Weisse Versa Wheat | Karbach Brewing Co.

Weisse Versa WheatWeisse Versa Wheat
BA SCORE
69.7%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 452 ratings
Weisse Versa WheatWeisse Versa Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
karbachbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#10,924
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
452
Liked:
315
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
13.8%
Alströms:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
155
Trade:
1
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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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i really enjoyed this wit/hefe hybrid, it really is the best of both worlds, and i found it light, bright, summery, and refreshing, better than anticipated. a cool mix of the two styles and all the key elements from both are there. it starts with the wheat malt, which is pale and light but very fresh and entirely foundational for this beer. the banana creamy yeast complexion of a good hefe leads the way, but the coriander spice and citrus elements of the wit are also present, especially towards the finish. notes of lemongrass, orange, and mild spices, none of it over the top or run away, its all restrained enough to keep this approachable and majorly easy drinking. i like how high the carbonation is, and how it warms up, its a total crusher, but more flavorful than other beers in that context. definitely a warm weather thing for me, but a really tasty brew overall, some of the better stuff i have had from these guys, and a cool fusion of styles that i am seeing for the first time. i am surprised more brewers havent gone for something like this, the elements of both work perfectly together!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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