A few weeks ago, I spent a week in Texas for a class. Since Texas has a plethora of small breweries, I found a liquor store on my last day and loaded up with a bunch of beer and a bottle of Texas whiskey.
One of the breweries I was most draw to was Karbach Brewing of Houston. I tried a few of their beers at a pub near my hotel and was hooked. Since it is summer, I’ll start my small tour of Texas beer with the Karbach hefeweizen, Weisse Versa.
I haven’t seen Karbach beers in stores or on taps anywhere in Louisiana. Hopefully some of this great beer will make its way east a bit.
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.
OG: 12.5 Plato (1.050)
Malts: 2 row pale, wheat, honey malt and carafa
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau-Mittelfreuh
Spices: Coriander, citrus peel
Holy spice notes batman. The aroma is straight up coriander and cloves with a hint of citrus. Unlike some hefeweizens, it isn’t a hit of the spices, it’s a straight punch in the face of it. Once you get past that initial hit of spice, the beer mellows out a lot and has a very light, smooth citrus and banana taste. There is almost no hop bitterness at all, just a small amount on the finish. It’s actually pretty darn sweet in the end. A very good beer for a hot summer day and perfect for a long session because of the lightness and low alcohol content. Very refreshing. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars.