Weisse Versa Wheat | Karbach Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by lnashsig on 09-04-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
430
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
33.93%
 
 
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Photo of maryannezang
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O- Very nice Hefeweizen! Smooth and frothy.

L- Golden and frothy.
S- fragrant with hints of citrus
T- Wonderful. Very light and refreshing. Nice blend of wheat and light hint of citrus.
F- medium feel. Not too light...not to heavy.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a somewht murky golden color. The head is thick and frothy. The nose is strong with wheat. The beer is strong in the wheat flavor. It's a very refreshing hefe.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome on tap at Karbach, one of my original favorites from the company. Bright gold sticky lacing beer, citrus and coriander smell, and refreshing wheat ale taste. Little bit of a Belgian white kick to a Bavarian style hefe. Crossover between multiple styles lends itself pretty well in this instance. Not sure I'd choose a sixer of this stuff anymore, but I still appreciate & love the drank. Cheers

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not your average hef by any means. Comes in hot with straight-up banana aromas and never quits afterward. Smell and flavor finish with a lemony, citrus zest, and a lighter mouthfeel than one might expect from a beer that comes on this strong at first glance. Well worth your time.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer - can definitely see it being a summertime favorite for folks - but I thought it too sweet, too bubble gummy, for my tastes, and the feel not as buoyant as you'd like from a hef/wit. Again, not a bad beer, but if you want a wit or a hef, there are plenty of traditional (and American versions) I'd reach for first.

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Photo of Brian024
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - its a bwit beer...

Feel - light and refreshing

Smell - citrus

Taste - classic German wit, tangy on the front of the tongue, bitter finish.

Overall - I'll have another... Very good drinkable beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Karbach Brewing Co. "Weisse Versa Wheat"
on tap @ Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden, Austin, TX
$5.50/pint

Interesting beer. It's basically a Bavarian-style hefe weizen that has the spices of a Belgian-style witbier (coriander and orange peel) added to the boil, making it a hybrid - or is that actually the other way around? Haaa, I just figured out the name! - I'm kind of slow!!! Yeah, I think I might put the witbier ahead of the hefe in this case, based on the light body, but then again the yeastiness really drives it. It doesn't really matter though, because beyond the question of "what's-what" it's well-balanced, zesty, and quenchingly refreshing. Sitting outside for brunch on a cool Texas morning I could have drank a rusty bucket full of these! Worth trying.

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Photo of Myotus
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz can (crafted on 16Dec15) into a weizen glass. Consumed on 11Feb16.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of white foam that dissipates into a partial line within 45 seconds. Yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are moderate in quantity and are small, medium, and large in size. I do like to see bubble diversity in my beers. Lacing is thin and nearly nonexistent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of cloves entangle with mild aromas of bananas, coriander, orange peel, wheat, and lemon zest.
TASTE: Strong flavors of cloves and mild flavors of bananas first strike the palate. Strong coriander flavors immediately follow as banana flavors grow stronger. Mild wheat flavors next make thier debut in the taste profile, giving this a nice, little complexity. Mild orange peel and subtle lemon zest flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough. Finishes very crisp.
NOTE: A very unique beer. I think Karbach did a good job at creating a Hefeweizen/Witbier hybrid. I thought the clove flavors could have been toned down a bit. The major downfall for me was the poor mouthfeel. This was too thin and carbonated. With all that being said, I once brought a six pack of these to a river trip... Not a single regret. I highly recommend on a hot, Texas day.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice golden grain color with a dense, thick head atop it.
S: Hefeweizen aroma are dead on: sweet, bubble-gum like fruitiness, with a faint spicy phenolic character. I don't pick up any witbier scents, though.
T: Ah, there we go, a little bit of coriander, perhaps a touch of bitter orange peel, but it's subtle and reserved. However, it's a quite decent hefe, with banana-fruity taste. Phenols are still light, but that's true of many good hefes. Citrus peel comes through better in the finish.
M: Good carbonation levels, with a light, drinkable body.
O: Quirky idea, well-executed. Worth buying again.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was an intense hefeweizen. Strong aroma and taste. I drank it out of the can so maybe that had something to do with it. I liked it but it didn't have the soft mouthfeel I was expecting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazed bronze with 3 fingers of fast falling eggshell white colored head. No head retention or lacing, stays a little hazed

S: Juicy fruit & pears

T: Follows the nose, some bready sweetness as well up front. More pears & breadyness as this warms, slight phenolic presence & a little bit of clove. Finishes fruity, a little dry, with some golden delicious apple skin

MF: Medium body with restrained carbonation

Drinkable, but a little restrained, even a tad timid for the style

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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 OKbrew89
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very hazy straw color with a small head that recedes quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is citrus, coriander, and unexpected grassiness. Taste is orange, coriander, and clove with a wheat backbone. Some of the spice and citrus from a hefe with the backbone of a wheat. Medium body and medium carbonation with no aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.
Interesting blend of hefe and witbier that isn't conventional. It's more hefe than witbier so the classification is right. This is a good summer and football drinker.

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Photo of justingreenwood
4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could, I would gargle with this stuff every night. The flowery banana head tickles my lips with bubbly ecstasy while the cool, refreshing golden nectar revitalizes my soul and baptizes my organs, washing away my sins.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this out at the brewery the other day. Pours a hazy orangeish-yellow with a white head. Smells like a hefeweizen with a few citrus notes. It tastes a bit sweeter than a lot of wheat beers I have tried with banana, clove, and citrus flavors, all of which a fairly well balanced. Definitely a pretty interesting beer using hefeweizen yeast, flavored with witbier ingredients, and it did a good job

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 FLima
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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 dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Pappadeaux in Huston Airport

Appearance: cloudy orangish rust with thin white head and fair lacing

Smell: yeasty wheat with a bit of citrus

Taste: wheat beer flea our with a bit of spice finishes a smooth and is very refreshing citrus comes out in the backend

Mouthfeel: leaves a citrus like wetness in the mouth would be a good hot weather beer

Overall: nice merge of German yeast wheat beer and Belgian wit.
Really glad servers did not @uck it up with fruit.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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Photo of RTG3467
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  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.

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Weisse Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing Co.
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