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Weisse Versa Wheat - Karbach Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 15
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lnashsig on 09-04-2011

German Hefeweizen / Belgian Witbier hybrid, brewed with coriander and citrus peel.
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Ratings: 335 | Reviews: 60
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #73 (Feb 2013):

What do you get when you cross a German Hefeweizen and a Belgian Witbier? This. While both styles focus on wheat and yeast, we get coriander and citrus peel common in Wits, and of course some like to garnish their Hefes with lemon. Does it work? It’s a little rough around the edges, but yes.

STYLE: Hefeweizen Hybrid
ABV: 5.2%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Cloudy orange-amber, thin lacing

SMELL: Coriander, straw, orange rind

TASTE: Super creamy, wheat tannins, tea, coriander, fruity, gummy, green banana, honey, crackery, dry

Photo of Mora2000
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston.

The beer pours an ugly, murky yellow color with a white head. Even for a beer that is supposed to be hazy, this beer is pretty ugly. The aroma is full of wheat with a lot of banana and clove notes mixed in. The flavor also has a lot of hefeweizen character to it, with a lot of banana and clove notes. However, there is also a little bit of orange peel in the flavor, but I don't get any of the coriander that is used in the beer. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of lnashsig
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Proud to be the first to enter a beer on Karbach's BA page, and proud to have this new Houston brewery situated less than 2 miles from my house in Houston. They have a great brewing Heritage from Brewmaster Eric Warner, and I expect them to be a staple in my fridge and in my cup from here on out.

Got my growler filled with this beer less than 4 hrs ago at Petrol Station in Houston. Poured from growler into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a cloudy, light orange/yellow color. Crazy head fills the glass immediately- its almost reminiscent of a saison/farmhouse ale in appearance. Great head retention, stays around forever. Smell- coriander, citrus peel (orange), lemon citrus, and definitely a yeasty, bready quality to the aroma. Just smells fantastic. Taste- first thing that hits the palate is the coriander spice, followed by that dry citrus peel. Excellent carbonation makes for a dry finish. There is definitely a breadiness on the palate too- yummy sweet breads- something you would imagine coming from the dough of a fresh baked cinnamon roll. Man- this is an amazing beer. So light, airy, refreshing. I'm upping my grade to a 5 on the taste and mouthfeel. This beer is nothing less than world class- I can't wait to have it available in cans shortly.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of TheYeagermeister
4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Karbach is definitely their highest quality and tastiest, imo. It's a cross between a witbier and a hefe, but overall, more like a hefe.

A--Cloudy and golden. Nice foamy and creamy white head with great retention.

S--Banana at the forefront, clove, light fruit, lemon, biscuit, coriander. The smell promises everything in the taste and does not disappoint.

T--This one is in my top 5--best wheat beer I've ever had. Perfect balance of tangy, citrusy hops blended expertly with banana and honey wheat malts. Sweetness comes in at the forefront but finishes cleanly and crisply. Totally refreshing, great session beer.

M--Luscious mouthfeel. Creamy and medium bodied with a balanced level of carbonation.

D--I could drink 20 of these, and I might.

Overall, I would say Karbach knocked it out of the park, and Eric Warner is to be commended. I am stoked to have such an excellent brewery in Houston--very much looking forward to seeing their beer in stores.

Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by bananas, some spice. Taste is good, banana, spice, wheat, easy drinking and refreshing. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall makes a great summer beer.

Photo of GSchuler
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Best wheat i have tried to date ,i would like a bottle though.Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head that stands on the beer and doesn't quit. There's also an alka-seltzler amount of carbonation in the glass. Biscuity malt and grassy, herbal hop aroma. There's also some distant coriander and sweet anise type spice. The flavor is much more citrus and coriander flavor. The spice starts out and then fades a bit with the appearance of citrus hop, fruity esters and sweet candi sugar. The alcohol burn shows up in the finish which also has a lingering coriander spice. High carbonation give it a peppery feel. Somewhat light body

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass.

Deep orange body to dull yellow brass body. Opaque with small carbonation, and a big fluffy white tall three finger head, and minimal retention. Sticks around for a bit and leaves some hugging pill like lacing.

Real strong hefeweizen like aroma. Thick esters and lots of lemon and sharp clove. A bit of interesting peanut butter qualities and hints of mellon cantaloupe as well. Quite impressive and big, very dense and large estery smelling brew.

Real interesting palate. Taste comes out more candied orange with a witbier like freshness and simple orange sweetness. Gone it seems are the hefe character and it's turned to witbier before my palate, and a decent one at that. Fresh chewy body, with a good amount of citrus and a hint of banana just wants to sneak out. Mild phenolic like qualities of clove really noticeable with some light and tight carbonation.

What a neat brew. Smells like a hefeweizen but tastes like a Belgian witbier, and a real good one at that.

Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of crazyforbeerness
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

RJT

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally the cans from Karbach have hit stores! I was a little bummed to not find a freshness date on them though; this could be a problem going forward.

Pours a hazed gold color with a fluffy white head that did not stick around long, nor left much lacing.

Smells more like a witbier than an APW, there is definitely some coriander here and has a definite orange-y aspect to it. Little bit of bubblegum and clove as it warms up. Has me thinking more of a wit-hefe hybrid at this point.

Taste is light on the spices; I must say...and has a nice yeasty presence. Interesting. Refreshing and zesty with a soft, sweet wheat presence mid-palate. I had this on tap a few months ago and did not think much of it, but out of a can it is fairly impressive. I can see myself buying more than a few of these over the hot summer months down here. When I went to review this and saw the 91 score, homer-ism came straight to mind…but this one is actually a pretty damn good wheat beer despite the cross-classification issues; lets go with witahefewheat?

Photo of brurevu
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of MordorMongo, who gave it to me since he got a few as extras in a trade. Thanks Scott!

This Weiss in a can pours a light bodied, very cloudy dull gold in clor with a few chunks of sediment. It looks the part and has a one finger white head. The nose is decent too. There is plenty of Bavarian yeast and banana, some clove, and spice. The flavors are on par as well. There is plenty of yeast character and earthy spice. It also has an ever so slight creamed corn element, but nowhere as intense as Live Oak. The best part of this beer may be the body. It drinks thick for a Hefe. That's how I like them and this drinks as thick as Weihenstephaner. Overall this was a pretty nice Hefe and it really surprised me. I didn't think a Hefe out of a can could be this good.

Photo of RTG3467
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of sukwonee
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from Daniel and what a pleasant surprise! (Thanks!)

A: This beer looks delicious. Light orange color with two finger head, good amount of lacing. Cloudy

S: Orange, yeast, lemon, some spice

T: Banana, orange, yeasty taste, followed by some breadiness, finishes with a bit of sweetness as well as bitterness. Maybe it's due to the aftertaste, but I walk away feeling that this American version of Hefeweizen is sweeter and bitterer than your typical German Hefeweizen. I don't mind ther bitterness (as it's not that bitter - just comparively bitter), but I wish it was a tad bit less sweet.

M: It's perfect. Good amount of carbonation, medium body.

O: Way way better than I had expected. Plus, I have to add that this is the only hefeweizen that I had that came in a can. I thought this one was up there with Live Oak Hefeweizen. In fact, this one tasted and smelled closer to German Hefeweizen (with spices). Another good brew from Texas.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden apricot in color with light to moderate amounts of active carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a medium sized cap of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of banana with light to moderate aromas of clove over a light aroma of wheat malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat and bready malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana and clove with just a hint of spicy/nutmeg in the finish. Slightly sweet upfront and minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Another really enjoyable Hefeweizen coming from a Texas brewery - easy to drink and refreshing so it makes sense why this would be popular in Texas considering the summer heat there. Definitely worth grabbing.

Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of VaterRoss
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into 22oz BWW weizen glass.

Pours a typical hefe cloudy orange yellow although with a smaller than normal white head. Head goes down to a skim fairly quickly given the style. Smell is light and lemon citrusy with some of the yeast coming out, though not as much as I'd like. Taste is light and citrusy wheat some good amounts of hefe yeast and a hint of spice. The aftertaste has some orange rind. Body is extremely light given the style and could use a bit of oomph, nice and dry.

This comes off more like a weak weissbier than a wit/weiss hybrid. Only fans of the style will be able to pick up the subtle spicing and lighter than normal body that suggest wit. Not a bad beer but leaves me wanting either a wit or a weiss, not both.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of kungpao
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Petrol Station Houston.

A- Hazy warm yellowish orange color poured with a decent 1 and half finger eggshell colored head. Looks very refreshing and inviting.

S- This thing smells great. Lots of wheat, hints of a sweet banana/ clove. Very fruity smelling but not tropical fruits or citrus typically associated with heavily hopped IPAs.

T- This thing tastes awesome. The smell transfers over to the taste greatly. Lots of wheat and refreshing light fruit flavor. A tad bit of hops balances everything things out. This beer finishes dry and is more flavorful than alot of it's euro counterparts.

M- Light, crisp and very quaffable. Plenty of carbonation. This beer has a perfect home here in the sweltering heat of Houston.

O- This is one of the best heffe/wit style beers I've had the pleasure of drinking. I think this beer is even superior to its Live Oak counterpart. Very proud this is made in my home town. I went back the very next day after trying it and got a growler fill.

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Weisse Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.