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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002)
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, spice, yeast, banana, and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is of wheat, spice, and yeast up front with a slight banana aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma that is quite easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color with some hints of amber and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are strong aromas of bananas in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of bananas and also has some notes of wheat and hints of clove.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a little fruitier (with lots of bananas) compared to other German hefeweizens but is still easy to drink.

metter98, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ygtbsm94, May 08, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I chilled out at Greens the other week and decided to stock up on a bunch of German beers that I had never tried. Amazingly this turned out to be one of. I was actually shocked myself when I checked my stats and saw that I had never reviewed it. I was sure it had been there before. So anyway I have it, I new I would like it and I decided to go forth with it..

A - Poured a nice deep hazy yellow, lots of suspension visible. A big two inch plus head formed immediatly. Well actually it was probably more like four or five inches, but that is neither here nor there. Excellent rretention as it hung around for a good long while. Nice carbonation was visible straing up and some decent side glass lace.

S - Aroma was of lots of wheat which you would expect and a decent amount of yeast. Great earthy grain smell and a nice lively light presense. I felt like it was summer when I smlled this. Very light.

T - Classic hefe, light with a ton of carbonation, lots of wheat and yeast flavors and a hint at some light fruit. Maybe soem lemon in there, something else I could just not put my finger on but nice taste,

M - Light, crisp, clean. Lots of carbontion really tickled the nose alot. Goof feel, went down real smooth and did not linger long. Had a really good full body.

D - Fantastic as most hefes tend to be. This was truly a good summer drinker, could have had this one all night long to be honest. Just a solid low ABV drinkers beer.

Overall quite nice hefe. Above average for sure and a staple for the style something I will definatly go back to in the future. Definatly worth picking up if you see it, quality brew for sure.

mikesgroove, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kylehay2004, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is the typically hazy golden orange color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: Nice sweet banana bread aroma. Cloves give it a pleasant spice note which works very well with the banana and sweet malts. The base is the bready malt character, and there is just a touch of sweet apple.

T: Sweet apple, bread, and banana make up the bulk of the flavor. A nice wheat note to it with a hint of floral honey. The clove is more in the background but gives that familiar spice flavor to the beer.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Really a fantastic hefeweizen. Perhaps I should have picked up another one...

womencantsail, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle - $2.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, very dark gold body with a creamyish, off-white head that settles down at a quick rate.

Smell: Wheat bread dough marked by a soft, subtle spiciness, hints of caramelly sweetness, and a gently fruity addition of chopped bananas and orchard fruit.

Taste: Bready, doughy, moderately tangy wheat malt with a fair amount of overall sweetness and low taste of caramel. Quick dash of cider. Yes, you've got your banana esters and clove bud accents, but it's not nearly as forceful as some hefes can be. Light hop character, bitterness. Small pinch of ground mace for spicy, sweetish, crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Very lightly creamy.

Overall: I thought it was quite nice, actually. One of those beers where each sip demands another and, in short time, it's gone.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this is the most traditional wheat I have had.Great clovey/tart flavor.Much darker than expected wich is fine.Will try the other Maisel,was very impressed.

oberon, Jun 05, 2002
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Turbid, cloudy copper in color, a couple shades lighter than a dunkelweiss. Pours with a nice lasting head.

Yeasty dough, bubblegum and clove on the nose. Nice spicy phenols without much sweetness; a touch of banana and pear. Somewhat lactic, even, reminding me of sourdough bread.

Full, bready palate. Pear, banana and bubblegum sweetness lead into more tart, yeasty, lemony flavors mid-palate. A bit caramelized and bready toward the finish, with lingering clove and pepper spiciness. The mouthfeel becomes a bit thin in the finish, but that's my only real complaint with an otherwise great beer.

largadeer, Apr 26, 2011
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3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a Maisel's weizen glass at Firkin.

I vaguely remember having tried this a couple years ago, but it never hurts to revisit a German hef, right? It pours a cloudy tawny-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, and mild flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of orange zest. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn solid hef, not quite up to Wiehenstephaner or even Hofbrau standards, but more than tasty enough to readily reach for another.

TMoney2591, Nov 14, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BB March 2012, 5.2% ABV, and "Aus Bayreuth" instead of 'Original'. Not much difference, I know.

This beer pours an only slightly cloudy, medium golden amber hue, with a multitude of tightly foamy, puffy ecru head, which settles at pace to a low-slung whipped cream topping, eventually leaving some reaching arches of lace in select spots on the glass.

It smells of crisp wheat grain, banana, clove, a bit of citrus candy sweetness, and some soft yeast. Most of this carries forward to the flavour, with perhaps more emphasis on the sweet wheat grain notes, the fruit laying low, and taking the spice and yeast with it.

The bubbles lay quite low, providing just a little edge to an otherwise smooth, fairly solid medium weight body. It finishes off-dry, the sweet wheat, earthy yeast, and fleshy fruit rounding things out.

A pretty decent hefeweizen veritable, the real deal. Drinkable, especially for me, as the notable banana and yeast characteristics are kept in check, and that always works for me. Not that I don't like these inherent essences, but just not being inundated with them. Prost!

biboergosum, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange godlden copper tone for the body with a very fluffy highly carbonated orange tinted cream hue for the head leaves speckled lacing not bad. Aroma: Some ripened apple notes along with the sharp spritzy malted wheat sweetness, very pleasant I am feeling a vibe with the apple note. Taste: Creamy sweetness very nice slight chalkiness blended with a suprising bitterness of hoppage not bad. Overall a bit bready but the sweet tones prevail making this a very flavorful Weiss, not bad at all. Mouthfeel: Creamy and high carbonation I like the combonation this wheat presents. Drinkability: I'm not too keen on this style of a weizen for pure drinkability but I do find it interesting.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2003
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark hazy goldenrod with a fizzy white head. Poor retention for the style no lace.

S: Bubblegum esters, a hint of iron, and wheat.

T: Strong yeasty banana taste especially in the finish. Good complexity. Light notes of apple as well. Nice flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, nice structure. Biting, crisp carbonation.

O: A solid weissebier, easy drinking and refreshing. I've been wanting to try this for a while after seeing it in one of Michael Jackson's books, good stuff, glad it's finally in America.

Halcyondays, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal 50cl Brown Bottle, best before 31 May 2008, drank late April 2008.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Glass and it looked a typical lovely weissbier appearance. A little darker than some, but still the normal huge white head and the cloudiness and bubbles you come to expect from this type of beer.

Vanilla and Banana aromas fill your nose, toffee comes along to add another dimension, great smells.

Clean refreshing taste, dry, crisp and with a citrus twang as well.

A cracking beer and one of the best in its style for me. I am mad I only picked up a four pack when last in Germany, I'll not make that mistake again.

BlackHaddock, May 06, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

duceswild, May 02, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a moderately clear dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowing rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana with lighter aromas of clove and wheat

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat followed by stronger flavors of banana and light flavors of clove.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Stronger in bananas than other beers in the style but still a good representation of the style. Easy to drink and refreshing, pairs excellently with some sausages off the grill. Definitely one to get again.

dbrauneis, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite a dark amber tapering to a burnt golden body. Light white coarse bubbled head that doesn't retain. Minimal carbonation.

Very little aroma, a little sweet and toffee like. Little hint of the classic banana-clove aroma. Overall, rather subdued.

Taste is a little more traditional. Smooth banana phenols, with an underlying freshness. Quite easy to drink and very creamy on the palate. Pretty filling though, and the cloying banana bubblegum sweetness gets to you after a while.

Still, it's pretty drinkable and quite smooth. Pretty hard to take more than one of these though.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy browish-peach, some yeasy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Lifts a respectable white head, which settles to a ring and left a small bit of lacing. Bready, yeasty nose. Spicy and a bit tart, not the usual taste profile for a german wheat. Still a pleasant summer quaffer. Not up the world class standards of some of the other germans, but still worth a try.

Billolick, May 23, 2004
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at The Rake, an excellent yet tiny foreign beer bar run by the UTOBEER, Borough Market, S. London. This beer is one of two regular beers on tap over there, in addition to Veltins Pilsner.

A: the barstaff poured the beer with great skills, resulting in a cloudy, dark reddish amber beer topped with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts brilliantly.
S: very aromatic fruity on the nose... dried apricots and a flowery aroma (as of US hops) coat in the middle the other usual elements of weizen (mainly bananas and mangos); the input from spicy yeasts is quite light, added with a touch of caramel. Settled, yet very complex and rea...lly pleasant~~
T: caramely and bready malts upfront, very light-bodied; ensued fast by mildly sour bananas, pears, apples... turning drier gradually, with a residual taste of bread and citrus-peels, and a dirty kitchen-cloth like yeastiness at the fringe... a lingering aroma of dried fruits in the end. Overall, very little spiciness is there up for graps.
M&D: spritzy, thin-bodied, slightly off-balance... unlike what I expected from the great aroma. Another underperformed weizen, but drinkable enough.

wl0307, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm warm and rather sweaty. This is what a Bavarian hefeweizen is for. Coming in the usual 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Is this a helles or dunkel? Probably closer to helles, but it is quite dark for one. Toasted orange color is dominant with dark yellow hues. The foam is semi-frothy, drops and retains a small bit of itself. A few spots of lace stick to the glass, but they don't last for long. Pleasant nose and balanced. There's banana, esters, even some apple, and banana bread.

There's little argument over the taste. Despite some strong carbonation, this beer is good. A rather fruity and phenolic flavor, eventually a kiss of the alcohol makes itself noticed. Some clove works into the profile. The carbonation acts as the balancing device to keep the beer from getting overly crazy with the fruit and spice. Maisel's Weisse is just one of many reasons to try a German hefeweizen.

DoubleJ, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark amber with a medium sized off-white colored head.

Smell is sweet with a mostly clove scent. Smells something like Clove cake.

Starts out mildly sweet with mostly clove and ginger flavor. Mildly flavored it could be stronger.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall frankly this is flavorless. Not something I would pay for again.

Zorro, Sep 25, 2011
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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.