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

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 12-19-2006

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark brown body, appears clouded, with a smallish, creamy-looking head with a very, very faint beige tint to it.

Smell: Barely perceived, little sniffs of wheat, darkened malts, fruit. Some aromas crank the dial up to 11, this turned it down below 1.

Taste: Bread crusts, some roast, some nuts but the flavor is incredibly mild. Slight wheat twanginess. Pinch of cocoa. Light banana, raisin. Near nil hop character, bitterness. Thinning (a bit watery, even) on the under-carbonated finish with little hints of dark malt and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Weak offering. I'd rather have their standard weisse, as this just had sooo little going on that it was instantly forgettable.

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Photo of Shadman
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly looks like a world class Dunkwsisse. Dark cola brown, very murky, with and amazing off-white head and gobs of lacing.

Aroma isn't as robust as the looks are as All I wiffed was faint banana, some light roast malt, and a fairly noticeable iron water smell.

Taste is so-so. Again there's potential, but nothing jumps out and the mineral water AND an overall watery feel make this an average offering in the Dunkel Department

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy with a brown colour. The head is light tan, large and rich. Moderate retention and some lacing.
Aroma: nice sweet malts and bread aroma.
Taste: sweet malts, caramel and some yeasts.
Mouthfeel: silky, average carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength (5.4% ABV) and light body.
Finish: clean and short sweet aftertaste.

Overall: Not very impressive. Average wheat beer. I was expecting more from a dunkel weizen. I prefer the original Maisel's Weisse.

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Photo of stevoj
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Prost! Boise. Pours out a hazy dark brown. Creamy beige head, fades but still covers the beer. Nice nutty, toasty aroma. Taste follows, slightly sweet, decent body, but not as thick as I'd like. Still great to find a real weizen in the States.

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Photo of SlingerBKLYN
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A slight Amber hew. Mostly sweet with a thick mouth feel. The banana flavors of the yeast dominate the palate and not much else is going on here. I did finish my growler but I wouldn't buy it again. There are lots of better Weisse beers out there. The quest continues....

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tall, dense, foamy light brown head was so solid it looked like I could scoop it out like ice cream. Deep cola colored beer with a hazy chestnut hue. Moderately strong aroma is dominated by banana and bubble gum esters. Mouthfeel is light a fluffy. Not a whole lot of flavor up front except for a faint astringency. Mild banana yeast flavors and some cocoa mix towards the finish. The aroma hinted at some nice flavors, but they never materialized. A tad watery and boring. Nothing wrong per se, but there are better Dunkels.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500ml Bottle from Habana restaurant, Friedrichshain, Berlin (€3.50):
Medium brown, slightly cloudy with a foamy white 1cm head that's smaller than expected but holds very well.

Wheat & clove initially, some citrus & bubblegum after that with some lighter malts & yeast too; not a bad start with some fruits lingering in the background as well.

Wheat & light malts with faint caramel & cloves. Spice & touches of water come through around the middle. There was some banana in there as well but this was slightly weaker than I would have liked.

Smooth & easy going with some sweetness but I was disappointed to discover that it was slightly watery in places making it seem a touch bland. Some spice & decent carbonation offset this for the most part but not completely.

A pleasant beer & one that was easy to enjoy without really exciting. Not bad & quite refreshing but the hefeweizen version of this one is better.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served into a Maissel's weisse pint glass in Berlin, Germany. Reviewed from notes taken in June.

A: One finger head of mild cream, good thickness, and tan colour. Retention is average. Solid caramel-brown colour. Non-transparent.

Sm: Caramel, chocolate, and coffee roast - a relative rarity in dunkels. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and slight hints of coffee roast but not significant in affecting the balance. Nicely complex and built well for the style. The hoppy climax rides comfortably atop a well handled barley body. Some nice amber hops are present as well.

Mf: Nicely dry but not overly so - certainly not the level of a stout or porter, but more than a schwarzbier. SMooth and refreshing but coarse enough to drag out the flavours.

Dr: Cheap enough in Germany, but far from amazing. It slides down easily enough, and is of normal ABV.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the regular Maisel Weisse this is a bit of a letdown. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and the flavours are more subdued than I expected. Not a bad dunkel but this brewer is known to be top shelf in wheat beers so a bit of a drop in expectations.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amazing that this beer has only been reviewed twice, I would have thought this beer had reached the US by now.

Appearance is good, a murky, dark brown beer with a huge thick, stable head.

Smell is typical, clove, chocolate that is a little earthy. A phenolic and fruity smell.

Taste is spicy with some cloves, which are a little musty. The yeast give the beer a nice 'coarse' mouthfeel. The dark malt taste like chocolate and cacao. The malt is grainy and has a strong wheat taste.
Body is medium and the beer is slightly sweet. Aftertaste is dry and drinkability is OK. To me this tastes like the normal Weisse, but with the dark malt pushing away the fruity notes, the Weisse has.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a small (for a weizen) head. Nose shows bready wheat, milk chocolate, banana, and oatmeal. Very nice. Similar flavours (minus the banana) but not as complex. Low bitterness but a lasting toasty finish. Somewhat watery, carbonation is nice and high.

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Photo of killianf
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into weizen glass

A: Pours a murky brown with a 3 finger off white head. Decent lacing and good carbonation.

S: Typical Hefe smells (banana, citrus fruits), much more malt than a normal Hefe, grassy floral scents too. Maybe a slight hint of toffee or chocolate when swirled.

T: Once again typical hefe tastes but with much more malt, and a hint of toffee on the tongue. Sweet.

M: Quite think unfortunately, definitely light-bodied. Slightly fizzy on the tongue.

Overall: A fairly ok beer. My only REAL problem was the mouthfeel which was very weak. As for everything else, it was ok but nothing spectacular. It has whetted my appetite for more dunkels though.

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Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 09/05/2008, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: beautiful dark chestnut brown colour, cloudy, topped with a creamy and tight beige frothy head with brilliant retention; carbonation is rather lively.
S: light bananas and green mangos abound, going hand in hand with a thick layer mixed of caramelised sugar, bready+chocolatey malts and syrup-coated chestnuts. All elements come in a harmony, with a slightly more assertive touch of fruity fragrance. Good!
T: the foretaste comes very mild... then suggesting a healthy intake of bitter-sweet maltiness mixed of dark malts, wheats, and nuttiness... gradually the sour-sweet fruitiness (featuring mainly mangos) take over until reaching the lightly dry and soothingly grainy finish. Overall, all elements are in place, making this a rather balanced, but not "colourful" or quite delicious, dunkel weizen.
M&D: the fluffy mouthfeel upfront leads towards a medium-bodied mid-taste, although the finishing touch is a little more spritzy than necessary. All in all, this dunkel weizen is very decent in quality, showing a balanced profile b/w fruit-esters and wheat+malts. Although this is not my favourite type of ale, I won't hesitate tasting it again (but preferably on draught!).

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Photo of wordemupg
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

510ml bottle poured into pint glass 23/1/12

A murky brownish cola with a thumbs width of light tan head that leaves some random lace, not quite the booming foam I expect from the style but retention is pretty good

S some banana bread and clove, some fruit I can't place and just a little chocolate milk

T not quite as strong as the smell but the flavors are similar to the nose, cereal's are a little easier too notice then the smell

M nearly turns too foam but all the little bubbles give it a creamy feel, faint coffee aftertaste

O pretty straight forward but respectable brew nonetheless

not up there with the better examples of the style but still nothing too be ashamed of

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a pint on tap at an Edmonton, Alberta area pub (Spruce Grove to be specific). After being pleasantly surprised by this brewery's weissbier offering (see that review), I had fairly high expectations for this one. Certainly this was technically proficient and nothing was obviously wrong, a brown-red wood color with ample fizz and an inch or so of beige quick-breaking head. Aroma features the expected banana and clove elements along with some caramel and faint chocolate. Body is much like that of a lighter macro-brewed weiss, on the thin side and featuring an apple-like fruity "young beer" flavor along with some brown sugar, raisin and clove. Banana is low level, at least to my palate. A little sour and quite crisp. Not as complex as its lighter stablemate but pleasant enough I suppose. I have enjoyed less fruity and more malty examples of the style but makes a decent enough patio brew when in the mood for something a touch darker. Not particularly sweet and maybe a little bland. Was hoping for something more robust.

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Photo of Zet
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with a medium head that doesn't retain well. Full nose of caramel, cloves and overripe banana. These flavours continue in the taste, but coffee and lemon zest are also present here. The malts seem to be roasted or have at least gone through a very long heat drying process, as the taste has quite some stout characteristics. The coffee flavour and dry finish are quite dominant here. A nice twist, though it does get a bit bland after a while (with a 0.5 ltr glass that is). Mouth feel is still Weizen though: smooth as always.

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown amber color with a huge head with good retention.
Nice aroma with notes of toasted malts, cloves, bananas, tangerines, some cocoa and yeast.
Pleasant flavor with notes of cloves, mild wood, caramels, some bananas with cinnamon, yeast, a sprinkle of cocoa, vanilla, ginger and bread with raisins and nuts. Dry aftertaste with a mild citrusy sensation.
Light body with good carbonation.
Always pleasure to drink Dunkelweizen with a good balance between drinkability and flavor complexity.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger, thick, off-white head. Colour is a deep brown-red, maybe a maroon or burgundy. Deep and dark. No carbonation evident at all. Not as cloudy as a normal weizen; relatively clear. Head levels out to a thick film and re-establishes itself after every drink. No lacing, unfortunately.

SMELL: Wheat malt, bananas, caramel and some dark fruits in the background. Not as strong as others, but very pleasant.

TASTE: Wheat malt in the beginning, but soon gives way to sweet caramel and some dark fruit as well. The dark fruit is a very nice touch. Sweet malt aftertaste is medium in strength and relatively long lasting. A pleasure.

PALATE: Medium body with lower end carbonation, which was expected given the look. Goes down smooth at the front but leaves a little scratch and is a bit rough on the finish. Some stickiness is left over after it's gone. Not what I expected, but it was alright.

OVERALL: Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Certainly a dunkel I could drink all day. The finish was a little odd, different to what I'm used to when it comes to various sorts of German weizen, but that's not a bad thing. I'd go for seconds, and thirds.

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Photo of draheim
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a weizen glass @ Heidelberg Haus, Seattle. Pours a deep amber w/ a 1-finger beige head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is dark bready malt, ripe banana, clove, fruity esters.

Taste is dark sweet wheat malt, clove and other spice, banana.

Mouthfeel is soft and mellow, nice carbonation.

Overall a solid dark hefeweizen, a tasty pairing for my plate of jaegerschnitzel and spaetzle.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy copper brown colour. Slightly off white head poured as expected for a Weizen - big, thick and foamy. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles maintains a very thick covering throughout... some decent clingy lacing...

Aroma - Good strong spiciness - cloves and allspice, lots of yeasty and wheaty notes, raw palm sugar notes, light toasted bread, some notes of banana and chocolate mixed together, biscuity malts, tart fruits (pears, apples and lemons), sea salt, quite floral and perfumed...

Taste - Good strong wheatiness mixed with toasted bread, yeasty, light brown sugar sweetness, definite clove and banana, light cola notes, light metallics notes, some pear and apple, nutmeg and pepper spiciness...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... medium bodied... exceptionally quaffable - i could happily knock this back all evening...

Overall - An excellent Dunkel... definitely recommended...

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Photo of drmeto
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-pours a mahogany brown with a medium,creamy,beige head
-high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus red apple
-light-medium body,medium carbonation
Really good example of a style i don't particularly like

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Photo of JTuomi
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle (bb 27.03.15) into a weizen pokal. Hazy deep amber body, medium tan head that fades pretty quickly, little lacing, holds a thin veil. Sweet smell with wheat, banana, some dark malt and little clove.

At first the taste is sweet malt with a little tart wheat, followed by an intensifying taste of toasted bready malt and mild yeast banana with notes of chocolate, ending dry and a bit watery with a slight clove spiciness, leaving a pleasant and sweet toasted caramel aftertaste with a hint of banana.

Medium-light body, high soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Overall a flavorful but light dunkelweizen. Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of olmatty
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown, lightly crowded and creamy persistent head.

Light wheatly and malty aroma

Smooth wheat cereal is eclipsed by malty, caramel and chocolates notes. Light esters of citrus fruit at the

Moderately full bodied and silky smooth

Overall Very nice and drinkable dark wheat beer

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Even for a dunkelweizen, it is dark; almost nitro-stout like in appearance. The opaque deep brown body is topped by a big creamy beige head.

Smell - 3.5
Aroma is quite odd and not all that appealing. There is faint coffee from the toasted grains, but clove and fruit (banana and cherry) dominate here.

Taste - 4.0
Very smooth and full-bodied, flavours of chocolate cake, coffee, slight cherry, passionfruit, clove particularly noticeable in the finish, same goes for nutmeg and mixed spice. Starts malty in the mouth, but the fruity yeast flavours take over towards the end.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Smooth with persistent, fine carbonation.

Drinkability - 4.0
Sessionable, although not to the extent of Weihenstephan.

OVERALL - 3.95
I truly love this style, possibly more than the regular hefeweizen. A solid example that falls short of the benchmark (Weihenstephan) but is still a very good beer that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of Converge
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass. My first dunkel.

A - Pours with great big light tan head of thick foam. Hazy maple brown body with some amber highlights in it. Not really fantastic head retention and basically no lacing at all. A little underwhelmed.

S - A nice aroma of dark malt and spice, with light fruit notes as well. Light, bready crystal malt, ginger and nutmeg, upfront with some notes of dried plum, flaked wheat, banana, and yeast.

T - Lots of bready malt and yeast, with notes of ripe banana, plums, and a hint of molasses. Brown sugar, caramel malt, and crisp fruitiness. Some spices are present as well, nutmeg and ginger, with some clove. A solid profile for sure, but nothing worth writing home about.

M - Crisp and well carbonated, with a medium body. Finishes a bit dry, and leaves some yeasty residue after a while. Overall, pretty smooth.

D - An all around solid beer, and something I hope to have again. Definitely a step behind Maisel's Weisse Original, but still a tasty and damn drinkable brew.

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Maisel's Weisse Dunkel from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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