Maisel's Weisse Original | Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-24-2002

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169
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429
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
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Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -8.3%
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 +16.5%
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 mastema
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +5.4%
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 -16.5%
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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Photo of Zythophile
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: sometime in 2015
Palate Contaminants: sweets

Appearance is translucent gold. The head doesn't hang around.

Smell is nothing special, slightly sweet grain.

Taste blows everything up, though. I guess maybe the flavors don't get lost in volatilization. The sweetness is like a fresh grain of wheat, and that followed by a very mellow maltiness. There's a little bit of lemon, and something close to vanilla that I can't quite place.

Even though it doesn't appear too carbonated, the feel is moderately carbonated, with a moderate creaminess.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm finding Hefeweizens very similar these days. This is no exception, but it's just that 10% better all round. Taste, feel, smell etc and it has a little more bite and sharpness

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A tad darker than the typical hefe's sunny straw color. More of a honey sunset color. Poured with a nice two finger head into a cylinder. Minimal lacing and mild to moderate carbonation.

S - Smells like the typical hefe, a little clove/banana action going on. It's not at all overpowering though.

T - Not nearly as sweet as the typical hefe. I'm really, really liking this one. Tastes very balanced. Clove and banana notes exist but are definitely muted.

M - Much cleaner and more crisp than the typical hefe with little to no lingering flavor.

D - Fantastic. I'm not too sure that I'd ever session any wheat but if I did it would be this beer. Very easy and pleasurable drinkability. All in all, I am pretty much astonished at the simplicity and awesomeness of this beer. I would definitely have this beer again with zero hesitation. If you like hefe beers but dislike them being too sweet, banana bombish, or too clove tasting give this one a try.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not the greatest hefeweizen, but it absolutely nails that iconic German wheat and barley taste. Could use more banana and clove flavor. Good head and head retention.

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Photo of Zet
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper haze with a nice full head of foam. Very clovy smell, which continues in the taste. As the beer warms up, more flavours appear: orange, tangerine, lemon zest and banana. Quite a fruity Hefeweizen actually. I prefer a bit more banana flavour compared to the rest, but still quite nice.

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Photo of drmeto
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a cloudy bronze with a small,creamy, white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-herbal,faint tart,clove,wheaty,lemon
T:
-banana,caramel,bready,wheaty,lemon,nutty
F:
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Another great Hefeweizen

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Copper / deep amber colour, very hazy, looks great against the bright white dense 2cm head.

S) Sweet toffee-marmalade. A bit of hoppiness in there.

T) Rich orange marmalade with bannoffee pie finish. Lemony zest on top of the deeper flavours.

F) Clean mouthfeel with great acidic bite.

O) Another very good weizen; recommended.

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Photo of Jgreen100
4.76/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be my current favorite beer. If you love hefeweizens like I do you owe it to yourself to try this one. It's not hoppy or too citrusy. It has that great wheat taste with a warm caramel note. Mine came in a cool glass too.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap in Berlin, poured into a tall weiss glass.

L: Pours a cloudy amber with a thick creamy white head that was slow to fall and left generous lacing.

S: Wheat and grains. Complex spicy yeast with bananas, cloves, and coriander.

T/F: Mild weiss with nice flavors. Bananas and wheat, slightly spicy. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel.

O: Very solid and drinkable German Weiss. Great for a hot day or with a meal.

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Photo of RickyS
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit darker than your usual wessbier. Abundant froth as typical of the style. The nose is very distinct: spicy and bready with a dominant "olive" note. Not very complex though and I am not immediately getting the banana and bubblegum. The taste follows on these notes with a dominant bread taste. Very fizzy, as expected. Nothing exceptional but not bad either.

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Photo of steveh
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Haven't had this beer in many years -- back when it was imported to the U.S. by Merchant du Vin -- now imported by CMB Cincinnati and $9 a six-pack, very nice. Was good then, expecting no less today.

Not sure what sort of date code they use on this beer's 11.2 ounce bottles, but since it's a fairly new addition to the local beer store I shouldn't be *too* worried.

1-and-a-half bottles poured into my big-bowled Libbey Weizen glass.

A -- Cloudy tangerine-orange color with a dense and fluffy, off-white head that settles to a thin cap leaving sticky lacing.

S -- Spicy clove and light banana character with great wheat malt aroma coming thru.

T -- Flavors of spicy clove and light citrus balanced nicely with luscious wheat and bready barley malt. The clove and fruit esters from the Weizen yeast make up the backbone and finish of this beer with spiciness and mild citrus tartness lingering thru the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and creamy up front to spritzy in the finish with a medium body.

O -- This is a very nice Weizen in the older style of Schneider's Original. Complex with a more robust body than other Weizens, yet still very satisfying and refreshing. It's good to see this beer available again, takes me back in time and back to Bavaria.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a Maisel's weizen glass at Firkin.

I vaguely remember having tried this a couple years ago, but it never hurts to revisit a German hef, right? It pours a cloudy tawny-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, and mild flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of orange zest. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a damn solid hef, not quite up to Wiehenstephaner or even Hofbrau standards, but more than tasty enough to readily reach for another.

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Photo of MustaPekka
5/5  rDev +29.2%

One of the betters Hefe brewed in Germany. Not to be bought everywhere, but if you spot it, go for it.

Nice taste, not too heavy, not too light, but still full bodied.

One of my favourites among Hefe.

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Photo of Markiboy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

A lovely fluffy off-white head with a lovely deep amber and cloudy beer underneath it. Very smooth to taste and gulp . Slightly higher carbonation than is perfect but it's still really drinkable, nontheless. The thing that lets this beer down and leads to it not rivaling the kings of the weissbier world is the flavour of the beer. It just doesn't have the depth of banana, yeast or other obvious tastes of its rivals. It's still a lovely beer to drink but it just can't compete with others for pure taste.

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 M bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- A fantastic aroma of wheat, fruit and spices Appearance- Pours a murky orange/gold color with a thick, off-white head. Taste- Outstanding, what a hefeweizen should taste like. Great wheat and fruit mix. Palate- A medium to heavy beer with moderate carbonation. Has a creamy texture. Overall- A fantastic beer, a must try.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy dark amber beer with enormous off-white head, retention is as long as life of an elf. Smell is excellent, round, to a good extent spicy, banana, wheat malts, a bit stale, like from cellar and even smoky.
Taste is classic for hefeweizens, round, balanced. One of the best weissbiers out there.

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Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev +3.4%

0,5 l bottle into a weizen pokal. Hazy amber body, big fluffy white head with some lacing. Yeasty and wheaty smell with notes of banana, clove and bubblegum. Sweet first taste of malt and wheat followed by yeasty banana and bubblegum, dry finish with clove and peppery spiciness, yeasty aftertaste. Medium body, high but soft carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable. Overall a good hefeweizen but not the best within the style. Nice flavor, a bit sweeter than usual, went down well with bratwurst and sauerkraut.

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Photo of chinchill
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

11.2 oz bottle. Deep amber body with a durable, creamy head and excellent lacing. Flavorful, with moderate levels of banana and yeast/spice over a good wheat base.

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Photo of Brew_42
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy and orange. White head that quickly dissipates.

Smell-Banana and clove.

Taste- More clove than banana. Kind of floral on the tail end. Not too much of a citrus taste, which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Straight over the plate version of my favorite style beer. Doesn't reach the lofty heights of Weihenstephaner, but nothing does. Better than most American options and cheap and affordable here in Korea at on ₩2830.

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