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

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BA SCORE
83
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co. visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HappyHourHero on 12-19-2006)
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 03, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before Aug 2012, and a new arrival in the province of Alberta. Cracked to the tune of the WJHC bristling in the background.

This beer pours a hazy dark golden brown hue, with a teeming column of tight fizzy, quickly melding into creamy, ecru head. As it slowly slips away, a low sudsy wall of lace remains for a spell, before dissolving in a similar fate.

The aroma is coy at first pass, but with a bit of warming, opens up with some nice dark fruit esters, juicy caramel malt, edgy toasted wheatiness, and some mild mocha notes, with a dry earthiness holding up the hop flag. These aspects follow closely in the flavour, with the malt leaning a tad closer to the wheat than the caramel, and the fruity chocolate hanging tough. A wee bit of clove and yeastiness work their way in as well.

Bubbles are not a huge concern here, and manifest in but a slight tingle. From the first sip, the body is evidently smooth, clean, and a pleasant medium weight. It finishes off-dry, the wheat still toasty, and softly caramelized, some dry yeast and earthy hops rounding things off with aplomb.

A deftly easy to drink dark wheat beer, enjoyably straight forward, but hardly plain. The expected yeast and spice are notably understated, and that's ok, as everything else is quite agreeable. I could very much see ordering this a few times over in any rustic Germanic pub whose doorway I might darken.

biboergosum, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

kojevergas, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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!).

wl0307, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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

wordemupg, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Evil_Pidde, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark, nearly opaque chocolaty brown with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Tempting malty aroma has hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavor - such flavor! Malty mainly, plus caramel, horehound, earthy and yeasty notes. Texture is fairly smooth with a sharp yeasty undertone and hints of fruit, not a lot of fizz. Definitely worthy of at least a sample.

Cyberkedi, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  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.

CrazyDavros, May 10, 2010
Photo of canucklehead
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

canucklehead, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Ciocanelu, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jeffo, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

schopenhauerale, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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...

mdagnew, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Absumaster, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BigBry, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown wood stain colour with a ever slight red tinge when held to the light, 2 fingers of rich creamy tan brown light foamy head, heavily carbonated.

S: Vanilla, bananas and coriander, yeasty typical mustiness of a hefe or dunkel weisse. Ever slight typical plastic scent.

T: Bananas, bananas, bananas, coriander, malty caramel. Very well balanced and delicious.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Fine bubbles in carbonation.

O: Delicious, love this Dunkelweissen. Not usually a fan of these, but I am of this one. Could see it going well with cheesecake.

patre_tim, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Gregwa, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

flyingpig, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

draheim, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

HappyHourHero, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of KStark
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KStark, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

stevoj, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Jun 23, 2014
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Maisel's Weisse Dunkel from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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