Friday, March 29, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Karbach Weisse Versa Wheat

So it's only been a few weeks since our last feature from Karbach Brewing, but we are getting into Spring time and that means it's about to be time for some more season appropriate beers!  Karbach is of course out of Houston, and the Weisse Versa Wheat is one of their year-round flagship releases.

The Weisse Versa Wheat is a hybrid wheat beer, their motto for the brew being "Both. At The Same Time." because it's a combination of a German hefewiezen and a Belgian white ale.  Both styles are wheat-based of course, but the German beer style gets its distinct flavors from the yeast strain primarily and the Belgian style uses a lot of spices such as coriander and orange peel.    The WeisseVersa Wheat combines the two and uses the Belgian spices with the German yeast strain.  The goal being to pack as much flavor and intrigue as possible into a pretty standard beer style.  Let's see how they did...

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), Jeremy Spikes and James Lawson  (Whiskeybomb.com).

Serving: 12 oz. blue & yellow can.

Appearance: Hazy orange, with a smallish head... I love the color though.

Aroma: Jay was picking up all sorts of fruits, he wrote down, "grapefruit, banana, tangerine, satsuma."  The banana I got for sure, but the spices are there as well.  

Taste: Same basic flavor profile as the aroma... lots of fruit flavors with a little spice.  Banana is the dominant fruit flavor, which is both expected and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, Jay said it seems like there should be pulp due to the all the fruit flavors

Overall: This was a winner amongst the four of us, with James being the low score but still a respectable 64, and Jay coming in high with an 84. In my opinion this is an excellent example of an easy drinking warm weather wheat beer.  Very well done.


Overall Rating: 75
My Rating: 76