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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

325 Ratings
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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
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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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Hard to tell with no dating info and the place I got it from have several out of date beers.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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TexIndy, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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!

nocheinsbitte, Jun 20, 2009
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.

LittleCreature, May 13, 2009
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.

madvoice, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of haningj2
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

haningj2, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

colts9016, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of Jeffo
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Jeffo, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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!!

JayQue, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 §

stumac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

theboozecruise, Sep 20, 2008
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
Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.