Karbach Brewing Co.

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American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #252
Ranked #39,081
3.64 | pDev: 11.26%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 142
Photo of depechemode1983
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy straw color. The had is white and thin with moderate retention. Just a bit of lacing can be seen.

Lots of wheat in the nose. Its accompanied by sweet pineapple and light tropical hops bitterness.

Wheat, pineapple juice, orange slices, and a hint of lemon and honey.

The mouthfeel light bodied with tingling carbonation. Its quite refreshing with all the summer flavors.

All in all pretty solid.

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Photo of Brian_H8
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A refreshingly quaffable session ale that is balanced and tasty. Even my friends who are not too keen on wheat beers like this one. I stock it as a regular part of the fridge.

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Photo of ordybill
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a semi clear gold color with a small white head. The aroma is citrus and wheat. The taste is watery and mild.

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Photo of gvickery
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It’s got a good beer smell. It tastes more like a lager to me. Very slight skunk but quickly replaced by a good balance of malts and hops. It has the cleanest finish I’ve ever had. Almost no aftertaste. I drank it from the can so I have no idea how it looks. It’s solid. Not a world shaker but a quality brew. If you want a lot of flavor with a clean finish this will do it.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, light golden body, with a modest head, which soon dissipates to a slight dusting of foam on the surface. Modest, broken, fine-beaded lacing is present.

Aroma: A dramatic wave of pine hops is offered in the aroma. Pale malt struggles to assert beneath the hops.

Taste: Opens with fairly sharp pine and citric hops, with as well as crisp pale wheat malt. As the taste progresses, the pine and citric hops dominate, but the lightly toasted wheat malt maintains a presence. Finishes with white bread notes and mild citric and pine hop flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with a bit of champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and refreshing example, well-made for a long, hot summer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a fluffy white head and symmetrically laces. Hazy gold. Aroma is granted, wheaty and slightly hoppy. Flavor has more hops in it but is wheat and malt forward. Love the balance of grainy wheat, pale malts and grassy, citrus and floral hops. Light and very refreshing. This beer was clearly made for Houston summers. On tap at Pappas Burgers at Hobby airport. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12 oz can to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Loved this beer. Easy drinking but plenty of flavor. Delicious. Awesome beer for this humid as hell 100 degree day in Houston. My second favorite Karbach beer right behind Sympathy for the Lager. Will be my go to beer all summer (along with SFTL). Well done Karbach.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a can into a plastic cup at the bowling alley. Pretty straw color with a nice white head that sticks around. Faint malty, bready aromas. First taste is that of a Blonde Ale, not really that of a Summer Wheat. Very little hops nose. Maybe what we call "bready malt" in these light ales might really be from the other "bread" component, yeast. That's what it tastes like to me, at least, and the main reason I prefer my light beers to be lagers rather than ales. All in all, I guess it isn't bad for what it is...easy to drink when you are hot and thirsty. Not on the level of an Oberon or Gumballhead for taste, though.

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Photo of Tommo
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of boring, i mean its fine, decent flavor profile. But it is ever so thin. I know its hot in texas but this is just not much fo a beer. session ale taken to far

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved this beer. Light gold in color with a two finger head.
Lemony with some malt on the nose.
Citrusy lemon with slight malt for the taste.
Okay feel. Just a little watery, but it is light on the alcohol, so it works.
Overall a great beer to me. Very crushable. Will keep as long as it is around. Recommend to light lovers.

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Photo of OregonDuckinTexas
4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice, pleasant lager style brew with a modest amount of hop flavor to distinguish it from the run of the mill brew. In addition, it has a very nice malt/wheat note that lends balance without being sweet.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Always on the lookout for a good session for the summer. This one is solid, for what it is. Decent hop aroma. Solid hop flavor. Not overpowering. Very good. Could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing like opening a box from the mighty JenRay who routinely sends me CANs from Texas! This one arrived recently and since an approved pic already exists, I am going to dive right in.

From the CAN: "why go anywhere else?"; "Go Texan."; "Recycle Dammit!"; "Ahh [...] Close your eyes and let your toes dip into the water. Take a sip and melt away into pure relaxation. If you couldn't hear your neighbor's dog barking his ass off[,] you'd swear you were in Cancun. But jet-setting was not in the cards this year. Make the most of your Staycation with a fantastic Texas Session Beer brewed with bright, citrusy aromatic hops and a touch of wheat for a smooth finish. Crack it open and you'll swear there's sunshine in this freaking [CAN]."

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN & so I CANtemplated an inverted Glug to celebrate before settling on a more gentle decanting. Even so, I got a finger of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention for my efforts. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see through walls! Nose held a slighty tart lemony character. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite lemony, almost like sherbet, with a slight tartness, as though sprinkled with lemon zest. The finish was semi-dry with a light biscuit-malt flavor beginning to assert itself. I CAN see why this is CANsidered a summer Session beer for them - it was light, pleasant, refreshing & just the sort of thing for a hot, humid day. I would have some in my cooler if I had regular access to it. I must say, I am impressed by what Karbach BC is doing with their CANned beer program!

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Photo of Spikester
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lightly hazed pale gold with three fingers of ten minute head that leaves streaks and clumps of lace as the level falls.
Smell is mild bready malts. A bit of citrus hops.
Taste is mild bready malts with a nice lemon citrus hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and well carbonated.
Finish is lightly lemon bitter and moderately dry.
Overall for a can of beer that is about seven and a half months old it is quite good. Did not catch any real wheat in the flavor which is fine by me. Nice light refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of kennybor24
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of citrus and oats after pouring into chilled pint. Decent foam head. Minimal line left. Tastes of citrus and overall light and refreshing beer with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Premo88
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into nonic
(5/29/15 born-on date)

L: cloudy yellow that clears up over time, with short but thick head of white foam just 1/3 to 1/2-inch tall; beer is about 80-90% clear once it settles in glass, and the yellow has no gold, red or brown in it ... very wheat looking but quite clear; almost gose-like look; minimal sticking and lacing but nice tight collar of white foam

S: sweet grass and grain, then onion; like the appearance, it takes on a bit of a salty gose-like smell, tart lemon; onion takes over

T: sweet grain, corn, a pinch of grass; tart aftertaste, very subtle; as it warms, has a slight citrus flavor, orange, pineapple

F: fantastic, lightweight but good carbonation to help fill it out

O: wonderful brew, very light and easy drinking but full of flavor, including a nice mix of American pale ale notes (citrusy) and wheat notes (tart lemon) with some grain and green grassy hops thrown in. I will be drinking a lot of this beer.

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Photo of alerivers
2.22/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

It's summer & wanted something a little more refreshing. Staycation is very refreshing but left me wanting so much more in the flavor department. This would be great if I planned to drink all day in the hot sun.

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Photo of Wayne17
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Smell is some citrus, cotton candy, and cereal. The taste kind of remind me of the milk (or let's say you used water instead) that is left over in your bowl after you eat Lucky Charms.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are minimal. Has a crisp citrusy aroma. May have some slight piney resin thrown in. Citrus, wheat taste with a slight amount of resin at the end. More of a citrus aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Good beer for floating down the river. Refreshing.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

When I first heard about this beer I was under the impression that it was going to be a session IPA, This definitely is not an IPA by any means at all. With that said it is an extremely tasty and refreshing Summer beer. It's kind of a golden color with a white head, There 's a little hop aroma present but not too much. The taste is very bready and biscuity with hints of flavor from the citra hops. It is very light and refreshing. Like I said before it is not an IPA whatsoever and I'm glad to see it is not categorized as one.

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Photo of champ103
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a slight chilled hazed at first, but that clears up quickly. A fluffy white head forms to over two fingers. Plenty of lace left behind.
S: Green, leafy hops. Grassy, citrusy, and right away very clean in the nose. Light cracker maltiness that rounds the nose out beautifully. Simple, incredibly balanced, and really nice.
T: Like the nose, but with a touch more cracker/biscuit malts up front. Grassy, floral, citrus hops. Again, amazingly balanced and simple. I want to keep coming back for more.
M/O: A light body that is effervescent and crisp. Though smooth at the same time. As said above, supper clean and dry. Something I can easily enjoy all day, and one that grows on you the more you have it. As a good session beer should.

I would not really put this in the American Pale Wheat Ale category. Any wheat added is more to give it some body and smooth it out. Which it does, perfectly, not really added to give a lot of flavor. This is a great sessionable pale ale, and one that I will be drinking all summer. Agreed with twiggy, this is really underrated. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can pours a lightly hazed yellow color with a stiff head of white, swiss-lace that hangs around forever. Great looking brew.

Nose is dry hopped goodness, leafy, fresh and green. Malt is crackery, bordering on biscuits...plenty of backbone here.

Taste is a wonderful blend of graininess, hop flavor and nutty yeast. This might just be my go to summer beer this year. Fantastic. Body is plentiful for the style and the hop flavors are just fantastic. I have no idea why this is only rated an 83, one of the best new Karbach offerings in quite some time.

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Staycation from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 142 ratings