Maisel's Weisse Dunkel - Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
01-04-2012 03:35:28 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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
08-25-2011 20:22:10 | More by olmatty
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-11-2011 13:26:19 | More by kojevergas
4.18/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
08-01-2010 08:52:08 | More by rjimlad
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-10-2010 02:12:42 | More by CrazyDavros
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
05-26-2009 13:40:46 | More by LittleCreature
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
02-05-2009 16:52:30 | More by Jeffo
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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...
10-27-2008 15:57:08 | More by mdagnew
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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!).
10-15-2007 13:47:21 | More by wl0307
3.13/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
10-06-2007 16:46:58 | More by AlexLMS
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-23-2007 18:54:50 | More by Absumaster
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
12-19-2006 20:23:56 | More by HappyHourHero
Maisel's Weisse Dunkel from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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