Weisse Versa Wheat | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Weisse Versa WheatWeisse Versa Wheat

Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

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.

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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 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 facundoCNB
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

cloudy orange pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of bready pilsner malts, citrusy orange, coriander - pretty standard witbier. this reminds me pretty much of hoeegarden.. the flavor is bready, slightly sweet, with mostly the orangey citrus flavor.. and a slight hint of coriander. light/medium body with high carbonation.

this is probably the most unimpressive beer i've had from karbach. it IS refreshing at least, so that's a plus for this hot weather.

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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 jngrizzaffi
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 4.75
Aroma 4.25
Taste 4.5
Mouthfeel 4.5
Overall 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with this foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Aroma standard for Hefes - coriander, orange peel, German yeasts. Slightly citric malty taste up front, followed by a strong coriander bitterness. Great aftertaste. Definitely one of my favorite, readily available Hefes.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of douginromeo
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extra from a trade with dcloeren. Can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Nice, hazy gold color that's representative of the style. It's completely opaque and pours with a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Banana and clove: very typical of German yeast.

Taste - A bit weak. There's some banana and clove, but not nearly as much body as one would expect from a German style wheat. Just feels a bit empty after the initial banana hit.

Mouthfeel - Lots of carbonation. Some body but not full - none of the silkiness that should be there.

Overall - Just an average easy drinking lawnmower beer. My home brewed wit tastes better IMHO. Probably wouldn't drink again unless it was given to me.

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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 Premo88
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into wheat beer glass

A: murky yellow-orange look that screams "wheat beer!" to me. not a fantastic head, but a good 1/3-inch that disappates quickly.

S: really smell malt; really smell sweet banana/fruit/thing. and there's a slight sourness to it that I'm assuming must be part of the wheat beer thing.

T: pretty much exactly how it smells. i bought of 6-pack of this one, and I liked the taste of the sixth can much more than the first as I got used to its taste. not bitter at all; very easy to drink, probably a damn good summer/session beer.

F: nothing major either way ... good carbonation.

O: I'm so untutored in the hefeweizen style that reviewing this one is more a first stab in the dark than anything. the best thing about it: it tastes like beer. ultimately, through the sweetness and slight sour effect and all else, it tastes like a good beer. nothing wrong with that ...

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Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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 crazyforbeerness
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of pvo
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good- light but sweet, with lasting flavors of banana. I would actually recommend against this as a summer beer-- it's a bit rich for that-- but it is December, after all, and I would gladly have another. This beer was solid across the board. Nothing amazing, just a well made wheat beer that is exactly what it is supposed to be.

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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 GregSVT
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass

A: Pours hazy yellow with a white head that fades to a ring and leaves lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really something on this one. Big aromas of banana, wheat, bubblegum, and belgian esters. I could smell this all night.

T: The taste doesn't exactly live up to the promises the nose made but it's still pretty good. Nice flavors of banana, wheat, malt, and belgian yeast.

M: The feel is crisp but the bigger bubbles make it feel a bit odd. I'd like to see smaller bubbles and creamier.

O: Not a bad example of the style and something I could drink in quantity at a BBQ or something like that.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange with two fingers of bright white fluffy head.

The aroma is dominated by spicy notes of clove, banana and bubblegum. Very inviting.

The taste follows the nose. Spice/Clove forward with bubblegum undertones. Very nice banana finish. Very delicious!

Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall this is my favorite Karbach offering and one of my latest go to beers. I would put this on par with Live Oak but without the hype. Maybe one day it will get up there on that level but it is a delicious hef either way.

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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 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 GSchuler
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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

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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 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 coreyfmcdonald
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Weizen glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly recedes to a thin film.

S: A face full of bananas overpowering just about everything else. I get a bit of wheat and really no citrus.

T: More balanced than the aroma. I get strong wheat and bananas balanced together with some spice and citrus. Very flavorful and tasty. Spice in the way of nutmeg and lemon are quite strong.

M: Medium mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: The nose is a bit banana-y, but this is a very flavorful and tasty hefeweizen. I'm a fan.

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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 wagenvolks
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Three Floyds nonic.

An...interesting pour, to say the least. The body and head is appropriate: straw-colored with a marigold tint and a fleeting off-white cap of foam. However, the last bit of the pour released a 'slug' of yeasty sludge into the glass that gave the already-hazy body the consistency of Hot & Sour soup before it settled to the bottom of the glass. Aroma heads in the right direction, though, with a hint of Belgian wit spiciness and orange peel backed by vanilla and banana bread dough notes brought on by the wheat.

The flavor is even more pleasing, with a bright, spicy/citrusy balance to the front of the palate that finishes with a delicious, palpable wheat & banana body. Crisp, lively, refreshing. All the right notes are hit in terms of both flavor and mouthfeel. Really reminds me of Live Oak's hefeweizen in that respect, and for that--respect. Overall, a delicious wheat beer that I will surely be revisiting. Looking forward to the rest of my six-pack. Nicely done, Karbach.

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Weisse Versa Wheat from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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