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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of TheMistler
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass from a .5L bottle purchased at the Crazy Cafe bar in Budapest. The bottle had a euro-style Best By date indicating May 2, 2009, well in the future. I'm glad to see that, of course, but I am beginning to become suspicious of just how far in the future some of the dates I've seen on beers in Eastern Europe are.

Poured an orange-y, light brown with a hazy storm of sedimentation and carbonation, which resulted in an appropriately nice, puffy, top-of-the-clouds head that displayed good retention.

Banana, as expected, on the nose, but subdued. I guess I could say that I detected the banana as part of an overall, slightly-spicy banana bread vibe I got. Rather than grapefruit I detected more of a plain orange quality with accompanying granny smith apple notes. A nice, rich nose - I hope the taste is as well developed.

Hmm. Maybe I should not have wished that. With a thicker mouthfeel than I anticipated (juice, a word used by many other reviewers, is apt, but I wish it had been cut more CO2), the heavy and full taste (more fruity than I anticipated from the well-rounded nose) leaves this weizen being less refreshing than I'd like, though it isn't bad. A very full and well crafted wheat beer, but just not entirely my cup of tea.

TheMistler, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't gotten to too many hefe's this summer, and that's a shame. Time to change that. A murky, dark orange, almost amber brew is topped off with a big rolling off-white head which stays put for a bit while the active carbonation shoots to the top. All the typical hefe aromas are present, including banana, spice, grapefruit and maybe even some coriander. The smells are vivid and complex and very promising. Tastes spicy, tart and piney up front with a good fruity kick in the middle and a sweet malty finish. Mouth-feel is light bodied and atypically crisp, yet still weizen like in that it has some creaminess too. Figure that one out. After a few drinks a sour essence presents itself but doesn't take too much away from the experience. This one's a keeper.

stephens101, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a warm golden body crowned with a hand's width of creamy pearlescent foam with stubborn retention at a thick finger that leaves creamy bands of lacing.

Smell is rich and fruity with a dash of clove and a savory, malty, bready wheat note.

Taste is nutty with wheat and lightly fruity with notes of ripe pear and a whiff of mellow freckled banana.

Light-bodied, fresh and juicy with a soft, dry finish, this beer is really very drinkable and highly refreshing.

cvstrickland, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

PatrickJR, May 17, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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!

bloberglawp, May 13, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Photo of TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an odd beer for me. The appearance of this brew was average with a fair amount of light white head, and a gold and hazy body. The aroma was a bit off with a vinegar and peppery smell. The taste, however, was a bit of a surprise. I detected hints of clove and banana, which are typical, but it was nicely balanced. Drinkability wise it is all there, very thirst quenching and enjoyable.

TheSarge, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass from the 12oz bottle.

The beer poured with a hazy straw colored body and a white fluffy head. The head does not hold as well as you would expect from this style and does not lace as much either. The smell is a typical wheat and bready smell. The taste is similar, and had the characteristics of a good weizen, but is just a bit on the weak side. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than the best ones out there. This is a nice beer, just not in the same league as the best out there.

MSchae1017, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid hefe I picked up at random at a local bar for lack of anything else. The appearance was typical of this style of beer: amber, somewhat opaque. It had a nice, barley smell, with a hint of some other fruits I couldn't pinpoint. The taste was very pleasing, refreshing and not overpowering, but not something you'd want to give up your favorite beer over. Overall, it's a pretty satisfying brew.

avalon07, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with some code on the bottom of the label. The beer is an opaque amber, with high carbonation and a finger of tan head that leaves light lacing - a bit dark for the style, but still nice. Smells of malted wheat and sweet malts, with almost overripe bananas, spicy hops, and some fruitiness and yeast. Tangy, tart, and nutty wheat on the palate, with spicy yeast, subdued phenolics (hints of cloves and banana), some fruity esters, spicy/salty hops that impart a mild bitterness, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. The body is very dry, medium, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall it's a well-constructed beer, with lots of wheat flavor and tastes a bit like a cross between a hefe and dunkel weizen.

mmmbeer, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought for xmas eve '07..Smells very old world, of banana, cloves, dust, and an old maid ... very dark in colour, of orange amber bread crust ... glides down the throat, but has a very strange aftertaste that weirds it all up.... lacing is like james stewart in a wonderful life... a pin point above average Hefe but the queer aftertaste kills the overall enjoyment of this beer, but it has its place...probably..

Onslow, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of rec
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There really isn't a lot to say about this if you've enjoyed a fine and wide selection of hefe's.

The pour is probably the most enjoyable part, with an amber body and creamy white sticky head that laces a little too well. Brilliant.

I've got a bit of a cold at the moment, so the aroma was hard to pick, but there's definitely a yeasty undertone with some mild fruit overtones. I wish I was in a healthier. Typical of a hefe from the region.

The taste again is quite typical of a German hefe, although less stand-out than my preferred brews being the Shoffer Hefe and the Paulaner Hefe. Banana, spice, yeast - definitely enjoyable, but unfortunately not stand-out... there are better options as far as flavour goes.

The mouth feel is appropriate, moderate carbonation with no nasty aftertaste transcending from the up-front flavour.

Drinkability like many of this style is great - somewhat of a session beer, but also one that could be enjoyed whole-heartedly as a single.

Something that I'd recommend picking up at the right price, but not something I'd go out of my way to find with superior hefe options available.

rec, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer I had tonight, overall it reminded me of so many belgian beers, it really did not stand out as a favorite of mine although it is a beer I can see myself getting in the future, overall it went well with white chedder and wheat crackers, all in all I also finished it off with a very good beer cheese fondue. I tend to wish I would have drank the Samual Smiths India Ale with the fondue.

skeetermoses, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one just after an Erdinger and the Maisel’s is so much superior that Erdinger seemed a bore.

Appearance: hazy with a pale orange colour. The head is off-white, huge, and moussy. It has good head retention but not so much lacing when it finally fades.
Aroma: very fruity nose. A mixture of bananas, cloves and other spices. Very pleasant.
Taste: great taste of sweet malts, bananas and spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth and silky, strong carbonation, right alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering light fruity aftertaste.

Overall: a great beer. Very refreshing and complex. All I could expect from a Weissbier. I hope I could find another bottle soon.

AlexLMS, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Dense frothy head, heavy lace. Dark orange / apricot hue, hazy, bubbly.
s) Typical Weizen.. banana, clove, wheat.... appealing balance
f) As with aroma, but with a more dominant wheat character.
m) Kinda light, slightly thin. Fades quickly. Needs more body and length.
d) Very quaffable

vancurly, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden wheat color that is murky with a nice head that whittles down a tad, but stays with you for the duration. Nice banana bread and brown sugar aroma with a refreshing, fruity banana taste. Not in the same league with Weihenstephan, my favorite, but this is a very solid example of the hefe style.

saintwarrick, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance is a sort of amber wheat color, with a head that dies fast.
the smell...what smell.. i dont detect a strong smell from this beer at all. there was some before i poured it into the glass but the minute i did so it went away, what is thre is some yeats and wheat maybe some fruit. taste is ok, by no means the beast hefe weizen. its a clean flavor that isnt very in depth, but is not offensive at all. this beer is around average, with each sip i waver between whats this beer doing and, this is somewhat refreshing. its not something I would get again, but its not a "bad" beer, if your a huge hefe fan, its worth a try to see if its an interpretation you enjoy.

Redwood21, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice example of what a hefe has to offer. An off-orange color with the usual thick, white head. I don't pick up as much in terms of smell as I do with others that I've enjoyed. Cloves, some fruit, wheat. It's all hard to trace. The taste is also more tamed. I notice some fruit in the background but more spices come through in this one. A consistent mouthfeel that is a little on the lighter side. Not the greatest ever but I could come back for more of this in the future.

ncvbc, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goodbye Winter Warmers, Barleywines, and Old Ales for a while, it's already feels like summer here in NC. At 86 degrees and the first day mowing the lawn, this one really hit the spot afterwards. Lots of bananas and clove, but quite quenching and easy to drink as well. Lots of carbonation and good head retention. This one the ladies would love as well.

Backer2004, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky, orange/brown color with a thick, stabile head.

Smell is spicy with some clove. A yeasty smell with some wheat notes. I also get some faint chocolate notes.

Taste is malty and spicy of the yeast, with some wheat taste. From appearance and taste I get the feeling there is some caramel and/or chocolate malt in here. I can taste some unsweetened chocolate. The yeast character isn't as outspoken and fresh as some other Weizen I have tried.
Mouthfeel is grainy leaves a dry and tart taste.

Absumaster, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.98/5  rDev -22.8%
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 HappyHourHero
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemony and yeasty aroma is about right. Huge, dense, cream colored head is holding me back from pouring the rest of the beer. Hazy, almost opaque (this is before I poured the yeast off the bottom) apricot colored beer. Soft, fluffy mouthfeel with a touch of fizz. More flavor from the wheat then the yeast. Crisp wheat mixes with a stick of bubble gum and a few drops of lemon zest. Finishes soft and yeasty. A good solid Hefe, although not quite at the top of the field.

HappyHourHero, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.