Maisel's Weisse Original - Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 379
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

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Photo of MustaPekka
5/5  rDev +29.2%

One of the betters Hefe brewed in Germany. Not to be bought everywhere, but if you spot it, go for it.

Nice taste, not too heavy, not too light, but still full bodied.

One of my favourites among Hefe. (202 characters)

Photo of Lees4236
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maisel's Weisse has quickly become one of my favourite beers. After tasting it in Germany a couple of years ago, I hadn't been able to find a supplier back home in Scotland. However last week I discovered a fantastic bar that stocks the beer. After a couple of bottles I had re-discovered my love for the beer from back in Germany.

The beer was poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance
- Despite being a white beer, Maisel's Weisse pours a slightly darker, more amber colour than most other beers found in this category. Cloudy, with a thin white head.

Smell
- Very inviting and complex, however not overpowering. Quite fruity with a malty, wheaty note.

Taste
- Delicious! It was quite yeasty and sweet with a lovely wheat malt finish. I was getting slight hints of banana. It does taste slightly different to most other beers of it's kind. There was something slightly sweeter which I can't quite put my finger on. One of the things I love about this beer is that it's one of those ones where the different smells and tastes gradually appear. You might not taste the very slight hint of biscuity banana at first, but maybe after a few sips you will. It also has a very pleasant, rewarding aftertaste.

Mouthfeel
- Quite crisp and easy going. Very refreshing.

Drinkability
- Very drinkable. Perfect for a warm summer night (or day!). You should always have a few of these in the fridge.

One of the best beers around! Quite hard to find on the high street but you can get it online and may even be lucky enough to find a good bar near you! (1,562 characters)

Photo of Jgreen100
4.76/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be my current favorite beer. If you love hefeweizens like I do you owe it to yourself to try this one. It's not hoppy or too citrusy. It has that great wheat taste with a warm caramel note. Mine came in a cool glass too. (229 characters)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange yellow, huge white head that melds with the last drops of yeast-saturated beer. Crazy as the yeast seems to actualy layer and blend between the orangish top and the yellowish bottom of the full weiss glass.

Freaking huge aroma of weisenstephan yeast strain, my favorite. Pinapple, banana, clove and fresh hallertau hops all very present. An incredible and thick flavor of fresh hefeweiss smacks your taste buds with all that a hefeweiss should be. Carbonation is high rendering this beer very refreshing and palate cleansing. On the downside, it fills you up awful fast, making this a nice summer quencher but hardly a session ale.

Try it fresh when in Germany! (686 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: on the darker side of Hefeweizens, cloudy with a huge fluffy white head. Murky orange brown in color.

S: Super hearty yeast, hint of lemon.

T: Perfect fullness for a Hefeweizen, and perfect degree of sweetness as well. The yeast is so well blended as a flavor in the beer. Tastes like it contains lemon already.

M: Relatively smooth and heavy with extremely mild carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic Hefeweizen. Hearty and well balanced. (443 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark amber beer with enormous off-white head, retention is as long as life of an elf. Smell is excellent, round, to a good extent spicy, banana, wheat malts, a bit stale, like from cellar and even smoky.
Taste is classic for hefeweizens, round, balanced. One of the best weissbiers out there. (305 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange/amber in color, very clear until the swirl and final pour, the it was nice and hazy. Big head on this one... 2 or 3 fingers easy. Settles to a nothing with very little lacing.

S: A little different.... I've getting a little ripe banana and clove, but on orange of lemon notes at all... Instead I'm getting apple, little sour and sweet. Very nice.

T: Right off the bat I know this is a Hefe, and a very nice one. The apple in the smell is right there and it is sweet and wonderful. Overall taste is sweet the a nice wheat back bone. Aftertaste is just a slight bit on the sour side, but I think it balances out the sweetness. Well done.

M: Carbonation is right on for the type, light to med bodied also good for the style.

D: Wow I really like this beer. ABV is good and really does not feel like 5.4%... It seems much lighter. I could drink this all day.

I must try.... Look for this one. (944 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - A shade darker than most hefes, a bit orange/amber. Hazy, with a nice 3 finger head with decent retention but settles into nothing; no collar or cap. No lacing. Less than I expected from a hefe.

S - Wonderful, and a little different than some hefes. The banana is still there, along with faint clove notes, but there's something very sweet, maybe apple, with a lot of bread and nuts as well. More complex and less phenolic than most hefes.

T - Starts off with some overripe banana, with a suggestion of apple, peach, or other stone fruit. Very interesting. Mid palate some light wheat malt takes over, but the barley comes through as well making itself known much more than most hefes. Late palate is slightly phenolic but much less so than others of the style. Aftertaste is slightly citric, but not sour.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, great for the style.

D - A great hefe, and a great beer at that, to kick back with. A little pricey, but worth it.

I love this hefeweizen, even if it does deviate somewhat from others. I feel Maisel's is a more functional "interpretation" than most. The sweeter, apple-like esters prevailing over sour wheat malt and clove/phenolic flavors make this one hell of a beer for me. It's gotta be the yeast. (1,305 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see such a selection of German hefes in BC and this ranks among the best. The colour is darker than some and the nose is complex with a dark wheat note almost like a dunkelweizen. I liked the way the beer took the usual hefe flavours and married it with a maltier base much like Schneider-weisse. Incredibly easy drinking with good complexity this is a top shelf example of the style. (393 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark yellow. Small head that fades quickly.

S: Wheaty and pungent.

T: Starts off wheaty and ends with a chocolaty aftertaste. Very smooth. Great balance. There's another flavor in there that I can't put my finger on. It almost tastes like bananas.

M: Not too much carbonation. Very smooth. Light on the tongue.

O: I'm a big fan of wheat beer and this is one of the better ones I've had. Very good balance and brings something different to the table. I liked it a lot. (478 characters)

Photo of ticklechicken
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured my Maisel's Weisse Originial from a bottle into a mug with a dark tangerine colour with a 1cm of head that left no lacing. The scent was of banana, cloves and bubblegum. In terms of taste and mouthfeel, a prickly spice hit me first, then bubblegum with a less prominent wheat taste. I'm a huge hefewiezen fan, and I really enjoyed this one, so I'll definitely be drinking it again. (390 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, orange-amber body is capped by a full head of rocky white foam that slowly drops (no doubt buoyed by the teeming effervescence beneath) to a thin, creamy surface covering that holds throughout the entire glass but surprisingly leaves only spotty lace. The nose offers a light note of apple-like tartness, some soft vanilla and caramel, and a sprinkling of delicate spice. The body is light and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine and effervescent, natural carbonation. The flavor reveals a wheatish malt that's nicely caramel-tinged with just the slightest touch of tartness and a sublime bitterness that acts only to balance. This weizen is more fruity and caramelish than the atypical banana-clove-phenolic Bavarian versions, and it makes a refreshing change of pace! (784 characters)

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this from a 1/2 litre bottle.
A: Pours a nice orangey-yellow color with moderate carbonation. Different look from Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider. A good looking bier.
S: Citrus smell, lemon mostly. Very inviting.
T: Follows the smell well. A full lemony taste that is very refreshing. No bitter after-taste.
M: No problem here. East going down/
D: I could have many of these without thinking. A very good weizen.

Overall, this is in my top 5 weizens and a true pleasure to drink, if you can find it. It is hard to find, but if you see it, get it!
I strongly recommend this bier. Prosit! (591 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had this beer in many years -- back when it was imported to the U.S. by Merchant du Vin -- now imported by CMB Cincinnati and $9 a six-pack, very nice. Was good then, expecting no less today.

Not sure what sort of date code they use on this beer's 11.2 ounce bottles, but since it's a fairly new addition to the local beer store I shouldn't be *too* worried.

1-and-a-half bottles poured into my big-bowled Libbey Weizen glass.

A -- Cloudy tangerine-orange color with a dense and fluffy, off-white head that settles to a thin cap leaving sticky lacing.

S -- Spicy clove and light banana character with great wheat malt aroma coming thru.

T -- Flavors of spicy clove and light citrus balanced nicely with luscious wheat and bready barley malt. The clove and fruit esters from the Weizen yeast make up the backbone and finish of this beer with spiciness and mild citrus tartness lingering thru the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and creamy up front to spritzy in the finish with a medium body.

O -- This is a very nice Weizen in the older style of Schneider's Original. Complex with a more robust body than other Weizens, yet still very satisfying and refreshing. It's good to see this beer available again, takes me back in time and back to Bavaria. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with tiny little particles of suspended yeast. A huge fluffy head presents itself upon pouring, which slowly dies down leaving a nice thin lace on the glass. Aroma is full of bananas, lemon zests, and clove. Bananas are detected upon the first taste, followed by spicy cloves and malted wheat, finishing off with a mild bitterness of yeast. This is a good all around Hefe- that I could drink any day of the year. (440 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.4%. Hazy amber colour, large slightly off-white head. "Absolutely fabulous" aroma, orgasmic in its abundancy of fruitiness and spiciness. Notes of leather too. Flavour is bit more restrained, still very nice with all the traditional hefe characteristics, wheaty and yeasty with cloves but also some caramel and brown bread. Aftertaste is, like with most wheat beers, very moderate but nice. Can you expect a hefeweizen to be much better than this? (490 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a chance on this beer at Trader Joe's for $4.99 a six pack and WOW was I surprised. The color was a hazy golden wheat with an orange hue and poured sort of thick. The aroma was of cloves and the flavor was just great. It was the normal smooth wheat and clove taste with just a hint of bitterness at the end. This was a well balanced weisse beer. (350 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer poured a dark golden color with a nice light white head, like any good hefe should. The aroma was sweet and bready. The taste was very good. Nice wheat/bready flavor with hint of fruit, but not that sweet. This made the beer Highly drinkable and a very good session beer. Excellent beer. (346 characters)

Photo of BeTheBall
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze color with a pillowy head and some lacing in the glass. Had that classic German Weiss aroma of banana and cloves from the yeast. Taste was the same, with some tempered sweetness. Delicious and a joy to drink, especially with food. Mouthfeel was full, with rich carbonation; very refreshing. Drinkability is good, as the taste is excellent. (360 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper / orange in hue, covered by an animated, off white head w/ soft peaks. Lively carbonation. Wheat tartness upfront in aroma is immediately ensued by mild clove phenols, and subtle banana esters. Caramel and toasty Munich notes provide a pleasant contrast to the somewhat refined yeast derived estery and musty aroma. Trace bubblegum. Flavorwise, this beer exhibits a fine balance of a toasty, somewhat buttery continental malt backbone, wheat tartness and a relatively subdued banana ester and clove profile for style. A touch thin in body and not quite proteinaceous enough in mouthfeel to support the above average malt character. Finishes with a snap of caramel giving way to lingering, but pleasant grainy wheat tartness. If it weren't for the lack in body, Maisel's Weisse would be outstanding. Regardless, the drinkability is excellent. (865 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super traditional Weizen Beer from the Bayreuth region of Bavaria.
Pours a super murky orange, tan unfiltered apple cider color. The light tan thick foamy crown is really beautiful to behold. Picture Perfect Hefeweisse.
Smells of apple, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, a heavy hand of banana ( a key point for me), nutmeg, raisin, vanilla,cider tartness comes out and becomes more prevalent as the beer warms, cutting through the original sweet impression. Grains, musty wheat, tart citrus come into play as well. Overall a really good to great Hefe nose, touching in the upper echelons of Weihenstephan or Ayinger. after living in Munich for a year and studying brewing, it tends to set high standard.
Onto the first sip--wow-first reaction. Banana,clove,pepper, cider,apple,fermented pear, tingling fresh black pepper, light vanilla, bread, maltiness akin to molasses, orange,wheat comes into play. Flavor is one of the best Ive ever had.
Mouthfeel is medium, thick and tart and refreshing all in one. Thick, creamy, fruity, yet tart, refreshing and biting-the perfect Hefe.This small Brewery from Bayreuth has made a Hefe on par with the bigger and more famous Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse. A truly great Hefe--great brew, hence my high rating (1,252 characters)

Photo of smanders
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd seen this beer a million times and passed it over for more recognizable brands. I was really surprised today when I opened the first .5 liter bottle.

Appearance - this is actually one of the darkest (non-dunkel) hefes that I've found. The beautiful orange color is something of an anomaly. The head is extra bulbous and lasts a good while.

Smell - cloves, banana, and a bit of citrus.

Taste - why did I wait so long to try this hefe? It's every bit as good as any other easily found hefe on the market. Very fresh, crisp.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated.

Drinkability - hefeweizwen's aren't really highly drinkable as a style since they are a tad heavier than most other styles. With that said, I could easily enjoy 1.5 liters in one sitting.
If you see this brand at your local beer seller, give it a try...it's a great example of the style. (849 characters)

Photo of searsclone
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear yellow before I swirled the bottle and poured the yeast, then a cloudy dark yellow color with a thin white head

smells like bubble gum in the bottle, then sweet bread and spices once in the glass

taste is nicely balanced with spice up front, then sweet banana bread, bubblegum and finishes smokey.

mouth feel is crispy with a creamy, wet finish

overall, this is really good. I will look for it again (409 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a small pilsner glass. Not the best choice, but you work with what you have available.

Pours a cloudy orange after a stirring of the yeast, with a short-lived fluffy white head.

Nose is juicy - lemon zest and wheat, light vanilla and banana, earthy yeast providing just a bit of doughy sourness.

Taste is a bit citrusy, zesty, light vanilla, crisp, smooth wheat, fairly bright. Finish is doughy, just a bit earthy, more citrus zest. Clean.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean for a hefe - creamy body is full bodied but deceptively light, nice exhale that sticks with you a long time.

Drinkability is fantastic. Clean, flavorful, perfectly authentic, and just begging for another sip. Very well executed. (725 characters)

Photo of Converge
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - Pours with a monstrous head of foam like a good hefe should. A slightly off white foam sitting atop a golden-amber brew with ample haze. A little darker in general than hefes I'm used to. Head retention and lacing are pretty poor for the style though; a shame.

S - Tons of bready and yeast goodness. Crisp wheat, banana, clove and pear. Lots of spice for a hefe. Just a delicious aroma all around. Simple and fitting aroma for the style, but so good.

T - A perfect continuation. A ridiculously drinkable mixture of doughy bread, hefe yeast, cloves, lots of spice, and mild fruitiness. The usual crisp fruity character expected from hefes takes a bit of a backseat here for more spicy esters. Some sweetness comes through in the form of light caramel malt with hints of vanilla.

M - The body could use some work. The carbonation feels too distant from the smooth, medium body. The carbonation is done well, and so is the viscosity, but they just don't seem to meld together like they should.

D - Overall a damn drinkable hefe with a slight twist to it. An easy style to enjoy, especially this time of year. I definitely see myself drinking this again in the near future. Good stuff! (1,238 characters)

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.