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

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Maisel's Weisse OriginalMaisel's Weisse Original

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159 Reviews
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Reviews: 159
Hads: 394
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 29
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website

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 Thehuntmaster
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle 5,2% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Best Before: 19/10/2013

Appearance: Maisel’s Weisse pours a murky golden-orange colour, with a rough pour generating a large off white head. The head lasts acceptably well and leaves a few patches of lacing.

Smell: Mmmm, this actually smells quite nice. Big banana notes dominate the nose, with a little clove spicing, some sweet citrus, a little peach and some pale malt also present.

Taste: Sadly the flavor is quite a lot weaker than the nose and not quite as complex. Notes include: Banana, a little clove spicing, a touch of peach and some pale grain.

Mouthfeel: Weizens are one of the few styles in which I enjoy a high level of carbonation, so the high level here is just about right. Unfortunately the carbonation is nowhere near as it should be and is almost reminiscent of that in a pale lager! The body is light with a watery finish.

Overall: Maisel’s is a decent weizen, but not one I would buy again.

EDIT: I had this one again and the mouthfeel was a little better - enough to upgrade the score from a 2.75 to a 3.25.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great with two fingers of head on a darker straw colored body, a few bubbles are visible.
The aroma is nice: grain and hay.
The taste is fairly malty with a moderate bitterness. A bit different for the style, but good.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable, but not a traditional hefeweizen.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of teromous
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy medium orange-gold color, with a nice fluffy white head. Loads of visible carbonation.

S: Some spicy hop scents mingling on the nose with notes of alcohol. Light clove scents pop out.

T: Very very light flavors that are hardly noticeable or identifiable. There is a cardboard like flavor to the beer, and some mild spice flavor in the aftertaste. A little bit of big-league chew on the back.

M: The mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated. It is very easy to drink.

O: Overall I thought the beer was fairly average. It just lacked the freshness and pop of flavor that comes from a good Hefeweizen. Mainly it lacked the fresh grain flavor that comes from a good Hefe, as well as pronounced phenols and spice. It is an import, and the bottle is stamped with 26 G 12 07:30, so I'm guessing the 12 is 2012 which would mean it's not the freshest. I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was getting it in Europe. It's still a very decent beer, and better than many non-imported offerings in the US. It was very drinkable, and would suit nearly any occasion a light-bodied beer is called for.

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Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on-tap @ Belmont Station: tulip pint.
from notes.

Hazy, golden orange with a thick, billowy off white head.

Weizen yeast, faint clove and banana in both the nose and taste.

Medium body, with foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable Hefeweizen. Fairly standard, well done flavor profile, with an enjoyable body.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500 mL bottle with freshness date. What a pretty beer! Poured a slightly darker amber brown, strongly hazy, not the biggest head for a hefe, maybe a couple fingers of soft creamy head but really good retention and lacing. Yeast was incorporated.

Smell has a strong presence of pink bubblegum, right outta the wrapper. Sweet lemon and apple, slightly yeasty. A lot of wheat malt, mild banana not too noticeable. Some sweetness also.

Taste has upfront bubblegum, strongly present. Nice firm malty body with a softness to it. Banana comes through with a nice leafy note, and a nice yeasty spicy bite, banana bread sweetness on the finish. A touch of bitterness, clove spice, bit of wood. Finish is crisp, mildly spicy, and really solid. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, smooth carbonation. Light bodied and soft. Refreshing and true to style, finish is really crisp which I like. Some mild banana on finish. Really drinkable.

This is tasty beer. However I did find it swung a bit strongly toward the bubblegum end, this becomes marginally improved as it warms a bit, but it dominated the beer a bit I found. That said, there's quite a bit going on otherwise and a pretty nice drinkable character. Not as complex as some, and not my favourite of this style, but it is still a good hefe and I'd have it again.

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Photo of searsclone
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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

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Photo of Renzan0
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Always a place in my heart for my First Beer. Unfortunately, this being my first beer, I have a very hard time with Hefeweizens now (as most people have with Jack Daniels or Jäger, or anything they drank to excess in their youth). The pour was always perfect, great head retention. Amazing light gold color. Overall, almost 'too easy' to drink, flavorful beer. A beer that you and your friends will drink all of, forcing you to resort to Tucher to finish off the night.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a transparent light red with a nice white head that disappears all too quickly. Smells of wheat with hints of light fruit. Tastes of wheat and lots of fruit, with hints of banana and orange. Beer is light bodied and carbonated right with a good finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-amber colored with a 2 finger head thai fades rather quickly

S-banana and cloves just like you would expect

T-follows the smell closely with banana and cloves coming through nicely

M-good carbonation with an almost dry finish

O-not bad for a hefe

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Photo of FLima
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of head as expected for a weisse bier. Different colour, darker than usual, hazy cooperish tone. Predominantly banana aroma. Taste follows the aroma adding some cloves to it, and clear yeast. Starts zesty with some bitterness, and ends (very late) a little dry. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Look - light amber color, clear, with about two fingers' worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - fruity, clove-like smell...generally with a typical hefe type of smell.

Taste - the taste is much like the smell, only the cloves are much more prevalent. It's got a darkish middle of the taste, which is hard to describe, but it just seems to warm up or mature in the middle.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced overall, not having too much of a creamy or watery tendency to it.

Overall - not a bad brew, and pretty indicative of the style.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a honey amber with a big fluffy white head that receedes rather quick leaving sheets of lace that receede as quick.

Nice floral sweet aroma.

Very balanced tart wheat and sweetness that leads to a very low but spot on bittering. Floral and earthy spicy hopping.

Very well recieved medium body for hot days.

Can and have quaffed this delectable beer all day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - clear golden, thumb of head dissipated quickly to a few random islands
S - strong banana and wheat, light cloves, and alight earthy note
T - similar to the nose but cracker grainy flavours are more dominant, yeasty esters through the finish
M - very big carbonation to the point of domination, finishes lightly spicy
O - had the general expected flavour profile and is enjoyable, just a little heavy on the carbonation for my preference of sytle

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy orange amber with a moderate white head and lacing. A sweet wheat aroma. Pleasant slightly sweet wheat and light fruit flavor finishing smoothly, almost as if the flavor disappears, but leaves a very pleasant light wheat and light sweet malt finish. Very mellow and well balanced. Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of matjack85
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a dozen bottles of various hefeweizens today at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. so I could compare the different versions. This Maisel's Original came in a 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottle with no freshness date for $3.29 a bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy dark apricot color with 2-fingers worth of foamy white head that lasted about a minute. Lacing was minimal.

The beer smells like wheat bread with a lot of spices in it. A faint banana smell can be picked up in the background.

The beer has an apple/banana fruit flavor to it along with plenty of wheaty yeast taste. Clove and other spices round out the flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall I liked this, but prefer hefes with a more pronounced banana flavor and sweeter mouthfeel.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice medium amber pour with 2 fingers of pillow off white head. Smell is of typical hefe characteristics, fruity, cloves, apple and banana. Not overpowering but adequate. Taste follows the nose with a pretty big hit of apple on the front that mellows into banana bread and phenos. Good blend of fruity and earthy wheat. Feel is heavy carbonation and dry on the tongue. A bit too dry for the style. Overall- A pretty solid Hefe that had an interesting take with the heavy apple/cider quality. A bit too dry on the back end as well. I like the take on the style and will be back for another-

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Photo of canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of caveman
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at collins bar in Seattle. Poured into correct Maisel's Weisse glass. Good head, great appearance, very good aroma. Served a little too cold, flavor was average for a German Weisse . Good balance of banana, clove and back end bubble gum. It just seemed to need a little umpgh.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange coloured here with cloudy look and a huge foamy white head with great retention as expected. Some carbonation evidence from bubbles too.

Clove coriander and banana. It’s not as strong as I’d have liked but acceptable for the style with some fruity spice. There is also a little bubblegum aroma at the end too.

Some banana, clove and pepper with touches of spice and coriander. I enjoyed it but much better hefeweizen out there within a similar price range.

Smooth with tonnes of carbonation and a sweet fruity tang with touches of spice. Medium body and well balanced if a little weak.

Average for a hefeweizen but it was nice and had good flavour. It could have been stronger in taste along with the smell and nothing really struck me for it as being overly exciting.

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Photo of Converge
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle (code 14.F 14:16) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful coppery amber color w/ a 1-finger white head, explosive carbonation. Lovely.

On the nose I get a nice blend of pear, apple, banana and spice. Really a surprisingly powerful aroma. Very nice.

Taste follows nose. Lots of sweet fruit, wheat malt, lemon and clean water. A touch of mellow banana/vanilla in there too.

Mouthfeel is just right. Smooth and thirst-quenching w/ a sharp crisp bite on the finish.

Overall I was impressed by this one. Didn't expect much (picked it up on a whim) and was pleasantly surprised. Always the best kind of beer experience when it happens.

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Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
86 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.