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

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Gebrüder Maisel GmbH & Co.
Germany
maisel.com

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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176
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445
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 445
Photo of MustaPekka
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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 ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +28.6%
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 DanielCseklye
4.91/5  rDev +26.5%
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 Lees4236
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maisel's Weisse has quickly become one of my favourite beers. After tasting it in Germany a couple of years ago, I hadn't been able to find a supplier back home in Scotland. However last week I discovered a fantastic bar that stocks the beer. After a couple of bottles I had re-discovered my love for the beer from back in Germany.

The beer was poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance
- Despite being a white beer, Maisel's Weisse pours a slightly darker, more amber colour than most other beers found in this category. Cloudy, with a thin white head.

Smell
- Very inviting and complex, however not overpowering. Quite fruity with a malty, wheaty note.

Taste
- Delicious! It was quite yeasty and sweet with a lovely wheat malt finish. I was getting slight hints of banana. It does taste slightly different to most other beers of it's kind. There was something slightly sweeter which I can't quite put my finger on. One of the things I love about this beer is that it's one of those ones where the different smells and tastes gradually appear. You might not taste the very slight hint of biscuity banana at first, but maybe after a few sips you will. It also has a very pleasant, rewarding aftertaste.

Mouthfeel
- Quite crisp and easy going. Very refreshing.

Drinkability
- Very drinkable. Perfect for a warm summer night (or day!). You should always have a few of these in the fridge.

One of the best beers around! Quite hard to find on the high street but you can get it online and may even be lucky enough to find a good bar near you!

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Photo of Jgreen100
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
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 bloberglawp
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orange yellow, huge white head that melds with the last drops of yeast-saturated beer. Crazy as the yeast seems to actualy layer and blend between the orangish top and the yellowish bottom of the full weiss glass.

Freaking huge aroma of weisenstephan yeast strain, my favorite. Pinapple, banana, clove and fresh hallertau hops all very present. An incredible and thick flavor of fresh hefeweiss smacks your taste buds with all that a hefeweiss should be. Carbonation is high rendering this beer very refreshing and palate cleansing. On the downside, it fills you up awful fast, making this a nice summer quencher but hardly a session ale.

Try it fresh when in Germany!

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Photo of sfprint
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: on the darker side of Hefeweizens, cloudy with a huge fluffy white head. Murky orange brown in color.

S: Super hearty yeast, hint of lemon.

T: Perfect fullness for a Hefeweizen, and perfect degree of sweetness as well. The yeast is so well blended as a flavor in the beer. Tastes like it contains lemon already.

M: Relatively smooth and heavy with extremely mild carbonation.

D: This is a fantastic Hefeweizen. Hearty and well balanced.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Dentist666
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
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 mralphabet
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Orange/amber in color, very clear until the swirl and final pour, the it was nice and hazy. Big head on this one... 2 or 3 fingers easy. Settles to a nothing with very little lacing.

S: A little different.... I've getting a little ripe banana and clove, but on orange of lemon notes at all... Instead I'm getting apple, little sour and sweet. Very nice.

T: Right off the bat I know this is a Hefe, and a very nice one. The apple in the smell is right there and it is sweet and wonderful. Overall taste is sweet the a nice wheat back bone. Aftertaste is just a slight bit on the sour side, but I think it balances out the sweetness. Well done.

M: Carbonation is right on for the type, light to med bodied also good for the style.

D: Wow I really like this beer. ABV is good and really does not feel like 5.4%... It seems much lighter. I could drink this all day.

I must try.... Look for this one.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - A shade darker than most hefes, a bit orange/amber. Hazy, with a nice 3 finger head with decent retention but settles into nothing; no collar or cap. No lacing. Less than I expected from a hefe.

S - Wonderful, and a little different than some hefes. The banana is still there, along with faint clove notes, but there's something very sweet, maybe apple, with a lot of bread and nuts as well. More complex and less phenolic than most hefes.

T - Starts off with some overripe banana, with a suggestion of apple, peach, or other stone fruit. Very interesting. Mid palate some light wheat malt takes over, but the barley comes through as well making itself known much more than most hefes. Late palate is slightly phenolic but much less so than others of the style. Aftertaste is slightly citric, but not sour.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied, great for the style.

D - A great hefe, and a great beer at that, to kick back with. A little pricey, but worth it.

I love this hefeweizen, even if it does deviate somewhat from others. I feel Maisel's is a more functional "interpretation" than most. The sweeter, apple-like esters prevailing over sour wheat malt and clove/phenolic flavors make this one hell of a beer for me. It's gotta be the yeast.

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Photo of drpimento
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
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 canucklehead
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to see such a selection of German hefes in BC and this ranks among the best. The colour is darker than some and the nose is complex with a dark wheat note almost like a dunkelweizen. I liked the way the beer took the usual hefe flavours and married it with a maltier base much like Schneider-weisse. Incredibly easy drinking with good complexity this is a top shelf example of the style.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark yellow. Small head that fades quickly.

S: Wheaty and pungent.

T: Starts off wheaty and ends with a chocolaty aftertaste. Very smooth. Great balance. There's another flavor in there that I can't put my finger on. It almost tastes like bananas.

M: Not too much carbonation. Very smooth. Light on the tongue.

O: I'm a big fan of wheat beer and this is one of the better ones I've had. Very good balance and brings something different to the table. I liked it a lot.

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Photo of ticklechicken
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured my Maisel's Weisse Originial from a bottle into a mug with a dark tangerine colour with a 1cm of head that left no lacing. The scent was of banana, cloves and bubblegum. In terms of taste and mouthfeel, a prickly spice hit me first, then bubblegum with a less prominent wheat taste. I'm a huge hefewiezen fan, and I really enjoyed this one, so I'll definitely be drinking it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, orange-amber body is capped by a full head of rocky white foam that slowly drops (no doubt buoyed by the teeming effervescence beneath) to a thin, creamy surface covering that holds throughout the entire glass but surprisingly leaves only spotty lace. The nose offers a light note of apple-like tartness, some soft vanilla and caramel, and a sprinkling of delicate spice. The body is light and it's crisp in the mouth with a very fine and effervescent, natural carbonation. The flavor reveals a wheatish malt that's nicely caramel-tinged with just the slightest touch of tartness and a sublime bitterness that acts only to balance. This weizen is more fruity and caramelish than the atypical banana-clove-phenolic Bavarian versions, and it makes a refreshing change of pace!

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this from a 1/2 litre bottle.
A: Pours a nice orangey-yellow color with moderate carbonation. Different look from Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider. A good looking bier.
S: Citrus smell, lemon mostly. Very inviting.
T: Follows the smell well. A full lemony taste that is very refreshing. No bitter after-taste.
M: No problem here. East going down/
D: I could have many of these without thinking. A very good weizen.

Overall, this is in my top 5 weizens and a true pleasure to drink, if you can find it. It is hard to find, but if you see it, get it!
I strongly recommend this bier. Prosit!

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Photo of steveh
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Scooter77
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with tiny little particles of suspended yeast. A huge fluffy head presents itself upon pouring, which slowly dies down leaving a nice thin lace on the glass. Aroma is full of bananas, lemon zests, and clove. Bananas are detected upon the first taste, followed by spicy cloves and malted wheat, finishing off with a mild bitterness of yeast. This is a good all around Hefe- that I could drink any day of the year.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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 Sigmund
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle, bought in Germany. ABV is 5.4%. Hazy amber colour, large slightly off-white head. "Absolutely fabulous" aroma, orgasmic in its abundancy of fruitiness and spiciness. Notes of leather too. Flavour is bit more restrained, still very nice with all the traditional hefe characteristics, wheaty and yeasty with cloves but also some caramel and brown bread. Aftertaste is, like with most wheat beers, very moderate but nice. Can you expect a hefeweizen to be much better than this?

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a chance on this beer at Trader Joe's for $4.99 a six pack and WOW was I surprised. The color was a hazy golden wheat with an orange hue and poured sort of thick. The aroma was of cloves and the flavor was just great. It was the normal smooth wheat and clove taste with just a hint of bitterness at the end. This was a well balanced weisse beer.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer poured a dark golden color with a nice light white head, like any good hefe should. The aroma was sweet and bready. The taste was very good. Nice wheat/bready flavor with hint of fruit, but not that sweet. This made the beer Highly drinkable and a very good session beer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy bronze color with a pillowy head and some lacing in the glass. Had that classic German Weiss aroma of banana and cloves from the yeast. Taste was the same, with some tempered sweetness. Delicious and a joy to drink, especially with food. Mouthfeel was full, with rich carbonation; very refreshing. Drinkability is good, as the taste is excellent.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light copper / orange in hue, covered by an animated, off white head w/ soft peaks. Lively carbonation. Wheat tartness upfront in aroma is immediately ensued by mild clove phenols, and subtle banana esters. Caramel and toasty Munich notes provide a pleasant contrast to the somewhat refined yeast derived estery and musty aroma. Trace bubblegum. Flavorwise, this beer exhibits a fine balance of a toasty, somewhat buttery continental malt backbone, wheat tartness and a relatively subdued banana ester and clove profile for style. A touch thin in body and not quite proteinaceous enough in mouthfeel to support the above average malt character. Finishes with a snap of caramel giving way to lingering, but pleasant grainy wheat tartness. If it weren't for the lack in body, Maisel's Weisse would be outstanding. Regardless, the drinkability is excellent.

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