Weisse Original
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #35
Ranked #13,210
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
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Photo of jdurey
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours darker than other Hefeweizens- almost an amber color. Smell is similar to other beers of this style. Taste has coriander and more clove in addition to other usual suspects of bananas and bread. A bit of orange as well. Feel is medium bodied and good balance of carbonation. Very nice. Overall one of the better Hefeweizens I’ve had (and I’ve had plenty). Not quite an Ayinger or Weihenstephaner but in the same league.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.89/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review: 0,5l bottle of Maisel’s Weisse Original: 5.2% vol.

A nice brown bottle with a lovely looking logo, nothing particularly amazing but the name of the brewery laid out in lovely blue lettering, surrounded by shreds of wheat and hops. Simple but effective. Bottle conditioned.

A cloudy look on pour, producing a hazy orange amber coloured beer, with a decent enough white head appearing. Head is frothy and sticks around. Not a bad looker.

Smell is one of a typical Hefeweizen bier. It is nice and well balanced, getting the clove, the yeast, the fruits and, of course, the wheat! Inviting.

First impressions on the taste was how soft and crisp the beer was, a real lovely velvety feel on the tongue, really smooth and so nice to drink. What a good start!

This beer is so easy to drink and instantly puts you in a very relaxed mood.

Getting all the pure wheat beer tastes, the coriander and the cloves, but ever so soft and fresh on the tongue, Very gentle and smooth in the mouth.
I like this a lot!!! The main fruits are of banana and lemon, the wheat, the hops, and the “cellar yeast”, prominent of course, are all easily detected, all well balanced and in perfect harmony.

Also you get quite a lot in the bottle, love it as I exactly wanted a couple of beers to last a few hours to relax with.

Silky on the tongue, a very solid, well balanced, and highly satisfying beer, liked this one a lot. A perfect beer to relax with. Delicious. Recommended.

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Photo of Nass
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I dig the artwork on this beer, nice bold letter font & a good use of color. I do see a date on the back so I know it's not too old. It's not a bold tasting hefeweizen but some good wheat flavors are there. Good juicy fruit bubblegum & banana action going on & the color is a beautiful hazy light orange. It would pair well with some pink beans & baked red snapper fish. I highly recommend this beer if you can get this in your area. Cheers! A-

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Photo of dwillie733
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid here especially for tbff price of .99 for a 20 oz bottle. Good flavor and taste. Head is a little little but love the banana flavors. Will buy ahain.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

These seem to be pretty common nowadays in Alberta, and I am grateful for that. I previously had occasion to try their alcohol free version of this, which I thought was fantastic for a near-beer, possibly the best near-beer I've had.

Pours into my glass a cloudy nectarine colour. The head wasn't as explosively foaming as some hefes, but it was still very tight, leaving very nice sheets of bone-white lacing behind. Beer looks great, classic hefeweizen.

A very classic, and very well done hefe aroma here: tons of ripe banana, some yeasty spiciness akin to cinnamon and anise, a little clove, plenty of apple bubblegum and some soapy characteristics. There's something a little transcendent about the yeastiness though--this occasionally reminds me of a farmhouse ale, just a bit, or a Belgian witbier. Other than that, it is just profoundly moutwatering. If someone were to ask me for THE definition of a good German hefe aroma, I might just put this in front of them. Behind the yeasty forefront is a decent middleweight of malting, giving off some nice grain-barrel aromas, and there is indeed a touch of the alcohol lingering in the back too. As I said, classic, and then some.

The flavour follows remarkably well the aroma: many of the same suspects are here, all in very nice proportions. The yeast again comes up front, with tons of banana, green apple, a touch of white grape, soapy cloves and cinnamon, all with a nice backbone of medium-bodied malt, and a hint of hopping behind that, with a pretty dry finish, all in all. Light hits of honey or maple syrup, slightly burnt bread, some fruity bubblegum nuances, even a touch of licorice.

A phenomenal German hefeweizen. Reminded me of why this is one of my favourite beer styles, all over again. As far as the big German wheat beer producers go, this is definitely in my top 3. I could drink it daily. Oh, and if you are the designated driver, consider their alcohol-free version--you might be surprised.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice foamy creamy head, mild lacing, hazy orange color

Nose mild creamy wheat, malt, little citrus, light banana ester notes

Taste juicy creamy wheat, plenty of citrus, toasted notes, more banana esters and phenol spice notes, fair sweetness, drier finish, mild bitterness kicking in

Mouth med bod, creamy wheat, decent carb

Overall 45

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Toom. Decent weizen, but nothing spectacular. Aroma and taste are right on target for this style., but palate is lacking and head faded quickly.

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Photo of JakeWarrenPgh
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible on tap, loved having it every time I made it to Köln or Frankfurt Germany. It has a light taste, great smell, and is a terrific example of a classic weissbier.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear deep gold/pale amber producing slightly more than a finger of short-lived, white head that leaves no lace, no surface cap & only a hint of a collar. Only a modest amount of effervescence rises from the bottom. Aroma is wheat bready, clean grain, banana, clove, pear, thin lemon with faint hints of sulfur & acetone. Taste follows the nose with a hint of sour funk. Finishes fruity (especially pear), thin flavored & is the sweetest portion of the sip. Short-lived grain, over ripe banana & floral aftertaste. Dry throughout. Lightly bitter, the drinkability is hindered by a stale, thin sourness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, dry, spice & prickle.

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Photo of AAG
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Beautiful, hazy golden, brown, opaque, fluffy head that lasted throughout; really nice lacing too.

S - Cloves, banana, apples, wonderful.

T - Banana, apple, brilliance.

F - Tremendously satisfying; medium to full body.

O - Love this hefe; had it out of a bottle in Germany; seek this beer out in the future; a tremendous hefe.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very classical hefeweizen. It's balanced and drinkable all right but it really lacks of character. Moderate carbonation, silky mouthfeel
Enjoyable and refreshing

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Photo of janubio
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange colour, medium creamy head with medium retention. Good lace.
Aroma of banana, orange, cloves, fruits,
Medium to full body, creamy dense texture, high carbonation.
Taste of banana, oranges, peaches, cloves.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got one on tap at Sauf Haus bierhall in DC.
Similar to a bock bier than for a hefe. Great sweet fruity taste. A little bit bland for an aftertaste though.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Frankfurt airport. Lovely burnt orange color hazy and with a head of insane retention. Aroma full of banana and clove. Some bubblegum. Taste sweet but overall balanced and with a very smooth texture. A very enjoyable hefe.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better hefes I've had yet so I'll try to be impartial as I'm not huge on them. Good wheat flavor and slight banana, bubblegum, ester flavors.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What’s this?!? A Weizen I haven’t reviewed yet! How can this be possible!?! Etc, etc… So yeah, without acknowledging the fact that there are probably thousands of different Hefeweizens from Germany alone that I haven’t reviewed, it still comes as somewhat of a shock when I come across a new Weizen I’ve yet to quench my thirst with given my passion for the style. So what we know about Maisel’s Weisse? Apparently someone named Maisel liked Hefeweizens and they started a brewery in Bavaria and brewed Weizens… that’s about it really. Can it beat my all-time favourite Hefeweizen: Weihenstephaner? Only time will tell, mere minutes in fact.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy amber/orange (could easily be mistaken for a glass of fresh orange juice if not for the head and carbonation) body with a cream-coloured fluffy 2 centimetre head that stands up OK, could be denser IMO. 7/10.

S: Really top-notch Hefeweizen aroma of ripe banana with prominent overripened pear and a light hint of clove spice… possibly the most pear ester driven Weizen I’ve ever laid my nose on - this would suggest a fairly sweet Weizen, but then again my nose has be fooled on many an occasion. 9/10.

T: Starts with pear, middle pear, and finishes with pear… oh and there’s ripe banana with a hint of clove and a dash of caramel sweetness too. Finish is slightly on the dry side which definitely adds to drinkability in this style. Quite surprised by how well balanced this one is actually, given how I’ve never seen it before now. Hints of herbal astringency come out as well when the glass drains down a little. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, as all great Hefes should be, with soft water and good texture from medium/creamy carbonation - this is up there with the best mouthfeel I’ve experienced in any Weizen, or ANY beer FTM (For That Matter)! 10/10.

D: This is one top-notch Weizen that deserves to be in my personal German Hefe pantheon along with the likes of: Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Schneider Weisse and König Ludwig. The only thing where Weihenstephaner consistently defeats this (and many of the other Hefeweizens in the pantheon) is on price; at around $8 a bottle it’s hard not to choose Weihenstephan’s $6 a bottle pricing, other than that I say “A Maisel a day keeps the blues away (and your Gastroenterologist happy when your liver eventually fails)”, prost! 8/10.

Food match: This is a somewhat more versatile Hefe than most and would easily match anything from German cuisine/BBQ to pizza/salad.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy dark amber hue that considers darker than typical Hefeweizen, it tops with massive fluffy off-white head that withstands with excellent retention before slowly dissipating to everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot here and there.

Led by citrus and banana from yeasty ester, there are also scents of clove spice, bubble gum, and bready malt sweetness.

The taste is purely straightforward to the style with big fruity ester (citrus and banana), clove spice and bubble gum adding more depths to the flavor structure while malt lends notes of bread and sweet. There is not much hop bitterness to speak with that is normal for this type of beer.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel and lively crisp carbonation generated a wave of soft effervescence through the palate, finish is dry. Classic and genuine Hefeweizen, there is nothing as a twist or new but simple as its best.

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Photo of DanielCseklye
4.91/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft at Octoberfest Budapest 2016. Unfortunately i could not make notes but the banana blast in the taste which followed the nose was amazin. Brutally good weizen, one of the best stuff i have ever tasted.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crowler purchased from Growl Movement in Salem OR $6 Pours a slightly hazy golden colour with a large thick and frothy off white head. Very strong fruity/over ripe bananas aromas. Sweet pink apples come to mind for some reason. Nice. Taste similar to aroma but has a nice creamy aspect. Excellent mouth feel silky smooth. A very good drinkable weiss bier.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. Paid £2.25 for a single bottle.

Pours a hazy, dark, golden-orange body with plenty of visible streaming carbonation. A tall, foamy, three-finger in height, bone-white coloured head with excellent retention slowly reduces to dense cap, leaving behind small amounts of spotty lace.

The subtle nose consists primarily of light malted wheat and faint citrusy sweetness. Some gentle clove spice becomes perceptible towards the back end, but the banana and bubblegum esters typical of the style remain absent. Taste roughly follows suit. Tangy, tart notes of bready wheat and lightly sweet grains lead the flavour profile upfront. Mid palate, a mild fruity lemon peel-like character develops, while faint clove phenols build towards the finish. In the mouth, a light to medium body and ample amounts of lively carbonation give a vaguely smooth and creamy feel, but on the whole, the texture is a little too thin and fizzy. On the end, hints of clove and light malt sweetness linger shortly before finishing with refreshing dry tartness.

Overall this is a decent beer. It’s tart, tangy, dry and refreshing, but its flavour profile is predominantly wheat driven, neglecting in turn the yeast presence I enjoy in the style. As there are a number of more balanced/ flavourful/ estery Hefeweizen’s available to me at a similar price point, I can’t see myself picking up another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yummm! Outstanding traditional Hefeweizen beer. Aroma and flavor have that traditional spicy clove, banana, malt, sweet-tart, thirst quenching thang. Wish it was distributed around La Crosse, Wisconsin again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like a semi-clear hefe. Smells a typical hefe, too (although I prefer more yeasty banana emanating.)
Tastes very balanced; spices and wheat and barley all play nice. Feel is very soft with modest bubbles.
OA: A very pleasant beer by itself or, next time, with a selection of harder cheeses.
Listed on the "1001" , Maisel's Original probably deserves this because it was marketed so well to the rest of Germany so they could enjoy hefe-s.
MJ's 1999 "Guide" gave it 2.5 stars of 4 and said it has "a big fluffy body."

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Photo of mastema
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Tastes more like a dubbel than a weissbier. Considering many hefes taste very similar to one another, this one is outside that pack.

Deep hazy orange/dehydrated urine color when poured, thick porous head as to be expected from any good hefeweizen. Smell is very muted, mostly cloves are all thats detectable. The taste, as I wrote in my first sentence is very much like a belgian strong ale or dubbel. If you like those beers and haven't had a hefeweizen you've enjoyed yet, this one is what you should be drinking.
Personally I'll stick with the more banana ester-type weissbier, those by Schneider or Weihenstephaner or Andechs (which is more a yeast-bomb and looks like butterscotch beer!) This isn't something I'll be returning to even though I respected the end result as a well-made beer, it's just not my taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

how have i never heard of this before? seems like this is one of the better hefeweizens ive had, maybe one of the best in the game overall. cant believe i never knew about it. if i can figure out where to buy it, it may become a staple in the fridge for me, its amazing. quite light as they go, both in yeast flavor and in body, and it delicate nature is really welcome and subtle. more yellow than golden, pale and a little hazy but not super cloudy. less dense head than others too, airy not creamy, looks summery, muted but attractive. smells and tastes like a hefe alright, its got a more mild banana clove thing happening, but this is as much flavored by the wheat as the yeast, maybe fermented a little cooler or something, the balance is different, and it works really well. smooth feeling on the palate, really well carbonated and mighty dry. lighter than many, but still just really authentic and refreshing and bright and perfectly made. not sure ive ever seen the bottles around, but i sure would like to find them. also keen to try their other flavors. really spot on and worth seeking out if you are a fan of the old world hefeweizens.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Cost was 0.79 euro plus a 0.08 euro pfand (deposit) for a .5L bottle at a Kaufland hypermarket in Berlin.

BOTTLE: Half a litre. Brown glass. Blue and white colour motif. Branded pry-off crown cap. Best before: 19.11.16.

5.20% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Classic hazy orange hefeweizen body. Off-white cap of fair froth and good (~6 minute retention). Leaves no lacing as it recedes. No yeast is visible within the body.

It's a decent look for a hefeweizen, ticking all the conventional boxes. But it isn't all that vibrant. Head could be softer and more robust.

Appears well-carbonated.

AROMA: Soft clove and yeasty spice. Banana. Wheat. I don't get any orange peel, unfortunately. It's a classic hefeweizen aroma, but each note lacks the vividness and expressiveness you'd find in a superior example of the style. Leans a bit too heavy on the banana ester, in my opinion. Wheat bill could come off more fresh.

Aromatic intensity is average. I detect no booze or off-notes. Suggests an unbalanced hefeweizen with limited depth of flavour but a pleasant taste.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The softness of the mouthfeel is wonderful; I don't know if that's just German water or if the brewers really know their water chemistry, but damn it's well-executed. Carbonation is near perfect, if a biteen low. Smooth, wet, refreshing, aptly medium-bodied. It's a nice texture for a hefeweizen, but unfortunately there just aren't that many deep or vivid flavours to accentuate.

It does lean heavy on the banana esters from the yeast, drowning out any spicy clove that might inject more balance into this already simplistic brew. The hefeweizen is often simple - that's fine - but the best ones often have so much balance and subtlety to what few notes they're working with that it's artful. This one fails to achieve that; it's heavy handed with its reliance on banana, and lacks the notes of spicy clove and orange peel that you'd find in style paragons. The result is not a bland beer, but certainly a wanting one - especially in terms of depth of flavour. Frankly, it's a bit "one-note."

Flavour duration and intensity are average. It's cohesive enough, but doesn't drink like a gestalt whole.

OVERALL: The mouthfeel exceeds the taste in terms of quality. This doesn't come close to competing with Bavarian entries like Ayinger, Franziskaner, or even Erdinger. That said,at under 1 euro a half litre it's well worth trying (though price points are never a factor in my ratings). Highly drinkable, if a bit plain for a hefeweizen. I'd like to see them retain this mouthfeel whilst adding more flavour and reducing simplicity. It does hide its ABV well, and I could easily finish 3+ bottles in a sitting, but why bother buying this again when Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, et al. can be had for right around the same price?

High C+ (3.23) / WORTH A TRY

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Weisse Original from Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 491 ratings