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

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.72%
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 -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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Tiriansdoor
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of killianf
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I agree...this looks like a world class Dunkel! Pours with an absolutely amazingly thick tan colored head, that starts out about four inches thick and slowly settles into about a two finger thick puff of cloud! The color of the beer is reddish brown, is mainly clear and appears to have brilliantly fine carbonation rising up in fine looking columns. The only knock on this one is the lack of lacing....there really isn't any, and for that, I cannot give this area a perfect score....

S- A rich blend of malt and spice fills up my nostrils....primarily cloves, hints of nutmeg, milk chocolate, and some fruity esters consisting of ripe banana and a touch of various citrus. The malts give off some sweet & sour notes, but refreshing nonetheless.

T- The flavors really sweeten up here, as the malt profile takes over! There are notes of molasses, toffee, chocolate immediately upfront, with tangy hints of fruit from the wheat malt in the background. There is a slight bitterness on the finish but is very mild and doesn't really add much of anything.

M- The carbonation is, as I thought, finely tuned within the liquid, and along with the head, provides a smooth creamy feel on the palate. With this said, the body is actually quite thin but this doesn't hinder the overall feel I have to say. I guess for the style, this should be expected.

O- This is a fine beer, and this might be the one to get me really into Dunkels! It's definitely easy enough to drink, and the flavor, along with the mouthfeel, gives this enough character to make me want to have more than one of these in a sitting. This beer would go well with a roast beef dinner or perhaps with a chocolate cake for dessert. Thumbs up!

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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

Photo of Shadman
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of olmatty
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of rjimlad
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep tea colour with thick tan head. Nice aroma of cloves and banana bread.
Flavour is on the clovey side with slight banana noted that linger. Light carbonation and high drinkability make this a winner as fair as I'm concerned. I like the balance in this. One of the nicer Dunkelweizens I've tried.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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...

Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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!).

Photo of AlexLMS
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Maisel's Weisse Dunkel from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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