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Weisse Versa Wheat - Karbach Brewing Co.

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59 Reviews

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 35.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 108 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color capped by a head that doesn't quit; streaks o lace left behind

Smell: Banana and nutmeg; wheat bread underneath

Taste: Banana but bread, up front, with a nutmeg spice character developing by mid-palate; very nutty, after the swallow, with allspice in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall: What is it with Texas and hefeweizens? First, Live Oak, and now this

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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.


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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
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.


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Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of tone77
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can. Poured a clearer yellow. Aroma is of strong Belgian Hefe yeast. Banana! Smells like Laffy Taffy Banana. Wheaty, too. Flavor is a ton of banana from there are some cloves and more wheat on the tongue. Banana pudding. Light bodied. Very peppy carbonation. Did not enjoy this beer that much.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is billed as the best of barvian hefe (yeast) and belgian wit (corriander and orange peel). I've had a few over the course of my week in town and really enjoy it (I love both of the combined styles), especially in this 100+ F weather.
On draught at the Richmond Arms, Weisse Versa is a cloudy dark gold with a small, off-white collar leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is massive hefe esters, heavy clove, banana.

Taste is also big esters. I didn't notice the wit adjuncts during the first few pints when I didn't know they were in there, and thought it was just a pure hefe. Now that I know, by searching, I can find some of the spicy bite from the coriander, but the flavor is really all esters - which is just fine by me!

Mouthfeel is dry (spices), and medium light bodied.

Drinkability is really good, especially given the climate. A full flavored hefe, unfiltered and unapologetic. I see so many domestic "hefes" that are just blonde ales with wheat, I'm glad to see their boldly embracing the flavor of the yeast. Well done, my favorite (local) beer of the trip.

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Photo of champ103
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavers. I got to meet one of the Karback guys, always a good thing.

A: Pours a cloudy, hazed golden/orange. A towering two finger white head forms with good retention and lace. Looks spot on.
S: Orange peal right up front. Very juicy and slightly tart. Zesty spice with banana and light wheat aromas. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose with huge juicy orange right up front that is awesome. Slightly tart fruits. Zesty spicy phenolics. Banana and wheat flavors. Baked bread. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp, smooth and very clean. I can drink this all day. Really enjoyable.

One of the best wheat beers in Texas. Right up there with Live Oak Hefe. Since I have had this at Beaver's, this has been my go to in cans. Excellent, and highly recommended.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kevin123 for this can...

A: Pours a nice cloudy gold with one full finger of white head that settles quickly. There is only a tiny ring along the edges of the beer that remains.

S: The nose is earthy, with notes of banana and clove. It smells sweet, but there is also a slight sour/funk note in there as well.

T: It's crisp and stinging up front with a slightly salty kick. The clove and banana come on strong afterward. The finish is bananas and wheat.

M: Light bodied beer. It's a bit stinging up front, but the carbonation settles down as it lingers on the palate. The finish is smooth and clean. A bit of banana lingers.

O: I enjoyed this beer, but it's nothing spectacular. I'd drink it again if I was ever afforded the opportunity, but it's not something I would specifically seek out in the future.

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Photo of FLima
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh straight from the brewery tap.
Hazy orange color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma of banana yeast and cloves.
Predominant flavor of bubblegum, yeast, banana, floral hops and lemon.
Medium to full body with mild carbonation.
Flavorful and very easy to drink Hefeweizen with lots of banana-bubblegum. Didn’t get much of the Witbier components.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3.75 Sens.3,5 Cj.3.5

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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%

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

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1345th Review on BA
Can to Weizen glass

Thanks to Lnashsig for this one.

App- Pours just like a Hefe, except maybe a bit lighter and clearer. Nice yellow colors with some gold in the glass. Short lived one finger head with some nice stick.

Smell- Slight earthy and grainular with a touch of bitter behind it. The yeast, pepper and bubble gum was very hidden. More like a pale wheat on the nose.

Taste- Flavors are very sharp and crisp. Takes a while to move past the pale wheat feel to it and allow some of the banana and peppery clove notes to come out. The grainy flavor was still there with a bit of a Hefe finish.

Mouth- A light body with a light stinging carbonation. Had some nice residual wheat aspect but the graininess got to me.

Drink- Another solid offering from Karbach. Had another Symphony for the lager tonight out of the can and it did taste better. Wonder if all of them do.

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Photo of Dope
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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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!


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Photo of elNopalero
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New brewery, first time trying anything from them. Hearty pour from a growler at the La Muerta bottle share. Thank you to the guy whose name I no longer remember for inviting me into the circle and offering me a taste of this fantastic brew.

This one hits all the notes. It’s like the hefe of my wildest expectations, moreso than most hefes I’ve had in memory. By that I mean it smells wonderful, with a full aroma of banana and cloves that carries over to the taste. It’s sweet, just right, and so flavorful I’m still thinking about it a day later. This is a good one and I’m eager to see more from these guys.

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Weisse Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.