbach Weisse Versa finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. Overall, for a wheat, this is a winner. Yum!


Serving type: can

06-27-2013 15:28:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of SHODriver


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a weizen glass to a cloudy golden orange with a small white head that fades quickly
S: smells of bananas, orange, wheat and coriander
T: creamy wheat, spice, slight orange, some banana and honey like sweetness. swallow is more spice a bit more banana and wheat
M: light in the mouth with soft and slightly prickly carbonation, somewhat refreshing finish
O: pretty good, nice flavors and a decent complexity without any serious faults. easy drinking and won't wreck the palate.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 03:33:43 | More by SHODriver
Photo of douginromeo


3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extra from a trade with dcloeren. Can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Nice, hazy gold color that's representative of the style. It's completely opaque and pours with a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Banana and clove: very typical of German yeast.

Taste - A bit weak. There's some banana and clove, but not nearly as much body as one would expect from a German style wheat. Just feels a bit empty after the initial banana hit.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation. Some body but not full - none of the silkiness that should be there.

Overall - Just an average easy drinking lawnmower beer. My home brewed wit tastes better IMHO. Probably wouldn't drink again unless it was given to me.

Serving type: can

04-21-2013 03:48:05 | More by douginromeo
Photo of AlexFields


3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange amber color, pure white bubbly head less than an inch thick, fades reasonably quickly. Not much of a head for a wheat beer but it's pretty regardless.

Nose is yeasty banana, malty vanilla/caramel (almost white chocolate), maybe some strawberry or other fruit, spices.

Taste opens with fruit, strawberry or grapes or something, moves into that malty flavor again, some spice but not too much, something kindof tangy or metallic maybe but it's not as much of an off flavor as that sounds like. Less banana flavor than in the nose, more berry fruit.

Mouthfeel is fairly well carbed, body a little thick for a wheat beer, drinkability pretty good.

Solid beer overall, actually not that much like a normal hefeweizen *or* wit, though definitely more like the former.


Serving type: can

04-15-2013 23:41:47 | More by AlexFields
Photo of Premo88


3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into wheat beer glass

A: murky yellow-orange look that screams "wheat beer!" to me. not a fantastic head, but a good 1/3-inch that disappates quickly.

S: really smell malt; really smell sweet banana/fruit/thing. and there's a slight sourness to it that I'm assuming must be part of the wheat beer thing.

T: pretty much exactly how it smells. i bought of 6-pack of this one, and I liked the taste of the sixth can much more than the first as I got used to its taste. not bitter at all; very easy to drink, probably a damn good summer/session beer.

F: nothing major either way ... good carbonation.

O: I'm so untutored in the hefeweizen style that reviewing this one is more a first stab in the dark than anything. the best thing about it: it tastes like beer. ultimately, through the sweetness and slight sour effect and all else, it tastes like a good beer. nothing wrong with that ...

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 01:31:46 | More by Premo88
Photo of matjack85


3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I only got to enjoy 5oz of this stuff as it came as part of a flight of 5 Texas beers for $10. Served on tap at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston, Texas.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color, typical for the style. The 1½-finger white head dissipated in about 30 seconds but it left a decent amount of lacing behind.

It had the typical wheat, banana, and clove smell, but it also had a spicy and orangy smell to it.

Plenty of wheat and banana flavor with coriander spice and some mildly bitter citrus peel thrown in for balance.

On the lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, a decent hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2013 05:45:58 | More by matjack85
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden yellow in color. This beer reminds me a bit of Schells hefe. Lots of bananas and cloves. Tons of wheat and some spice.

Very typical hefe. Easy to drink. Light bodied with a creamy/bubbly mouthfeel.

Not much else to say about this one. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2013 19:10:36 | More by mothman
Photo of crazyforbeerness

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im not sure how this gets such a high rating after so many people have tasted Ayinger and Paulaner wheat beers. On the flip side its hard to give this a low rating when you get the smell, appearance and mouth feel that you get from all of the top wheat beers but there just something in the taste that keeps me from rating it higher. It's almost like an overpowering banana and clove taste that does not give me the satisfaction of a true weissbier.
Overall however its not a bad beer. The smell is an awesome banana and wheat and yeast that you would expect from a true wheat beer. It pours a unfiltered yellow with a medium head that dissolves quickly and has a thin lacing. I would drink this again but only when more respected wheat beers are not around.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 14:10:21 | More by crazyforbeerness
Photo of pvo


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good- light but sweet, with lasting flavors of banana. I would actually recommend against this as a summer beer-- it's a bit rich for that-- but it is December, after all, and I would gladly have another. This beer was solid across the board. Nothing amazing, just a well made wheat beer that is exactly what it is supposed to be.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2012 00:28:04 | More by pvo
Photo of TMoney2591


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this can!

A pox on this beer for continuing the strange fixation of many in this country to pronounce "vice-verse" as "vice-a versa". Madness! Anyway, this stuff pours a lightly hazed straw topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, lemon zest, coriander, tangerine zest, light clove, and perfume-y flowers. Damn mouth-watering, I say. The taste generally brings in more of the same, but the fleshy fruit from before is now rindier, a bit more subdued in brightness. It's a palpable drop, lemme tell ya. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice little hefe. Though not quite as yeasty as others may be, it still provides a good amount of enjoyment. Not bad at all.

Serving type: can

12-02-2012 00:31:35 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of GregSVT


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours hazy yellow with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really something on this one. Big aromas of banana, wheat, bubblegum, and belgian esters. I could smell this all night.

T: The taste doesn't exactly live up to the promises the nose made but it's still pretty good. Nice flavors of banana, wheat, malt, and belgian yeast.

M: The feel is crisp but the bigger bubbles make it feel a bit odd. I'd like to see smaller bubbles and creamier.

O: Not a bad example of the style and something I could drink in quantity at a BBQ or something like that.

Serving type: can

11-01-2012 03:02:05 | More by GregSVT
Photo of dcloeren


4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of bright white fluffy head.

The aroma is dominated by spicy notes of clove, banana and bubblegum. Very inviting.

The taste follows the nose. Spice/Clove forward with bubblegum undertones. Very nice banana finish. Very delicious!

Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall this is my favorite Karbach offering and one of my latest go to beers. I would put this on par with Live Oak but without the hype. Maybe one day it will get up there on that level but it is a delicious hef either way.

Serving type: can

10-29-2012 19:03:45 | More by dcloeren
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a regular American wheat beer than a hefe, although not a bad one at that. Foamy pour, light body, floral spicy aroma. Suitably carbonated. Decent drinkability, a tad fruity and significantly spicy. Medium mouthfeel at best, a tad watery. Thanks SliverX.

Serving type: can

10-03-2012 01:00:54 | More by Sammy
Photo of GRG1313


4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not reviewing formally much these days but just got some Texas brews to try and this one is a winner. We here in California don't see these cans and this one was a treat.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a nice white head that quickly fades. Nose is great. Big full assertive esters. Lots of orange honey and tangerine with undertones of banana and light spice. All in all very pleasant and inviting.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and lightly carbonated. Feels very integrated and again welcoming - you want to drink it.

Flavor profile is what makes this. Tart orange, green herb tones, green fruit, light tangerine and most importantly it's all well balanced and very integrated. Lots of banana character but again, all fully integrated with the other flavors. I couldn't stop drinking it even though I've got four other beers here to taste! I'm not real familiar with Texas breweries and a friend sent a box. I'm going to explore more of Texas after this.

Finish is fresh, lightly orange peel bitter and sets you up for more. Nice all around.

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 01:34:36 | More by GRG1313
Photo of woodychandler


3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another CAN courtesy of the wondrous JenRay! As my students CAN tell you, I am a big believer in puns and wordplay so this one is right up my alley.

From the CAN: "(Proudly) Brewed in Texas"; "Ale Brewed with Spices"; "Both. At the same time."; "Wheat'ish. Sometimes, the obvious is ingenious. It might also settle the argument. The fantastic flavors found in a Bavarian Hefeweizen? Or the intriguing spices that a Belgian white embodies? Which is better? Turns out, both. At the same time."

I was able to make an inverted Crack & Glug happen and not only did I get two fingers of yellowish-white head that popped and dropped quickly out of existence, but the kitchen smelled like I was baking banana bread. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose smelled like black pepper had been sprinkled on a banana! I am not going to attempt this in real life any time soon. Talk about two great tastes that may or may not taste great together ... Mouthfeel was medium and my initial taste was of bananas which drives me bananas, but then the spices kicked in and I was enjoying it a bit more. Finish was semi-dry, mostly due to the inclusion of the spices. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or step on anyone's toes, but asking me to like banana ester-driven Hefeweizen is like asking and expecting Archie Bunker to be more tolerant. I won't be taking up valuable cooler space with this beer.

Serving type: can

09-13-2012 22:23:08 | More by woodychandler
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Weisse Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.