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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 20
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 hansgruber
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a small head and no lacing. Constant layer of bubbles and foam on surface initially, but settles in eventually. 

Estery aroma of bananas not as much clove detected. Very sweet smelling. A little bit of malt and wheat too. 

Good tasting beer. Same flavors as nose. A little bland overall but not bad. 

The carbon

Photo of BeTheBall
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of trbergman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy, sunny yellow-orange with a short white head.

S - Somewhat understated, with banana, clove, and a touch of vanilla.

T - Slightly tart wheat, and a nice traditional hefe flavor that leans more toward the clove spiciness than ripe banana. A bit of vanilla sits in the background, adding to a soft, creamy finish.

M - Light to medium body, soft and creamy.

D - As I'd expect from a German hefeweizen, this is one quaffable, satisfying beer. Definitely worthy of another round.

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hefeweisse from the town of Bayreuth. 0.5 l. bottle.

Looks dark golden with a huge head, but disappointing carbonation.
Smell is malty and wheaty, banana bread and cloves, but also apples, next to the citrus. Makes a nice change, also in the taste.

Mouthfeel is watery, unfortunately, mostly due to the lack of carbonation, I'm afraid. This is a real pitty, since the apple note could have made this beer special in it's category.
If this was incidental flattness, terrible for a summerbeer, I'd like to try a more carbonated version some day.

Photo of mralphabet
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of smanders
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of Lees4236
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
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!

Photo of Stonepot
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't drunk a lot of German Hefeweizen in my life so take what I say with a grain of salt. I enjoyed this, but not enough to buy another one. However, I did enjoy it enough to get another Hefeweizen. It has a very nice looking, orange-yellow color, and a decent aroma.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very good, cloudy, light-brown colour, quite hefeweizeny. Good foamy defiant head, with a bit of carbonation. Looks nice.

Nose is pleasant enough but a bit underwhelming. Slightly sour grass aroma, with a hint of spicy yeast but not much. Very European, but not very good.

Taste is not bad, watery on the front palate, then descends slowly - a little too slowly perhaps - into an underwhelmingly rich, drinkable and slightly bitter palate. Finish is quite crisp and clean for a hefe. Lingering flavour is slightly herby, while mouthfeel is a little puckering and dry.

Okay flavours, but they're not dominant enough for me to really enjoy it.

Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a weizen glass. No dating info. Was cloudy honey color with a few stray carb bubbles. No lacing. It had a large white head especially after swirling the bottle to stir up the sediment. Settled into a thin bubbly color with some film.

I had this one years ago in Hilton Head and memory has it with much more aroma and flavor. Not sure if tastes have just changed over the years or if it might be off a little. Hard to tell with no dating info and the place I got it from have several out of date beers. The review is for this one but will need to try again. Anyway, the aroma was very weak. Too some hard sniffs to get it. What is there is very good though. Classic hefe aromas of wheat, over-ripe banana and clove plus some apple as well. Great smell but just too weak. The taste came thru more than the aroma so a higher score. Again, classic hefe taste with banana and apple coming thru. Very refreshing and easy drinker. Easily could drink several of these especially the way I remember it from before.

Overall, a really good hefe that is possibly a great one depending on my next try (maybe a quality issue on this one). Highly recommend. Not available here but would be a big player in the hefe/wit rotation.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours orange to amber, a shade darker than most of the style. Atop sits a fluffy two fingers of off-white head. Very little haze in the original pour, but once the yeast is added, it is properly cloudy.

Smell - 4.0
Citrus (mostly lemon), banana, clove and light spice. Tempting.

Taste - 4.0
Falls short of the very best (Weihenstephan) but still a very tasty hefe. More bitter in the finish than most, which is at-odds with the style, and for this it loses points. Flavours of clove, mixed spice, orange peel, a soft apple-like fruitiness and a hay-like wheatiness.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Again, not quite as smooth as the best, but there is persistent fine and reasonably lively carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very drinkable, particularly in summer. The fact that Weihenstephaner exists is probably the only thing that would stop me from buying more.

OVERALL - 4.1
A good example of one of my favourite styles.

Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light straw in colour with a creamy head that disappeared pretty quickly though it did leave some lacing down the glass.

Smelled floral with banana fruity tones

Taste is wheaty/malty with a lemony aftertaste. Quite pleasant.

Light and refreshing in the mouth. Rather light on the carbonation.

Would find this quite easy to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of haningj2
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Considered a mid-level Hefeweizen. Average quality. Not exceptional but not extremely impressive either.

A - Probably the saving grace of the brew. Pours brown/orange. Typical cloudy Hefeweizen body and small head. Slight lacing. Lacing becomes more impressive about half way through the beer.

S - Not so great. Obviously gives a distinct wheat-scent with hints of fruit. Nothing is bold about the smell overall, though. Was expecting much more.

T - Average. Very average. I personally felt it was too "American" although the brew is truly of European origin. Awkward taste. Almost immediately bold, followed by a sour hint of lemon/orange and followed by a disappointing aftertaste that is honestly, hard to describe. It doesn't have a unique flavor but by no means is it terrible.

M - Pretty good. Smooth, crisp and flowing.

D - Decent. The drinkability probably deserves a higher ranking but should be penalized for flavor. Yes, it's wrong for me to say that, but true.

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a thin white head.
Nose: Wheat, malt, oranges, pear, apples, lemons and a hint of floral.
Taste A nice wheat malt complex that laces orange citrus, fruit and a touch of hops on the end.
Overall: This was a very good Hefe and I enjoyed. The finish is slightly sweet. A very good summer beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big white thick fluffy head. A deep opaque golden orange-brown. Darker and more orange than the standard weizen. No carbonation evident. Some immediate lacing. Nice looking.

SMELL: Wheat malt, clove, and a bit of sour lemon hop in the nose. Nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a slight bit of bread in the finish. The bready aftertaste is mild and relatively nice, but the initial taste is lacking somewhat. Not as strong or complex as it could be, A bit of lemon comes through as it warms. Average taste profile, unfortunately.

PALATE: Medium body and an appropriate amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and relatively creamy with no bite. Finishes relatively dry for a weizen. Feels good.

OVERALL: A good brew, drinkable for sure. The nose is slightly more impressive than the taste, but the look is very nice. This one was actually my staple for a while when I lived in Hamburg. One worth re-visiting.

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Chips in Nags Head. Very enjoyable. Poured a CLEAR gold, somewhat darker than the typical hefe. I was surprised to see a clear beer, maybe I should have swirled it or something. Typical hefe big bubbly white head.

Smell was pronounced and good. Wheat, astringency, signs of good things to come. Tasted very good. Astringent, hint of bubble gum, some citrus and wheat beer smoothness. Not as spicy as some hefes with cloves etc. and not as astringent as hefes like Koenig Ludwig but a good solid flavor.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Drinkability is excellent. One of the better hefes!!

Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper/tangerine color with a nice, frothy white head. the nose is a little bit of banana, orange citrus, very flora, yeasty. the taste is the same as the nose also with apparent wheat. medium to light bodied, low natural carbo, sweet finish §

Photo of theboozecruise
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one from a bottle into a typical pint glass.

It's got a reddish-golden color with an inchish head, quick to dissipate with very little lacing.

The aroma is weak, but slightly fruity and you can tell you're about to dive into a wheat beer. The taste is more of the same... it's good, but not great. A slight bitterness to it, but mostly an easy to drink wheat beer. Not overpowering at all.

I'd recommend this one to someone trying to transition from light beers to better stuff, but it's nothing special.

Photo of TheMistler
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.