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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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metter98

New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:34:30 | More by metter98
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:14:30 | More by cyclonece09
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark golden straw with a tinge of reddish orange in the background. Slightly hazy, not as much as i expected. The head looked good, but quickly subsided to a loose knit lacy ring around the edge.

There are some nice aromas here in this beer: yeasty, clove, a little bannana, very sweet smelling.

There is a nice, well rounded mouthfeel and taste to this beer. It feels very good on the tounge and hits the whole pallet.

Overall, this is a pretty good weisse. I would enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 17:04:10 | More by elmocoso
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Naerhu

Japan

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pure white 1 cm head, pale opaque amber-orange body with wicked thick lace. Light biscuity nose. Straw, lemon typical wheat flavors. Micro-tiny bubbles that delight the palate. This is a decent wheat, a beer to be proud of, but nothing I would search out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 04:46:22 | More by Naerhu
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Wurst in Calgary, served in an authentic Maisel weiss glass. A dark orange color with rather minimal white head, this wheat beer and classic contemporary example of the style delivers the expected banana and clove nose, decidedly weighted towards the banana part of the equation. This is a rather citric, near-sour take on the style, with some unripe bramble fruit discernible amongst the honey nut Cheerio, more assertive than on the nose clove, dried banana chip, tobacco, and faint butterscotch elements. Body seems a tad on the thin side and the carbonation is aggressive, although thankfully the flavors still pop nicely on the palate. Remains very tangy two-thirds of the way through a pint. Finish is faintly doughy, with some sour fruit and floral rose water. Very nice. This is a rather good beer fresh and on tap. I prefer some of the richer, sweeter, and clove-heavy takes on the style, but this exemplifies another approach that almost reminds me of many North American craft-brewed examples.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2014 22:06:27 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy browish-peach, some yeasy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Lifts a respectable white head, which settles to a ring and left a small bit of lacing. Bready, yeasty nose. Spicy and a bit tart, not the usual taste profile for a german wheat. Still a pleasant summer quaffer. Not up the world class standards of some of the other germans, but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 22:00:31 | More by Billolick
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a moderately clear dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation slowing rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of banana with lighter aromas of clove and wheat

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat followed by stronger flavors of banana and light flavors of clove.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Stronger in bananas than other beers in the style but still a good representation of the style. Easy to drink and refreshing, pairs excellently with some sausages off the grill. Definitely one to get again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:08:24 | More by dbrauneis
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 22:31:00 | More by avalon07
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TheDinger

South Carolina

3.93/5  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-

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:11:28 | More by TheDinger
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in the German standard tall brown half liter bottle with a blue, gold and white label featuring words and wheat stalks. Purity law, of course. Best before 3/1/04, I opened it on 5/25/04.

Pours an intriguing cloudy darkish copper-orange under a two finger off white head with marvelous contour and good staying power. The lacing is a bit spotty, but still substantial. The nose is subdued, with a touch of lemon and coriander. The mouth is prickly, but not overly so, and slightly heavy with an interesting fruitiness. There's a touch of lemon tartness in the opening, accompanied by substantial amounts of yeast and a hint of delicate spice. Just a hint of hops bite accents the finish, while the aftertaste is sweet and yeasty. A tasty rendition..

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 18:37:17 | More by Globetrotter
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 22:52:40 | More by DoubleJ
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a golden, straw colored brew with a head that was out of control (note that i was a bit aggressive on the pour). it was pillowy and white, and took a while to die down. yeast, dough, and bananas leap out of the glass into your nose as you take a whiff.

there is a lot of lemon flavor that bitters the sides of your tongue as the carbonation tingles the tip. it is quite a sensation. the crisp start fades, but the lemon lingers and you will have to swallow a few times to clear the taste. you are then left with a dry yeasty aftertaste. the yeast is present in the beginning, but it goes away for a bit and then comes in at the very end of a swallow. you will also get a good taste of bananas in the finish which provides a unique contrast to the lemon flavors that have just cleared out. it is not too complex, but the intensity of the flavors that it has keeps it very interesting. this is definitely a brew to try.

if you drain the bottle of all sediment, you will get much less of a citrus flavor. the yeast will take over. either way, it is still a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 12:16:57 | More by ElGuapo
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Stonepot

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 11:44:30 | More by Stonepot
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matjack85

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 07:27:28 | More by matjack85
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tjd25

France

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful foamy head made of fine bubbles, on an opaque orange copper color. Wheat and yeast in the smell, no apparent sweetness. The taste is citric, grapefruit at first and lemon in the aftertaste, but doesn’t have other classic hefe weizen aspects (banana flavor, sweetness…). Maybe hints of peach. Wheat and yeast coexist very nicely in this beer. I thought it seemed stronger in alcohol than it actually is. Hops appear with little power but a nice floral aspect that doesn’t lessen the beer’s drinkability. This beer is very beautiful to watch, and also enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2004 21:31:50 | More by tjd25
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blackie

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour produces a huge, fluffy off white head that slowly falls back. A nice layer remains throughout. The beer is a hazy orange-amber in color.

smell: Wheat malt and yeasty aromas upfront with accompanying notes of moderate banana and slight clove. Just a touch of lemon aroma. There is a light noble hop aroma. The aroma is well balanced and pleasing.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter side of the high range. The body is between light and medium.

taste: Crisp wheat flavors with yeasty flavors of light banana and clove. There is also just a hint of lemon. After the swallow a light bitterness provides some balance. Well made and very balanced, but I would like some more fruity banana on the tongue...it seems supressed.

drinkabiliy: Easy to drink and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 04:42:44 | More by blackie
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dauss

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good Hefe Weizen, but not as good as Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, or Schneider. Nose has a lot of banana, but lacking in the clove phenols. I was hoping for a sweeter maltiness and wheatiness, but its a little on the bland side. Color is also darker than other hefeweisse.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 20:59:46 | More by dauss
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So there’s this bar that’s become a staple of my Tuesday nights. It’s called The Whig and they offer 50 cent tacos made by a black guy who supposedly has a master’s degree in art. I’m not sure if the degree helps or not, but the man does assemble a delicious taco. The Whig also serves a fair selection of bottled beer, and was recently advertising this Maisel’s Weisse. First time I’ve seen it anywhere... I believe it just arrived in SC. Here you have me reviewing it at home on a hot night. (Is there any other kind in my city? But I digress.)

So anyway it pours into my 22oz Weizen glass an amber-honey color, with a dense white head and some yeast globs that fall to the bottom. Cloudy but not overly so. Head leaves no lacing as the beer is drunk.

Smells malty and yeasty, with the required banana-spice notes present. Not overwhelming though. Wheaty and safe smelling.

A long draught (I love that word) yields an impressively creamy, spicy wheat beer. Not as complex or forward as some other Weizens I’ve had, this one emphasizes a full mouthfeel and boasts a mellow, wheaty, banana taste with a mild bitter and sour finish. Not much in the way of hops, but nor should there be. The clove and spice flavors are a bit muted compared to, say, Wiestephaner’s offering, but still present. Actually one could call it “well balanced” and be pretty correct too. All in all, a hearty, warming and pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, with a nice carbonation level. Warms the throat and leaves a dry, mildly sour apple taste behind.

While not a stunning beer, Maisel’s Weisse is a solid one, and if you enjoy the Hefe Wiezens, you certainly should seek it out. I suppose the highest praise I can give is that even though I’m not a huge fan of the Hefe style, I still enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 02:09:42 | More by kkipple
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hansgruber

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:18:06 | More by hansgruber
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thiis is a weisse I haven't seen before and I'm always up for trying new examples of the style, particulary from its traditional homeland. $2.19 for 500ml at Fayetteville's fines beer store, Grapes and Hops.

Pours big and appealling, cloudy and lacy. Body is neon rust colored and slightly darker than usual among weisse. Nose is muted but features discernable clove and yeast, banana is present but less so.

Taste displays a refreshing balance, with malt aided by the banana, clove, and yeast flavors instead of overpowered by them. Mouthfeel is moderately overcarbonated and a little clumsier than I'd prefer but this is still drinkable and good value. I wouldn't go far out of my way again due top the plethora of quality competition but it's worth an effort to sample if you enjoy the style..

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 01:49:08 | More by daliandragon
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. I did an awful job on the pour, and it showed with a complete lack of head. A finger of light, white foam developed and dissipated quickly. The color, though, is pretty solid. (I could not mess that up.) It is cloudy gold/amber.

Smell: Exactly what I want from the style. The nose is hit by lots of fruit — apple, banana, and maybe strawberries — which are balanced with a perfect amount of bready yeast and clove and pepper spice. There is bubblegum in there, too.

Taste: The mouthfeel is light but also bready and quenching; it coats the mouth with a lot of sweetness. The flavor mostly mirror the smell: apple, banana, strawberry, yeast, clove, pepper, and bubblegum. The spices, though, are more prominent than the fruits, which I like.

Drinkability: This is a solid Bavarian hefe. Nothing spectacular or orgasmic, but it is very thirst quenching. I really wish I had poured it better.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:16:10 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent addition to the beer stable @ Trackside in Medicine Hat.

Certainly looks like a Weisse with the cloudy aprocot colour( although this beer is slightly darker than say Weihenstephaner). Nice thick head, good retention.

Classic Weisse aromas..caramel, banana, clove, and a slight tinge of pepper. Nice balance as no single aroma dominates.

Solid in the taste department as well. Bit watery initailly, but then the malt and banana yeast kick in. Clove and pepper spice follow up and linger into the dry finish.

Decent feel once the very brief watery period at the beginning is over.

Solid example of the style. Good summer thirst killer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:02:11 | More by Shadman
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 18:42:38 | More by mick303
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flagmantho

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: golden orange hue with plenty of haze and two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam. It looks good, if a bit darker than I'm used to for a hefeweizen.

Smell: decent wheaty aroma which is alright but lacks any kind of interesting aroma like banana, clove or even citrus. I like the maltiness of it, but it's just not as complex as I like my weizens to be.

Taste: nice malty and wheaty flavor. There's a hint of light fruitiness that makes this beer tastier than the aroma, although it's still not as banana-ey as I like.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. It seems more crisp and effervescent than creamy, but that seems to work here.

Overall: I like this beer overall, but for me it doesn't really match the upper-tier German hefeweizens in bold aroma and complexity of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 18:20:22 | More by flagmantho
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Halcyondays

California

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark hazy goldenrod with a fizzy white head. Poor retention for the style no lace.

S: Bubblegum esters, a hint of iron, and wheat.

T: Strong yeasty banana taste especially in the finish. Good complexity. Light notes of apple as well. Nice flavours.

M: Medium-bodied, nice structure. Biting, crisp carbonation.

O: A solid weissebier, easy drinking and refreshing. I've been wanting to try this for a while after seeing it in one of Michael Jackson's books, good stuff, glad it's finally in America.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 02:46:10 | More by Halcyondays
Maisel's Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
87 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.