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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 22
Gots: 29 | 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 Offa
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good, but not great, hefeweizen.

Pale hazy amber (golden), with big pale tan head steadily shrinking to foamy ring and a few wisps of lace.

Aroma is very hefeweizen character of banana, moist bread, bread crust.

Taste is soft grain with bubblegum, crisp mineral, light zestiness. It is lightly sweet. It’s good, very much a hefeweizen, but not great or complex, fairly one-dimensional, even if the character is firm and holds up well.

Photo of DaveHS
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours cloudy golden/orange with nearly an inch of fluffy off white head. Reduces slowly, leaving soapy lacing.

S-Heavy clove and banana aromas. Soft wheat/earthy notes.

T/M-Soft and light. Carbonation isn't as prickly as the average German hefe. The earthy wheat notes indicated in the nose are not as prominent in the flavor profile. Thin mouthfeel and a crisp finish.

O-Okay.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured dark murky orange with an average sized white creamy head that had fair lacing. The aroma was heavy with yeast, mild grain malt, a light citus hop with notes of banana, coriander and cloves. It tasted light, sweet and quite yeasty at first and finished with this light sweet-bitter acidic yeasty flavor with hints of citrus, spices and a touch of banana with the flavor lasting an average amount of time. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice light full flavored Hefeweizen.

Photo of dasenebler
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

.5L, Germany, best by May 2011.

Hazy straw-orange. Head is sub-par for the style: thin and short-lived.

The aroma is faint, but has some good banana and raw yeast character.

Flavor is boring and watery, but at least not offensive. Whereas a good Hefeweizen has bright, fruity and phenolic flavors, this beer has a dull, bready character, with a bit of tang thrown in for good measure. This style is all about the yeast, and I'm afraid the Maisel's strain forgot about flavor during fermentation. The mouthfeel is okay, but kind of chalky and watery. All in all, this is not so bad to drink, just very mediocre.

Note: I last reviewed this beer over two years ago following a buzzed afternoon in a Berlin biergarten. Though my palate has matured since then, this bottle did not even come close to what I experienced that late summer afternoon in 2008. Oh well. I guess it's better on-tap...

Photo of DefenCorps
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of this in Asheville a couple of days back. I've never heard of this beer or this brewery, but at $2.79 for a 500ml bottle, I couldn't pass it up.

Pouring a clear, golden orange with yellow gold highlights, there's a dense, off-white head that recedes to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose is decent. Mildly fruity, mildly metallic, mildly solvent-like and with some caramel, this is OK. That metallic/solvent character is distracting. As it breathes, it does die off a little bit, allowing some clove and banana to come through. Not particularly expressive.

The palate is significantly better. Spiced bananas drizzled with honey, this is decent. Of course, there's clove, but this also has a little holiday spice. Very slick on the palate, this has plenty of wheat-like dextrins, coating the palate without being sweet. Not particularly yeasty, there's a touch of metallic character on the finish. Mildly sweet and mildly fruity, this is decent. While medium-light, this really coats the palate. Carbonation is medium-low, which is also rather unconventional. Decent.

Photo of sfprint
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of hansgruber
3.82/5  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
4.32/5  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
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.52/5  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
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

[resample->HR]

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.42/5  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 +4.4%
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 +3.6%
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
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
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
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.